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Naïm Amor & John Convertino

The Western Suite And Siesta Songs

The Western Suite and Siesta Songs, the first release by newly formed duo Naïm Amor & John Convertino, is the perfect soundtrack to a drive through the desert Southwest. The thin, straight line of the road, unending to the horizon; dark, distant rainclouds hovering far ahead and above; the feel of the heat on the asphalt; and most of all the space... Space and time have come together here to create an environment unequaled elsewhere in elegance and beauty. This duo have created a classic record matching those desert roads and views of Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas.

John Convertino recorded the initial tracks in a big room, alone, direct to four track, managing with very simple equipment to capture piano, accordion, and incredible analog drum sounds Those master cassette tapes were mailed to Amor, who added arrangements and his signature guitar style. Each musician needed each other to finish these works—Amor’s brittle electric guitar stabs, lyrical acoustic guitar playing, and cirrus cloud lap steel combine with the hovering space echoes and rattlesnake hiss / thunderous boom of Convertino’s drums to create an epic sequence of themes and variations. These compositions conjure up not only vivid scenes and vistas, but also characters, and moments in lives. The Western Suite And Siesta Songs is a masterpiece of Southwestern music, an album that could be the soundtrack to the best Western film since Once Upon a Time in the West.

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LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Naïm's second release for The Orchestra Pit Recording Co. comes in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve and once again features recordings from his two albums made with Calexico's Joey Burns & John Convertino and PJ Harvey cohort John Parish ("Sanguine" and "Mistake Love" respectively). Disc one features the lead track "Precious Second", a reflective autumnal shuffle, combining Naïm's gallic suave with that bone dry Tucson backbeat to create an elegantly simple three minute pop song; whilst flip-side "Woman, Who's A Woman", with lyrics penned by Marianne Dissard, is a languid rocker à la Velvet Underground, replete with a great Keith Moon style drum break from former Calexico member Tasha Bundy. The bonus disc offers up one of the highlights from Naïm's series of 'Soundtracks' albums, now on it's third volume, the track "Stuck (instr.)" originally featured on Volume II which was put out through Howe Gelb's OwOm label; and finally we have Naïm's take on the Kermit classic "(It Ain't Easy) Bein' Green", ubiquitous though it may well be of late, Naïm takes the song back to it's roots... as he says 'I'm French.. don't worry'.

"Most Valuable Player" is the new solo album from the ex-Dirty Projector. Produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, it's been called 'one of the finest albums this year will see' by Gramophone. A double bass-wielding instrumentalist and haunting vocalist, Nat Baldwin starts "Most Valuable Player" with the haunting composition "Lake Erie" that sees the 28-year-old at his most confident and emotive. Likened to a contemporary Arthur Russell, Baldwin recorded the album under the masterful hand of Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and with help from the Dirty Projector's melismatic maestro Dave Longstreth. The album's title is a nod to Baldwin's days as a Northeast high school basketball champion who turned down scholarship offers to instead pursue jazz. Baldwin studied under free jazz legend Anthony Braxton, an influence evident on unbridled tracks such as "Look She Said", and helps demonstrates the breadth of Baldwin's capabilities, with songs ranging from the full and anthemic "Mask I Wear" to the sparse and melodic "One Two Three".

Nikolas Barrell

The Gin Club

Full of 60s blues and pop influences "The Gin Club" is a worthy first release from Folklaw Records. The label was set up by Fink (Ninja Tune) and producer Tim Bidwell (Hardkandy, Kate Waksh) to find, develop and release new talent in the vibrant city of Brighton. 'Essentially a very personal album that clearly comes from the heart.. hard not to enjoy' - iDJ. 'Barrell has really got a Ray Davies thing going on with his lyrics and vocal lines - wry observations and stripped-down folk-pop tunes' - Fly.co.uk.

DFA hit us up with  "Echo", the first album for the label from acclaimed Norwegian avant garde pop vocalist Nils Bech. A busy stage actor and singer already well known in his native Norway for three albums released on Oslo’s Fysisk Format, "Echo" marks a pivotal turning point for Bech and something of a radical sonic departure too. The keys to this change lie with Bech’s new collaborator, the young underground DJ, producer and beat maker Drippin’, known for his work with American rap artists such as LE1F and Cakes Da Killa. As a result, where his previous work was strange, ethereal and otherworldly - completely and utterly unique - ‘Echo’ throbs with a renewed sense of vigour and urgency, without losing any of the idiosyncratic beauty which marked Bech’s work before. 


FORMAT INFORMATION

LP Info: LP comes with digital download.

Nat Birchall

Cosmic Language

Nat Birchall charts new paths toward spiritual communion, connecting jazz with classical Indian influences guided by the wistful flow of the harmonium.

Cosmic Language sees the UK-based saxophonist, composer and arranger return to Jazzman Records with a cross-cultural approach: an exploration of the parallel musical paths of jazz and Indian ragas. Here he takes influence from spiritual jazz forebears such as Alice Coltrane and Yusef Lateef and introduces the Indian harmonium to his band, where it takes the place of the piano. Making new connections to realise his transcendental ambitions, it's a logical next step in making music as spiritual cleanser.

The idea for the album was spawned from a one-off performance at a meditation centre, the Maharishi Golden Dome in West Lancashire. Seeking to bring a band set-up that was fitting to the quiet-minded setting, Birchall brought the harmonium with him. A small pump organ, it's an instrument he'd been in possession of for many years but hadn't previously used in his music. Building on the spiritual context of that show, and the associations of that instrument, it led naturally to the musical approach undertaken on the album.

Both the album and the show which preceded it were recorded with the same tight-knit group of players which have featured on Birchall's previous albums. All members of the group are part of the same like minded circle of Manchester-oriented jazz musicians, sharing stages and acquaintances with the likes of Matthew Halsall (a longtime collaborator with Birchall) and GoGo Penguin.

Birchall has always channeled wide-ranging ideas into music that's simple to understand, and this album is no exception. Album opener 'Man From Varanasi' is an ode to Bismillah Khan, one of Birchall's heroes of Indian music who hailed from the northern Indian city named in the title. It also sees him taking cues from the Indian raga tradition which, as with most other traditional Indian music, is a foundation which underpinned Khan's music.

Crucially, the ragas tap into the idea of of music as a means of spiritual release. As Birchall explains, "The whole act of making music is a spiritual experience. It's during performance and when playing music that I look for a kind of truth. It's with music where I find myself feel closest to attaining that 'enlightened' kind of feeling." "On rare occasions I've actually felt as though I was listening to the music being played rather than being involved in making it, almost like an out-of-body experience."

This natural feeling comes from Birchall's attitude toward jazz music. He sees it as an essential part of day-to-day life: instead of brightly-lit, occasional entertainment in lugubrious concert halls, he considers it an everyday, vital source of inspiration. At a moment where jazz-influenced music is undergoing creative renewal and wider appreciation, it's an important perspective that's found resonance elsewhere. His experiences and the world around him are filtered through his music, and he looks to have his music – be it live or on record – absorbed in the same quotidian way. "To me, it's an integral part of society, an everyday thing," he says. "You should hear the music every day."


STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: Cosmic Language is a beautiful Jazz concept album, Birchall emphasises the important of filling our lives with music, and of course – lovely jazz music! If you are a fan of the Gondwana label, you should give this a try!

Gilles Peterson has said of Nat "One of the best musicians in the UK, no question" And Nat's last album (Invocations, on Jazzman Records) was featured in his best of 2015 show. Nat's music is regularly featured on Gilles' radio shows, as well as BBC Radio 3 shows, Jazz on 3 and Jazz Line-Up, plus Jamie Cullum's Radio 2 show and shows like Gideon Coe on BBC 6 music and a recent BBC Radio 4 documentary about John Coltrane's iconic album A Love Supreme.

'Creation' is Nat Birchall's eighth album and his most fully realised to date. The group assembled for this recording features two drummers, Johnny Hunter and Andy Hay, and along with Nat, pianist Adam Fairhall and bassist Michael Bardon they create a sound and energy perfectly matched to reveal the deepest messages within the music. From the opening bars of 'Love In The Cosmos' to the closing diminuendo of 'Light Of All Worlds' the music stretches and soars, taking the listener both deep within themselves and also to the furthest reaches of space/time on a journey of profound emotional expression that ultimately uplifts the spirit.


Another artist that says 'Thank you Lord for the Coen brothers'. Blake's involvement in their film "O Brother Where Art Thou?" has had a knock-on effect on his career as well as the many other acoustic roots musicians that appeared in the film or on the soundtrack. "Old Ties" is Blake at his best, finger pickin' his way through slew of jaw-dropping guitar set pieces and easy-on-the-ear folk roots standards.

Nick Butcher

Bee Removal

    "Bee Removal" is Nick Butcher's newest exploration of sound and vision. The follow up to "The Complicated Bicycle" (his first album, critically praised and packaged in a handmade, hand-printed book by Nick himself), this new LP turns found instrumentation-radio, guitar, air organ, tape players, trains passing, coins, etc. - into focused compositions. Recorded in Nick's Chicago home and studio, using what he describes as 'haphazard recording techniques', "Bee Removal" is a majestic souvenir of invention. Not to mention: the packaging is a hand-screened Chris Kerr illustration, and the vinyl is delicious and icy white. Edition of 500 copies.

    “This debut ‘Austin City Limits’ performance on August 9, 2003, captures songs from Neko Case’s three seminal solo releases at the time, combining elements of country, gospel and punk for a very unique sound. That’s why pundits often find the music hard to classify. Which is a good thing. Her voice has been described as lush, torchy, melancholic - even scary (someone once wrote that ‘she sings like Patsy Cline’s ghost’). She certainly doesn’t sound like anything else on today’s hit parade.

    “Neko began her career as a drummer in a punk band, but it wasn’t long before she started experimenting with songwriting and singing. She also continues to perform as a member of The New Pornographers, but her solo work is where her songwriting skills shine most. As she herself says, ‘I want to write songs that are timeless... maybe just something more like a novel than a short story.’” - Terry Lickona (producer ‘Austin City Limits’)

    West Coast psychedelic folkie Nick Castro is currently making some of most dynamic and truly original sounds to emerge from the much-ballyhooed new folk movement. As 'freak-folk' and assorted hairy-fairy type labels grab the headlines in the underground, Castro strives for a solemn, serene sort of beauty, summoning utterly melodic incantations in song and sound. Gracefully immersing 60s / 70s British Isles acid balladry with Middle-Eastern traditional music and heady, pan-cultural communal jams, Castro succeeds in reaching otherworldly vistas and ocean-spanning folk transcendence. Following up 2005's lauded "Further From Grace", Castro unfurls his sprawling third album "Come Into Our House", easily his most far-reaching and deeply molecular outing yet. Previously backed by The Poison Tree, which included Josephine Foster and members of Espers, Nick Castro has assembled a new band of players under the moniker The Young Elders - a truly stellar cast of musicians whose combined resumes include folk and avant rock ensembles Current 93, In Gowan Ring, Damo Suzuki's Network and Cul de Sac. Effortlessly mating Bert Jansch-style folk song ("Winding Tree"), psychedelic folk rock ("One I Love"), Middle Eastern traditional music ("Attar") and Bay Area acid-raga ("Lay Down Your Arms") to a kind of organic studio Musique Concrete that Can forged on albums like "Tago Mago". The results are astonishing, challenging and utterly psychedelic. By reaching for the sky Castro achieves the heavens, and "Come Into Our House" is the evidence. A modern acid-folk masterwork.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLtd LP Info: Limited edition deluxe double vinyl import, also includes a bonus three track 7".

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

    Live At The Royal Albert Hall

      Recorded on the Boatman's Call tour, this is a suberb live recording, catching them at their very best.

      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

      Abbatoir Blues / Lyre Of Orpheus

        English guitarist and organist James Johnston joined The Bad Seeds for their thirteenth studio album ‘Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus’, which was released on September 20th 2004 by Mute Records, and produced by Nick Launay.

        This masterful double album was produced by Nick Launay at Studio Ferber in Paris in March–April 2004 with Cave splitting drumming duties for the two parts, with Jim Sclavunos on ‘Abattoir Blues’ and Thomas Wydler on ‘Lyre Of Orpheus’.

        The entire album was completed in twelve days, and notably, the last track on the album, ‘O Children’, was featured in the 2010 film ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part One’. The song is also referenced as an achievement in Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7.

        This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLtd LP Info: Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.
        Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

        2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

        Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

          ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ fourteenth studio album, and was recorded in June and July 2007 at The State of the Ark Studios in Richmond, Surrey, and mixed by Nick Launay at British Grove recording studios, in Chiswick, west London, and was released on March 3rd 2008.

          It would also be the last album to feature founding member Mick Harvey, who left the Bad Seeds in 2009.

          In several interviews Cave has stated that this album would "sound like Grinderman", his side project, who had released their debut album a year earlier. In line with this rough-and-ready approach, the album was recorded in about five days, an uncommonly short period for a full-length album.

          Cave wrote on his inspiration for the album: "Ever since I can remember hearing the Lazarus story, when I was a kid, you know, back in church, I was disturbed and worried by it. Traumatised, actually. We are all, of course, in awe of the greatest of Christ's miracles—raising a man from the dead—but I couldn't help but wonder how Lazarus felt about it. As a child it gave me the creeps, to be honest. I've taken Lazarus and stuck him in New York City, in order to give the song, a hip, contemporary feel. I was also thinking about Harry Houdini who spent a lot of his life trying to debunk the spiritualists who were cashing in on the bereaved. He believed there was nothing going on beyond the grave. He was the second greatest escapologist, Harry was, Lazarus, of course, being the greatest. I wanted to create a kind of vehicle, a medium, for Houdini to speak to us if he so desires, you know, from beyond the grave."

          Critical response to the album was overwhelmingly positive, with reviewers citing this as both a return to greatness and a new side of the band.

          A review from NME described the record as a "gothic psycho-sexual apocalypse" and gave it 8/10, whilst Mojo magazine proclaimed it their album of 2008.

          Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

          Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram. Please note: this is a three-sided record.

          This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

          From Her To Eternity

            Following the break up of Nick Cave’s former group The Birthday Party, Cave and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey put together a new band featuring Einsturzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld, additional guitarist Hugo Race, and ex-Magazine bass player Barry Adamson.

            The band entered the studio on September 20th 1983, and after some sessions, emerged as Nick Cave & The Cavemen, playing their first gig in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve 1983.

            The name was short-lived, and was soon amended to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, in reference to the final Birthday Party release, ‘The Bad Seed’ EP.

            Most of ‘From Her To Eternity’ was recorded in London, with sessions split between The Garden studio in Shoreditch, and Trident, in Soho.

            Cave later said, "Well, I guess we weren't kicking people in the teeth anymore. I mean, it just became different. I wanted it to be more lyrically orientated and getting Blixa Bargeld in the group made an incredible difference. He's a completely kind of atmospheric guitarist and incredibly economical and it gave me room to breathe”.

            The album, produced by Mick Harvey and Flood, was released on 18th June 1984 on Mute Records, Cave’s label for more than the next 25 years.

            It received great reviews upon its release and is recognised as one of the most timeless albums of the ‘80s.

            Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

            Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

            This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

            Kicking Against The Pricks

              Kicking Against the Pricks is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' third album, released in 1986, and consists of cover versions. For this record the Bad Seeds line-up is Cave, new drummer Thomas Wydler, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld and Barry Adamson. Cave would later downplay the importance of the record, but said it helped the band develop musically. Remarking on the song selection, Cave said, "They were all done for different reasons. Basically a list of songs were made and we tried to play them. We tried songs by all sorts of people that never got on the record. Some songs were tributes, like the Tom Jones song; other, we didn't think were ever done particularly well in the first place. Some had haunted my childhood, like "The Carnival Is Over". The strings were arranged by Mick Harvey and played by the Berliner Kaffeehausmusik Ensemble. "The Hammer Song" is an entirely different song than the track with the same title on the 1990 Bad Seeds album The Good Son. Vinyl is heavyweight 180 Gram.

              Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

              This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it's original format.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

              No More Shall We Part

                ‘No More Shall We Part’ was released in April 2001 and was the eleventh studio record by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

                The album came after a 4-year gap from recording, following the much acclaimed ‘The Boatman’s Call’ album and was met with mostly positive reviews.

                The album showcases the virtuoso talents of The Bad Seeds, with elaborate instrumental sections on nearly every track. Also, Cave’s lyrics are less obscure than usual and he sings in a wider vocal range than he had previously. Features backing vocals from Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

                Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road studios.

                Heavyweight 180gram vinyl.

                This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on its original format.

                Includes download code.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                Nocturama

                  ‘Nocturama’ is the twelfth studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released in 2003.

                  To date, it is the last Bad Seeds album to feature founding member Blixa Bargeld.

                  This album reunited Nick Cave with Nick Launay, who had produced The Birthday Party’s groundbreaking ‘Junkyard’ 21 years earlier.

                  Featuring the singles ‘Bring It On’, ‘He Wants You’ and ‘Rock Of Gibraltar’, this album finds Cave moving away from ‘Murder Ballads’ and the gory fire and brimstone of yore, and exploring more personal themes.

                  More than twenty years into his career at this point, Nick Cave proved himself worthy of the comparisons made in the press on his behalf: now he could stand alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, as a storyteller who could be unflinchingly honest in his work, whilst continuing to grow his fan base.

                  Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                  Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram. Please note: this is a three-sided record.

                  This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                  Tender Prey

                    ‘Tender Prey’ is the fifth studio album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and was released on 19th September 1988. The album was produced by Flood and recorded during several sessions over the course of four months in West Berlin - where the band were based at the time - and London.

                    The album opens with ‘The Mercy Seat’, which has been subsequently played at almost all of the band’s live performances since 1988 and was later covered by one of Cave’s biggest influences, Johnny Cash. ‘The Mercy Seat’ was released as a single in May 1988 as a precursor to the album and ‘Deanna’ was released shortly after the album hit the streets.

                    Cave later admitted that the album “was made at a difficult time in my life when things were spiralling out of control in a lot of areas.”

                    Heavyweight 180g vinyl with digital download code.

                    Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road studios.

                    This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on its original format.

                    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                    The Firstborn Is Dead

                      ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Cave & The Bad Seeds, and was originally released on June 3rd 1985.

                      Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson.

                      Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album, "Berlin gave us the freedom and encouragement to do whatever we wanted. We'd lived in London for three years and it seemed that if you stuck your head out of the box, people were pretty quick to knock it back in, particularly if you were Australian. When we came to Berlin it was the opposite. People saw us as some kind of force rather than a kind of wacky novelty act”.

                      The album's title is a reference to Jesse Garon Presley, the stillborn identical twin of Elvis Presley, and ‘Wanted Man’ was Cave’s own take on a song Bob Dylan wrote for Johnny Cash. Dylan gave his permission for the lyrics to be changed, with Cave’s interpretation referencing his friends.

                      Also features the apocalyptic classic ‘Tupelo’.

                      Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                      Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

                      This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                      Your Funeral... My Trial

                        With ‘Your Funeral… My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents.

                        This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986, and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen.

                        Cave later remarked "That particular record, which is my favourite of the records we've done, is very special to me and a lot of amazing things happened, musically, in the studio”.

                        “There are some songs on that record that as far as I'm concerned are just about perfect as we can get really- songs like ‘The Carny’, ‘Your Funeral, My Trial’, and ‘Stranger Than Kindness’, I think are really quite brilliant“.

                        Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appeared in Wim Wenders’ 1987 movie ‘Der Himmel Uber Berlin’ (aka ‘Wings Of Desire’) performing ‘The Carny’ and ‘From Her to Eternity’.

                        Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey during Summer 2014, cut at Abbey Road studios.

                        Vinyl is heavyweight 180 gram.

                        This edition, approved personally by Nick Cave, is finally available again on it’s original format.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Mine says: I was devasted when I found out that 'Long Time Man', the song I had called my favourite Nick Cave song until then, was a cover, but I eventually got over it (it's miles better than the original anyway!) and 'Your Funeral My Trial' is still one of my favourite Bad Seeds albums today. Dark, haunting, and beautiful.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                        Lovely Creatures - The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984 - 2014)

                        As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 10 Reissues/Collections. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

                        • Lovely Creatures is the most comprehensive overview of the recorded work of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to date. Spanning thirty years of music from their debut album From Her To Eternity through to Push The Sky Away their 15th studio album, the collection navigates one of the most exhilarating, idiosyncratic and inventive bodies of work created in contemporary music.

                        • Included are long-standing live favourites “Stagger Lee” and “The Mercy Seat”, their hit single from 1995 “Where The Wild Roses Grow” through to recent fan favourites “Jubilee Street” and “We No Who U R”. There are songs that newcomers may only know from their appearance on film and television soundtracks, notably “O Children” (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. I) and the ubiquitous “Red Right Hand”, most recently familiar to fans of the series Peaky Blinders.

                        • The album was compiled by Nick Cave and founding member Mick Harvey, with help from the current Bad Seeds. 

                        Lovely Creatures is available in four formats, all featuring personal and rare photographs of the band: Standard CD, Triple LP, Deluxe 3CD with DVD and the Super Deluxe Limited Edition package. 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Laura says: Nick Cave has been one of the most influential and distinctive songwriter / performers of the last 30 odd years. With such a brilliant and varied catalogue spanning 15 LPs, I'd find it virtually impossible to select a mere 21 'best of' tracks, but Nick and ex Bad Seed Mick Harvey have managed it, and that's what you get here on the vinyl and standard CD editions of this release. The deluxe expands futher and is spread across 3CDs and a live/interview DVD.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        3xLtd LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.
                        3 x 12” black heavyweight vinyl with triple gatefold sleeve.

                        2xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.
                        Double CD (21 tracks) with 24 page booklet.

                        4xLtd CD/DVD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.
                        Deluxe case bound book containing 3 CDs (45 tracks) and two hour DVD featuring live performances, rare footage and interviews with a 36 page book.

                        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                        Lovely Creatures - The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984 - 2014) - LIMITED SUPER DELUXE EDITION

                          • Lovely Creatures is the most comprehensive overview of the recorded work of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to date. Spanning thirty years of music from their debut album From Her To Eternity through to Push The Sky Away their 15th studio album, the collection navigates one of the most exhilarating, idiosyncratic and inventive bodies of work created in contemporary music.

                          • Included are long-standing live favourites “Stagger Lee” and “The Mercy Seat”, their hit single from 1995 “Where The Wild Roses Grow” through to recent fan favourites “Jubilee Street” and “We No Who U R”. There are songs that newcomers may only know from their appearance on film and television soundtracks, notably “O Children” (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. I) and the ubiquitous “Red Right Hand”, most recently familiar to fans of the series Peaky Blinders.

                          • The album was compiled by Nick Cave and founding member Mick Harvey, with help from the current Bad Seeds. Band members past and present raided their personal archives to provide previously unseen photos and memorabilia which have been collected into a beautiful hardcover book, along with a series of original essays.

                          The book is available as part of the limited edition ‘Super Deluxe’ album collection which also comes with a two hour DVD containing rare and unseen archive footage. 

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Laura says: This super deluxe edition is really something to behold. Along with 3CDs of career spanning genius and a DVD of rare and unseen footage, there's a beautiful hardback book which also includes reproductions of Bad Seeds memorabilia slipped in amongst its pages.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Ltd Box Set Info: Limited edition box set containing 3 CDs (45 tracks), two-hour DVD featuring live performances, rare footage and interviews. With a 256 page hardcover book containing original essays, candid and personal photos taken by the band, family and friends, and reproductions of band memorabilia.

                          Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                          One More Time With Feeling

                            Visually unique, One More Time With Feeling is a stark, fragile and raw documentary. Shot in 3D, colour and black & white, the film probes the deeply personal circumstances surrounding the making of Skeleton Tree (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 16th studio album) and features interviews and live performances by the band in the studio, along with interjected voice-over commentary by Nick Cave.

                            Originally conceived as a one-night-only global screening event to take place in 950 cinemas across 30 countries simultaneously on 8th September 2016, One More Time With Feeling extended its initial run over several days as cinemas sold out around the world. Due to overwhelming demand, this extraordinary film has returned to the big screen for its final run and is playing currently in cinemas worldwide.

                            Includes 3 exclusive short films from Andrew Dominik.

                            "Film of The Year" - MOJO

                            "Extraordinary" - **** Evening Standard

                            "A deeply personal film" - ***** Time Out

                            "An undeniably moving contemplation of shattering loss…a tremendously moving collage." - **** The Guardian

                            Directed by David Mackenzie, Hell Or High Water is a heist film starring Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges. Based on the infamous 2012 Black List script, the film is set in West Texas, in an area formerly known as Comancheria, and tells the story of two brothers who plan a bank robbery to save their family farm. Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds and his musical partner Warren Ellis deliver a ravishing score perfectly lifting the arid landscape in which the characters strive to survive. The soundtrack album also includes ‘Sleeping On The Backtop’ (Colter Wall), ‘I’m Not Afraid To Die’ (Gillian Welch), ‘Outlaw State of Mind’ (Chris Stapleton) and many more country music infused titles. 

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Sombre Americana, squealing violins and stripped-back acoustic pieces. Foot-stomping rhythms and whisky-swilling vocals. Cave and Ellis have always been a dream team, and this just goes to show why. A fantastically visceral and brilliantly realised soundtrack, great for moving picture or without.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                            Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

                            Kings - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

                              Kings is a 2018 crime drama film directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang). Set in 1992, it follows Millie (Halle Berry), a woman living in South Central Los Angeles who takes in at-risk youths to live in her home. When the infamous Rodney King riots grip the city, Millie and her cavalcade of adoptees are thrust into the mounting chaos sprouting all around them. In time, they are forced into unlikely alliances in order to stay alive

                              Scoring duties for Kings fall to Nick Cave & Warren Ellis of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds fame. In recent years, they have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of soundtracks, thanks to their impressive work on films like Hell or High Water, Wind River, and the National Geographic series Mars. Cave and Ellis, the later a repeat Ergüven collaborator, pull from their rich history in the music world to deliver an unexpected score that immediately transports the listener to a specific place in time – the hot, angry streets of Los Angeles in the summer of 1992.



                              Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

                              War Machine - Original Score

                                ‘War Machine’ is a new Netflix film, directed by David Michôd and starring Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton among many others.

                                Military snares set a sharp cadence beneath the score’s eerie synths and strings, instantly reminiscent of ‘Skeleton Tree’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and the beautiful ‘Hell Or High Water’ score.

                                “Together we made a score that was both light and dark, propulsive and meditative at the same time. We developed a kind of ‘spiritual electronics’ that captured both the melancholy and the terrible absurdity of the Afghan war,” Cave and Ellis said in a press release. “It was a great pleasure to work with David Michôd, who is not only an extraordinary filmmaker but a musician too. Our favorite score!”

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                2xLtd LP Info: This release is presented as a double LP, cut at
                                45RPM for increased quality. The records are
                                housed in a gatefold sleeve featuring beautiful
                                stills from the film.

                                Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

                                Wind River: Original Score

                                  Nick Cave and Warren Ellis come together once more to score brand new thriller ‘Wind River’, directed by ‘Sicario’ writer Taylor Sheridan and starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.

                                  “The soundtrack to the beautiful ‘Wind River’ was first and foremost the incessant wind or the grieving silence of the snow,” Cave and Ellis said in a press release. “Amid those elemental forces, we made a kind of ghost score where voices whisper and choirs rise up and die away and electronics throb and pulse.”

                                  This score is instantly reminiscent of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Skeleton Tree’, along with the pair’s recent acclaimed scores to ‘Hell Or High Water’ and ‘Lawless’.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Coloured LP Info: Limited edition white vinyl.

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus

                                  Not just one album but two from Saint Nick. In a strange perverse way the loss from his band of guitarist Blixa Bargeld has seen them return to the taught, edgy and highly strung sounds that he helped to create: The sound of say "Let Love In", "Murder Ballads" and "Henry's Dream". Death, sex, religion, drugs, gospel gothic and deep romance in fact all of Cave's favourite topics are covered here in a fresh whirlwind of classic song after classic song. This stands up as one of Nick Cave's best ever albums, and don't forget, there's two of them!! Hallelujah!!!

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! - CD/DVD Collectors Edition

                                  ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ fourteenth studio album. It was recorded in June and July 2007 at The State Of The Ark Studios in Richmond, Surrey and mixed by Nick Launay at British Grove recording studios in Chiswick, West London and was released on March 3rd 2008.

                                  ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ would be the last album to feature founding member Mick Harvey, who left the Bad Seeds in 2009.

                                  In several interviews Cave has stated that this album would “sound like Grinderman,” his side project, who had released their debut album a year earlier. In line with this rough-and-ready approach, the album was recorded in about five days, an uncommonly short period for a full length album.

                                  This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, 3 bonus tracks and 5 bonus videos.

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Henry's Dream (2010 Digital Remaster) - Collectors Edition

                                  ‘Henry’s Dream’, the seventh album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, was released in April 1992. It remains a big favourite amongst Bad Seeds fans and is notable for Neil Young producer David Briggs’ ‘live-in-the-studio’ method. Cave and Mick Harvey re-mixed the album and it has a vague concept, with song narratives overlapping and / or sharing characters.

                                  ‘When I First Came To Town’ is based partly on Karen Dalton’s recording of the traditional song ‘Katy Cruel’.

                                  Cave later claimed the songs were heavily influenced by street beggars he saw in Brazil. “They’d get their acoustic guitars with one or two strings and bang away and make a racket that had no sense whatsoever. It was very violent and seemed to come straight out of the heart. Very unmusical.”

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd LP Info: Heavyweight 180gram vinyl. Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey in Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road Studios.

                                  Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                  2xLtd CD/DVD Info: This deluxe 'Collectors Edition' contains the re-mastered stereo album, the new surround mix, a specially commissioned short film by UK artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard plus the b-sides from the singles, videos and exclusive new sleeve notes.

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Let Love In (2011 Digital Remaster) - Collectors Edition

                                  ‘Let Love In’, the eighth album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, is in many ways the group’s wholly realised work.

                                  Even more than their 1998 ‘Best Of’, it stands as the best introduction to the eloquent and elegant netherworld of Godless fornicators, murderers, the bereft and drunk and lonely and lost conjured up by Cave and his suited cohorts.

                                  Recorded two years after the flawed (according to the band; many fans regard it as another classic) signpost that was ‘Henry’s Dream’ and just before the bloody and body-strewn Kylie-featuring ‘Murder Ballads’, ‘Let Love In’ not only pointed towards The Bad Seeds’ future direction but harked back to their blustering, violent roots.

                                  This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, plus bonus tracks and bonus videos.

                                  ‘Live from KCRW' is a live radio session recorded in Los Angeles in April 2013 & is the fourth official live album in the band's history.

                                  It features a stripped-down line-up performing classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds material alongside four songs from their recent global hit album ‘Push the Sky Away’.

                                  ‘Live from KCRW’ album line-up:
                                  Nick Cave: Piano, vocals
                                  Warren Ellis: Tenor guitar, violin, piano, loops, backing vocals
                                  Martyn Casey: Bass
                                  Jim Sclavunos: Percussion, drums, backing vocals
                                  Barry Adamson: Organ, backing vocals

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  2xLtd LP Info: The vinyl edition features two bonus tracks, "Into My Arms" and "God Is In The House".

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Live Seeds

                                  Recorded at various concerts throughout Europe and Australia in 1992 and 1993. All of the classics are featured here, "Deanna", "The Ship Song", "Papa Won't Leave You Henry", "Tupelo", "Jack The Ripper", "From Her To Eternity" and many more. But none of those tracks eclipse the live energy of the utterly superb "The Mercy Seat". 13 tracks that showcase the genius and power of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds in the live setting.

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  No More Shall We Part (2011 Digital Remaster) - Collectors Edition

                                  ‘No More Shall We Part’ is the eleventh studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 2001.

                                  It came after a four year break from recording following the critically acclaimed ‘The Boatman’s Call’ and the massive selling 1998 Best Of.

                                  The album showcases the virtuoso talents of the Bad Seeds, with elaborate instrumental sections on nearly every track.

                                  This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, 7 bonus tracks and 4 bonus videos.

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Nocturama - CD/DVD Collectors Edition

                                  ‘Nocturama’ is the twelfth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, released in 2003.

                                  To date, it is the last Bad Seeds album to feature founding member Blixa Bargeld.

                                  This album reunited Nick Cave with Nick Launay, who had produced The Birthday Party’s groundbreaking ‘Junkyard’ album 21 years earlier.

                                  Featuring the singles ‘Bring It On’, ‘He Wants You’ and ‘Rock Of Gibraltar’, this album finds Cave moving away from ‘Murder Ballads’ and the gory fire and brimstone of yore and exploring more personal themes.

                                  More than twenty years into his career at this point, Nick Cave proved himself worthy of the comparisons made in the press on his behalf: now he could stand alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits as a storyteller who could be unflinchingly honest in his work, whilst continuing to grow his fanbase.

                                  This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound plus 7 bonus tracks and 4 bonus videos.

                                  At the heart of 'Push the Sky Away' is a naturalism and warmth that makes it the most subtly beautiful of all the Bad Seeds albums. The contemporary settings of myths, and the cultural references that have time-stamped Nick's songs of the twenty-first century mist lightly through details drawn from the life he observed around his seaside home, through the tall windows on the album's mysterious and ambiguous cover. The songs on this album took form in a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of almost a year. The notebook is a treasured analogue artefact but the internet is equally important to Nick: Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic Wikipedia entries "whether they're true or not". These songs convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to what's genuinely important.

                                  The album has a clarity and sweet strangeness that's built upon the refusal to accept limitations, whether they be the traditional uses and sounds of musical instruments, lyric styles, or diminished spiritual horizons. It's not always apparent what instruments the band is playing: they may be traditional musical instruments but other sounds are clearly generated by objects unrelated to musical instruments. What's being created is a collective musical language that's rich and complex.

                                  "Well, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren's loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat." Nick Cave

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Darryl says: Mellow, introspective and moody, 'Push The Sky Away' sees Nick Cave hit top form. Ably backed by the subtly brilliant Bad Seeds, this will go down as one of the standouts in the burgeoning cannon of classic Cave albums.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: LP version comes in 180gram heavyweight vinyl with album download code.

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Push The Sky Away - Deluxe CD/DVD Edition

                                  Limited edition hardback book bound in linen with 32 stitched-in pages, containing beautifully reproduced hand typed lyrics & band imagery. Includes album CD plus DVD with specially created visuals by artists Iain Forysth & Jane Pollard.

                                  At the heart of 'Push the Sky Away' is a naturalism and warmth that makes it the most subtly beautiful of all the Bad Seeds albums. The contemporary settings of myths, and the cultural references that have time-stamped Nick's songs of the twenty-first century mist lightly through details drawn from the life he observed around his seaside home, through the tall windows on the album's mysterious and ambiguous cover. The songs on this album took form in a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of almost a year. The notebook is a treasured analogue artefact but the internet is equally important to Nick: Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic Wikipedia entries "whether they're true or not". These songs convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to what's genuinely important.

                                  The album has a clarity and sweet strangeness that's built upon the refusal to accept limitations, whether they be the traditional uses and sounds of musical instruments, lyric styles, or diminished spiritual horizons. It's not always apparent what instruments the band is playing: they may be traditional musical instruments but other sounds are clearly generated by objects unrelated to musical instruments. What's being created is a collective musical language that's rich and complex.

                                  "Well, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren's loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat." Nick Cave

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Darryl says: Mellow, introspective and moody, 'Push The Sky Away' sees Nick Cave hit top form. Ably backed by the subtly brilliant Bad Seeds, this will go down as one of the standouts in the burgeoning cannon of classic Cave albums.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  2xLtd CD/DVD Info: 1 sealed copy just found!

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Skeleton Tree

                                  Skeleton Tree began its journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016.

                                  The songs from the album are featured in the film One More Time With Feeling, directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly). The film was comissioned by Nick Cave and is to be the only public statement to accompany the albums’ release.

                                  Given event's in his personal life prior to the release of the album, it's understandable that this album is sombre affair. Although accompanied by a film, it is an album in its own right, rather than a soundtrack. Having said that, the orchestration which forms the backdrop to Nick's rich, half spoken - half sung narratives, has a similar cinematic feel to the haunting, atmospheric film scores that Nick and Bad Seed Warren Ellis excel at.

                                  It’s probably not going to be your choice of listening prior to a night out on the town, but if it’s darkness you’re after, no one does that better than Nick.

                                  A beautiful, moving album.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Laura says: Given events in his personal life prior its release, it's understandable that this album is a sombre affair. Although accompanied by a film, it is an album in its own right, rather than a soundtrack. Having said that, the orchestration which forms the backdrop to Nick's rich, half spoken - half sung narratives, has a similar cinematic feel to the haunting, atmospheric film scores that Nick and Bad Seed Warren Ellis excel at. No one does darkness better than Mr Cave.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: The LP comes in a rigid sleeve with thick black lined board and includes a download card.

                                  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                  Tender Prey (2010 Digital Remaster)

                                    ‘Tender Prey’ is the fifth studio album from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and was released in September 1988. The album was recorded during several sessions over the course of four months in West Berlin and London and was produced by Flood.

                                    The album opens with ‘The Mercy Seat’, which has been subsequently played at almost all of the band’s live performances since 1988 and was later covered by one of Cave’s biggest influences, Johnny Cash. ‘The Mercy Seat’ was released as a single in May 1988 as a precursor to the album and ‘Deanna’ was released shortly after the album hit the streets.

                                    Cave later admitted that the album “was made at a difficult time in my life when things were spiralling out of control in a lot of areas.”

                                    This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, five bonus tracks and three videos.

                                    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                    The Best Of

                                    A retrospective, rather than a single compilation, this spans 13 years and 10 albums from the debut "From Her To Eternity" to "The Boatman's Call". 16 tracks in total featuring the duets with Kylie and PJ Harvey, "Where The Wild Roses Grow" and "Henry Lee", the album favourites "The Carney" and "From Her To Eternity" and classic singles such as "The Mercy Seat", "(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" and "Straight To You".

                                    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                    The Boatman's Call (2011 Digital Remaster)

                                    ‘The Boatman’s Call’ is the tenth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 1997.

                                    The album is entirely piano-based and remains one of the most critically acclaimed releases of Nick Cave’s career.

                                    Musically, the album’s tone is considered sombre and minimalist and marks a major departure. Moving away from full band arrangements and character-based narratives, the album’s music and lyrics move towards the more intimate sound of Cave’s solo voice accompanied by piano or a few other instruments.




                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: Heavyweight 180g vinyl.
                                    Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey in Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road Studios.

                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                    2xLtd CD/DVD Info: This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound plus 4 bonus tracks and 3 bonus videos.

                                    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                    The Firstborn Is Dead (2009 Digital Remaster)

                                      Quickly following in the wake of the debut "From Her To Eternity" came this album, and what a step forward it was!! The sound is much more cohesive, deeply influenced by the Delta swamp blues, and is under-pinned by the amazingly sparse sound from the Bad Seeds of the time, Barry Adamson, Blixa Bargeld and Mick Harvey. Dark and superbly menacing it features Cave classics such as "Tupelo", "Black Crow King" and "The Six Strings That Drew Blood", and is really the beginning of the Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds adventure.

                                      This is one of the first four albums in a series that will see the band's entire album catalogue digitally remastered and remixed for the first time since their original release.

                                      1. Tupelo (2009 Digital Remaster)
                                      2. Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree (2009 Digital Remaster)
                                      3. Train Long Suffering (2009 Digital Remaster)
                                      4. Black Crow King (2009 Digital Remaster)
                                      5. Knockin' On Joe (2009 Digital Remaster)
                                      6. Wanted Man (2009 Digital Remaster)
                                      7. Blind Lemon Jefferson (2009 Digital Remaster)

                                      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                      The Firstborn Is Dead (2009 Digital Remaster)

                                        ‘The Firstborn Is Dead’, co-produced by Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds and Flood, is the second studio album released by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and was originally released on June 3rd 1985.

                                        Cave explores his fascination with the American South, with references ranging from Elvis Presley to ‘Blind’ Lemon Jefferson.

                                        Recorded in Berlin, Cave later said of this album: “Berlin gave us the freedom and encouragement to do whatever we wanted. We’d lived in London for three years and it seemed that if you stuck your head out of the box, people were pretty quick to knock it back in, particularly if you were Australian. When we came to Berlin it was the opposite. People saw us as some kind of force rather than a kind of wacky novelty act.”

                                        The album’s title is a reference to Jesse Garon Presley, the stillborn identical twin of Elvis Presley, and ‘Wanted Man’ was Cave’s own take on a song Bob Dylan wrote for Johnny Cash. Dylan gave his permission for the lyrics to be changed, with Cave’s interpretation referencing his friends.

                                        Also features the apocalyptic classic ‘Tupelo’.

                                        This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, one bonus track and three bonus videos.

                                        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                        The Good Son (2010 Digital Remaster)

                                        Released in 1990, ‘The Good Son’ is the sixth album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

                                        ‘The Weeping Song’ and ‘The Ship Song’ have now become firm fan favourites. ‘Foi Na Cruz’ is based partly upon the traditional Brazilian Protestant hymn of the same title. The title translates roughly as ‘It Happened On The Cross’.

                                        Cave later said, “I guess ‘The Good Son’ is some kind of reflection of the way I felt early on in Brazil. I was quite happy there. I was in love and the first year or two was good. The problem I found was... in order to survive you have to adopt their attitudes towards everything, which are kind of blinkered.”

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        LP Info: Heavyweight 180g vinyl.
                                        Vinyl transfer approval overseen by Mick Harvey in Summer 2014 and cut at Abbey Road Studios.
                                        This edition, personally approved by Nick Cave, is finally available again on its original format.

                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                        The Videos

                                          A collection of Nick Cave & The Bad Seed's promotional films including the rarely seen "Stagger Lee" and "Wanted Man", along with such classics as "The Mercy Seat", "The Ship Song" and "Where The Wild Roses Grow" (featuring Kylie Minogue). This compilation is an uncompromising and vivid portrait of one of the world's most critically acclaimed songwriters. Now on DVD for the first time, with introductory links by the band themselves, it provides an informative, provoking, illuminating and passionately intimate journey through the very best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

                                          Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                          Your Funeral... My Trial (2009 Digital Remaster)

                                            With ‘Your Funeral… My Trial’ The Bad Seeds expanded their personnel by adding Thomas Wydler on drums, enabling Mick Harvey to display his considerable multi-instrumental talents. This was the band’s fourth studio album and was released on November 3rd 1986 and was originally released as a double EP, with production duties handled by Flood and Tony Cohen.

                                            Cave later remarked: “That particular record, which is my favourite of the records we’ve done, is very special to me and a lot of amazing things happened, musically, in the studio. There are some songs on that record that as far as I’m concerned are just about perfect as we can get really - songs like ‘The Carny’, ‘Your Funeral My Trial’, and ‘Stranger Than Kindness’, I think are really quite brilliant.”

                                            Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds appeared in Wim Wenders’ 1987 movie ‘Wings Of Desire’ performing ‘The Carny’ and ‘From Her To Eternity’.

                                            This CD and DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, a bonus track and a bonus video.

                                            Nick Chacona / Phonogenic

                                            2020 Vision - World Series Vol2

                                            A nice double header from 2020 Vision the second in their World Series matches Nick Chacona on one side and Phonogenic on t'other. Nick Chacona's "Tonka" is indeed a solid slab of crossover house/disco with a hefty bassline, massive cymbal crashes and repetitive synth line which hooks you in good and proper. Over on the flip, Phonogenic's "Space Hooker" is a heavier dubby affair that straddles the tech/house divide, echoed FX, acidic synth line, mad breakdown and heavy beats, both tracks are running neck and neck for me, super stuff.

                                            Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield

                                            Bonnie Doon / Thizzin

                                              Nick Chacona and Anthony Mansfield team up on Hector Works to bring you two slices of nu school disco house crossover vibes, as ever Nick keeps the tempo up, none of this sludgy Balearic nonsense for him, aimed straight at the dancefloor. "Bonny Doon" kicks off with a tough set of beats and a little wobbly percussion line, and gradually builds until a sweet housey bassline drops, from there on in the synths get more intense. Over on side-B "Thizzin" injects a little more spaceyness into proceedings via a loser percussion set and some awesome fizzing synth lines.

                                              Nick Chacona

                                              Slice Of Life - Inc. Name In Lights Remix

                                              The esteemed Mr. Nick Chacona, he of Moodmusic, Hector Works, and 2020 Vision fame, makes his stunning solo debut on Wurst. The label reckon "Slice of Life" is the man's finest work to date, the culmination of the past decade's worth of his most excellent musical output. Taking in elements from both disco and house, the song fits quite neatly between the two genres, with its slow burning groove, rich synth textures, and a soaring, ecstatic synth solo to end all synth solos.

                                              Swedish newcomers Name In Lights bring up the BPM on their remix, turning Nick's sublime number into an all-out disco-rock jam session. Roy had the pleasure of meeting these fine chaps while playing in Stockholm back in the spring, and immediately fell in love with their music. He promptly sent some links to Nick, who was also blown away by their work, and so the remix was commissioned. We have a feeling we're going to hear a lot more about this talented trio in the months to come... Early support comes from The Revenge, Justus Kohncke, Brennan Green, Hunee, Runaway, and Lee Douglas.

                                              Neneh Cherry releases her first solo album in 16 years - a collaboration with RocketNumberNine, produced by Four Tet, and featuring a guest appearance by Robyn. The 10-track album, recorded and mixed over a five-day period is, out on Smalltown Supersound. It follows 2012’s 'The Cherry Thing', a collaborative record with free jazz, noise collective The Thing, which featured new versions of songs by The Stooges, MF Doom, Ornette Coleman, amongst others.

                                              While her energy and demeanor may not have changed since the days of Rip Rig + Panic, musically, 'Blank Project' is a departure from anything Neneh has previously done, initially written as a means of working through personal tragedy. What stands out upon first listen is the album’s sparseness: loose drums and a few synthesizers are the only accompaniment to Neneh’s wildly poetic, sometimes-spoken, sometimes-screeching, soul-flooded and raw vocals. The space created by this minimal aesthetic leaves room for occasional pistes and flurries of rapid, yet throbbing and thunderous instrumentation. Featuring combined elements of beat poetry, avant-electronica and beautiful vocal melodies, it’s a record that uses simple ideas to create something entirely original. And despite the personal struggles Neneh was working through in writing this new material, the songs are far from introverted.

                                              With 'Blank Project', Neneh continues to arrive at moments in musical history when there is an opportunity to subvert ideas of popular culture. She is subverting once again, only this time, although this record is musically bold, Neneh sees the stasis she’s challenging isn’t musical or societal, but her own.



                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Philippa says: Neneh Cherry follows her collaboration with Nordic free jazz noise collective the Thing with the intense electro-percussive album ‘Blank Project’, first unveiled at the Manchester International Festival. The guttural analogue synths and pummelled kit drumming of power duo RocketNumberNine (brothers Ben and Tom Page) provide the backing for Cherry’s distinctive emotionally vulnerable soul-flooded vocals, while Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden proves to be the perfect producer for the project, stripping tracks back to their essential elements. The first solo record Cherry has made since the death of her mother, ‘Blank Project’ is stark, bracing, brooding and reflective. There is anger and sadness here, but this isn’t a sad record. This is a life-affirming angry howl at the world, a cathartic blast of intensity that leaps from the speakers. In an era of often soulless synthetic emoting, it’s good to have some raw emotion back with us. Raw like, er, Cherry!

                                              Neneh Cherry's 'Blank Project' has proved to be one of the breakout albums of the year so far here at Piccadilly Records. The collaboration of Cherry with avant-jazz / post-rockers Rocketnumbernine and Four Tet's Kieran Hebden has been inspired. The RNN brothers Tom and Ben Page keep the backing tracks compact and intense, Hebden provides his magic ingredient 'X', and Cherry is as raw as she's ever been.

                                              And now come the remixes: (Ricardo) Villalobos & (Max) Loderbauer get together as Vilod once again, providing two minimal tech / house reworks of album track 'Everything'. On the 'High Blood Pressure Mix', the duo strip away all excess fat, leaving only crisp digital drums and a random scattering of Hebden's polyrhythmic percussion for Cherry's vocal (complete with Prince-like chorus) to ride, stark and unadorned, before the track melts down with dub efx and ambient keyboard washes. The 'Low Blood Pressure Mix' slows the track down to an almost skanking, walking pace, giving the drum machines a bit of (digital) company with distant drones and random machine pulses fleshing the track out.


                                              Ned Collette moved to Berlin from his native Melbourne two years ago. A well known and respected singer-songwriter in his own country and in underground circles worldwide, he has toured Europe previously with the likes of Joanna Newsom, Akron/Family, Bill Callahan and Nina Nastasia. His early musical output was based mostly in experimental music, before he gravitated towards more traditional song structures.

                                              His new album "2" (his fourth album but his first outside of Australia) will be released in August. It is a mix of experimental pop songwriting, musique concrete and dark folky soundscapes. His current solo shows are performed with voice, nylon string guitar and samples. While comparisons have been made to everything from Leonard Cohen to Ghostface Killah, Collette remains tricky to define but instantly identifiable.

                                              Ned Collette And Joe Talia (Wirewalker)

                                              Long You Lie

                                              FIRE records presents the experimental songcraft of Ned Collette & Wirewalker. Their new album "2" is due out in August and ‘Long You Lie’ is a double AA side EP which also features ‘The Hedonist’. Ned Collette moved to Berlin from his native Melbourne two years ago. A well known and respected singer-songwriter in his own country and in underground circles worldwide, he has toured Europe previously with the likes of Joanna Newsom, Akron/Family, Bill Callahan and Nina Nastasia. His early musical output was based mostly in experimental music, before he gravitated towards more traditional song structures.


                                              "Devil's Music" and more! EM Records presents the re-release of Nicolas Collins' live radio sampling masterpiece, originally released on vinyl in 1986, served up in all its stuttering glory, a time capsule of the mid-80s New York City airwaves. Acclaimed by Philip Sherburne as 'an early template for techno', the album has a feel somewhat akin to scratching turntablist madness, a block-rocking party put through a blender and reassembled by body-popping demons. Nicolas Collins is a hugely influential in contemporary electronic music, having performed world wide for many years, collaborating with Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, David Shea, David Tudor and John Zorn, composing, recording, modifying circuits and inventing instruments,and spreading the good word through his writing and teaching. The pieces released here are only part of his ongoing, multifaceted and truly experimental activities.


                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              2xCD Info: CD version: two disc set, audio CD and bonus CD-Rom featuring previously unissued recordings, PC software and a movie. All in a triple gatefold sleeve.

                                              Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella

                                              Sun Song / Nigeria

                                              Nicole Conte and Gianluca Petrella are exactly what you’ve been missing in your life! For those who love digging into the dancefloor world but haven't discovered the pleasure of Detroit Nu-Disco and Afro Spiritual Funk yet. Written down sounds like an unusual combo but this just works so well. Their brand new 12-inch ‘Sun Song / Nigeria’ are irresistibly good and provide an upbeat persona of pure Nu-Disco Funk goodness. 

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Millie says: A twist on a party anthem? This is just so catchy and free-flowing, definitely one to check out!

                                              After breaking hearts, lifting spirits and changing lives with his debut LP ‘Stations’ back in 2013, Mancunian troubadour Nev Cottee re- turns in 2015 with his revelatory follow up ‘Strange News From The Sun’.

                                              This time round the itinerant musician finds himself settled at Miles Copeland’s aptly named Wonderfulsound, telling tales of love, loss and longing over a heady mix of psychedelic country, shimmering melody and fireside lullaby.

                                              ‘Strange News From The Sun’ casts Nev in the lead role of a lost Sergio Leone film, a lone cowboy from the Salford Delta emerging from the dust to guide us home safely as the arrangements swell with a cinematic flourish courtesy of producer Mason Neely (Colorama) Nev’s vocal rings clear in your heart, delivering lyrics informed by a lifetime of experience. Tender ballads bleed into prophetic visions and swelling sonnets sit next to blissed out instrumentals as Cottee channels Lee Hazlewood, Harry Nilsson and Ennio Morricone into his own unique sound.

                                              The Manchester based vinyl reissue label Aficionado Recordings have also released a limited 10” vinyl edition of the single ‘If I could Tell You’ taken from ‘Strange News From The Sun’. 

                                              Caught somewhere between the rain-drenched streets of Manchester and the sun-beaten deserts of America lies Nev Cottee’s third album Broken Flowers. A deeply cinematic, string-soaked album rich in atmosphere and brooding ambience. Its origins however, began in India, with Cottee trying to leave rainy-city heartbreak behind.

                                              “I hate the English winter. Really can't stand the grey days. So I shipped out to India in January 2016. I found a place and set up a simple studio to demo out there”. Rising at dawn each day the ideas began to flow and quickly enough 20 new songs began to take shape, “Maybe the new surroundings helped - getting out of my comfort zone, getting away from all the shit one accumulates at home".

                                              The songs, even in sparse demo form, captured the plaintive tone of Cottee’s vocals slowly unfurling in emotional waves - the gentleness reminiscent of Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce but with the rich warm resonance of Lee Hazelwood. Cottee then took the songs to Wales to work with previous collaborator and producer Mason Neely (Lambchop/Edwyn Collins). Neely brought in some classical musicians, “cut away the flab” and pushed the songs to their extremes - the producer's intuitions and abilities clearly trusted by Cottee, “On the album notes it says 'Mason: Sounds' and that's him in a nutshell. He brings so much to the table and gives the album it's sonic identity - I can't give him a bigger compliment than that.”

                                              Whilst the finished album hums with quiet beauty - dense swirls of ambience hanging in the air as elevating strings cascade through - there’s also a darkness, “Although I recorded during the day this is a night time record. It’s dark and introspective. I find that juxtaposition hugely creative. The night in India can be quite a foreboding place. Me and a mate would make late night excursions inland - into the heart of darkness. Not quite Apocalypse Now but enough to take you out of any semblance of comfort. We saw some strange things, weird village ceremonies, people biting snakes' heads off... the songs represent a physical and mental journey.” 


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Laura says: Mojo have likened Nev to a bedroom Ry Cooder, and you can see what they mean on this album. The songs have a sparse, atmospheric, desert soundtrack feel, albeit drenched in rainy city melancholy. Lovely stuff.

                                              Noah Creshevsky

                                              The Tape Music Of Noah Creshevsky 1971-1992

                                              Noah Creshevsky is a Julliard-educated composer who was also director of the Center for Computer Music. "The Tape Music Of Noah Creshevsky" is a collection of eight pieces recorded between 1971 to 1992, taken from several different albums he recorded and released in this period. The tracks were mainly made using tape collage, featuring a combination of instrumental (with occasional disco or rock moments), vocal, and concrete sounds. There's even a track ("In Other Words") that mixes a low electronic drone with the voice of John Cage.

                                              Brace yourself for something truly special here as The Magic Movement turn to the soulful and spiritual saviour of the folkloric dancefloor, Nicola Cruz for their seventh release. Contrary to the songs name, this interpretation of a traditional Afro-Brasilian candomble song, appears to be forged from mythical lost amazonian gold. Recorded in Sao Paulo with an allstar cast of Arteria FM (on vocal duties), Salvador Araguaya (caressing the Viola Caipira) & Spaniol (stroking the Baixo), steered by Nicola's production prowess, this quartet delivers a melodic enhancement to the summer sun. Alive with gorgeous melodies, sublime vocals and a truly infectious groove, this gem brings to mind those marvelous ethno-edits we heard from Nicolas Jaar all those years ago.
                                              As if the sun wasn't shining bright enough already, the single comes backed by a remarkable remixer ensemble procured from their duties as fellow sun-worshippers: Xique-Xique's Dragonfruit Mix is a wondrous journey full of surprising leaps and bounds, alternating between hypnotic electronics and organic song structure. Saving the best 'til last he raises the energy whilst keep the beats low and the vibes ecstatic. Crussen's creamy cocodub raises the energy whilst concentrating on a dubbed out groove, (that) classic Crussen bassline and carefully sliced & re-appropriated vocals. Finally in-house poster-boy Carrot Green's Granola mix combines disco, deep grainy bassines, juicy bells and signature flourishes into a bowl of magical mind-whirling, hip-spinning mushy brew. When the edibles hit...

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Patrick says: Sublime sounds from Nicola Cruz here as he offers a gorgeous folk-lorica interpretation of a South American standard. Xique Xique, Crussen and Carrot Green do their thang on remix duty, pulling the original this way and that with a variety of mind expanding styles. A winner for the shamanic, cosmic and Balearic and even jazz crowds.

                                              Nicola Cruz

                                              Puente Roto (Quantic Remix)

                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                After the success of his debut album Prender El Alma, Nicola Cruz - known for his ground-breaking pairings of Andean folkloric rhythms and melodies with enveloping electronics - makes a welcome return with a new limited edition 12".

                                                The release features the original album version of 'Puente Roto' alongside a bass-heavy remix from international heavyweight producer Quantic cut on 180g vinyl and perfect for any dance-floor that thrives on Global beats. The b-side is lovingly etched with a design inspired by the Andean art of Cruz's native Ecuador.

                                                The esteemed Nick Jonah Davis, back with his 2nd album proper on the wonderful Thread Recordings (the people who brought you DBH's amazing "Mood" LP from last year and also the C Joynes / Davis split from earlier this year). Title track, "House Of Dragons" gets us underway with a purposeful five-fingered battle cry, Davis wielding his medieval sounding axe in rich open-tuning as an intriguing and highly expressive opening track rings from the gallows. Running effortlessly into the frenetic finger picked passages of "Pili Pala', you'd be forgiven to thinking you'd run into some Caravaggio scene, surrounded by chiming lutes and ancient princesses as the theme continues into "Howie Heads For The Hills". "Double Peace" stops us dead in our tracks with cerebral tickling harmonics and deep undertones, it's languid, patient and deliberate notes ringing on as if they'd existed since the dawn of time itself. The wonderfully named "Zanzibar Chai" takes the album into the eastern scales smoothly and still keeping cohesive to the full picture. "The Stansville Strut" sees Davis visit some buck stomping blues, albeit peppered with his own idiosyncratic licks and picks while "Farewell Sad Flower" begins to bring the album to a logical conclusion with its serene and melancholic sequences closing off this emotionally dramatic and stimulating story. Finally, "The Illumination Of Nelson Fortune" trails out in a blaze of glory; deep mystical didgeridoo accompanying desert fried slide guitar and an attack of choppy acoustic goodness. Sealing off a damn near perfect long player for anyone with a penchant for the acoustic guitar. If you like DBH, John Fahey, Bert Jansch or Scott Walker then this album is for you! Highly recommended.

                                                Collaborating once again with legendary producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty), "Home Before Dark" is a vivid 12 track masterclass in compelling songwriting and the follow up to 2005's highly acclaimed "12 Songs". "Home Before Dark" features twelve original songs written by Neil Diamond and was recorded in Los Angeles with guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), along with bassist/acoustic guitarist Smokey Hormel and guitarist Matt Sweeney. Highlights on the album are many, including the stunning lead single "Pretty Amazing Grace" and a striking duet with the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines on "Another Day (That Time Forgot)".

                                                Most recent converts to the world of Ned Doheny discovered his genius via 'Hard Candy' or 'Prone'. Be With's introduction was by way of "Postcards From Hollywood", a cult song from his stunning, self-titled debut album. Beautifully poignant, it can only be found on said LP. And whilst his later albums are rightly revered, "Postcards" - and the 9 additional tracks that comprise this exceptional opening statement - represent a criminally overlooked gem. Original vinyl copies of this album are extremely rare - and correspondingly expensive - so we're thrilled to present the first ever vinyl reissue of a true lost classic.

                                                Of everything he recorded, we know this LP to be Ned's favourite. An intoxicating brew of acoustical jazz-rock, folk and country-rock - delivered in Ned's supremely laid back West Coast style - it features gorgeous melodic lines throughout, complimented by his distinctly funky overtones and tightly-coordinated instrumental textures. With albums as perfect as this, it is routinely tricky to identify standout tracks. However, rivalling the heartbreaking "Postcards" is the phenomenally propulsive "Lashambeaux", strident opener "Fineline" and "On And On", featuring the harmony vocals of Graham Nash.

                                                When a beginners guide to Ned surfaced last year, he and many others were surprised by the startling number of omissions from his best album. You can now enjoy the fleshed out, non-demo versions of these wonderful originals.


                                                With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of road bearing his fabled family’s name, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of wealth and privilege. Signposting Ned’s sojourn through the LA recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, “Mama” Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen - each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel Canyon brethren in the pantheon of classic rock, it’s due to no lack of songwriting or recording chops.

                                                After Doheny and his buddy Jackson Browne were expelled from Elektra’s failed recording ranch, he and his Nudie-decked Canyon cohorts would go on to form the bedrock of Geffen’s Asylum label. But while his peers were looking east to Bakersfield for inspiration, Ned was applying skills foraged under the tutelage of classical guitar god Frederick Noad and west coast post-bop jazzer Charles Lloyd. Rolling Stone called his self-titled 1973 debut, “a sort of Southern California 'Astral Weeks',” but that complimentary comparison brought few copies of the album to Tower on Sunset’s cashiers and Doheny was dropped unceremoniously.

                                                Two of Ned’s most enduring compositions were written during his free agency. The tongue-in-cheek “Get It Up For Love” began as a rollicking folk number, only to be stretched out by the likes of David Cassidy, the Fabulous Rhinestones, Johnny Rivers, Tata Vega, and Ned himself on his sophomore album 'Hard Candy'. Also appearing on the Steve Cropper-produced album was “A Love Of Your Own,” co-written with Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart, and covered over the coming years by the Ebonys, Melissa Manchester, Millie Jackson, and AWB. Despite featuring a who’s who of California heavyweights, including David Foster, JD Souther, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Linda Ronstadt, HB Barnum, and the entire horn section for Tower of Power, the 1976 album was no match for Columbia’s real blue eyed priority Boz Scaggs, whose “Lowdown” battleship blew Ned’s cutter out of the water. His last taste of American chart success would come in 1981 via “What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me,” another cowrite with Stuart that Chaka Khan took to the top of the charts.

                                                Over the last three decades, Doheny’s albums have slid in and out of print on LP and CD, budget jobs without any involvement from the self-described “avatar for casual vulgarity.” 'Separate Oceans' examines Ned Doheny’s first ten years adrift in song, pulling together choice album cuts and 11 previously unissued demos. An 8000 word essay is illustrated by images from the archives of noted rock photographers Henry Diltz, Moshe Brahka, Clive Arrowsmith, and Gary Heery, creating the first ever overview of this unheralded marina rocker.

                                                With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of road bearing his fabled family’s name, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of wealth and privilege. Signposting Ned’s sojourn through the LA recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, “Mama” Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen - each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel Canyon brethren in the pantheon of classic rock, it’s due to no lack of songwriting or recording chops.

                                                After Doheny and his buddy Jackson Browne were expelled from Elektra’s failed recording ranch, he and his Nudie-decked Canyon cohorts would go on to form the bedrock of Geffen’s Asylum label. But while his peers were looking east to Bakersfield for inspiration, Ned was applying skills foraged under the tutelage of classical guitar god Frederick Noad and west coast post-bop jazzer Charles Lloyd. Rolling Stone called his self-titled 1973 debut, “a sort of Southern California 'Astral Weeks',” but that complimentary comparison brought few copies of the album to Tower on Sunset’s cashiers and Doheny was dropped unceremoniously.

                                                Two of Ned’s most enduring compositions were written during his free agency. The tongue-in-cheek “Get It Up For Love” began as a rollicking folk number, only to be stretched out by the likes of David Cassidy, the Fabulous Rhinestones, Johnny Rivers, Tata Vega, and Ned himself on his sophomore album 'Hard Candy'. Also appearing on the Steve Cropper-produced album was “A Love Of Your Own,” co-written with Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart, and covered over the coming years by the Ebonys, Melissa Manchester, Millie Jackson, and AWB. Despite featuring a who’s who of California heavyweights, including David Foster, JD Souther, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Linda Ronstadt, HB Barnum, and the entire horn section for Tower of Power, the 1976 album was no match for Columbia’s real blue eyed priority Boz Scaggs, whose “Lowdown” battleship blew Ned’s cutter out of the water. His last taste of American chart success would come in 1981 via “What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me,” another cowrite with Stuart that Chaka Khan took to the top of the charts.

                                                Over the last three decades, Doheny’s albums have slid in and out of print on LP and CD, budget jobs without any involvement from the self-described “avatar for casual vulgarity.” 'Separate Oceans' examines Ned Doheny’s first ten years adrift in song, pulling together choice album cuts and 11 previously unissued demos. An 8000 word essay is illustrated by images from the archives of noted rock photographers Henry Diltz, Moshe Brahka, Clive Arrowsmith, and Gary Heery, creating the first ever overview of this unheralded marina rocker.

                                                Ned Doheny

                                                Labor Of Love (Kenny Dickenson Remix)

                                                London/LA producer Kenny Dickenson crafted his stunning remix of Ned Doheny's "Labor Of Love" to mark the Be With Ned tour in March 2015. The gentle disco re-rub was leaked by influential blogs and has been wreaking elegant havoc on both sides of the Atlantic ever since, setting a new gold standard for AOR remixes. Beloved of everyone who's heard it, we've been inundated with requests for a physical version.

                                                As RedKen, Dickenson came to prominence with his cult edit of Steve Perry's "She's Mine" - an instant hit on the AOR Disco scene - whilst his double A Side Fleetwood Mac 12" with Psychemagik was number 1 across Juno, Piccadilly and countless others, gaining him further notoriety. Here, taking Ned's stellar version and creating new melodies by twisting original sax solos inside out, Kenny's remix is elevated further with the introduction of his sophisticated keyboard work and additional white-hot production.

                                                Completed the day of Ned's penultimate show, Kenny bounded up to Pete Fowler - on DJ duties - and handed him the demo. Ever the showman, Pete played it seconds after Ned finished. Momentarily mortified at the chutzpah involved, we realised we were listening to something sensational. The key element would be Ned's opinion. He aired it the next day, breaking a drained silence as we boarded a flight to Berlin: "There was a remix of my song played last night." Heart in mouth, we were in for a deserved dressing down. "Pretty good; I liked it." And with that, we were determined to commit this wonderful reimagining to vinyl.

                                                After two years of major label wrangling and artist nudging, Be With Records are delighted to finally present this as an officially authorised, one-sided 12". Enhancing the package, the record comes appropriately adorned with striking new artwork from Pete Fowler himself and liner notes from all parties involved. 




                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                David says: Tropical, heated rework by Kenny Dickenson of the Doheny classic. Silky drumwork, bringing the synthy bass stabs to the front and letting the vocals do the heavy lifting. More than worthy of the remix treatment, and done with style and panache. Hot stuff.

                                                Ned Doheny

                                                To Prove My Love / Guess Who's Looking For Love Again

                                                Expansion give the soulful side of the dancefloor another total treat this week with a welcome 7" reissue of West Coast wonder Ned Doheny. The LA singer songwriter did no wrong during the 70s and 80s, penning a string of sublime sonnets in the blue-eyed soul / yacht-disco sphere, but never quite got the attention he deserved at the time. One cut that did become a hit at the time, in the clubs at least, was the 1978 single "To Prove My Love", a nimble groover which riffs on Bill Withers' "Who Is He..." bassline before heading off into a loose and limber Steely Dan-style jam-a-thon few could match. Original 7” and 12” versions now extremely rare, so this release combines the best of both, with the 12” version on 7” for the first time, backed with the Doobie styled yacht rocker "Guess Who's Looking For Love Again". Ace!

                                                The follow up to "Five Leaves Left" saw a departure from that albums' pastoralism to a more urban milieu, albeit a idealised romantic one depicted in "At The Chime Of A City Clock". Accordingly the music has a slightly more urgent feel with a greater use of drums and electric guitar. One thing it does share with its' predecessor is a stunning collection of songs, written, played and sung to perfection. A classic of its', or any other, genre.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Andy says: His most glorious LP. Features the sublime track:"Northern Sky".

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                CD Info: Repackaged in mint-packs.

                                                This 1970 debut is surely one of the most accomplished in pop history, marking the young singer songwriter out as more than another folkie. Jazzy instrumentation and sweeping string arrangements give the record a sumptuous feel that is undermined by the brooding melancholy of "Fruit Tree", "Way To Blue" and the haunting, magisterial "River Man". A classic that has reached such disparate souls as Elliott Smith, Paul Weller, Terry Callier and Gilles Peterson.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                CD Info: Repackaged in mint-packs.

                                                This album is a new, updated version of the 'extras' CD which was previously available only as part of the "Fruit Tree" box-set. Long since deleted, a new generation of fans can finally get their hands on these different versions and out-takes from his three proper LPs, and more importantly: the last four songs Nick cut before he died. Except, hooray, they've discovered one brand new song! "Tow the Line" isn't up there with his best, but it does provide some much needed yin to "Black Dog"'s yang. It suggests Nick wasn't going to succumb to depression, as the desperate "Black Dog" would have you believe; he was going to play the game...get on with things. In short: not top himself! There's a bit of a Beatles' Anthology going on with two other tracks, as Nick's college buddy and original arranger - Robert Kirby - scores new strings for old songs. Both "Magic" and "Time of No Reply" now sound as intended. They're beautiful. And Kirby weighs in again, with two previously unreleased recordings of "River Man" and "Mayfair", from his room at Cambridge and before Nick even had a record deal. There's also a new, longer version of "Three Hours" that's not been out before. This release is evocatively packaged and a must for completists. For all music lovers, infact.

                                                Nick Drake

                                                Made To Love Magic - Back To Black Edition

                                                  To coincide with the release of a new deluxe book, celebrating the life of Nick Drake as we approach forty years since his untimely death, UMGI/ Island are proud to make available three highly sort after compilation releases on 12 inch 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. 

                                                  Made To Love Magic – available as a single LP with 16 page booklet, including select lyric and sheet music artwork, and liner notes from original engineer John Wood, friend Robin Kirby and current management Cally. This release includes a selection of quality album out takes and also compelling remixes.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Nick Drake

                                                  Pink Moon

                                                  His third and final studio album is a fittingly stark and sombre collection of songs, featuring just guitar and voice (bar a piano on one track). Shorn of the usual lavish arrangements, the songs lose none of their lustre, instead the songs themselves are pushed to the fore. A magnificent swansong.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Darryl says: Stark and sombre this is Nick Drake at his stripped down best. Best listened to in front of a roaring fire - the sound is so intimate you can almost imagine him playing in the chair next to you.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP Info: An authentic reproduction of the 1972 first pressing, with original gatefold sleeve plus bonus voucher with a choice of download formats.

                                                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Nadah El Shazly

                                                  Ahwar

                                                    Starting out singing Misfits covers in a local punk band, then moving on to producing her own electronic tracks and making a name for herself in Cairo’s underground scene, Nadah El Shazly’s backstory is not that unusual. Her debut album on the other hand, is an entirely unexpected story.Two years in the making, Ahwar (Arabic for marshlands) is an otherworldly record, not unlike an abstract mythological story-tale. Opening with the mangled and filtered vocals of the album’s lead track Afqid Adh-Dhakira (I Lose Memory) like an alien dream, the drones of a bowed double bass lead us into a drum groove that lays the groundwork for El Shazly’s sultry and captivating presence, singing: "(I am) coming, from a time far away. Going, escaping. Alone in the wilderness".The Arabic prose lingers over interjections of slap-back delayed guitar twangs and an avant-garde arrangement of dissonant winds, horns and seemingly random drum fills, ending with an eerie soundscape that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Giallo classic. A daring and potent statement that sets the foundations over which the rest of the album can unravel. Composed, written and produced by El Shazly herself in collaboration with The Dwarfs of East Agouza’s Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi on co-composition and arrangement duties, the album was crafted across two continents, between Canada and Egypt, and features the crème of Montreal’s contemporary-classical and improvised music scene, most of whom aremembers of Shalabi’s own Land of Kush ensemble.

                                                    In between El Shazly’s five original tracks, we are treated to an abstract coverversion of Sayyid Darwish’s classic Ana 'Ishiqt (I Once Loved). El Shazly’s haunting vocal floats over broken Kalimba and Harp arpeggios which slowly intertwine with a free, bowed double bass improv to nestle within the breaks between Younes Al-Qadhi’s early 20th century verses of love and betrayal. 

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    Coloured LP Info: Limited clear vinyl.

                                                    Do you believe in Daylight Ghosts?

                                                    Mellowtone Records presents the debut album by Nick Ellis ‘Daylight Ghosts’. Limited to 500 for the world and pressed on lovely 180 gram vinyl.

                                                    Following on from the triumphant EP ‘Grace & Danger’ Ellis now presents the final piece in the puzzle: “...This music, these stories, have lived themselves into songs. Some are like discarded photographs, found upon the floor. Some, like a strange encounter with a strange old face. Others, like those forgotten people who appear from out of nowhere and go straight back into it. Like Ghosts. Daylight Ghosts...”

                                                    The subjects are often specific to the Liverpool streets where Ellis resides, but the message is universal. The tales and escapades are a microcosm of society as it shifts and as it stands. The world is changing, evolving, for better or for worse. And so it is now, more than ever, that we need visionaries like Ellis to come to the fore.

                                                    Nick Ellis is an artist for the 21st century. Ignore daylight ghosts at your peril.

                                                    Nic Endo

                                                    Cold Mtal Perfection

                                                      A step back from her usual angry noisecore outings for a more sedate LP - maybe she has got a boyfriend...

                                                      For Noga Erez, there was never any doubt that, whatever music she chose to make, and whatever she felt about her homeland, she could never ignore her surroundings. After all, even escapism acknowledges there’s something to escape from, and at times – like many who’ve grown up in Tel Aviv – Erez has wanted to shut herself off from a world rendered beyond comprehension by forces beyond her control. But if there’s one thing Erez isn’t – and sometimes it’s easier to say what artists as complex and fresh as her aren’t than are – it’s naïve. And what this means is simple: her work reflects the manner in which she’s learned to live. As she puts it, “I have this idea of giving people moments of thought and inspiration, and at the same time offering escapism and fun."

                                                      It’s not the easiest of goals, but few succeed as well as Erez. While the music she makes in collaboration with her partner and co-writer, composer and producer Ori Rousso, exploits many of the more physical, dynamic elements of electronic music, it also embraces a cerebral sensitivity that’s made her one of her home city’s most exciting, idiosyncratic artists, as inspired by Björk, M.I.A. and fka Twigs as by Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean.

                                                      Erez was born four days before 1990, the year the Gulf War started, and it would be impossible for her now, as an artist, to ignore what’s been going on around her all her life. Nonetheless, she admits that, for a while, she retreated from the highly politicised climate in which she was raised. “As I became more aware of everything going on – the complexity of the situation, and how it affects lives on both sides – my reaction was to separate myself from it. I got rid of my TV and stopped consuming news completely.”

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition indies exclusive pink vinyl.

                                                      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                      Nathan Fake / Wesley Matsell

                                                      Cambria01

                                                        Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell launch new imprint Cambria Instruments.

                                                        “A highly expressive, lysergic trip and one of his finest productions to date. All in all, you couldn't hope for a stronger start from a new label.” - Bleep

                                                        One of the most consistently excellent artists within the Border Community fold, since impressing them with his simultaneously reflective, dance floor jams when just out of his teens in 2003; Nathan Fake is stepping out on his own. With his friend, fellow producer and DJ, Wesley Matsell, Fake has announced the launch of his new imprint, Cambria Instruments, with the first release set to be a split release between the pair.

                                                        In some ways the title of the imprint follows Fake’s interest in exploring the heritage of Britain – most notably on his 2012 record Steam Days, its tracks’ titles referencing several historical areas around his native Norfolk. “Cambria is a reference to both Wesley and I,” Fake explains. “He’s from Wales, and Cambria is an ancient English/Latin name for Wales, so we thought that summed up where the label was coming from.”

                                                        Teaming up with Matsell – himself a Border Community club staple – the pair’s first release on Cambria Instruments will be Fake’s nocturnal groove-laden track ‘Black Drift’, coupled with Matsell’s similarly crisp mixture of shifting percussion and submerged oscillations, ‘Bismuth’. Both tracks have a similarly hi-fidelity feel to them, coupled with – as Fake puts it – "new esoteric melodies and textures previously unheard from both artists”.

                                                        Details are yet to be confirmed on future releases from outside artists, but solo EPs from the co-founders can expected in the future. With Matsell’s far-reaching tastes in everything from fifties electroacoustic, acid house and early Detroit, through to hardcore and rave, nineties techno and noise, the thought of him joining up with Fake’s own naturally eclectically-informed mind is an exciting one indeed.


                                                        Nathan Fake has grown from his beginnings as an undeniably skilled, but relatively inoffensive purveyor of twee IDM (see the cutesy electronic rhythms and circuit-bent melodies of 'Drowning In A Sea Of Love') into a powerhouse of challenging electronics and innovative melodic constructions.

                                                        The brash and stomping 'Feelings 1' could easily be stretched into a 6-minute long OPN track from his early catalog, but retains its impact and drive in part due to it's brevity, letting up after only a couple short minutes with a thematic segue into the thumping title track. Utilising his tried-and-tested technique of a filtered-out beginning into a revisitation of that theme, but injected with fiery percussion and swooning synthplay, Fake constructs a towering wall of chaotic arps and fizzling saturation, underpinned by distorted kick drums and dusty pads.

                                                        'HoursDaysMonthsSeasons' is much more along the lines of Border Community heavy-hitters Holden or Luke Abbott, pitching tweeting modulars and syncopated throbs against a droning foundation of fire and brimstone. As with all of Fake's more recent work, this is a deep and rewarding experience, but gives as much as you do, revealing it's complexities through patence and perserverance. 

                                                        Moving further along (we have convered the towering 'DEGREELESSNESS elsewhere), we move into ambient territory with 'SmallCityLights' which is a relaxing and much-needed respite (make use of it while you can) before the thudding dystopian sidechained duality of 'Radio Spiritworld'. Like a pack of robots fizzing and staggering towards a neon sun, we get chillwave guitars, industrial hammering and crackling electronic connections, coming together into a bracing mix of rampant retro-futurism and forward-thinking outsider 'tron.

                                                        Providence is as contrary and (I imagine) divisive as anything Fake has accomplished thus far, founded upon his considerable talent for writing a dancefloor stomper, but abstracted into the outer realms of melodicism and rhythm. A challenging, towering behemoth of an album, that will confound and amaze in equal measure. 

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: Nathan Fake does OPN. Shimmering synths, soul-shaking drone and abstracted rhythms mashed together (amazingly) into a brittle and brutal amalgamation of conceptual genius and technical mastery. A++, Will listen again.

                                                        Nathan fake returns, brandishing his saturation wand and some big ideas about compression ratios on his newest release and second for Ninja Tune, 'Sunder'. 

                                                        Eschewing the crisp, calculated electronic excursions of 'Providence', Fake instead opts for a slight return to his grittier, more industrial offerings. We kick things off with the eponymous track, slowly growing from cavernous toms and crackling hi-hats into a saturated throng of propulsive activity, the confines of the relatively shallow sonic space being pushed to breaking point by the forceful crescendo. 

                                                        'Arcaibh' takes things out of this headspace and into more cosmic realms, with slowly growing synth swirls subtly puntuated by the staggered kick drums. As we move slowly into the closing minutes, we get a hypnotic percussive redux, showing the layers of production talents required to make even the most sparse of moments sound just right. 

                                                        Flip over and 'Serotonin Drops' mixes horror-film swells and tense synth stabs with warped background chords, mixing with the hurried percussion to form a perfect counterfoil to its glitched-out but ultimately beautiful b-side bedfellow, 'Cloudswept'. While the previous pieces may not have toyed with the childlike innocence and whimsical echoes of Fakes earlier compositions, this could easily be a more refined version of about half of the excellent Drowning In A Sea Of Love'. Beautifully varied, and as clinically, mindblowingly precise as ever, Fake does it again. 

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: In the latest edition of 'How The F**k', we see Nathan Fake flaunting his innate talents to once again impeccably step foot into the dusty hardware workouts and crackling basement soundsystem techno of 'Hard Islands' before giving us a beautiful glimpse of his earlier, more innocent excursions. Superb.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        12" includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                        Nico Fidenco

                                                        Porno Holocaust - Original Score

                                                          PORNO HOLOCAUST is an outrageous 1981 Italian sexploitation horror schlock from Joe D’Amato. A group of scientists land on a deserted island to discover a rather well endowed radioactive sex-crazed monster that takes a liking to the female scientists in the group. Loaded with X-rated sex scenes and generous amounts of blood and gore, it's sleazy enough to avoid showing your parents or loved ones. The score by Nico Fidenco is another one of his incredible blends of funk, moody synth and fuzzed-out disco. Easily up there with ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST and his EMANUELLE films. Essential stuff from an unsung maestro. First time ever on vinyl.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Ltd LP Info: Limited to 200 copies.

                                                          In the words of lovable insurance doggo Churchill, "Oh Yes!". Sonar Music Editions come through with another outstanding biblioteca spectacular, this time from the mind of maestro Nico Fidenco. Originally released on CAM CmL series in 1973, "Stati D'Amino Volume 2" (aka "Feeling") is a killer Italian library LP boasting the finest funk and jazz-funk vibes, tight knit drum patterns, vintage dancefloor tunes and female vocals to die for. Intended as moody and funky score music for action, movement and romantic scenes, this should soundtrack all the best moments in your life. So buy the LP, put it on the player and go about your daily business with purpose and pleasure. Maybe you'll play Minecraft to "Industrial Feeling", walk upstairs to "Celestial Feeling" or spy on Laura & Dan at number 76 while "Obsessiv Feeling" shuffles and sways through the twitching curtains. "My name is Michael Caine...and I am a nosy neighbour..."


                                                          Neil Finn

                                                          Dizzy Heights

                                                            Produced by Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips), ‘Dizzy Heights’ is the third solo album by Neil Finn following 1998's Try Whistling This and 2001's One Nil.

                                                            Finn did not set out on his third solo album with a theme in mind. But by the time he came to call it after another track on the record, “Dizzy Heights”, it had become inescapable. “It crept up on me. I started noticing it in lots of places. You start off with a number of different threads and angles and demos, and they dictate the terms of the record. It’s only in the course of the process that you maybe get a feeling there’s a type of song emerging, or an atmosphere.”

                                                            Neil Finn was 18 when he was invited by his older brother Tim to join the trailblazing art rock band Split Enz. His career since might be measured as a series of bounds, the best-known being Crowded House, which he founded with Paul Hester and Nick Seymour after the breakup of Split Enz in 1984. Four albums, among them Crowded House and Together Alone, brought the group popular and critical acclaim around the world.

                                                            Along the way, there have been a host of collaborations, including with brother Tim and wife Sharon, and an array of names from Johnny Marr, Ed O’Brien, Eddie Vedder and most of Wilco. And yet Dizzy Heights unmistakably marks a fresh leap.

                                                            “I didn’t want to make it a solo record in a stripped back singer-songwriter sort of way,” says Finn. “I had a feeling Dave would be good at adding some odd shapes to the music. Which I always welcome – making things a little more expansive ... He is good at subverting things, and making things sound a bit messed up and not as obvious, rather than being too tasteful, which is always a temptation.”

                                                            Neil Finn was the main songwriter in Split Enz and Crowded House and this, his second solo album is brimful of quality songs delivered by Finn's plaintive, introspective vocals and is another fine Finn follow up.

                                                            Frahm returns to Erased Tapes for his most beguiling outing yet. Kicking things off with the choral solemnity of the brief 'The Whole Universe Wants To Be Touched',  before 'Sunson' excellently displays the sort of percussive demi-trance that he and Olafur Arnalds excelled at in their collaborative output. 'My Friend The Forest' has perhaps the most semblance to Frahm's earlier work, with the gently hammered piano strings being subtly blunted with some sort of preparation. It doesn't sound quite as muted as his seminal work (perhaps the felt has worn out a little), and is unmistakeable in it's  rapid trills, separated by moments of acoustic ambience. 

                                                            'Forever Changeless' is again littered with moments of progressive beauty, but eases off a little on the sustain to give way to a slightly terse atmosphere, beautifully accentuated by Frahm's deft hands before moving into 'All Melody' which couldn't be more reminiscent of the spine-tingling electronic crescendo of 'Says' from 2013's 'Spaces'. 

                                                            With the percussive workout of '#2' and 'Momentum' taking a metaphorical breath from the more upbeat moments, it gives us time to relax and reflect before the mournful military requiem of 'Fundamental Values' gives way to it's own latter resolution and smooth segue into the tropical arps of 'Kaleidoscope' and the soul-soothing slow-mo beauty of 'Harm Hymn'. 

                                                            Another beautiful outing for Frahm, and further evidence of his credentials as one of today's most talented composers. 


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Barry says: Brittle pieces, flecked with ambient interludes and soaring, spine-tingling euphoric electronic elements. This is by far the most diverse, but thematically impeccable Frahm outing yet.

                                                            Nils Frahm & Anne Muller

                                                            7 Fingers

                                                            Fans of the Berlin based Nils Frahm are by now familiar with his beguiling live shows where more often than not fellow touring artists are encouraged to join Frahm on stage – the likes of Rachel Grimes, Rob Lowe of Balmorhea as well as label colleagues Peter Broderick and Ólafur Arnalds have all obliged with fascinating results. It will come as no surprise then that Nils Frahm, an accomplished composer and producer who signed to Erased Tapes in 2009, has extended his collaborative live musings to encompass the recording studio, working for the first time with noted cellist and fellow Berliner Anne Müller to produce "7 Fingers".

                                                            With their first collective release Frahm and Müller have built a world where modern classical and electronica collide creating an ‘intoxicating and delicious’ collection of songs. Primarily a pianist Nils Frahm provides evidence with "7 Fingers" that he can effortlessly turn electric throwing in loops, samples and glitches to accompany and showcase Müller on cello. Anne Müller, a renowned musician noted for her work with the Wolf-Ferrari-Ensemble, Phillip Boa and recent tours with Agnes Obel, proves an amp musical partner for Frahm. As the recognition continues to grow for Nils Frahm’s previous solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells, 2011 sees a new side to this young talent as he embarks on a detour into strings, symphonies and glitch beats alongside the estimable Anne Müller.


                                                            Having recorded his last album live in a large, reverberant church, Nils Frahm now invites you to put on your headphones and dive into a world of microscopic and delicate sounds - so intimate that you could be sitting beside him. Recorded late at night in the reflective solitude and silence of his studio in Berlin, Frahm uncovers a new sound and source of inspiration within these peaceful moments: 'Originally I wanted to do my neighbours a favour by damping the sound of my piano. If I want to play piano during the quiet of the night, the only respectful way is by layering thick felt in front of the strings and using very gentle fingers. It was then that I discovered that my piano sounds beautiful with the damper.' Captivated by this sonic exposition, he placed the microphones so deep inside the piano that they were almost touching the strings. This brought a host of external sounds to the recordings which most producers would try their hardest to hide: 'I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano's action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards - all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.'

                                                            Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm is already a firebrand in the modern classical world, collaborating with contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds and Anne Müller. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. As announced by Drowned In Sound, he finally returns on October 10th 2011 with the successor to his highly acclaimed solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells. Released on Erased Tapes Records and entitled 'Felt', the album will coincide with a European tour in November 2011 - a truly memorable and magical live experience.


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Martin says: It might not be enough for you to say this is a thing of absolute beauty, that it is possibly the most gorgeous moment of this astonishingly prolific pianist's already wonderful career; or that it is one of the two best neo-classical releases I have ever heard. But it really ought to be. If that isn't enough, someone asks about it pretty much every time we play it, even if they are the only person in the shop. Please, do your heart a favour and buy this record. It will almost certainly soothe and improve your day.

                                                            Nils Frahm has always said that he’s just waiting for something real special when being asked if he would ever score the music for a film. And that’s exactly what German director Sebastian Schipperpresented to him with his one-take feature ‘Victoria’. Filmed in Berlin, Victoria’s plot sees a runaway party girl, who's asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town, but their wild night of partying suddenly turns into a bank robbery as the music changes from techno to subdued piano sounds.

                                                            For the recording session at Studio P4 in Berlin, Frahm enlisted the help of long-time collaborator and cellist Anne Müller, violist Viktor Orri Árnason and ambient artist Erik K. Skodvin of Deaf Center on guitar.

                                                            The soundtrack opens with an edit of ‘Burn With Me’ by German producer DJ Koze.

                                                            Dear viewer and listener,

                                                            I’ve finally written music for a film. It took me some time to do so, as I was patiently waiting for a movie that would truly speak to me. When director Sebastian Schipper invited me to work on Victoria, I knew it was worth the long wait. Does such a strong film even need music? I realised it wouldn’t be easy to create a score that embraces these bold pictures.

                                                            Luckily we were given unusual creative freedom by approaching the movie together with Sebastian Schipper, who was keeping the production and direction to one single team. The score was recorded in a special location, the former GDR broadcasting production facilities that today host Studio P4. We simply put a big screen in the middle of the room, filled it with microphones and instruments, set the movie on loop and kept improvising on top of it together – my good friends and I.

                                                            The guest musicians started their recording session by playing a cohesive take over the course of the whole movie. This was the most interesting part of the day, since they hadn’t seen the film before. They became spectators and creators at once, intuitively recording hundreds of different cues that way. You are about to listen to some of its highlights. I hope they do Victoria and your ears justice.

                                                            With love, Nils Frahm.


                                                            A collection of nine reworks crafted by fans and selected by Nils himself form the ‘Screws Reworked’ re-issue, also featuring his original ‘Screws’

                                                            The 2012 album 'Screws' by Nils Frahm, was the result of inspiration from his fans and friends while he recovered from an unfortunate accident, which saw him fall from his bunk bed located directly above his studio, which resulted in a broken thumb. These nine intimate recordings were offered to fans to download for free and in return fans thanked Nils by sending him their audio and visual reinterpretations.

                                                            Fascinated by the results, Nils then publicly asked his fans to submit their reworks or any form of art that was inspired by the release and all these submissions have been collected since on a dedicated website: screws.nilsfrahm.com. It gave birth to the 'Screws Reworked' project from which Nils selected nine reworks to feature on a special edition re-issue which also includes his original ‘Screws’.

                                                            Helios, Bug Lover and Plasma Rüby are amongst Nils’s final selection for ‘Screws Reworked’, housed in an inner sleeve a visual rework created by Adam Young aka Saturnine.

                                                            “Whenever you have to decide between two things, you end up favouring one over the other. In the case of this record, I had to choose nine out of hundreds of songs – but I didn’t want to follow this logic, I didn’t want the songs to compete against each other. I never liked music competitions, neither when I was a kid playing classical music contests nor today when the best album of 2015 is awarded. Having been in the situation to pick my own tracks for my own records, I knew that the only way to manage this tough job is to concentrate on the cohesiveness of listening to the songs all together. Screws Reworked should sound like a record, not like a random collection of tracks.

                                                            The motivation to make such a record came with the release of Screws in 2012 as a gift to my listeners. I thought about it as a starting point for people to make their own interpretations of the songs. The feedback was overwhelming. A couple of months later, we counted over 300 contributions. Without going through a selection process, they were all available only online until now. It seemed essential to make it a real record as I imagined how happy it must make those who would find their names – in most cases for the first time – on a real record.

                                                            Now is the time to thank you all for your numerous and beautiful contributions. In case you don’t find your track here, please don’t think it stands behind the others. This record means, in fact, that some of the most beautiful songs couldn’t be included as they simply weren’t ‘good neighbours’ and because there is only one rework for each of my original compositions. However all of you opened your hearts and minds and shared your uniqueness with us and I feel incredibly blessed by each and every single rework of Screws. Thank you!” – Nils Frahm.

                                                            Nils Frahm reveals new ‘Solo’ album and the ‘Klavins 450’ piano project on the world’s first Piano Day!

                                                            Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm has fast become know as a prolific performer and recording artist with the piano at the core. Piano Day is an official body created by Nils and his closest friends, and will house various exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450.

                                                            As the life-long dream of David Klavins, it even exceeds the currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are about 10 feet in length. And it was on this piano that Nils recorded eight improvised piano motifs in one sitting, which form his new ‘Solo’ album – available for free download on the world’s first Piano Day on the 88th day (March 29, 2015) from www.pianoday.org. Once recorded, Nils began to think of ways to release the album as a gift to his fans, similarly to his 2012 release ‘Screws’, and that’s when Nils came up with the idea of Piano Day.

                                                            With a target of 100.000 euros to reach, Nils eases his fans into sharing their money for the project with this free release. All direct donations and a portion from any record sales will go to the Klavins 450 project until the target has been hit.

                                                            LINER NOTES:
                                                            Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high: the Klavins M370 is probably the largest upright piano there is. Its longest strings are about 10 feet in length.
                                                            This colossus was initially built to evaluate a useful maximum size of the piano. Driven by the assumption that pianos could sound better, David got to work in 1985 and finished his instrument 2 years later. Back then I was 5 years old, having no idea how much I would fall in love with it.
                                                            When I finally met David Klavins and his enormous piano 27 years later, in the very beginning of 2014, I arrived with empty hands. I didn't know what music, what songs I was about to record in the next 3 days.
                                                            Every piano has unique features and certain strengths. Some have more, some have less of them, but there is no bad piano out there, although I do moan about them almost all the time. Some simply hide their secrets better than others. These thoughts made me start to write music when I am with the particular instrument, the tape running.
                                                            The 8 pieces featured on this album were selected out of hours of improvising, happy hours as I recollect. The joy of playing and listening to the sound of the instrument made me play slower and slower, softer and softer, as almost every new note was destroying the immense beauty and sustain of the previous note. I was preparing the instrument with parts of my felt collection, carefully tuning mic positions with the help of my dear friend and recording gear wizard Matthias Hahn and simply playing whatever came to my mind. In conversations about this I am still struggling for words in order to praise David’s instrument. Words simply don’t do it justice, so listen for yourself. With lots of love, Nils Frahm.

                                                            Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so far only showed a fragment of what to expect from a Nils Frahm concert. Frahm’s heart lies in improvisation, in the magic of a moment where, inspired by the space and the audience, his fingers can create new compositions loosely based around his familiar melodies.

                                                            Spaces is an ode to the joy of live performance. It expresses Frahm’s love for experimentation and answers the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they have witnessed during his concerts. Breaking the convention of a traditional live album, Spaces was recorded over the course of two years in different locations and on various mediums, including old portable reel-to-reel recorders and cassette tape decks. These moments were later pieced together in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as a collage of field recordings rather than a live album. It Includes surprise moments such as the sound of him banging a toilet brush on the piano strings to create a dub-sounding track. The decision to select takes that have people coughing and cell phones ringing show that his audience is an integral part of every performance. In his own words:

                                                            "What I love most about playing in front of people has something to do with a certain kind of energy exchange. The attention and appreciation of my audience feeds back into my playing. It really seems as if there is a true and equal give and take between performer and listener, making me aware of how much I depend on my audience. And since the audience is different every night, the music being played will differ too. Every space I performed in has its own magic and spirit." – Nils Frahm.

                                                            Spaces was mastered by the gifted hands of Mandy Parnell.


                                                            Nils Frahm

                                                            Wintermusik

                                                            Nils Frahm, born in 1982, had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers. Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer in Berlin. In early 2008 he founded Durton Studio, where he has worked with Peter Broderick and Dustin O' Halloran amongst other fellow musicians. The three instrumentals, which make up his debut release "Wintermusik" are piano led pieces, coloured with occasional celeste and reed organ parts. The record’s equal measures of sorrowful refrains and uplifting passages, combined with a real intimacy that makes for an album you'll want to return to again and again. The songs were originally intended as a Christmas present for friends and family, hence its winter release via London-based cinematic music label Erased Tapes.

                                                            Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                                                            In The Heat Of The Moment (Andrew Weatherall / Toydrum Dub Remixes)

                                                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                              This exclusive 12" for Record Store Day is limited edition and feature remixes of the single 'In The Heat Of The Moment' by Andrew Weatherall and Toydrum. Previously unreleased, this is the first time these critically acclaimed remixes are available on vinyl. Noel is a supporter of Record Store Day and says "Record shops are as important as the records themselves".

                                                              Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                                                              AKA...What A Life! / Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me - UNKLE Reworks

                                                              Closing out an exceptional debut year for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the band’s most recent single “AKA…What A Life!“ and its B-side “Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me” have been remixed by pioneering electronic producers UNKLE.

                                                              Stretching each track out to 8 minutes plus UNKLE, the brainchild of James Lavelle, have reimagined the two tracks as leftfield, psychedelic epics perfect for both the dancefloor and at home afterwards.

                                                              Already being supported by the likes of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and Pete Tong, the remixes will be pressed up on highly limited white label 12” vinyl, before being released digitally late February 2012

                                                              These remixes mark the second time that UNKLE have crossed paths with Noel Gallagher, having previously produced the Oasis track “Weight of the World”.



                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              12" Info: Strictly limited white label pressing.

                                                              Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                                                              Lock All The Doors

                                                                This track is the fourth single to be released from the hugely successful second album, ‘Chasing Yesterday’ and is backed by the non-album B-side ‘Here’s A Candle (For Your Birthday Cake)’.

                                                                Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                                                                Holy Mountain

                                                                  After teasing fragments of songs and art from new album, Who Built The Moon?, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds turn fans’ attention to the release of 'Holy Mountain', the first single to be taken from the new album out today through Sour Mash.

                                                                  Nestled high in the tracklisting of the follow up to the platinum-selling, Chasing Yesterday (2015) and featuring Paul Weller on organ, Holy Mountain is delivered with thundering self-assurance.

                                                                  Gallagher says: “It was one of the first things David and I did on the first week of working together. I knew instantly that it was going to be the first single. There’s so much joy in it. Until the day I die, it will be one of my favourite pieces of music that I’ve ever written. It sounds great live. My kids love it, my friends’ kids all love it and I am sure ‘the kids’ will love it.”

                                                                  The 12” vinyl release features Holy Mountain accompanied by an exclusive, instrumental version of the track, while the B-Side features Dead In The Water (Live at RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin). Also offered as an album bonus track, Dead In The Water catches Gallagher and keyboard player, Mike Rowe in between takes at a Dublin radio station. Such moments are destined to go unrepeated, with Gallagher vowing never to re-record it any other way.

                                                                  Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                                                                  It's A Beautiful World

                                                                    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce new single ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ – the second to be taken from the Number 1 album ‘Who Built the Moon?’, following the success of the first single ‘Holy Mountain’.

                                                                    The hypnotic track features ambient electronica and sharp production from acclaimed producer, DJ and composer David Holmes, and a French spoken word segment inspired by Gallic art house cinema.

                                                                    Producer David Holmes says: “The track had so much space and was feeling great. After Noel wrote the song he asked me about getting a French vocalist to do some kind of spoken word, so I called my friend Charlotte Courbe and played her an extract from a French short film that I always loved and wanted to borrow from. She then produced an astounding piece of writing that contrasted Noel’s song and music so beautifully.” 

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    Ltd 12" Info: Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl.

                                                                    Noel Gallagher takes some time out from feuding with shirty brother, Liam to put together a brand new full-length album with his High-Flying Bird cohorts. We kick things off with the decidedly 'D'You Know What I Mean'-y percussive scree, backed with distant shouting, thundering bass and growing shadowy reverbs on 'Fort Knox', obviously setting up a grand and extended entrance piece. From there we move into the stabbing horns and distorted bass of 'Holy Mountain', perfectly displaying his keen ear for melody, and almost irritating ability for penning a ruthless earworm. From there we move into the sleazy rock and roll of 'Keep On Reaching', owing as much to classic rock as it does disco with the harmonising backing vox and effervescent synth-brass. 

                                                                    'She Taught Me How To Fly' presents a truly diverse set of influences, from dreamy synths to the airy ducked bass and dusty snappy percussives, providing a perfect balance between Noel's brilliantly robust compositional techniques and the more avant construction of mesmeric Krautrock or psychedelia. 'Black & White Sunshine' couldn't possibly be any more geared towards Oasis' fans, with that legendary vocal harmony NG does so well making an appearance, as well as the three-chord progressive lift we've heard once or twice before. 

                                                                    What is most impressive is that the High Flying Birds have managed to step away from the considerable shadow that Oasis cast, whilst still retaining the melodic elements that made it resonate with so many people.   




                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Barry says: A twisting, nuanced journey through rock, psychedelia and indie, but nicely tether by Noel's instantly recognisable vocal style, and a veritable cornucopia of sing-along moments. Lovely stuff.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Includes download code for the album and bonus track ‘dead in the water (live at RTÉ 2FM studios, Dublin)’.

                                                                    LP Info: Includes download code for the album and bonus track ‘dead in the water (live at RTÉ 2FM studios, Dublin)’.

                                                                    Noel's second studio album finds his song-writing in supremely fine fettle, but then you'd expect that from the master-craftsman. This time he has self-produced and included a song which actually pre-dates Oasis, and one from the aborted Amorphous Androgynous sessions. There' a slightly funky vibe left-over from said collaboration and whilst most of the album is choc-full of Noel's classic sounding melodies (albeit with some fairly obvious cribbing) "The  Right Stuff"and opener "Riverman" are the most unusual cuts here, one a spacejazz freakout , the other a seventies acoustic groover inspired by a night out with Morrissey (namecheckin' fact fans!) The remainder of the LP isn't too dissimilar to Noel's debut, but perhaps with a more discernable bottom-end as  gloriously displayed on Noel-by-Numbers  (and therefore superb!) lead single "In The Heat Of The Moment", and the one-of-the-best-things-he's-ever-done follow-up "Ballad Of The Mighty I". All in all, a splendid record.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Martin says: He's still got it!


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