Jimi Hendrix

Burning Desire (Black Friday 22 Edition)



    Part of Dagger Records’ authorized Jimi Hendrix “bootleg” releases. Mixed by Eddie Kramer, compelling examples of Jimi’s remarkable creative explorations through 1969 and early 1970. In the shadow of Electric Ladyland, the original Jimi Hendrix Experience struggled to remain a cohesive unit, and Jimi’s ceaseless creative pursuit would lead to experimental sessions with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles and ambitious attempts to integrate fresh musical elements. On these studio recordings, Jimi can be heard developing exciting new material such as “Ezy Ryder,” “Cherokee Mist,” “Villanova Junction Blues,” “Izabella,” and “Burning Desire.” Burning Desire was originally released on CD via mail order only, seeing its only LP release on black vinyl as part of a previous Black Friday celebration. The double LP will now be available for the first time since, pressed on translucent orange and red vinyl by QRP as part of the new RSD Encores series revisiting popular releases from the indie retail event’s history.

    Jesus Lizard

    Blue (Black Friday 23 Edition)



      After Austin-based Scratch Acid disbanded, caterwauling vocalist David Yow and bassist David WM Sims moved to Chicago, where they formed The Jesus Lizard and proceed to make a glorious racket throughout the '90s

      Produced by Gang of Four's Andy Gill and featuring new drummer Jim Kimball, 1998's Blue is their sixth and final studio album, and it's one of their most diverse, even delving into jazz (!) on "Until It Stopped to Die." But other tracks, like "And Then the Rain" and "Postcoital Glow," deliver TJL's trademark mix of menace and borderline psychosis; this band remains among the most defiantly uncommercial acts ever signed to a major label.


      1. I Can Learn – 3:10
      2. Horse Doctor Man – 3:58
      3. Eucalyptus – 5:59
      4. A Tale Of Two Women – 3:28
      5. Cold Water – 2:45
      6. And Then The Rain – 3:13 
      7. Postcoital Glow – 3:31
      8. Until It Stopped To Die – 3:56
      9. Soft Damage – 4:05 
      10. Happy Snakes – 3:00
      11. Needles For Teeth (Version) – 3:40
      12. Terremoto – 1:20

      Joni Mitchell

      Court And Spark Demos (Black Friday 23 Edition)



        Court and Spark is Joni Mitchell's most commercially successful album of her career. This LP features the never-before-heard demos from the iconic album, including "Help Me" and "Raised On Robbery".


        1. Joni Mitchell - Piano Suite: Down To You / Court And Spark / Car On A Hill / Down To You (Court And Spark Demo) (Sound Recording)
        2. Joni Mitchell - People's Parties (Court And Spark Demo) (Sound Recording)
        3. Joni Mitchell - Help Me (Court And Spark Demo) (Sound Recording)
        4. Joni Mitchell - Just Like This Train (Court And Spark Demo) (Sound Recording)
        5. Joni Mitchell – Raised On Robbery (Court And Spark Demo) (Sound Recording)
        6. Joni Mitchell – Trouble Child (Sound Recording)

        John Murphy

        The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special (Original Soundtrack) (Black Friday 23 Edition)



          The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special is the soundtrack to the television special released on Disney+ in November 2022. The album features an original score composed by John Murphy, plus two songs performed by Old 97’s and Kevin Bacon. Available for the first time on vinyl, this color splatter LP is being released exclusively for RSD Black Friday 2023.Releasing internationally in line with the US/Canada RSD release - 2-Colour Splatter Vinyl

          Jonny Teardrop

          No Problemo

            Slip on your shades, shut the curtains and find some Dutch courage, you're about to hear the debut LP from Jonny Teardrop. Inspired by Native American peyote songs, using his Jaguar as a bass and drum samples from obscure Japanese crust punk songs, the Jonny charges through 13 snarling blasts of dark wired sound snapping polaroids and conjuring fragments of memories. Gritty, corrosive and raw, "No Problemo" adopts the grunge and gloom of Royal Trux, Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire and JAMC to take me all the way back to drunken nights stumbling through the dark of Retro Bar with a warm Red Stripe in hand. A short movie made of 13 scenes, written by himself and directed by Louis Vignat will be presented alongside the album. The 13 videos will be your introduction to Jonny's weird and complex universe; a door that won't be easily closed once opened. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Jonny Teardrop makes his debut on Rouge Mécanique with thirteen blasts of corrosive post punk energy. Essential listening for fans of The Kills, JAMC, Suicide and Whitey, this is the stuff of nightmares and eyeliner. All hailz the Dark Wired Sound!

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Shave My Head
            A2. Shotgun
            A3. 4AM
            A4. Secret Death
            A5. No Mercy
            A6. Gluey World
            A7. Suburb Kid
            B1. The Room
            B2. Eden Rebel
            B3. Dodge
            B4. Fragment
            B5. Internal Server Error
            B6. So I Trudged Upstairs

            Last time we caught up with the GCZ he was strung out in heaven, aligning chakras and hitting the bong with two volumes of "Lushlyfe" for Rush Hour. Now Jordan's back on his own Off Minor imprint, bringing the noise with three versions of "Fission Transmission" for all the freakz in the club. Rattling away along the A-side, the 'Main Mix' lays waste to the competition with wild Italo-disco arpeggiators, swelling, adrenal synthlines and squeeling gremlins trapped deep in the inner workings of the drum box. The "Drum Mix" kicks things on a touch, incorporating a schlamming 4/4 beat and plenty of EBM energy to level any rave bunker you find yourself lost in. Finally, "Suspicion Transmission (No Drum Mix)" bathes us in the brilliance of Czamanski's vintage hardware, bubbling electronics and charming weirdness. 

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Fission Transmission
            B1. Fission Transmission (Drum Mix)
            B. Suspicion Transmission (No Drum Mix)

            Josephine Foster

            This Coming Gladness (RSD20 EDITION)


              Black Vinyl.Essential reissue of Josephine Foster's crucially revered classic 'This Coming Gladness' ñ for the first time on vinyl since 2008.Comes with brand new artwork and housed in a reverse board sleeve with a download card.

              Juliette Greco

              Jolie Mome: La Muse De Saint Germain Des Pres

                LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                Limited edition 500 pressing in glorious colour vinyl.Double album - Disc one is RED vinyl, Disc two is BLUE vinyl.Think back, to that mid 20th Century world when music, film and everything else we love began...On day 1, before YeYe, before Beat, before Elvis, before Bardot, before Rock n Roll before -anything-, young Juliette Greco just -was-...queen of bohemian Paris, close to Camus, Miles Davis and the existentialist circles of the day, she began to perform in the Rive Gauche cafes, as Satre said she had "millions of poems in her voice" and he wrote liner notes on her albums too! Why just her hand movements could express a song like nothing else! Both Muse and Artist, sex symbol and Feminist icon, movie star for Cocteau, and yes, Belphegor, the creepiest arty horror series in TV history! The creator of the modern woman to a great extent, she made Chanson a viable form for dissent and arty pop, invented everyone from Jacques Brel to Serge Gainsbourg to Scott Walker to Nick Cave, made all the female punk performers possible.She had intelligence, looks, attitude and talent, and yes, she made some great records too! Here are just a few of them....

                John Massoni & Sonic Boom

                The Sundowner Sessions

                  LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                  Not previously released on vinyl Originally recorded in Seattle, in 2000 and released on CD only later the same year 'The Sundowner Sessions' is a recording featuring John Massoni (electronics) and Sonic Boom (custom human voice synthesizer). "[Sonic} can make something out of almost anything.He'd just pick out a tape of mine (I have a bunch of tapes with sound and drone experiments), and work something into a piece.His focus and ability not to be undermined by the limits surrounding him is really amazing to watch.We worked well into the night - thus 'The Sundowner Sessions' were born." - John Massoni. Never before released on vinyl but now re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Street Studio especially for vinyl release for RSD 2020.

                  Jeff Herriott & S. Craig Zahler

                  Bone Tomahawk (Original Soundtrack) (RSD21 EDITION)



                    The brooding, string-laden soundtrack to the gory western Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell is available again as an RSD exclusive on ëBlood & Boneí swirl vinyl. The deluxe edition LP comes with a double sided printed insert and digital download card ,housed in a 425g heavyweight sleeve. This cult classic soundtrack was a big seller for its original release in 2016, and has been sold out since. This soundtrack will appeal to soundtrack collectors, and fans of classic composers such as Ennio Morricone and Laylo Shifrin as well as modern score composers Clint Mansell and Brian Reitzell. The film itself was honoured with top awards at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival, including the award for best direction.

                    Jimmy James & The Vagabonds / Sonya Spence

                    This Heart Of Mine / Let Love Flow On (RSD22 EDITION)


                      A transparent blue vinyl version of our best selling Northern Soul release. With exclusive black and white label design.

                      James Bernard

                      OST - The Devil Rides Out (RSD23 EDITION)



                        Taken from the original 1968 hammer horror soundstrack, this four track 7" picture disc features original artwork and the vinyl is die cut into the shape of a pentangle.

                        Joao Donato E Donatinho

                        Sintetizamor (RSD23 EDITION)


                          Far Out Recordings proudly presents laid back Brazilian groove maestro Joao Donato's synth-heavy collaboration with his son Donatinho

                          Sintetizamor sees the father- son duo jovially hurtle through space and time across ten tracks of sparkling pop, Brazilian boogie and club friendly disco-funk. Joao Donato has been a hugely influential figure in the development of Brazilian music since the mid-1950's. He's played and recorded with virtually every one of his fellow Brazilian masters. Many of his own albums (of which he's recorded over three- dozen) are regarded with such adulation that 'cult- favourites' doesn't quite cut it. Aged 82 at the time, Donato's collaboration with his prodigious, synth obsessed son Donatinho - whose keyboard talents have been called on by the likes of the late Gal Costa, Djavan and Donatinho's contemporaries such as Diogo Strausz - was originally released back in 2017, as a limited Brazil-only release. For Record Store Day 2023, Sintetizamor will be available on vinyl (for the first time outside of Brazil) from participating stores.

                          José González

                          Local Valley Remixes (RSD23 EDITION)


                            Since the release of his highly acclaimed album "Local Valley" in 2021, Jose González has continuously released digital EP's with re-works and remixes by world-renowned electronic artists and producers. The Record Store Day exclusive 12" contains the highlights so far with remixes by DJ Koze, Sofia Kourtesis, Solomun, Roosevelt as well as surprises like the really crazy Dungen remix. The 12" comes as a strictly limited yellow vinyl with seven remixes. There are 1,500 units each for the North American and European Record Store Day.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A:
                            A1. Tjomme (DJ Koze Remix)
                            A2. El Invento (Sofia Kourtesis Remix)
                            A3. Visions (Ela Minus Remix)
                            A4. Visions (Dungen Remix)
                            Side B:
                            B1. Swing (Solomun Remix)
                            B2. Swing (Roosevelt Remix)
                            B3. Head On (Miss Grit Remix)

                            Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires

                            The Sound Emporium EP (RSD23 EDITION)


                              Single-sided 12" featuring 2 new originals from RSD US Ambassadors Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, a reimagined version of "Tour of Duty" from Here We Rest, and a cover of Richard Thompson's "Beeswing". Side B includes a stunning vinyl etching designed by Pearl Rachinsky-Moreland.

                              Jazz Butcher

                              Dr Chomondley Repents: A Sides, B-Sides And Seasides (RSD23 EDITION)


                                Double vinyl release of Jazz Butcher favourites, oddities, unheard alternate versions + a live radio session from LA's KCRW - many of which have never been on vinyl. Features extensive liner notes and exclusive artwork. The compilation gathers a raft of indie chart hits, plus a host of truly eclectic Butcher tunes from his early Glass recordings through his time at Creation. ìThe Jazz Butcher is one of the most brilliant incisive pop writers that Britain has produced since the glory days of Ray Davies and Pete Townshendî Alan McGee, Creation. This collection compiles an essential alternative world view, tracing pop culture through the kaleidoscope of the ë80s and beyond, filled with a unique brand of wit and wisdom.

                                Jesus Jones

                                Live In Chicago 1990 (RSD23 EDITION)



                                  First ever full release for this concert recorded in Chicago in September 1990 (and first time on vinyl for all of it), just as Jesus Jones were breaking big in the US

                                  It features charged up performances of the hits " Right Here Right Now", "Real Real Real ", "Move Mountains", "Info Freako" and " Never Enough " to an excited audience. Side four features previously unreleased recordings from an earlier concert at the Melkweg in Amsterdam in March 1990 , including "Bring It On and "All The Answers". Pressed on 140g white vinyl, and with extensive newly written annotation by keyboard player Iain Baker, this is the final part of DMG's all encompassing Jesus Jones re issue campaign.

                                  Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

                                  Up Your Alley (RSD23 EDITION)



                                    Lemonade coloured LP Vinyl. 'Warchild' charity release. - Up Your Alley, the sixth studio album from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, will be released on Lemonade Yellow colored vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day. The Grammy nominated album, originally released in 1988, features ìI Hate Myself For Loving You,î ìLittle Liar,î and ìI Wanna Be Your Dog.î


                                    Like Gangbusters (RSD23 EDITION)

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

                                      British new wave band JoBoxers' debut album 'Like Gangbusters' was originally released in 1983. The album was produced by Alan Shacklock and contains hit singles "Boxerbeat", "Johnny Friendly" and the double-A-side "Jealous Love / She's Got Sex". It also includes "Just Got Lucky" - the band's huge international hit that reached the top 10 in the UK and top 40 in the U.S. This 40th Anniversary Edition reissue is sourced from the original master tapes, pressed on red vinyl and is a 2023 Record Store Day Exclusive! JoBoxers 'Like Gangbusters' is a must-have record for every 80s new wave music fan.

                                      Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos, Mauricio Maestro

                                      Visions Of Dawn (RSD23 EDITION)

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

                                        Far Out Recordings proudly presents the limited clear vinyl edition of the in-demand Visions of Dawn album by Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos and Mauricio Maestro. Recorded in Paris, in 1976, Visions of Dawn is the stunning 'lost' Brazilian acid-folk masterpiece. First uncovered and released in 2009, the record transfixed Brazilian music lovers and fans of otherworldly psych-folk alike. Led by the sharp lyrics and gorgeous, voice of a young Joyce Moreno, the trio is completed by the late great Brazilian percussion legend Nana Vasconcelos, and master arranger, producer and bassist Mauricio Maestro. These beautiful recordings offer a unique opportunity to sit in on the original sessions of tracks that would later become Brazilian cult-classics, like swinging samba-jazz opener 'Banana' and 'Clareana', a lullaby named after Joyce's daughters Clara and Ana. The trippiest moments come from 'Jardim Dos Deuces' (one of Frank Ocean's favourite tracks of all time) and the orgasmic album closer 'Chegeda'. Clear vinyl

                                        John Massoni With Sonic Boom

                                        Think Of Me When You Hear Waves (RSD23 EDITION)

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

                                          A brand-new John Massoni LP that was produced by his good friend, Grammy nominated producer, Hunter Lea. This is another John Massoni and Pete Kember, aka Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, EAR, Spectrum) collaboration. It will have one side completely mixed by Sonic Boom. Featuring the excellent track ìGreat Godís Giftî this will be pressed in heavy weight 180g solid mustard coloured vinyl.

                                          Jorja Smith & Joy Orbison

                                          Rose Rouge (RSD23 EDITION)



                                            Joy Orbison stamps his sound across Jorja Smith’s incredible version of ‘Rose Rouge’ “This remix reminds me of my earlier work - but maybe a more realised take on what I was trying to do back then,” says Joy O. “I was conscious of how the original track had been sampled many times in house & garage records and wanted to incorporate a bit of that while taking Jorja's version in a new direction.” He most certainly does that. Her sultry vocal mixes perfectly with his UK garage take on the classic St Germain track, taking a turn towards the dancefloor after a breezy, hypnotising intro. Now on a limited run of heavyweight etched black vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day 2022.

                                            Jim Ghedi

                                            In The Furrows Of Common Place

                                              “Instead of landscape sketches I wanted to go into more personal areas of my reality,” says Jim Ghedi of his third album In The Furrows Of Common Place. “To hold up certain aspects of society that were laying bare in front of me.”

                                              Whilst Ghedi’s previous idiosyncratic take on folk has often been instrumental, exploring the natural world and his relationship to it through his music as seen on 2018's A Hymn For Ancient Land. His new album In The Furrow Of Common Place is a deeper plunge inside himself to offer up more of his voice to accompany his profoundly unique and moving compositions. “There were things I was seeing around me and being affected by in my daily life,” he says. “Socially and politically I saw defiance but also hopelessness. I wanted to be honest with the frustration and turmoil I was experiencing.”

                                              The decision to include more of Ghedi’s vocals was a conscious one and driven by a need to say something. However, this isn’t a brash raging political polemic. As is now customary with Ghedi’s work, it is rich in nuance, history, poetry and allegory. Musically, the album is equally locked into this ongoing sense of evolution. Ghedi’s intricate yet deft guitar playing still twists and flows its way through the core, weaving in and out of gliding double bass, sweeping violin, gentle percussion and vocals that shift from tender solos to overlapping harmonies.

                                              As with much of Ghedi’s work, there’s a rich connection between the past and the current. Musically, he continues to sit in a singular position of sounding distinctly contemporary yet also with a touch of traditional flair. This expands itself into the lyrical terrain here too. “I've been exploring contemporary issues and in that process discovering sources that correlate with similar issues in the past,” he says. “Which proves that these issues throughout history - environmental destruction, working class poverty etc - are ongoing.”

                                              For all the socio-political and historical backdrop to the record it is not one that feels overwhelmed by it. Much like Ghedi’s work when it was largely instrumental - and some of it still is here - it flows and unfurls thoughtfully, with space still being utilised masterfully, creating room to pause and reflect. It’s another inimitable record from an artist that truly sounds like nobody else right now. 

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Barry says: An intoxicating mix of traditional folk, hazy psychedelia and classic rock progressions all enriched with Ghedi's distinctive vocal affectations. It's a heady and transportive affair, and one that will reward richly on repeated listens. Gorgeous.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Common Thread
                                              2. The Lamentations Of Round Oak Waters
                                              3. Mytholm
                                              4. Stolen Ground
                                              5. Ah Cud Hew
                                              6. Beneath The Willow
                                              7. Beneath The Willow Part II
                                              8. Son David

                                              Jim Ghedi

                                              In The Furrows Of Common Place

                                                “Instead of landscape sketches I wanted to go into more personal areas of my reality,” says Jim Ghedi of his third album In The Furrows Of Common Place. “To hold up certain aspects of society that were laying bare in front of me.”

                                                Whilst Ghedi’s previous idiosyncratic take on folk has often been instrumental, exploring the natural world and his relationship to it through his music as seen on 2018's A Hymn For Ancient Land. His new album In The Furrow Of Common Place is a deeper plunge inside himself to offer up more of his voice to accompany his profoundly unique and moving compositions. “There were things I was seeing around me and being affected by in my daily life,” he says. “Socially and politically I saw defiance but also hopelessness. I wanted to be honest with the frustration and turmoil I was experiencing.”

                                                The decision to include more of Ghedi’s vocals was a conscious one and driven by a need to say something. However, this isn’t a brash raging political polemic. As is now customary with Ghedi’s work, it is rich in nuance, history, poetry and allegory. Musically, the album is equally locked into this ongoing sense of evolution. Ghedi’s intricate yet deft guitar playing still twists and flows its way through the core, weaving in and out of gliding double bass, sweeping violin, gentle percussion and vocals that shift from tender solos to overlapping harmonies.

                                                As with much of Ghedi’s work, there’s a rich connection between the past and the current. Musically, he continues to sit in a singular position of sounding distinctly contemporary yet also with a touch of traditional flair. This expands itself into the lyrical terrain here too. “I've been exploring contemporary issues and in that process discovering sources that correlate with similar issues in the past,” he says. “Which proves that these issues throughout history - environmental destruction, working class poverty etc - are ongoing.”

                                                For all the socio-political and historical backdrop to the record it is not one that feels overwhelmed by it. Much like Ghedi’s work when it was largely instrumental - and some of it still is here - it flows and unfurls thoughtfully, with space still being utilised masterfully, creating room to pause and reflect. It’s another inimitable record from an artist that truly sounds like nobody else right now. 

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: An intoxicating mix of traditional folk, hazy psychedelia and classic rock progressions all enriched with Ghedi's distinctive vocal affectations. It's a heady and transportive affair, and one that will reward richly on repeated listens. Gorgeous.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Common Thread
                                                2. The Lamentations Of Round Oak Waters
                                                3. Mytholm
                                                4. Stolen Ground
                                                5. Ah Cud Hew
                                                6. Beneath The Willow
                                                7. Beneath The Willow Part II
                                                8. Son David

                                                Jim Noir

                                                Deep Blue View

                                                  AM Jazz was the moment we all became truly acquainted with Alan Roberts; the melodic maestro beneath Jim Noir’s dandy exterior, whose hypnotic minimalist symphonies waltzed their way to Piccadilly Records’ #2 Best Album of 2020. Not to mention a whole host of great reviews….

                                                  No less than 12 months later arrives ‘Deep Blue View’ – not so much of a follow-up, as a mini-flipside moving the Jazz from AM to PM, between city and sea.

                                                  “I originally had AM Jazz down as walking around some New York backstreet at 4am, smoking in a fedora, looking for crimes to solve but it now ends as night begins,” reveals Al, of his latest tale’s gradual evolution. “Deep Blue View is the night-time album now… like losing yourself deeper in the fog, or disappearing in the sea… would someone, or some 'thing' come to save you or would they , or it , come along for the ride?”

                                                  Usually by now, Daveyhulme’s own could-be John Barry would have left distractions of success for suburban side-projects and writing with his fellow Mancunian musicians, but AM Jazz left unfinished business - and, with 50 or so session recordings leaving a litter of sonic debris strewn about the cutting room floor, one major clean-up. Deep Blue View is 6 brand new tracks crafted from its reconstructed and revived remnants, unfurling like Sinatra’s Wee Small Hours to reinforce the strangely beautiful atmosphere of Al’s now revered repertoire.

                                                  “I had the urge to create something new and started playing around with different EPs and pseudonyms but when I sequenced these tracks, I was really happy how smoothly they flowed; it just needed an opener. I quickly wrote ‘Deep Blue View’ and it fell into place. It’s great, so I carried on, knowing it was time to save the best stuff for myself,” Al grins.

                                                  Just as AM Jazz was created in the spirit of his earlier working style on debut album Tower of Love, Deep Blue View fuses Al’s love of finding the ‘right’ in the odd, weird, back-to-front and everything in between, with the hi-fi meets lo-fi sounds of his crate-digging curiosity and empathy for TV themes and movie soundtracks. Guided by melody, his home-based sorcery of working with analog, tape and field recordings opposed to the lure of studio mechanics allowed his inner subconscious to tap at the door and reveal itself in new musical forms. “In the studio it’s tempting to turn everything up loud but I’ve got bad tinnitus and don’t want to write anything else in a Beatles style. I have done all that now… at home I have a computer, a microphone and just go crazy and lose myself staring at the screen. Then suddenly loads of music is written.”

                                                  Setting his inner autopilot to flight mode, ‘Peppergone’ adds to the tracks’ nocturnal narrative and appears reborn after a last-minute culling from AM Jazz’s initial tracklist. Like a beautifully romantic ode to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, it is a fitting tribute to dearly departed best friend 'Batfinks', written in the middle of a tough night. “I have no idea why or how the song came about because I was so upset to do anything, let alone record any music. But there you go. Somehow I did and it’s a really special thing. I know he would have dug me using his chords; growing up we’d both try to create the perfect chord sequence. This is his idea of that. I hope he doesn’t think it’s shit,” Al jests.

                                                  Also revived from AM Jazz’s archive is the simmering groove of ‘Night Talk Late Street’ and instrumental ‘Star Six Seven’, whilst ‘Have Another Cigar’ weaves its own semi-autobiographical fairy-tale with lyrics written and sung by long-time pal and former housemate Aidan Smith. Transformed from backing track into a cool morsel of story pop, it recalls the drunken joy of when the pair would make recordings together between singing the Everly Brothers at full volume. “I’m sure it’s about not wanting the musical party to stop and having to get on with real life,” Al says.

                                                  ‘String Beat’ meanwhile, soars like a beautiful Bond theme with the shimmer of Lee Hazlewood holidaying in Palm Springs, alongside perhaps, the waltzing string-like synthonies of some long-lost rhythm and blues orchestra of Davyhulme (whose real-life origins reside with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra), introduced to him by Super Furry Animals’ Cian Ciaran. “I’ve never created anything this moody before and have always threatened to do something John Barry-esque with some slightly dark and spooky musical changes.”

                                                  First may not be worst, but as AM Jazz has proven, second can be best and as a master of suspense Jim’s Deep Blue View arranges the day to night pieces of another puzzle that makes a whole lot of sense.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Andy says: Another absolutely beautiful record. Gonna be one of my favourites of the year, I can tell already.

                                                  Barry says: Where 'A.M Jazz' wasn't particularly true to its name, 'Deep Blue View' plunges much more readily into smooth jazz waters, with swimming melodies and progressions perfectly befitting Roberts' hazy dreamlike vocal lines. A brilliantly cohesive and fitting follow-up to A.M Jazz, showing the rapid upwards trajectory of this local gem. Brilliant.

                                                  Optimo Music treat all fans of indie miserablism, bedroom gloom and post punk groan to the new album from Jacob Yates (Uncle John and Whitelock). Not only is he one of the label's all-time favourite artists from Glasgow, but he is one of their favourite artists from anywhere. Criminally unknown except to a few who have been long transfixed by his recordings and performances, we hope this release will open a few more ears to his wondrous musical world.

                                                  “The Hare, The Moon, The Drone” is the gloom auteur's third LP. This recording finds the band exploring dark hawthorn hedged lanes, moors and suburban, new build estates. There's something more earthy about the songs but the menace and darkness remains. Musically there is a big shift on this album, a field recording of a folk band from a dark, pine filled glen. The opener, The Car sets the scene for the rural side of the album, dank and stone cold. The tracks then shift through the woods, people turn into animals, we pass a sunlit glade, do you hear a love song? Cassie Ezeji closes the side sweetly lamenting in Gaelic as the snow falls.

                                                  Side two is a more urban affair opening with despair in a bedroom in Belgium, we visit a faith healer and drop in on your lonely mother. Lovatt recounts the story of a karaoke addicted murderer before we finally go home to our new build just outside of town where the pylons tower over Michael and his sister Rachel. It's a journey you can go on, looking out of the window of the bus, glimpses of lives glide by, cards on seats promise to help you. Ding! It's time to get off.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  The Car
                                                  The Human
                                                  The Hare
                                                  The Moon
                                                  The Drone (Part 1)
                                                  The Drone (Part 2)
                                                  Mr. Marouf
                                                  A Scene From An Empty Living Room
                                                  Outside The Needle Exchange

                                                  Joseph Allred

                                                  The Rambles & Rags Of Shiloh

                                                    The prominent biblical city of Shiloh was first mentioned in the Book of Joshua: And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them. (Joshua 18:1) It held a perhaps unsurpassed place of importance for the Israelites until the construction of Solomon’s Temple and elevation of Jerusalem as the capital of a united Israel some centuries later. The Shiloh, which is our primary matter of interest here, is not the biblical city, but rather a namesake community in rural Overton County, Tennessee, situated in the Upper Cumberland region of the Appalachian Plateau near the Tennessee/Kentucky border. It isn’t a town, but a community made up of a church, two cemeteries, a smattering of houses, some farmland surrounded by forested hills, and a mostly gravel road that is too narrow in many stretches for two cars to pass each other.

                                                    The West Fork of the Obey River tumbles through the area at a fairly leisurely pace, and Joseph’s father, who was born in the adjacent and slightly easier to access community of Allred, always called Shiloh Road “the River Road” since the road and the river often unfurl through the valley side by side. The instrumental pieces for guitars and banjo on the album at hand mostly depict images and events, both real and imagined, that take place in Shiloh and the broader river valley it’s situated in. “I won’t go into the details of the inspiration for each tune here,” Allred comments, “but I will say that Shiloh is a place where the distinction between past and present isn’t always clearly defined. It’s a kind of “mandorla," a place where the spheres of past and present, dead and living, immanent and transcendent, overlap.

                                                    It’s also a place that has attracted some odd characters over the years, or just people who are weary and trying to find refuge.” “Though I grew up in a small town about 25 miles away from Shiloh and have lived in Boston since 2016, my dad’s side of the family has been in the area for over 200 years, and that valley feels a lot like the place I’ll be buried when I die.” With all that said, we present to you The Rambles and Rags of Shiloh.Housed in a gatefold sleeve courtesy of the glorious folk art of Jonny Brokenbrow.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1) Sweetcorn Ramble
                                                    2) The Dervish
                                                    3) Linville Rag
                                                    4) Overture For Lodge No, 637
                                                    5) Dance Of The Fair Folk
                                                    6) Before The Lord
                                                    7) The Emerald City
                                                    8) West Fork Rag
                                                    9) March Of The True Bugs
                                                    10) Blues For Terry Turtle

                                                    Jason Anderson

                                                    The Hopeful And The Unafraid

                                                      With six officially released albums, two more in the can, four probably-never-to-see-the-light-of-day records in his closet, a few live albums on the shelf and a Myspace song-a-day project, the quietly prolific Jason Anderson returns to K with "The Hopeful And The Unafraid". While he also played guitar in Mount Eerie, has drummed with Tilly And The Wall, and played piano with David Dondero, you've probably heard little about him. "The Hopeful.." was made at Soma Studios in Chicago, on a two-day tour break in January of 2006. Recorded in a matter of hours-tracking the vocals, guitars, and drums simultaneously-Jason's goal was to make an organic documentation of songs he'd been playing every night for half a decade. Thusly, all the vocal parts are first takes. There were some indulgences, though, as some guys who used to play in Magnolia Electric Co. came by to put down pedal steel and guitar leads. The album takes a stab at capturing some of the energy Jason loves putting into every show he plays, whether there are five or fifty people present.

                                                      John Andrews & The Yawns

                                                      Love For The Underdog

                                                        John Andrews is something of an open secret in a certain corner of the music scene: a versatile musician and animator. A film school drop out whose work hat-tips tradition as much as outsider anti-aesthetics. He’s spent over a decade on the DIY circuit, playing early house shows alongside then up-and-coming peers Weyes Blood and Daniel Bachman. Today he is still out there projecting his sketchy hand-drawn animations during his performances in coffee shops, small galleries and non-traditional venues. Andrews’ painterly approach now introduces the listener to his version of New York City, the place he was bound to end up after years of dwelling in Pennsylvania farm towns and New Hampshire barns. There is handmade vibrancy to the world he’s imagined here: intimate moments seen from the interior, looking outward from hole-in-the-wall restaurants, theaters and the fragments of peace found within the restless and dirty street corners.

                                                        Love For The Underdog, his aptly titled fourth release with the Woodsist label, was tracked live to tape in various studios and apartments across the Empire State with help from his bandmates in Cut Worms’ touring outfit, Max Clarke, Keven Lareau and Noah Bond. Buoyant melodies are supported by timeless string arrangements, translated from Andrews’ head to page with the help of friend Simon Hanes. The string quartet follows the tradition of Francoise Hardy, Harry Nilsson, Margo Guryan and Belle and Sebastian, giving the whole thing a cinematic ambience with stark shadows of an Edward Hopper painting. The lyrics tie together narratives of cynical heroes and troubled lovers. Put on the record and sink into well-worn red velvet theater seats, when the lights go down and the flickering of projectors run the title: Love For The Underdog, indeed.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Checks In The Mail
                                                        2. Never Go Away
                                                        3. Fourth Wall
                                                        4. Starving Artist
                                                        5. Walking Under My Loves Ladders
                                                        6. Cloudy
                                                        7. Only Heart
                                                        8. I Want To Believe

                                                        Jon Appleton & Don Cherry

                                                        Human Music - 2023 Reissue

                                                          The discography of trumpeter Don Cherry is one of the most fascinating in music. Although famously associated with the ground-breaking free explorations of Ornette Coleman as his career progressed, Cherry delved into all manner of waters from cosmic mediative wig-outs to mainstream funk. He also pioneered what is now branded as world music, At the other end of the spectrum is this delicious collaboration with Jon Appleton called “Human Music”.

                                                          Jon Appleton was an early pioneer of electronic music in America. He established his first primitive studio whilst studying at the University of Oregon in the mid-60s. Assisted by a financial grant this was greatly expanded at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in the late 60s where Appleton began to record his sonic explorations at his bespoke electronic music studio.

                                                          It seemed only natural that Appleton would come to the attention of the questing ears of Flying Dutchman label supremo Bob Thiele. This led to the album “Appleton Syntonic Menagerie” released on Flying Dutchman in 1969. Recorded at the Dartmouth studio it’s a fascinating album rich in ideas, proto synthesiser sounds and sonic exploration. Listening today, it’s as if Steve Stapleton from Nurse With Wound went back in time to record a secret album.

                                                          It was probably Bob Thiele’s idea to put Appleton and Cherry together. Thus, Cherry went to Appleton’s electronic music studio at Dartmouth College to record an album of improvisations. Apparently, laid down live the four extended tracks are sparse, spacious and a compelling listen and where jazz meets early electronica. As a jazz musician, Cherry not only played wood, bamboo and metal flutes, kalimbas; earthquake drums, coronet with traditional mouthpiece and bamboo reed but listened to Appleton’s oscillations to ensure that his parts fit into this unlikely musical jigsaw.

                                                          This album has been out of print on vinyl for decades and as well as remastering “Human Music” we have made sure to serve it up in its original gatefold sleeve that features striking original artwork by Don Cherry’s Swedish wife Moki ‘Moqui’ Cherry. An exhibition of her work was recently displayed at the ICA between May and September 2023 

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Side One
                                                          1. Boa
                                                          2. Oba
                                                          Side Two
                                                          1. Abo
                                                          2. Bao 

                                                          Joe Armon-Jones & Fatima

                                                          Tinted Shades

                                                            Fatima and Joe Armon-Jones unite for Tinted Shades; a three track EP that asserts personal truths whilst juxtaposing dark times with hopeful optimism - spanning soul, hip hop and R&B. The Tinted Shades collaboration will be released on Armon-Jones’ imprint Aquarii Records.

                                                            Swedish soul singer with Hip Hop in her blueprint, Fatima is a vocal powerhouse with a beautiful tone who has written and collaborated with the likes of JD Reid, Purist, Larry Heard, Floating Points, Knxwledge, Scoop DeVille, Flako, Dam Funk and Shafiq Husayn.

                                                            Between his highly acclaimed solo work and his work with the influential Ezra Collective, Joe Armon-Jones is at the epicentre of the London underground scene and has collaborated with the late Tony Allen, Mahalia, Nubya Garcia, Greentea Peng, Poppy Ajudha, Moses Boyd and Ego Ella May.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Millie says: The collab I've always wanted, favourites Fatima and Joe Armon-Jones combine their talents to deliver this soul-drenched 12", a perfect balance of jazz and R&B this just slips down.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Tinted Shades
                                                            Love Life Hope

                                                            Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin


                                                              Archetype’ is an exorcism of South London’s underground spirit. It’s a sound world which draws on its ancestral echoes as equally as it captures the pulse of a city on the edge of evolution.

                                                              The twelve-track collaborative record is the product of two magnetised forces who should almost repel: producer, composer and keyboard player Joe Armon- Jones, and producer / DJ Maxwell Owin.

                                                              At the fore of the scene south of the river, they draw on different instincts, different disciplines, different strengths - and converge them to make something which is both challenging and startlingly fresh.

                                                              Guest features on the record include Lex Amor, Shabaka Hutchings, Fatima, Rocks FOE, O the Ghost, Mala, Maysia Osu and YUIS.

                                                              ‘Archetype’ is caught somewhere between the club and the bedroom, both communal and intimate - something common to Joe’s world of jazz, soul and improvisation and Maxwell’s, of the sprawling sounds of hardcore continuum, from jungle to dubstep and drill.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Archetype (feat. O The Ghost)
                                                              2. Ode 2 Reverb
                                                              3. 4Seasons (feat. Rocks FOE)
                                                              4. Rago’s Garage (feat. Shabaka Hutchings)
                                                              5. Grief (feat. Lex Amor)
                                                              6. Don’t Tip Me Over (feat. Fatima)
                                                              7. Lost In The Function
                                                              8. Do I Keep Going
                                                              9. Pedal Bike
                                                              10. Sisyphean (feat. O The Ghost)
                                                              11. Ikigai (feat. Mala, Marysia Osu & YUIS)
                                                              12. Adrenaline/Oxygen

                                                              Joey Bada$$


                                                                Joey Badass is a 19-year old rapper from Brooklyn, NY. He burst onto the scene in 2012 with the release of his 1999 MIXTAPE, which was downloaded over 2 million times. Since then Joey has gone on several worldwide tours, performing with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, B. O. B., Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Big K. R. I. T & more. Joey Badass is now preparing to release his debut album, B4. DA. SS on January 20th, which also happens to be his 20th birthday. The album has production from Hit-Boy, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Statik Selektah, Kirk Knight, Chuck Strangers, and more. B4. DA. SS also features tracks with Kiesza, Action Bronson, Chronixx, Elle Varner, Maverick Sabre, BJ the Chicago Kid, & more.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Save The Children
                                                                Greenbax (Introlude)
                                                                Paper Trail$
                                                                Piece Of Mind
                                                                Big Dusty
                                                                Hazeus View
                                                                Like Me (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
                                                                Belly Of The Beast (feat. Chronixx)
                                                                No. 99
                                                                Christ Conscious
                                                                On & On (feat. Maverick Sabre & Dyemond Lewis)
                                                                Escape 120 (feat. Raury)
                                                                Black Beetles
                                                                Curry Chicken
                                                                Run Up On Ya (feat. Action Bronson & Elle Varner)
                                                                Teach Me

                                                                Jessica Bailiff

                                                                At The Down-Turned Jagged Rim Of The Sky

                                                                Kranky was a bit surprised earlier this year when Jessica Bailiff contacted them and asked they wanted to preview her new album for possible release. They had no idea she had even been working on an album, let alone had completed one, and they were rewarded with a listen to her most compelling album to date.

                                                                After being in Europe for 5 weeks as a touring member of Boduf Songs, Jessica Bailiff spent much of 2011, writing and recording At the Down-Turned Jagged Rim of the Sky in her spartan home studio. Sequestering herself through the hot summer months until finished, she then passed the tracks on to her friend Odd Nosdam for final mixing.
                                                                *Down-tuned, distorted bass guitar adds a new color to her palette, but familiar ones also come into play: fuzzed and delayed electric guitar, organ, piano, cello, and drums. Noisy pop-tinged love songs nestle slyly in a bed of off-kilter lullabies and dark, metallic waltzes.

                                                                No need to recycle descriptives like “lo-fi” or “hushed vocals” - these are spurious words. This is another intimate collection of songs recorded entirely by Jessica at home, in a room next to where she sleeps. If you listen carefully, you might hear her dreaming.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                01 Your Ghost Is Not Enough 
                                                                02 Take Me To The Sun 
                                                                03 Sanguine 
                                                                04 If You Say It 
                                                                05 Violets & Roses 
                                                                06 This Is Real
                                                                07 Goodnight 
                                                                08 Slowly 
                                                                09 Firefly

                                                                Julien Baker

                                                                Little Oblivions

                                                                  Little Oblivions is the third studio album by Julien Baker. Recorded in Memphis, TN, the record weaves together unflinching autobiography with assimilated experience and hard-won observations from the past few years, taking Baker’s capacity for storytelling to new heights. It also marks a sonic shift, with the songwriter’s intimate piano and guitar arrangements newly enriched by bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, and mandolin with nearly all of the instruments performed by Baker.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: Julien Baker returns for another beautifully rich set of crescentic rock, coloured with an unmistakeable country hue. It's a delicate balance and is accomplished here with a beautiful warmth and comforting melodicism. Another wonderful journey, full of emotional duality and songwriting genius from Baker.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Hardline
                                                                  2. Heatwave
                                                                  3. Faith Healer
                                                                  4. Relative Fiction
                                                                  5. Crying Wolf
                                                                  6. Bloodshot
                                                                  7. Ringside
                                                                  8. Favor
                                                                  9. Song In E
                                                                  10. Repeat
                                                                  11. Highlight Reel
                                                                  12. Ziptie

                                                                  Julien Baker

                                                                  Sprained Ankle

                                                                    Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker is the latest addition to the Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s devastating and vulnerable debut album, ‘Sprained Ankle’, which was originally released in 2015, is now being made available again. A 7” single by Julien Baker is also being released at the same time.

                                                                    For years, Baker and a group of close friends performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers) but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life. Tales of her experiences are staggering and when set to her haunting guitar playing the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There’s something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.

                                                                    “Richly poetic songs of trauma and redemption, moving from almost unbearable fragility to confessional strength.” - The New York Times

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Sprained Ankle
                                                                    Brittle Boned
                                                                    Everybody Does
                                                                    Good News
                                                                    Go Home

                                                                    Julien Baker

                                                                    Turn Out The Lights

                                                                    Julien Baker releases her highly anticipated second album, ‘Turn Out The Lights’, via Matador Records.

                                                                    ‘Turn Out The Lights’ arrives nearly two years to the day after Baker’s debut album, ‘Sprained Ankle’, which was widely acclaimed by outlets including The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Noisey, and MOJO, among others.

                                                                    Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN, ‘Turn Out The Lights’ expands upon the sound and vision of ‘Sprained Ankle’ while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, Baker reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the greys and complex truths of humanity and mental health.

                                                                    ‘Turn Out The Lights’ was written and produced by Baker and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Florence & The Machine).

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Barry says: 'Sprained Ankle' went down a storm in here (was it really that long ago?) and I have no doubt this will surpass that. More heartfelt lyrics, cleverly constructed melodies and introspective moments, all wrapped in that warm veneer of Baker's spellbinding voice.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Turn Out The Lights
                                                                    Sour Breath
                                                                    Everything That Helps
                                                                    You Sleep
                                                                    Happy To Be Here
                                                                    Hurt Less
                                                                    Claws In Your Back

                                                                    Julia Bardo

                                                                    Bauhaus, L'Appartamento

                                                                      Debut album from Manchester-via-Italy singer, songwriter and guitarist Julia Bardo.

                                                                      Produced and mixed by Younghusband’s Euan Hinshelwood, the record firmly establishes Bardo’s musical adventurousness and prowess, and marks a cathartic and self-affirming moment for an artist who found her voice by realizing it's been there all along.

                                                                      The album is best summed up by the woman who wrote it all: “Bauhaus, L’Appartamento is about loneliness, solitude, separation...but also unconditional love,” Bardo reveals of the record’s overarching themes. “Family, emotional dependency, mental health issues, feelings of emptiness and numbness, feelings of not being enough, inability to be in control of my own emotions, self-doubt, self-reflection, past traumas and dealing with them.”

                                                                      Named after the apartment complex she lived in when demoing the album’s recordings, but with an Italian twist.

                                                                      Follows the release of two EPs, Phase and The Raw EP, which saw her experiment further with her wistful and mysterious sound to become the alternative pop artist she is today.

                                                                      Her musical journey began in Brescia in Northern Italy, where she sang and wrote lyrics for a local band between shifts at her father’s bar. A free spirit craving new inspiration, she relocated to Manchester and it was here she developed her striking style as a solo musician before also meeting and joining post-punk band Working Men’s Club. Never losing her strong desire to have full creative control over her music, she returned to become a solo artist again.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Emily says: Julia Bardo: Local talent alert!! Gorgeous, off kilter pop songs which have more bite to them than you might expect. Sonorous vocals and deft melodic interplay met with moments of jangling dissonance. FFO Cate Le Bon and Aldous Harding!

                                                                      Julianna Barwick’s revelatory third album, ‘Will’, is the Brooklyn experimental artist’s most surprising left turn to date. Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, the compelling ‘Will’ departs from the weighty lightness of 2013’s ‘Nepenthe’.

                                                                      If ‘Nepenthe’ conjured images of gentle fog rolling over desolate mountains, then ‘Will’ is a late afternoon thunderstorm, a cathartic collision of sharp and soft textures that sounds ominous and restorative all at once.

                                                                      ‘Will’ comes after Barwick’s busiest period to date in her career following ‘Nepenthe’ - a spate of activity that included playing piano for Yoko Ono, performing at the 25th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert alongside such kindred spirits as The Flaming Lips and Philip Glass, releasing the ‘Rosabi’ EP and delivering a reimagining of Bach’s ‘Adagio’ from Concerto In D Minor.

                                                                      Her life over the past several years has largely been lived in transit and as such the genesis of ‘Will’ was not beholden to location; Barwick reflects on this cycle of constant motion. “You’re constantly adjusting, assimilating, and finding yourself in life-changing situations.” That sense of forward propulsion is largely owed to ‘Will’s synth-heavy textures, an ingredient she was inspired to add to her vocal loop-heavy formula after demoing a new prototype analogue sequencer for Moog.

                                                                      Another new wrinkle ‘Will’ introduces in Barwick’s sound: Mas Ysa’s Thomas Arsenault, who lends his richly complex vocals to ‘Same’ and ‘Someway’.

                                                                      The beguiling, beautifully complicated ‘Will’ is the latest proof yet of Barwick’s irresistibly engaging talent as a composer and vocalist.

                                                                      Julianna has recently collaborated with Moog and MoMa, lending her prestige as both a musician and artist as a whole.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      St. Apolonia
                                                                      Big Hollow
                                                                      Heading Home
                                                                      See, Know

                                                                      Julianna Barwick

                                                                      Healing Is A Miracle

                                                                        Four years on from the release of her last, critically acclaimed LP, Julianna Barwick returns with “Healing Is A Miracle”.

                                                                        A distinctive meditation on sound, reverb and the voice, “Healing Is A Miracle” is a record built on improvisation and a close affinity to a couple of trusted items of gear, from which she spins engrossing, expansive universes. Additionally, Barwick draws on the input of three collaborators with whom she has nurtured deep friendships with over the years: Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Nosaj Thing and Mary Lattimore; who each gently nudge out at the edges of her organically-evolved sound.

                                                                        Recorded in the wake of a seismic shift in her life following a move from New York—where she had lived for 16 years—to Los Angeles where she is now based, the title of the record came to her after thinking about how the human body heals itself, of the miraculous processes we pay little attention to: “You cut your hand, it looks pretty bad, and two weeks later it looks like it never happened… That’s kind of amazing, you know?” It’s a sentiment that feels particularly apt for the moment. From there, she conceived of the record’s simple statement title, ran it past a couple of friends, and it was settled. Like with the record itself, and all of her work, it’s about following her gut, and seeing where it takes her.

                                                                        “Healing Is A Miracle” began life in spring of last year, when Barwick sat down with her vocal looping set-up and began sketching out some ideas for new solo material. “It had been so long since I had done that,” she recalls, “making something for myself, just for the love of it… it was emotional, because I was recording music that was just from the heart, that wasn't for an 'assignment' or project… it brought me to tears a little”.

                                                                        Part of the joy also came from a small but significant switch up to her recording process: the addition of some studio monitors—a birthday gift from Jónsi and Alex (Somers)—having previously recorded all of her music on headphones. “The first song I remember making with those was the first song on the album, Inspirit.” she explains, “When I added the bass I really felt it in my body, you know, in a way you just wouldn’t with headphones… it was kind of euphoric and fun. I got really excited about making the record in that moment, and I think that really had an impact on the sounds I ended up making.”

                                                                        Excitement too came from the chance to work with three dream collaborators. Her connection to Jónsi began via producer Alex Somers, when Barwick flew to Reykjavík to record some sessions with him for her 2013 record “Nepenthe”, a trip which would begin a long-standing affinity with Iceland and the people she connected with there. “I think he has the best voice in the world,” she says, “and hearing my voice with Jonsi's is one of the joys of my life.” Nosaj Thing—the highly respected electronic producer and stalwart of the LA scene who has worked with the likes of Kendric Lamar—had gotten in touch to express his affection for her 2011 album “The Magic Place”, and they’d since been trying to find a way to work together. Barwick and Lattimore had struck up a friendship over many years performing live together, and had moved to LA around the same time. Finding herself in the same city as all three for the first time, it felt natural to include them in her process, and added to the feeling of newness, support and friendship she had while producing the record.

                                                                        Beyond her records, Barwick’s impressive live shows have gained incredible praise over the years from the likes of The Guardian—who described her performance as “exquisite in its eloquence, reflection and compassion” in their 5* review—The New York Times, NPR, and more. She has also supported and performed with an amazing array of artists including Bon Iver, Grouper, Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Perfume Genius, Mas Ysa, and Nat Baldwin.

                                                                        Barwick has additionally been involved in some head-turning collaborations over the years. In 2015 she took part in The Flaming Lips’s Carnegie Hall show, performing music from their reimagining of “Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”, alongside Phillip Glass, Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson and Pattie Smith. That same year she was invited to play two shows with Yoko Ono, one at MoMA (“my favorite thing ever”) and one in Central Park. In 2012 she released a collaborative album with Helado Negro as OMBRE, and has also released a collaborative single with Rafael Anton Isarri, on the super-limited Thesis label, and most recently, the “Command Synthesis” EP, on RVNG Intl. sub-label Commend There, which employed AI to build five tracks that responded to the airborne environment outside a hotel room. In 2019 she teamed up with Doug Aitken on his nomadic art project, and created stunning performances in the Massachusett wilderness.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Barry says: 'Healing Is A Miracle' is an absolute triumph of majestic instrumentation, perfectly balanced atmospherics and tasteful collaboration. 'In Light' with Jónsi couldn't have been a more perfect fit, with both of their voices coalescing into one grand, sonic gesture. Stunner.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Oh, Memory Ft. Mary Lattimore
                                                                        Healing Is A Miracle
                                                                        In Light Ft. Jónsi
                                                                        Wishing Well
                                                                        Nod Ft. Nosaj Thing

                                                                        One of the three outrageously talented Deenmamode brothers (Mo Kolours & Reginald Omas Mamode IV), Jeen Bassa has carved out a reputation as one of the leading beat-tape producers in the game today. His warm and woozy productions mix up slo-mo, mechanised funk with hues of neon soul and blue, jazz notes. An artist that clearly stands out in a world that’s saturated with bland Dilla and Madlib-esque pastiches.‘All My People’ takes listeners on an electronic journey through hip hop, soul, jazz, funk and pan african sounds, hugely influenced by Bassa’s Mauritian roots.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Audio Visual
                                                                        Herb & Rhythm
                                                                        Poets House
                                                                        My People
                                                                        Body Talking
                                                                        The Landscapes
                                                                        Do The Do
                                                                        Latin Fingers
                                                                        Cocoa Lotion
                                                                        Ode To The Funk

                                                                        Joe Bataan

                                                                        Salsoul - 2022 Reissue

                                                                          Salsoul is the 9th studio album by trailblazing Filipino-African American singer Joe Bataan, featuring his classic single ‘Mujer Mia’.

                                                                          Re-issued for the first time since 1973 on limited edition blue translucent vinyl, Salsoul was born out of Bataan’s love for salsa & soul, which developed during his youth in New York’s Spanish Harlem.

                                                                          Such was the impact of Bataan’s new sound, that Salsoul served as the catalyst for the creation of a label by the same name. Formed by brothers Joseph, Kenneth & Stanley Cayre, Salsoul Records spearheaded a new generation of charismatic artists that, influenced by soul, funk & Latin dance rhythms, gave the label a signature sound.

                                                                          Re-emerging in samples and remixes, the Salsoul Records catalogue is proof of the label’s enduring legacy and it’s crucial role in shaping the sound of a new wave of disco. 

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Mi Nube
                                                                          Muchacho Ordinario
                                                                          When Sunny Gets Blue
                                                                          Mujer Mia
                                                                          Latin Strut
                                                                          Peace, Friendship, Solidarity
                                                                          Aftershower Funk
                                                                          Continental Square Dance

                                                                          Jorge Ben / Baby Consuelo

                                                                          Waimea 55.000 / Curto De Veu E Grinalda

                                                                            Jorge Ben can do it all - vocalist, songwriter, musician, producer and to many their ‘all-round’ favourite Brazilian artist. Jorge has had an amazing career, involved in music from the early 60s through to the current day, writing countless classic songs for him and other artists. This awesome samba-disco-funk joint ‘Waimea 55.000’’ is a lesser-known production, taken off a 7” B-side released on Som Livre in 1978. This is a gem which needed to be dusted off and given the wider audience it deserves.

                                                                            Baby Consuelo with her distinctive voice is one of Mr Bongo’s favourite Brazilian singers. The only female founding member of the mythical group Os Novos Baianos, Baby is a real innovator and pioneer, changing her persona and musical styles over the years, but still staying unique. Here we have Baby at the start in raw psychedelic hippy mode, giving a powerful vocal delivery where she manages to sound simultaneously badass and lovable. This early song was released in 1970 on RGE records on a compacto 7” credited to Baby Consuelo and additionally featured on Os Novos Bahianos’s debut album ‘ Ferro Na Boneca!’ in the same year (re-issued on Mr Bongo in 2019).

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Jorge Ben - Waimea 55.000
                                                                            Baby Consuelo - Curto De Veu E Grinalda

                                                                            One of Brazil’s greatest songwriters, Jorge Ben rarely dwelled on any particular musical style, even the ones he helped create. By the mid 1970s, Ben had already innovated several groundbreaking new twists on the classic samba sound, in the process creating many tunes that became epoch-defining hits for South America’s biggest country — not to mention the world at large. For 1977’s Tropical, he made the controversial decision to rework an album’s worth of his most beloved songs in the new, disco and funk influenced Afro-Samba style he was exploring at the time. As a result, classics like “Chove Chuva,” “Taj Mahal” and “Mas Que Nada” get polished updates, alongside deeper rarities like “Georgia” and “Jesus de Praga,” making Tropical a sensual, sultry counterpoint to other Jorge Ben collections. 

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Taj Mahal
                                                                            2. Os Alquimistas Estao Chegando Os Alquimistas
                                                                            3. Chove Chuva
                                                                            4. Georgia
                                                                            5. O Namorado Da Viuva
                                                                            6. My Lady
                                                                            7. Jesus De Praga
                                                                            8. Mas Que Nada
                                                                            9. País Tropical

                                                                            Jonny Benavidez

                                                                            My Echo, Shadow And Me

                                                                              In collaboration with Timmion Records, Daptone is proud to present My Echo, Shadow and Me, the debut album from the soulful Chicano brother, Jonny Benavidez.

                                                                              Hailing from San Diego (via El Paso, TX), Jonny’s desire to sing was influenced by his grandfather, John Lorenzo Guzman, who as a teen in the early sixties spent some time harmonising with groups in El Paso, most notably Sonny Powell and the Night Dreamers. When he was 13, Johnny was given a record player and a box filled with R&B, Doo-Wop, and Soul 45s that he studied obsessively, employing the harmonies and melodies therein to cultivatehis own unique voice. After a chance encounter with the legendary Dimas Garza, Jonny’s career began to blossom and soon he would find himself singing alongside stars like Eugene Pitt and Archie Bell, garnering the interest of Timmion Records..

                                                                              Backed by the incomparable Cold Diamond & Mink (Bobby Oroza, Pratt & Moody) two incredibly successful singles were cut and plans for a full length were struck, culminating in 11 original songs penned by Benavidez. From the uplifting bounce of the title track, the doo-wop dinged "Dedicated to You", the Latin flare of “Uncle Sam,” to the Sweet Soul masterpiece "Somebody Cares" (licensed and released on a Penrose Records 45), My Echo, Shadow and Me is not only an aweinspiring display of Jonny's versatility as an artist but also serves as a window into the eclectic array of soulful sounds that inspired him to fall in love with music and become a singer. A must have for fans of Daptone, Timmion, Penrose, et al.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. MY ECHO, SHADOW AND ME
                                                                              2. PLAYING THE FOOL
                                                                              3. UNCLE SAM
                                                                              4. TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
                                                                              5. SLOW DOWN GIRL
                                                                              6. DEDICATED TO YOU
                                                                              7. SOMEBODY CARES
                                                                              8. DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO
                                                                              9. YOUR LAST SONG
                                                                              10. LET'S GET TOGETHER
                                                                              11. DEAR MOTHER AND FATHER

                                                                              James Bernard

                                                                              Nosferatu - OST

                                                                                Still one of the most highly regarded horror films of all time, F.W. Murnau’s unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu (1922), is an Expressionist masterpiece of the silent era. Much of the original score by Hans Erdmann (meant to be played live by an orchestra) was lost, leading Nosferatu to inspire several subsequent soundtracks, the best known of which is by Hammer Horror composer James Bernard, written for the Tanis Film video reissue of the film in 1997.

                                                                                The world premiere of the score was performed by Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at the London Film Festival the same year and almost twenty years later, the score was being pressed on vinyl for the first time.

                                                                                Jehnny Beth

                                                                                To Love Is To Live

                                                                                  Debut solo album from the Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth. Her distinctive, dynamic vocals give the album a similar intensity to her work with Savages, but whereas Savages ploughed a very distinct post punk furrow, her solo work doesn’t just blur the genre boundaries, it stomps straight through, taking in everything from industrial noise, jazz and gothic pop.

                                                                                  The album features collaborations with Joe Talbot (IDLES) and Irish actor and musician Cillian Murphy.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. I Am
                                                                                  2. Innocence
                                                                                  3. Flower
                                                                                  4. We Will Sin Together
                                                                                  5. A Place Above Featuring Cillian Murphy
                                                                                  6. I’m The Man
                                                                                  7. The Rooms
                                                                                  8. Heroine
                                                                                  9. How Could You Featuring Joe Talbot
                                                                                  10. French Countryside
                                                                                  11. Human

                                                                                  Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

                                                                                  You Are Beautiful And You Are Alone : The Biography Of Nico

                                                                                    A redemptive, myth-shattering biography of one of the twentieth century's most underestimated creative and artistic forces.

                                                                                    'What I have in common with Nico is the understanding of her furious frustration at not being recognised.' - MARIANNE FAITHFULL

                                                                                    The real story of Nico is one of determination, self-destruction and belief in one's artistic vision, at any cost. Nico was an ever-evolving myth, an enigma that escaped definition. Born Christa Paffgen, Nico grew up in war-torn Berlin before being scouted by a fashion photographer in her early teens. At age twenty-seven, she became Andy Warhol's newest Superstar, securing the position of chanteuse for the Velvet Underground. Though she is primarily remembered for contributions to their seminal debut album - and her relationships with Brian Jones, Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison - her own artistry and influence have often been overlooked.

                                                                                    Nico spent most of her career as a solo artist on the road, enduring empty concert halls, abusive fans and the perilous reality of being a drug addict. Yet beneath the superficial denigrations and one-dimensional myths was a complicated visionary determined to make art that was truly her own. In You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone, defying the sexist casting of her life as the tragedy of a beautiful woman losing her looks, youth and fame, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike cements Nico's legacy as one of the most vital artists of her time, inspiring a generation of luminaries including Bjoerk, Morrissey and Iggy Pop.

                                                                                    Containing over a hundred new interviews and rare archival material, this is an empowering reappraisal of an underappreciated icon.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Javi says: One of the most enigmatic, problematic, and chameleonic figures in alternative music's history, who finally gets the biography she deserves. Iconic - Controversial - Nico.

                                                                                    J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts

                                                                                    Give Me Hope

                                                                                      Burundian soul singer JP Bimeni is set to release his first music since his BBC 6 Music award winning album Free, from 2018. Give Me Hope is a slice of horn heavy, Afro tinged, Stax inspired soul and is the first taster of a new album set for release in early 2022

                                                                                      Give me Hope is the title track from his new album, featuring his band The Black Belts, set to drop on February 4thon Lovemonk Records.

                                                                                      A supremely funky number it boasts bassline and powerful horn arrangements, and gives a taster to a new work that dots between classic '60s Motown, psychedelia and Afro-funk.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. Four Walls
                                                                                      2. Not In My Name
                                                                                      3. Find That Love
                                                                                      4. Guilty & Blessed
                                                                                      5. Give Me Hope
                                                                                      6. Ghost City
                                                                                      7. James Stern
                                                                                      8. Precious Girl
                                                                                      9. When Everything Is Wrong
                                                                                      10. Mathematics
                                                                                      11. Found A Good Thang

                                                                                      Jade Bird

                                                                                      Different Kinds Of Light

                                                                                        The British singer-songwriter's second LP, which follows on from her self-titled 2019 debut album.

                                                                                        'Different Kinds of Light' is at it's most basic about falling in love, and at its most complex, the chaos of trying to get away from your past.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Jade Bird writes in the classic folk tradition, with acoustic guitars and percussion working their way beneath Bird's perfectly pitched vocals, further accentuated with sweeps of synth and electric piano. It's a familiar formula, but done this well it's hard not to be bowled over.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Open Up The Heavens
                                                                                        Different Kinds Of Light
                                                                                        Trick Mirror
                                                                                        I'm Getting Lost
                                                                                        Now Is The Time
                                                                                        Red White And Blue
                                                                                        Rely On

                                                                                        Jade Bird

                                                                                        Jade Bird

                                                                                          Twisting big themes of disillusionment, divorce, cheating, sorrow into the realities of an independent-minded, modern British teenager, Jade’s music transcends genre with a wealth of influence coming from everywhere, and anywhere. Classic, contemporary, and a total breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape, Jade Bird is that rare, next-generation artist who appears as clued up on the past as she is determined to learn from its lessons: in control, sometimes in your face, and in possession of gifts beyond her years.

                                                                                          The debut self-titled debut album via Glassnote Records. Featuring breakthrough singles Lottery, Uh Huh & Love Has All Been Done Before.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Barry says: Jade Bird's voice is simply astounding for someone so young, perfectly capturing the spirit of 70's psychedelic Americana mixed with the more subtle tones of modern emotive pop. Bird's songwriting shines through whatever medium it may present itself, from the more downbeat piano ballads and the more rocking, effusive pieces, this whole outing is an absolute delight.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          I Get No Joy
                                                                                          Side Effects
                                                                                          My Motto
                                                                                          Does Anybody
                                                                                          Uh Huh
                                                                                          Good At It
                                                                                          Love Has All Been Done Before
                                                                                          Going Gone
                                                                                          If I Die

                                                                                          Jane Birkin

                                                                                          The Very Best Of

                                                                                            Rediscover the whole universe of Jane Birkin. She embodies the femininity of the 70s and brings the vocal signature to the words and music of Gainsbourg. This is the opportunity to dive back into a brilliant and seductive catalogue where elegance rhymes with sensuality.

                                                                                            A Very Best Of LP that covers the highlights of the career of Jane Birkin. 

                                                                                            Jherek Bischoff


                                                                                              In his 30-odd years, Seattle-based Jherek Bischoff has performed in numerous musical configurations, including Parenthetical Girls, Xiu Xiu, The Degenerate Art Ensemble, The Dead Science, Amanda Palmer and The Wordless Music Orchestra. Described as a “pop polymath” by The New York Times, he’s an instinctive collaborator, trusting himself to be his own best teacher. Indeed, all this music-making has largely been self-taught.

                                                                                              This last may be the most remarkable, especially in the context of his new album Composed. A meticulously arranged, multi-tracked orchestral pop album, it features a host of guests, many of whom appeared at the sold-out Ecstatic Music Festival performance in New York that launched the project in February.

                                                                                              David Byrne collaborates on ‘Eyes’, as sumptuous a slice of meta-pop as anything he’s produced in years, while Parenthetical Girls’ Zac Pennington and French singer/actor Soko duet on the brilliant ‘Young And Lovely’ (these two songs are released as a limited edition 7” for this year’s Record Store Day). Brazilian Tropicalismo legend Caetano Veloso guests on ‘The Secret Of The Machines’ singing lyrics adapted from a Rudyard Kipling poem. Other vocalists include Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, The Geraldine Fibbers), Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Mirah and Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables). Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier and Wilco’s Nels Cline sprinkle some additional instrumental magic over two of the album’s nine songs.

                                                                                              Working in such esteemed company, an even more pleasant surprise is that Jherek manages to make the album his own, without ever falling into the trap of self-indulgence that often besets multi-vocalist projects of this kind. That the album proves to be a consistently rewarding and uplifting body of work is testament to the clarity of his vision.

                                                                                              The genesis of this singular project was informed by Jherek’s history of playing in DIY bands, a fervent desire to make great pop music and a love affair with the potential of the orchestra. His approach was illuminated by a desire to shake up the business-as-usual routine of being an independent rock musician.

                                                                                              I realised a few years ago that being in several serious touring bands at the same time could be really frustrating, because I tend to work on music at least eight hours a day at home, and on tour you only get to make music for an hour a day,” says Jherek of his experience. “I realised that by producing records, doing soundtracks and collaborating on music for dance, I could be creatively involved with a ton of exciting music, and let it have its own legs without having to always be on tour.”

                                                                                              As an orchestral recording Composed is pretty much unique. Do-it-yourself in the purest sense, Jherek first composed the album on a ukulele. Next he arranged, produced and engineered the backing tracks, resolving to achieve an orchestral sound without the orchestral cost by recording the music one instrument at a time using a single microphone and a laptop.
                                                                                              “I recorded each individual musician of the ‘orchestra’ in their own living rooms, and then I layered each instrument - sometimes one violinist playing one part twenty times - until it was the size of a huge orchestra. I spent the summer riding my bike from house to house recording each musician. I finished the album by taking a road trip to record all the singers in person, except for Caetano Veloso and David Byrne, who recorded their own parts at home.”

                                                                                              The result of this extraordinary jigsaw puzzle is Composed. It took years. We hope you’ll agree it was worth it.

                                                                                              James Blake

                                                                                              James Blake

                                                                                                The past couple of years have seen creative explosions and new generations coming through in both dancefloor electronics and heartfelt, introspective singer-songwriting, but self evidently they’ve remained mutually exclusive genre islands. Until now. With a uniquely emotional electronic production style every bit as deeply personal and impassioned as his voice or songwriting, James Blake is sketching out his own place in the musical universe.

                                                                                                When a teenage James first visited the pivotal London dubstep night FWD>> in 2007, he’d already been to drum ’n’ bass nights with schoolfriends, but the music and atmosphere there were unlike anything he’d experienced. This was what James had been waiting for – he just hadn’t realised. This midnight epiphany in Plastic People’s Shoreditch cellar led, in a few short years, to the James Blake of 2010, a surefooted 22-year-old composer whose extraordinary tracks are not so much breaking down existing musical barriers as leaping over them and creating an entirely new kind of pop that belies its author’s tender age.

                                                                                                Although loosely tethered to the cutting edge of contemporary electronics, James’s songs possess uncommon grace and soulfulness. Whether intended for the FWD>> dancefloor or, like new single "Limit to Your Love", destined to melt hearts and prick ears, his music is characterised by a playful and arresting honesty, a human touch that, despite his status as a hugely in-demand DJ, naturally aligns him with contemporary artists such as Bon Iver or Laura Marling or the xx.

                                                                                                Yet more than this, it is the shock of the new in James’s music that’s causing real commotion: the sounds, that voice, the silence, the rhythm (or lack of it), the waiting, the tension. You have to know the rules in order to break them with such conviction, and by daring to be different, James stands head and shoulders above his peers. No doubt, you’ll remember where you were when you heard tracks like "Limit to Your Love" or "I Never Learnt to Share" for the first time.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                1. Unluck
                                                                                                2. Wilhelms Scream
                                                                                                3. I Never Learnt To Share
                                                                                                4. Lindesfarne I
                                                                                                5. Lindesfarne II
                                                                                                6. Limit To Your Love
                                                                                                7. Give Me My Month
                                                                                                8. To Care (Like You)
                                                                                                9. Why Don’t You Call Me
                                                                                                10. I Mind
                                                                                                11. Measurements

                                                                                                LP Tracklisting:
                                                                                                Side 1
                                                                                                1. Tep And The Logic
                                                                                                2. Unluck
                                                                                                3. The Wilhelm Scream
                                                                                                Side 2
                                                                                                1. I Never Learnt To Share
                                                                                                2. Lindisfarne I
                                                                                                3. Lindisfarne II
                                                                                                Side 3
                                                                                                1. Limit To Your Love
                                                                                                2. Give Me My Month
                                                                                                3. To Care (Like You)
                                                                                                Side 4
                                                                                                1. Why Don't You Call Me?
                                                                                                2. Blake I Mind
                                                                                                3. Blake Measurements
                                                                                                4. Blake You Know Your Youth

                                                                                                Mercury Music Prize and GRAMMY®Award winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake drops his first album in two years, "Friends That Break Your Heart". His tear-jerkingly poignant, auto-tuned & self-produced style has become a symbol of greatness across the UK scene, and his deeply personal songwriting and lyrical prowess shine through every release.

                                                                                                Adding a shimmering patina and haunting presence to soul and pop music's existing framework, James Blake is widely celebrated as a visionary and pioneering UK artist. "Friends That Break Your Heart" sees him emerging into the New Normal with plenty to say, with that familiar, rain-soaked melancholy and sentiment here to ease you through your next heartbreak or internal crisis. Blake makes the sadness more palatable but underlying it all is a sense of overcoming your insecurities & demons, and bettering yourself for times in which we live. It’s a positive message that holds it all together.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: James Blake has carved out a unique niche of mournful post-dubstep, moving from strength and landing on this, possibly his most emotionally raw outing yet. There are melodies here shrouded in the usual trundling electronics and loungey jazz-indebted ambience, topped with Blakes athletic vocal takes, sometimes simply unadorned and in other instances, stretched with Blake's trademark autotune.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                CD Tracklist:
                                                                                                1. Famous Last Words
                                                                                                2. Life Is Not The Same
                                                                                                3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
                                                                                                4. Funeral
                                                                                                5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
                                                                                                6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine
                                                                                                7. Foot Forward
                                                                                                8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
                                                                                                9. Say What You Will
                                                                                                10. Lost Angel Nights
                                                                                                11. Friends That Break Your Heart
                                                                                                12. If I’m Insecure

                                                                                                LP Tracklist:
                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                1. Famous Last Words
                                                                                                2. Life Is Not The Same
                                                                                                3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
                                                                                                4. Funeral
                                                                                                5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
                                                                                                6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine

                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                7. Foot Forward
                                                                                                8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
                                                                                                9. Say What You Will
                                                                                                10. Lost Angel Nights
                                                                                                11. Friends That Break Your Heart
                                                                                                12. If I’m Insecure

                                                                                                James Blake

                                                                                                Playing Robots Into Heaven

                                                                                                  Playing Robots Into Heaven follows the critically acclaimed Friends That Break Your Heart and will see James return to the electronic roots of his Hessle, Hemlock and R&S Records days.

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Barry says: A beautiful juxtaposition of the smooth post-dubstep bread & butter of musical polymath James Blake, and a wonderfully implemented selection of jagged modular synth lines and tense, rich atmospheric drones. For me, the perfect combination of his already established sound and a more exploratory instrumental direction. Stunning.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Asking To Break
                                                                                                  2. Loading
                                                                                                  3. Tell Me
                                                                                                  4. Fall Back
                                                                                                  5. He’s Been Wonderful
                                                                                                  6. Big Hammer
                                                                                                  7. I Want You To Know
                                                                                                  8. Night Sky
                                                                                                  9. Fire The Editor
                                                                                                  10. If You Can Hear Me
                                                                                                  11. Playing Robots Into Heaven

                                                                                                  Jahdan Blakkamoore

                                                                                                  We Are Raiders

                                                                                                    Jahdan Blakkamoore is a Brooklyn local hero. Beloved for his charismatic stage presence, pointed lyrics, and powerful voice, Jahdan brings the perspective of Rasta sufferation to the streets of New York in the post-9/11 landscape. Born in Guyana, after crossing into the US alone and undocumented at the ripe age of 8, he quickly began to absorb the swirl of music that thumps out of car trunks and crackles across the pirate airwaves of the borough of Kings. Making his first impact with NYC's golden-era street rap legends Boot Camp Click, Jahdan has been bridging the gap between hip hop, dancehall and roots reggae ever since. This CD / EP finds Jahdan touching down on deep dub-inflected Cumbia beats from Buenos Aires by Chancha Vía Circuito, synthetic dancehall from Vienna's Stereotyp, plus three riddims from lifelong Manhattan boy Shadetek which both reflect and bend the UK dubstep sound. The set includes vocal and dub versions.

                                                                                                    You could be forgiven for thinking Basso‘s been hitting the plant food of late. Last time out we took a trip with Trance, and now our esoteric expert nods his head, rolls his shoulders and drops a h-h-h-house record on our unexpecting asses. That‘s right folks, roll up the rug, push the sofa back and enjoy some ‚Personal Growth‘ from James Booth.
                                                                                                    Operating a million miles away from the kick and hiss of the trendy lo-fi folks, the Berlin based producer favours subtle rhythms, delicate textures and tender melodies - turning out a string of sophisticated dance floor winners for 100% Silk, Church and No Bad Days. Now he brings his organic house stylings to the Growing Bin with a fresh five-tracker packed with all the warmth of a Tempelhof picnic on a balmy July afternoon.
                                                                                                    Emerging from the watery depths of the Drexciyan ocean, opener "Mood" strides calmly through the morning dew, stretching those loose limbs and seeking out Hardcastle‘s rainforest. Drifting freely through immersive, aquatic pads and soft focus melodies, the track takes in a little R&R before snapping electro percussion, cascading synthlines and a rolling rhythm up the intensity. The deepness continues on the A2 as "Dream Precipitation" offers a medicated vision of Debussy doing P-Bar while Lynch rolls the cameras. Syncopated hi-hats, jazzy keys and star-gazing sine waves wrap themselves around your cerebellum, expanding your mind as a steady kick moves your body into the pleasure zone. Booth takes a Derren Brown tip on the flip, imbuing "You" with the kind of mesmeric rhythm that can make the staunchest wallflower pull a Pink Panther on a packed dance floor. The exotic tumble of woody percussion and hissing castanets keep up a fascinating rhythm, driving the titular mantra and snaking synth melody through bursts of slapped bass and subtle 4/4. "Dhoop Stick" stays on board with the boogie hypnotism, weaving its way through celestial melodies, squelching bass and toasty Rhodes before "The Chorus" brings down the curtain with wailing FM vox, military snares and the dreamy synth pop charm of a lost Sheffield classic. Warm, woody and entirely organic, this is the birth of Green heard it here first!

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Mood
                                                                                                    2. Dream Precipitation
                                                                                                    3. You
                                                                                                    4. Dhoop Stick
                                                                                                    5. The Chorus 

                                                                                                    James Booth

                                                                                                    Space Echo Track / Locus Of Control

                                                                                                    The Growing Bin may have taken a hiatus for AW18, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a deciduous operation; after all the most powerful plantlife grows from below. Moving through the mulch, Basso traces the mycellium network from Hamburg's forests to the gentle slopes of Hasenheide, reconnecting with James Booth for the first Growing Bin release of 2019.

                                                                                                    Emerging from the green house with a heroic dose of wavy caps, the Mancunian export unleashes A-side sizzler 'Space Echo Track', a little post-minimal magic for the peak time shamans. Built around the polyrhythmic patter of organic percussion, a touch of UK shuffle and the occasional blast of soundsystem bass, the track rolls and rattles from start to finish, tailor made for mid-set hypnosis. And while neon leadlines dance with disorienting sampler vox and papaya whistles summon the ethno-flute melodies, Booth brings us to a new level of future primitive consciousness, unlocking the Stargate once and for all.
                                                                                                    Onto the B-side and we're hurtling through galaxies, submerged in the entheogenic frequencies of 'Locus'. Shimmering swathes of angelic synth vox and dreamlike pads drift freely, forming a perfect counterbalance to the warp factor thrust and rasping resonance of the wormhole sequences. Beatless in space, 'Locus' balances ambient techno and acid gurgle, cleansing your synapses like a Sven Vath warm down circa '94. This is music for the microdosers...

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A. Locus
                                                                                                    B. Space Echo Track

                                                                                                    Jean-Paul Bourelly

                                                                                                    Trance Atlantic (Boom Bop II)

                                                                                                      Jean-Paul Bourelly is widely regarded as one of the most gifted electric guitarists in Europe today. On the evidence of "Trance Atlantic" it's easy to see why. Along with drummer Dennis Chambers and sax player Vincent Henry he rips into a set of high eneregy jazz fusion tracks that bite and never let go.

                                                                                                      James Dean Bradfield

                                                                                                      Even In Exile

                                                                                                        EVEN IN EXILE is the second album by Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield “It’s a record that draws you in, first with its story, and then with its songs. A wonderful break from the day-job.” Q, 4* An ultra-vivid eulogy to a brilliant life cut short, EVEN IN EXILE is a beautiful collection of songs that loosely trace to story of the life and death of Chilean poet-singer-activist Victor Jara. At points pure and biographical, at others dreamlike and opaque, Bradfield sets words written specifically for the album by poet/playwright Patrick Jones to some of the most addictive and affecting melodies he’s ever composed.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Recuerda
                                                                                                        2. The Boy From The Plantation
                                                                                                        3. There'll Come A War
                                                                                                        4. Seeking The Room With The Three Windows
                                                                                                        5. Thirty Thousand Milk Bottles
                                                                                                        6. Under The Mimosa Tree
                                                                                                        7. From The Hands OfVioleta
                                                                                                        8. Without Knowing The End (Joan's Song)
                                                                                                        9. La Partida
                                                                                                        10. The Last Song
                                                                                                        11. Santiago Sunrise

                                                                                                        John Bramwell

                                                                                                        Leave Alone The Empty Spaces

                                                                                                          I Am Kloot’s songwriter and frontman, John Bramwell, has announced the release of his first studio solo album “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces” The record is a stunning showcase of John’s skillful, widely acclaimed songwriting and his unique voice.

                                                                                                          It’s the first completely new collection of songs by John as a solo artist since he started his adventures away from I Am Kloot. “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces” has been inspired by John’s travels around the UK and Europe performing more than 300, intimate solo gigs.

                                                                                                          Travelling in his VW Campervan with his dog Henry, the experience allowed John to explore parts of the country hitherto unknown, develop his solo sound and ideas, and meet an awful lot of interesting people...

                                                                                                          The album is inspired by the spirit of liberty, independence, adventure and solitude that John has enjoyed on the road, as well as the diverse emotions that escape and travel can bring about - from sadness to exhilaration.

                                                                                                          It’s about rediscovering the romance, intimacy and magic of the live music experience, one to one with the audience.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A Field Full Of Secrets
                                                                                                          Who Is Anybody
                                                                                                          Times Arrow
                                                                                                          From The Shore
                                                                                                          Sat Beneath The Lightning Tree
                                                                                                          The Whipperwill
                                                                                                          Leave Alone The Empty Spaces
                                                                                                          Meet At The Station

                                                                                                          Jaimie Branch

                                                                                                          Fly Or Die Fly Or Die Fly Or Die ((world War))

                                                                                                            In July of 2022, just one month before jaimie branch’s death sent shockwaves around the world, the trumpet player and composer was in Chicago at International Anthem (IARC) studios putting finishing touches on an album. It was a suite of music she had composed and then recorded with her flagship ensemble, Fly or Die, over the course of a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. In her wake, the album was near complete, with only mixing tweaks, final titles, and artwork to be fully realized. In the months following, her family (led by sister Kate Branch), her band (Jason Ajemian, Lester St. Louis, and Chad Taylor), and her collaborators at IARC (engineers Dave Vettraino and David Allen, comrades Alejandro Ayala and Scott McNiece) banded together to gather memories, texts, emails, photographs, artwork and fragments belonging to jaimie to light the path forward. The goal was always to do what jaimie would have done. Packaged in stunning artwork by John Herndon, Damon Locks, and branch herself, Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) is jaimie’s final album with the quartet.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Aurora Rising
                                                                                                            2. Borealis Dancing
                                                                                                            3. Burning Grey
                                                                                                            4. The Mountain
                                                                                                            5. Baba Louie
                                                                                                            6. Bolinko Bass
                                                                                                            7. And Kuma Walks
                                                                                                            8. Take Over The World
                                                                                                            9. World War ((reprise))

                                                                                                            James Alexander Bright


                                                                                                              James Alexander Bright's music is as visual a voyage as it is a sonic one; a kaleidoscope of colours that swirl, swoon, soar and sing. Stepping into his musical world is a multi-sensory experience, one where smooth grooves, wonky rhythms, dreamy melodies and immersive atmospheres coalesce to form their own sphere. “Sound as vision,” says Bright of the audio aesthetic he relates to and aims for. “Music you can bite into.”

                                                                                                              Based in the Hampshire countryside and an illustrator by day, Bright’s world is often a dual one but one where elements overlap and inform one another. “I spend a lot of my day creating things visually and everyday life can be an assault on the senses, ”says Bright.“ Evening is my quiet time; time for my ears. Invariably I’m inspired by the things that people and creatures do in the dark.

                                                                                                              ”This creative duality extends beyond just the visual and the music too. It’s found deep rooted in the music itself, which explores a mix between lo-fi and hi-fi, possessing an intimate bedroom recording-like quality but with production that sounds glowing and golden. Similarly, the sunny sheen found in the music-via a kind of psychedelic pop meets electronic soul-is one born from dichotomy.“I feel at home in the deep south of England,” he says. “I’m in the middle of nowhere with lots of green land, fresh air and head space. I feel like the sunshine in the South in the summer months really reflects in my music. However, I tend to make music in the dark hours and winter months, so it’s almost like the music is my sunshine and happy place in these moments.

                                                                                                              ”The end result is also an album that exists in a dual world, one that at times has enough bounce and buoyancy to fill a dance floor-as on the disco funk strutting “Lead Me Astray”- and others feels perfectly suited to introspective headphone listening as on the breezy, woozy ambience of “Cala Llenya”.The latter track pays tribute to the Ibiza beach of the same name, whereas “Dancing with the Birds”- a delicate exploration of pastoral folk-is a nod to one of Britain’s most beloved treasures. “It’s based on a late night walk having just watched a David Attenborough documentary, featuring these beautiful birds that have a crazy mating dance. I love his documentaries and I was listening to a lot of Bert Jansch. The next night I had this vision of dancing birds come into my mind.

                                                                                                              ”Elsewhere Headroom touches upon, in Bright’s own words, 60’s sunshine doo-wop, mutant disco, and mystic mountain top vibes. It’s an album that explores a great deal yet even amidst its dualities it retains a sense of cohesion throughout. It’s a mixture that Bright feels pleased to have managed to juggle so seamlessly. “I think there is a good balance around experimentation on the record-a nice mix between fun and substance.”

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A1. Go
                                                                                                              A2. Outside
                                                                                                              A3. Lead Me Astray
                                                                                                              A4. Cala Llenya
                                                                                                              A5. Dancing With The Birds
                                                                                                              B1. Gold
                                                                                                              B2. Damn
                                                                                                              B3. 6AM
                                                                                                              B4. Kip On The Highline
                                                                                                              B5. Friends (Lovers Lost)

                                                                                                              Jon Brion

                                                                                                              Lady Bird

                                                                                                                Fire Soundtracks and Lakeshore Records release Jon Brion’s acclaimed score ‘Lady Bird’ for the first time on vinyl on February 23rd 2018. Jon Brion’s previous films include the Grammy nominated ‘Magnolia’, ‘Punch-Drunk Love’, ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’ and ‘I Heart Huckabees’. Known for his songwriting with The Grays and Jellyfish, Jon Brion has also produced records for Kanye West, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Robyn Hitchcock, Sky Ferreira and is a well-known collaborator with Evan Dando and Elliot Smith. Winner of Best Director from the National Board Of Review, actor-turned-director Greta Gerwig’s incredible directorial debut ‘Lady Bird’ is one of this year’s most acclaimed films.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Title Credits
                                                                                                                2. Sign Up
                                                                                                                3. Drive Home
                                                                                                                4. LB / Danny
                                                                                                                5. Pick Up
                                                                                                                6. Lady Bird Kiss
                                                                                                                7. Rose Garden
                                                                                                                8. LB Steals Math Grade Book
                                                                                                                9. Thanksgiving In Sacramento
                                                                                                                10. Coffee Shop
                                                                                                                11. Hope
                                                                                                                12. More Hope
                                                                                                                13. Consolation
                                                                                                                14. Hope Against Hope
                                                                                                                15. Model Homes
                                                                                                                16. Maybe
                                                                                                                17. Looking Forward
                                                                                                                18. Summer In Sacramento
                                                                                                                19. Packing Up
                                                                                                                20. Leaving
                                                                                                                21. Hope?
                                                                                                                22. Reconcile
                                                                                                                23. Lady Bird

                                                                                                                ‘Time And Desire’ contains Jan’s exquisite selection of 10 unpublished songs and cinematic tales (recorded 2006-2021) about memory, the journey through life, the passage of time, the constant craving, the burning desire… and some soothing miracle moments.

                                                                                                                We get versatility and unity at the same time. We certainly hear echoes of Absent Music and The Misz (Jan’s projects from the 1980’s), but we especially hear Jan Van den Broeke and friends summarizing life and music (and poetry), while blurring time. The 1980s, the 2020s - who cares?"

                                                                                                                Extremely limited copies! 

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                JUNE11 - The Flat Horizon
                                                                                                                JUNE11 - I’m Harriet (A Free Woman)
                                                                                                                JUNE11 - La Vie Est Un Rêve
                                                                                                                JUNE11 - Julia Margaret Cameron
                                                                                                                JUNE11 - No Worries/Libera Amor
                                                                                                                JUNE11 - Memories #2
                                                                                                                JUNE11 - The Breaking Wave
                                                                                                                JUNE11 - Je Trébuche Pas #1
                                                                                                                JUNE11 - Stable Heart (For Joan)
                                                                                                                CANTO DE MUDO - Eno-De Sela #2 (For Lhasa)

                                                                                                                Joanna Brouk

                                                                                                                Sounds Of The Sea

                                                                                                                  Joanna Brouk’s most ambitious recording, Sounds of the Sea is a concept album full of mystery and eroticism. A conch shell bookends this journey into the deep, going down and down and down further, never reaching bottom. Drawing inspiration from various legends of mermaids and sailors, Brouk weaves circling flutes, vocals, drones and whale songs to describe a sense of unfathomable longing more clearly than words could ever express. Sounds of the Sea is a hypnotic and profound achievement by one of new age’s greatest composers.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  SIDE A - Atravesta
                                                                                                                  1. Invocation
                                                                                                                  2. Atavesta
                                                                                                                  3. Playing In The Water
                                                                                                                  4. Aurora
                                                                                                                  5. Diving Deeper, Remembering Love
                                                                                                                  6. Going To Sleep

                                                                                                                  SIDE B - The Sailor And The Nymph
                                                                                                                  1. The Reminder Of Long Ago
                                                                                                                  2. The Nymph Rising
                                                                                                                  3. Calling The Sailor
                                                                                                                  4. First Meeting
                                                                                                                  5. Touching The Sky
                                                                                                                  6. The Sounding
                                                                                                                  7. Return To The Deep

                                                                                                                  James Brown

                                                                                                                  Animal House

                                                                                                                    Music, Magazines & MayhemBetween 1994 and 1997, James Brown's loaded magazine became the must-buy and must-be-in publication of the decade. It won every award going, year after year, and came to define not only its audience but also a generation. Bright, loud, funny, provocative, ambitious and careless, loaded was read from the barracks of Afghanistan to the England dressing room at Euro '96.

                                                                                                                    It captured a hedonistic lifestyle of alcohol, cocaine and more. The last great hurrah before the end of the century. It was the biggest noise in the golden generation of magazine publishing, rocketing from zero to half a million sales in a matter of months.

                                                                                                                    What MTV had been to the 80s, loaded was to the 90s. ANIMAL HOUSE follows James Brown's remarkable career from a high school drop-out fanzine writer with few qualifications to NME features editor aged 22, and loaded founder at 27. In between, his mother died in tragic circumstances and gradually his own drug and alcohol use began to take over.

                                                                                                                    Loaded's unexpected success legitimised (and paid for) James's lifestyle, and it wasn't until he crashed and burned at GQ, and went through rehab, that any sense of perspective kicked in. Recuperating on the island of Mustique whilst plotting his return with Oz founder Felix Dennis, James was asked by neighbour Lord Patrick Lichfield: "How on earth did you manage to sell so many magazines whilst taking so many drugs?"This book is his answer.

                                                                                                                    James Brown

                                                                                                                    Please, Please, Please - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                      Originally issued in 1959 to capitalize on the crossover success of his single 'Try Me', James Brown's debut LP Please,Please, Pleaseis a collection of 16 of his A and B-sides recorded for the Federal label between 1956 and 1958. It was also the debut studio album for the Famous Flames, and Originally released as 'James Brown and His Famous Flames'. Evenly split between ballads and up-tempo shouters, the songs here all fall into the same sax-driven, gospel-influenced style that you could hear in any Southern chicken shack or nightclub during the late 1950s. James Brown: lead vocals plus: The Famous Flames: Kenny Burrell, Nafloyd Scott, John Faire, Eddie Freeman (guitar), Clarence Mack, Edwyn Conley, Carl Pruitt (bass), Alvin "Fats" Gonder, Ernie Hayes (piano), Edison Gore, Reginald Hall, "Panama" Francis (drums), Wilbert "Lee Diamond" Smith, Ray Felder, Cleveland Lowe, Clifford Scott (tenor saxophone), George Dorsey, John B. Brown (alto saxophone), Bobby Byrd, Johnny Terry, Sylvester Keels, Nashpendle Knox, Bill Hollings, J.W. Archer, Louis Madison (background vocals). Produced by Ralph Bass, Andy Gibson. Recorded at King Studios, Cincinnati and Beltone Studios, New York City (NY) between 1956 and 1958.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Please, Please, Please
                                                                                                                      2. Chonnie-On-Chon
                                                                                                                      3. Hold My Baby's Hand
                                                                                                                      4. I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On
                                                                                                                      5. Just Won't Do Right
                                                                                                                      6. Baby Cries Over The Ocean
                                                                                                                      7. I Don't Know
                                                                                                                      8. Tell Me What I Did Wrong
                                                                                                                      9. Try Me
                                                                                                                      10. That Dood It
                                                                                                                      11. Begging, Begging
                                                                                                                      12. I Walked Alone
                                                                                                                      13. No, No, No, No
                                                                                                                      14. That's When I Lost My Heart
                                                                                                                      15. Let's Make It
                                                                                                                      16. Love Or A Game
                                                                                                                      17. This Old Heart

                                                                                                                      Jeff Buckley


                                                                                                                        Originally released in 1994, Jeff Buckley's solo debut "Grace" is now considered by many to be one of the best albums of the 90s. "Grace" displays a dazzling array of influences from an artist still developing his craft.

                                                                                                                        Jeff Buckley

                                                                                                                        Mystery White Boy

                                                                                                                          The poignant live recordings from 1995 and 1996 from the talented and tragic Jeff Buckley.

                                                                                                                          Jeff Buckley

                                                                                                                          Grace - National Album Day 2023 Edition

                                                                                                                            Grace is the only studio album by American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, originally released on August 23, 1994, by Columbia Records. Featuring Buckley’s definitive cover of Hallelujah and frequently cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                                                            1. Mojo Pin
                                                                                                                            2. Grace
                                                                                                                            3. Last Goodbye
                                                                                                                            4. Lilac Wine
                                                                                                                            5. So Real
                                                                                                                            Side B
                                                                                                                            1. Hallelujah
                                                                                                                            2. Lover, You Should've Come Over
                                                                                                                            3. Corpus Christi Carol
                                                                                                                            4. Eternal Life
                                                                                                                            5. Dream Brother

                                                                                                                            Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler

                                                                                                                            For All Our Days That Tear The Heart

                                                                                                                              Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler have joined forces on For All Our Days That Tear The Heart, a collection of twelve mesmerising new songs. The meeting of an Academy Award-nominated actress and singer, and a Brit Award-winning producer and musician, feels like the tale of two distant stars coming together and forming their own constellation.

                                                                                                                              It all started with a FaceTime call from Butler’s North London kitchen to Buckley’s mountaintop residence in County Kerry, with their friendship growing from an unlikely shared love of Killarney and the small island of Valentia where Butler would go on holiday as a boy. A mutual friend had a feeling they might spark. Buckley had been listening to Old Wow by Sam Lee, produced by Bernard, in the downtime between rehearsals for the National Theatre’s televised production of Romeo and Juliet. Butler had seen Jessie perform a song on an American chat show in promotion of 2018’s Wild Rose. “I remember clocking just how much character there was in her voice and how freely she expressed it,” recalls Bernard.

                                                                                                                              If the project grew from a shared love and deep ancestral attachment to Ireland - Butler’s parents come from Dun Laoghaire, one of the coastal towns of Dublin Bay - then these songs swoop out from the Emerald Isle’s west coast, taking home Appalachian blues and delicate modal jazz from across the Atlantic, and taking in the bullfighting arenas of Andalusia along the way. The first song the pair wrote together, ‘The Eagle and the Dove’ - named after a book by the interwar proto-feminist writer Vita Sackville-West - set the tone for the project, and also set in motion a sense of adventure that permeates For All Our Days That Tear The Heart. Invoking the passionate theatre of flamenco, augmented by Jessie’s sumptuous, soaring vocals, the pair recorded the intuitive dance moves of Juana Jimenez with a microphone placed on the floor of the Birchanger Village Hall in Essex of all places.

                                                                                                                              There’s a physicality and a flow to the songs that somehow bear testament to the manner in which Jessie and Bernard threw themselves into making the album. Amid the constant exchange of ideas, songs fomented at speed. The sublime ‘20 Years A Growing’ takes its title from Maurice O’Sullivan’s celebrated 1933 account of life in Great Blasket Island off the coast of County Kerry. The more personal, piano-led ‘Seven Red Rose Tattoos’, captures the essence of loss and longing, with Jessie’s vocal lines a counterpoint to Byron Wallen’s doleful, muted trumpet: “I wanted it to be like a conversation with the ghosts of my thoughts,” says Buckley.

                                                                                                                              The dynamic title track is built around words that Jessie had written during a low period whilst in Chicago filming Fargo, with her extraordinary vocal blazing an emotional vapour trail through Bernard’s chamber-folk arrangement. And the pair draw inspiration from the ensemble work of seminal jazz-folk innovators Pentangle on songs like ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ and ‘Sweet Child’, as the rhythm section of Misha Mullov-Abbado and Chris Vatalaro effectively converse with Jessie’s bewitching vocals. “Right now, I feel like I’ll never make another album again,” says Jessie, “because I can’t imagine another album happening the way this one did. It’s amazing that it even happened once. This obscure, organic, odd little thing that just found us.”

                                                                                                                              For All Our Days That Tear The Heart is a remarkable work of windswept beauty and catharsis, and given that it seemed to come out of nowhere, it also feels like a gift. “More than anything, I wanted it to be joyous – properly joyous – because there is such joy in Jessie, there really is,” says Bernard. “In spite of the darkness and the intensity in these songs, I’m just flying when I listen back to them.” 

                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Barry says: Buckley and Butler combine their considerable talents into a grand, emotive swell of folky guitars and orchestral instrumentation. Beautifully swinging between folky minimalism with hushed vocals to grand, gothic strings and bold cinematic intensity. Really lovely stuff.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              01 - The Eagle & The Dove
                                                                                                                              02 - For All Our Days That Tear The Heart
                                                                                                                              03 - 20 Years A-Growing
                                                                                                                              04 - Babylon Days
                                                                                                                              05 - Seven Red Rose Tattoos
                                                                                                                              06 - Footnotes On The Map
                                                                                                                              07 - We’ve Run The Distance
                                                                                                                              08 - We Haven’t Spoke About The Weather
                                                                                                                              09 - Beautiful Regret
                                                                                                                              10 - I Cried Your Tears
                                                                                                                              11 - Shallow The Water
                                                                                                                              12 - Catch The Dust 

                                                                                                                              Jeff Buckley

                                                                                                                              Live At Sin-e - Legacy Edition

                                                                                                                                Columbia finally get around to giving the EP (long only available on import) the deluxe 'Legacy Edition' treatment. Expanding the original four tracks over a boggling two discs, this album was actually taken from a number of performances over a few months. Embryonic "Grace" originals sit alongside an array of covers that run the gamut of musical eclecticism; Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Led Zeppelin. One wonders how he managed to have such a wonderful voice, broad musical tastes and the ability to reinvent them so uniquely, AND to be able to do it all with just a voice and guitar. An essential testament to one of the most talented artists in the history of popular music.

                                                                                                                                Jake wrote all eleven songs, played most of the instruments, and produced most of the album (Jacknife Lee produced 3 tracks). The results are simply staggering. Following the incredible success of his first two albums, the double platinum 2012 debut ‘Jake Bugg’ and the top five 2013 follow-up ‘Shangri La’, this new disc firmly establishes Jake as one of Britain’s most exciting talents.

                                                                                                                                Recorded in London, Los Angeles and Nottingham, highlights are many and include the moving ‘Love Hope And Misery’ driven by a huge chorus, the stomping ‘Bitter Salt’, the soulful ‘Never Wanna Dance’ and the defining title track.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. On My One
                                                                                                                                2. Gimme The Love
                                                                                                                                3. Love, Hope And Misery
                                                                                                                                4. The Love We’re Hoping For
                                                                                                                                5. Put Out The Fire
                                                                                                                                6. Never Wanna Dance
                                                                                                                                7. Bitter Salt
                                                                                                                                8. Ain't No Rhyme
                                                                                                                                9. Livin’ Up Country
                                                                                                                                10. All That
                                                                                                                                11. Hold On You

                                                                                                                                Jake Bugg is back with his brand new record 'Shangri La', following his debut “Jake Bugg” and coming just over a year since that record went straight to Number 1 and sending him into the record books as the youngest solo male to debut at the top of the charts with their first release. It’s fast-approaching sales of one million worldwide and cemented him as one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent years. Now hooked up with legendary producer Rubin, he is set to scale new heights. His new album is a much more fully-formed piece of work than its predecessor and is a stand out release of this or any year.

                                                                                                                                On top of the success of his debut, Jake has toured with Noel Gallagher and Snow Patrol in the US. He is currently nominated for two Q Awards (Best New Act, Best Solo Act) and the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. These nominations follow similar nods at this year’s Brit and NME Awards. He drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend at Glastonbury, as well as at Reading/Leeds Festival, T In The Park and Summer Sonic in Japan. He returned to Nottingham to headline Splendour this summer, a triumphant homecoming show in front of 17,000 adoring fans.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. There's A Beast And We All Feed It
                                                                                                                                2. Slumville Sunrise
                                                                                                                                3. What Doesn't Kill You
                                                                                                                                4. Me And You
                                                                                                                                5. Messed Up Kids
                                                                                                                                6. A Song About Love
                                                                                                                                7. All Your Reasons
                                                                                                                                8. Kingpin
                                                                                                                                9. Kitchen Table
                                                                                                                                10. Pine Trees
                                                                                                                                11. Simple Pleasures
                                                                                                                                12. Storm Passes Away

                                                                                                                                Jake Bugg

                                                                                                                                Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

                                                                                                                                  Fifth album from Nottingham born singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and his debut on RCA Records.

                                                                                                                                  Junior Byles

                                                                                                                                  Beat Down Babylon

                                                                                                                                    In honour of the 80th birthday of Jamaica's most enigmatic music creator, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Trojan line up a trio of seminal vinyl albums from Perry's most prolific period. Kicking the set off is Junior Byles’ influential roots classic from 1972, "Beat Down Babylon". Comprising the famed singer’s early solo recordings from the previous two years, the LP has since become a widely sought-after collector’s item, often hailed at Lee Perry’s finest work prior to the opening of his Black Ark studio late the following year. Despite its enviable reputation, the LP has been unavailable on vinyl since its original release, with this long overdue reissue sure to delight fans of Perry, early roots and one of Jamaica’s most gifted singer-songwriters. 

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Patrick says: Out of press since its original 1972 release, this Lee Perry produced roots masterpiece is back on the black stuff for all the real reggae fans out there.

                                                                                                                                    Sometimes it can take years to find your calling. Not so, for wanderer Julie Byrne; whose power of lyrical expression and melodic nous seems inborn. But often, what comes naturally demonstrates against speed. Julie’s second album Not Even Happiness has taken time to evolve, but as it spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers on the coast of California and the irresolvable mysteries of love. Her new album archives a vivid world that would've otherwise been lost to the road and in doing so, Byrne exhibits her extraordinarily innate musicality.

                                                                                                                                    In fact, some of the album’s songs took two years of fine tuning to get where they needed to be. And if you were to ask her why the follow up to 2014's Rooms With Walls And Windows has taken so long, you’d only be greeted with a bemused smile as though it's the strangest question she's ever been asked; “Writing comes from a natural process of change and growth. It took me up to this point to have the capacity to express my experience of the time in my life that these songs came from.”

                                                                                                                                    Having counted Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Northampton, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Seattle, New Orleans as her home in recent years. For now, Julie has settled in New York City where she moonlights as a seasonal urban park ranger in Manhattan. Whether witnessing the Pacific Northwest for the first time (‘Melting Grid’), the morning sky in Colorado after staying up through the night at a house party in the mountains of Boulder (‘Natural Blue’), recording the passage of freight trains on the outskirts of Buffalo, New York ('Interlude'), or a journey fragrant with rose water; reading Frank O’Hara aloud from the passengers seat during a drive through the desert of Utah into the rainforest of Washington State (‘All The Land Glimmered Beneath’), Not Even Happiness is Julie’s beguilingly ode to the fringes of life.

                                                                                                                                    Self-taught on the guitar after picking it up when her father became ill and could no longer play the instrument himself, Julie readily admits she can’t read music and doesn't even listen to it all that much - the first vinyl she owned was indeed, her own. Recorded with producer Eric Littmann (Phantom Posse), Julie laid down the new album in her childhood home in western New York state and offers an altogether bigger picture to its predecessor through a wider, yet subtle, exploration of instruments and atmospherics, Not Even Happiness reveals an artist who has grown in confidence over time.

                                                                                                                                    Byrne's debut album was released back in January 2014 on Chicago based DIY label Orindal after initially being as two separate cassettes releases. Rooms With Walls and Windows went onto become a true modern-day word of mouth success story (it would have to be for an artist who shuns all forms of social media) and ended the year being voted number 7 in Mojo magazine's best albums of the year, with the Huffington Post calling it "2014's Great American Album". A collection of hushed intimate front porch psych-folk songs, that unknowingly recalled the greats, but felt very much for our time. It saw her travel to Europe over two summers playing the Green Man festival and End Of The Road, as well as lesser trodden tour paths around Europe.

                                                                                                                                    Julie Byrne will take the songs from Not Even Happiness (the first release on a new record label Basin Rock, based in the Lancashire / Yorkshire border town of Todmorden) on the road throughout 2017.

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Barry says: Lightly strummed and impeccably arranged folk guitars meet with swaying and mournful vocals all purposefully and beautifully delivered as a shining example of minimal affectations with maximum results.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Follow My Voice
                                                                                                                                    2. Sleepwalker
                                                                                                                                    3. Melting Grid
                                                                                                                                    4. Natural Blue
                                                                                                                                    5. Interlude
                                                                                                                                    6. Morning Dove
                                                                                                                                    7. All The Land Glimmered Beneath
                                                                                                                                    8. Sea As It Glides
                                                                                                                                    9. I Live Now As A Singer

                                                                                                                                    Julie Byrne

                                                                                                                                    The Greater Wings

                                                                                                                                      The first album in over six years from American songwriter Julie Byrne is a testament to patience and determination, the willingness to transform through the desolation of loss, the vitality of renewal, and the courage to rise, forever changed. For nearly a decade, Byrne has moved through the world as a characteristically private artist largely outside the public eye. A self-taught musician that has committed her life to her work, she now emerges from a deeply trying and generative period with the most powerful, lustrous, and life-affirming music of her career, The Greater Wings. While they hold the plasticity of grief and trauma, the songs are universally resonant, unbridled in their devotion and joy, held up by the love and alliance of a chosen family. Byrne leans further into atmospheres both expansive and intimate; the lush, evocative songcraft flows between her signature fingerpicked guitar, synthesizer, and a newly adopted piano, made wider by flourishes of harp and strings. It is the transcendent sound of resource, of friendship that was never without romance, of loyalty that burns from within like a heart on fire, and the life force summoned in unrepeatable moments — raw, gorgeous, and wild.

                                                                                                                                      The Greater Wings was written across several seasons, pulling imagery from nights on tour, periods of isolation, and the drives cross-country for its various collaborations between Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Recording started with the late Eric Littmann, her longtime creative partner and Not Even Happiness producer, and finished in the Catskills of New York with producer Alex Somers (Sigur Rós, Julianna Barwick).

                                                                                                                                      “My hope for The Greater Wings is that it lives as a love letter to my chosen family and as an expression of the depth of my commitment to our shared future. Being reshaped by grief also has me more aware of what death does not take from me. I commit that to heart, to words, to sound. Music is not bound to any kind of linear time, so in the capacity to record and speak to the future: this is what it felt like to me, when we were simultaneous, alive, occurring all at once. What it has felt like to go up against my edge and push, the love that has made it worth all this fight. These memories are my values, they belong with me.”

                                                                                                                                      Julie Byrne will confess the success of her 2017 LP Not Even Happiness was unexpected; nine gracefully road-worn odes to the fringes of life she assembled without any expectation that they’d travel so far beyond their DIY origins. But its hushed closing track, “I Live Now As A Singer,” did forecast an intention. She knew the open space — occupied by Littmann’s signature palette of synth tones, Jake Falby’s strings, and Byrne’s robust, drifting voice — presented something new and thrilling, something they’d develop as a live band touring the world, and what would later be understood as the catalyst for material to come. From orchestral folk meditations (“The Greater Wings”, “Portrait of a Clear Day”) to windswept piano ballads (“Moonless”, “Death Is The Diamond”) to the luminous, synth-driven euphoria of “Summer Glass,” The Greater Wings builds on this revelatory space at every turn.

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Liam says: Following on from her standout 2017 LP 'Not Even Happiness', 'The Greater Wings' is a sweeping, expansive and meditative record that passes through wistful orchestral folk, heartfelt piano balladry and iridescent synth passages - gorgeous, gorgeous stuff!!

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. The Greater Wings
                                                                                                                                      2. Portrait Of A Clear Day
                                                                                                                                      3. Moonless
                                                                                                                                      4. Summer Glass
                                                                                                                                      5. Summer’s End
                                                                                                                                      6. Lightning Comes Up From The Ground
                                                                                                                                      7. Flare
                                                                                                                                      8. Conversation Is A Flowstate
                                                                                                                                      9. Hope’s Return
                                                                                                                                      10. Death Is The Diamond

                                                                                                                                      'I believe the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard.' - John Cage 1937. Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios - for example, when he composed Fontana Mix in 1958 - his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the age of the loudspeaker, mass communication and Marshall McLuhan's 'global village.' The hiss, crackle and hum of electronic circuits, and the disembodied sounds, snatched by radio from the ether, spoke of the 20th century.

                                                                                                                                      Langham Research Centre works within the tradition firmly established by Cage, using resources that would have been available to him. For the realisation of Cartridge Music, moving iron phonograph pickups were sourced and restored. These have a knurled screw designed to hold a steel phonograph needle and, in the piece, other objects are inserted and amplified: pieces of wire, toothpicks, paperclips, etc. The realisation of Fontana Mix includes the individual mono tracks from Cage's original tapes created in 1958. These are played using open-reel tape machines. These practices ensure we work within the limitations that Cage experienced and enable us to get close to the soundworld he inhabited. (Robert Worby, LRC).

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      01 Fontana Mix With Aria 1958 / 13'36
                                                                                                                                      02 Imaginary Landscape N°.5 1952 / 3'00
                                                                                                                                      03 WBAI 1960 / 7'00
                                                                                                                                      04 Cartridge Music 1960 / 10'00
                                                                                                                                      05 0'00'' 1962 / 2'36
                                                                                                                                      06 Variations I 1960 / 10'00 Tracklisting LP

                                                                                                                                      SIDE A
                                                                                                                                      01 Fontana Mix With Aria 1958 / 13'36
                                                                                                                                      02 Imaginary Landscape N°.5 1952 / 3'00
                                                                                                                                      03 WBAI 1960 / 7'00

                                                                                                                                      SIDE B
                                                                                                                                      01 Cartridge Music 1960 / 10'00
                                                                                                                                      02 0'00'' 1962 / 2'36
                                                                                                                                      03 Variations I 1960 / 10'00

                                                                                                                                      John Cale


                                                                                                                                        For nearly 60 years, or at least since he was a young Welshman who moved to New York and formed The Velvet Underground, Cale has been reinventing his music with dazzling and inspiring regularity. There was the bewitching chamber folk of Paris 1919 followed instantly by the gnarled rock of Fear, the provocative and spare song cycle Music for a New Society followed more than 30 years later by mighty and unabashed electronic updates. Once again, here is Cale, reimagining how his music is made, sounds, and even works. His engrossing 12-track MERCY moves through true dark-night-of-the-soul electronics toward vulnerable love songs and hopeful considerations for the future.

                                                                                                                                        On MERCY, Cale enlists some of music’s most curious young minds: Animal Collective, Sylvan Esso, Laurel Halo, Tei Shi, Actress. They’re only some of the astounding cast here, brilliant musicians who climb inside Cale’s consummate vision of the world and help him redecorate there. Cale turned 80 in March, and he’s watched as many peers have passed away, particularly during the last decade. MERCY is the continuation of a long career’s work with wonder. Cale has always searched for new ways to explore old ideas of alienation, hurt, and joy; MERCY is the latest transfixing find of this unsatisfied mind.

                                                                                                                                        The writings and recordings that shaped MERCY piled up for years, as Cale watched society totter at the brink of dystopia. Trump and Brexit, Covid and climate change, civil rights and right-wing extremism—Cale let the bad news of the day filter into his lines, whether that meant contemplating the sovereignty and legal status of sea ice melting near the poles or the unhinged arming of Americans. Lessons from a life (still being) richly lived floated to the fore, too, nodded to on the previously released “NIGHT CRAWLING.” If we’re always regretting our past, aren’t we conscripting ourselves to permanent disappointment?

                                                                                                                                        During “STORY OF BLOOD,” after the piano prelude gives way to a frame-rattling beat and synthesizers that feel like sunshine splashed across a snowfield, the voices of Cale and Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering slide past one another, two phantoms trying to find a partner amid the modern din. “Swing your soul,” they both sing in aspiration. In the final verse, Cale remembers this existence is not just about himself. “I’m going back to get them, my friends in the morning. Bring them with me into the light.” The accompanying video by Emmy-winning director Jethro Waters is a mix of disturbing and serene featuring both Cale and Weyes Blood. Its deep tones and religious images emphasize the track’s dark, spiritual mood.

                                                                                                                                        Cale elaborates: “I’d been listening to Weyes Blood’s latest record and remembered Natalie’s puritanical vocals. I thought if I could get her to come and sing with me on the ‘Swing your soul’ section, and a few other harmonies, it would be beautiful. What I got from her was something else! Once I understood the versatility in her voice, it was as if I’d written the song with her in mind all along. Her range and fearless approach to tonality was an unexpected surprise. There’s even a little passage in there where she’s a dead-ringer for Nico.”

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Mercy Feat. Laurel Halo
                                                                                                                                        2. Marilyn Monroe’s Leg (Beauty Elsewhere) Feat. Actress
                                                                                                                                        3. Noise Of You
                                                                                                                                        4. Story Of Blood Feat. Weyes Blood
                                                                                                                                        5. Time Stands Still Feat. Sylvan Esso
                                                                                                                                        6. Moonstruck (Nico’s Song)
                                                                                                                                        7. Everlasting Days Feat. Animal Collective
                                                                                                                                        8. Night Crawling
                                                                                                                                        9. Not The End Of The World
                                                                                                                                        10. The Legal Status Of Ice Feat. Fat White Family
                                                                                                                                        11. I Know You’re Happy Feat. Tei Shi
                                                                                                                                        12. Out Your Window

                                                                                                                                        John Cale

                                                                                                                                        Word For The Dying - 2023 Repress

                                                                                                                                          First time vinyl repress of this John Cale album, originally released on the Opal label in 1989, produced by Brian Eno.

                                                                                                                                          “‘Words For The Dying’ has at its heart The Falklands Suite, Cale’s baroque if heartfelt response to the Anglo-Argentinian War, which finds him setting the poems of his beloved Dylan Thomas to music. When building songs around another’s words, the results often sound forced, but Cale does a magnificent job of compressing Thomas’s lyricism into neat melodic phrases, themselves just components of a vast harmonic mega-structure scored for the USSR’s Orchestra of Symphonic & Popular Music of Gostelradio. A project that could easily have collapsed under the weight of its own ambition is instead a late masterpiece, thanks to Cale’s deep-seated compositional genius, and unobtrusive but resonant production from Brian Eno.” - Kiran Sande

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          The Falkland Suite
                                                                                                                                          There Was A Saviour
                                                                                                                                          Interlude I
                                                                                                                                          On A Wedding
                                                                                                                                          Interlude II
                                                                                                                                          Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed
                                                                                                                                          Do Not Go Gentle Into That
                                                                                                                                          Good Night

                                                                                                                                          Songs Without Words
                                                                                                                                          Songs Without Words. I
                                                                                                                                          Songs Without Words. II
                                                                                                                                          The Soul Of Carmen

                                                                                                                                          Jefre Cantu-Ledesm

                                                                                                                                          A Year With 13 Moons

                                                                                                                                            A master of romantic abstraction, Jefre Cantu–Ledesma is not new to the scene. In fact, he's been releasing a steady stream of music for nearly twenty years. With the brilliant album A Year With 13 Moons, however, the ever–prolific Ledesma appears to be hitting a new high. Or low, depending on how you like to see things.

                                                                                                                                            Using a friend's reel to reel tape player, Cantu employed electric guitar, modular synthesizer, drum machine and concrète sounds from his surroundings at the Headlands, recorded while walking to the studio, cooking in the kitchen, talking with friends, the ocean, films he was watching, driving in a car. Everything was record stereo to tape.

                                                                                                                                            The result is gorgeous, haunting and sprawling. A companion to his last full length LP, Love is A Stream, (Type, 2010), 13 Moons, is a dense, swirling mass.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1: The Last Time I Saw Your Face
                                                                                                                                            2: Love After Love
                                                                                                                                            3: Disappear
                                                                                                                                            4: Mirror Of Past & Future
                                                                                                                                            5: Interiors
                                                                                                                                            6: Pale Flower
                                                                                                                                            7: The Twins / Shadows
                                                                                                                                            8: Agate Beach
                                                                                                                                            9: The Spree
                                                                                                                                            10: Early Autumn
                                                                                                                                            11: A Portrait Of You At Nico's Grave, Grunewald, Berlin (For Bill K.)
                                                                                                                                            12: Remembering
                                                                                                                                            13: Görlitzer Park
                                                                                                                                            14: Along The Isar
                                                                                                                                            15: At The End Of Spring
                                                                                                                                            16: Remains

                                                                                                                                            Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

                                                                                                                                            On The Echoing Green

                                                                                                                                              On the Echoing Green is an elegant work of lush, shimmering sound, rendered with a singular touch by eternal electric romantic Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. In contrast to the haze and hermetic process of previous albums, Green was conceived as a deliberate experiment in clarity and collaboration: “I was interested in trying to bring out more overt pop elements, to let them come to the front and be present. I also have more trust now in letting things happen – trusting other people’s musicianship, and being open to people’s ideas. Eventually, things emerge.” What emerged from this bond are eight rapturous and richly melodic slow dives of swirling guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, and drum machines, dramatically accented in places by heavenly arcs of voice courtesy of Argentinian singer-songwriter Sobrenadar. Cantu-Ledesma encouraged chemistry and intuition in the studio by beginning the album without any demos for reference; he and his collaborators pursued patterns and hypnotic textures across long-form improvisations until gradually songs began to take shape. This is music of growth and grandeur, of ascent and exploration, played with purpose and passion by a craftsman in tune with the beauty of sound and the harmony of light. In his words: “[This album] feels like spring – things coming alive, blooming, emerging from winter.”

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. In A Copse
                                                                                                                                              2. A Song Of Summer
                                                                                                                                              3. Echoing Green
                                                                                                                                              4. The Faun
                                                                                                                                              5. Tenderness
                                                                                                                                              6. Vulgar Latin
                                                                                                                                              7. Autumn
                                                                                                                                              8. Dancers At The Spring
                                                                                                                                              9. Door To Night

                                                                                                                                              Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

                                                                                                                                              On The Echoing Green

                                                                                                                                                On the Echoing Green is an elegant work of lush, shimmering sound, rendered with a singular touch by eternal electric romantic Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. In contrast to the haze and hermetic process of previous albums, Green was conceived as a deliberate experiment in clarity and collaboration: “I was interested in trying to bring out more overt pop elements, to let them come to the front and be present. I also have more trust now in letting things happen – trusting other people’s musicianship, and being open to people’s ideas. Eventually, things emerge.” What emerged from this bond are eight rapturous and richly melodic slow dives of swirling guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, and drum machines, dramatically accented in places by heavenly arcs of voice courtesy of Argentinian singer-songwriter Sobrenadar. Cantu-Ledesma encouraged chemistry and intuition in the studio by beginning the album without any demos for reference; he and his collaborators pursued patterns and hypnotic textures across long-form improvisations until gradually songs began to take shape. This is music of growth and grandeur, of ascent and exploration, played with purpose and passion by a craftsman in tune with the beauty of sound and the harmony of light. In his words: “[This album] feels like spring – things coming alive, blooming, emerging from winter.”

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. In A Copse
                                                                                                                                                2. A Song Of Summer
                                                                                                                                                3. Echoing Green
                                                                                                                                                4. The Faun
                                                                                                                                                5. Tenderness
                                                                                                                                                6. Vulgar Latin
                                                                                                                                                7. Autumn
                                                                                                                                                8. Dancers At The Spring
                                                                                                                                                9. Door To Night

                                                                                                                                                Essex-born, Liverpool-based songwriter James Canty returns with a new five track EP.

                                                                                                                                                EP title track 'Love' is packed with harpsichords, synthesisers and electronic flourishes, coming across like some amazing future-retro psych-folk experiment. The collection of tracks follows two years on the road across Europe for Canty, with the five songs written and recorded in the home studio of producer and Obscenic Records chief Joe Wills.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                Putney Bridge
                                                                                                                                                Burning Alive

                                                                                                                                                "This 6 song symphony of sound juxtaposed with chaos and long stills of almost nothing starts the only way I’d expect it to. The first track “Ballast” comes in with murderous hits, cracks, and drills. It’s hard to put into words exactly what you are listening to. And, that’s what I love about Mr. Cary’s tracks. But, somehow Jeff has forged a signature sound. I have been listening to noise for awhile now. I haven’t hear anything quite like it.

                                                                                                                                                [3:30] as a full body of work is not just a digitally distorted camero with the gas pedal to the floor going through a time warp. It is dynamic and almost peaceful at times. With tracks like “Phosphor” and “Node” where you find yourself lost in an ambient sound scape of breathed gesters and things off in the distance. I admire Jeff’s way of knowing when to hold back or be minimal in his approach while yet still having some sort of rage you can’t quite pinpoint but you know it’s there and you can feel it and it’s about to burst and you like it.

                                                                                                                                                I have seen Jeff live countless times. I got a chance to see him at one of his most recent performances at Club K where he performed a few of these new tracks live. Being a drummer for over 15 years I tend to latch onto the rhythm of any song I hear. Even in noise I somehow subconsciously makeup a beat I bop my head up and down to. I noticed that I didn’t have to magically make an esoteric drum section for Jeff’s performance. It was already there. Tracks like “1001″ make you feel as a drummer or drum machine is being forced through a grinder with a distortion pedal in the chain.

                                                                                                                                                It’s a very purifying experience listening to Jeff Carey‘s works on [3:30]. It’s not for everyone.. But, it sure is hell for noise enthusiasts like me. But, hey.. If you’ve never listened to a “noise” artist before or haven’t gotten down with that scene. Try it out. You might just like this one." - Gutter Magazine.

                                                                                                                                                John Carpenter

                                                                                                                                                Halloween - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                                  In celebration of its 35th anniversay, MONDO is pleased to present the original soundtrack to John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN. This release features the most comprehensive version of the soundtrack, never before released on vinyl, cut at 45RPM for the best possible sound quality.

                                                                                                                                                  John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                                                  Firestarter Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                                    The horror master John Carpenter is back with his Halloween franchise collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter for their infectious new soundtrack to the 2022 adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter. This marks the first official soundtrack that the team has composed together outside of the Halloween franchise and their inspiration and evolution as a creative team is on full display.

                                                                                                                                                    The film is a new take on the thriller examining a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers and her fight to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her. The film releases theatrically on May 13th, 2022 and stars Zac Efron, Sydney Lemmon, Ryan Kiera, is directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil) and created by the producers of The Invisible Man. The story has become a classic and the intense nature of the film creates a canvas for a dynamic soundtrack.

                                                                                                                                                    The Firestarter soundtrack utilizes some of the best elements of Carpenter’s famous musical repertoire and charts exciting new territory. The tracks range from fist pumping sci-fi anthems to slow reverb drenched piano ballads and each utilizes a variety of sonic applications. Skulking beats, skittering synths, crushing guitars and an ever-lurking echo come together to create an album that is atmospheric and also deeply melodic, cohesive and eclectic. These three musicians are all working in the peak of their individual and collaborative creativity and this soundtrack further solidifies them as masters of the craft.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Mother’s Love
                                                                                                                                                    2. Lot 6 (Main Titles)
                                                                                                                                                    3. Are You Scared Of Me?
                                                                                                                                                    4. Dodge Ball Heats Up
                                                                                                                                                    5. Corporate Menace
                                                                                                                                                    6. Burned Hands
                                                                                                                                                    7. Rainbird Fights Vicky
                                                                                                                                                    8. Bless Mommy
                                                                                                                                                    9. Flashback Kills
                                                                                                                                                    10. Police Arrive
                                                                                                                                                    11. Sniper Attack
                                                                                                                                                    12. Charlie Alone
                                                                                                                                                    13. Charlie’s Powers
                                                                                                                                                    14. I’ll Find You
                                                                                                                                                    15. Charlie’s Rampage
                                                                                                                                                    16. Rampage Ends
                                                                                                                                                    17. Firestarter (End Titles)

                                                                                                                                                    John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                                                    Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988)

                                                                                                                                                      By now everyone should know John Carpenter is not only a celebrated filmmaker but also a musical maestro whose soundtracks have become synonymous with the genres of horror, suspense, and science fiction. His innate talent for composition and his deep understanding of how music can elevate storytelling have left an indelible mark on the world of cinema, and a haunting presence in people’s record collections.

                                                                                                                                                      Anthology II continues the celebration of his compositional genius via an excellently sequenced collection of some of his most iconic pieces of music from his extensive filmography, all newly recorded with his musical collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter.

                                                                                                                                                      The compilation opens with “Chariots of Pumpkins” from Halloween III that perfectly captures the eerie essence of the cult classic film with its pulsating synths and haunting melodies. The listener is engulfed by a sense of unease and anticipation, before being thrust into “69th St. Bridge” from Escape From New York, a dynamic track that encapsulates the futuristic and gritty nature of the film via the use of throbbing bass lines, driving rhythms, and electronic textures. The record has also an isolating tone as it skulks through ambient leaning tracks such as “Fuchs” and “To Mac’s Shack” from The Thing, and “Walk to the Lighthouse” from The Fog, all of which display a slower tempo, foreboding undertones and an ethereal atmosphere that feels like a distant whisper. All of which has been cautiously laid in preparation to the grand finale. The iconic and instantly recognizable ”Laurie’s Theme” from the original Halloween. Its simple yet menacing piano melody which has become synonymous with the horror genre, concludes the album by striking fear into the hearts of listeners.

                                                                                                                                                      These tracks represent just a fraction of John Carpenter’s impressive musical repertoire. With each haunting note and pulsating beat, his soundtracks continue to resonate with audiences, forever etching his name in the annals offilm music history.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      1. Chariots Of Pumpkins (Halloween III)
                                                                                                                                                      2. 69th St. Bridge (Escape From New York)
                                                                                                                                                      3. The Alley (War) (Big Trouble In Little China)
                                                                                                                                                      4. Wake Up (They Live)
                                                                                                                                                      5. Julie’s Dead (Assault On Precinct 13)
                                                                                                                                                      6. The Shape Enters Laurie’s Room (Halloween II)
                                                                                                                                                      7. Season Of The Witch (Halloween III)
                                                                                                                                                      8. Love At A Distance (Prince Of Darkness)
                                                                                                                                                      9. The Shape Stalks Again (Halloween II)
                                                                                                                                                      10. Burn It (The Thing)
                                                                                                                                                      11. Fuchs (The Thing)
                                                                                                                                                      12. To Mac’s Shack (The Thing)
                                                                                                                                                      13. Walk To The Lighthouse (The Fog)
                                                                                                                                                      14. Laurie’s Theme (Halloween)

                                                                                                                                                      John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter And Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                                                      Halloween Kills: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                      John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, And Daniel Davies

                                                                                                                                                      Halloween Ends Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                                        After 45 years, the most acclaimed, revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying conclusion as Laurie Strode faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers, in a final confrontation unlike any captured on-screen before, one where only one of them will survive.

                                                                                                                                                        When the franchise relaunched in 2018, Halloweenshattered box office records, becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing chapter and set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for a horror film starring a woman. In 2021, Halloween Killsearned the biggest opening weekend for any horror film in the pandemic era and simultaneously set a new record for a non-live event premiere streaming on Peacock.

                                                                                                                                                        As Halloween Endsmarks the last chapter of the David Gordon Green trilogy, so it ushers the essential return of original director and composer John Carpenter to score the iconically hair-raising soundtrack alongside Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. Together they once again bring the celebrated music score to the horror movie series, one of the most distinctive aspects of the franchise to date

                                                                                                                                                        Similarly to the last two soundtracks, Halloween Endswas recorded in its entirety at John Carpenter’s home studio and Daniel’s studio. “The three of us compose,perform, and record all the music, and everything is mixed by Daniel together with John Spiker” says John Carpenter.

                                                                                                                                                        The unmistakable mix of software synths, vintage analogue equipment, and live instrumentation is utilized once again to provide the signature sound of Halloween. However, rumors have it that Halloween Ends is going to be somewhat different from the previous two films in the trilogy. With that comes an expanded soundtrack, one that matches the tone of a tangible rise in stakes and conveys the climatic feel of the film. The soundtrack of the third installment broadens old themes whilst creating new ones in an effort to bring renewed life to one of the most epic horror scores ever written. Carpenter elaborates, “The main themes have all been passed down from the original Halloween. We have refined them and created new themes for new characters.

                                                                                                                                                        ”The soundtrack was tracked scene by scene but the album itself plays like a standalone piece of music. The general atmosphereis one of dread yet the record includes some groove laden moments reminiscent of Escape From New York or some of Carpenter’s other more dance-able scores. Exquisite and delicate ambient pieces weave their way between some of the score’s more arresting moments and yet maintain a subtle pop sensibility. The overall achievement showcases three master musicians, one of whom invented the entire horror-synth genre, crafting an evocative, playful and deeply listenable score that honors a legacy and expands on the decades of work that have been leading to this triumphant climax.

                                                                                                                                                        Carpenter is known for directing the original 1978 Halloween, as well as other horror classics like The Thing, The Fog, Escape From New York, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, andThey Live. However John Carpenter is not only a cult movie-maker, he’s also a pioneering electronic composer. Halloween Endsis the soundtrack of the final battle against evil. Watch your back this Halloween, Michael may be near you.

                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: One of the most legendary soundtrack writers and directors of all time, in his newest guise with both Cody (his son) and Daniel Davies bring us the third and final bout of dystopian synths and tense atmospheric drone. A blistering, and perfectly fitting instrumental tour de force.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1 Where Is Jeremy?
                                                                                                                                                        2 Halloween Ends (Main Title)
                                                                                                                                                        3 Laurie’s Theme Ends
                                                                                                                                                        4 The Cave
                                                                                                                                                        5 Cool Kid
                                                                                                                                                        6 Drags To The Cave
                                                                                                                                                        7 Evil Eyes
                                                                                                                                                        8 Transformation
                                                                                                                                                        9 Because Of You
                                                                                                                                                        10 Requiem For Jeremy
                                                                                                                                                        11 Kill The Cop
                                                                                                                                                        12 Corey And Michael
                                                                                                                                                        13 Corey’s Requiem
                                                                                                                                                        14 The Junk Yard
                                                                                                                                                        15 Where Are You?
                                                                                                                                                        16 Bye Bye Corey
                                                                                                                                                        17 The Fight
                                                                                                                                                        18 Before Her Eyes
                                                                                                                                                        19 The Procession
                                                                                                                                                        20 Cherry Blossoms
                                                                                                                                                        21 Halloween Ends

                                                                                                                                                        When the new Halloween movie hits theaters in October 2018, it will have the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter serves on the new David Gordon Green-directed installment as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

                                                                                                                                                        The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved.

                                                                                                                                                        “We wanted to honor the original Halloweensoundtrack in terms of the sounds we used,” Davies explained. “We used a lot of the Dave Smith OB-6, bowed guitar, Roland Juno, Korg, Roli, Moog, Roland System 1, Roland System 8, different guitar pedals, mellotron, and piano.”

                                                                                                                                                        Unlike the Lost Themes albums, where the composers wrote the soundtracks for imaginary movies, Halloween saw the Carpenters and Davies collaborating on music set to images for the first time. Though it marked a significant change from their previous creative process, the trio thrived under the constraints and tight deadlines that film scoring work demands.

                                                                                                                                                        “Being limited by the length of time in scoring the sequence, we focused on the director’s tempo, timing, and vision,” Davies said. “He would tell us what he had in mind, how long the cue should be, what emotion he wanted, and we would take it from there. It’s only the three of us, there is no elaborate system. We wrote, performed, and orchestrated everything.”

                                                                                                                                                        For John Carpenter, who reunited on the new film with original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, composing the score felt like a homecoming. Not only had he not worked on a Halloween movie in 35 years, he hadn’t composed a soundtrack since his 2001 sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars.

                                                                                                                                                        “It was great,” Carpenter said of the experience. “It was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director's head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green’s vision.”

                                                                                                                                                        For Cody Carpenter, John’s son, and Davies, his godson, it was surreal to work on something that means so much to generations of fans, and that they grew up around.

                                                                                                                                                        “It was an honor for us to be involved, and we are really happy to be a part of something that so many people are anticipating and excited about,” Davies said. “Working together with both the director of the new Halloween and the creator of the original Halloween was really a fantastic experience.”

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1. "Halloween Theme" 2:21
                                                                                                                                                        2. "Halloween 1963" 3:11
                                                                                                                                                        3. "The Evil Is Gone!" 4:08
                                                                                                                                                        4. "Halloween 1978" 2:50
                                                                                                                                                        5. "The Boogeyman Is Coming" 0:40
                                                                                                                                                        6. "The Shape" 1:43
                                                                                                                                                        7. "The Hedge" 1:35
                                                                                                                                                        8. "He Came Home" 2:40
                                                                                                                                                        9. "Trick Or Treat" 0:39
                                                                                                                                                        10. "The Haunted House" 1:43
                                                                                                                                                        11. "The Devil's Eyes" 1:39
                                                                                                                                                        12. "The Boogeyman Is Outside" 1:27
                                                                                                                                                        13. "Damn You For Letting Him Go!" 1:34
                                                                                                                                                        14. "Empty Street" 0:33
                                                                                                                                                        15. "See Anything You Like?" 2:22
                                                                                                                                                        16. "Lock The Door" 2:53
                                                                                                                                                        17. "He's Here?" 0:55
                                                                                                                                                        18. "Light's Out" 2:49
                                                                                                                                                        19. "Cut It Out" 1:19
                                                                                                                                                        20. "Tombstone" 1:19
                                                                                                                                                        21. "The Shape Stalks Laurie" 1:35
                                                                                                                                                        22. "Turn Around" 0:33
                                                                                                                                                        23. "Unlock The Door" 2:53
                                                                                                                                                        24. "The Hanger" 3:04
                                                                                                                                                        25. "Call The Police" 0:28
                                                                                                                                                        26. "Last Assault" 1:34
                                                                                                                                                        27. "Was That The Boogeyman?" 0:32
                                                                                                                                                        28. "End Credits/Halloween Theme (Reprise)" 3:36

                                                                                                                                                        John Carter / Bobby Bradford

                                                                                                                                                        Self Determination Music - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                          The John Carter and Bobby Bradford Quartet/Quintet were critical to the progressive jazz movement around Los Angeles in the late 60s alongside the likes of Horace Tapscott. Both hailed from the Watts area and trumpeter, Bradford played with a woodshedding Ornette Coleman for two years in the early 60s when the legendary free movement leader decided not to record for a while but wanted to hone his trademark sound on the saxophone. Multi-reed player, Carter also worked with Coleman who brought them together to lead their own band.

                                                                                                                                                          Their first outing on Flying Dutchman was “Flight For Four” as the Carter Bradford Quartet that was released in 1969. This is the second album they recorded where Carter and Bradford were supported by Tom Williamson (bass), Buzz Freeman (drums) and another uncredited bass player on four extended improvisations – ‘The Sunday Afternoon Jazz Blues Society’, ‘The Eye Of The Storm’, ‘Loneliness’ and ‘Encounter’.

                                                                                                                                                          The album has been out of print on vinyl since 1971 and Ace are delighted to release it with audio taken from hi-res digital transfers from the original masters.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          Side One
                                                                                                                                                          1. The Sunday Afternoon
                                                                                                                                                          Jazz Blues Society
                                                                                                                                                          2. The Eye Of The Storm
                                                                                                                                                          Side Two
                                                                                                                                                          1. Loneliness
                                                                                                                                                          2. Encounter

                                                                                                                                                          A delicate collection of songs for meditation on spiritual struggle, The Leaves Fall is a window into the parallel reality of Justin Carter. Centered on his intimate vocals, pointed with hints of Arthur Russell and John Martyn; the eight tracks are buttressed by warm acoustic guitars, vibraphones, organs and flourished with modern production. They are familiar but distant, like ghosts living in the present. Carter grew up in a country house in rural North Carolina, a place with a pecan tree and abandoned train tracks in the front yard. On long car rides from home to his dadʼs work as a school teacher, his ears were filled with the prog of Yes, the vocals of Al Jarreau and the complexity of Christopher Parkeningʼs take on Bach. It was his father, who himself has moonlighted as a guitar player and songwriter for nearly 50 years, that taught Carter to sing and play in his early teens.

                                                                                                                                                          The Leaves Fall was written on and off over the course of about five years, a secret to most. Carter is more familiar, alongside Eamon Harkin, as co-founder of popular New York parties Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday, and their label offshoot, Mister Saturday Night Records. As the Mister thrived, his songwriting continued to tick along in the background, days and weeks stolen here and there to write and record in various locations – from remote studios in the Catskills to basements in Venice Beach.

                                                                                                                                                          The album features Jason Lindner, pianist on Bowie's final masterpiece, Blackstar; cello from Archie Pelago's Greg Heffernan; and programming by LIES Records and The Trilogy Tapes producer Marcos Cabral. It was mixed by Benjamin Tierney, who also worked his magic on Kamasi Washington's The Epic. It finds its context in the world of Planetarium, a new listening session established by Carter and his Mister Saturday Night DJ partner, Eamon Harkin, where live music is mixed amongst hours of records to create an immersive, communal listening experience focused on quality hi-fi sound in non-traditional spaces; the album will presented in this manner when toured.

                                                                                                                                                          “Nothing makes me happier than to see people letting go. My ambition in all my creative work is to make moments where that can happen. As a DJ, I use othersʼ music to create those moments, but itʼs always been in me to make my own music for that purpose. After twenty-five years of writing music for myself, it makes me really happy to have something to share with others.” - Justin Carter

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Great Destroyer
                                                                                                                                                          2. Infinite Pieces
                                                                                                                                                          3. Know It All
                                                                                                                                                          4. With The Old Breed
                                                                                                                                                          5. The Island
                                                                                                                                                          6. What Can You Tell Your Children About Hope?
                                                                                                                                                          7. Leaves
                                                                                                                                                          8. A Presence

                                                                                                                                                          Written and recorded over the past year, the album features Casablancas and Voidz band members Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai (Salt & Pepper) – guitar, Jeff Kite – keyboards, Jake Bercovici – bass, Alex Carapetis – drums and was produced by Shawn Everett.

                                                                                                                                                          The album incorporates world underground music from the 70s and 80s, hardcore/punk and modern harmony, using modern and analog recording and sampling techniques.

                                                                                                                                                          Of the album's title Casablancas says, "Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter)."

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Take Me In Your Army
                                                                                                                                                          2. Crunch Punch
                                                                                                                                                          3. M.utally A.ssured D.estruction
                                                                                                                                                          4. Human Sadness
                                                                                                                                                          5. Where No Eagles Fly
                                                                                                                                                          6. Father Electricity
                                                                                                                                                          7. Johan Von Bronx
                                                                                                                                                          8. Business Dog
                                                                                                                                                          9. Xerox
                                                                                                                                                          10. Dare I Care
                                                                                                                                                          11. Nintendo Blood
                                                                                                                                                          12. Off To War…

                                                                                                                                                          Johnny Cash

                                                                                                                                                          American III: Solitary Man - Back To Black Edition

                                                                                                                                                            Arguably the best of the American Recordings series.
                                                                                                                                                            Once again Cash worked with Tom Petty on a couple of tracks including the Neil Diamond-penned "Solitary Man".
                                                                                                                                                            The album also includes stunning covers of Bonnie Prince Billy, Nick Cave and U2.

                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                            Laura says: The Rick Rubin produced American Recordings totally rejuvenated Cash's career, and they're all great. This one just edges it for me with amazing covers of Bonnie Prince Billy, Nick Cave and (suprisingly) U2.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            I Won't Back Down
                                                                                                                                                            Solitary Man
                                                                                                                                                            That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
                                                                                                                                                            I See A Darkness
                                                                                                                                                            The Mercy Seat
                                                                                                                                                            Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
                                                                                                                                                            Field Of Diamonds
                                                                                                                                                            My Time
                                                                                                                                                            Country Trash
                                                                                                                                                            Mary Of The Wild Moor
                                                                                                                                                            I'm Leavin' Now
                                                                                                                                                            Wayfaring Stranger

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