Lee Scratch Perry

Scratch'd (Black Friday 23 Edition)



    KEITH’s guitar parts for “Heavy Voodoo” and its dubplate companion “Who Dares Dub’ were recorded in New York City sessions for the 2008 LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY album, Scratch Came, Scratch Saw, Scratch Conquered. Shortly after Keith’s contribution were laid down, Scratch set to work at his home in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, jamming live on mic alongside Keith’s new guitar parts. Lee’s Swiss-mountain lair was not strictly for recording, but the combination art studio, shrine and junk yard with its view of a valley and up into the snow-capped Alpine peaks, added its own influence to the recordings. Captured on portable recording gear with Lee using his special sacred jewel-encrusted Shure microphone, the Voodoo was indeed Heavy that day.

    A year later, Keith was back in the same New York studio to record parts for “Books Of Moses,” for what would become Scratch’s Grammy-nominated 2010 album, Revelation. This time Keith stripped out the original track and replaced everything except the drums and organ with multiple instrumental takes of his own: bass guitar, Wurlitzer organ, acoustic piano, big drum boom and his inimitable RnB guitar riffs. Once again, vocals wizardry was added in Switzerland, in another Transcontinental collaboration.

    Scratch and Keith finally got together in person in 2013 when Keith invited Scratch to New York to mix Keith’s cover of the Gregory Isaacs gem”Love Overdue.” It would be the final pairing of these two musical minds, but their small body of work was infused with magic, history, mystery, and prophecy all at once. SCRATCH’D, the Record Story Day Exclusive vinyl EP, includes the original vocal versions, “Books Of Moses” and “Heavy Voodoo,” plus new instrumental cuts, “Moses Books” (Dub Mix) and ‘Who Dares” (Dub Mix), which feature Keith’s guitar on the frontline.


    1. Book Of Moses
    2. Heavy Voodoo
    3. Moses Books (Dub Mix)
    4. Who Dares (Dub Mix)

    After a seven year hiatus since the release of their debut LP on ESP Institute, Kyle Martin and Jonny Nash’s Land Of Light return with their sophomore album for Melody As Truth. Written and composed over the course of two years, “The World Lies Breathing” reflects the pair’s shared development towards spacious, abstract composition crafted from a wide range of contrasting sound sources. Utilising a combination of acoustic instruments, contact microphones and Martin’s self-built modular synthesiser “The World Lies Breathing” focuses on the space between sounds, conjuring up an organic yet alien landscape that exists on the edge of an unknowable void.


    Between Two Grains Of Water
    Hand Holding Mine
    Light Of The Milligram
    Mystery And Fire
    Human Archeology
    Age Of Tin And Copper
    Possession Of Silence
    Distracted Tenderness

    Leonardo Martelli

    Menti Singole Vol.2

    Two years after Leonardo Martelli made his debut with the retro-futurist four tracker 'Menti Signole', he returns to Antinote with Volume 2, an update of that initial electronic vision. Sparse, clear-cut and slightly nerve-racking, "Micaella" opens the record with the precision of a neurosurgeon. The song can be seen in many ways as a good introduction to the music of the Italian musician – past and probably future. Ethereal string machines balance the nagging acid leitmotiv, dancing cheek to cheek above a restless drum pattern. "Alice" is another triumph of opposition, pairing joyous melodies and exuberant electo rhythms over a melancholic vocal sample and bittersweet pads. On "Laura" - just like with "Alice" - Martelli keeps on playing with the potential of abstraction of rap samples, lending the glassy melodies and snapping beat a freestyle feel. "Sofia" gives a particularly striking example of this weird game he likes to play with language as Biggie Smalls’ words get progressively eviscerated from their meaning. Backed by bare percussive samples (a numerical metronome, copyright-free digital ersatz of percussions, strange string pluck) "Sofia" depicts despair in a post-industrial world, where everything has lost any sense of materiality. Disarmingly simple, Menti Singole Vol.2 offers electronic mourning music at its most elegant.


    Patrick says: Antinote continue to push the boundaries of the current electronic scene with another genre blurring release from Leonardo Martelli. Avant garde instrumentation, abstract composition and a decidedly melancholic tone twist the electro, techno and freestyle in strange new directions.


    1. Micaela
    2. Alice
    3. Laura
    4. Sofia 

    Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes

    Expansions / A Chance For Peace


      First time this ground-breaking release has been available on 12" for four decades. 180g

      Lee "Scratch" Perry

      Big Ben Rock (Woodie Taylor Remix)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON. Limited to 700 copies on green vinyl 7” with download code. Lee Scratch Perry releases new single. London indie label wiaiwya is equaly baffled and thrilled to be putting out the new single from LEE SCRATCH PERRY. From the opening chimes of the famous bell (silent now until 2021) to the closing gongs and bongos, this is a rockabilly big beat glam ragga rock headrush, with a nod to Sergio Leone... exactly what you would expect when Woodie Taylor remixes Lee Scratch Perry, fronting Morrissey’s sometime band... "Give me a rock beat, like Meatloaf..." Not a request that you get every day but then it's not every day you're taking orders from the legend that is Lee Scratch Perry! I lived near the Mad Professor's studio in South London and had sold him a few bits of recording equipment. He knew that I had played drums with Morrissey, that I was a reggae fan and asked if I'd be interested in playing on a session. I'd started doing a bit of production and when the track didn't get round to getting finished they agreed I could remix it. This is the fruit of my labours, with contributions from Boz Boorer (Morrissey/ Polecats), Jonny Bridgwood (Morrissey/Marianne Faithful) and Anthony Miller (Data/Friday Club). There's simply not enough Big Ben rocking these days and remember: "If you don't rock you're gonna get a big shock!" Woodie Taylor, 2019. Lee Scratch Perry founded Upsetter Records in 1968.He pioneered Dub, produced Bob Marley, allegedly burnt down a studio, and worked with the Mad Professor, the Clash, Adrian Sherwood and the Beastie Boys. Woodie Taylor has been rockin' on record since the early 80's. He first appeared on 45 as a member of the Daleks, then drummed for psychobilly legends the Meteors. In the '90's he was in Drive (with, the soon-to-be All Saint, Melanie Blatt). He played on Morrissey's Vauxhall & I LP and has provided the rhythmic backbone of cult Indie heroes Comet Gain for two decades. He has produced albums by Love Is All, Comet Gain, Proper Ornaments and Shrag. Boz Boorer has been Morrissey's co-writer, guitarist and musical director for the best part of three decades. He is also a founding member of rockabilly legends, The Polecats. Jonny Bridgwood played bass on three Morrissey albums and double bass on five Kathryn Williams albums. He has worked with Siouxsie Sioux and Adam Ant and toured with Marianne Faithful. Anthony Miller - Played trumpet with the Friday Club and appears on their very collectable 2 Tone single, Window Shopping. Was a member of the 90s Sirkus Records artists Data, along with Woodie Taylor and recording industry supremo Nick Huggett. The record was mastered by Graeme Durham, who has also worked on discs by Grace Jones, Bob Marley, U2, Fourtet, King Tubby and Frankie Goes to Hollywood… Track listing A Big Ben Rock (Woodie Taylor Remix)’ B1 Steady B2 J'ai Tout Lu

        Lou Reed



          Heavyweight Double LP reissue of Lou Reed’s 18th and final (non-collaborative) solo rock album “Ecstasy”, released in 2000.

          Larry Bright

          New Dimensions (RSD23 EDITION)



            Having spent the majority of his career in the world of jazz fusion backing up the likes of Sun Ra and Ahmad Jamal, Larry Bright climbed out from behind the kit on his sophomore solo album New Dimensions. Self-released in 1987, an original of the eight-song LP will set you back £150 and finds Bright experimenting with spaced out synths, pop song structures, and drum machine-led electro-funk beat, pushing the boundaries of nu-jazz to the absolute edge. Remastered 180g Heavyweight vinyl.

            Accompanied by guitarist John Grant, bassists Tony Bunn and Mark Easley, and dueling trumpeters Jimmy Wilson and Ivan Smart, the resulting album reads like a score to an afro-futurist sci-fi film. Float out into deep space and let Larry Bright’s smooth jazz-terpiece greet you like a warm wind hitting a docking bay in a far-off galaxy. Expertly remastered for your audiophile pleasure. LP in original picture sleeve.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1 Heat
            A2 Sunbeam
            A3 Spirit
            A4 Sonic Image
            B1 Majestic
            B2 Generations
            B3 Realities
            B4 New Dimensions

            Lacuna Coil

            Dark Adrenaline (RSD23 EDITION)


              Released on limited vinyl in 2012 but sold out for years, Svart Records brings out an offiicial reissue wrapped in a gatefold jacket and pressed on red vinyl, limited to 1500 copies in Europe only.

              Lacuna Coil

              Shallow Life (RSD23 EDITION)


                Released on limited vinyl in 2009 but sold out for years, Svart Records brings out an offiicial reissue wrapped in a gatefold jacket and pressed on clear vinyl, limited to 1500 copies in Europe only.


                Nova Akropola (RSD23 EDITION)



                  Black and silver Vinyl/ The 1986 album, remastered by Laibach and accompanied by a 2nd LP of live versions of Nova Akropola songs spanning the last 25 years. Long out of print on vinyl, produced in conjunction with Laibach, and presented in new artwork by the band. 


                  Version Excursion (RSD23 EDITION)



                    Exclusive 'dub' ambient mix of the new album RSD 2023: X2 LP – Pink coloured vinyl. Exclusive artwork

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. We Do Dub
                    A2. Criss Cross Cabbie
                    A3. Citing And Fighting
                    B1. Synthetix
                    B2. Pulsating Dub
                    B3. Machines Like Dub
                    C1. Enruptured
                    C2. Accumulator Dub
                    C3. Body + Soul Acid Flange Mix
                    D1. Coming On
                    D2. P.O.L Dub

                    Fresh imprint Caldeira open their account with the first vinyl retrospective of Swiss composer Louis Crelier, whose FM sorcery and LinnDrum drama takes the listener away to an imaginary Africa.

                    Standing proud amid the sound waves, Caldeira emerges with a singular mission; to bring us music with hidden depth. Whether it’s a reissue or retrospective, archival or original, each release reflects the Michelin-grade tastebuds of label founder Camille Bertin AKA Plastic Bamboo.

                    Operating out of the shadow of Les Puces, the Saint-Ouen digger, DJ and producer has turned those in the know onto a wealth of zouk, boogie, proto-house and Balearic bombs over the past couple of years, but it seems he’s saved something truly special for this first release.

                    Rich with FM synthesis, infectious rhythms and evocative motifs, Rester Partir transports us to a fantasised Africa, found onstage at a Lausanne Theatre in 1985. Scoring a story about a 19th Century French missionary’s trip to Timbuktu, Swiss composer Louis Crelier created his own sonic landscape, capturing the exoticism and otherness of an imaginary Mali. Though the hypnotic rhythms and cascading mallets conjure images of the continent, the queasy keys, dubby idents and synthetic sonatas suggest something more interplanetary - picture James T. Kirk and Spock beaming down into the ochre dust of a ruined city.

                    Aided and abetted by a selection of ambient interludes, jazzy diversions and polyrhythmic excerpts from Crelier’s film work, as well as the exceptionally Balearic Deep In The Dale from TV series Alpine Academy, the largely unreleased compositions on Rester Partir finally break the fourth wall to find the wider audience they deserve.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: New Parisian imprint Caldeira kick things off with a magical retrospective of Louis Crelier's LinnDrum exotica, dreamy DX7 and occasional Balearic beat. Dressed to impress with a gorgeous sleeve and insert, this is a must have for fans of Growing Bin, Music From Memory and those Tropical Drums!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Rester
                    A2. Partir
                    A3. Scorbut
                    A4. La Comilona
                    A5. Timbouktou
                    B1. Deep In The Dale
                    B2. Ressac
                    B3. Vudù
                    B4. Revenir
                    B5. Panthéon
                    B6. Tanger, Lune Et Nuit

                    In its original form 'Bij Annie Op Bezoek' was a pretty avant affair involving dubby desk experiments spilling into snippets of folk and spoken word. Here South Of North enlist a trio of full time experimentalists to turn everyone's brains upside down. First up, Robert Bergman, whose released on LIES and BAKK were previous Piccadilly faves recasts TV Orangje as a twisted industrial chugger - slow, low and dripping with high grade narcotics. Next up, Planet Rescue alum Peter Graf York goes IN on his "Voor etc" remix, turning out a leftfield techno wonk machine, which he reprises on the B2 in utterly spangled techno fashion. The B1 belongs to Monty DJ who hooks us up with a rattling, polyrhythmic excursion into woodland house - it's up there with the best early Sueds!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. TV Oranje (Robert Bergman Mix)
                    A2. Voor Een Flat In De Merenwijk (Peter Graf York Mix)
                    B1. Trappenhuis (Monty DJ Mix)
                    B2. Voor Een Flat In De Merenwijk (Peter Graf York Pakje Sap Mix)

                    Lanterns On The Lake

                    Gracious Tide, Take Me Home - 10th Anniversary Edition

                      The band’s much-loved debut has been meticulously remastered at Abbey Road studios and will be released on double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with gold foil print. Additionally, the album comes with five previously unreleased tracks recorded during the original sessions, details of which can be found in the track-list below.

                      Fusing the most fragile and graceful end of the folk music spectrum to the most luminous properties of cinemascope rock, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home used a smorgasbord of instruments (guitars, violin, mandolin, piano, synths, glockenspiels, even a kalimba) to paint a variety of beautiful vistas, from the ambient ‘Ships In The Rain’ to the galloping ‘A Kingdom’, from the six-minute layers of ‘The Places We Call Home’ to the skeletal 73-second finale ‘Not Going Back To The Harbour’. There’s always been a compelling drama to Lanterns On The Lake; the way the opening track ‘Lungs Quicken’ shifts from dreamy restraint to a full-blown crescendo indicated the true power at their fingertips.

                      Lanterns On The Lake formed in 2008 combining a group of friends who had all played in various bands on the local music scene. Hazel Wilde (vocals, guitar), Paul Gregory (guitars, electronics) and Ol Ketteringham (drums, piano) still comprise the core of the band whilst previous members Adam Sykes (vocals, guitar) and Brendan Sykes (bass) departed prior to the second album.

                      Hazel commented at the time that. “A lot of lyrics were inspired by me and Paul moving back to the coast [between Tynemouth and North Shields], where I grew up, after we’d been living near the city centre. They’re also memories of growing up here, the feeling of homesickness, and stories of people around us and of the sea. The title Gracious Tide, Take Me Home seemed to sum up all the themes.”

                      There might be a vein of sadness through this music - ‘Ships In The Rain’ was inspired by a local fisherman who went missing at sea, and ‘A Kingdom’ was inspired by the book letters sent home by WW2 soldiers – but there is just as much hope in ‘Keep on Trying’ and ‘You’re Almost There’, where fear and insecurities are banished by self-belief; “the feeling that you’re going places,” as Hazel says. Mirroring the sentiment of the album title, ‘I Love You, Sleepyhead’ and ‘Places We Call Home’ draw on the comfort and security of home, friendship and memory.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Lungs Quicken
                      2. If I've Been Unkind
                      3. Keep On Trying
                      4. Ships In The Rain
                      5. A Kingdom
                      6. The Places We Call Home
                      7. Blanket Of Leaves
                      8. Tricks
                      9. You're Almost There
                      10. I Love You, Sleepyhead
                      11. Not Going Back To The Harbour
                      12. The Watchhouse And The Daughter
                      13. Sapsorrow
                      14. You Need Better
                      15. My Shield
                      16. Not Going Back To The Harbour (High Tide Version)

                      Music From Memory are excited to introduce another new group for 2021, this time presenting the self-titled debut album from Loveshadow.

                      Currently based in San Francisco, the duo of Anya and Izaak initially met whilst working in an Oakland cafe in 2016. The two Californians quickly bonded over a track by the ’80s disco band Aurra which was playing over the radio and almost immediately their separate journeys in music became interwoven. They soon began to write music and creating their own work would become a way for the pair to get closer to the sound they were searching for, as well as enabling them to discover the healing power of making and listening to music.

                      ‘Loveshadow’ was recorded predominantly in the Bay Area between 2017-2020 as well as whilst traveling to NYC, Chicago and around Portland. Having released previously as the outfit ‘S Transporter’ alongside Detroit friend Ryan Spencer, Loveshadow is formed of Anya as singer and song writer alongside Izaak on synthesizers, bass and percussion. This eight track album is the duo’s first release; exploring emotive Pop and DIY Funk leanings it stands as a joyful homage to the music they bond over, as well as an ode to their own love and friendship.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. 7
                      A2. No Control
                      A3. Passthru
                      A4. Severance
                      B1. More
                      B2. Pleasure Idler
                      B3. Tableaux Vivant
                      B4. Wildflowers

                      Luke Abbott

                      Wysing Forest

                        Four years of slow-burning success on from the rolling primal rhythms and joyous arpeggios of his 2010 debut album 'Holkham Drones', Luke Abbott makes a bold return to the Border Community with his sublime second album offering ‘Wysing Forest’.

                        Named after the Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire who hosted Luke as their first ever musician-in-residence over a six week period during the winter of 2012, the album comprises a series of improvised live recordings, edited and compiled after a period of after-the-act reflection into one rapturous movement. The finished article’s 52-minute duration may have been chopped into nine track-sized chunks for its official album release, but this is most definitely an album which is greater than the sum of its parts, designed to be listened to in one immersive go.

                        “‘Wysing Forest’ has a very particular arc to it an the tracks only make sense in the context of that arc,” Luke explains. “Structuring the album to work as a whole was quite a challenge, almost more of a challenge than making the music, but I think I’ve ended up with something that has a kind of internal logic.” And though only a pair of tracks - ‘Free Migration’ and ‘Highrise’, together forming the subtle peak that marks the mid-point of the album - approach ‘Holkham Drones” idiosyncratic lumpen danceability, it is thanks to Luke’s perfectly judged elegant transitional dynamics that neither piece - although as dancefloor-directed as anything he has ever done before - feels out of place amongst the album’s more mellow moments.

                        Luke Abbott


                          'Translate' is the first solo artist album in six years from Norfolk synthesizer specialist Luke Abbott: a strikingly direct and assured return to the solo music-making game following a productive diversion into live improvisation with his experimental jazz trio Szun Waves.

                          At times dark and ominous, others bright and welcoming, these eleven electronic vignettes form a dramatic and undeniably cinematic body of work which functions as a fitting widescreen soundtrack to our new now.

                          The lumbering rhythms, strident synths and distinctive touchstones of 'Translate' represent a musical reconciliation with the directness of the wave-making rolling synth-kraut of Abbott’s forthright debut 'Holkham Drones'.

                          Newly-reinvigorated and with a new sense of musical purpose, this is Luke Abbott’s sound fully realised and never so sure of itself.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: 'Holkham Drones' was one of my favourite albums for many a year, and still gets a good playing nowadays but nothing has come close to the mind-melting electronic bliss-blanket of 'Translate'. Perfectly split between hypnotic electronic counterpoints and synthy, IDM levity.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1) Kagen Sound
                          2) Our Scene
                          3) Flux
                          4) Ames Window
                          5) Roses
                          6) Earthship
                          7) Living Dust
                          8) River Flow
                          9) Feed Me Shapes
                          10) Luna
                          11) August Prism

                          Lydia Ainsworth

                          Phantom Forest

                            Lydia Ainsworth’s 3rd album, Phantom Forest, introduces a lush, complex dream world that the singer, composer, and producer created and inhabited largely on her own. She produced all the songs, and wrote and performed everything on the self-released collection outside of a re-imagined cover of Pink Floyd’s “Green is the Color” and 2 other tracks (“The Time,” “Give It Back To You”), which started as instrumentals written by Survive’s Kyle Dixon (who composed the Stranger Things soundtrack with his bandmate Michael Stein), to which Ainsworth wrote melodies and added lyrics. Ainsworth, who’s relocated to Los Angeles from Toronto since 2017’s Darling of the Afterglow, explains that the collection revealed itself to her “as a play taking place in Mother Nature’s vanishing home,” aka Phantom Forest, and that she’s singing from 3 perspectives: herself, Mother Nature, and Greek Chorus.

                            For instance, of the album’s opener, “Diamonds Cutting Diamonds,” she explains: “The Greek Chorus sets the scene, narrating and offering direction on how to enter Phantom Forest. It’s my hope that the listener will imagine the narration to be directed to them as well, as they begin the journey of the album.” You’ll get a sense of this from the collection’s edenic cover art and the playful, pastoral video for the album’s first single, “Can You Find Her Place.” Its inspiration came from Ainsworth’s love for Italian Renaissance painter Botticelli’s 15-century masterpiece “Primavera,” an allegorical representation of the burgeoning fertility of the earth in spring. She notes: “The video features the Greek gods of the painting in a choreographed Baroque style dance.”

                            Keeping with the personal feel of the collection, her sister Abby Ainsworth directed the clip. In line with the classical and historical depths of Phantom Forest, Ainsworth, who holds a Masters Degree in film scoring composition from NYU and studied composition as an undergrad at McGill, notes that although the album might be considered pop, she approached it as an orchestrator. “Even if I’m dealing purely with synths,” she says, “The songs are like a score, each one an evolving journey. I love to use strings so I’ve included my string arrangements on ‘Tell Me I Exist’ and ‘Can You Find Her Place.’ I recorded live musicians on drums, bass, and guitar on ‘Edge of the Throne,’ ‘The Time,’ and ‘Floating Dream,’ and wove those live elements into my programmed elements.” Phantom Forest is a beautiful, vast collection that mixes the historical and the hands on, with hooks about the apocalypse and people obsessively using face-recognition software to see what paintings their face match with, in search of some kind of connection. It’s a journey that holds up to close listening (and lyric reading) and to dance floors, but that can also exist on a purely emotional plane. In all cases, it asks that you listen, and take some kind of action. 

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1.Diamonds Cutting Diamonds
                            2 Tell Me I Exist
                            3 Can You Find Her Place
                            4 Edge Of The Throne
                            5 Kiss The Future
                            6 The Time
                            7 Give It Back To You
                            8 Floating Dream
                            9 Green Is The Color

                            Lily Allen

                            It's Not Me, It's You

                              At last! After touring, breakdowns and chat shows, Lily Allen finally returns with her second long player, "It's Not You, It's Me"! Produced and co-written by man of the moment Greg Kurstin, this is a fantastic, sparkling pop-with-a-capitol-P set. While this new session of songs has ditched the reggae and some of the rough edges of "Alright, Still", there's still plenty of the quirky elements here that made Lily Allen such a breath of fresh air back in 2006. With everyone in a quest to find an antidote to 'landfill indie', and slavering over the new (female) pop sensations, it's good to see Ms Allen back with us and at her witty and acerbic best.

                              Laurie Anderson

                              Big Science - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                Laurie Anderson’s 1982 debut album, Big Science, will return to vinyl for the first time in 30 years with a new red vinyl edition on Nonesuch Records. The release includes the re-mastered original album first released on CD for the 25th anniversary in 2007.

                                In the early 1980s, Laurie Anderson was already respected as a conceptual artist and composer, adept at employing gear both high-tech and homemade in her often violin-based pieces, and she was a familiar figure in the cross-pollinating, Lower Manhattan music-visual art-performance circles from which Philip Glass and David Byrne also emerged. While working on her now-legendary seven-hour performance art/theater piece United States, Part I–IV, she cut the spare ‘O Superman (For Massenet)’, an electronic-age update of 19th century French operatic composer Jules Massenet’s aria ‘O Souverain’, for the tiny New York City indie label 110 Records. In the UK, DJ John Peel picked up a copy of this very limited-edition 33⅓ RPM 7” and spun the eight-minute-plus track on BBC Radio 1. The exposure resulted in an unlikely #2 hit, lots of attention in the press, and a worldwide deal with Warner Bros. Records.

                                ’Cause when love is gone, there's always justice.
                                And when justice is gone, there's always force.
                                And when force is gone, there's always Mom. Hi Mom!

                                At the time of its original release, the NME wrote of Big Science, ‘There’s a dream-like, subconscious quality about her songs which helps them work at deeper, secret levels of the psyche.’ With instrumentation ranging from tape loops to found sounds to bag pipes, Big Science anticipated the tech-savvy beats, anything-goes instrumentation and sample-based nature of much contemporary electronic and dance music. On the album’s 25th anniversary, Uncut noted, ‘The broader themes of alienation and disconnection still resonate, while Anderson’s use of loops and traditional/synthesized instrumentation is prescient.’

                                “In the ’70s I traveled a lot,” Anderson recounts. “I worked on a tobacco farm in Kentucky, hitchhiked to the North Pole, lived in a yurt in Chiapas, and worked on a media commune. I had my own romantic vision of the road. My plan was to make a portrait of the country. Big Science, the first part of the puzzle, eventually became part two of United States I–IV (Transportation, Politics, Money, Love). My goal was to be not just the narrator but also the outsider, the stranger. Although I was fascinated by the United States, this portrait was also about how the country looked from a distance. I was performing a lot in Europe, where American culture was simultaneously booed and cheered. But the portrait was also a picture of a culture inventing a digital world and learning to live in it. Big Science was about technology, size, industrialization, shifting attitudes toward authority, and individuality. It was sometimes alarmist, picturing the country as a burning building, a plane crash. Alongside the techno was the apocalyptic. The absurd. The everyday. It was also a series of short stories about odd characters – hatcheck clerks and pilots, preachers, drifters and strangers. There was something about Massenet’s aria ‘O Souverain’ – which inspired ‘O Superman’ – that almost stopped my heart. The pauses, the melody. “O souverain, ô juge, ô père” (O Lord, o judge, o father). A prayer about empire, ambition, and loss.”

                                Laurie Anderson is one of America's most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers. Her work, which encompasses music, visual art, poetry, film, and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for over 40 years. Anderson released her first album with Nonesuch Records in 2001, the critically lauded Life on a String. Her subsequent releases on the label include Live in New York (2002), Homeland (2010), the soundtrack to Anderson’s acclaimed film Heart of a Dog (2015), and her Grammy-winning collaboration with Kronos Quartet, Landfall (2018). Additionally, Anderson’s virtual-reality film La Camera Insabbiata, with Hsin-Chien Huang, won the 2017 Venice Film Festival Award for Best VR Experience, and, in 2018, Skira Rizzoli published her book All the Things I Lost in the Flood: Essays on Pictures, Language and Code, the most comprehensive collection of her artwork to date.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Side A
                                1. From The Air
                                2. Big Science
                                3. Sweaters
                                4. Walking And Falling
                                5. Born, Never Asked

                                Side B
                                1. O Superman (for Massenet)
                                2. Example #22
                                3. Let X=X/It Tango

                                Laurie Anderson

                                Bright Red

                                  Five years after the release of 1989’s pop-oriented album Strange Angels, Laurie Anderson followed up with the avant-garde concept album Bright Red, a Brian Eno production exploring much darker territory. Eno also co-wrote four tracks; “The Puppet Motel”, “Muddy River”, “Poison” and “Tightrope”. For the recordings, Anderson was supported by Adrian Belew, who provided guitars on several tracks. Belew is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of King Crimson. During the time of the recording of Bright Red, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed just started dating. They collaborated on a number of recordings together, including the duet “In Our Sleep”, that is featured on Bright Red.

                                  Lily Ann

                                  Going Crazy

                                    Ciao ragazzi e ragazze! This is Piccadilly's resident Italophile, here to spice up your dancefloor life all over again. As Best Records continue to take us on an official tour of essential Italo reissues, the label raid the (now defunct) Eyes Records archive to treat us to a remastered rerun of the finest boogie bomb to come from Il Bel Paese. The work of signori Carugati and Greico, "Going Crazy" first flipped the dancefloor in 1984, turning the tide on the flow of cheesy BS with sheer bassline power, raw white funk and pure sex appeal. Silly, synthetic and partially robotised, this is club music for the sophisticated dancefloor. Alongside the vocal and instrumental of the original release is a brand new (old) dub, unearthed during tape transfer. Though it doesn't stray too far from the original mix, the brain shredding fx abuse may well make this the mix to pick! Gustare!

                                    Leda Annest

                                    Portrait Of Leda

                                      Rare exotica album from 1958 on Columbia's 'Adventures In Sound' label by this monster abstract vocalist Leda Annest! Backed by orchestral and kitsch tiki music composed by Phil Moore, Annest uses her voice as an instrument in a strange and somewhat scary way. If you like Diamanda Galas or Yma Sumak, check this out!

                                      Lail Arad

                                      The Onion

                                        Singer-songwriter Lail Arad releases her second album, ‘The Onion’, through The Vinyl Factory.

                                        ‘The Onion’ is the follow-up to London-born Lail’s 2011 debut ‘Someone New’ and was co-produced between a snowy winter in Geneva and a summer heat wave in NYC. The album came together patiently, with Lail writing, erasing, demoing and dallying; the result is a striking marriage of assured maturity and childlike spirit.

                                        An acute sense of perspective permeates the album, from its subtle themes to its classic production and from each lyrical twist to its unassuming delivery.

                                        Lead track ‘Lay Down’ quickly escalates through a resolute guitar hook and captivating signature vocal into a vast upbeat chorus that is incongruous with its troubled lyrical meaning. Lail says: “This track is as about as angsty as I get. Oh heartache! Oh vulnerability! Turn it up loud and drown out the warning bells!”

                                        “A cool-as-hell depiction of youthful insecurity matched to infinite possibility” - Clash

                                        Favorite Recordings presents a reissue of Lucas Arruda's first album, "Sambadi".

                                        Lucas Arruda’s born in 1983, in a Brazilian state called Espírito Santo, near Rio de Janeiro. Coming from a musical family (his dad and older brother are musicians) he started playing and listening to music very young. At the age of 13, he was playing professionally across Rio.

                                        After studying electric guitar and playing in various bands, Lucas' passion quickly turned to Rhodes and keyboards, expanding his musical range of skills. At the same time he started a project called Du Black, with his older brother Thiago, quickly receiving various local support from people like Ed Motta, William Magalhães (Banda Black Rio), Robert Lamm (Chicago) or Hyldon (Brazilian soul legend).

                                        From the growing notoriety obtained, the band began to work with various other artists and singers such as Tamy Macedo, or Bossa Nova’s legend, Leila Pinheiro, leading Lucas to build a recording studio with Thiago in 2011. Now 2 years after he launched this home-studio, comes “Sambadi”, the first solo album by Lucas Arruda!

                                        On this recording he also started to team up with Fabricio di Monaco (Modo Solar), who clearly became a fundamental piece, as Lucas relates: 'Fabricio introduced me to Pascal Rioux at Favorite Recordings, as they released his EP few years ago. He’s a brilliant musician and a great human being.'

                                        In Lucas’ words, "Sambadi" is highly inspired by Rio de Janeiro. As for the musical side, the album almost sounds like a tribute to his longtime heroes like Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Marcos Valle, Azymuth, or Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti. And Lucas also humbly concludes: 'I really hope to honor all the guys who influenced me.'

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A1 Physis
                                        A2 Tamba Part 1
                                        A3 Batuque
                                        A4 Who's That Lady
                                        A5 Rio Afternoon

                                        B1 Na Feira
                                        B2 Sambadi (Album Version)
                                        B3 Carnival
                                        B4 Alma Nova
                                        B5 Tamba Part 2

                                        Luis Enriquez Bacalov

                                        L’amica (O.S.T.)

                                        L'AMICA (1969) is an intriguing Alberto Lattuada film starring Lisa Gastoni  Gabriele Ferzetti, Elsa Martinelli, Ray Lovelock, Jean Sorel and Frank Wolff.  
                                        This stunning soundtrack highlights the excellent piano technique and the jazz stylings of Bacalov mixed with exotic and erotic atmospheres characterized by extraordinary orchestration, harp, congas and the typical persuasive vocalism of those years (all by the great Nora Orlandi). It’s followed by "Rio, Zona Sul", refined samba-jazz on a massive percussive tapestry. "'Round Nassau” offers an elegant and dreamy atmosphere in Les Baxter’s style adding flute and female wordless vocals. "Swingin' easy in Tanganyika" is another extraordinary jazzy piece, primarily piano and drums with flourishes of resplendent fute. The side is closed by a previously unpublished version of the theme that was not included on the original Fonit Cetra LP.
                                        The B-side rearranges the themes in a more melancholy and symphonic style without renouncing jazz as in the gem “Episodio in 3/4". The ballad "The Bitter Truth" is sung by Fiorenza Mormile in English.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Side A:
                                        L'Amica (Titoli) - Rio, Zona Sul - 'Round Nassau - Swingin' Easy In Tanganika - Bonus Track: L’Amica (Ripresa)

                                        Side B: 
                                        Si Finisce Così - Autunno A Milano, Ore 6 - Elsinore - The Bitter Truth (Vocal) - Episodio In 3/4 - Taxi Cab 67 - Bonus Track: The Bitter Truth (Strumentale)

                                        Liam Bailey

                                        Zero Grace

                                          Big Crown Records is proud to present Zero Grace, Liam Bailey’s sophomore album on the label. Following the success of 2020’s Ekundayo album, the tried and true chemistry of Bailey and producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair) is on full display again as they take the sound they established and push it further. On Zero Grace they lean more into the bleeding heart singer-songwriter side of Liam. The result, much like Bailey himself, is impulsively honest without reserve.

                                          Born and raised in Nottingham, England, the son of an English mother and 2nd generation Jamaican English father, Liam will admit his early childhood was fairly chaotic and fi­lled with "all the cliche racism that happens when people started mixing up in the '80s in England." Liam got his early influences from his mom’s record collection. Bob Marley and Dillinger, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix would eventually shape the singer/songwriter we know today. Fast-forward to 2005, Liam is in London performing at every open mic and acoustic night he could, hustling with hopes of landing a record deal. It was through this time that Liam fi­rst teamed up with Michels, musician/producer luminary, and the co-founder of Brooklyn's own Big Crown Records.

                                          Liam flew out to New York and those fi­rst sessions together produced the now classic tunes “When Will They Learn” and “I’m Gonna Miss You” which still gets spins at Reggae spots around the globe and were co-signed by heavy hitters like David Rodigan & Don Letts.That first trip to NYC brought a lot of industry attention to Liam, including being noticed by a just-famous Amy Winehouse who heard one of Liam's apartment-made, lo-­ recordings, and liked what she heard. Regardless of the audio quality, Liam's particular sound shone through—all guitar, warm-rough and genuine soul.

                                          Eventually Liam signed to Polydor and wound up bumping against the typical major label industry obstacles. They already had an idea of the Liam they wanted to make, promote, and push. With the typical large advance enticement, Liam did his best to trust that path. "Maybe I can make it work,' that's what you're thinking," Liam remembers, "but, you quickly fi­nd out that you can't."

                                          Zero Grace is full of freedom and love, in fact, working with Leon Michels and Big Crown Records has encouraged Liam to be himself. On album opener “Holding On '' Bailey speaks to his observations & fears when looking out at the world in front of him and also to the dedication it has taken to get on the other side of his personal trials & tribulations. “Dance With Me" is an instantly infectious two-stepper that nods to those incredible soul records that were coming out of Jamaica during the early Reggae days.

                                          Bailey steps into the dance with hopes of finding a new love and pulls us all out on the dance floor with him. “Disorder Starts At Home” is another close to the chest tune that addresses the dif­culties he struggles with from his early chaotic childhood and his progress in getting past them. "Mercy Tree" is a powerhouse of Reggae Rebel Music. Bailey addresses the racial tensions that plague humanity and encourages everyone to step up and do their part to help foster equality. What starts out as a declaration of injustice turns into a call for action and an inspiration for hope.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          SIDE A
                                          1 Holding On
                                          2 Dumb
                                          3 Sekkle Down
                                          4 Boy
                                          5 Dance With Me
                                          6 Disorder Starts At Home
                                          SIDE B
                                          7 Mercy Tree
                                          8 Sour Wine
                                          9 Canary In The Coal Mine
                                          10 Winter Is Within Thee
                                          11 I Got No Answers
                                          12 Light Up The Darkness

                                          Laura Baird

                                          I Wish I Were A Sparrow

                                            With a musical timeline dating back to her early childhood, Laura Baird is an exceptionally talented multiinstrumentalist and singer-songwriter, best known for her projects with her sister, Meg, as The Baird Sisters, and guitarist Glenn Jones. Baird’s own sound stems from the Appalachian folk tradition, and she connects to it via family lineage—her great-great uncle I.G. Greer’s folk recordings for the Library of Congress are a large influence. Also woven in are classical composers like Bach and Satie, and modern day musicians such as Opal and Yo La Tengo.

                                            With this debut solo album, I Wish I Were A Sparrow, Baird plays odes to the traditions from which she learned, combining Appalachian balladry and the roughness of old field recordings, but there is also a dose of dreaminess and solitude that captures sleepy central New Jersey. This is where she departs from tradition, leaving the communal origins of folk music to capture the singular self. The lyrics also present an amalgam of old and new, with half of the songs, including “Dreadful Wind and Rain” and “Pretty Polly,” being passed down from the folk tradition, and the other half, including “Wind Wind “and “Love Song From The Earth To The Moon,” coming from Baird’s own hand. While the most salient part of her previous Baird Sisters project was the melding of familial voices and various instruments, Baird’s solo effort is centered around the combination of her virtuosic banjo playing and prominent but airy vocals. 

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: It seems now that winter is drawing in, the record labels think we all like to put a blanket on, have the fire blazing and listen to some lovely folk music. Now that I mention it, it sounds lovely, and even moreso if Laura Baird can be the music in question. Not too frantic, but driven and melodic plucking banjoes flicker over pulled strings and Baird's haunting vocals.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Wind, Wind
                                            2. Dreadful Wind And Rain
                                            3. Cuckoo
                                            4. Love Song From The Earth To The Moon
                                            5. Pretty Saro
                                            6. Bats
                                            7. Did You Come Here Alone?
                                            8. Pretty Polly
                                            9. Hay In The Wagon
                                            10. Home Is Were You Are
                                            11. Poor Orphan Child
                                            12. Twin Sisters

                                            Lauren Barth


                                              “Driving up the coast highway from LA, once you hit Santa Barbara you are struck with a noticeable change in landscape. It is the gateway to the Central Coast, where the contours of the land begin to take on more dramatic inclines and feelings burn like wildfires. This was the childhood home of Lauren Barth, ranch-living and horseriding amongst the golden and dusty open ranges that still expand through parts of California. It is at these gates of change that Lauren Barth explores on Stormwaiting, her second solo effort and first on the Spiritual Pajamas label.

                                              “Behind the musical landscape of Stormwaiting, Lauren drew from a backstory she created as inspiration. A young woman and spiritual leader of a commune, blind yet finds her way by a heightened sense of awareness, is caught between the physical world of ‘Rialto’ and the spiritual—‘Morian.’ ‘Stormwaiting’ is slang for living in Rialto and the storm is the tempest within Morian. The cult’s most important message is one of Awareness. Like her protagonist, Lauren steps through these contemplations of change coming, treading one step at a time between the physical and spiritual realms, in a bittersweet anticipation of something upon us. Each song is like a deep breath in, an exhale, a pondering of the past and a wonder about the future with an acute awareness of each passing moment.

                                              “Barth is a true seasoned folk music player, evoking the California folk movement of the late 1960s like David Crosby (who also hailed from the Santa Barbara area), while also calling upon British influences such as Bert Jansch, Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, and Pentangle, and the later American progressive folk music of Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, and early Bonnie Raitt. In the time since her last solo record in 2017, she picked up the bass with Farmer Dave and the Wizards Of The West, and with her own music gained experience with the process of composing, recording, arranging, and ultimately the confidence to allow her creative instincts to flourish. She found the perfect partner with producer Lewis Pesacof, recording in his Echo Park home studio and has worked with artists such as Pearl Charles, Best Coast, Fidlar, and also works in the world of classical and world music. Tellingly, Stormwaiting has an expansive spirit, a document of a woman and creative spirit finding and embracing her voice beyond folk music and into her own spiritual universe.” —Scary Flowers

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Casita
                                              2. Durango
                                              3. Stormwaiting
                                              4. Family Chant II
                                              5. Paisley
                                              6. Leave Behind
                                              7. Highway Sleeping
                                              8. Lord Of The Lake
                                              9. Family Chant I

                                              Texan soul singer Leon Bridges releases his debut album 'Coming Home' on Columbia Records. Produced by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim, the album features the previously released tracks 'Better Man', 'Coming Home' and 'Lisa Sawyer'. Inspired by 60s soul sounds, and specifically the legendary Sam Cooke, Bridges pays homage to the the classic era of soul. One for fans of Truth & Soul, Daptone, Amy Winehouse, Aloe Blacc etc.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              01. Coming Home
                                              02. Better Man
                                              03. Brown Skin Girl
                                              04. Smooth Sailin
                                              05. Shine
                                              06. Lisa Sawyer
                                              07. Flowers
                                              08. Pull Away
                                              09. Twistin' & Groovin
                                              10. River"

                                              The third album from Grammy award winner Leon Bridges and it's a suitably sunny, soulful and sumptious affiar. With beautifully flowing, organic song writing, complimented by lush and live instrumental tracks; it's got green gardens, sizzling BBQs and long hot sexy nights eminating off practically every single track! The production is sublime - balancing the traditional instrumentation with just a flurry of electronic umph; adding a brand new sheen and energy to what could easily, otherwise, be mistaken for a classic late 70s soul album. 

                                              Opening with a juicy collaboration with Robert Glasper, the album drips effortlessly through its opening quarter, a delicate mix of jazz-informed drumming, picked guitar lines and a liquid gold, syrupy deliver from Bridges. "Steam" arrives, three tracks in with a resplendent chorus and subtle, anthemic qualities.

                                              Opening side B with the title track, garnished with fluffy horns and a slo-mo MPC beat it's an instrumental side akin to some of Madlib's more laid back beats. Thankfully the LP shows little willing to get carried away; sitting beauitfully nestled on a nearly-horizontal plane; sun lounge angle let's say. With soulful droplets woozing languidly off the record, there's little to worry about other than the temperature of your margarita in the sunshine... It's rather something special indeed; intimate, unhurried, as fragile as a flower and simply perfect for timeless and serene afternoon in the garden. Recommended! 

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Barry says: Beautifully bridging the gap between traditional soul and more modern beat-heavy electronic music, 'Gold-Diggers Sound' brilliantly illustrates Bridges' unparalleled ability as a songwriter and mastery of his wonderfully understated and horizontally cool output. An exciting and fitting follow-up to his excellend collaborative LP with Khruangbin and 2018's wonderful 'Good Thing'.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1.Born Again (feat. Robert Glasper)
                                              4.Why Don’t You Touch Me
                                              6.Gold-Diggers (Junior’s Fanfare)
                                              8.Sho Nuff
                                              9.Sweeter (feat. Terrace Martin)
                                              10.Don’t Worry (feat. Ink)
                                              11.Blue Mesas

                                              Leon Bridges brings us a brand-new album after the success of his debut ‘Coming Home’ in 2015 which hooked fans on his deep soulful vocals and unique style. Released by Columbia Records, this record was produced by Ricky Reed, Niles City Sound & Bridges himself, with the album having more of an R&B feel. Bridges has mastered his own personal style and its ace! Powerful funk-jazz vibes mixed with R&B charm, his smooth vocals are an absolute dream to listen to. This album is sure to be a standout release in 2018 so keep an eye on this one. Beautiful!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Bet Ain't Worth The Hand
                                              A2. Bad Bad News
                                              A3. Shy
                                              A4. Beyond
                                              A5. Forgive You
                                              B1. Lions
                                              B2. If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)
                                              B3. You Don't Know
                                              B4. Mrs
                                              B5. Georgia To Texas

                                              Leon Bridges

                                              Good Thing - 5th Anniversary Edition

                                                Celebrate the 5th anniversary of Leon Bridges Grammy-winning album Good Thing. The limited-edition title features a custard colour variant, the original track list and a bonus track “Naomi” originally released on the 2018 Japan Edition. Good Thing was nominated for Best R&B Album, and the track “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” won Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards. 

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                01) Bet Ain't Worth The Hand
                                                02) Bad Bad News
                                                03) Shy
                                                04) Beyond
                                                05) Forgive You
                                                06) Lions
                                                07) If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)
                                                08) You Don't Know
                                                09) Mrs.
                                                10) Georgia To Texas
                                                11) Naomi (bonus Track)

                                                Classic Rock N' Roll mixed with elements of Chilli Peppers-esque subtle spoken word and neon funk. 'Confusion' fuses rapid trap drums and distorted guitar sweeps topped with repeated hip-hop vocal stylings musing on life and identity. 'Baby Grow' kicks off with a sliding surf-rock guitar and segues into a regionally recognisable British indie vocal (think Jamie-T or Jake Bugg) over Jangly guitar work, danceable and frenetic. 'Ragdoll Mama' is more on the blues-rock end of the spectrum, deep southern sweeps, and scorching fuzzed-out solos, While 'Kundalini Express' plays out like a swooning college indie-rock anthem, heartfelt but driven, with beautifully realised instrumentation before breaking into the imitable vocal breakdown. A varied and well accomplished outing throughout, always changing enough to keep things interesting and fresh. 

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Inside 1:25
                                                2. Confused (feat. Rowetta)
                                                3. Hitchin 5:18
                                                4. Baby Grow 3:05
                                                5. Without Love 3:27
                                                6. Ragdoll Mamma 4:13
                                                7. Magnetz (feat. Rowetta) 
                                                8. Unconditional 4:24
                                                9. Kundalini Express 4:07
                                                10. Juice Girl 3:35
                                                11. Move Luv 3:08
                                                12. John & Yoko 2:28


                                                Lamont Butler

                                                It's Time For A Change

                                                  It was 50 years ago that a talented local musician named Lamont Butler started to create an album that would combine love, happiness and joy. Lamont’s only official album release, ‘It’s Time For A Change’ has been very popular for record collectors around the world but it never saw the wider success it truly deserved.

                                                  Born 1949 in Louisville, Kentucky, Lamont Butler was drawn to music and dance from the very beginning. He was the son of well-known gospel, blues and R&B singer and pianist Clifford Butler Sr, receiving an early education in what was required to be a touring musician. It quickly became apparent that Lamont had a wonderful voice and was pushed to the front, despite no being fully confident yet of his singing ability. Lamont performed on the gospel circuit for a number of years, cutting his teeth with groups such as The Enterprise, The Dynamics and The New Beginnings, eventually going solo with Lamont Butler and The Spirit of Truth.

                                                  It was whilst he was singing and performing during this period that he started to write his own songs and think about putting together an album bringing together his influences from R&B, jazz, soul and of course gospel. The result is the very raw, almost low-fi sound of ‘It’s Time For A Change’, released nearly 10 years after Lamont started to pen the first tracks and gaining relative success. He toured the album around churches in Louisville, with tracks such as ‘Love One Another’,’ Time For A Change’ and ‘Ungodly War’ quickly becoming firm favourites.

                                                  Remastered with care by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering and complete with in-depth sleevenotes.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Get Up And Praise The
                                                  Brighter World
                                                  Thank You Lord
                                                  Love One Another
                                                  Time For A Change
                                                  Come Into God’s World
                                                  Ungodly War

                                                  Lucien Caine is a singer, songwriter and composer based in Manchester. His songs are dark, lustful, haunting and cinematic and his music is already being compared to artists such as Serge Gainsbourg, John Barry and Elliott Smith. EP1 is the first of four EPs to be released over the next 12 months. It begins with "The Only Man That Matters" mixed by Andy Green who has produced albums for Keane and KT Tunstall. Then the intricate string arrangements and haunting vocals of "Advice From Strangers" a downtempo gem. "Black Widow", track three, is a pounding, noirish elegy of seduction and murder, and the EP closes with the "Those Days Are Gone". 'I wanted to create and develop a sound and a mood... I like it to sound dark and romantic. I want the songs to flirt with the listener, and then deliver!' Lucien Caine

                                                  Lucien Caine is a singer, songwriter and composer based in Manchester. NOW STOP, have no preconceptions do not picture Badly Drawn Boy do not imagine another Stephen Fretwell, get acoustic troubadour out of your head. Lucien Caine is none of the above! His sound is more John Barry than Nick Drake. His songs of love, obsession and excess are more Leonard Cohen than Bob Dylan. The attitude is all Scott Walker and Serge Gainsbourg transported from the sixties to now. In the summer of 2008 a plan was hatched to release four EP's; EP1, EP2, EP3, EP4 in 12 months to showcase Luciens songs. EP2 continues where the first left off. The first track (again mixed by Andy Green producer of Keane, KT Tunstall, to name but a few) is the lushly romantic "The Beat That My Heart Skipped", imagine driving along the winding coastal roads of the French Riviera in a vintage Italian sports car with the top down, this is the soundtrack that would be playing in your head. The second track is the very dark and lustful "Internal Affairs". "Let Us Be The Rumour" is a beautifully crafted and intense lament on a private relationship that becomes public. And finally "She Loves To Lose" a gorgeous seductive and intense duet sang with the Icelandic chanteuse Heidrun Bjornsdottir (formerly of GusGus and Gloss).

                                                  If you've never heard the music of Lucien Caine till now don't worry. To listen to his next release EP3 as an introduction is a good place to join the story. Lucien Caine (aka Glyn Thomas /formerly Alpinestars ), with the work of John Barry , Serge Gainsbourg, Scott Walker and Leonard Cohen forming the primary influence on his pallet and taking some of the electronic influences from his first band has written some of the most distinct , accomplished and beautiful music being recorded anywhere.

                                                  Lomond Campbell

                                                  Under This Hunger Moon We Fell

                                                    ‘Under This Hunger Moon We Fell’ is the new album from the uniquely talented, multi-instrumental artificer Lomond Campbell, the third and final instalment of his experiments using tape loops at the heart of his music making process.

                                                    The album ranges from soft, delicate atmospheric musings such as ‘Bastard Wing’ and ‘Leave Only Love Behind’ to the dark electronics of ‘And They Are Afraid Of Her’ and ‘Phonon For No One’, which Campbell describes as “akin to a massive machine starting up, like a huge sinister power mobilising”. During its gloomier moments, ‘Under This Hunger Moon We Fell’ buries tonally ambiguous ambience underneath hazy, distorted textures created via the gradual degradation of the tape. It creates a dream-like backdrop with a moody undertone created by deep basslines and hulking percussive elements, blended with orchestral sounds that add an air of humanity.

                                                    “Visual beauty, tactility and mesmeric kinetics are just as important to his creations as the sounds their movements facilitate” Electronic Sound

                                                    “He’s a bit of a genius I think. Based up in the highlands, maker of machines, music and art” Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6Music)

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Bastard Wing
                                                    Phonon For No One
                                                    Sister Rena
                                                    The Mountain And The Pendulum
                                                    Under This Hunger Moon We Fell
                                                    Leave Only Love Behind
                                                    And They Are Afraid Of Her
                                                    For The Uncarved
                                                    Even Songbirds Suffer

                                                    Loyle Carner


                                                      In hugo, there’s a central question that Loyle Carner keeps coming back to: “I’m young, Black, successful and have a platform - but where do I go next?” The answer is explored in this epic scream of a third album. With urgent delivery and gloriously widescreen production, Carner confronts both the deeply personal (“You can’t hate the roots of a tree, and not hate the tree. So how can I hate my father without hating me?) and the highly political (“I told the black man he didn’t understand I reached the white man he wouldn’t take my hand”).

                                                      Cinematic in scale and scope, hugo is both a rallying war cry for a generation forged in fire and a study of the personal internal conflict that drives the rest of the album - as a mixed-race Black man, as an artist, as a father and as a son. With Mercury and Brits nominations, NME Awards and appearances in global brand campaigns (Nike, YSL, Timberland), Carner has undoubtedly had a meteoric rise to the top, culminating with his second album Not Waving, But Drowning charting at number 3 in the UK albums chart in 2019. However, hugo sees Carner taking a sharp detour from his previous work, putting it down to lockdown and the “hedonistic side of career being stripped away. There were no shows, no backstage, no festivals, no photoshoots”. By continuing to write in these tumultuous times with a renewed clarity and sense of artistic freedom, Carner reached deeper beneath the surface than he ever had before. The result is his most cathartic and ambitious record yet, a coruscating journey into the heart of what it means to be alive in these tumultuous times, and one which looks set to neatly cement his position as one of the most potent and vital young talents around today. Working alongside renowned producer kwes. (Solange, Kelela, Nao), Carner leaves no stone unturned on this album, in both its sound and its stories.

                                                      In a 10-track album that moves from gorgeous neo-soul moments to thundering hip hop, with immediate, infectious bangers and sampled interludes from non musicians (mixed-race Guyanese poet John Agard and youth activist and politician Athian Akec) Carner shifts seamlessly from micro to macro, confronting everything from strained relationships with family to the societal tears caused by class stratification. It also lays bare bruises in his personal life that he has never revealed before – often in painful, deeply uncomfortable ways, focusing on Carner's experience of becoming a father in the context of growing up without contact with his biological father. With the song “Polyfilla”, against the backdrop of a warm melodic beat, Carner explores his desire to “break the chains in the cycle” of dysfunctional Black fatherhood, commenting on the narrative of fatherhood in the genre, and saying a key part of the process was realising that his father “grew up in a world where nobody showed him how to love or nurture”. The follow up track “A Lasting Place” is an exploration of the MC’s failure and inability to be perfect in this mission. The album closer is a powerful statement of love and forgiveness; with his signature lyrical dexterity, Carner declares his relentless commitment to his son and sees forgiving his father as a key part of this. The song closes with an emotional ending of Carner telling his dad “still I’m lucky yo that we talk”. There’s a striking duality of hugo’s bold, multilayered tracks and its often starkly intimate and tender lyricism, and that dichotomy is deliberate - it is a message for young Black men, but really, anyone, who is listening. Cognizant of the immense pain and fear and confusion that we are faced with everyday, Carner has thrown down the gauntlet, defying us not to rise above the fray, wake up each day and be ambitious. Ambitious in building strong personal relationships. Ambitious in our pursuit of our goals. Ambitious in never refusing to back down against injustice. Rejecting the title of leader, Loyle Carner sees himself “as holding up a mirror”, and that clearly translates into the album's universal messages.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Millie says: It’s been three long years since his last album, ‘Hugo’ takes a moment for self reflection for Loyle Carner. There’s some incredible tracks and I’ve only dipped in briefly (so it’s only going to get better) ‘Nobody Knows’ has a killer beat while paired with personal subject matter alongside a gospel choir sample which sets it alive. Another highlight is ‘Hate’ doing what Carner does best, within every bar is just fierce. Cue listening on repeat.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Nobody Knows
                                                      Speed Of Plight
                                                      Blood On My Nikes
                                                      A Lasting Place

                                                      Loyle Carner

                                                      Yesterday's Gone

                                                        A gradual crescendo of spirit-lifting gospel introduces "Yesterday's Gone", perfectly fitting for the debut longplayer from the young master of 'confessional hip hop'. Indeed as Ben Coyle-Larner spits sombre bars over "The Isle Of Arran"s soulful grooves, the South Londoner touches on family, bereavement and religion, all with the same intricate flow and honest delivery. It's a sound that's at odds with the current slew of mumbling, stumbling, gangtas who dominate the charts and mixtapes, celebrating gold, diamonds and designer footwear as they breeze through meme-references and barely decipherable hooks. Rather, Loyle Carner takes his cues from Mos Def, Talib Kweli and London's own Roots Manuva, delivering conscious rhymes over gentle, jazzy grooves. Intimate, intricate and tough to imitate, Loyle Carner is entirely relatable as he treats us to everyday tales of family, food, romance and regret, laying his growing pains bare across a dozen tracks and a couple of well placed skits. If the recent ATCQ LP's put you in the mood for some proper hip hop, then this is your new jam.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. The Isle Of Arran
                                                        2. Mean It In The Morning
                                                        3. +44
                                                        4. Damselfly (Ft. Tom Misch)
                                                        5. Ain't Nothing Changed
                                                        6. Swear
                                                        7. Florence (Ft. Kwes)
                                                        8. The Seamstress (Tooting Masala)
                                                        9. Stars & Shards
                                                        10. No Worries (Ft. Rebel Kleff And Jehst)
                                                        11. Rebel 101
                                                        12. No CD (Ft. Rebel Kleff)
                                                        13. Mrs C
                                                        14. Sun Of Jean (Ft. Mum And Dad)

                                                        Lacksley Castell

                                                        What A Great Day

                                                          Long out of print 1979 roots reggae classic - limited 7" repress / in-demand roots dub cut, backed with Prince Jammy's black belt dub cut.

                                                          Recorded at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby's.

                                                          Produced by Prince Jammy.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: lassic Jammy's from just before he went digital! Mixed at Tubby's it's full of that authentic original dub flavour and shows he was just as skilled and mixing these styles as he would later, dancehall.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Lacksley Castell - What A Great Day
                                                          Prince Jammy - Throne Of Blood

                                                          Though most of the world may not know the songs of Lynn Castle, she is an artist whose work stretches across seven decades. Light In The Attic Records is very excited to continue its Lee Hazlewood Archive Series with Rose Colored Corner, a collection of intimate recordings Lynn Castle made with Jack Nitzsche in 1966 and her complete recorded output with Lee Hazlewood on LHI Records. For the first time ever Lynn is sharing recordings from her personal archive and telling her story.

                                                          In the 1960s Lynn became the first lady barber in LA just as long hair on men became hip. By day she was styling The Monkees, Boyce and Hart, Del Shannon, Sonny & Cher, the Byrds and countless others…by night she was writing songs. Despite lacking the desire to self promote and a crippling insecurity that made it hard to sing in front of anyone, her songs managed to bend the ears of such industry heavyweights as Phil Spector, Jack Nitzsche and Lee Hazlewood. “It was so hard to get me to sing,” explained Castle. “I had buried it so low, I didn’t think I was good at all. Lee heard my songs and thought I was fabulous. He said, ‘Oh my god, you’re really good! Let’s cut a record.’

                                                          Her sole 1967 45 “The Lady Barber" b/w "Rose Colored Corner,” released on Lee Hazlewood Industries is a slice of psychedelic pop heaven. A full length album was never completed, but her sparse demos with Jack Nitzsche give the listener a peek of what one might have sounded like. If you are familiar with Nitzsche’s mid-60s work with Tim Buckley, Bob Lind, and Buffalo Springfield…you can squint your ears and imagine her songs bejeweled with lush strings, finger cymbals, and delicate harpsichord. Instead, the songs remained unheard until now.

                                                          Just because her songs weren’t recognized at the time doesn’t diminish their magic. This music is meant to be found and heard. Though commercial success may remain elusive, sometimes strange premonitions are realized… “When I was young, making music in the ‘60s, I had this strange thought that one day I would be this old woman, and young people would come find me and tell me that my music meant something to them.” - Lynn Castle

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. The Forest
                                                          2. I’m Getting Tired
                                                          3. New York
                                                          4. What In The World Would I Do
                                                          5. She Thinks She Feels
                                                          6. Rose Colored Corner
                                                          7. Lonesome Look-Out
                                                          8. The Stranger
                                                          9. The Puppet
                                                          10. Who Knows
                                                          11. The Lady Barber With Last Friday’s Fire
                                                          12. Rose Colored Corner With Last Friday’s Fire

                                                          Lucinda Chua


                                                            Lucinda Chua is a singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in South London. Primarily using her voice, a cello, and an array of effects units, Chua writes ambient pop songs that are intimate, atmospheric, and totally enchanting.

                                                            Whilst studying photography at university in Nottingham, Chua took an elective course in music production and the resulting experimental tracks she created and uploaded online caught the attention of US label kranky. Before long she was touring with Stars of the Lid as a cellist and string arranger and went on to release two albums with her first band Felix – all while barely into her 20s. After Felix broke up, Chua spent a few years in London exploring the city’s creative scene and began experimenting with the cello. Those explorations became her 2019 debut EP Antidotes 1 which flitted between hushed songwriting and expansive textural soundscapes and was released shortly before she joined FKA twigs’ live band for her Magdalene tour. Earning praise from Pitchfork, The Guardian, Dazed and gal-dem, Antidotes 1 led to Chua participating in NTS Radio’s Work In Progress scheme as well as performing one-person shows across the UK and Europe including Red Bull Music Festival London, MUTEK Barcelona, Tate Modern and Somerset House.

                                                            A sister release to Antidotes 1, Antidotes 2 expands Chua’s unique sonic vocabulary, with subliminal textures that bleed into each other before fading away. If Antidotes 1 was Chua building the landscape and scenery for her music, then Antidotes 2 is her living within it. Some of the songs were written during the same period whilst others, like EP opener ‘Until I Fall’, are brand new.

                                                            The vinyl edition of Antidotes will include both EPs.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Barry says: Having played with ambient luminaries Stars Of The Lid as a cellist, it's no surprise that Chua's work is very much in the slow-moving ambient vein, but on 'Antidotes' we see her wonderful ear for production and singularly unique ambient talent come shining through. It's beguiling and emotive avant-classical with subtle elements of slow-moving synth, and is a sound all of her own.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Feel Something
                                                            Whatever It Takes
                                                            Somebody Who
                                                            Until I Fall
                                                            An Avalanche
                                                            Torch Song

                                                            Lucinda Chua


                                                              If Chua’s 2022 release "Golden," written from the perspective of her younger self, was the meditative prelude to the world of YIAN, then her new single “Echo” places us firmly in its first chapter. A pop song about ancestral trauma, “Echo” is the antihero’s journey, walking the line between respect for the past and the freedom to carve out a new future. (“I won’t carry your shame / Won’t be your echo again… I couldn’t be anyone else / I look to you, I see myself”). Chua delivers with her uniquely intimate, yet otherworldly sound in this self-produced and engineered song, capturing sensuous echoing harmonies and delicate soul-infused piano.

                                                              Following intensive studies in Chinese dance forms, Chua joined forces with film director Jade Ang Jackman and movement director Chantel Foo to create the visual for “Echo”; Chua’s take on a choreographed pop MV. The short film is a moving and innovative homage to Chinese fan dance and martial arts; an internal journey through the shifting seasons of emotional weather. Grounded by a stone circle, Chua dances with her handmade Chinese silk fans as the mood shifts from thorny rose garden to blizzard. “Sometimes I think we are all just footprints in the snow,” Chua says.

                                                              “YIAN” (燕), means swallow in Chinese, and is part of “Siew Yian,” the name given to Chua by her parents to preserve her connection with her Chinese heritage. Just as the migratory songbird lives between places, so did Chua, the artist living in the in-between of the English, Malaysian and Chinese cultures that make up her heritage. In the absence of Mandarin as a mother tongue, music became a way to express the parts of herself that couldn’t be described in words; “YIAN” emerged as a way to heal.

                                                              A deeply introspective and fully realized vessel of creative expression (Chua self-produced and engineered eight of the ten tracks), “YIAN” emerges as less an album than a worldview, a commitment to learning and uncovering one’s own selfhood honed over Chua’s lifelong reconciliation with her own personal history and identity.

                                                              Through this process she found new language through which to express her experiences, language which lay in the practices she developed and the creative community with whom she built solidarity along the process: co-authoring visual identities with main collaborators Tash Tung, Jade Ang Jackman and Nhu Xuan Hua and set designers Lydia Chan, Jonquil Lawrence and Erin Tse. Chua also constructed the album’s physical language through dance with movement directors Chantel Foo and Duane Nasis, this expression shown most vividly through the short film made for “Echo,” out today.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Golden
                                                              2. Meditations On A Place
                                                              3. I Promise
                                                              4. You
                                                              5. An Ocean
                                                              6. Autumn Leaves Don't Come
                                                              7. Echo
                                                              8. Do You Know You Know
                                                              9. Grief Piece
                                                              10. Something Other Than Years

                                                              Lou Clarke and the All-Scars Band

                                                              Lou Clarke spent most of the 70's not of this Earth, a greatly formative time for him and those around him. The intervening period was spent retrospectively constructing a back catalogue of music to rival even the most seasoned of 'straight to charity shop' vinyl ghosts.

                                                              The All-Scars are a collection of well-trodden troubadours from a variety of Mancunian haunts who've generously come together to present these songs in something close to their original form as once might have been heard.

                                                              The 'Greatest Hits' album is a preventative measure precluding necessary high standards for a second work. All of the tracks have been taken from the future back catalogue including the upcoming demand avoidant '4th Album'.

                                                              Informed by New Orleans, built in Manchester, songs to drink dance or drown to.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: Encompassing all the best gloomy moments of Nick Cave and the sozzled pub-rock of the Pogues, but drawing in perfectly measured elements of jazz, lounge and classic rock, Clarke et. al. perfectly soundtrack our austere political climate with wry, tipsy tongue-in-cheek commentary and damn good music to boot. Great stuff.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Configure Your Life 02:59
                                                              2. Anyman 04:39
                                                              3. Blue Eyes 03:13
                                                              4. Down Again 04:05
                                                              5. My Beautiful Girl 03:17
                                                              6. Intoxicated Man 02:53
                                                              7. Run Deep 03:36
                                                              8. Co-Dependency Suicide Blues 03:25
                                                              9. Walking 02:55
                                                              10. I Got Nothing 02:43
                                                              11. Wrung Out 02:43

                                                              Leonard Cohen

                                                              Songs From A Room - 180g Legacy Vinyl Edition

                                                                By the time Leonard Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the era's most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike. Much of Cohen's reputation and mystique was established by his early work for Columbia Records, particularly the five albums he recorded between 1967 and 1974. Now, these five classic albums, unavailable on vinyl for two decades, have been lovingly restored to their original LP format. For their new Sundazed editions, all five albums have been meticulously remastered and have been sourced from the original Columbia Records stereo masters in order to preserve the sound of the original albums. In keeping with the exacting standards for which Sundazed has become known, each album is pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art. 

                                                                Cohen's sophomore effort "Songs From A Room" (recorded with producer Bob Johnston, renowned for his work with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, the Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel) was a worthy follow-up, boasting such enduring compositions as "Bird On The Wire", "Story Of Isaac" and "A Bunch Of Lonesome Heros".

                                                                Leonard Cohen

                                                                Songs Of Leonard Cohen

                                                                  'A breathtaking and perfect debut, "Songs of Leonard Cohen" marked the emergence of one of the most enduring, unique, and brilliant voices in popular music. Led off by the gorgeous "Suzanne," previously a hit for both Judy Collins and Noel Harrison, the album is an exposed nerve, a Fellini-esque parade of losers, victims, and fallen angels. Brittle and unforgiving, tracks like "So Long, Marianne," "Winter Lady," and "Sisters of Mercy" are unflinchingly honest and desolate; the subdued beauty of the songs' spartan backdrop only adds to their force — Cohen takes acoustic folk, for so long a musical expression of empowerment and hope, and bleeds it dry of all its redemptive qualities. A masterpiece of perversity and pain.'

                                                                  Leonard Cohen

                                                                  Songs Of Leonard Cohen - 180g Legacy Vinyl Edition

                                                                    By the time Leonard Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the era's most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike. Much of Cohen's reputation and mystique was established by his early work for Columbia Records, particularly the five albums he recorded between 1967 and 1974. Now, these five classic albums, unavailable on vinyl for two decades, have been lovingly restored to their original LP format. For their new Sundazed editions, all five albums have been meticulously remastered and have been sourced from the original Columbia Records stereo masters in order to preserve the sound of the original albums. In keeping with the exacting standards for which Sundazed has become known, each album is pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art.

                                                                    1967's "Songs of Leonard Cohen" is one of the decade's most audacious debut albums, with producer John Simon's artful arrangements animating such haunting Cohen standards as "Suzanne", "Sisters Of Mercy" and "So Long, Marianne".

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Darryl says: The word classic springs to mind!!! A haunting masterpiece - "Suzanne", "Sisters Of Mercy", "So Long, Marianne" what more needs to be said - shut the door to the rain, get your PJ's on and croon along..

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1 Suzanne
                                                                    2 Master Song
                                                                    3 Winter Lady
                                                                    4 The Stranger Song
                                                                    5 Sisters Of Mercy
                                                                    6 So Long, Marianne
                                                                    7 Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
                                                                    8 Stories Of The Street
                                                                    9 Teachers
                                                                    10 One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

                                                                    Leonard Cohen

                                                                    Hallelujah & Songs From His Albums

                                                                      Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah & Songs from His Albums is the first-ever official, career spanning album from songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and visual artist Leonard Cohen. Comprised of 17 classic tracks from Cohen’s expansive career, this anthology features an unreleased and unforgettable live performance of “Hallelujah” from the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. The album is inspired by the new documentary, Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen a Journey, a Song.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      SIDE A 
                                                                      1 Hallelujah (Live At Glastonbury)
                                                                      2 Suzanne 
                                                                      3 Bird On The Wire 
                                                                      4 Famous Blue Raincoat
                                                                      SIDE B
                                                                      1 Chelsea Hotel #2 
                                                                      2 Who By Fire 
                                                                      3 Dance Me To The End Of Love
                                                                      4 I'm Your Man  
                                                                      SIDE C
                                                                      1 Anthem
                                                                      2 The Future
                                                                      3 In My Secret Life
                                                                      4 Recitation W/ N.L. (Live In London)
                                                                      SIDE D
                                                                      1 Show Me The Place
                                                                      2 Come Healing
                                                                      3 You Got Me Singing
                                                                      4 You Want It Darker
                                                                      5 Thanks For The Dance

                                                                      Leonard Cohen

                                                                      I'm Your Man

                                                                        180g vinyl repress of Leonard Cohen’s 1998 album which Includes “First We Take Manhattan” and “Everybody Knows”. His eighth LP, and one that marked the move to a more modern sound, encompassing synthesizer in many of the compositions. It reached no. 1 in many European countries, catapulting Cohen into a best-selling artist. A highly acclaimed album, right across the board, it was voted 495 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s ‘All Time Top 1000 Albums’ in 2000.

                                                                        Leonard Cohen

                                                                        Songs Of Love & Hate - Black Friday Edition

                                                                          AVAILABLE ONLINE ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 8AM.

                                                                          LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                          This special RSD 50th anniversary edition of Leonard Cohen's third studio album, Songs of Love and Hate is pressed on 180g opaque white vinyl, with updated / re-typeset embossed packaging which includes a brand new 8- page 12x12 lyric booklet. The audio has been sourced from the original analogue tapes via a new direct digital transfer and the album jacket replicates the original package.

                                                                          Leonard Cohen

                                                                          Thanks For The Dance

                                                                            In a posthumous new album, Leonard Cohen has robbed death of the last word. 'Thanks for the Dance' is not a commemorative collection of B sides and outtakes, but an unexpected harvest of new songs, exciting and vital, a continuation of the master's final work.

                                                                            Seven months after his father passed, Adam Cohen retreated to a converted garage in his backyard down the street from Leonard's house, to work with his father again, to stay in the company of his voice. From their previous collaboration on 'You Want It Darker' there remained bare musical sketches, at times little more than vocals. Leonard had asked his son to bring these works to completion.

                                                                            "In composing and arranging the music for his words, we chose his most characteristic musical signatures, in this way keeping him with us" - Adam Cohen

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Andy says: Brand new songs, NOT odds'n'sods and leftovers; this record feature material L.Cohen was working on in the months before his death. Who better to bring them to fruition than his son, Adam.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Happens To The Heart
                                                                            2. Moving On
                                                                            3. The Night Of Santiago
                                                                            4. Thanks For The Dance
                                                                            5. It's Torn
                                                                            6. The Goal
                                                                            7. Puppets
                                                                            8. The Hills
                                                                            9. Listen To The Hummingbird

                                                                            Lloyd Cole

                                                                            1D Electronics 2012-2014

                                                                              Lloyd Cole is mostly know for his outstanding pop music, but he certainly has a taste for electronic music. In 2013 he released an highly acclaimed album together with electronic music legend Hans-Joachim Roedelius (BB124 "Selected Studies Vol. 1") for whom he also curated a compilation of his electronic music recordings (BB187 "Kollektion 2. Roedelius - Electronic Music. Compiled by Lloyd Cole"). Finally we are happy to announce the release of a solo album with lloyd's electronic music on September 4th: "1D Electronics 2012-2014". Some pieces were originally created with overdubs by another in mind. Some were simply experiments. One or two may have had loftier ambitions…. None of the pieces involves the use of a piano keyboard or a computer, except to record it. Some modulations were executed by hand. Most were generated by programmed sequencers and logic. Each piece is a self contained electronic circuit.

                                                                              Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

                                                                              Easy Pieces - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Cole, Blair Cowan, Lawrence Donegan, Neil Clark and Stephen Irvine – were formed in Glasgow in 1982, where Buxton-born singer-songwriter Cole was studying Philosophy and English at the University of Glasgow -Their sound swam against the tide of shiny 80s synthesisers, offering intense, melodic, guitar-based pop, topped with droll words packed with literary references.

                                                                                Given just how loved debut album Rattlesnakes was, it would have been hard for whatever followed to be received as warmly – yet Easy Pieces made a good first of it. It was to sell twice as many copies in its first two weeks as Rattlesnakes had to date, giving the group a Top 5 chart placing on its release in November 1985. Recorded with 80s super- producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, its first two singles, the brooding, gospel influenced Brand New Friend and the forever-jaunty Lost Weekend reached the UK Top 20.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Why I Love Country Music
                                                                                Pretty Gone
                                                                                Cut Me Down
                                                                                Brand New Friend
                                                                                Lost Weekend
                                                                                Minor Character
                                                                                Perfect Blue

                                                                                Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

                                                                                Mainstream - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                  Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Cole, Blair Cowan, Lawrence Donegan, Neil Clark and Stephen Irvine – were formed in Glasgow in 1982, where Buxton-born singer-songwriter Cole was studying Philosophy and English at the University of Glasgow -Their sound swam against the tide of shiny 80s synthesisers, offering intense, melodic, guitar-based pop, topped with droll words packed with literary references.

                                                                                  By the time of Mainstream in October 1987, the group had taken a break and had spent time trying to find the right producer for their new material. Working with Ian Stanley, then fresh from the success of Tears For Fears' Songs From The Big Chair, the album allegedly cost ten times the budget of Rattlesnakes. Despite its 80s opulence – for example, guest appearances from Jon Hassell on trumpet, Tracey Thorn on vocals – it sounds untouched by the decade's excess. Its singles, My Bag, Jennifer She Said and From The Hip were all well received.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  My Bag
                                                                                  From The Hip
                                                                                  Jennifer She Said
                                                                                  Mister Malcontent
                                                                                  Sean Penn Blues
                                                                                  Big Snake
                                                                                  Hey Rusty
                                                                                  These Days

                                                                                  Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

                                                                                  Rattlesnakes - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Cole, Blair Cowan, Lawrence Donegan, Neil Clark and Stephen Irvine – were formed in Glasgow in 1982, where Buxton-born singer-songwriter Cole was studying Philosophy and English at the University of Glasgow -Their sound swam against the tide of shiny 80s synthesisers, offering intense, melodic, guitar-based pop, topped with droll words packed with literary references.

                                                                                    Signing to Polydor Records, the group's debut single, Perfect Skin, was released in early 1984 followed in October of that year by their debut album, Rattlesnakes. Produced by Paul Hardiman with strings arranged by Anne Dudley, it became one of the most cherished albums of the 80s. Including further singles Forest Fire and the title track, the group found themselves as the darlings of the music press, at a time when a university education was still a relative rarity. Cole wasted little time in cramming cultural allusions in his material – listeners were introduced to a world of Norman Mailer, Eva Marie Saint and Truman Capote, all wrapped in delightfully written pop music.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Perfect Skin
                                                                                    Down On Mission Street
                                                                                    Forest Fire
                                                                                    Charlotte Street
                                                                                    Four Flights Up
                                                                                    Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken?

                                                                                    Lloyd Cole


                                                                                      “Guesswork”, as the title suggests, is a record about the uncertainty of the world as one enters their third act. In terms of song count, it is Lloyd Cole's shortest, however, it is the longest in terms of minutes but the shortest in terms of word count. This is symbolistic for the authorial confidence that comes with the passing of time.

                                                                                      Going beyond Cole's latest “songs” album, the critically acclaimed “Standards” in 2013, “Guesswork's” musical style is mostly comprised of electronic sounds. Once Lloyd Cole had formulated a sonic picture of the record he wanted to make, the arrival of each new song gradually brought that picture into focus. His distinguishable voice and sophisticated lyricism invite the listener into the mindset of someone who has reached old age and is coming to terms with this.

                                                                                      As Cole puts it: “Because really what have we got to lose?”. At times, the experience of listening to Guesswork is akin to sitting in a sleek, state-of-the-art departure lounge, unsure of quite where you're waiting to go.

                                                                                      Louis Cole

                                                                                      Quality Over Opinion

                                                                                        Louis Cole is a singer-songwriter and sickeningly talented multi-instrumentalist with a strong DIY aesthetic from Los Angeles, California. He is on a mission to create deep feelings through music and is the figurehead of an LA jazz-adjacent scene that includes Genevieve Artadi (with whom Cole co-founded the alt pop / electrofunk band Knower in 2009), Sam Gendel, Sam Wilkes, Jacob Mann, Dennis Hamm, Pedro Martins and more.

                                                                                        His new album “Quality Over Opinion” is 20 tracks deep, it was written, performed and produced on his own in his modest home studio, but Louis did invite a handful of close friends to contribute, namely Genevieve Artadi (“my no.1 music collaborator”); saxophonist Sam Gendel – Cole’s friend for 17 years; pianist Chris Fishman; Nate Wood from the band Kneebody; Marlon Mackey (“a pillar of the Bakersfield music scene”); and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. “This album is a representation of me trying to make the best, most powerful and listenable music I can. For myself and also others,” he says.

                                                                                        Louis’s main instrument is the drums and he has a background in jazz although the music he writes bears little resemblance to jazz in any pure or classical sense. His connection to the movement is more conceptual: “The root of jazz is pure freedom… no limits… just what you’re thinking right at that moment… a pure blast of limitlessness”. Accordingly Cole’s touchstones for “Quality Over Opinion” include boundary-pushing composers such as Gustav Mahler and György Ligeti alongside jazz icons like Miles Davis, the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah, Morten Lauridsen (distinguished professor of music and American Choral Master) and Super Mario Kart. “There is no continuous thread of a story on this album, each song expresses its own moment in my life and time,” explains Louis. “I was inspired by joy, pain and the constant mission to pull something out of life around me”.

                                                                                        New single ‘I’m Tight’ arrives hot on the heels of ‘Let it Happen’ – “a timeless modern power ballad classic” released earlier this month. In contrast, ‘I’m Tight’ is a sleek, laser-focused Funk rocket, based on an utterly irresistible bassline. “It comes from me recording about 100 different cells of funk, choosing my favorite ones and quilting them together into a song,” says Louis. “I had to practice the bass part a lot for this one,” he adds, smiling.

                                                                                        Cole’s insane musicianship is no secret – he’s been sharing performance videos on YouTube for a decade – growing a dedicated fanbase who appreciate both his craft and off-the-wall style. Drums, bass, keys… he has a monk-like attitude to practice and perfecting his art. Thundercat describes him as “one of Los Angeles's greatest musicians” and earlier this year invited him to play drums on his recent tour of Japan. The pair have frequently written together including on the aptly titled ‘I Love Louis Cole’ from Thundercat’s Grammy-winning album “It Is What It Is”, ‘Bus in the Streets’ and ‘Jameel’s Space Ride’ (from Thundercat’s 2017 opus “Drunk”) and ‘Tunnels in the Air’ for Louis’ 2018 album “Time”. Flying Lotus has also expressed admiration for Louis, calling him “super inspirational” during the writing of his 2019 album “Flamagra”.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Quality Over Opinion
                                                                                        A2. Dead Inside Shuffle
                                                                                        A3. Not Needed Anymore
                                                                                        A4. Shallow Laughter
                                                                                        A5. Bitches (feat. Sam Gendel)
                                                                                        A6. Message (feat. Chris Fishman & Nate Wood)
                                                                                        B1. Failing In A Cool Way
                                                                                        B2. Disappear
                                                                                        B3. I’m Tight
                                                                                        B4. True Love
                                                                                        C1. Planet X
                                                                                        C2. Let Me Snack (feat. Marlon Mackey)
                                                                                        C3. Forgetting
                                                                                        C4. Park Your Car On My Face
                                                                                        C5. Don’t Care (feat. Genevieve Artadi)
                                                                                        D1. Laughing In Her Sleep
                                                                                        D2. Outer Moat Behavior
                                                                                        D3. When (feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel)
                                                                                        D4. Let It Happen
                                                                                        D5. Little Piano Thing

                                                                                        Loren Connors & David Grubbs


                                                                                          "Arborvitae" opens and closes with the pairing of David on piano and Loren on an electric guitar played so quietly that at times his pedal-stomping is wondrously distinct. "Blossom Time" and the title track positively float, with Loren alternating between soaring single-note lines and playing the rough, barnacled anchor to David's relentless tide.

                                                                                          Lou Courtney / Lee Dorsey

                                                                                          Trying To Find My Woman / Give It Up

                                                                                            Two more floor-friendly 45s from the Deptford Northern Soul Club’s record box.

                                                                                            Featuring fifty quid’s worth of excellent brasspowered psyche soul that originally turned up on Buddah Records in 1969. An absolutely huge Blackpool Mecca 45 with a backflip moment at around 40 seconds that repeats for all stomping excessives.

                                                                                            Backed with the legendary Lee Dorsey’s mighty ‘Give It Up’ from the same year. A swampy soul stew with a funky feel by the hugely underrated singer. An Allen Toussaint

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Lou Courtney ‘Trying To Find My Woman’
                                                                                            Lee Dorsey ‘Give It Up’

                                                                                            Lee F Cullen is predominantly a multi- instrumentalist/ bedroom-based producer who has written in excess of 500 songs. For live work Lee has the help of an ever changing group of musicians collectively named 'The Corvidae Family' who radically alter the songs on stage to keep them breathing and organic. After the break up of his last band, the funk orientated Big Wow he returned to his first love of psychedelia and 'song' orientated material. Drawing inspiration from The Nice, Procol Harum, July, Bill Fay, Barclay James Harvest, Baroque Music, Ray Manzerek, John Carpenter and the D.I.Y ethic of home taping artists – Lee strives to create swirling technicolour music. Working with a P.C. and Reel-to-Reel Tape Machines lee writes, records, and produces songs at an alarming rate, "Wild Honey Arabesques" is the first work of a series of albums. "Wild Honey Arabesques" was written during the fallout of Lee's last band Big Wow. Using instrumentation such as Mellotron, Organ, Harpsichord and Piano as the main voices Lee concedes that he doesn't remember writing any of these songs! Being, as they were, little more than fragments amassed from hours of tapes written while experiencing writers block. The album is about the 'Dispossession Of The Self' and what happens when one is led astray from their own path. This is not nostalgic psychedelia; psychedelia is used here, as it is the chosen medium for artistic expression with clichés subverted to produce introspective psych closer in spirit to singer songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Bill Fay than Tintern Abbey. Actually think Tintern Abbey covering a Bill Fay Song and you're not so far off!

                                                                                            “Cinematic feasts of dramatic strings and cascading pianos that will satisfy fans of Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds” The Ransom Note.

                                                                                            That certainly seems the case as the crushing emptiness of "Her Dreams" slowly emerges into the sonic space. Old school veterans Richard Dorfmeister and Stefan Obermaier are on hand to remix the track - transforming it into a epically mournful piano piece, galvanized with droning electronics and rumbling sub oscillators. "Screaming Silence" is touched up by Howie B who does a sterling job of organizing all the elements into a dreamy, crisp, high definition soundscape. Drifting synth parts meeting frenetic percussion and detailed low end perfectly, a blissed-out electro-disco missiv for the up-all-weekend dreamers. Check! 

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A - Her Dreams (Richard Dorfmeister & Stefan Obermaier Remix)
                                                                                            B - Screaming Silence (Howie B Retouch)

                                                                                            Richmond, VA-based songwriter Lucy Dacus is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster.
                                                                                            Lucy Dacus's No Burden is full of surprises—sharp lyrical observations, playful turns of musical phrase, hooks that'll embed themselves in your frontal lobe for days. But the most surprising thing about this album might be the fact that it's a debut; it has a keen sense of self about it, and it nearly glows from the self-possession held by the woman at its core.

                                                                                            The 21-year-old Dacus grew up in Richmond; she was adopted at a young age, an experience that informed her curious, openhearted songwriting. "When my parents were explaining what adoption was—which was very early on in my childhood—they always said that my birthmother thought I was worthwhile even though she couldn't be my mom," she says. "And so from essentially infancy, I was taught that life was innately worthwhile because a bunch of people had worked together to set me up with one.”

                                                                                            Dacus started playing around Richmond while in college, opening for local acts and eventually meeting Jacob Blizard, a guitarist who invited her to make a record for a college project of his. No Burden, which originally came out in February on the Richmond label EggHunt Records, opens with the forthright, almost brutally honest "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," the last song Dacus wrote before the album's day-long recording session at Starstruck Studios in Nashville. Dacus delivers scalpel-sharp observations about resisting pigeonholing over chunky guitars, ticking off ideals of femininity and youth until the track's not-quite-resolution.

                                                                                            These themes extend to the lyrics of songs like "Strange Torpedo," a whirling portrait of a friend whose "bunch of bad habits" who, Dacus sings, has "been falling for so long… [and hasn't] hit anything solid yet." "I've been that friend watching a loved one do what they know is bad for them and not understanding why," says Dacus. The song offers a simple message: "I love you, why don't you love you? You're the one in your body so you get to choose what to do with it, but if I were you I'd treat me differently.”

                                                                                            The rest of No Burden, which was produced by Collin Pastore, puts Dacus's voice center stage, allowing the glinting poetry of her lyrics to shine even more brightly. "Trust," which Dacus wrote in late 2013, showcases her alone with her guitar, her faint vibrato floating over strummed chords as she sings of self-redemption. And the diptych "Dream State…" and "…Familiar Place," which revolve around Dacus repeating "Without you, I am surely the last of our kind/ Without you, I am surely the last of my kind," capture disappointment and loss in a jaw-dropping way; the music trembles around her while her voice stays steady, anticipating whatever might come next.

                                                                                            No Burden is a forthright, disarmingly catchy statement. And while it's a sterling debut, it only hints at the potential possessed by this passionate, thoughtful young woman.

                                                                                            Lucy Dacus is done thinking small. Two years after her 2016 debut, No Burden, won her unanimous acclaim as one of rock's most promising new voices, Dacus returns on March 2 with Historian, a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent. "This is the album I needed to make," says Dacus, who views Historian as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. "Everything after this is a bonus."

                                                                                            Dacus and her band recorded the album in Nashville last March, re-teaming with No Burden producer Collin Pastore, and mixed it a few months later with A-list studio wizard John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll. Dacus' remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving Historian the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Millie says: Dacus' light Americana leanings of the superb No Burden are sidelined slightly for her grander, more expansive new outing, Historian. Though her smouldering guitar work and unmistakable voice are ever present, they are skillfully woven into an intricate and all-encompassing web of orchestration, grandeur and beauty. This is a stunner, and every bit the successful follow-up.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Night Shift
                                                                                            The Shell
                                                                                            Yours & Mine
                                                                                            Body To Flame
                                                                                            Next Of Kin
                                                                                            Pillar Of Truth

                                                                                            Lucy Dacus

                                                                                            Historian - 5th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                              As part of their Revisionist History series, Matador release this anniversary edition of "Historian".

                                                                                              Dacus and her band recorded the album in Nashville in March 2017, re-teaming with No Burden producer Collin Pastore, and mixed it a few months later with A-list studio wizard John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll. Dacus' remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving Historian the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Night Shift
                                                                                              The Shell
                                                                                              Yours & Mine
                                                                                              Body To Flame
                                                                                              Next Of Kin
                                                                                              Pillar Of Truth

                                                                                              Lisa Decker & Nautilus


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

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                              Lisa Decker

                                                                                              Love And Hope / Summer Child (feat. SaturnVybz & Nautilus)

                                                                                              After her debut album "Serendipity" in 2021 with Japanese Jazz trio Nautilus from Tokyo and a superb single remix of "Everytime" by Pat Van Dyke featuring rapper John Robinson this will be another step forward in her career and conceptually a bit different.

                                                                                              It gets the "Oonops Drops" FLIP SERIES treatment which means: Side A of Lisas songs are arranged by Nautilus and Side B by producer SaturnVybz (Jazzanova/Slick Walk/The Ruffcats).

                                                                                              To get a first impression please have a listen to this upfront single-release and get one of these limited 45s.

                                                                                              Lisa is careful about the artwork and after working together with renowned artist Lindsey Kustusch from San Francisco on her first album she collaborates with local artist Sebastian Maria Otto now who is known for his signature art style and exhibitions from Germany to Japan.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Love And Hope (feat. SaturnVybz & Nautilus)
                                                                                              2. Summer Child (feat. SaturnVybz & Nautilus)

                                                                                              Lana Del Rey

                                                                                              Blue Banisters

                                                                                                Lana Del Rey’s highly anticipated eighth studio album, Blue Banisters, features the previously released songs 'Blue Banisters,' 'Wildflower Wildfire' and 'Text Book.'

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: It's always a welcome arrival when Lana Del Rey brings out a new LP, and Blue Banisters has everything you'd expect. Gorgeous downplayed melodies and minimalistic instrumentation, topped with her instantly recognisable athletic country-tinged vocal style. It's hard to imagine anyone else pulling off this sound, classic Lana.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Text Book
                                                                                                2. Blue Banisters
                                                                                                3. Arcadia
                                                                                                4. Interlude - The Trio
                                                                                                5. Black Bathing Suit
                                                                                                6. If You Lie Down With Me
                                                                                                7. Beautiful
                                                                                                8. Violets For Roses
                                                                                                9. Dealer
                                                                                                10. Thunder
                                                                                                11. Wildflower Wildfire
                                                                                                12. Nectar Of The Gods
                                                                                                13. Living Legend
                                                                                                14. Cherry Blossom
                                                                                                15. Sweet Carolina

                                                                                                Lana Del Rey

                                                                                                Born To Die

                                                                                                  "Born To Die" the album is a collection of tracks about which Lana says "The songs I've written are an homage to true love and a tribute to living life on the wild side." Album tracks include "Video Games", "Million Dollar Man", "Off To The Races", "Blue Jeans" and "Carmen".

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Darryl says: For sure this is a slick 'pop' album, but with her sultry vocal delivery (ALA Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval) and stunning dark cinematic songs such as "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans", there's more than enough here to keep an indie kid happy.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Side 1:
                                                                                                  01 Born To Die Album Version 04:46
                                                                                                  02 Off To The Races 05:01
                                                                                                  03 Blue Jeans Album Version Remastered 03:29
                                                                                                  04 Video Games Album Version Remastered 04:42

                                                                                                  Side 2:
                                                                                                  01 Diet Mountain Dew 03:43
                                                                                                  02 National Anthem 03:49
                                                                                                  03 Dark Paradise 04:04
                                                                                                  04 Radio 03:35

                                                                                                  Side 3:
                                                                                                  01 Carmen 04:09
                                                                                                  02 Million Dollar Man 03:50
                                                                                                  03 Summertime Sadness 04:25
                                                                                                  04 This Is What Makes Us Girls 04:00

                                                                                                  Side 4:
                                                                                                  01 Without You 03:51
                                                                                                  02 Lolita 03:41
                                                                                                  03 Lucky Ones 03:45

                                                                                                  Lana Del Rey

                                                                                                  Chemtrails Over The Country Club

                                                                                                    Today Lana Del Rey releases her new song and visual ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’. The song is co-written by Lana Del Rey and Jack Antonoff, with the visual being directed by BRTHR.

                                                                                                    Following the success of her 2019 GRAMMY®-nominated album Norman Fucking Rockwell, Lana has announced that March 19th, 2021 is the official release date for her highly anticipated seventh studio album Chemtrails Over The Country Club.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Barry says: Lana's 7th album, Chemtrails Over The Country Club brings all of the latent melodicism and swooning pop of her previous outings but with a more melancholic leaning, resulting in a hugely enjoyable distillation of pop with more esoteric production elements.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. White Dress
                                                                                                    2. Chemtrails Over The Country Club
                                                                                                    3. Tulsa Jesus Freak
                                                                                                    4. Let Me Love You Like A Woman
                                                                                                    5. Wild At Heart
                                                                                                    6. Dark But Just A Game
                                                                                                    7. Not All Who Wander Are Lost
                                                                                                    8. Yosemite
                                                                                                    9. Breaking Up Slowly
                                                                                                    10. Dance Till We Die
                                                                                                    11. For Free

                                                                                                    Lana Del Rey

                                                                                                    Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd

                                                                                                      Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd is the ninth studio album from acclaimed singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, comprising 16 tracks and interludes with features including Father John Misty, Tommy Genesis, Jon Batiste, Bleachers and more. It follows the prolific artist's 2021 albums Chemtrails Over The Country Club and Blue Banisters. 

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Liam says: I've only semi-recently become, as you kids say, a Lana stan after her one-two punch releases of 'Norman Fucking Rockwell!' and 'Chemtrails over the Country Club'. I can safely say, this is another banger in her catalogue. Clocking in at just under 80 minutes, 'Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd' is a sprawling opus full of rich storytelling and absolutely spellbinding vocals and instrumentation - perfection!

                                                                                                      The album was recorded between Los Angeles and New York.

                                                                                                      This is the 3rd studio album from Lana Del Rey, her last record ‘Ultraviolence’ when to #1 in 74 countries and she has worldwide album sales in excess of 9 million. Following the global first play and interview on Zane Lowe's Beats1 show, Annie Mac had 'High By The Beach' as her Hottest Record on Radio 1which included two spins of the track back to back and an interview with Lana. 

                                                                                                      Lana Del Rey

                                                                                                      Lust For Life

                                                                                                        Global superstar Lana Del Rey releases her 4th album ‘Lust For Life’ which features collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Sean Ono Lennon, The Weeknd and Stevie Nicks.

                                                                                                        Lana Del Rey

                                                                                                        Norman Fucking Rockwell!

                                                                                                          The highly anticipated album was mainly produced and co-written with Jack Antonoff and will include ‘Venice Bitch,’ ‘Mariners Apartment Complex,’ ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but I have it,’ and the current release, a cover of Sublime’s ‘Doin’ Time’.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Norman Fucking Rockwell
                                                                                                          Mariners Apartment Complex
                                                                                                          Venice Bitch
                                                                                                          Fuck It I Love You
                                                                                                          Doin’ Time
                                                                                                          Love Song
                                                                                                          Cinnamon Girl
                                                                                                          How To Disappear
                                                                                                          The Next Best American Record
                                                                                                          The Greatest
                                                                                                          Happiness Is A Butterfly
                                                                                                          Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It

                                                                                                          Lana Del Rey


                                                                                                            'Paradise' single LP in oversized slipcase to also hold 'Born To Die' LP.

                                                                                                            (please note that this does not contain '
                                                                                                            Born To Die' 2lp, sold seperately).

                                                                                                            "Even after selling nearly three million copies of her debut album worldwide, Lana Del Rey still faced a challenge during 2012: namely, proving to critics and fans that Born to Die wasn't a fluke. In that spirit, she released Paradise, a mini-album close to Christmas, one that finds her copying nearly wholesale the look and feel of her vampish Born to Die personality. The sound is also very familiar. Strings move at a glacial pace, drums crash like waves in slow motion, and most of the additional textures in these songs (usually electric guitar or piano) are cinematic in their sound and references."

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Ride
                                                                                                            2. American
                                                                                                            3. Cola
                                                                                                            4. Body Electric
                                                                                                            5. Blue Velvet
                                                                                                            6. Gods & Monsters
                                                                                                            7. Yayo
                                                                                                            8. Bel Air

                                                                                                            Lana Del Rey

                                                                                                            Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass

                                                                                                              Lana Del Rey reads fourteen select poems from her upcoming debut poetry book Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass accompanied by music from frequent collaborator, Grammy Award-winning musician Jack Antonoff.

                                                                                                              "Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many. Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each word to make the perfect poem. They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason I’m proud of them, especially because the spirit in which they were written was very authentic."- Lana

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                              LA Who Am I To Love You
                                                                                                              The Land Of 1,000 Fires
                                                                                                              Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass
                                                                                                              Past The Bushes Cypress Thriving
                                                                                                              Never To Heaven

                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                              Tessa DiPietro
                                                                                                              Quiet Waiter Blue Forever
                                                                                                              What Happened When I Left You
                                                                                                              My Bedroom Is A Sacred Place Now – There Are Children At The Foot Of My Bed
                                                                                                              Paradise Is Very Fragile
                                                                                                              Bare Feet On Linoleum

                                                                                                              CD TRACKLISTING:
                                                                                                              LA Who Am I To Love You
                                                                                                              The Land Of 1,000 Fires
                                                                                                              Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass
                                                                                                              Past The Bushes Cypress Thriving
                                                                                                              Never To Heaven
                                                                                                              Tessa DiPietro
                                                                                                              Quiet Waiter Blue Forever
                                                                                                              What Happened When I Left You
                                                                                                              My Bedroom Is A Sacred Place Now – There Are Children At The Foot Of My Bed
                                                                                                              Paradise Is Very Fragile
                                                                                                              Bare Feet On Linoleum

                                                                                                              Lizzy Mercier Descloux

                                                                                                              Suspense - Light In The Attic Edition

                                                                                                              * Remastered from the original tapes
                                                                                                              * Essay by “Punk Professor” Vivien Goldman, interviewing key players
                                                                                                              * LP Includes download card for full album + 6 bonus tracks
                                                                                                              * CD includes full album plus 6 bonus tracks

                                                                                                              By the time bohemian singer/poet/artist Lizzy Mercier Descloux recorded her fifth album, 1988's 'Suspense', she'd enjoyed a recording career that was as far from the clichés of music lore as is possible, flitting between genres, continents and collaborators, enjoying great success and equally great failure and even stealing the final breaths of master trumpeter Chet Baker for 1986's One For The Soul. When she came to make 'Suspense' she was, for the first time, working without her longtime muse, partner and manager Michel Esteban, with whom she'd first moved from their native France to New York, where it all began.

                                                                                                              The pressure was on to repeat the success of “Mais Où Sont Passées Les Gazelles”, a smash hit in France, and Descloux's label were keen to make a conventional artist of her, pairing her with John Brand, an in-vogue producer with a style geared to a big, shiny 1980s chart sound - an approach Lizzy had never experienced before, nor intended to.

                                                                                                              In Vivien Goldman's new liner notes, Esteban notes that Suspense sounds "less Lizzy than the other records, less open," but in splitting herself into two – English and Francophone – the album has two personalities too; oddly, it shines a light on the real Descloux that her cultural experiments never did.

                                                                                                              Though the initial aim was to make a folky, acoustic album, the pop sound suited the singer, and “A Room In New York” is as fine and sparky as AOR gets. But when early single “Gueule D’Amour/Cry of Love” stiffed, EMI lost confidence and buried the LP. Bound by her contract to the label, Descloux moved away from music and focused on painting. She eventually settled in Corsica, the French island, where she died, aged 48, of cancer. Descloux's musical career ended, therefore, with the aptly titled Suspense. It was only a matter of time before this furiously creative artist's work was re-evaluated, and with these deluxe reissues, that time is now.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              01 Gueule D’amour
                                                                                                              02 Cape Desire
                                                                                                              03 Salomé
                                                                                                              04 Vroom, C’est La Voie Lacée
                                                                                                              05 The Long Goodbye
                                                                                                              06 2 Femmes À La Mer
                                                                                                              07 L’heure Bleue
                                                                                                              08 Once Upon A Time Out
                                                                                                              09 Echec Et Mat
                                                                                                              10 A Room In New York
                                                                                                              11 Gypsy Flame (English Version) (Bonus Track)*
                                                                                                              12 Lucky Strike Drive (English Version) (Bonus Track)*
                                                                                                              13 Playtime 4:13 (English Version) (Bonus Track)*
                                                                                                              14 Hurricane 4:26 (English Version) (Bonus Track)*
                                                                                                              15 Calypso Moguls (7” Version) (Bonus Track)*
                                                                                                              16 Calypso Moguls (Tender Dub) (Bonus Track)*
                                                                                                              * Bonus Tracks Available On CD And LP Download Card

                                                                                                              Larry Dixon & LAD Productions Inc

                                                                                                              Star Time

                                                                                                                For the past four decades, a growing cult of soul music collectors have sought two obscure LPs and a handful of extremely rare 45s released on the vanity record label LAD Productions, Inc. between the late seventies and the mid eighties by the mysterious South Side Chicago singer/song writer Larry Dixon. Larry's raw songs capture the transition from R&B to boogie-down as disco was rapidly becoming extinct. They also perfectly illustrate Larry’s ability to overcome his environment and discrimination, transcended by his determination to write and produce music. With the support of his faithful musicians, Larry's success was only hindered by lack of airplay and promotion, but his talent shines through. This is the story of Larry Dixon, his label LAD Productions, Inc., and his friends and family throughout four decades of music in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. Jerome Derradji is proud to reactivate Past Due Records - the boogie funk division of Still Music to release this fantastic archive – what many consider to be the Holy Grail - of Chicago Funk, Boogie and Soul. Each format includes a unique booklet with the story of Larry Dixon and his friends, written by Jacob Arnold, along with numerous pictures and documents previously never published. Artwork is by Al Kent from Million Dollar Disco.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                CD1 - Larry Dixon - I’am So In Love + Can’t Price Love
                                                                                                                1 - I'm So In Love
                                                                                                                2 - Together
                                                                                                                3 - Hey Girl
                                                                                                                4 - Free Me
                                                                                                                5 - What I Am
                                                                                                                6 - Body
                                                                                                                7 - Show Me The Way
                                                                                                                8 - Star Time
                                                                                                                9 - Can't Price Love
                                                                                                                10 - Make Up Your Mind
                                                                                                                11 - Dance To The Beat
                                                                                                                12 - Can't Price Love - Instrumental
                                                                                                                13 - Wait For Me
                                                                                                                14 - The Only One
                                                                                                                15 - Doing What Comes Naturally
                                                                                                                16 - Wait For Me (Instrumental)

                                                                                                                CD2 - Larry Dixon & Friends - Rare Singles, Instrumentals And Lost Tapes. Chicago 1971-85.
                                                                                                                1 - Larry Dixon Group Soulful Spades - Next Time (Part 1) *
                                                                                                                2 - Larry Dixon - The Only One
                                                                                                                3 - Larry Dixon - Don’t It Make You Dance
                                                                                                                4 - Larry Dixon - Star Time 7” Version
                                                                                                                5 - Larry Dixon - You’re On Your Own
                                                                                                                6 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Space Caravan *
                                                                                                                7 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Groove It All Night *
                                                                                                                8 - Larry Dixon - Feelings (Feel So Fine) *
                                                                                                                9 - Larry Dixon - Being With You *
                                                                                                                10 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Love We Had Demo Instru. *
                                                                                                                11 - Chuck-A-Luck - Ready For Your Touch *
                                                                                                                12 - Larry Dixon - Love In Your Heart
                                                                                                                13 - Chuck-A-Luck - That Kind Of Love *
                                                                                                                14 - Larry Dixon - Love Has Come Back
                                                                                                                15 - Larry Dixon - Saturday Night
                                                                                                                16 - Chuck-A-Luck - Ready For Your Touch (Jerome’s Dub) *
                                                                                                                17 - Larry Dixon - Feelings (Feel So Fine) (Instrumental) *
                                                                                                                18 - Larry Dixon Group Soulful Spades - Next Time (Part 2)
                                                                                                                19 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Space Caravan Instrumental *
                                                                                                                18 - Chuck-A-Luck - Ready For Your Touch (Instrumental) *
                                                                                                                * Previously Unreleased

                                                                                                                4 X 12” LP Boxset:
                                                                                                                LP1 - Larry Dixon - I’am So In Love
                                                                                                                A1 I'm So In Love
                                                                                                                A2 Together
                                                                                                                A3 Hey Girl
                                                                                                                A4 Free Me
                                                                                                                B1 What I Am
                                                                                                                B2 Body
                                                                                                                B3 Show Me The Way
                                                                                                                B4 Star Time
                                                                                                                Originally Released In 1980 By LAD Productions Inc. Cat# LD – 8002

                                                                                                                LP2 - Larry Dixon - Can’t Price Love

                                                                                                                A1 Can't Price Love
                                                                                                                A2 Make Up Your Mind
                                                                                                                A3 Dance To The Beat
                                                                                                                A4 Can't Price Love - Instrumental
                                                                                                                B1 Wait For Me
                                                                                                                B2 The Only One
                                                                                                                B3 Doing What Comes Naturally
                                                                                                                B4 Wait For Me (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                Originally Released In 1984 By LAD Productions Inc. Cat# LD - 8404

                                                                                                                DLP 3/4 - Larry Dixon & Friends - Rare Singles, Instrumentals And Lost Tapes. Chicago 1971-85.

                                                                                                                A Side
                                                                                                                1 - Larry Dixon Group Soulful Spades - Next Time (Part 1) *
                                                                                                                2 - Larry Dixon - The Only One
                                                                                                                3 - Larry Dixon - Don’t It Make You Dance
                                                                                                                4 - Larry Dixon - Star Time 7” Version
                                                                                                                5 - Larry Dixon - You’re On Your Own

                                                                                                                B Side
                                                                                                                1 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Space Caravan *
                                                                                                                2 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Groove It All Night *
                                                                                                                3 - Larry Dixon - Feelings (Feel So Fine) *
                                                                                                                4 - Larry Dixon - Being With You *
                                                                                                                5 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Love We Had Demo Instru. *

                                                                                                                C Side
                                                                                                                1 - Chuck-A-Luck - Ready For Your Touch *
                                                                                                                2 - Larry Dixon - Love In Your Heart
                                                                                                                3 - Chuck-A-Luck - That Kind Of Love *
                                                                                                                4 - Larry Dixon - Love Has Come Back
                                                                                                                5 - Larry Dixon - Saturday Night

                                                                                                                D Side
                                                                                                                1 - Chuck-A-Luck - Ready For Your Touch (Jerome’s Dub) *
                                                                                                                2 - Larry Dixon - Feelings (Feel So Fine) (Instrumental) *
                                                                                                                3 - Larry Dixon Group Soulful Spades - Next Time (Part 2) *
                                                                                                                4 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Space Caravan Instrumental *
                                                                                                                5 - Chuck-A-Luck - Ready For Your Touch (Instrumental) *
                                                                                                                * Previously Unreleased

                                                                                                                10 X 7” LP Boxset:

                                                                                                                1 - Larry Dixon Group Soulful Spades - Next Time
                                                                                                                A - Next Time (Part 1) (Unreleased Version)
                                                                                                                B - Next Time (Part 2)
                                                                                                                Originally Released In 1971 By Square Deal, MRDA Inc. Cat# 8313.

                                                                                                                2 - Larry Dixon - Star Time
                                                                                                                A - Star Time
                                                                                                                B - You’re On Your Own
                                                                                                                Originally Released In 1979 By LAD Productions Inc. Cat# LD 7901.

                                                                                                                3 - Larry Dixon - The Only One
                                                                                                                A - The Only One
                                                                                                                B - Don’t It Make You Dance
                                                                                                                Originally Released In 1982 By LAD Productions Inc. Cat# LD-8203.

                                                                                                                4 - Larry Dixon - Dance To The Beat
                                                                                                                A - Dance To The Beat
                                                                                                                B - Wait For Me
                                                                                                                Originally Released In 1984 By LAD Productions Inc. Cat# LD-8405.

                                                                                                                5 - Larry Dixon - Love In Your Heart
                                                                                                                A - Love In Your Heart
                                                                                                                B - Love Has Come Back
                                                                                                                Originally Released In 1985 By LAD Productions Inc. Cat# LD-8506.

                                                                                                                6 - Larry Dixon - Saturday Night
                                                                                                                A - Saturday Night
                                                                                                                B - Saturday Night Instrumental
                                                                                                                Originally Released In 1985 By LAD Productions Inc. Cat# LD-8707.

                                                                                                                7 - Larry Dixon - Being With You
                                                                                                                A - Being With You
                                                                                                                B - Feelings (Feel So Fine)
                                                                                                                Previously Unreleased. Cat# LD-1508

                                                                                                                8 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Space Caravan
                                                                                                                A - Space Caravan
                                                                                                                B - Space Caravan Instrumental
                                                                                                                Previously Unreleased. Cat# LD-1509

                                                                                                                9 - Charles Parks III & The High Society Players - Groove It All Night
                                                                                                                A - Groove It All Night
                                                                                                                B - The Love We Had (Demo)
                                                                                                                Previously Unreleased. Cat# LD-1510

                                                                                                                10 - Chuck-A-Luck - Ready For Your Touch
                                                                                                                A - Ready For Your Touch
                                                                                                                B - That Kind Of Love
                                                                                                                Previously Unreleased. Cat# LD-1511

                                                                                                                Brussels based soundtrack mastermind Lawrence Le Doux returns to Nous'klaer Audio with a 5-tracks EP: "Insula Dulcamara". Crafting visions of otherworldly bliss through his soothing soundscapes and undulating rhythms.

                                                                                                                Pairing heart-wrenching beauty with staggeringly sophisticated production has yielded an EP which connects directly to our emotions without having to revisit past tropes or pre-existing successful archetypes. It's new, fresh, arresting; but possesses that warmth and depth which we associate with electronica classics of a by-gone era. Recommended! 

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Matt says: Beautifully ethereal and otherworldly electronix bolstered with dub sensibilities and finesse. A mind expanding 5-dimensional listen.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Villa Di Anna
                                                                                                                Nord Zimmer
                                                                                                                May Picture
                                                                                                                Insula Dulcamara

                                                                                                                Lamont Dozier

                                                                                                                You Made Me A Believer / Starting Over

                                                                                                                Following his role establishing the Motown sound as part of Holland/Dozier/Holland, Lamont went solo and these two tracks come from his 1981 album “Working On You”. Originally released by Columbia in the smooth, lush sounding style of the day, complete with Lamont’s signature vocal, neither of the two tracks here were released as single despite finding huge favour with modern soul audiences. “You Made Me A Believer” is one of his most enduring soul night floorfillers. Expansion also released the full “Working On You” album on remastered CD.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. You Made Me A Believer
                                                                                                                2. Starting Over 

                                                                                                                Lucy Duncombe

                                                                                                                Brace / Mend

                                                                                                                12th Isle quickly follow on from the double LP "Athenian Primitivism" by Christos Chondropoulos with two recordings from performance, voice and sound artist Lucy Duncombe. Cut to 10" vinyl and mastered by Morgan Buckley (Wah Wah Wino), "Brace / Mend" are collaborative works exploring an early musical fascination with theatrical vocal transposition and its duality with machinic interference and technologies. Lucy recently expanded upon this practice with a joint tape release with DJ Crud (Al White) entitled "THE RAPTURE OF CELLULAR ACCRETION". This limited run single continues 12th Isle's on-going relationship with musicians in their city of Glasgow.

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

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                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                A. Brace
                                                                                                                B. Mend

                                                                                                                Logan Farmer

                                                                                                                A Mold For The Bell

                                                                                                                  For Fans Of: J. Tillman, Phosphorescent, Low, Damien Jurado, Bill Callhan.

                                                                                                                  “It’s going to be hard to talk about this when it’s done.” So begins A Mold For The Bell, the new album from Colorado singer-songwriter and producer Logan Farmer. What follows that enigmatic lyric is a collection of stark and ambient folk songs, tethered solely by Farmer’s unadorned vocals, acoustic guitar, and moving embellishments from contributors, including saxophonist Joseph Shabason (who also mixed the album) and renowned harpist Mary Lattimore. With the help of Grammy-nominated producer Andrew Berlin (Gregory Alan Isakov), Farmer tracked all of the vocal and guitar parts over two days in the early months of 2021. The tracks were recorded quickly, live in the studio to capture the raw intimacy and immediacy of Farmer’s live performances. The rest of the album’s creation occurred remotely, over texts, phone calls, and emails with Shabason and a handful of other musicians, as wildfires, insurrections and the pandemic raged around them.

                                                                                                                  “I was working at a bookstore that winter,” Farmer explains, “and I’d walk to my shift every day, obsessing over lyrics and early mixes in a cheap pair of earbuds.” These daily walks would take him past a church, where he’d often stop on the sidewalk and listen to the bells at the top of the hour. “I’ve always loved the sound of church bells, but as the situation worsened, what began as a comfort began to feel ominous, almost threatening.” This experience, along[1]side influences as disparate as Tarkovsky’s film Andrei Rublev and the novels of Olga Tokarczuk, led to a collection of songs that are similarly foreboding, expanding upon the stark and spacious universe of Farmer’s last album (2020’s Still No Mother) to reveal an atmosphere that’s even more oppressively still, like an abandoned Victorian home.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  01 Silence Or Swell
                                                                                                                  02 Cue Sunday Bells
                                                                                                                  03 Horsehair (feat. Mary Lattimore)
                                                                                                                  04 Crooked Lines
                                                                                                                  05 William
                                                                                                                  06 The Moment
                                                                                                                  07 Renegade
                                                                                                                  08 South Vienna

                                                                                                                  Lizzy Farrall

                                                                                                                  All I Said Was Never Heard

                                                                                                                    British singer / songwriter Lizzy Farrall releases her debut mini album, ‘All I Said Was Never Heard’, which will drop just in time for her scheduled UK tour supporting Seaway.

                                                                                                                    Lyrically the release is about situations she went through in her teenage years and forms a diary of that time.

                                                                                                                    For fans of Julien Baker, Now Now, Dashboard Confessional, Neck Deep, This Wild Life.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Broken Toy
                                                                                                                    Pack Of Wolves
                                                                                                                    Better With
                                                                                                                    Better Off
                                                                                                                    Hollow Friends

                                                                                                                    Lee Fields & The Expressions

                                                                                                                    Emma Jean

                                                                                                                      Soul legend Lee Fields has re-teamed with The Expressions for new album 'Emma Jean', out on Brooklyn’s Truth & Soul Records. The successful formula seems to be two-fold: sticking to the raucous-yet-tender voiced soul music Lee Fields has always made, yet updating it - pushing the boundaries of what it can be. The result is an unmistakeable sound, something that, as 'Faithful Man' was reviewed in Pitchfork, “isn’t indebted specifically to Atlantic or Stax or Philadelphia International or Chess or Fame or Motown so much as it’s indebted to all of them at once.”

                                                                                                                      This is why no one can call a Lee Fields record on Truth & Soul a “throwback.” It has hints, sounds, feelings that may be familiar but then there are textures, themes, and approaches that challenge the genre and stretch the sound into something else, something decidedly Lee Fields.

                                                                                                                      To be sure, a good part of this Lee Fields sound can be chalked up to Truth & Soul producers and co-owners Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels, as well as the team of top-notch musicians involved. The artists you hear behind Lee Fields are some of the same that have backed the likes of Aloe Blacc, Sharon Jones, El Michels Affair, Adele, Liam Bailey, Ghostface Killah, and Jay-Z to name a few.

                                                                                                                      This distinctive sound and style, a long time in the making, is again on point with 'Emma Jean'. Here, once more, the rules of the soul genre are tested, changed, and updated, showing that Fields and company have a very real command of this sound. To be sure, there are those that may be content with identifying and following the formulas of soul music’s past. But this new record–and the ones before it–show that Lee Fields, The Expressions, and Truth & Soul are more interested in where it can go next.

                                                                                                                      At the corner of Living Legend St. and OG Ave. you will find Lee Fields’ house. A home that was built with blood, sweat, and tears, and stands on the unshakable foundation of his god given talent. Lee has been singing for 50 plus years and is undeniably, yet amazingly, at the top of his game. Those who have paid attention know that Lee is part of the class that is directly responsible for the revival of old school funk and soul. He has inspired many of today’s younger artists who are doing their best to carry the torch. As long as the road has been, and heavy as the crown may be, Fields is proving yet again that he’s “still got it”. His latest offering is sure to be a warmly received instant classic.

                                                                                                                      It Rains Love is the 2nd album by Lee Fields & The Expressions on Brooklyn’s Big Crown Records and gives us yet another masterclass in soul. Teaming up again with frequent collaborator and producer Leon Michels and his devoted band, The Expressions, they have managed again to take a classic approach and update it. Traditional soul sensibilities are mixed with a hip-hop tinged, sample ready sound that is as much an homage to the old as to the new. Some of the songs sound like they could belong to any of the last 4 decades without it feeling like a throwback, while others are 60’s soul through and through. Lyrically, Lee runs the gamut from gushing admonishments of love to politically charged calls to action, from proclamations of God’s existence to love letters written to his wife. This record marks the fifth studio album from Lee Fields & the Expressions and we are very proud to add it to the already impeccable catalog they have created together. Another strong offering by a man many people consider to be a national treasure, the professor of love himself, Mr Lee Fields. It’s all love baby! 

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Millie says: Lee Field’s is on top form and dominating the soul genre with his distinctive and bold vocals. It Rains Love is a monumental album which sets him apart as a pure talent, taking all things soul and putting his own stamp on it.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. It Rains Love
                                                                                                                      2. Blessed With The Best
                                                                                                                      3. Two Faces
                                                                                                                      4. You’re What’s Needed In My Life
                                                                                                                      5. Wake Up
                                                                                                                      6. Will I Get Off Easy
                                                                                                                      7. Prisoner Of Love
                                                                                                                      8. A Promise Is A Promise
                                                                                                                      9. God Is Real
                                                                                                                      10. Love Is The Answer
                                                                                                                      11. Don’t Give Up (Cd Bonus Track)

                                                                                                                      Lee Fields & The Expressions

                                                                                                                      Special Night Instrumentals

                                                                                                                      The instrumental version of the instant classic "Special Night" by Lee Fields & The Expressions. There are a few terms that get thrown around loosely, two of which are legend and retro-soul. One of these fits Lee Fields hand and glove, one of these doesn’t fit at all. Very few people in music have both earned the status of legendary and continue to solidify it. 50 years in the game and only getting better, gaining more fans, and evolving his sound on each album, Lee is in fact a Living Legend. This brings us to the misuse of the term "retro-soul" when talking about Mr. Fields. You don’t have to look far to find a younger generation emulating the essence and styles of an era the’ve only experienced through music and movies. It seems unfair to tag Lee with a term that implies imitation when he is part of the generation that actually defined the genre. Plain and simple, this is not that. "Special Night" is a masterclass in soul music past and present. “I feel that every human being’s purpose is to do what their inner voice says to do,” says Lee Fields. “And my inner voice, my driving force, wants me to put out music and keeping making better records.” Special Night is also the first record in the Expressions catalogue in which every song was written jointly by Lee Fields and The Expressions.

                                                                                                                      “When I record, I make every song like I actually mean it. I mean every word I say. On Special Night I’m talking to my lady — literally, expressing the way I feel.” says Lee Fields. “You can tell if a song is real or not, and every moment I’m recording, those moments are real, this is a record about what people do in real life”. For one example, he cites the song “Work to Do,” which tells the story of “a guy going to counseling, drinking too much, apologizing to the old lady and trying to keep family together, doing the manly thing.” On “Make This World”, Lee makes a nod back to his early funk roots with a cautionary tale about the health of the planet. The world was designed to last indefinitely,” says Fields. “We’re the only living species on Earth who can alter that process. I’m hoping that song has a chain reaction, helps somebody put into action whatever contribution they can to change what the world is going through.” As always, sticking to the formula but pushing the boundaries “Never Be Another You” from the first note doesn’t sound like something you would hear on a Lee record, that is until he starts singing anyhow. A low tempo ballad with a head nodding drum track, sparse piano lines, and all the space Lee needs to lay down what is sure to be one of the flyest love songs of 2017.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A1. Special Night
                                                                                                                      A2. I’m Coming Home
                                                                                                                      A3. Work To Do
                                                                                                                      A4. Never Be Another You
                                                                                                                      A5. Lover Man
                                                                                                                      B1. Make The World
                                                                                                                      B2. Let Him In
                                                                                                                      B3. How I Like It
                                                                                                                      B4. Where Is The Love?
                                                                                                                      B5. Precious Love 

                                                                                                                      Lee Fields

                                                                                                                      Sentimental Fool

                                                                                                                        Soul great Lee Fields signs to Daptone and announces a new album.
                                                                                                                        Lee Fields is arguably the greatest soul singer alive today. In an age when the shelf life of an artist largely depends on posturing and trends, he has proven to be an unassailable force of nature. His prolific, decade-spanning career continues to reign supreme on the modern soul scene.

                                                                                                                        In early 2022, Lee reunited with Daptone Records and producer Gabriel Roth to record Sentimental Fool, a deep, blues-tinged, wholly-conceived soul album. From his first line to his final plaintive lyric, the beauty, power, and raw humanity of Leeʼs voice is on full display here; the culmination of an astounding career that has seemed to defy gravity, rising to only greater and greater heights.

                                                                                                                        Soul music pours out of Lee Fields, as free and unstinting as God's love.
                                                                                                                        It was ever since the 1960's, when he was a teenager in North Carolina sweating it out on juke joint stages, crumpled dollars hailing at his feet. It continues now that the living legend is in his late sixties, ushering in the most successful and fruitful period of his career.

                                                                                                                        Like any living legend worth their salt, Fields has suffered despair, obscurity, defeat. Although he now tours stages around the world, and although he helped fellow soul legends like Sharon Jones (who was once Fields' backup singer) and Charles Bradley (whom Fields took on his first tour) get their first break, he did not always have this position. There were years—they were known as "the 1980's"—when Fields nearly gave up. His success these days, then has a bittersweet tinge: His dear friends Bradley and Jones have both passed, leaving Fields to outlive them and carry their legacy forth.

                                                                                                                        With all these years, and all this life, comes a sort of divine wisdom, and Fields has it in spades. "I am a sinner, just like everybody else," he says gravely. He is no "holier—than—thou guy," he adds. He just believes in people's ability to love and be loved, and he understands that music is the divine bridge to these places.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Forever
                                                                                                                        2. I Should Have Let You Be
                                                                                                                        3. Sentimental Fool
                                                                                                                        4. Two Jobs
                                                                                                                        5. Just Give Me Your Time
                                                                                                                        6. Save Your Tears For Someone New
                                                                                                                        7. The Door
                                                                                                                        8. What Did I Do?
                                                                                                                        9. Without A Heart
                                                                                                                        10. Ordinary Lives
                                                                                                                        11. Your Face Before My Eyes
                                                                                                                        12. Extraordinary Man

                                                                                                                        Luboš Fišer

                                                                                                                        Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Sleeve B)

                                                                                                                          It has been exactly ten years since Finders Keepers Records first liberated Luboš Fišer’s immaculate soundtrack music for 'Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders' ("Valerie A Týden Divu") from the vaults of the Barrandov Studio in Prague. As the inaugural release of an ongoing discography of previously unreleased scores from the hugely creative ‘Film Miracle’ that occurred during and after the Czech New Wave (CNW), this score will always retain a special place in the heart of the label as well as listeners who consistently request an updated repress of this significant vinyl milestone.

                                                                                                                          Having grown in status from an obscure and misunderstood socialist-era art house oddity, via the hands of risqué foreign fluff merchants, to finally find its rightful audience as a bona fide surrealist cinematic masterpiece of world class standards, this 1970 film adaptation of Vítezslav Nezval’s 1935 avant-garde novella (a film that literally cross-pollinated Max Ernst’s ‘A Week Of Kindness’ and Lewis Caroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’) has garnered widespread critical acclaim. Inspiring ongoing generations of visual artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers - all of whom regard this truly individualistic and inimitable surrealist film poem to be an indelible influence - Valerie continues to impregnate their daily artistic referential fabric.

                                                                                                                          Commonly considered to be the swansong of the CNW, following a huge paranoia fuelled government film cull in 1969, owing to the fact it is the last government approved feature film of the post-Prague Spring era to combine the efforts of controversial filmmakers from the FAMU (Filmová A Televizní Fakulta Akademie Múzických Umení) film school, ‘Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders’ would also be the first of an exciting and essential new fertile strain of Czech made cinema fantastique. Successfully condensing the final drops of CNW lifeblood through a series of presumed apolitical scary/fairy tales, directors like Jaromil Jireš and Juraj Herz used surrealism, traditionalism and fantasy to rejuvenate the creative energy of apathetic filmmakers evading government scrutiny via creatively coded artistic allegories.

                                                                                                                          By strategically choosing to adapt a pre-war surrealist melodrama written by a communist convert author called Vítezslav Nezval and based in a non-specific traditional era, the previously censored filmmaker Jaromil Jireš was able to craft what many consider his finest filmic hour and what would later become his most universally received achievement. Enlisting the individual talent of some of the CNW’s most formidable stalwarts, in what might have been their most creatively challenging roles, Jireš managed to unintentionally establish a new genre format that was both stylistically and sonically tuned to the trends of the impending decade thus future-proofing his career and providing a woozy gateway drug to an otherwise time-locked lost movement.

                                                                                                                          Beautifully remastered from the original studio tapes with updated liner notes. Housed in two sleeve designs (Sleeve A / Sleeve B) based on the original theatrical posters.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          The Magic Yard
                                                                                                                          Talk With Grandmother
                                                                                                                          The Letter
                                                                                                                          The Sermon
                                                                                                                          Losing The Way
                                                                                                                          The Visit
                                                                                                                          The Work Of Death
                                                                                                                          Dense Smoke
                                                                                                                          The Contract / The Wedding
                                                                                                                          The Punishment
                                                                                                                          Brother And Sister
                                                                                                                          The Letter 2 / Friends
                                                                                                                          In Flames
                                                                                                                          Questions And Answers
                                                                                                                          And The Last

                                                                                                                          Louis Fontaine

                                                                                                                          Ritmi Moderni

                                                                                                                            After his first album "L'obsession", Louis Fontaine is back with "Ritmi Moderni", a second album in which he explores all aspects of rhythm and groove, always in a cinematic style.

                                                                                                                            "Ritmi Moderni" is an album inspired by the library music of the sixties and seventies, each track can lead to a different story.

                                                                                                                            The idea is that while listening to track after track we dive into different universes, different images, different stories, places and landscapes. It’s an album with colorful tones, just like the stories it tells.

                                                                                                                            In most of the tracks, the rhythm is the basis of the musical composition, but the search for themes and melodies remains the focal point of each track. Each theme can be associated with a story in images.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Matt says: A simply stunning, highly evocative library funk and jazz record from Louis Fontaine. A delightfully lucid expression full of energy and colour which transports the listener into its vivid, wide-screen splendour.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A1. La Mer
                                                                                                                            A2. Mondi Paralleli
                                                                                                                            A3. Nuages
                                                                                                                            A4. Voyage Cosmique
                                                                                                                            A5. Temps Suspendu

                                                                                                                            B1. In Motion
                                                                                                                            B2. Computer Psichico
                                                                                                                            B3. Mirage
                                                                                                                            B4. Ritmi Moderni
                                                                                                                            B5. Les Explorateurs

                                                                                                                            Sometimes the best course of action is to find your path and stay focused, which is the approach that shaped Lyla Foy’s debut album, ‘Mirrors The Sky’. Everything changed for the 25-year-old London songwriter one day in early 2012, when she cancelled her evening plans to work on music at home. After years of collaborations, she decided to go it alone, and that night produced the gorgeously stripped-down ‘No Secrets’, which she eventually shared with the world under the moniker WALL. “When I first started writing for the project, I wanted everything to be really focused on the melodies, but also really simple and minimal,” says Foy. “Just using a lot of bass, and simple drum patterns. I wanted to try something new, and that one song felt like the beginning of something.”

                                                                                                                            The reaction to ‘No Secrets’ confirmed Foy’s suspicion that she’d stumbled onto something pretty special. The track led to an appearance on British web-series Black Cab Sessions, and the Black Cab folks formed a label to release WALL’s debut single, ‘Magazine’. The English accolades poured in via glowing reviews and radio spins - BBC Radio’s Steve Lamacq went so far as to call ‘Magazine’ his favourite song of the year - and by the end of 2012 Pitchfork was giving her props for her haunting cover of Karen Dalton’s ‘Something on Your Mind’, and spotlighting the title track from 2013’s ‘Shoestring’ EP.

                                                                                                                            Foy has now decided to come out from behind her WALL and adorn ‘Mirrors The Sky’ with her given name. She’s still in the same musical mindset that produced ‘No Secrets’ and she still plays with the guys - Oli Deakin (bass, keyboards), Andy Goodall (drums), and Dan Bell (guitar, keyboards) - who helped bring WALL’s songs to the stage.

                                                                                                                            For a project that began as a single song in a London bedroom, Lyla Foy’s hypnotically hushed songs have come quite a long way over the past two years, figuratively and literally, as her worldwide deal with Sub Pop will find her spending quality time supporting ‘Mirrors The Sky’ around the globe.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            I Only
                                                                                                                            No Secrets
                                                                                                                            Only Human
                                                                                                                            Feather Tongue

                                                                                                                            Laurine Frost continues the musical journey of his fictional character Lena, incarnating the life of his imaginary daughter in a series of albums. 'Nimfa' - as the sequel - leaves the eccentric drama of its predecessor behind, and paints naturalistic, slowly blooming landscapes instead. The result is a carefully crafted multi-dimensional fusion of jazz, dub, ethereal abstraction of drums and electronica with a bold poetic approach.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A1. False Spring
                                                                                                                            A2. Carefully Glowing Fox
                                                                                                                            A3. Seeing True Shadows
                                                                                                                            A4. Noble Rust
                                                                                                                            B1. Layering Nimfa
                                                                                                                            B2. Imperium
                                                                                                                            B3. Heloise
                                                                                                                            B4. The Blizzard

                                                                                                                            Liam Frost

                                                                                                                            The Latchkey Kid

                                                                                                                              Liam Frost’s triumphant third album The Latchkey Kid presents us with some of Liam’s most compelling work. A poignant and alluring album that lives up to the sky high standards of his first two successful albums.

                                                                                                                              Originally released in 2019 after a successful crowdfund campaign, this entire album was recorded in three days, melding his distinctive north western delivery with that of Americana folk legends Josh Rouse, Whiskeytown and Josh Ritter .

                                                                                                                              Lauded as the future Guy Garvey , the album standouts includes the epic Mercy Me ’, ‘Going Steady’ & ‘Pomona ’, all proving that the art of great song writing is still alive and kicking.

                                                                                                                              Remastered and now available for the very first time on black vinyl, with signed print and printed inner sleeve .

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              SIDE A
                                                                                                                              1. Going Steady
                                                                                                                              2. Hall Of Mirrors, Rope Of Sand
                                                                                                                              3. Mercy Me!
                                                                                                                              4. Didn’t It Rain

                                                                                                                              SIDE B
                                                                                                                              1. Pomona
                                                                                                                              2. Who’s Gonna Love You?
                                                                                                                              3. When I’m Around
                                                                                                                              4. Follow You Around
                                                                                                                              5. Lover, Trouble Knows My Name

                                                                                                                              Liam Gallagher

                                                                                                                              All You're Dreaming Of

                                                                                                                                Charity Partner for Single will be Action For Children.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’

                                                                                                                                After the phenomenal reaction to his solo track ‘Wall of Glass’ and the emotional scenes that accompanied his first solo shows, Liam Gallagher brings us his eagerly anticipated debut album ‘As You Were’.

                                                                                                                                “I didn’t want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey,” says Liam. “It’s the Lennon ‘Cold Turkey’ vibe, The Stones, the classics. But done my way, now.”

                                                                                                                                The album’s cover features an iconic new portrait of Liam which was taken by the influential photographer, fashion designer and creative director Hedi Slimane.

                                                                                                                                Liam Gallagher

                                                                                                                                C'mon You Know

                                                                                                                                  ‘C'mon You Know’ follows the huge success of Liam’s previous studio albums ‘As You Were’ (2017) and ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ (2019), which established his iconic status for a whole new generation. His ‘MTV Unplugged’ also went straight to #1 on the Official Album Chart. Between his triumphs as a solo artist and his phenomenal success with Oasis, Liam has spent a combined total of almost six months at #1 across eleven chart-topping albums. 

                                                                                                                                  Liam Gallagher

                                                                                                                                  Down By The River Thames

                                                                                                                                    Liam Gallagher is not the kind of artist who was going to be stopped by the sizeable problem of not being able to play to an audience during lockdown. So when the idea of playing a playing and filming a live stream show came up, he looked at the precedent set by the Sex Pistols and The Clash and decided to hit the River Thames, armed with a boatload of attitude, a phenomenal live band (including Bonehead) and an arsenal of classic songs.

                                                                                                                                    The show has been captured in full on the new live album ‘Down By The River Thames’, which will be released ia Warner Records.

                                                                                                                                    Originally streamed on December 5th 2020, the show became one of the most memorable performances of the lockdown era. From iconic Oasis favourites (‘Supersonic’, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’) to big hitters from his two all-conquering #1 solo albums (‘Wall of Glass’, ‘Once’), Liam’s inimitable snarl boomed across the Thames and dominated London’s gloomy winter skyline. There were plenty of welcome surprises too: debut solo performances of the Oasis songs ‘Hello’, ‘Fade Away’ and ‘Headshrinker’, and the first live version of ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’. Liam’s voice is absolutely on point throughout, with a full-throttle snarl of anger and attitude that doesn’t compromise any of the finesse of the studio recordings.

                                                                                                                                    Liam commented, “So here it is, the gig they said we could never pull off! As we were in lockdown, bored and depressed, rock ‘n’ roll came to save the day once again. It was a top night and a top gig and it’s captured here on record for you to all enjoy.”

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. ‘Hello’
                                                                                                                                    2. ‘Wall Of Glass’
                                                                                                                                    3. ‘Halo’
                                                                                                                                    4. ‘Shockwave’
                                                                                                                                    5. ‘Columbia’
                                                                                                                                    6. ‘Fade Away’
                                                                                                                                    7. ‘Why Me? Why Not.’
                                                                                                                                    8. ‘Greedy Soul’
                                                                                                                                    9. ‘The River’
                                                                                                                                    10. ‘Once’
                                                                                                                                    11. ‘Morning Glory’
                                                                                                                                    12. ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
                                                                                                                                    13. ‘Headshrinker’
                                                                                                                                    14. ‘Supersonic’
                                                                                                                                    15. ‘Champagne Supernova’
                                                                                                                                    16. ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’

                                                                                                                                    Liam Gallagher

                                                                                                                                    Knebworth 22

                                                                                                                                      Liam Gallagher will document his triumphant two-night Knebworth Park shows with the release of the live album ‘Knebworth 22’ on August 11th. Returning to the scene of the era-defining Oasis gigs of the ‘90s, the huge audience stretched from fans who had been present some 26 years earlier right through to teenagers relishing the excitement of their first big gig. ‘Knebworth 22’ is a must-have live album for any fan who wants to relive the experience.

                                                                                                                                      ‘Knebworth 22’ is released alongside a live video of the weekend’s surprises. ‘Roll It Over’ originally featured on the Oasis album ‘Standing On The Shoulder of Giants’.

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Liam says: This is a lovely set from R Kid documenting his return to Knebworth last summer. Mixture of solo material and Oasis classics, this will tide us over until Liam and Noel bury the hatchet - yes, me and Andy are convinced it will happen!

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’
                                                                                                                                      ‘Wall Of Glass’
                                                                                                                                      ‘Everything’s Electric’
                                                                                                                                      ‘Roll It Over’
                                                                                                                                      ‘Slide Away’
                                                                                                                                      ‘More Power’
                                                                                                                                      ‘C’mon You Know’
                                                                                                                                      ‘The River’
                                                                                                                                      ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
                                                                                                                                      ‘Some Might Say’
                                                                                                                                      ‘Champagne Supernova’

                                                                                                                                      Liam Gallagher

                                                                                                                                      MTV Unplugged

                                                                                                                                        Last summer Liam Gallagher joined the list of all-time greats (Paul McCartney, Page and Plant, Nirvana and many more) who have filmed a prestigious MTV Unplugged session. Having missed Oasis’s 1996 session through illness, the show at Hull’s City Hall found Liam fulfilling some unfinished business entirely on his own terms.

                                                                                                                                        Now Liam is set to release the ‘MTV Unplugged’ live album of the show on April 24th.

                                                                                                                                        The show’s electrifying atmosphere is palpable from the very beginning with a phenomenal reaction as Liam takes to the stage with ‘Wall of Glass’. Material from Liam’s solo career such as his personal favourite ‘Once’ and the joyous ‘Now That I’ve Found You’ resonates in this stripped-back format, with his vocal shining alongside a trio of backing singers and string arrangements performed by the 24-piece Urban Soul Orchestra.

                                                                                                                                        Oasis guitarist Bonehead features on performances of ‘Some Might Say’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Cast No Shadow’ and Liam’s first ever live vocal performance of the ‘Definitely Maybe’ bonus track ‘Sad Song’. The show concludes on a crowd-pleasing high with an emotive take on the classic ‘Champagne Supernova’.

                                                                                                                                        Liam launches the ‘MTV Unplugged’ album by sharing the new version of ‘Gone’, which was one of the strongest performances of the night. Stripped of the force of the studio recording, ‘Gone’ instead reveals new-found bombastic dynamics and an evocative cinematic atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. ‘Wall Of Glass’
                                                                                                                                        2. ‘Some Might Say’
                                                                                                                                        3. ‘Now That I Found You’
                                                                                                                                        4. ‘One Of Us’
                                                                                                                                        5. ‘Stand By Me’
                                                                                                                                        6. ‘Sad Song’
                                                                                                                                        7. ‘Cast No Shadow’
                                                                                                                                        8. ‘Once’
                                                                                                                                        9. ‘Gone’
                                                                                                                                        10. ‘Champagne Supernova’

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