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The Big Black And The Blue (Love Record Stores Edition)

    Love Record Stores Edition available from 9am on Saturday June 20th.
    Limited to one per person.


    Sea blue vinyl.

    Fatoumata Diawara

    Fatou - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

      Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
      Limited to one per person.

      The classic debut album from Grammy-nominated Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, 'Fatou' was originally released in 2011 to great critical acclaim and features guests Toumani Diabaté on kora, Tony Allen on drums and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on bass. Since the release, Fatoumata's profile has further grown thanks to her features with Disclosure, Gorillaz and Africa Express.
      To celebrate this year's Love Record Stores initiative, the release now sees a special limited edition yellow vinyl pressing.

      Fela Kuti And Roy Ayers

      Music Of Many Colours

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 13th ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON. IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 12.01AM SATURDAY APRIL 20th.

        Knitting Factory Records is proud to reissue Music of Many Colours on limited edition rainbow starburst vinyl, exclusive to Record Store Day. This is the first pressing of the album since the late 80’s. Music of Many Colours is a joint album between Roy Ayers and Fela Kuti, recorded after a three week tour of Nigeria’s major cities in 1979, during which Roy Ayers performed as the opening act for Fela’s band. The two artists decided to record the album as a round-up to the tour. Roy Ayers describes the experience saying, “I met Fela Kuti in Nigeria in 1979, and we fell into a great relationship, good personal and music vibes, and we recorded that album together. Fela also came to USA in the eighties and we performed at NYC's Madison Square Garden. Amazingly energetic, Fela Kuti had a very original concept that was called Afro Beat – a genre with a very unique identity and exceptional music. One of Fela Kuti's most impressive qualities was that he was undeniably a brilliant show man, as a musician and as a huge dancer as well. His African concept was truly original… The tour was about two black men together coming together, one from Africa and other from USA, a very exciting collaboration." Knitting Factory Records is proud to reissue Music of Many Colours on limited edition rainbow starburst vinyl, exclusive to Record Store Day. This is the first pressing of the album since the late 80’s. Music of Many Colours is a joint album between Roy Ayers and Fela Kuti, recorded after a three week tour of Nigeria’s major cities in 1979, during which Roy Ayers performed as the opening act for Fela’s band. The two artists decided to record the album as a round-up to the tour. Roy Ayers describes the experience saying, “I met Fela Kuti in Nigeria in 1979, and we fell into a great relationship, good personal and music vibes, and we recorded that album together. Fela also came to USA in the eighties and we performed at NYC's Madison Square Garden. Amazingly energetic, Fela Kuti had a very original concept that was called Afro Beat – a genre with a very unique identity and exceptional music. One of Fela Kuti's most impressive qualities was that he was undeniably a brilliant show man, as a musician and as a huge dancer as well. His African concept was truly original… The tour was about two black men together coming together, one from Africa and other from USA, a very exciting collaboration." Knitting Factory Records is proud to reissue Music of Many Colours on limited edition rainbow starburst vinyl, exclusive to Record Store Day. This is the first pressing of the album since the late 80’s. Music of Many Colours is a joint album between Roy Ayers and Fela Kuti, recorded after a three week tour of Nigeria’s major cities in 1979, during which Roy Ayers performed as the opening act for Fela’s band. The two artists decided to record the album as a round-up to the tour. Roy Ayers describes the experience saying, “I met Fela Kuti in Nigeria in 1979, and we fell into a great relationship, good personal and music vibes, and we recorded that album together. Fela also came to USA in the eighties and we performed at NYC's Madison Square Garden. Amazingly energetic, Fela Kuti had a very original concept that was called Afro Beat – a genre with a very unique identity and exceptional music. One of Fela Kuti's most impressive qualities was that he was undeniably a brilliant show man, as a musician and as a huge dancer as well. His African concept was truly original… The tour was about two black men together coming together, one from Africa and other from USA, a very exciting collaboration."

        Fleet Foxes

        Can I Believe You B/w Wading In Waist-High Water Feat. Resistance Revival Chorus (RSD21 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JULY 17TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JULY 17TH).


          Unreleased track(s)

          Field Music

          Plumb (RSD22 EDITION)

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            Reissued for the first time since its original release in 2012 and long since out of print, Plumb is one of Field Music's best works, an album that firmly cemented them as one of the UK's most creative and critically acclaimed bands. It was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize and received huge praise from the likes of MOJO, Q, UNCUT, The Guardian and more.

            Plumb's 10 year anniversary edition is limited to 2,000 copies world wide and comes on clear, plum coloured vinyl for Record Store Day 2022. Plumb digs into the age-old dichotomy between what is reflective or nostalgic and the disorienting immediacy of the outside world. 

            Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

            The Drugs / Parasite (RSD23 EDITION)

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.
               
              Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have built a reputation for blistering anthems that owe as much to brooding desert rock as it does hardcore and power-pop. They're redefining punk-rock with a sound that straddles eras and genres, putting The Rattlesnakes in a category all their own, while also challenging tired cliches and setting the world to rights. These two tracks will only be released physcially for RSD with no future plans to release them on other formats. 'The Drugs' features Mercury Award winner and UK chart topper Jamie T. Spec: Transparent red / transparent red 7", CMYK Labels, White Paper inners, Spined Sleeve, Shrinkwrap

              Fat Freddy's Drop

              Live At Roundhouse (RSD23 EDITION)

                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                Fat Freddy's Drop's legendary performance at London's Roundhouse from 2008 is finally available on vinyl for the first time ever to celebrate its 15th anniversary. 3LP with a neon green sleeve, gatefold. 

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. The Camel
                B1. Raft
                C1. Flashback
                D1. Pull The Catch
                E1. The Nod
                F1. Shiverman

                Fleetwood Mac

                Albatross (RSD23 EDITION)

                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                  12" single pressed on Red Vinyl. b/w 'Jigsaw Puzzle Blues'.

                  Frankie And The Witch Fingers

                  ZAM (RSD23 EDITION)

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    "ZAM, the Double-Album underground breakout release from Los Angeles Psych heavyweights Frankie and the Witch Fingers, completely out of print since its initial release in 2018. This is the record fans have been asking for. RSD Exclusive 2xLP color vinyl edition of 5000. New Artwork featuring RSD exclusive Mirror/Reflective Jacket Artwork & Bonus Flexi 7"" with an unreleased demo. 24"" x 24"" double sided full color poster. RSD Hype Sticker on Shrink. Proudly reissued by Greenway Records. Mirror Red & Chrome Wide-Spine Jacket Double 12"" - A/B on Black Smoke & C/D on Red Smoke Vinyl Poly-Lined Inner Sleeves Unreleased Demo Flexi 7"" Double Sided 24""x24"" Poster"

                    Very in demand and hard to find LP, comes with alternate cover and Includes the banger ''Wantin’ U''..

                    "Exit" was recorded in Barbados in 1985. The best reissues succinctly capture a moment in time and this album provides a snapshot of island life in the Caribbean region of the America’s in the middle of the 1980’s. The LP encompasses new wave, funk and early house rhythms with a backbone of calypso.

                    The idea for Fire Flight started with 'Carl Beaver' Henderson, a musician, arranger and producer who initially provided back up band services for the Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago’s annual staff Calypso competition. In 1981 the idea quickly evolved into the 15 piece band that was Fire Flight who took Trinidad and Tobago’s performance spaces and annual carnival by storm with their electrifying life performances. The band also travelled to Toronto, Montreal and New York for their annual carnivals. In 1984 the band entered the now defunct Coral Sound Studios in Barbados to record their debut album. The driving force behind the LP was the band’s main songwriter Francis Escayg’s desire to explore alternative avenues of recognition for the band and to perform and thrive in the carnival off season. Highlights from the LP include the slow new wave funk of "Best Shot" & "White Horse", the melting pot of calypso, zouk and reggae influences on "Hard Life" & "Mornin Lovin" and the tropical proto house of "Wantin U" that was a highlight of the Fire Flight live show.

                    Original copies regular fetch upwards of £400 on 2nd marketplaces...

                    This official reissue is pressed with new full sleeve artwork from Bradley Pinkerton. 


                    TRACK LISTING

                    Heartbreak City
                    Best Shot
                    Hard Life
                    Wantin’ U
                    Brown Sugar
                    White Horse
                    I'm In Love
                    Mornin’ Lovin

                    Fridge

                    Happiness - 20th Anniversary Edition

                      Deluxe 20th anniversary edition of the defining album from innovative UK trio, Fridge. Restored and remastered by founding member of Fridge, Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet). Formed in 1996 by schoolmates Kieran Hebden, Adem Ilhan, and Sam Jeffers, Fridge were astonishingly prolific in their early years – releasing ten singles and four albums in just their first four years together. After a brief stint with a major label imprint – which saw the trio release their most focused album to date (Eph, 1999) Fridge delivered their fourth album, Happiness.

                      Originally released in 2001, Happiness was a sprawling, pastoral masterpiece – an innovative mix of acoustic clatter, electronic exploration, hip-hop production techniques, and experimental rock arrangements. Along with Hebden’s blossoming solo project, Four Tet, Happiness dragged the most compelling elements of the typically self-serious electronic, indie, and avant-rock of the 1990s and married them to eclectic folk and spiritual jazz for the new century. More remarkably, they did it without an ounce of pretense, imbued with an earnest and intimate execution that stood in stark contrast to virtually every comparable album of its time.

                      Happiness – Anniversary Edition is the 20th anniversary reissue of Fridge’s career-defining gem. Meticulously restored, reconstructed, and remastered from the original master tapes by Kieran Hebden, the album’s sound quality honors the original recordings like never before. The vinyl was cut by award-winning archival mastering engineer, Kevin Gray, and pressed onto 125-gram audiophile-quality vinyl by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). The exquisite heavyweight old-style tip-on gatefold jacket was printed and assembled by hand at Stoughton Printing Company, to complete this masterful reissue of this momentous album. 

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Melodica & Trombone (6:02)
                      2. Drum Machines & Glockenspiel (13:18)
                      3. Cut Up Piano & Xylophone (2:35)
                      4. Tone Guitar & Drum Noise (4:46)
                      5. Five Four Child Voice (9:22)
                      6. Sample & Clicks (2:56)
                      7. Drums Bass Sonics & Edits (7:27)
                      8. Harmonics (4:00)
                      9. Long Singing (9:13)
                      10. Five Combs (Bonus Track) (9:45)

                      Fridge

                      Happiness - 20th Anniversary Edition

                        Deluxe 20th anniversary edition of the defining album from innovative UK trio, Fridge. Restored and remastered by founding member of Fridge, Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet). Formed in 1996 by schoolmates Kieran Hebden, Adem Ilhan, and Sam Jeffers, Fridge were astonishingly prolific in their early years – releasing ten singles and four albums in just their first four years together. After a brief stint with a major label imprint – which saw the trio release their most focused album to date (Eph, 1999) Fridge delivered their fourth album, Happiness.

                        Originally released in 2001, Happiness was a sprawling, pastoral masterpiece – an innovative mix of acoustic clatter, electronic exploration, hip-hop production techniques, and experimental rock arrangements. Along with Hebden’s blossoming solo project, Four Tet, Happiness dragged the most compelling elements of the typically self-serious electronic, indie, and avant-rock of the 1990s and married them to eclectic folk and spiritual jazz for the new century. More remarkably, they did it without an ounce of pretense, imbued with an earnest and intimate execution that stood in stark contrast to virtually every comparable album of its time.

                        Happiness – Anniversary Edition is the 20th anniversary reissue of Fridge’s career-defining gem. Meticulously restored, reconstructed, and remastered from the original master tapes by Kieran Hebden, the album’s sound quality honors the original recordings like never before. The vinyl was cut by award-winning archival mastering engineer, Kevin Gray, and pressed onto 125-gram audiophile-quality vinyl by Record Technology Inc. (RTI). The exquisite heavyweight old-style tip-on gatefold jacket was printed and assembled by hand at Stoughton Printing Company, to complete this masterful reissue of this momentous album. 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Melodica & Trombone (6:02)
                        2. Drum Machines & Glockenspiel (13:18)
                        3. Cut Up Piano & Xylophone (2:35)
                        4. Tone Guitar & Drum Noise (4:46)
                        5. Five Four Child Voice (9:22)
                        6. Sample & Clicks (2:56)
                        7. Drums Bass Sonics & Edits (7:27)
                        8. Harmonics (4:00)
                        9. Long Singing (9:13)
                        10. Five Combs (Bonus Track) (9:45)

                        After spending years as a major presence in Brooklyn’s thriving music scene, Frankie Rose relocated to her familial home of Los Angeles for 18 months with the intention of establishing yet another moment in her storied indie rock métier. Gradually, she found herself short on sleep, funds and optimism.

                        Towards the end of her time spent in Los Angeles, Frankie reached out to Jorge Elbrecht (Tamaryn, Gang Gang Dance, Violens) and began sketching what became the basic outline of what felt like a new album. Then, rather fortuitously, Frankie ended up back in Brooklyn with the realization that "in the end, I’m on my own. I have to do these things on my own." The months that ensued meant basically working with no budget and finding ways to record in-between days. This time enabled Frankie to experiment musically with a variety of people that ultimately changed the way she worked.

                        The result of this existential odyssey is Cage Tropical, Frankie’s 4th album. It is awash with vintage synths, painterly effects pedals, upside down atmosphere and reverberating vocals. It evokes a new wave paranormality of sorts that drifts beyond the songs themselves. "My references aren’t just music," says Frankie, "I love old sci-fi. They Live is one of my favorite movies ever, same with Suspiria. 80’s sci-fi movies with a John Carpenter soundtrack, with silly synths – that makes it into my file, to the point that I’ll write lyrics incorporating that kind of stuff. It’s in there."

                        Beginning with the shimmery, cinematic and percussive sparkling of the album’s opening track "Love in Rockets," the song’s refrain of "a wheel, a wheel of wasting my life: a wheel, a wheel of wasting my time" immediately alludes to those darker circumstances that led to the creative origins of Cage Tropical. "It’s all essentially based on what happened to me in Los Angeles and then a return to Brooklyn," says Frankie. "Misery turned into something good. The whole record to me is a redemption record and it is the most positive one I’ve made"

                        "I feel like I am finally free from worrying about an outcome. I don’t care. I already lost everything. I already had the worst- case scenario. When that happens, you do become free. In the end, it’s about me rescuing myself via having this record."

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Love In Rockets
                        2. Dyson Sphere
                        3. Trouble
                        4. Art Bell
                        5. Dancing Down The Hall
                        6. Cage Tropical
                        7. Game To Play
                        8. Red Museum
                        9. Epic Slack
                        10. Decontrol

                        Serious Poke is the debut solo from Fred Abbott the London-based musician, until now, best known as lead guitarist and keyboard player in the recently disbanded Noah And The Whale.

                        A supremely talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Abbott joined Noah And The Whale in 2009 and went on to huge success, especially notable being his contribution to 2011‘s Platinum-selling and highly acclaimed Last Night On Earth.

                        Abbott enlisted the help of his Noah And The Whale compadres and other friends for the recording of Serious Poke, with sessions taking place at West London’s British Grove Studios over the past year. The album was co-produced by Fred with Martin Hollis, whose diverse credits include Grinderman, The Rolling Stones and Take That.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1: Adrenaline Shot
                        2: Funny How Good It Feels
                        3: Awake
                        4: Honey
                        5: Hollywood
                        6: One Hot Night
                        7: Learn About Love
                        8: Don't Look Like Him
                        9: Still Told A Lie
                        10: Lucky People 

                        Franklyn Addo

                        A Quick Ting On: Grime

                          From pirate radio to Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, journalist and rapper Franklyn Addo pens an extraordinary narrative of the history, present and future of Grime music. The influence of Grime on contemporary British culture is difficult to understate. From fashion trends and evolving language to potent political statements, Grime is a musical juggernaut that has reverberated far throughout British society.

                          Chronicled for the first time in powerful literary prose, Addo intelligently documents the genre's cultural explosion and investigates how it became the voice of a generation. A phenomenal insight into the captivating and electrifying genre that has taken the British music scene by storm, A Quick Ting On: Grime is an essential and long-awaited read for Stormzy aficionados and grime newcomers alike.

                          Florence Adooni

                          Yinne

                          After her surprise debut "Mam Pe'ela Su'ure", Ghana's Frafra gospel queen Florence Adooni is back with her second single on Philophon. Born as Frafra in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti, she combines the best of both cultures into a unique fusion. The meandering, mostly pentatonic melodies of the Frafra glide over the high-life rhythm of the Ashanti with incredible ease. "Yinne" means The Creator and is one of the songs sung at the culmination of the Sunday service. Its driving rhythm usually guarantees a collective ecstasy in the community. "Fo Yelle", on the other hand, has more of a meditative effect on the listener. Its rather solemn rhythm leads you into tranquility and opens your soul to receive the divine spark.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Yinne
                          Fo Yelle

                          Fatima Al Qadiri

                          Gumar EP

                            Building on the themes of her most recent album, ‘Medieval Femme’, Fatima Al Qadiri’s newest release sees her pairing up with fellow Kuwaiti vocalist Gumar. The EP - also titled ‘Gumar’, Arabic for "moon" - is an homage to a style of lamentation singing that both Fatima and Gumar grew up with and were heavily influenced by, and for which the latter received formal training as a teenager. On these four short songs, Fatima provides a minimal counterpoint to Gumar's elegant vocals, a coalescence that powerfully and sympathetically complements and extends with cosmic, almost elemental depth. Serious and mournful in tone, the record ruminates on the subject of unrequited love, arguably the most common theme in Arabic music past and present. The cover is an original artwork by Kuwaiti artist Khalid al Gharaballi, Fatima's bestie and long-time collaborator. 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: Moving and painfully emotive, Al Qadiri adds to the beguiling cannon of neo-medieval musica with this release rich with Arabic influences and swathed in detailed synthscapes.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Gumar (moon)
                            Fidetik (i Lay Down My Life For You)
                            Mojik (your Waves)
                            Meriem

                            ‘Medieval Femme’, Fatima Al Qadiri’s new ten track suite inspired by the classical poems of Arab women, invokes a daydream through the metaphor of an Islamic garden, at the border between depression and desire, where the present temporarily dissolves, leaving only past and future. Mixing neon drones and the faint outlines of Arabesque melody, ‘Medieval Femme’ reveals a fully-realised, dreamlike setting, shaded with colour and subtle friction. Conveying a thematic state of melancholic longing, Fatima seeks to transport the listener to a place of reverie and desolation, to question the line between two seemingly opposite states and rejoice in celestial sorrow. ‘Medieval Femme’ takes instrumentation from music of the Middle Ages, recast in a futuristic setting; soft-synth lutes, organs and pipes reverberate in space while gauzy pulses ripple in response. Fatima's vocals of repeated, mantra-like phrases are sometimes pitched and altered, drawing out increasingly intense peaks, angelic choruses and yearning incantations. On ‘Tasakuba’, Kaltham Jassim’s recitation of a couplet from the 7th century poet Al-Khansa', the sorrow of her words are given a turbulent, hallucinatory setting, before the album resolves on the final song, the limpid, airy ‘Zandaq’.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: I'm loving all these hybrids of neo-classical, bass and ancient music that seem to be coming out right now. File next to: Doon Kanda, Faten Kanaan, Lee Gamble etc. Mega!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Medieval Femme
                            A2. A Certain Concubine
                            A3. Sheba
                            A4. Vanity
                            A5. Stolen Kiss Of A Succubus
                            B1. Golden
                            B2. Qasmuna (Dreaming)
                            B3. Malaak
                            B4. Tasakuba
                            B5. Zandaq

                            Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake

                            From The River To The Ocean

                              Available on vinyl for the first time since its original CD-only release in 2007.

                              The closest of relationships gives its members space to expand, change, develop and play. Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson and drummer Hamid Drake have just that kind of partnership, one that has seen them periodically move apart and work extensively on other fronts - Anderson tending to the recent relocation of his major jazz venue the Velvet Lounge; Drake in a dizzying array of globetrotting ensembles - but always returning to the fold, digging in together and checking out what’s been learned in the interim.

                              Over the course of some three decades, the master saxophonist and the prodigy percussionist have continued to reconfirm their commitment to their joint project.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Planet E
                              Strut Time
                              For Brother Thompson
                              Sakti/Shiva
                              From The River To The Ocean

                              Fiona Apple

                              Fetch The Bolt Cutters

                                Fetch the Bolt Cutters is a strange and exceptional record, even within the context of an uncommon career. It shakes, rattles and rolls with unorthodox percussion, and on the opening track – I Want You to Love Me – the singer hiccups in ecstasy, facing off against an arpeggiating piano as though competing to climax first.

                                Although veteran engineer/producer Tchad Blake had some input, and Apple sought the assistance of her drummer’s father, sound engineer John Would, Fetch the Bolt Cutters marks the first time she has entirely overseen production on one of her albums. Knowing her own mind is a major theme. “I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me,” she swaggers on Under the Table, a wickedly funny song about how she is a nightmare date at pompous dinner parties. (“Kick me under the table all you want.”)

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: Toeing the line skilfully between mellow jazz, soulful r&b and good old-fashioned indie, Fiona Apple has a sound all of her own. Spoken word sections segue seamlessly into more driven rhythmic material before calming right back down into almost ambient instrumentation. Brilliant, and bonkers.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                01. I Want You To Love Me
                                02. Shameika
                                03. Fetch The Bolt Cutters
                                04. Under The Table
                                05. Relay
                                06. Rack Of His
                                07. Newspaper
                                08. Ladies
                                09. Heavy Balloon
                                10. Cosmonauts
                                11. For Her
                                12. Drumset
                                13. On I Go

                                Freya Beer

                                Beast

                                  “Don’t tell me this is wrong to enjoy all these feelings”, Freya purrs with a lip-smacking sense of relish. A song all about the conflicting feelings that can shadow a sense of empowerment, “Beast” finds Freya stepping into the shoes of Lady Justice and taking the scales into her own hands. Laden with the typically evocative imagery we have come to expect from the London songwriter, its lyrics toy with our notions of lust and love, guilt and the truth, the milk of human kindness and the poison of power; to create something exhilarating and asphyxiating in equal measures. Produced by Peter Hobbs (The Boy Least Likely To), it’s a track of unrelenting intensity that locks the listener with clenched jaws from the outset. As its spiralling arrangements hypnotise and Owain Hanford’s prowling percussives paralyse, its Freya who delivers the deathly sting in the tail with puncturing guitar barbs that will spare no-one in their path.


                                  The latest in a string of captivating singles, “Beast” follows previous cuts “Siren” and “Calm Before The Storm”; each paving the way for one of 2021’s most anticipated new releases from one of its most defiantly uncompromising new talents. Freya Beer has earned a reputation for music that mixes poetic lyrics inspired by Charles Bukowski or Anne Sexton, with the distinctive gothic stylings of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, or David Lynch. Highly literate in her reference points both musical and written, they shine no greater than on the obsidian sheen of her bewitching debut album: ‘Beast’. Unphased by the isolating impositions of the previous year, Freya used the period’s foreboding limitations as a means to feed her art and blossom as an artist. Using her time away from the live stage to connect with her creative impulses on a deeper level, she began to nurture and raise the debut album she had always wanted to make. Delving into the aspirations of the dreaming to the lucid nightmares of the living, the songs of ‘Beast’ find Freya blurring fiction and reality with a disorienting daze. Scouring the silver screen for nuanced narratives, many of the songs of ‘Beast’ glean initial inspiration from characters seen in classic cinema. Distorting their stories and injecting traits of her own volition, their journeys soon become very different prospects

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Beast
                                  2. The Calm Before The Storm
                                  3. Forget It
                                  4. Secret Garden
                                  5. Arms Open Wide
                                  6. Dear Sweet Rosie
                                  7. Siren
                                  8. To The Heavens And All Their Work
                                  9. Pure
                                  10. Beauty
                                  11. Put It To The Test

                                  Frank Black & The Catholics

                                  True Blue

                                    ‘True Blue’ is a collection of songs originally intended as technical demos for the Catholics’ acclaimed ‘Black Letter Days’ album Recorded in 2001 live to 1 track tape at the legendary Sound City Studios, the recordings capture raw and captivating performances by Frank Black and the Catholics on songs including ‘California Bound’,‘The End Of Miles’, and ‘Cold Heart Of Stone’

                                    Previously only available as a bonus CD in ‘The Complete Recordings’ boxset,‘True Blue’ is an essential release for Frank Black fans and offers a glimpse into a studio session with the Catholics

                                    Pressed on 140 g vinyl, newly remastered by Phil Kinrade and cut by Cicely Balston at AIR Mastering Presented in a textured reverse board sleeve with new artwork by Mark Reynolds, and exclusive liner notes by producer Ben Mumphrey

                                    Also included is a bonus 7 single featuring three studio outtakes, including a previously unreleased version of ‘The Black Rider’

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    LP Tracklist
                                    1. Black Letter Days
                                    2. California Bound
                                    3. Chip Away Boy
                                    4. Cold Heart Of Stone
                                    5. How You Went So Far
                                    6. Jane The Queen Of Love
                                    7. Jet Black River
                                    8. Southbound Bevy
                                    9. The End Of Miles
                                    10. The Farewell Bend
                                    11. Valentine And Garuda
                                    12. Whispering Weeds


                                    7” Tracklist
                                    1. The Black Rider
                                    2. Song Of The Shrimp
                                    3. John The Revelator

                                    Frank Black

                                    Live 2006 (RSD23 EDITION)

                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                      Available for the very first time is Frank Black's Live 2006, recorded live during the Pixies frontman's 2006 solo North American tour. Limited edition twelve-track live album pressed on Mandarin Orange Vinyl with printed inners and new artwork by Mark Reynolds. Includes 'Six Sixty Six', 'Bullet', 'Burn Today' & a cover of Roxy Music's Remake / Remodel'.

                                      François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley

                                      Cylene II

                                        Cylene II is the new materialization of the collaboration between François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley, initiated in 2018 and continued without interruption since then, taking form in a myriad of contexts ranging from common practice to recording sessions, concerts and tours.

                                        Cylene II bears witness to these different contexts, offering a multifaceted sound signature developed on different occasions (artist residencies in La Becque, Switzerland and Modena, Italy, live performance excerpts, a studio session at INA-GRM Studios in Paris).

                                        The epic opening track "Four Rays (Anti Divide)" welcomes, for the first time, other musicians — in this case a wind quintet — expanding the duo's sonic palette without betraying the fundamental component of their music, namely the driving of sonic energy. Elsewhere, Bonnet and O'Malley propel the energy between themselves, extending the singular climate that has characterized their musical development over the past five years. Among their minimal presentation of tones and resonances, as glacial harmonic intersections slowly elevate with massive physicality to an orchestral degree, new refinements become evident: the music's relationship to silence, and a brightening of the fine metallic edge glowing at its core.

                                        For the listener, Cylene II is a sound that reaches from the deep and scales up to the far firmament in its careful motion, drawing emotions viscerally from the chest, giving rise to the suggestibility of the soul. A séance of sorts for all who witness it, whether playing or listening.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Four Rays (Anti Divide)
                                        2. Rainbows
                                        3. Vulcani Di Fango
                                        4. Ghosts Of Precognition
                                        5. Troisième Noire
                                        6. La Ronde

                                        Fiona Brice

                                        And You Know I Care

                                          The British multi-instrumentalist, orchestral arranger and composer Fiona Brice has drawn on her abundant talents to forge her second solo album for Bella Union, And You Know I Care. It's a deep listening experience that raises the post-classical bar, eschewing the genre’s default melancholia for wider and richer dimensions of uplifting and exultant bliss - though the range and contrast ensure this is no new age-style panacea.

                                          Brice has drawn on all the experience gained working with the likes of John Grant, Anna Calvi, Jarvis Cocker, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Katherine Jenkins, Elbow, the BBC Concert and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players. She toured with Placebo for ten years, and more recently Elbow, so to say Brice is in-demand is an understatement. But she still has time for her own work. Her debut album Postcards From, a more minimalist, filmic set of instrumentals, was released in 2016. After two purer classical projects (String Quartet No.1 in 2018 and the lockdown-inspired Piano Preludes in 2022) And You Know I Care is a more wide-ranging, ruminating work, and showcases Brice’s voice, lyrics and choral arrangements.


                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1 Ascending
                                          2 And You Know I Care
                                          3 We Rise We Fall
                                          4 Through Her Eyes
                                          5 Nocturnal
                                          6 Whose God Are You?
                                          7 Today Will Be Different
                                          8 Retreat

                                          Falko Brocksieper is a cult German minimalist who was favoured by the likes of Craig Richards and his Tyrant project. This new EP from 20/20 Vision takes a deep dive into his back catalogue to unearth a gem that first arrived via Treibstoff Recordings almost 20 years ago in 2006. 'Frantic Formula' is a nice liquid cut with wispy sci-fi pads and rolling grooves for early evening warm-ups, while 'Outrun' gets more upright with its jumbled drum loops and gurgling bass. 'Covert Action' is another masterfully languid and elastic rhythm that layers up cowbells, wobbly low ends and silky loops that soon lock you into the groove. A welcome remaster and reissue for sure.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Frantic Formula
                                          Outrun
                                          Covert Action

                                          Findlay Brown

                                          Losing The Will To Survive / I Will (Ghost Ship)

                                            With influences ranging from Simon and Garfunkel, Jackson C. Frank, The Band, Spirit and Family to Funkadelic and Kraut-rock Findlay has a deep vein to mine for musical inspiration. These solo acoustic songs were recorded in the bedroom of his producer, Simon Lord, formerly the singer with psyche rockers Simian. They illustrate Fin's understanding of the craft of song-writing, an understanding he shares with the likes of David Crosby or Jose Gonzalez. Blessed with a voice that will inevitably melt hearts, Findlay drapes "Losing The Will To Survive" in lush vocal harmonies, reminiscent of a long lost classic. "I Will (Ghost Ship)" is a heart breakingly beautiful and intimate ballad. This is the first release on new label All Good Things, whose philosophy is to release accessible records big on personality, right across the musical genres.

                                            Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

                                            Dark Rainbow

                                              Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes return with their fifth studio album, 'Dark Rainbow' - set for release on 26 January 2024. The Rattlesnakes have built a reputation for blistering anthems that owe as much to brooding desert rock as it does hardcore and power-pop. They’re redefining punk-rock with a sound that straddles eras and genres, putting The Rattlesnakes in a category all their own, while also challenging tired cliches and setting the world to rights.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Honey
                                              2. Man Of The Hour
                                              3. Can I Take You Home
                                              4. American Spirit
                                              5. Happier Days
                                              6. Brambles
                                              7. Queen Of Hearts
                                              8. Sun Bright Golden Happening
                                              9. Superstar
                                              10. Self Love
                                              11. A Dark Rainbow

                                              Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

                                              Sticky

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

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

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

                                                TRACK LISTING

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

                                                Francisco Mora Catlett

                                                Mora! II

                                                Part two of this incredible Francisco Mora Catlett piece sees wife Teresa Mora on vocals and trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave. “Mora I & II” are holy grails of Latin jazz, masterminded by an unsung hero of the genre. Born in Washington DC, 1947, Francisco Mora Jr is the eldest child of two highly prominent Mexican artists, Francisco Mora Sr and Elizabeth Catlett, to whom this project was dedicated. Being born into a mixed heritage bohemian family provided Mora Jr with what he called a ‘creative, progressive, and healthy arts environment’, building the foundations for a fascinating career journey ahead.

                                                Mora grew up in Mexico City where he began working as a session musician for Capitol Records in 1968, before moving to study at Berklee Music College in Boston, MA in 1970. Once he’d completed his studies in 1973, he very briefly returned to Mexico City with the best intentions of cultivating an avant-garde movement in the city, but when the Sun Ra Arkestra came to perform, Mora ended up leaving with the band to tour the world for the next seven years, a decent innings within a group famous for its constantly evolving line up.

                                                Settling in Detroit after his years with the Arkestra, Francisco set to work on his selftitled debut, gathering an ensemble of musicians that included keyboardist Kenny Cox, founder of the legendary Strata Records, esteemed bassist Rodney Whitaker of the Roy Hargrove Quintet and percussionists Jerome Le Duff, Alberto Nacif, and Emile Borde. The album openly embraces and unites the broad spectrum of improvisation, rhythm, and jazz that has thrived throughout the American continents for centuries. In Mora’s own words the album intended to ‘manifest the African heritage presence in the American continent.’


                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Afra Jum
                                                Amazona
                                                Amazona Prelude
                                                Dawn
                                                Samba Conga Do Amor
                                                Por Que Paro 
                                                Afra Jum 
                                                Old Man Joe 
                                                El Morro

                                                Francis Coppieters

                                                Piano Viberations LP (THE KPM Reissues)

                                                2018 Reissue – Remastered From Original Tapes, Carefully Reproduced Original Art.

                                                Piano Viberations’ “small group jazz featuring piano and vibes with rhythm” makes for a gorgeous Francis Coppieters showcase, surely one of Belgium’s best-kept musical secrets. Released in 1975, and arguably the most low-key of the KPM and Themes records we’re re-issuing, this is easily our current favourite.

                                                “The Open Highway” is the appropriately-named opener, and immediately demonstrates Coppieters’ dexterous interplay between piano and vibes in assured, joyous fashion. The shuffling bossa of “Sales Notes” is a jaw-dropper, well-mined by samplers with impeccable taste. The mellow head-nod drum-break that is “Funky Chimes” brilliantly demonstrates Coppieters’ quiet majestic side with its slow-motion funk rhythm with beautifully reflective notes throughout.

                                                The upbeat and joyful “Cross Talk” closes out side A. Vibes and piano are definitely at the heart of the arrangement here. The quick cut movement of “Piano In Transit” is another gem, driven principally by piano but those vibes along for more than just the ride. On a more gentle, elegiac note, “To Shearing With Love” is a warm, slow, romantic piece in the style of George Shearing. It’s plaintive and sublime.

                                                Piano Viberations is one of those rare library records the original description of which makes as much sense now as it did when it was first released. Piano and vibes with rhythm indeed.
                                                As with all ten re-issues, the audio for Piano Viberations comes from the original analogue tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis. We’ve taken the same care with the sleeves, handing the reproduction duties over to Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM’s brand identity.


                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                The Open Highway
                                                Funky Chimes
                                                Bright Blue Note
                                                To Shearing With Love
                                                Cross Talk
                                                Waltz On The Off Beat
                                                Blues In The Basement
                                                Piano In Transit
                                                Sales Talk
                                                Kings Road Chelsea
                                                Samba De Negra

                                                Frank Cordell

                                                Demon - From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                  Stylotone in association with The Frank Cordell Estate and director Larry Cohenis proud to announce the World Premiere Release of...Composed and Conducted by Frank Cordell (Khartoum, Ring of Bright Water)

                                                  An Academy Award-nominee in 1970 for his soundtrack to ‘Cromwell’and composer of the infamous unused score to Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

                                                  A 4-Track 7” 45RPM Vinyl EP featuring music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the cult 1976 horror film(also known as ‘God Told Me To’)

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Main Titles
                                                  2. Panic In The Street Side Two
                                                  3. Confrontation
                                                  4. End Titles

                                                  Freddie Cruger

                                                  Just Chillin' In The Spot

                                                    Repress of this amazing Freddie Cruger (AKA Red Astaire) album on his  Homegrown Records imprint. As we mentioned last week, there's a slew of reissues coming from the recently deceased artist's estate; reminding us just how skilled a producer Red Astaire was, and what a hole he's left in the musical landscape...

                                                    As you would expect from a man who's released a plethora of tunes taking in a vast array of styles, "Just Chillin'" is a heady mix of hip hop, jazz, soul, funk, disco and just about everywhere else in-between. Yet, most importantly, it's all about the beats - which are infectious and upfront on every track. In total there are thirteen tracks, perfect for your back room, main room, front room or BBQ. 

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side 1
                                                    1. Homegrown (intro)
                                                    2. Rock The Beat
                                                    3. Chillin' In The Spot
                                                    4. Keep On Knockin'
                                                    Side 2
                                                    1. Psycho Cha Cha
                                                    2. Wind It Up
                                                    3. Jazzflow
                                                    Side 3
                                                    1. Rainy Dayz (feat ADL & Linn)
                                                    2. Love Like Ours
                                                    3. What Ya Sayin'
                                                    Side 4
                                                    1. I Got...
                                                    2. Take You To El Barrio
                                                    3. Ain't Shit

                                                    Fabienne Delsol

                                                    Between You And Me - 2022 Reissue

                                                      Over three years in the making, Between You And Me is full of swinging 60’s Ye Ye pop charm including a few French language songs and the single ‘I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat’. It’s the usual mix of cover and new songs written by George Miller, Peder Bernhardt and fellow Damaged Goods artist Pete Molinari (who also guests on one track) 

                                                      Fabienne Delsol

                                                      Four

                                                        Fabienne Delsol’s new album Four is a culmination of a year or so’s activity at Toerag studios. The big change this time around is the co-production by Fabienne alongside Luke Oldfield, himself a long-time engineer and producer at Toerag. Though swathed in the same toil and tears of her previous three solo albums, Four has a more nuanced and mature sound, rooted in psych whilst retaining some snappy French pop and ‘60s garage styles of auld. There is also a mass of complimentary instruments, in particular the Mellotron is a welcome and worthy addition to many of the tracks. The contemporary and original songs 'I'll Never Be Lonely Again' and 'See How They Run' are masterfully crafted for Fabienne’s distinct delivery, and both feature a strong ‘60s groove in-keeping with her trademark sound, the latter being a contender for the highlight of this classy album.

                                                        As is archetypal of a Fabienne Delsol LP, carefully chosen covers are lovingly interpreted via Fabienne’s delicate voice – take Lyme and Cybelle’s ‘Follow Me’, itself a wonderful heavy-handed garage-folk jaunt, or the stunning take on the Human Beinz’ second album opener ‘Face’, a spellbindingly solid piece - praise indeed to the assembled players on both. A lifelong devotee of “the Quo”, it’s no surprise then to hear Fabienne tackling a Spare Parts album track, only here ‘When I Awake’ is pared-back and sparkling, whilst Francoise Hardy’s smouldering French classic ‘J’ai Fait Du Lui Un Reve’ is reimagined with a sumptuous air of the ethereal, with stark emotion in that voice and slowly building up tonal layers as the track progresses - you’ll struggle to hear anything as haunting this year. 

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1 – See How They Run
                                                        2 – Ladder
                                                        3 – Door Knob
                                                        4 – So Many Could Not
                                                        5 – When I Awake
                                                        6 – The Face
                                                        7 – No Love To Give
                                                        8 – J'ai Fait De Lui Un Reve
                                                        9 – Follow Me
                                                        10 – I'll Never Be Lonely Again
                                                        11 – Hurtin' Kind

                                                        Fabienne Delsol

                                                        Four - 2022 Reissue

                                                          Four has a more nuanced and mature sound, rooted in Mellotron-drenched psych whilst retaining some snappy French pop and ‘60s garage styles. The original songs are masterfully crafted for Fabienne’s distinct delivery, and both feature a strong ‘60s groove. Carefully chosen covers are lovingly interpreted – take Lyme and Cybelle’s ‘Follow Me’, a heavy-handed garage-folk jaunt, or the stunning take on the Human Beinz’ second album opener ‘Face’. A lifelong devotee of “the Quo”, Fabienne tackles a Spare Parts album track, whilst Francoise Hardy’s smouldering French classic ‘J’ai Fait Du Lui Un Reve’ is ethereally reimagined. 

                                                          Fabienne Delsol

                                                          No Time For Sorrows - 2022 Reissue

                                                            Fabienne moved to London in 1996, almost immediately joining the Bristols, a then studio project consisting of Liam Watson and Ed Deegan, two producer-engineers at Toerag Studios. After two albums, a few singles and several tours of Europe, the Bristols came to an end. Eager to carry on singing, Fabienne went solo. With the help of Liam Watson producing, Fabienne recorded her first album No Time For Sorrows concentrating on a more elaborate but similar style she had previously experienced with the Bristols. 

                                                            Fabienne Delsol

                                                            On My Mind - 2022 Reissue

                                                              Put together in studio down-time and ably backed by Toe Rag's stable of musicians, On My Mind features Fabienne's customary mixture of both English and French lyrics sung with plenty of coquettish charm. The album marks something of a departure from the jaunty beat-pop and ye-ye of her previous albums however, there's a definite autumnal feel to several of the tracks, putting you in mind of what the much mooted Francoise Hardy/Nick Drake collaboration might have yielded. 

                                                              Fatoumata Diawara

                                                              London Ko

                                                                2023 marks the big comeback of Fatoumata Diawara.

                                                                After LAMOMALI (the afro-pop project of -M- awarded a Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy equivalent) and a double platinum album), her solo album FENFO (nominated for the Grammy Awards and the Victoires de la Musique) and successful international collaborations (Gorillaz, Disclosure…), one of Africa's greatest voices presents LONDON KO. Distinguished guests (-M-, Angie Stone, Roberto Fonseca, Yemi Alade, Ghanaian rapper M.anifest) and 6 tracks co-produced with Damon Albarn: a perfect combination between synthetic sounds and traditional Malian rhythms; a dive into an eclectic and an absolut avant-garde universe. Bamako versus London, London Ko, a story to follow and share!


                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Nsera
                                                                2. Somaw
                                                                3.Sete
                                                                4. Seguen
                                                                5. Massa Den
                                                                6. Mogokan
                                                                7. Blues
                                                                8. Moussoya
                                                                9. Netara
                                                                10.Yada
                                                                11. Tolon
                                                                12. Dambe
                                                                13. Dakan
                                                                14. Maya

                                                                Felix Dickinson Featuring Blane Lyon

                                                                People’s People - Inc. Crazy P & Ron Trent Remixes

                                                                A track first recorded by Felix Dickinson, DJ Shacra and Blane Lyon in 2001 finally gets a release in Blane’s memory with remixes from Ron Trent, Crazy P and Brother Lee Love.

                                                                Felix’s Dub offers a stripped back, slouchy workout that previews Blane’s lyrics in tastefully dubbed-out snatches. From this open canvas, Blane’s voice melts into disco glitter and cool funk, courtesy of UK mainstays Crazy P. On track three, house royalty Ron Trent spotlights Blane’s vocals underneath a steady groove, soaring into euphoria with passionate pads and colourful synths. Next, Brother Lee Love’s Heads Down remix pulls the record into techy minimal territory: Blane’s voice loops pensively, speaking to the sultry, eyes-closed part of the night. 


                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: Felix's jittering electro-disco romp is a triumph alone. Add a sultry nocturnal redux by Crazy P and a richly woven deep house rendition by Ron Trent and you've got yourself a top tier club record at hand.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1 - Felix's Dub
                                                                A2 - Crazy P Remix
                                                                B1 - Ron Trent Remix
                                                                B2 - Head Down Mix

                                                                Floyd Dixon / Tony Harris, JJ Jones And Band

                                                                Ooh Little Girl / Try This Li'l Ole Heart

                                                                Two killers from the Ebb stable back to back! On side A Floyd Dixon hits us with the brilliant jivin' rock & roller "Ooh Little Girl", while on the flip Tony Harris, JJ Jones And Band deliver hollering slinkie slowie "Try This Li'l Ole Heart".



                                                                Ferry Djimmy

                                                                Rhythm Revolution

                                                                Recorded for Benin’s Communist revolution, ‘Rhythm Revolution’ is a rare and truly unique Afrobeat record - it’s rumoured only 200 copies of the original release survived.

                                                                Ferry Djimmy was a schoolteacher, former boxer, and a personal friend of Muhammad Ali and Fela Kuti. He was later Jacques Chirac’s personal bodyguard.

                                                                Recorded at the Satel Studio in Cotonou, the album is one of the toughest, wildest and deepest slices of Afro-Funk cut - with raw African rhythms, distortion, energy and wit.

                                                                Alongside nods to Hendrix, Kuti and James Brown, there is something truly unique about Ferry Djimmy’s musical legacy.

                                                                A must-have for Afrobeat, Afro Funk and Psych collectors.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: Hard fuzz and clatter here from a Benin revolutionary.. Ferry wields his guitar like a man possessed, issuing wah-wah bombardments and frenzied solos; whilst a whole array of yet-to-be-sampled breaks thump away in the back. Real deal shit!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Be Free
                                                                Atakpa DC9
                                                                When I Come In The Road
                                                                Brest DC10
                                                                Yong Revolution
                                                                Carry Me Blak
                                                                Antiga
                                                                Ichango
                                                                A Were We Coco
                                                                Egbemi Black
                                                                Love Love
                                                                Start To Pray
                                                                Oluwa Loranmi Nichai
                                                                Toba Walemi
                                                                Chikri Man
                                                                My Dad Has Me To Kanm

                                                                Fabiano Do Nascimento & Sam Gendel

                                                                The Room

                                                                  The Room is a collection of folkloric pieces from various regions around South America, as interpreted by Fabiano do Nascimento and Sam Gendel, on 7-string nylon guitar and soprano saxophone, respectively. Presented with purity and focus, soaring and lamenting, this album presents a unique journey through lesser-known musical landscapes and traditions stretching from Argentina to the Amazon.

                                                                  Sam Gendal, the Californian saxophonist – perhaps best-known for his thoughtful collaborations with Moses Sumney and bassist Sam Wilkes – has long been honing slippery improvisations, pitch-bending his harmonies and sliding over rhythms. The ambient-jazz musician offers unpredictable, impressionistic takes on R&B hits from the '90s and early '00s, tackling songs by Beyoncé, Aaliyah, and Erykah Badu. Sam Gendel's ascension to beloved ambient-jazz savant has been fuelled, in part, by the inexhaustibility of his output.

                                                                  Fabiano is a Rio de Janeiro-born, LA-based multi-string guitarist, composer and producer who has developed his own sound that is ever-expansive, sometimes called retro-futuristic brazilian music, borrowing from the traditions of samba and choro while echoing elements of modern jazz, experimental & electronic.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Foi Boto
                                                                  2. Capricho
                                                                  3. Astral Flowers
                                                                  4. Kewere
                                                                  5. Cores
                                                                  6. Txera
                                                                  7. Até De Manhã
                                                                  8. Poeira
                                                                  9. Tupi
                                                                  10. Daiana

                                                                  Fabiano Do Nascimento

                                                                  Mundo Solo

                                                                    Recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles (2020) the album is fundamentally the sound of a man alone with his instruments.
                                                                    Utilizing a variety of guitars, including 6, 7 and 10 strings, Oktav guitar and electric baritone guitar, alongside a host of pedals and synthesizers, Fabiano tracked imagined landscapes with expressive, expansive improvisations, which tend toward the more ambient and atmospheric reaches of his recent output.

                                                                    Adopting Hermeto Pascoal's concept of Universal Music, a rejection of nationalistic tendencies in order to express all of one's musical influences all at once, Fabiano avoided leaning too heavily on any particular musical language, without denying his own musical roots.

                                                                    After studying classical piano as a child, the Rio de Janeiro native discovered the guitar aged 10. Studying under his late uncle, Lucio Nascimento, he eventually left Brazil for LA, where he soon became an in- demand player for his distinct and authentic sound. He has since released seven albums under his own name and collaborated with renowned Brazilian artists including Arthur Verocai and Airto Moreira, as well as experimental US saxophonist Sam Gendel.

                                                                    Mundo Solo (Do Nascimento's eighth), was recorded in one take per track, with occasional overdubs and a few appearances from collaborators and friends Julien Canthelm (drums on Etude 1), Ajurina Zwarg, (percussion on CPMV) and Gabe Noel (Bass on Curumim).

                                                                    Fabiano Do Nascimento's consummate mastery of his instrument has afforded him a freedom of expression few can claim. Blending the emotional with the elemental, Mundo Solo is a stunning snapshot of solitude and the beauty which can blossom within it.


                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. Abertura
                                                                    A2. Curumim 2
                                                                    A3. Paperstrings
                                                                    A4. Agua De Estrellas
                                                                    A5. Bari
                                                                    A6. Etude 1
                                                                    A7. Meianoite
                                                                    A8. Reflections
                                                                    A9. Coisa
                                                                    B1. Coisa 2
                                                                    B2. CPVM
                                                                    B3. Txaii
                                                                    B4. Tempo
                                                                    B5. De Manha
                                                                    B6. Dormenor

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

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

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                    Franke Ene

                                                                    No Longer

                                                                      “No Longer is a suite of six absorbing, patient reveries on conflicted concupiscence and encroaching darkness by Berkeley songwriter Frank Ene, who composed the material in a period of solitude following the demise of his noise-pop group Pure Bliss. Ene abstained from socializing to write the songs, venturing outside mostly to work in the basement of a frame-shop or observe students on the nearby UC Berkeley campus, vintage self-help paperbacks stuffed in his pockets.

                                                                      When it came time to record, he opted to play nearly every instrument himself. ‘Some songs are affirmations,’ he said. ‘The saddest ones I can’t remember writing, as if someone entered my mind and body in a really brutal way.’ “Suffused with an atmosphere of slow-simmering tension, No Longer traffics in understated grooves reminiscent of latter-era Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, with Ene’s rich voice somehow sounding at once wispy and full-bodied.

                                                                      ‘Flesh In The Womb,’ one of the songs to feature songwriter and Fresh & Onlys guitarist Wymond Miles, channels the lasciviousness of Serge Gainsbourg as well as the beguiling sparseness of Dean Blunt. The lyrics to ‘Housing Alcove,’ a crushing meditation on childhood trauma, reveal competing, interconnected feelings of vulnerability and ambition (a duality captured by the evocative album art). A dynamic, repeat listen, No Longer stands among the most musically arresting and emotionally contoured Bay Area solo debuts in recent memory.” —Sam Lefebvre

                                                                      F.I.D.E.L (Further Individual Delusions) is the avatar project of Paris-based composer/producer/A&R, R.DIlouya (Omar, Sly Johnson, N'Dea Davenport, Gystère, Oxmo Puccino etc - Blue Note Records, Universal Jazz, Heavenly Sweetness).

                                                                      UK Funk & Soul and Northern Soul Legend, John Turrell (Smoove & Turrell - BBC Fantasy Funk Band - Jalapeño Records) and French Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz major force, Sly Johnson (aka Sly the Mic Buddha - Multi-Platinum selling supergroup Saïan Supa Crew - BBE Records).

                                                                      Hailing from North Paris and Northern England, F.I.D.E.L pays tribute with Out Of Sight to the great Post-Disco, Boogie and New Wave pop songs that shaped the world's collective unconscious at the twilight of the Thatcher / Cold War Era.

                                                                      F.I.D.E.L takes this as a jumping off point and channels its sound through the care and the musical craft of the past to a yet more modern soundscape using Prophet Synthesizers, Clavinets and Drum Machines to create a fast, nervous, funky, ironic and intoxicating satire of modern-days in our now post-COVID western societies.

                                                                      While most of the musical heavy lifting is done by Dilouya himself, Turrell lays down socially anchored lyrics, rooted firmly in the gritty, no-nonsense world of a working-class man, tracks such as All About Love , Straight Down to Heaven or (I Don't Give a Sh*t About) Summertime show the depths of this man's repertoire.

                                                                      Sly Johnson lets his soul rip with a gut reaction to 21st century tech-infused populism on Out of Sight and Star 51.

                                                                      This musical connection fused the fun-loving, loud-speaking, trouble-making friends and made them explore with irony and sarcasm the paradoxes of their time to produce what will remain as a unique body of work, testifying to the ambivalence of a generation oscillating between social concern and the desire to party!

                                                                      Recorded over two week-long studio sessions in Paris, Out Of Sight showcases Dilouya's timeless songwriting and bold production style, setting the perfect ground for John Turrell's instant classic vocal performances and Sly Johnson's revered musicianship and versatility. Electrifying performances from German songstress Noraa (Out of Sight , Heartbeat) and SciFi- obsessed DKO Records' front man Larry Houl (Odd Things) complement F.I.D.E.L's take on how and why music shapes our critical sense and appetite for escapism.

                                                                      "Between delusions of grandeur and social disappointment, fantasized nostalgia and neon statues bearing its effigy, F.I.D.E.L imposes with Out Of Sight its ideal for Civilization to a world that ultimately never changes."

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. OUT OF SIGHT — F.I.D.E.L, Sly Johnson, Noraa, John Turrell & Dilouya
                                                                      2. HEARTBEAT — F.I.D.E.L, John Turrell & Dilouya
                                                                      3. STAR 51 — F.I.D.E.L, Sly Johnson & Dilouya
                                                                      4. ALL ABOUT LOVE — F.I.D.E.L, John Turrell & Dilouya
                                                                      5. STRAIGHT DOWN TO HEAVEN — F.I.D.E.L, John Turrell & Dilouya
                                                                      6. L'AVENTURE MODERNE — F.I.D.E.L & Dilouya
                                                                      7. ALL OF THIS IS FAKE — F.I.D.E.L, John Turrell & Dilouya
                                                                      8. (I DON'T GIVE A SH*T ABOUT) SUMMERTIME — F.I.D.E.L, John Turrell & Dilouya
                                                                      9. BEHIND THE WALL — F.I.D.E.L, John Turrell & Dilouya
                                                                      10. ODD THINGS (Part 1&2) — F.I.D.E.L, Larry Houl, Sly Johnson & Dilouya

                                                                      The French feel good maestros over at Treasure, dig up another haul of glorious gold for ears to wrap around. F.R dusts off the goods on this find, delivering three functional and fearsome reworks of certifiable classic cuts, that will have the dancefloor in the palm of your hands.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. Muddy
                                                                      B1. Stronger Than Pride
                                                                      B2. Nothin Can Come

                                                                      The French feel-good maestros over at Treasure, dig up another pair of gems from the vaults. This time F.R delivers two more killer reworks of certified classic cuts, that will have the dancefloor in the palm of your hands, anytime of year.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. Pearls
                                                                      B1. Makes Me Wonder

                                                                      The Treasure team keep digging and uncovered another pair of gems. More reworked classic tracks from F.R. for today’s more select dancefloors.

                                                                      Continuer à danser.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. Georgie Porgy
                                                                      B1. Paradise

                                                                      F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm

                                                                      2X1=4

                                                                        The seven-track album finds the duo unexpectedly exploring a dub influenced universe, though in truth it’s one already familiar to both. F.S.Blumm, for instance, is co-founder of Quasi Dub Development, whose 2014 album, Little-Twister vs Stiff-Neck, featured Lady Ann and Lee Scratch Perry, while Frahm’s music – not least 2018’s All Melody – has occasionally betrayed a fondness for the form’s associated studio techniques, though he concedes wryly that his approach has always been “a little bit more German” than his influences.

                                                                        F.S.Blumm, a revered mainstay of the German underground for over two decades, and Nils Frahm, who’s enjoyed significant success in recent years with his ground-breaking compositions for piano and synths, first met in the early 2000s. Frahm was a big fan of Blumm’s 2001 album, Mondkuchen – he refers to his fellow Berlin resident admiringly these days as “a vital brick in the Berlin Wall” – while Blumm was soon dazzled by Frahm’s studio set up. “Compared to mine,” he says, “it was like a space ship!” Soon they were working together on a variety of projects – including theatre pieces and animated films – and by 2010 they’d released their first collaborative album, Music For Lovers Music Versus Time. A second, Music For Wobbling Music Versus Gravity, followed in 2013, and a third, Tag Eins Tag Zwei, in 2016.

                                                                        2X1=4 is very different to its predecessors, but its final track, ‘Neckrub’, first took shape as they wound up work on Tag Eins Tag Zwei. “We had a certain sound in the back of our heads,” Blumm recalls, “which was influenced by these 80s rhythm machines, and we suddenly discovered a common love for dub.” Most of the new album, therefore, was initially developed in 2016 during improvisation sessions recorded by Frahm to two-track cassette. “It was like we were running a combine harvester,” Blumm laughs, “so we could write our names on a single grain!”

                                                                        Afterwards, they worked on editing and overdubs in Frahm’s new studio at Berlin’s legendary Funkhaus. “We kept on making new songs out of these sessions and starting over and over again,” Frahm smiles. “It was a process that was time consuming but really fun.” Not that either of them is eager to claim a purist approach. “I love ending up somewhere where I’m surprised by myself or the machine or the person with whom I’m making music,” Blumm concludes, while Frahm emphasises that, “None of this is too serious. The record is only as much of a dub record as the ones before are jazz records…”


                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Barry says: Blumm & Frahm have worked together before a couple times resulting in a number of excellent outings for Sonic Pieces, but this time sees the talented duo explore more dubby landscapes, with deep basses and electronic blips, wonderfully inventive and brilliantly immersive.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Desert Mule
                                                                        Presidential Tub
                                                                        Puddle Drop
                                                                        Buddy Hop
                                                                        Sarah & Eve
                                                                        Raw Chef
                                                                        Neckrub

                                                                        F.S.K.

                                                                        X

                                                                          Mainly instrumental album from these legendary Peel faves. For fans of Kranky / Payola etc.

                                                                          F**k-Off Machete

                                                                          If Gold Was Silver And Silver Was Gold

                                                                            Fuck-Off Machete are the latest beautiful new animal born from the fertile Glasgow scene. Quick on the draw and a force to be reckoned with, they formed in 2003 after the demise of bassist & vocalist Natasha Noramlys previous band Ganger (Domino), and began recording their debut album a mere three months after inception. Fuck-Off Machete's music is as strong as it is catchy, displaying a stripped-back and raw three-piece dynamic. Fractious guitars flanked by mighty bass and solid rhythms propel the centrepiece of vocals simultaneously both innocent and commanding. Descriptions such as 'noise-pop' do little to describe the pulverising hooks and seductive stage presence, and references such as Sonic Youth, Polvo, and Joy Division will still leave you unprepared.

                                                                            F/i

                                                                            Why Not Now? ... Alan!

                                                                              After many delays, Sorcerer is please as punch to finally reissue the debut LP from 1987 by Milwaukee space-rock gods, F/i: Why Not Now?… Alan! Available for the first time on the format since its initial release, it remains a Holy Grail item for lovers of cosmic rock & roll sounds from Underground Amerika in the 1980s. F/i had been churning out tape upon tape of experimental electronics since the early ‘80s. Influenced by Krautrock (particularly Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel) and the harsh noise of Industrialists Throbbing Gristle and early SPK, by the mid ‘80s they morphed into a fully-fledged “rock” band, albeit one incorporating all of the above. This LP is the perfect synthesis of these sounds: grimy, lo-fi ‘rock’ with elements of industrial clang and extended, Hawkwind-ish space-rock jams; from the two-step cosmic churn of “Electric Waltz” to the ‘Neubauten-style bang & bash of “Zombie Theme”. Remastered by Mikey Young, the sleeve perfectly replicating the original, our edition is a limited edition of 500 copies.

                                                                              Michel Faber

                                                                              Listen : On Music, Sound And Us

                                                                                'I'm not here to change your mind about Dusty Springfield or Shostakovich or Tupac Shakur or synthpop. I'm here to change your mind about your mind.' There are countless books on music with much analysis given to musicians, bands, eras and/or genres. But rarely does a book delve into what's going on inside us when we listen.

                                                                                Michel Faber explores two big questions: how we listen to music and why we listen to music. To answer these he considers biology, age, illness, the notion of 'cool', commerce, the dichotomy between 'good' and 'bad' taste and, through extensive interviews with musicians, unlocks some surprising answers. From the award-winning author of The Crimson Petal and the White and Under the Skin, this curious and celebratory book reflects Michel Faber's lifelong obsession with music of all kinds.

                                                                                Listen will change your relationship with the heard world.

                                                                                Fabulous Disaster

                                                                                Panty Raid!

                                                                                  With engineer / producer Alex Newport and Fat Mike on production duties Fabulous Disaster are charged up and ready to steal your underwear with an all-out punk rock "Panty Raid!". 14 songs that are true to the band's gritty live sound, while retaining their knack for melody and hooks. Fabulous Disaster are up there with other women bands like The Donnas and The Distillers.

                                                                                  Fabulous Disaster

                                                                                  Put Out Or Get Out

                                                                                    All girl band on Pink & Black : torn fishnet stockings tattoos and punk-fire. They play tighter than an elephant-sized cork shoved in a gnat's arse! It's all about the devastation and the smeared lipstick! Touring and more tattoos to follow.

                                                                                    Face To Face

                                                                                    How To Ruin Everything

                                                                                      "How To Ruin Everything" sees Face To Face reaffirm their status as one of the 1990s new-punk trailblazers who have often been cited by bands like Blink 182 and the Alkaline Trio as major influences. Trever Keith, Scott Shiflett and Pete Parada formed as a trio in 1991 with a passion for old skool punk rock and this direct, no nonsense approach is there to be heard on this 2002 punk epistle.

                                                                                      The Face

                                                                                      Autumn 2022

                                                                                        New look. New season. New in. New frock. New ideas. By new graduates and bedroom designers. Celebrated here. The future of fashion across 40 pages. New for you. In the new issue of THE FACE.⁠

                                                                                        The Face

                                                                                        Spring 2023

                                                                                          The Face returns with the best stories, talent, fashion and photography in the world.

                                                                                          Volume 1, issue 1 aappeared back in 1980; today the original style magazine continues to sahre the best stories, culture, talent, fashion, photography and design in the world. A no-brow bounty of film, sports, sex, drugs, pop and politics. 

                                                                                          Starring Halle Bailey, Ewan Mitchell, RXK Nephew, fisherman Chris Yates and loads of dogs. 

                                                                                          The Face

                                                                                          Summer 2023

                                                                                            This is the pretty in (Barbie) pink 'Summer of Sin' issue featuring American model and musician Lolahol — also known as Lourdes Leon, also known as Lola, also known as Madonna's daughter #nepobaby.

                                                                                            The Face

                                                                                            Winter 2023

                                                                                              Starring! Olivia Rodrigo, BKtherula, Nina Cristante, Kiko Mizuhara, Jim Goldberg, and Jim Goldberg’s goat. Plus! A big British South Asian portfolio, a report on the happiness of teenage girls, Doja Cat’s biggest fans, the word from student journalists around the country, and more fashion than you could shake a well-dressed stick at.

                                                                                              FACS

                                                                                              Void Moments

                                                                                                Chicago trio’s third album (ex-Disappears). Chicago trio FACS have evolved very quickly in the span of their three year existence. "Void Moments" is their third & latest off¬ering; a dark & claustrophobic album with rivulets of seismic beauty peeking through the din. Formed in the wake of the dissolution of Disappears, guitarist Brian Case & drummer Noah Leger's project is the logical continuation of the trails blazed in their former outfit. Since their 2017 debut "Negative Houses", the band have reworked, retooled & reshaped their sound, and with the addition of bassist Alianna Kalaba on 2018's "Lifelike", their evolution has coalesced into something distinct. Gone is the bone-rattling minimalism of "Negative Houses"; "Void Moments" o¬ffers an abstraction of the melodic elements that crept into "Lifelike" and contorts them toward a new horizon.

                                                                                                Where "Lifelike" rang with a metallic, near-industrial racket, "Void Moments" cloaks the music behind a black velvet curtain of sonance, obfuscating the band's most direct set of songs to date. "Boy" kicks o¬ with a lurch of vocals and Case's sinewy guitar-line guiding a stoic march. By the time Kalaba drops in with the bass, the track morphs into a milky swirl, leading into the chiming swirl of "Teenage Hive’s buzzing churn. "Casual Indiff¬erence" expertly fuses the band's rhythmic pulse with a sombre dissolve of guitars, vocals and backwards-masked drums. "Version" closes out side one with lush surges of Case's shoegaze'd guitar & voice weaving around the rhythm section. Side two careens in with Leger's cavernous drums, with Kalaba and Case riding alongside.

                                                                                                The album's final two tracks "Lifelike" and "Dub Over" cascade into one another, becoming one & act as a perfect analogy to "Void Moments" mutability, both musically & lyrically. Despite its foggy presence, "Void Moments" still careens toward the light. By embracing fluidity, FACS continue to evolve & refuse to be ensnared by genre. "Void Moments" ruminates on humanity's increasing refusal of identity, not only by our increasing reliance on technology, but also within our society's challenging of societal & gender norms. "Void Moments" feels one step closer to oblivion, but its sounds are a welcome salve

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Boy
                                                                                                2. Teenage Hive
                                                                                                3. Casual Indifference
                                                                                                4. Version
                                                                                                5. Void Walker
                                                                                                6. Lifelike
                                                                                                7. Dub Over

                                                                                                FACS

                                                                                                Lifelike

                                                                                                  "Chicago trio FACS was founded in 2017 by former Disappears members Brian Case & Noah Leger, along with their bandmate Jonathan van Herik. After van Herik amicably parted ways with the group just before their debut album "Negative Houses"'s release, Case & Leger recruited longtime friend Alianna Kalaba (Cat Power, We Ragazzi) to play bass. "Lifelike" is their sophomore release; six tracks clocking in at half an hour, carrying forward the musical trail blazed by the debut towards a new frontier. "Lifelike" occupies a space in between the band's debut & Case & Leger's work with Disappears, applying minimalism & space in compositions that reside somewhere near the realms of post-punk, art-rock, shoegaze, industrial music & post-rock. "Lifelike" however adds a more melodic sensibility, without sacrificing any of the debut's punishing sonic muscle, with a discernible audial force perceivable thru the speakers (credit due to engineer Jeremy Lemos' recording via Electrical Audio as well as John Congleton's mastering for accurately capturing the punishing heft of the band's live sound)"

                                                                                                  Kicking off with the lumbering "Another Country", whose opening drone lulls the listener into a trance before Leger's drums crack the earth below. The band veers close to This Heat territor y here, with Kalaba's minimal bass throb and Case's nearly unrecognizable guitar loops and multi-tracked voice punctuating the spaces between. Album standout "In Time" careens with purpose with cascading sheets of guitar noise over the rhythm sections ever-advancing march, while "XUXA"s melodic washes of monochrome eases the tension ever so slightly. Side two awaits, with the anxiety-ridden opener "Anti-Body" and the claustrophobic "Loom State"s clanging aura of menace. "Lifelike" closes with "Total Histor y", whose syrupy shuffle belies the blunt-force trauma of its closing minutes, with the sheer weight of sonic force seeming to blow out the speakers it emanates from. A phoenix returning to the ashes from whence it came. 

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Barry says: It's a beguiling beast this, brimming with the spirit of post-punk but rife with interesting fragments of electronica, concrète minimalism and art-rock posturing. Heavy and immersive, but imbued with influence from all over the musical spectrum.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Another Country
                                                                                                  2. In Time
                                                                                                  3. XUXA
                                                                                                  4. Anti-Body
                                                                                                  5. Loom State
                                                                                                  6. Total History

                                                                                                  FACS

                                                                                                  Negative Houses

                                                                                                    FACS sprung forth in early 2017 , Brian Case, Jonathan van Herik & Noah Leger were formerly of Chicago band Disappears. "Negative Houses" is their debut recording; an abstraction of their former outfit, even more minimal and bare than what came before. "Negative Houses" approaches the stark, gothy post-punk previously perfected more rhythmically and abstract than in Disappears, with Leger's motorik, machine-like drumming taking the forefront (see the tunes 'Skylarking' and 'Others') and van Herik's guitar alternating between slashes of dissonant ambience and percussive accent. Case switches from guitar to bass in FACS, adding an economical throb to the band's drive on songs like 'Just A Mirror' & the album's centerpiece, the near nine-minute, sax-soaked tour-de-force 'Houses Breathing', whose electric heartbeat lumbers forward, sounding like an outtake from Cold Storage Studios circa 1979. 

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Skylarking
                                                                                                    2. Silencing
                                                                                                    3. Houses Breathing
                                                                                                    4. Just A Mirror
                                                                                                    5. Others
                                                                                                    6. Primary
                                                                                                    7. Exit Like You
                                                                                                    8. All Futures

                                                                                                    FACS

                                                                                                    Present Tense

                                                                                                      Chicago trio’s fourth album in four years (ex-Disappears).

                                                                                                      Recorded at Electrical Audio by Sanford Parker

                                                                                                      Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps their sharpest statement as a band.

                                                                                                      Opener “XOUT” barrels forward like a tank, with Case’s guitar chiming like warning bells, until the climax comes crashing down, glitching out near the close. “Strawberry Cough” comes next, its fusion of corporeal playing and stately, electronic heartbeats punctured by random bursts of noise or backwards masked sounds. “Alone Without”, a track originally recorded for Adult Swim’s 2020 singles series appears next in different form; more menacing and serpentine. Side two opens with “General Public”, taking the loud/quiet dynamic as a jumping off point for the song’s unsettling seasick vibe. ‘How To See In the Dark” offers a brief respite, with its persistent, dark quietude that lingers until the song’s end. “Present Tense”, the album’s title track, offers up its first truly weird moment mid-song when the song changes mood distinctly, and the music drops out save for Case’s guitar and vocals. The album’s final track, the densely packed “Mirrored”, begins with a restrained, post-rock shuffle. The mind-scrambling cacophony that comes next takes its time to roll in, but once it does, it comes in waves, flipping back onto itself multiple times until it’s folded into oblivion.

                                                                                                      FACS once again shuttered themselves into Electrical Audio with lauded engineer Sanford Parker to lay down the basic tracks and overdubs for Present Tense. This time, the band approached their songwriting from a different angle “Alone Without was the first song we recorded and we really built it in the studio” Case says, “Alianna and I played different instruments, and I think that freedom informed how the other songs developed. All the lyrics were random phrases on a big sheet and were put together as the songs took shape, so I feel like I was collecting these thoughts and trying to figure out how to process them as a big picture vs making complete ideas in individual songs.” Case adds ”...letting the songs go where they wanted, without steering them into what we all think a FACS album should be.” The change is palpable from last year’s claustrophobic and fried Void Moments, but Present Tense is still ALL FACS, albeit draped in a layer of haze. Paranoia in soft focus, perhaps?

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. XOUT
                                                                                                      2. Strawberry Cough
                                                                                                      3. Alone Without
                                                                                                      4. General Public
                                                                                                      5. How To See In The Dark
                                                                                                      6. Present Tense
                                                                                                      7. Mirrored

                                                                                                      FACS

                                                                                                      Still Life In Decay

                                                                                                        RIYL: Unwound, MBV, The Jesus Lizard, SUUNS, METZ, The Dead C, Echo & The Bunnymen, Liars, This Heat, PIL. Everything eventually turns to dust. Everyone knows this, but few want to acknowledge that our time on this mortal coil is fleeting, preferring to remain in stasis, in hopes that "the end" will pass them by. Chicago trio FACS (guitarist Brian Case, bassist Alianna Kalaba & drummer Noah Leger) have been perfecting their brand of intense, cathartic post-punk over the course of four ever-evolving albums, beginning with 2017's "Negative Houses" thru 2021's landmark "Present Tense", which saw the trio dig deep into the gaping maw of a black hole & pulling back whatever debris they could grasp onto.

                                                                                                        Their newest "Still Life In Decay" comes as an addendum to the last album - a "post-event review" if you will. "Still Life In Decay" starts with a squall of white noise before collapsing into the band already locked into "Constellation"'s lumbering groove, with Case's guitar a ghostly presence, appearing & disappearing in washes of gauzy feedback throughout the track. FACS have never been more locked in as a unit, and "Still Life In Decay" is a decidedly more focused effort. The apocalyptic chaos that defined their previous album "Present Tense" is waved away in favor of an examination of events with cumbrous clarity. FACS are a heavy band, but they don’t necessarily FEEL like one (see side two's "Still Life", where Case's fluttering, melodic guitar lines are buoyed by the insistent, underlying pulse of the bass & drums). As a rhythm section, Kalaba & Leger dance & twist around each other like a double helix, forming the DNA of what makes FACS special.

                                                                                                        Collectively they approach rhythm from outside the groove as opposed to inside it, creating a lattice where Case weaves guitar lines like creeping vines, which makes the moments on "Still Life In Decay" where the band DOES lock in even more powerful. When the guitar punctures the lock-step swing of "When You Say", it hits like a hammer. Case utilizes his lyrics like a person suffering from anterograde amnesia; repeating phrases & holding onto old memories in a desperate attempt to avoid the slide into oblivion. Freeform poetic missives touching on themes of resignation, cynicism, class warfare, and a search for identity & meaning in a crumbling society; A primal desire to hold onto anything in a post-pandemic barrage of sensory overload. The album is a decidedly local affair; recorded once again at Chicago's famed Electrical Audio by renowned engineer Sanford Parker & mixed at his Hypercube Studio in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood & mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service. 

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Constellation
                                                                                                        2. When You Say
                                                                                                        3. Slogan
                                                                                                        4. Class Spectre
                                                                                                        5. Still Life
                                                                                                        6. New Flag

                                                                                                        Following on from 2011’s debut album Enter Castle Perilous and Christmas single Lucybel, Factory Star return with a new 10” mini-LP on Occultation Recordings.

                                                                                                        Asked to comment, Factory foreman Martin Bramah merely muttered something about “channelling the Dark Spark...”

                                                                                                        Fad Gadget

                                                                                                        The Best Of

                                                                                                          Fad Gadget - aka Frank Tovey - was the first ever signing to Mute. Frank's incarnation as the increasingly bizarre Fad Gadget gave rise to four albums in the early eighties, and prompted NME to proclaim that he 'Mixed rock with the '80s in a way Iggy Pop would have killed for'. This collection encompasses all of Frank's classic moments. These include the cult hit "Collapsing New People", the final single, "One Man's Meat", and his darkly satirical guide to nightlife - "Saturday Night Special".

                                                                                                          Faded Grey

                                                                                                          A Quiet Time Of Desperation

                                                                                                            Formed from the ashes of Tomorrow's Gone, Faded Grey have been honing their sound for the last two years and these are their strongest recordings so far. Fast driven hardcore with a ton of heart and sincerity that can't fail.

                                                                                                            The debut album from legendary Sheffield band Faerground Accidents sees a brilliant collection of late night songs, a missive from bohemia laced with perfect melodies and a bright and thrilling rush of neon melodies and great acidic lyrics from a band that Adam Ant calls the best new band in the UK and are also tipped for success by the likes of Richard Hawley and Jarvis Cocker.

                                                                                                            “With witty vignettes comparable with the bedsit psycho-sexual melodrama of the likes of old Moz himself, witty kiss offs (“I went to the supermarket after every one of those/And I spent my last pennies on a value meal for one”) capturing the futility, fumblings and fragility of affairs of the heart, it’s a rather smart tune indeed..” GODISINTHETV

                                                                                                            “An eclectic group that merges the fey eroticism of Pulp with the solid chops of a machismo rock band. Faerground Accidents have managed to forge a distinctive style that’s both enigmatic and direct. And, quite frankly, that I can’t get enough of!”
                                                                                                            Lee Adcock (Dandelion Radio).


                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Empty :
                                                                                                            1. The Same Things
                                                                                                            2. Woeful Small Town
                                                                                                            3. My Former Baby
                                                                                                            4. She Makes Me Want To Die
                                                                                                            5. Please Stay

                                                                                                            Full:
                                                                                                            6. Gaslighter
                                                                                                            7. Into The Wild
                                                                                                            8. Sleep In The Woods
                                                                                                            9.Claustrophobic
                                                                                                            10. The Moralist
                                                                                                            11. Ether Girl

                                                                                                            Kate Fagan

                                                                                                            I Don’t Wanna Be Too Cool (Expanded Edition)

                                                                                                              Kate Fagan took the Chicago punk scene by storm in the early 80’s with her self-released single “I Don’t Wanna Be Too Cool,” which became the best-selling single ever by a local artist at the legendary Wax Trax! Records. Today, Captured Tracks is thrilled to present an expanded, re-mastered edition of I Don’t Wanna Be Too Cool as a full-length vinyl album. Fagan wrote “I Don’t Wanna Be Too Cool” after moving to Chicago from New York in the late 70’s. The track is a critique of the emergent “hipster” attitude of the disco crowd and the posturing she was witnessing among her peers in New York. With its surf-inspired drum machine, irresistible melody, and defiant lyrics, “Too Cool” was immediately embraced by club DJs, radio stations, and independent record stores. Its b-side, “Waiting For The Crisis,” also gained notice for its raw musical style and politically charged Reagan-era lyrics, which still resonate today. In the years that followed, Fagan continued to break new ground. In 1980, she co-founded the enormously popular ska band Heavy Manners (whose dance parties are still legendary), and with them opened shows for The Clash, Grace Jones, Peter Tosh, The English Beat, and many more.

                                                                                                              The “Too Cool” single became a sought-after rarity among record collectors for decades after its initial release, until Manufactured Recordings gave it a proper reissue in 2016. Captured Tracks’ expanded 2023 follow-up features four unreleased songs, which encapsulate the gutsy, new wave energy that pulses through the original single. The final track, the reggae-tinged “Say It”, features production from the reggae legend Peter Toshand Bob Marley’s guitarist Donald Kinsey, who flew in from Jamaica to record with Heavy Manners after witnessing their impassioned live show. While the 2016 reissue re-established Fagan’s cult-classic status for a new audience, this new expanded release solidifies her place in a tradition of trailblazing, powerhouse frontwomen.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1 I Don’t Wanna Be Too Cool
                                                                                                              2 Waiting For The Crisis
                                                                                                              3 Master Of Passion
                                                                                                              4 Come Over
                                                                                                              5 Cover It Up
                                                                                                              6 Take Your Chances
                                                                                                              7 Something’s Wrong
                                                                                                              8 Say It

                                                                                                              Scott Fagan

                                                                                                              South Atlantic Blues - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                The long lost 1968 debut album by singer-songwriter, Scott Fagan, once tipped to be bigger than Elvis, is set for release on 9th February 2024 via Earth Recordings. ‘South Atlantic Blues’ will be reissued for the first time in its original artwork, with an iconic portrait of Fagan by famed rock photographer, Joel Brodsky, following a widely celebrated 2015 release.

                                                                                                                Revisiting his mystical, mythical, and deeply soulful masterpiece, this psych-folk gem doffs a Tropicalia hat direct from downtown New York. “His songs embrace a broad sonic fantasia, swirling in ’60s New York R&B and ’40s jazz, as well as the Caribbean rhythms of calypso, meringue and Pachanga.” New York Times

                                                                                                                Scott Fagan’s story is worthy of a movie in itself. A swinging hipster who landed in 60s Greenwich folk scene, escaping the abject poverty of his U.S. Virgin Islands upbringing, Fagan found himself mentored by the Brill Building’s Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and feted as the next big thing. “Forget Rodriguez, forget Searching for Sugar Man,” says Sharyn Felder, daughter of the late Doc Pomus, the legendary songwriter who signed Fagan to management in 1964. “Scott was so much more. He was cut from a different cloth.”

                                                                                                                ‘South Atlantic Blues’ is the perfect soundtrack to this tale, an epic song cycle wrapped around an impassioned love story, driven by Fagan’s dense, allusive lyrics, and production by Elmer Jared Gordon (Pearls Before Swine) and rich arrangements by Horace Ott (Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, The Shirelles). The Earth Recordings reissue coincides with a resurgence in activity for Fagan, with a new album in the works – the never-recorded soundtrack to ‘Soon’, the 1971 Broadway rock musical he co-wrote and starred in – and a documentary ‘Soon: the Story of Scott Fagan’ currently filming through Scissor Kick Films, from director Marah Strauch, writer Chris Campion (who rediscovered the singer-songwriter in 2015), and producer Eric Bruggeman.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                A1. In My Head
                                                                                                                A2. Nickels And Dimes
                                                                                                                A3. Crying
                                                                                                                A4. The Carnival Is Ended
                                                                                                                A5. South Atlantic Blues
                                                                                                                B1. Nothing But Love
                                                                                                                B2. Tenement Hall
                                                                                                                B3. In Your Hands
                                                                                                                B4. Crystal Ball
                                                                                                                B5. Madam-moiselle

                                                                                                                Scott Fagan’s debut album, ‘South Atlantic Blues,’ is a genuine lost classic - a mystical, mythical and deeply soulful masterpiece.

                                                                                                                Recorded when Scott was just 21, virtually homeless and with pennies to his name, it was released in 1968 on Atco Records but remained obscure, confounded by a series of frustrating near-misses. From being mentored by Doc Pomus to being discovered by Jasper Johns, Scott’s incredible story and music unfolds on ‘South Atlantic Blues,’ remastered and reissued for the first time ever on CD and vinyl on Saint Cecilia Knows (the label that also released the acclaimed Mickey Newbury box set, ‘An American Trilogy) in association with Scott Fagan’s own lil’fish records.

                                                                                                                Steeped in delicate psych, soul and resonant acoustic guitars “that stroke and stone you to the core” (Shindig). It’s an epic song cycle about Fagan’s hard-scrabble life in the Virgin Islands, where he was raised and lived until 19 before returning to his birthplace of New York City. A teenage prodigy, mentored and managed by songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Scott recorded early material for Columbia and Bert Berns’ BANG label before signing with Atco. In 1969, artist Jasper Johns discovered ‘South Atlantic Blues’ in a cut-out bin, fell in love with the record, and used it as the inspiration for three artworks, known as ‘Scott Fagan Record.’

                                                                                                                The pieces are now housed in the permanent collections of MOMA, the Met and the Walker Art Center. Born on 52nd Street, Scott was the son of a sax player and singer who fraternized with jazz greats. That familial connection with music would come full circle when Fagan discovered he was the biological father of songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. They did not meet until the premiere of a documentary about Doc Pomus in 2013. A conversation between the two is included in the liner notes of this CD release. The initial pressing of the vinyl comes as a limited edition, hand-numbered, 180g vinyl with a reproduction of Jasper Johns’ 1970 lithograph, ‘Scott Fagan Record,’ as cover art, and includes a digital download.

                                                                                                                The CD comes with extensive liner notes, rare photos, and a download of five bonus tracks—the original 1965 demo for Doc Pomus as well as a recently-discovered acetate, the only copy in existence of a previously-unknown Doc Pomus song, All For The Sake Of Love, that only Scott Fagan recorded. 

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. In Your Head
                                                                                                                2. Nickels And Dimes
                                                                                                                3. Crying
                                                                                                                4. The Carnival Is Ended
                                                                                                                5. South Atlantic Blues
                                                                                                                6. Nothing But Love
                                                                                                                7. Tenement Hall
                                                                                                                8. In Your Hands
                                                                                                                9. Crystal Ball
                                                                                                                10. Madame-Moiselle.

                                                                                                                Bonus Tracks (download With CD Only) :
                                                                                                                1. They Think She’s Crying Cause She’s Happy
                                                                                                                2. When You’re Lonely And You’re Blue
                                                                                                                3. Bonua
                                                                                                                4. I’ve Been So Lonely For So Long
                                                                                                                5. All For The Sake Of Love

                                                                                                                The delightful Fair Ohs release their second full length, Jungle Cats. Inspired by trips to North Africa, the lost music of forgotten tribes, San Francisco psych, James Brown’s unequalled dedication to the Holy Groove and Carlos f**kin’ Santana; Jungle Cats is a record to seduce to.

                                                                                                                Fair Ohs formed four years ago in a haze of beer-soaked free love party-vibes. Eddy, Joe and Matt came together like young romantics, vowing to show everyone the meaning of true love. The years that followed the consummation of their musical marriage on that hot summer’s day saw them release a series of 7″ singles and cassettes – some shared with the likes of Women, Male Bonding, and Cold Pumas – that made people like Pitchfork say “hey, these guys are A-OK!”. But no one was prepared for the earth shattering power of debut album Everything Is Dancing. A record so inventive and hip-shakingly awesome that fans and critics alike regularly begged them for locks of hair, sweat-drenched t-shirts and babies. But Fair Ohs gave them nothing, the music was the gift they shared, not their love.

                                                                                                                Everything Is Dancing was the sound of East African guitar music colliding with Indian ragas and Cuban rhythms in the hands of three shirtless London punk virtuosos. And it was rad. They toured after that, playing to the braying masses. All furious and drunk and hypnotic, they bewitched Europe and Great Britain, casting their magical musical spell in the tiniest of dives and the most sun soaked of festivals. But then they rested, and waited, and created. Setting the ‘desert vibe’ tone from opener Green Apple Milk – full of crackling, dusty Ethiopian jazz samples and three-part saxophone harmonies that eventually descend into a slow and psychedelic Santana and Earth-inspired desert trip – and featuring 2012’s ‘Salt Flats’ albeit a new far jazzier version of the hit flexi single - this is a record to be naked to…. A record to dance all night with your crush to…. An endless fiesta that Lionel Richie promised, but never delivered.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Green Apple Milk
                                                                                                                2. Citric Placid
                                                                                                                3. Mayan Flex
                                                                                                                4. Sleep
                                                                                                                5. Panama Red Jets
                                                                                                                6. Ya Mustafa
                                                                                                                7. Silver Jade Mountain
                                                                                                                8. Cayman Brac
                                                                                                                9. Salt Flats
                                                                                                                10. Mountain Bombs

                                                                                                                Jad Fair

                                                                                                                100 Songs (A Master Class In Songwriting)

                                                                                                                  There are plenty of performers who rock critics describe by using the label "primitive," but few if any can hold a candle to the greatest American rock primitive Jad Fair - With his wildly influential band Half Japanese or as a solo performer, Fair has constructed a prolific and extremely interesting career.

                                                                                                                  He writes and records songs that display an uncomplicated emotional directness, unselfconscious charm and warmth, and a genial simplicity that is beyond words. From Jad: "I set a goal for myself to release 100 albums in a year's time. I was able to pass that mark. I released over 150 albums. This album is a "best of" compilation of the songs recorded that year. It's 100 songs chosen from 160 albums."

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Disc 1
                                                                                                                  Side 1

                                                                                                                  1. Worm Boy
                                                                                                                  2. Star
                                                                                                                  3. We Have To
                                                                                                                  4. Our Now Is Forever
                                                                                                                  5. We Made Ourselves A Promise
                                                                                                                  6. Not The Same No More
                                                                                                                  7. The Love Club
                                                                                                                  8. Rising Star
                                                                                                                  9. Garbage Man
                                                                                                                  10. Zombies Walk The Earth
                                                                                                                  11. Too Late
                                                                                                                  12. Together We Will
                                                                                                                  13. Witch
                                                                                                                  14. It Is Them
                                                                                                                  15. Choose Your Own Future
                                                                                                                  16. Embrace Love
                                                                                                                  17. June Or July
                                                                                                                  18. All Around Us
                                                                                                                  19. Sunshine Happiness
                                                                                                                  20. No Secret
                                                                                                                  21. Day In The Sun
                                                                                                                  22. Whenever
                                                                                                                  23. Ghost Of Frankenstein
                                                                                                                  24. Apple, Pear And Peach
                                                                                                                  25. Curses

                                                                                                                  Side 2

                                                                                                                  1. Love Love
                                                                                                                  2. So Far So Good
                                                                                                                  3. The House
                                                                                                                  4. Wonderful
                                                                                                                  5. Son Of A Gun
                                                                                                                  6. Stupid Kicks
                                                                                                                  7. Perfectly Dreadful
                                                                                                                  8. Them
                                                                                                                  9. Coffee
                                                                                                                  10. Run Away Home
                                                                                                                  11. Even Smaller
                                                                                                                  12. You And Me
                                                                                                                  13. Vicious Circle
                                                                                                                  14. Hear The Call
                                                                                                                  15. Our Eyes
                                                                                                                  16. Time For Love
                                                                                                                  17. The Laughing Monster
                                                                                                                  18. Invigorate Your Life
                                                                                                                  19. Got It Made
                                                                                                                  20. Stayed At Home
                                                                                                                  21. The Invasion
                                                                                                                  22. Honey Bear
                                                                                                                  23. Open The Door
                                                                                                                  24. On My Palm
                                                                                                                  25. Not Too Late

                                                                                                                  Disc 2
                                                                                                                  Side 1

                                                                                                                  1. Night Of The Devil Bat
                                                                                                                  2. Slime
                                                                                                                  3. Safety Net
                                                                                                                  4. Chase Away
                                                                                                                  5. Only One
                                                                                                                  6. Afraid Of Nothing
                                                                                                                  7. Life In The Suburbs
                                                                                                                  8. It's Wonderful
                                                                                                                  9. Mission Accomplished
                                                                                                                  10. True Love Is Here
                                                                                                                  11. Spinning Around
                                                                                                                  12. Your Wish
                                                                                                                  13. The Moth Man
                                                                                                                  14. Make The Pieces Fit
                                                                                                                  15. What Else Is New?
                                                                                                                  16. It's Alive
                                                                                                                  17. One Thing Only
                                                                                                                  18. The Welcome Mat
                                                                                                                  19. Sunshine
                                                                                                                  20. Out There
                                                                                                                  21. No One Knows For Sure
                                                                                                                  22. Our Way
                                                                                                                  23. Listen To The Birds
                                                                                                                  24. What Can We Do?
                                                                                                                  25. Viva Love

                                                                                                                  Side 2
                                                                                                                  1. Alright
                                                                                                                  2. Two Of A Kind
                                                                                                                  3. Pale Green Pants
                                                                                                                  4. The Word Yes
                                                                                                                  5. The Vampires Are Back
                                                                                                                  6. The Biggest Big
                                                                                                                  7. In Its Net
                                                                                                                  8. Over Our Heads
                                                                                                                  9. Without A Clue
                                                                                                                  10. Haunted Home
                                                                                                                  11. He Has His Nerve
                                                                                                                  12. The Knack
                                                                                                                  13. The Junk Pile
                                                                                                                  14. Probably Alright
                                                                                                                  15. Shrunken Head
                                                                                                                  16. Haunted Hill
                                                                                                                  17. How It's Done
                                                                                                                  18. In The Eyes
                                                                                                                  19. Invading Our Planet
                                                                                                                  20. Why?
                                                                                                                  21. Better Good Times
                                                                                                                  22. Right From The Start
                                                                                                                  23. Flashing Lights
                                                                                                                  24. Magic
                                                                                                                  25. It's Alright

                                                                                                                  In 1974 Jad and David Fair teamed up to form a band called Half Japanese. The route was simple, at first. If one pounded on drums the other could squeeze sounds from an electric guitar. There were no other band members to stay in tune with, so there was no particular reason for them to worry about tuning the guitar in a traditional manner or learning traditional chords. They were free from the start to express their music in their own way. They traded off the guitar and drumming rolls. Whichever one sang the words also played the guitar and the other one drummed. For a couple of years they wrote, recorded and performed this way, without the convention of more members. When they did decide to expand they went big. They first thought of recruiting an outside drummer, so that both could play guitars at the same time.

                                                                                                                  In 2014 Jad and David stripped things back to the roots. They went back to recording as a duo. One sang and played guitar, the other one drummed. 40 years had passed, but they slipped right back into the original roles and churned out a number of breath-stealing songs. 40 years later; 40 years better. One pick, two sticks and heart-warming vocals...... That's all they needed; two brothers, still rockin' the same damn deal! 

                                                                                                                  The words and primary voice are those of Jad Fair, that enduringly idiosyncratic artist revered in discerning pockets of the global indie rock underground for decades. Danielson’s Daniel Smith has long admired Fair, drawing inspiration from Half Japanese (the band Fair formed with his brother in the ‘70s) on through to his prolific career today. Their discussions of collaborating finally came to fruition when Joyful Noise Recordings designated Fair its “Artist In Residence” for 2014 and Danielson was tapped as one of 4 artists (including R. Stevie Moore; Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake; and Strobe Talbot) to record separate respective albums with him for a boxed-set limited release.

                                                                                                                  “Flattered and honored” is how Smith sums up his feelings about the project -- and grateful to get a game-plan for what always seemed a complementary pairing. Sounds Familyre will be doing their own non-limited release of Solid Gold Heart in June, on CD, digital and gold vinyl. The 11 tracks of sweet collaboration collected under said title sound like what you might expect, given the respective artists: gleaming tunes of sincere sing-speak, resplendent with sparkling back-up vocals and warmly melodic, inventive instrumentation; a sunshine-bright outlook of positive encouragement to keep “rockin’ on the side of gooood” -- because, after all, “We deserve chocolate cake/ We deserve apple pie/ Enjoy your life ...”

                                                                                                                  The collaborative process commenced with Fair sending Smith his unique vocal demos of recited lyrics with articulated mouthsound musical qualities (some bits remain in the final mixes). Smith then wrote music for each chosen track, eventually getting Fair and drummer Gilles Rieder into his Clarksboro, NJ studio to record their parts during a few hours break from touring. Aside from Smith’s own guitar-playing and singing throughout the album, there were contributions made by his brothers David and Andrew on percussion, and sisters Rachel and Megan along with wife Elin on vocals. Spicing things up at Fair’s behest were members of Texas art-polka band Brave Combo: Carl Finch on accordion and keys; Jeffrey Barnes on sax and woodwinds; and Danny O’Brien on trumpet. Bringing things full-circle was Kramer (Shockabilly, Bongwater, B.A.L.L. et al.) on bass, who also co-mixed and mastered the album.

                                                                                                                  The result is a beguiling blend that builds off each participant’s strengths, truly a fresh sum that is greater than its parts. “The goal was to make 3-minute pop songs, as accessible and fun and immediate as possible,” notes Smith. And that’s what you’ll hear, each track an uplifting, mutually enhanced concoction. Anyone who ever had a Solid Gold Heart -- wouldn’t they want to turn around and share it? Of course they would. Jad Fair and Danielson are happy to offer up theirs.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Go Ahead
                                                                                                                  2. Rockin On The Good Side
                                                                                                                  3. Ready Steady
                                                                                                                  4. Here We Stand
                                                                                                                  5. Solid Gold Heart
                                                                                                                  6. With The Knowledge 
                                                                                                                  7. Apple Apple
                                                                                                                  8. Not No
                                                                                                                  9. On And On
                                                                                                                  10. You Got Me In A Spin
                                                                                                                  11. Here’s Our Time

                                                                                                                  The Fairlanes

                                                                                                                  Welcome To Nowhere

                                                                                                                    12 songs dealing with the uncertainty of life and those troublesome emotional issues that crop up from time to time. Getting older but not necessarily wiser and finding that the American Dream is a bit of a nightmare. For fans of 'quality soft core' such as the Alkaline Trio, NOFX and Lagwagon.

                                                                                                                    Timothy J. Fairplay

                                                                                                                    Pathfinder Theme / UFOs Over China

                                                                                                                    Timothy J Fairplay is back on the label with a 7” single containing two tracks cut from a rock of uranium. “Pathfinder Theme” and “UFO’s Over China” might differ in sound and tempo but are connected by a radiant feeling. The two tracks bathes in a greenish/yellow bright toxic aura.

                                                                                                                    This plutonium charged music carries with it some quality elements known from his earlier repertoire like for example a primitive yet crisp beat working as foundation to a few but very exquisite synth sounds.

                                                                                                                    Timothy J. Fairplay stands on the shoulders of past Italian masters and the works of John Carpenter but with an accentuated alien feel. Something otherworldly, maybe good, maybe harmful, is hidden in the vibe on both sides of this 7”. The balance between good and evil is very even - yin/yang from outer space!

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    A. Pathfinder Theme
                                                                                                                    B. UFOs Over China

                                                                                                                    Timothy J. Fairplay

                                                                                                                    False Visions

                                                                                                                      Seven track cassette only release. All original & unreleased material. Limited run of 100 for Cassette Store Day 

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A. False Visions
                                                                                                                      Deep Coast Customs
                                                                                                                      Watergate Metaphor Love Scene
                                                                                                                      The Stronger Spell

                                                                                                                      B. The Truce
                                                                                                                      Combat - Special Effects No. 2
                                                                                                                      Bizarre Fables

                                                                                                                      Timothy J. Fairplay

                                                                                                                      The Promise Of Midi

                                                                                                                        Seven track cassette only release. Limited run of 100 for Cassette Store Day - 27th September 2014 on Centurians of Rome.

                                                                                                                        The tracks where originally recorded for an album a little while ago, but Antoine stole the master tapes so it never got released.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        A - Mystery Ship
                                                                                                                        Parking Lot/Robbery
                                                                                                                        Rooftop Meeting
                                                                                                                        The Fence

                                                                                                                        B - Sunset Skyway
                                                                                                                        The Haunted Sea
                                                                                                                        Sleigh Ride/Blizzard

                                                                                                                        Timothy J. Fairplay

                                                                                                                        I Lay Awake At Night Scheming

                                                                                                                          "Recorded mainly at Dungeon Module (1) - my last studio in London, except for ‘Castle Force’ recorded at current studio Dungeon Module 2. To some extent a lost album, the bulk of the album was made for a project which never came to fruition, and like ‘A Snowstorm In The Tropics’ there’s a few tracks which have been my live sets for a few years but have never had a proper release."

                                                                                                                          Raw emotional synth and rhythm tracks for late nights in the dungeon. Cassette and Digital. Cassette comes in cool 80s video game/90s rave tape pack style case!

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. I Lay Awake At Night Scheming
                                                                                                                          2. Creeping Anxiety
                                                                                                                          3. The Next Day
                                                                                                                          4. Castle Force
                                                                                                                          5. When's The Call?
                                                                                                                          6. Hidden Entrance
                                                                                                                          7. There's No Use
                                                                                                                          8. Without Warning

                                                                                                                          Fairport Convention

                                                                                                                          Moat On The Ledge - Live At Broughton Castle

                                                                                                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                                            Moat on the Ledge: Live at Broughton Castle, August '81 is a live folk rock album by Fairport Convention. The album was produced by Simon Nicol and Dave Pegg.

                                                                                                                            DELUXE VINYL EDITION!!!!

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            SIDE A
                                                                                                                            1. Walk Awhile
                                                                                                                            2. Country Pie
                                                                                                                            3. Rosie
                                                                                                                            4. Matty Groves
                                                                                                                            SIDE B
                                                                                                                            5. Both Sides Now
                                                                                                                            6. Poor Will & The Jolly Hangman
                                                                                                                            7. The Brilliancy Medley The Cheroke
                                                                                                                            8. Woman Or A Man
                                                                                                                            9. High School Confidential 

                                                                                                                            Fairport Convention

                                                                                                                            "Babbacombe" Lee

                                                                                                                              Digitally remastered with bonus tracks, "Farewell To A Poor Man's Son" and "Breakfast In Mayfair", enhanced packaging and extra sleeve notes.

                                                                                                                              Fairport Convention

                                                                                                                              Liege & Lief - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                The trajectory that Fairport Convention took in the space of four albums and two years is one of the most remarkable in British popular music - these records contain some of the most storied names not just in British, but world music.From a bunch of school friends setting out to be 'the British Jefferson Airplane', over the course of their first quartet of releases, the group metamorphosed into the leading exponents of British folk rock.

                                                                                                                                In the way American folk and blues had looked back to gospel songs and spirituals, Fairport mined a seam a traditional English folk song, and then combined them with rock rhythms to create something ground- breaking and quickly emulated. For many, this is the frst time the considerable talents of Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings, Ian Matthews, Dave Swarbrick and Dave Mattacks would have been heard on record In May 1969, the band were involved in a fatal car accident which killed their drummer Martin Lamble and Thompson's girlfriend, Jeannie Franklyn. In a state of obvious shock, Fairport decided to carry on, making Swarbrick a permanent member and adding drummer Dave Mattacks. Ashley Hutchings submerged himself in traditional British music and, as a result, fourth album Liege And Lief contained five traditional tracks, and three originals in the folk style. It established the template that Fairport would follow and is one of the most influential albums in British rock. The eight- minute masterpiece Matty Groves built On A Sailor's Life and gave Fairport another long-lasting anthem. By the time the album was released, Sandy Denny and Ashley Hutchings had both left the group, and another chapter was to begin.

                                                                                                                                Fairport Convention are still playing to this very day, still with original member Simon Nicol in the line- up. Their annual Cropredy Festival has become a reassuring landmark in the UK concert calendar - and many of these songs here feature in their set today.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Come All Ye
                                                                                                                                Reynardine
                                                                                                                                Matty Groves
                                                                                                                                Farewell, Farewell
                                                                                                                                The Deserter
                                                                                                                                Medley: The Lark In The Morning; Rakish Paddy; Foxhunter's Jig; Toss
                                                                                                                                The Feathers
                                                                                                                                Tam Lin
                                                                                                                                Crazy Man Michael

                                                                                                                                Fairport Convention

                                                                                                                                Unhalfbricking - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                  The trajectory that Fairport Convention took in the space of four albums and two years is one of the most remarkable in British popular music.

                                                                                                                                  These records contain some of the most storied names not just in British, but world music. From a bunch of school friends setting out to be 'the British Jefferson Airplane', over the course of their first quartet of releases, the group metamorphosed into the leading exponents of British folk rock. In the way American folk and blues had looked back to gospel songs and spirituals, Fairport mined a seam a traditional English folk song, and then combined them with rock rhythms to create something ground- breaking and quickly emulated. For many, this is the first time the considerable talents of Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings, Ian Matthews, Dave Swarbrick and Dave Mattacks would have been heard on record.

                                                                                                                                  Ian Matthews left the group during Unhalfbricking, and they decided not to replace him. The album was recorded between January and April 1969 and shows the band gaining confidence. The material is strong, and their covers of three Bob Dylan songs (including material from the then-bootleg The Basement Tapes) yielded a Top 30 UK hit single, Si Ti Dois Partir – a cover of If You Gotta Go, Go Now, sung in French. Sandy Denny contributes her keynote song Who Knows Where The Time Goes, and most remarkable of all is A Sailor's Life, a traditional folk song arranged by Simon Nicol and Richard Thompson. The ballad builds over 11 minutes into a full-on wig-out with a guest performance by Dave Swarbrick on fiddle.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Genesis Hall
                                                                                                                                  Si Tu Dois Partir
                                                                                                                                  Autopsy
                                                                                                                                  A Sailor's Life
                                                                                                                                  Cajun Woman
                                                                                                                                  Who Knows Where The Time Goes
                                                                                                                                  Percy's Song
                                                                                                                                  Million Dollar Bash

                                                                                                                                  Fairport Convention

                                                                                                                                  What We Did On Our Holidays

                                                                                                                                    Fairport Convention are rightly regarded as the greatest band to originate from the British folk rock scene of the 60s. Over the course of their first three albums they shaped a new, unique style by drawing on traditional folk tunes and contemporary American songs as well as the songwriting talents of Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol and Ian Matthews. A crucial change had taken place since the release of their debut album when Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny (known as Sandy) joined the band. Sandy Denny was the greatest female folk singer of her generation and "What We Did On Our Holidays" opening song "Fotheringay" is a Denny classic - her achingly beautiful and penetrating vocal adding an extra dimension to a band already overflowing with talent. 1969's "What We Did on Our Holidays" is one of their finest albums with its mix of traditional folk songs, their best self-penned songs to date and wonderful cover versions of Dylan and Joni Mitchell tracks.

                                                                                                                                    Fairweather

                                                                                                                                    Alaska

                                                                                                                                      New EP from the excellent emo-core outfit Faiweather which contains three new tracks. An inspired mix of riff and lyrical intensity with hints of Slint, Fugazi and Sonic Youth.

                                                                                                                                      Fairweather

                                                                                                                                      If They Move. Kill Them

                                                                                                                                        Fairweather : very young, very intense, brooding, energetic and melodic. They've toured loads and are signed to the same label as Saves the Day another excellent young indie/emocore band. Their music is about passion, intensity and movement through life and they're pretty impressive.

                                                                                                                                        Fairweather

                                                                                                                                        Lusitania

                                                                                                                                          Taking a short break to compose and work on their second album has done Fairweather no end of good. They've returned with a no-holds-barred emotionally rampaging disc that builds on the stop gap four-track EP "Alaska" and moves into even more dynamic and sophisticated territory. "Lusitania" is an hour long journey filled with tension, hope and the human condition: a breathtaking album that moves emo in a new and positive direction.

                                                                                                                                          Faith No More

                                                                                                                                          Angel Dust

                                                                                                                                            In 1992, after an extensive period of touring, San Franciscan rockers Faith No More released Angel Dust. The album swings between extremes—aggressive and disturbing, but also beautiful and soothing—showing off every facet of the band’s quirky eloquence on such diverse tracks as “Midlife Crisis,” “Jizzlobber,” “R.V.” and “Small Victory.”

                                                                                                                                            Celebrating the classic albums that helped establish the band’s vital and visceral musical legacy Rhino Records releases a fantastic 2LP Deluxe Edition of Angel Dust. Featuring the original album and an additional disc packed full of rarities related to the album.

                                                                                                                                            Among the tracks featured on the bonus disc is a mix of “Midlife Crisis” by the band’s longtime producer Matt Wallace, a trio of live recordings from a concert in Munich, Germany, as well as covers of the Dead Kennedys’ “Let’s Lynch The Landlord” and the band’s unforgettable take on the Commodores’ “Easy.”

                                                                                                                                            Faith No More

                                                                                                                                            King For A Day... Fool For A Lifetime

                                                                                                                                              Last summer, Faith No More treated fans to “Sol Invictus,” the group’s first new studio release in almost 20 years. This year, the band will revisit two classic albums with Deluxe Editions of “King for a Day…Fool for a Lifetime” and “Album of The Year.”

                                                                                                                                              Following its Grammy nominated album “Angel Dust,” Faith No More returned in 1995 with “King for a Day…Fool for a Lifetime.” Recorded at Bearsville Studios near Woodstock, New York, it was the first without longtime guitarist Jim Martin, whose departure had an influence on the direction of the album. The band recorded some of their most progressive and experimental tracks on this album such as “Cuckoo For Caca” and “Ugly In The Morning” along with some of their mellowest such as “Take This Bottle” and “Caralho Voador”.

                                                                                                                                              This release will be available as a double LP on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl, featuring the remastered original, along with rare bonus tracks, many of which are making their vinyl debut. Among the eight bonus tracks are the b-sides “Spanish Eyes” and “Absolute Zero,” as well as the band’s cover of the Bee Gee’s “I Started A Joke,” which was originally released as a b-side in 1995, and then as a single in 1998.


                                                                                                                                              ‘Sol Invictus’, Faith No More’s highly anticipated follow-up to ‘Album Of The Year’, arrives via Reclamation Recordings / Ipecac Recordings.

                                                                                                                                              ‘Sol Invictus’ is the band’s first new album in 18 years.

                                                                                                                                              ‘Sol Invictus’ was produced by Bill Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, California studio.

                                                                                                                                              Faith No More have influenced bands of all genres, including System Of A Down, Incubus, Muse and more.

                                                                                                                                              The single ‘Motherf*cker’ heralded the arrival of the album and was followed by ‘Superhero’. Both songs feature on the album along with eight other brand new tracks.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              Sol Invictus
                                                                                                                                              Superhero
                                                                                                                                              Sunny Side Up
                                                                                                                                              Separation Anxiety
                                                                                                                                              Cone Of Shame
                                                                                                                                              Rise Of The Fall
                                                                                                                                              Black Friday
                                                                                                                                              Motherf*cker
                                                                                                                                              Matador
                                                                                                                                              From The Dead

                                                                                                                                              Marianne Faithfull

                                                                                                                                              Negative Capability

                                                                                                                                                ‘Negative Capability ’ is Marianne Faithfull’s 21st album and the most emotionally powerful of her 54-year recording career. Facing down arthritis and bolstered by collaborators including Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, Rob Ellis, Ed Harcourt and Mark Lanegan, ‘Negative Capability’ is charged with brutal honesty and autobiographical reflection as she addresses losing old friends, her loneliness living in her adopted city of Paris, and love.

                                                                                                                                                Driven by her supernatural reinterpretative skills, florid lyricism, battle against the pain she lives with, and realised with her stellar group of musicians, ‘Negative Capability’ is Marianne’s unflinchingly honest and relentlessly beautiful late-life masterpiece. The stark emotional heft, exquisitely framed by ornately sensitive musical backdrops can only be likened to the late-life works by Johnny Cash or Leonard Cohen.

                                                                                                                                                Recorded at La Frette studio on the outskirts of Paris, ‘Negative Capability’ is inexorably overshadowed by grief at losing close friends from the ‘60s such as Anita Pallenberg, Martin Stone and Cream album designer Martin Sharp. It’s produced by both Rob Ellis – the PJ Harvey producer who’s been Marianne’s collaborator for five years -and Warren Ellis from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Warren’s violin blesses songs such as ‘Misunderstanding’ and ‘Born To Live’ – her intensely moving eulogy to departed lifelong friend Anita - with the stark but lustrous autumnal beauty that makes the album

                                                                                                                                                The first single ‘The Gypsy Fairie Queen’ – inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – was co-written with Nick Cave and features his vocals and piano playing.


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                                                                                                                                                Misunderstanding
                                                                                                                                                The Gypsy Faerie Queen
                                                                                                                                                As Tears Go By
                                                                                                                                                In My Own Particular Way
                                                                                                                                                Born To Live
                                                                                                                                                Witches Song
                                                                                                                                                It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
                                                                                                                                                They Come At Night
                                                                                                                                                Don’t Go
                                                                                                                                                No Moon In Paris
                                                                                                                                                Loneliest Person (deluxe)
                                                                                                                                                No Moon In Paris (radio Edit) (deluxe)
                                                                                                                                                They Come At Night (alt Version) (deluxe)

                                                                                                                                                Fake Ideal

                                                                                                                                                Carve Me An Edge

                                                                                                                                                  Great angst ridden rock from these four guys from that hot bed of rock'n'roll... Doncaster. Both formats include exclusive tracks.

                                                                                                                                                  Fake Laugh’s self-titled debut album arrives this summer as a delicate accumulation of years of experimentation. Unfurling slowly, the full length has been a gradual process: part playfulness, part perfection. Whilst perpetually in tune with the digital disconnect of contemporary life, the album is a vivid rummage through sixties US-pop standards and British alternative stalwarts. Fake Laugh showcases a familiar world of love, confusion and self-questioning but refocused through the bright lens of the London/Berlin based artist Kamran Khan. Tirelessly writing and recording whenever he can, a busy 2016 saw Khan release the energetic 'Ice' EP, the bubbly trepidation of double A side 'Mind Tricks/Birdsong Lullaby' and the more complex and serene ‘Great Ideas’ EP. All three were important steps towards manifesting the right combination for the eagerly anticipated debut. Khan confesses that once upon a time Fake Laugh was “a bit of fun on the side”.

                                                                                                                                                  However, now with the project his sole focus, there’s a revitalised commitment to recording that has seen him finishing the album this year. Reuniting once again with producer Theo Verney (Traams, O.Chapman) in Brighton, Khan has brought the intimacy of his bedroom and added it to a more luscious environment. Certain parts of the record date as far back as 2013, whilst others were recorded only in the past few months. The result is a record that flows with a wise but youthful abandon. Echoing latter Belle & Sebastian records - that retained their adolescent flare and longing - Khan has fortified his dreams rather than forgotten them. 


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                                                                                                                                                  1. Melt,
                                                                                                                                                  2. Short Of Breath,
                                                                                                                                                  3. Kinda Girl,
                                                                                                                                                  4. As I Get To Know You Better,
                                                                                                                                                  5. Hiding Place,
                                                                                                                                                  6. Freely,
                                                                                                                                                  7. You Would Find Out,
                                                                                                                                                  8. Wouldn’t Bother,
                                                                                                                                                  9.Physical,
                                                                                                                                                  10. You Do Know,
                                                                                                                                                  11. Time To Die. 

                                                                                                                                                  Fake Love

                                                                                                                                                  Fake Love Vol.1

                                                                                                                                                    Zoooooooommmm! Massive space disco 12" here with absolutely no info! A brief listen through either side will tell you that you're in the land of Hi-NRG, Italo-disco fire power with a specific focus on the more cosmic end of the spectrum. I'm guessing these are edits, and I'm sure I know the source material, though an extra hot This'N'That at lunchtime has left me light-headed and low on memory recall. The A-side offers us a Donna Summer-styled slammer befitting the Fake Love moniker, but with extra Patrick Cowley synth riffery, cosmic disco vox, sci fi samples and a phat vocoder. Over on the flip, we have another poppers-fuelled pounder, this time taking proggy chords, vamping keyboards and a perfectly panned sequence and strapping them to a thumping 4/4. Tops off!

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                                                                                                                                                    A. Untitled 1
                                                                                                                                                    B. Untitled 2

                                                                                                                                                    Fake Names

                                                                                                                                                    Expendables

                                                                                                                                                      Composed of Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, INVSN, The International Noise Conspiracy), Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside) and the newest member Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Rites of Spring), the band is a veritable posthardcore dream team. However instead of rehashing the past, Expendables is a reinvention that sees the band dialing back the distortion and leaning into the melodies. The result pairs their unparalleled pedigree with a pop sensibility that's slightly unexpected and wholly satisfying. "For our last record [2019's FAKE NAMES]the general influences were 70's U.K. punk and power-pop; but it wound up with a little classic rock vibe as well, like the Vibrators meets Aerosmith. We never saw that coming!" , Baker explains. For Expendables the band enlisted producer Adam "Atom" Greenspan (IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Baker explains, "The pop influences are a little more out front on this one and the production really helps it shine. It sounds more direct, more urgent." Expendables is the latest exchange in a musical conversation that spans four decades. Baker aptly refers to the lineup of FAKE NAMES as a "mutual admiration society" and says that once the five members got in the same room together, it felt as if they had already been in the band together for years.

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                                                                                                                                                      Targets
                                                                                                                                                      Expendables
                                                                                                                                                      Delete Myself
                                                                                                                                                      Go
                                                                                                                                                      Dont Blame Yourself
                                                                                                                                                      Cant Take It
                                                                                                                                                      Damage Done
                                                                                                                                                      Madtown
                                                                                                                                                      Caught In Between
                                                                                                                                                      Too Little Too Late

                                                                                                                                                      Fake Names

                                                                                                                                                      Fake Names

                                                                                                                                                        In early 2016, D.C. punk legends Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion) and Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish) met up at Hampton’s Brooklyn home to play music together.

                                                                                                                                                        Friends since first grade, the two guitarists ended up writing a handful of songs that day, then closed out the session with a spur-of-the-moment decision to start a band.

                                                                                                                                                        When it came to finding a bassist, Baker and Hampton looked to Johnny Temple of Girls Against Boys and Soulside (another fellow student at their elementary school), who equally shared their passion for what Temple refers to as “loud, angry, visceral music”. By the end of the year, the band had enlisted Refused frontman Dennis Lyxz n as their singer, thus cementing the lineup to punk-rock supergroup Fake Names.

                                                                                                                                                        Soon after dubbing themselves Fake Names a moniker that’s part Raising Arizona reference, part recognition of the “ubiquitous and demonic use of the term ‘fake news’”, according to Baker the band headed to Renegade Studios with the goal of creating a demo to present to record labels. But after playing those recordings for Baker’s Bad Religion bandmate Brett Gurewitz, the Epitaph founder made an unexpected proposal. “Brett said to us, ‘This isn’t a demo, this is the album,’” Baker recalls. “He was pretty adamant about putting it out exactly as it was, so that’s what we wound up doing”

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                                                                                                                                                        All For Sale
                                                                                                                                                        Driver
                                                                                                                                                        Being Them
                                                                                                                                                        Brick
                                                                                                                                                        Darkest Days
                                                                                                                                                        Heavy Feather
                                                                                                                                                        First Everlasting
                                                                                                                                                        This Is Nothing
                                                                                                                                                        Weight
                                                                                                                                                        Lost Cause


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