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Yard Act

The Overload - Picture Disc (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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    Limited Edition Picture Disc of #2 Album 'The Overload' never been pressing on a Picture Disc before. 

    Yann Tiersen

    Lagniappe Session

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      Yann Tiersen’s Lagniappe Session is a special limited edition 12” of 3 tracks recorded for the Los Angeles-based audio journal, Aquarium Drunkard. Originally created to support Yann’s most recent album, Portrait, where he re-recorded a number of tracks from throughout his career, these tracks all fit the mood of that recording and Yann’s most recent tours. Pieces that could be described as minimalist are uprooted and placed into entirely different realms, as Tiersen tackles a 16+ minute Steve Reich piece, a classic Françoise Hardy chanson, and a tune by country gospel musician E.C. Ball. In the hands of Tiersen all become transformed.

      Yusef Lateef

      Atlantis Lullaby - The Concert From Avignon (RSD24 EDITION)

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        Yellowman

        Zunggugungzugu-zungguzeng (RSD24 EDITION)

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          Yes

          Yale Bowl '71 (RSD24 EDITION)

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            Live soundboard recording of Yes - Live At The Yale Bowl 1971 and is from July 24, 1971 during the YES album tour. It was recorded at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut.

            Young Fathers

            DEAD (RSD24 EDITION)

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              Youth Meets R.D.F.

              Cockroach Town (RSD24 EDITION)

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                Yusuf / Cat Stevens

                Izitso (RSD24 EDITION)

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                  Limited to 2,000 units globally, the 1977 Cat Stevens album is reissued for RSD with a lenticular gatefold cover.

                  Yusuf / Cat Stevens

                  Numbers (RSD24 EDITION)

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                    Limited to 2,000 units globally, the 1975 Cat Stevens album is reissued for RSD with a lenticular gatefold cover. Included is a reproduction of the original 16-page book with lyrics and illustrations.

                    The Kyoto-based musician Yusaku Arai is known for his production work in the avant-garde scenes of Japanese hip-hop and R&B. On this solo album, though, he offers more lengthy, piano-centric meditations that use the techniques of musique concrète, and the ambient swirls you'll hear from Huerco S and the West Mineral / Motion Ward axis.

                    Arai’s compositions on the A-side emerged out of a reflection on the corporeal and interwoven relationship between his own body and things he encountered in the world - the ocean, a flower petal, a plastic sheet, a hand. His intent is to represent a process in which colors gently well up in inside of an object, pass through its entirety - and eventually permeate into the body itself. The B-side consists mostly of a long composition, which is about an unavoidable surplus that crops up in communication, whether of gestures or of language. This narrative work describes humans as beings torn between enthusiasm and emptiness.

                    The album’s artwork is by photographer Azusa Yamaguchi and designer Hejiro Yagi. Mastering by Sean McCann of Recital. An 18x24 inch poster is included.



                    Yaya Bey

                    Remember Your North Star

                      Yaya Bey is one of R&B’s most exciting storytellers. Using a combination of ancestral forces and her own self-actualization, the singer/songwriter seamlessly navigates life’s hardships and joyful moments through music. Bey’s new album, ‘Remember Your North Star’ (out June 17), captures this emotional rollercoaster with a fusion of soul, jazz, reggae, afrobeat and hip-hop that feeds the soul. The artist’s knack for storytelling is best displayed in the album’s lead single, “keisha”. It’s an anthemic embodiment of fed-up women everywhere who have given their all in a relationship, yet their physical body nor spiritual mind could never be enough.

                      Bey’s ability to tap into the emotionally kaleidoscopic nature of women, specifically Black women, is the essence of the entire album. With themes of misogynoir, unpacking generational trauma, carefree romance, parental relationships, women empowerment and self-love, Remember Your North Star proves that the road to healing isn’t a linear one – there are many lessons to gather along the journey.

                      “I saw a tweet that said, ‘Black women have never seen healthy love or have been loved in a healthy way.’ That's a deep wound for us. Then I started to think about our responses to that as Black women,” Bey says of ‘Remember Your North Star’s title inspiration, an entirely self-written project featuring key production from Bey herself, with assists from Phony Ppl’s Aja Grant and DJ Nativesun. “So this album is kind of my thesis. Even though we need to be all these different types of women, ultimately we do want love: love of self and love from our community. The album is a reminder of that goal.”

                      The artist’s raw, unfiltered approach threads ‘Remember Your North Star’. “big daddy ya” finds the artist tapping into her inner rapper, channeling the too-cool and confident factor that artists like Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls are well-known for. “reprise” captures women’s exhaustion everywhere, with its lyrical tug-of-war of bettering oneself while trying to cut yourself off from toxic relationships. There’s also “alright” (co-produced by Aja Grant), a soothing, jazz-inspired ditty that showcases Bey’s love for the genre’s icons like Billie Holiday, while the carefree “pour up” highlights the artist’s friendship with DJ Nativesun (the song’s producer) and will immediately rush hips to the dancefloor.

                      There is no fakeness when it comes to Bey’s music, and her authenticity can be partly attributed to her upbringing in Jamaica, Queens. Early childhood memories included watching her father (pioneering ‘90s rapper Grand Daddy I.U) record in his studio – which also doubled as Bey’s bedroom – and listening to records by soul legends Donny Hathaway and Ohio Players around the house. Beginning at age nine, the artist’s father would leave space for her to write hooks to his beats, using her favorite artists like Mary J. Blige and JAY-Z as inspirations.

                      Bey quickly grew out of New York City and moved to D.C. at age 18. Calling it her second home, the city further ignited the artist’s creativity as she worked at museums and libraries, as well as tapping into poetry and attending protests. Her first release ‘The Many Alter - Egos of Trill’eta Brown’ in 2016 that incorporated a digital collage and a book, was praised by Solange’s Saint Heron agency, FADER, Essence, and many more. Bey followed up with fellow critically acclaimed projects like 2020’s ‘Madison Tapes’ album and 2021’s ‘The Things I Can’t Take With Me’ EP – the first release on Big Dada’s relaunch as a label run by Black, POC and minority ethnic people for Black, POC and minority ethnic artists – that received support from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR, Harper’s Bazaar, FADER, HotNewHipHop, Dazed, Clash, FACT, Crack Magazine, The Line of Best Fit and Mixmag.

                      In 2021, Bey was also profiled by Rolling Stone for their print magazine, contributed to the publication’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, and curated a playlist for Document Journal. The artist’s “september 13th (DJ Nativesun Remix)” and “made this on the spot” singles received strong radio support from BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC 1 Xtra’s Jamz Supernova. Last May, Bey was interviewed on BBC 1Xtra and performed three tracks for Jamz Supernova’s “Festival Jamz” including The Things I Can’t Take With Me’s “fxck it then” and “september 13th” that December.

                      Bey is also a critically acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and art curator, creating the artwork for her music through collages of intimate photos and self-portraits. In 2019, her work was featured in the District of Columbia Arts Center’s “Reparations Realized” exhibit and Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)’s “Let the Circle Be Unbroken” exhibit. She also completed multiple fine art residencies with MoCADA, curating programs that reflect the same theme that drives her music: the Black woman's experience.

                      ‘Remember Your North Star’ continues Bey’s personal and artistic evolution as she strives to be a soundboard for Black women everywhere. “I feel empowered in music because I can transform anything that happens to me into something that is valuable. Music helps me to see the value in what's going on in my life,” she explains. “There’s a spirit in music. It’s a culture and I'm in that community, contributing my story which keeps us connected.”

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Seriously, get on this! Landing somewhere between Green Tea Peng, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu (!!) with that adoration for retroistic jazz and soul influences showered in sunshine and delivered with her own highly individualistic, localized vocal flow. She's also provocative, stylish and outspoken, making her a perfect star for 2022. Gonna blow up!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side A
                      1. Intro
                      2. Libation
                      3. Big Daddy Ya
                      4. Keisha
                      5. Nobody Knows
                      6. Alright
                      7. Meet Me In Brooklyn
                      8. It Was Just A Dance
                      9. Pour Up (feat. DJ
                      Nativesun)
                      10. Uh Uh Nxgga

                       Side B
                      1. Reprise
                      2. Rolling Stoner
                      3. Don't Fucking Call Me
                      4. I'm Certain She's There
                      5. Street Fighter Blues
                      6. Mama Loves Her Son
                      7. Either Way
                      8. Blessings

                      Yaya Bey

                      Ten Fold

                        Yaya Bey unveils her latest studio album Ten Fold via Big Dada, available on standard black LP and translucent red indie LP.

                        New York-bred R&B vocalist Yaya Bey conjures a comprehensive self-portrait on her new studio album, Ten Fold.

                        Where her previous works were earnest and mindful, Yaya’s new LP is definitive, harkening back to aspects of her past while examining the future of the world that surrounds her with a stream-of-conscious intentionality.

                        Over rapturous production from Corey Fonville of jazz group Butcher Brown, Karriem Riggins, Jay Daniel, Exaktly and Boston Chery, Yaya delivers a free-spoken masterpiece that speaks to the intricacies of persevering through a year punctuated by grief and loss, life-altering milestones and everything in between.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: A biographical tale, told through the words of poet and vocalist Yaya Bey. Richly rendered R&B grooves and flickering electronic shards all work beautifully beneath Bey's often spoken-word storytelling. 'Ten Fold' takes the classics of disco, house and hip-hop and filters them through Yaya Bey's distinctive modern filter.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Crying Through My Teeth
                        2. The Evidence
                        3. Chrysanthemums
                        4. Sir Princess Bad Bitch
                        5. East Coast Mami
                        6. Chasing The Bus
                        7. All Around Los Angeles
                        8. Slow Dancing In The Kitchen
                        9. So Fantastic (feat. Grand Daddy I.U.)
                        10. Eric Adams In The Club (feat. Exaktly)
                        11. Me And All My Niggas
                        12. Iloveyoufrankiebeverly
                        13. Career Day
                        14. Carl Thomas Sliding Down The Wall
                        15. Yvette's Cooking Show
                        16. Let Go

                        Yussef Dayes Experience

                        Live From Malibu

                          Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Yussef Dayes releases The Yussef Dayes Experience (Live from Malibu), featuring music from his critically acclaimed debut solo album, Black Classical Music. Dayes is joined by his longtime collaborators Rocco Palladino, Venna, Elijah Fox, and Alexander Bourt on the new release, which was originally shared as a live-performance video filmed in the Malibu mountains last year and is available on YouTube.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Istanbul
                          A2. Tioga Pass
                          A3. Tidal Wave
                          A4. Portrait Of Tracy

                          B1. Black Classical Music
                          B2. Malibu
                          B3. Mountain Steppa
                          B4. The Colour Purple

                          Yussef Dayes

                          Black Classical Music

                            ‘Black Classical Music’ is a 19-track record taking listeners through a looking glass into the exalted artist’s past and present whilst exploring themes of home and family. The album draws influence from his musical heroes Miles Davis & Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Yussef’s extensive travel around the globe that has deepened his study of rhythm.

                            Honourable features on “Black Classical Music” - Chronixx, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Shabaka Hutchings, Miles James, Sheila Maurice Grey, Nathaniel Cross, Theon Cross and the Chineke! Orchestra, plus Venna, Rocco Palladino, Charlie Stacey & Elijah Fox

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Oooof, this is an absolute wealth of rich groove and the seamless pulling together of myriad influences from drummer and renowned London jazzer, Yussef Dayes. Filled with collaborative talent, 'Black Classical Music' manages to draw from a wealth of sound worlds without breaking step. Afrobeat, soul funk and jazz fans take note.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Black Classical Music Ft. Venna & Charlie Stacey
                            A2. Afro Cubanism
                            A3. Raisins Under The Sun Ft. Shabaka Hutchings
                            A4. Rust Ft. Tom Misch
                            A5. Turquoise Galaxy

                            B1. The Light Ft. Bahia Dayes
                            B2. Pon Di Plaza Ft. Chronixx
                            B3. Magnolia Symphony
                            B4. Early Dayes
                            B5. Chasing The Drum

                            C1. Birds Of Paradise
                            C2. Gelato
                            C3. Marching Band Ft. Masego
                            C4. Crystal Palace Park Ft. Elijah Fox
                            C5. Presidential Ft. Jahaan Sweet

                            D1. Jukebox
                            D2. Woman's Touch Ft. Jamilah Barry
                            D3. Tioga Pass Ft. Rocco Palladino
                            D4. Cowrie Charms Ft. Leon Thomas & Barbara Hicks 

                            Yussef Dayes

                            Black Classical Music - 2024 Reissue

                              ‘Black Classical Music’ is a 19-track record taking listeners through a looking glass into the exalted artist’s past and present whilst exploring themes of home and family. The album draws influence from his musical heroes Miles Davis & Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Yussef’s extensive travel around the globe that has deepened his study of rhythm.

                              Honourable features on “Black Classical Music” - Chronixx, Jamilah Barry, Tom Misch, Shabaka Hutchings, Miles James, Sheila Maurice Grey, Nathaniel Cross, Theon Cross and the Chineke! Orchestra, plus Venna, Rocco Palladino, Charlie Stacey & Elijah Fox

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Black Classical Music Ft. Venna & Charlie Stacey
                              A2. Afro Cubanism
                              A3. Raisins Under The Sun Ft. Shabaka Hutchings
                              A4. Rust Ft. Tom Misch
                              A5. Turquoise Galaxy

                              B1. The Light Ft. Bahia Dayes
                              B2. Pon Di Plaza Ft. Chronixx
                              B3. Magnolia Symphony
                              B4. Early Dayes
                              B5. Chasing The Drum

                              C1. Birds Of Paradise
                              C2. Gelato

                              C3. Marching Band Ft. Masego
                              C4. Crystal Palace Park Ft. Elijah Fox
                              C5. Presidential Ft. Jahaan Sweet

                              D1. Jukebox
                              D2. Woman's Touch Ft. Jamilah Barry
                              D3. Tioga Pass Ft. Rocco Palladino
                              D4. Cowrie Charms Ft. Leon Thomas & Barbara Hicks 

                              Yussef Dayes

                              Experience Live At Joshua Tree (Presented By Soulection)

                                Yussef Dayes releases Live At Joshua Tree, the sound recording from a naturalistic video shot in Joshua Tree, California in collaboration with Soulection. Featuring Venna on sax, Rocco Palladino on bass, Alexander Bourt on percussion and Elijah Fox on keys, the vinyl release of this stellar session includes the exclusive vinyl-only track ‘For My Ladies’.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Raisins Under The Sun (Desert Version)
                                A2. For My Ladies (Feat. Elijah Fox)
                                A3. Odyssey
                                A4. Golden Hour (Feat. Rocco Palladino)
                                A5. Mystics (Feat. Venna)
                                A6. Rhythms Of Xango (feat. Alexander Bourt)

                                Yoshinori Hayashi

                                Y

                                  This EP is Hayashi's release sincehis debut LP Ambivalence. Hayashi has studied under Japanese avant-classical composer Mica Nozawa. When not DJing,he works in a record store in Tokyo. Thus far, Hayashi has released a string of 12”s on labels including Going Good Records, Jinn Records, Lovers Rock, Gravity Grafittiand Moscoman’s Disco Halal. Previous work by Hayashihas been called “a complex patchwork of studio gear, live instruments, dusty jazz records and smartly cut library sounds, whose textures are soft and inviting. But its arrangements are constantly ruffled, squeezed, brushed and pinched—which is to say, nothing stays still for long”.


                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side A:
                                  1.U
                                  2.Cs

                                  Side B:
                                  1.I
                                  2.Sr

                                  Yuching Huang

                                  The Crystal Hum

                                    The Crystal Hum is the debut vinyl release by Taiwan-based artist Yuching Huang and her first release for Night School. A beguiling dreamscape of crackles, spluttering, love-struck Casios presided over by the the spectral vocal and guitar work of Huang, Yuching sings love songs at the end of this world and the beginning of the next. Recorded during a hiatus from her group Aemong (a duo with artist Henrique Uba) in Berlin, these songs elevate Huang’s unique vocal style and grasp of atmospherics. The Crystal Hum deconstructs balladry, Garage, guitar music and reforms it into a unified ghostly otherworld version of these languages.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Fly! Little Black Thing
                                    2. Love
                                    3. Confessions From A Soul
                                    4. Thoughts
                                    5. Thunder In Heaven
                                    6. In My Room
                                    7. The Song Of Summer
                                    8. JohnJohn
                                    9. Alright
                                    10. You, An Illusion

                                    Yasushi Ide

                                    A Place In The Sun

                                      A command across genres has distinguished Yasushi Ide’s work as a DJ and producer since emerging from the multiscene spawning big bang that was Tokyo’s highly influential club milieu of the 1980s. His productions draw variously from hip-hop, dub, house, punk, jazz dance, exotica and electronic music - and at their most expressive, synthesize sensibilities within a single track. The respect Ide’s earned is well evident in the impressive roll call of collaborators he’s accrued over the years - Masters At Work, Tom Verlaine, Don Letts, James Chance, DJ Krush, Pharaoh Sanders, U-ROY, and Bongo Herman, just to name a legendary few.

                                      Now available for worldwide distribution from Love Injection Records in both digital and 7-inch 45 vinyl formats, the Yasushi Ide “A Place In the Sun (Kaoru Inoue Remix)” is paired with the equally gorgeous “A Place In the Sun (Dub).” On the former, Inoue’s treatment largely strips away the track’s beats, anchoring it to a subtle percussion pulse that emphasizes the composition’s irresistible melodic qualities. The latter finds Yoko Ota at the controls restoring and pushing reverb-soaked drums to the forefront of the mix, accentuating Ide’s affection for the sound system aesthetic while exercising just the right amount of spacial arrangement flourishes to inject some brawn amidst the beauty.

                                      These serendipitously rediscovered renditions of a back catalog deep cut are just the latest examples of Yasushi Ide’s artistic reach. In addition to recording such acclaimed albums as 2020’s Cosmic Suite and its 2022 sequel (for which Love Injection has remixed a track), his work has spanned music supervision of some 200+ compilations for major labels, artist management, his Grand Gallery shop/gallery proprietorship, and books showcasing the depth of his archival sensibilities, including vintage t-shirt and ephemera curation. Perhaps most inspiring, however, is that Ide is still winning new appreciators and collaborators in unexpected ways four decades into a revered career that continues to evolve and expand.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. A Place In The Sun (Kaoru Inoue Remix 45 Edit)
                                      2. A Place In The Sun (Dub) 

                                      The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a selftaught, UKtipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s longrunning to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the basssaturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London.

                                      Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazzfunk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.

                                      “It's all about the drums and the keys,” Williams says. “Not to take anything from anyone else, but that's where it all originates from: the chords, the rhythm of the chords and the drums.” Born out of a oneoff live session to perform Williams’ solo material for Boiler Room, it soon became a project in its own right. Coming together as Yussef Kamaal, they played a series of live shows where little more than a chord progression would be planned before taking to the
                                      stage.

                                      Bringing that unspoken understanding to the recording sessions (engineered by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics), the unplanned, telepathically spawned grooves retain the raw energy of their live shows. “It's not so much about complete arrangement, it's more about flow,” Dayes says. “A lot of the tracks are just made spontaneously – Henry will be playing two chords, I'll fill in the groove and we'll just leave the arrangement naturally.” Both hail from South East London, crossing paths in 2007 as teenagers playing their first pub gigs around Peckham and Camberwell. Dayes drums for cosmicallyinclined, afrobeat outfit United Vibrations, while Williams – on top of drumming and playing keys in different incarnations over the years – has made waves with his solo, synthdraped house 12"s for muchfêted labels like 22a and Rhythm Section.

                                      Moving in the same circles but never playing together previously, rhythm underpins an innate musical understanding. As Williams explains, “The way we approach it is all about the energy and the feeling. We just get in there and we feel it out.” Drawing influence from all corners of London’s shapeshifting musical makeup, the sound of Black Focus is distilled – or focused – down to the core interlock between drums and keys.


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      David says: The purists might argue that this isn't strictly jazz, I'm happy to argue back. It might use elements of broken beat and house on its journey but jazz is the final destination.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Black Focus
                                      A2. Strings Of Light
                                      A3. Remembrance
                                      B1. Yo Chavez
                                      B2. Ayla
                                      B3. O.G.
                                      B4. Lowrider
                                      B5. Mansur's Message
                                      B6. WingTai Drums
                                      B7. Joint 17

                                      Yoko Kanno / Seatbelts

                                      Cowboy Bebop (Soundtrack From The Netflix Original Series)

                                        Cowboy Bebop (Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series) is now available on vinyl! Yoko Kanno and the band SEATBELTS, the artists behind the music in the original anime series of Cowboy Bebop, have returned to bring their signature dynamic, jazzy sound to the Netflix live-action show. The resulting compositions are characters themselves - constant companions to the crew of the Bebop and brimming with just as much personality.

                                        COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. Long on style and perpetually short on cash, bounty hunters Spike, Jet and Faye trawl the solar system looking for jobs. As the crew of the Bebop, they make up a ragtag team that chases down the galaxy's most dangerous criminals. They'll save the world... For the right price!

                                        This release is a treat for Bebop fans in an additional way - it features over twenty new tracks only available on vinyl! This wide release is pressed on red marble vinyl discs in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves. 

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A1. A Day In The Bebop*
                                        A2. Kickin' Colt
                                        A3. A Hole To The Universe*
                                        A4. What Planet Is This??*
                                        A5. Twilight*
                                        A6. Weekend Ana*
                                        A7. Julia's Song
                                        A8. The Adventures Of Losers
                                        B1. Rouge*
                                        B2. Sleuthing Two*
                                        B3. Suit And Tie*
                                        B4. Funky Stuff
                                        B5. Faye's Sky Fall*
                                        B6. Time*
                                        B7. IKA Pod*
                                        B8. Net Rush
                                        B9. Headphone*
                                        B10. Ein*
                                        B11. Waltz In High Socks
                                        B12. Beans Be
                                        C1. TANK!
                                        C2. Cat Attack Part 1
                                        C3. Dedicated To Sergio*
                                        C4. Woodcock
                                        C5. Rooftop Kung Fu
                                        C6. Milky Cheat
                                        C7. My Bean At 5*
                                        C8. Blood Brothers
                                        D1. Sad End Fad*
                                        D2. Muddy Road*
                                        D3. Lord Of The Empty
                                        D4. Sushi Truck*
                                        D5. Into Noir*
                                        D6. The End Of Friendship*
                                        D7. The Fate Of Three
                                        D8. Earthland Entrance*
                                        D9. El Rey Bar*
                                        D10. Hello To Ya Blues*

                                        *Vinyl Exclusive Track 

                                        Yasuhiro Kohno

                                        Song Of Island - 2022 Reissue

                                          A private press rarity that few know of, ‘Song of Island’ was the third album from pianist Yasuhiro Kohno’s trio, recorded live at the jazz club and live house (gig venue) ‘Again’ in August 1985. Pressed up in small numbers, ‘Song for Island’ was issued on the private ASCAP Records, set up by pianist and band leader Yasuhiro Kohno. The album is a follow up to Kohno-san’s previous two albums, ‘Peace’ and ‘Roma in the Rain’, released on the cult Aketa’s Disk label. However, unlike the ‘Peace’ and ‘Roma in the Rain’ albums, ‘Song of Island’ has never been reissued before – until now. The title track was included on J Jazz volume 3. This is a very special album that captures a special time in Japanese jazz, when exemplary acoustic jazz was still being performed and recorded by dedicated and talented artists at the height of mid-80s synth pop. ‘Song of Island’ features four original compositions by Yasuhiro Kohno plus a distinctive take on a jazz standard. Yasuhiro Kohno was born in Nara, southern Japan, in 1953 and made his professional debut as a member of Japanese rocker Eikichi Yazawa's band before going on to accompany actor/singer Masatoshi Nakamura. As well as recording and performing under his own name, Kohno has also played with American musicians such as Richard Davis and Mal Waldron and continues to perform regularly in Japan. ‘Song of Island’ will be issued as a full reproduction of the original work, with inserts, translated original sleeve notes, plus new sleeve notes, photos, and interview with Yasuhiro Kohno by Tony Higgins.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Song Of Island
                                          2. Time For Peace
                                          3. Love For Sale
                                          4. Mr Nilson
                                          5. Village Festival

                                          Yazmin Lacey

                                          Voice Notes

                                            Born and raised in Manor Park, East London, she relocated to Nottingham whilst working for a children's charity and initially only considered making music as a way of having fun with friends. However, a chance encounter lead to her earning a place on Future Bubblers - Gilles Peterson's development programme devoted to discovering and nurturing fresh UK talent - and enthused by the experience, Lacey recorded some songs in her living room, then in 2017 self-released her debut EP, 'Black Moon'. The more polished 'When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees' EP followed in 2018, and then 'Morning Matters' EP in 2020 – the EP's title track has clocked up over 14 million plays on Spotify and also saw Yazmin make her COLORS debut performing 'On Your Own'.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Flylo Tweet
                                            Bad Company
                                            Late Night People
                                            Fools Gold
                                            Where Did You Go?
                                            Sign & Signal
                                            From A Lover
                                            Eye To Eye
                                            Pieces
                                            Pass It Back
                                            Tomorrows Child
                                            Match In My Pocket
                                            Legacy
                                            Sea Glass

                                            Yazmin Lacey emerged onto the new jazz scene with her beautiful sound, her new release When the Sun Dips 90 Degrees is on First Word Records.The EP follows on from her two recent singles, '90 Degrees' and 'Something My Heart Trusts', both of which are included here, along with three previously unreleased tracks, 'Heaven', 'Body Needs Healing' and 'Burn & Rise'. This set illustrates again Yazmin's candid songwriting delivered in her uniquely laidback soulful style, whilst a glorious fusion of neo-soul and jazz performed by Pete Beardsworth and her trusty band rides throughout. Initially a Brownswood 'Future Bubbler' graduate, Yazmin self-released her debut EP, 'Black Moon', last year. This lead to a Maida Vale session late 2017 with Jordan Rakei, Moses Boyd, Oscar Jerome and now label-mates, Children of Zeus. She kicked off the year with a performance at the Worldwide Awards with Skinny Pelembe, and has recently done shows with artists such as Ezra Collective, Tall Black Guy and Fatima. Yazmin has a UK tour scheduled for later in the year, as well as several festival appearances across Europe locked in. There's a lot more to come from this Notts-based Londoner yet. In Yazmin's words: "'90 Degrees' is about that time of the day / night when there's a shift in pace and energy. When you decide to lock off from the 'outside' world and create your own atmosphere, take some time to give thanks for what's breathing love into your life and smoke off the fuckeries. Everyone needs a little routine for self preservation."


                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Millie says: Beautifully warm vocals layered on top of relaxed neo-soul vibes and jazz elements has created this perfect sound that I’ve fallen in love with.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1.  90 Degrees
                                            2.  Something My Heart Trusts
                                            3.  Burn & Rise
                                            4.  Heaven
                                            5.  Body Needs Healing 

                                            Yusef Lateef

                                            Psychicemotus (Verve By Request Series)

                                              This excellent 1965 album from the always versatile Yusef Lateef runs the gamut musically, from the Coltrane influenced “Semi-Octo” to soulful reads of standards from Hammerstein/Kern, Fats Waller and Erik Satie, and a beautifully rendered original ‘Bamboo Flute Blues’. This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Side A
                                              1. Psychicemotus
                                              2. Flute Blues
                                              3. Semiocto
                                              4. Why Do I Love You?
                                              Side B
                                              5. First Gymnopedie
                                              6. Medula Sonata
                                              7. I’ll Always Be In Love With You
                                              8. Ain’t Misbehavin’

                                              Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band

                                              Take Me To The Land Of Hell

                                                Following her hugely successful run as curator of London’s Meltdown Festival, this album continues an astonishing bout of creativity for Ono, who is celebrating her 80th birthday with major museum retrospectives around the world, her 10th #1 hit on the Billboard Dance charts, a sequel to her instruction book Grapefruit, winning "Digital Genius" MTV O Award, and spearheading the activist effort against fracking in her home state of New York. A career retrospective book will be published by Genesis in Autumn followed by reissues of her '60s-80s albums in 2014.

                                                “My new album comes at a very special time for me. The energy I have right now, and the desire to continue to make as much great work as I can, is really moving me forward all the time. This album is the culmination of a lot of ideas I’ve been having over the last few years and I feel proud to release it at such an exciting time of my life."

                                                Take Me To The Land Of Hell was recorded in New York and produced by Yoko, Sean Lennon and Yuka Honda. Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band includes members of Cornelius and Cibo Matto, plus – special guests for this album – tUnEyArDs, ?uestlove, Lenny Kravitz, Nels Cline and Andrew Wyatt. The album includes remixes by Mike D & Adrock and Keigo "Cornelius" Oyamada.

                                                Yoko Ono

                                                Feeling The Space

                                                  If you’ve listened to ‘Feeling The Space’, Yoko Ono’s personalis- political 1973 album, it should come as no surprise that the once-reviled artist is inspiring a new generation of activists in 2017.

                                                  On such songs as the righteous chant ‘Woman Power’, the empathetic ballad ‘Angry Young Woman’, the hilarious protogrrrl ‘Potbelly Rocker’ and the satirical ‘Men, Men, Men’, Yoko sings in surprisingly straightforward fashion about the burdens carried by women and the mandate for feminism.

                                                  Supported by such skilled studio vets as guitarist David Spinozza, sax player Michael Brecker and drummer Jim Keltner, this is perhaps Yoko’s most accessible album and her most intimate.

                                                  ‘Feeling The Space’ was recorded during the time when the avant-garde visionary artist became estranged from her rock star husband John Lennon. He plays only briefly on the album (billed as Johnny O’Cean); she produced and wrote all the songs. The result is a definitive soundtrack / document of the era of consciousness raising and of radical critique of the family structure. Yoko and company deliver this hard message soft rock style, or as soft as Yoko could get. Yoko was on the front lines of the women’s liberation movement.

                                                  Dedicated “to the sisters who died in pain and sorrow and those who are now in prisons and in mental hospitals for being unable to survive in the male society,” it’s an emotional exploration of the psychological toll of oppression.

                                                  Available again for the first time in decades.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Growing Pain
                                                  Yellow Girl (Stand By For Life)
                                                  Coffin Car
                                                  Woman Of Salem
                                                  Run, Run, Run
                                                  If Only
                                                  A Thousand Times Yes
                                                  Straight Talk
                                                  Angry Young Woman
                                                  She Hits Back
                                                  Woman Power
                                                  Men, Men, Men

                                                  Yoko Ono

                                                  Fly

                                                    What you hear on ‘Fly’ is Yoko Ono’s disarming combination of opacity and visceral, personal transparency in full bloom. It’s one of the most unbridled, most captivating soul albums ever made. And that’s right where she wants you: vulnerable, wide open to any-andeverything, ready to have your world tipped onto its head. She’s a master of spinning your head around.

                                                    First, you get the Bar Band from Hell of ‘Midsummer New York’ to kick things off. It’s about the last thing you’d expect from Ono coming off Plastic Ono Band.

                                                    At 16-minute-plus, the tranced-out, motorik-inspired boogie ‘Mind Train’ is rough-and-ready for your next basement get down.

                                                    Then we have the absolutely gutting blues of ‘Don’t Worry, Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow)’. Full of ache and raw emotion, the song is a love note, a plea for forgiveness, to her estranged daughter Kyoko shot across the universe on a flaming arrow.

                                                    Ono follows this stampede of emotion with the selfreferential torch song ‘Mrs. Lennon’, a wounded song that gets right into the Universal Loneliness.

                                                    Available again for the first time in decades.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Midsummer New York
                                                    Mind Train
                                                    Mind Holes
                                                    Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow)
                                                    Mrs. Lennon
                                                    Hirake
                                                    Toilet Piece / Unknown
                                                    O’Wind (Body Is The Scar Of Your Mind)
                                                    Airmale
                                                    Don’t Count The Waves
                                                    You
                                                    Fly
                                                    Telephone Piece

                                                    This long-overdue vinyl reissue of Yoko Ono’s seminal but massively under-appreciated ‘Plastic Ono Band’ has all the makings of a classic rock nostalgia trip: Ono, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and free-jazz legend Ornette Coleman. All the pieces are here to stir up a dangerous amount of nostalgia but once the needle drops the record achieves something exactly perpendicular to nostalgia.

                                                    Released in 1971, the album not only influenced the approach of other musicians for decades, it also sounds absolutely modern 44 years out, eternally fresh despite the forward march of time.

                                                    ‘Plastic Ono Band’ not only predicted the intersection of the avant-garde and rock that would take place in the second half of that decade, the album would sound right at home at where that intersection is happening today.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Why
                                                    Why Not
                                                    Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City
                                                    AOS
                                                    Touch Me
                                                    Paper Shoes

                                                    Yoko Ono

                                                    Warzone

                                                      Following twenty albums over 50 years, Yoko Ono's Warzone is strikingly different from any record she has made previously, but it is also strikingly different from any album that anyone is making...

                                                      Yoko revisits and reimagines 13 songs from her past work, spanning 1970-2009, the lyrics and messages still pertinent—perhaps even more pertinent—in 2018. "The world is so messed up. Things are very difficult for everybody. It's a warzone that we are living in..." says Ono. "I like to create things in a new way. Every day things change."

                                                      The recordings and arrangements on Warzone are very stripped down, with a particular emphasis on Yoko's voice and lyrics. Here in this minimalist landscape the content of her message rings clear and unencumbered; sometimes somber warnings, sometimes uplifting encouragement, but her wisdom and fortitude are unflinchingly strong, her power having intensified with time and life experience. She ends the ominous questions of "Now Or Never" (1971) with one of her most famous and inspiring lines: "[a] Dream you dream alone is only a dream, but dream we dream together is reality."

                                                      Warzone further builds the legacy of an artist unparalleled in her unique and singular vision. At 85 years young, Ono is already plotting her next album... It is not too late to change the world. We need Yoko now more than ever.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1 Warzone
                                                      2 Hell In Paradise
                                                      3 Now Or Never
                                                      4 Where Do We Go From Here
                                                      5 Woman Power
                                                      6 It?s Gonna Rain
                                                      7 Why
                                                      8 Children Power
                                                      9 I Love All Of Me
                                                      10 Teddy Bear
                                                      11 I?m Alive
                                                      12 I Love You Earth
                                                      13 Imagine 

                                                      Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band

                                                      Between My Head And The Sky

                                                        From Fluxus and performance-art pioneer and Two Virgins to chart-topping dance-music heroine(inspiring punk rock along the way), Yoko Ono has been an innovative and influential force on music and art, while simultaneously campaigning for peace on the world's stage. At 76 years young, Yoko continues to kick ass. "Between My Head And The Sky", a career-defining album made with her new Plastic Ono Band. The record is a gorgeous, mind-melting blend of styles, restating and sharpening themes while plunging into the always-mysterious future. Band includes Keigo 'Cornelius' Oyamada and his band members Yuko Araki and Shimmy Shimizu, Sean Lennon, Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto) as well as NYC improvisers Erik Friedlander, Shahzad Ismaily, Michael Leonhart, Daniel Carter and Indigo Street. Raw rockers, electronic pulse glimmers, dark late-night improvisations and heart-breaking elegiac ballads- Yoko takes a variety of textual approaches on this beautifully balanced collection of work. A career-defining album by one of contemporary culture's reigning geniuses.

                                                        MANIMAL GROUP is excited to announce the sequel to YOKO ONO’S critically acclaimed 2007 collaboration record Yes, I’m A Witch (Astralwerks).

                                                        'Yes, I’m A Witch Too' features new collaborations and remixes pairing ONO with Death Cab For Cutie, Peter, Bjorn and John, Sparks, tUnE-yArDs, MiikeSnow, Cibo Matto, Portugal The Man and more. 


                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1: Walking On Thin Ice
                                                        2: Forgive Me My Love
                                                        3: Mrs. Lennon
                                                        4: Give Me Something
                                                        5: She Gets Down On Her Knees
                                                        6: Dogtown
                                                        7: Wouldnit
                                                        8: Move On Fast
                                                        9: Soul Got Out Of The Box
                                                        10: Approxmately Infinite Universe
                                                        11: Yes, I'm Your Angel
                                                        12: Warrior Woman
                                                        13: Coffin Car
                                                        14: I Have A Woman Inside My Soul
                                                        15: Catman
                                                        16: No Bed For Beatle John
                                                        17: Hell In Paradise 

                                                        Yosa Peit

                                                        Gut Buster

                                                          On Gut Buster, Yosa Peit spawns fleshy sonic escapades, a swarm of vigorously processed vocals and soulful bass, set to a backdrop of visceral percussive structures. Full of roguish curiosity, the record is cast with an air of lo-fi experimentation, but with a platinum glint of pop sensibility. Peit’s second album grapples with the destructive force of modern consumption, Gut Buster is an anti-capitalist battle cry that syntheses intimacy and hostility; a surrealist-punk affirmation and a testament to Peit’s singular vision and unique approach.

                                                          The free-ranging sound of Yosa Peit recalls the intense arrangements of a cyber-era Prince with the surrealist tones of Arthur Russell and early Björk. At the album’s core, “World Eaters” unleashes scorching guitars in search of humankind’s end, “I was born on a planet, I got hungry and I ate it.”

                                                          Even in the face of planetary doom and personal obstacles, Yosa evokes our propensity for mischief, humor and pleasure. “bb moon” processes sound solely from her bass into wicked oblivion. “CALL ME,” a song about friendship, chews up it’s anthemic melody into a gnarled strut worthy of an A$AP Rocky production, while “HAD3S” urges us to find balance, nodding to the mystical fuzz of Prince. Yosa’s work has been called “personal, punk, poignant, deep” yet her genre-defying production, as textured as it is catchy, escapes definition.

                                                          Gut Buster takes that collective playground for creation to planetary reaches, congregating friends from Berlin, Cologne, and New York’s fuzzy musical underbelly: Employee, Funkycan, Gerry Franke, Glenn Astro, Nauker, Paingel, Tbz, and UCC Harlo. The record was mixed by Brainfeeder affiliate Benjamin Vukelic in Portland and Jan Brauer in Berlin.

                                                          “Glitchy yet supple, the broken beats and warped abstractions are wholly unpredictable yet deliciously odd, like an esoteric mashup of Bjork, Aphex and Laurie Anderson” Electronic Sound.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Side A
                                                          A1 Twixx
                                                          A2 Had3s
                                                          A3 Tower Flower
                                                          A4 Dnuora Kool
                                                          A5 Shelly
                                                          A6 Call Me
                                                          Side B
                                                          B1 World Eaters
                                                          B2 Aol Slyt
                                                          B3 Bb Moon
                                                          B4 Nbp
                                                          B5 Alma
                                                          B6 Portimao
                                                          B7 Look Around
                                                          B8 Pepper Plane
                                                          B9 Gut Is God (Gate Of Discord)

                                                          Yosa Peit

                                                          Phyton

                                                            Debut from genre-defying producer, Yosa Peit. Laurie Anderson meets Bjork; Prince overlapped with Arthur Russell and the hum of Blue Velvet, with jarred and splintered ambient production reminiscent of Aphex Twin. ‘Phyton’ gets a special expanded edition via Fire Records, featuring unreleased tracks; ‘Tyrann’, a live version of the haunting album track ‘Serpentine’ and end of the night lament, ‘Rise’.

                                                            ‘Phyton’ is a conundrum with its own humour and beauty amid the electronica soundtracking; it’s a record that’s defied genre categories when first released on Tax Free Records two years ago. Yosa’s ascension from singer to producer is now complete.

                                                            “In my head I was making a movie,” Yosa told No Wave magazine, “I dreamed up a Coen Brothers’ movie scene for a few tracks.” The result is a haunting, provocative sound; a soundscape where songs merge and splinter, a trip that’s never predictable.

                                                            "The production is super fresh" Holly Herndon.

                                                            “Warped lo-fi meets glitchy electronica and pop” The Vinyl Factory.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1 Precious Lies
                                                            A2 Serpentine
                                                            A3 Anthy
                                                            A4 Curls
                                                            A5 Leaf I
                                                            B1 Serious People Chuckle
                                                            B2 Elephant
                                                            B3 Leaf II
                                                            B4 Lin
                                                            B5 New Stars
                                                            B6 Palm Tree Antenna
                                                            B7 Tyrann

                                                            Download Extras:
                                                            1. Serpentine (Live Bonus)
                                                            2. Rise (Bonus)

                                                            Yasuaki Shimizu

                                                            Kakashi

                                                              Palto Flats are back in the land of the rising sun for their seventh LP release, delivering a beautiful reissue of "Kakashi", the 1982 album from visionary saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu, the man behind Mariah's "Utakata Ho Hibi". Through its 8 suite-like tracks, "Kakashi" transports the listener into Yasuaki's colourful sound-world, a fusion of outre jazz, new wave, ambient, and dub practices, often all at the same time. Opener "Suiren" grooves through new wave rhythms and wonky funk, the skronking sax and avant groove calling to mind an Arthur Russell outing or Love of Life Orchestra jam, while the naive chorus could have come from an early Talking Heads LP. Without pausing for breath, the track segues smoothly into the title track "Kakashi", a dreamy fourth world dubspace born of swelling brass, rippling mallets and a rolling bassline. The A-side comes to a close via the three movements of "Kono To Ni Yomeri", which offer serialist brass abstractions, warm woodland ambience and a reedy nocturne respectively. Over onto the B-side and the weird electronics, fractal brass and steady groove of "Yune Dewa" see Shimizu shimmy into Laswell territories, expanding our consciousness nicely before the stunning "Umi No Ue Kara" sprawls across most of the B-side. Boasting a languid groove, restrained bass and the ever present trickle of mallets, the track flows gracefully from start to finish taking in subtle guitar chords, gorgeous sax and heart swelling chord progressions. Last but not least, the mournful "Utsukushiki Tennen" tugs at the heartstrings with snaking Latin jazz sax, dubby bass and chanted vocals. 
                                                              "Kakashi" is another high water mark in the 80s Japanese underground which has gathered cult status in recent years, and considered to be a highlight of Yasuaki's solo career. We're lucky to have this one back.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Suiren
                                                              2. Kakashi
                                                              3. Kono Yo Ni Yomeri #1
                                                              4. Kono Yo Ni Yomeri #1
                                                              5. Kono Yo Ni Yomeri #2
                                                              6. Yune Dewa
                                                              7. Umi No Ue Kara
                                                              8. Utsukushiki Tennen

                                                              Yasuaki Shimizu

                                                              Kakashi - 2023 Repress

                                                                1982 album from Japan's visionary saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu, the man behind Mariah 'Utakata Ho Hibi'. Through its 8 suite-like tracks, Kakashi transports the listener into Yasuaki's colourful sound-world, a fusion of outre jazz, new wave, ambient, and dub practices. Another high water mark in the 80s Japanese underground which has gathered cult status in recent years, and considered to be a highlight of Yasuaki's solo career.

                                                                Yasuaki Shimizu

                                                                Kiren

                                                                  Following the release of his widely regarded solo classic Kakashi, from 1982, and the otherworldly Utakata No Hibi, by Mariah in 1983, he went into the studio the following year with frequent collaborators, producer Aki Ikuta and Morio Watanabe (bassist of Mariah), to record a mystifying collection of experimental dance music.

                                                                  Utilizing cutting-edge technology and studio trickery, Kiren showcases Shimizu's trademark playfulness, marrying richly layered production techniques to off-kilter, sometimes traditional sounding rhythms and melodies. Unreleased until now, Kiren represents an important period of Shimizu's artistic expression, an artist at his peak, while successfully exploring the intersections of fusion, synthpop, new wave, and jazz.

                                                                  Yma Sumac

                                                                  Mambo

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

                                                                    RSD 2014 exclusive - RED vinyl pressing limited to 500 copies only

                                                                    Mambo was the must-have Yma Sumac record...the one that led to her rediscovery by ad agencies and movie music supervisors.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Bo Mambo
                                                                    Taki Rari
                                                                    Gopher
                                                                    Chicken Talk
                                                                    Goomba Boomba
                                                                    Malambo #1
                                                                    Five Bottles Mambo
                                                                    Indian Carnival
                                                                    Cha Cha Gitano
                                                                    Jungla
                                                                    Carnavalito Boliviano Mambo And More

                                                                    Yukihiro Takahashi

                                                                    Saravah!

                                                                    Wewantsounds is delighted to announce the release of Yukihiro Takahashi's debut solo album 'Saravah!'. One of the key Japanese albums of the 70s, it was released in 1978 at a key time when, following his tenure with Sadistic Mika Band, Yukihiro Takahashi had just joined the nascent line up of Yellow Magic Orchestra. A sophisticated mix of Disco Funk, synth Pop, Ambient, French Exotica and Bossa Nova, the album has the stylish feel of a night out clubbing in Paris circa 1978. It is the missing link between the City Pop scene of the late 70s and the synth sound of YMO which was about to revolutionise the world. Newly remastered by renowned engineer Mitsuo Koike, the LP features original artwork with photos by Masayoshi Sukita (David Bowie's Heroes), a 4-page insert and a new Introduction by Benjamin Barouh (Saravah Records).

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu
                                                                    2. Saravah!
                                                                    3. C'est Si Bon
                                                                    4. La Rosa
                                                                    5. Mood Indigo
                                                                    6. Elastic Dummy
                                                                    7. Sunset
                                                                    8. Back Street Midnight Queen
                                                                    9. Present

                                                                    Tokyo based Yuto Takei's latest work is an assortment of numbers that represents fairly well his versatility as a music maker. His capability of painting afterglow soundscapes with a cinematic approach is counterpoised by an almost obsessive interest in percussive experiments. The sparse presence of subtle natural field recordings together with vast open sonic spaces is recurrently sustained by repetitive semi-artificial and frantic cosmic repetitions. Comes with a riso-printed insert, handstamped innersleeve, and a label sticker.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Matt says: A gloriously unique sonic environment to get immersed in. Yuto Takei's world is full of ripping arps, expansive pads a ethnic percussion; all smothered in a cosmic echo that'll have your chakras aligned in no time at all.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Tinu
                                                                    Water Index 92
                                                                    Usual Nikko
                                                                    Ev22
                                                                    From Outer 273
                                                                    Balabadur

                                                                    Yann Tiersen

                                                                    ?? (Infinity)

                                                                      ‘∞’ (Infinity) is the follow up to 2011’s ‘Skyline’, which was described by Mojo as “life affirming”, by Clash as a “remarkable musical talent” and in Drowned in Sound’s 8 star review as “euphoric”.

                                                                      Conceived in Iceland, where work began on the album, and in Ushant Island, Brittany. The album was produced by Yann Tiersen and mixed by Gareth Jones with Yann Tiersen and Daniel Miller.

                                                                      For this album Tiersen has worked with native language speakers to include tracks sung and spoken in Breton (‘Ar Maen Bihan’), Faroese (‘Grønjørd’) and Icelandic (‘Steinn’). ‘Ar Maen Bihan’ is a story written by Emilie Quinquis in the Breton language, and was then translated by Amiina to Icelandic to create the track ‘Steinn’. Elsewhere on the album Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and Ólavur Jákupsson (a member of Tiersen’s live band) both contributed tracks on the same theme - stones - Moffat’s in English and Jákupsson’s in Faroese.

                                                                      Hailing from Brittany, Yann Tiersen is one of the most revered artists of his generation, with a reputation first established by his studio albums (which included 1997’s ‘Cascade Street’, 1998’s ‘The Lighthouse’ and 2005’s ‘Les Retrouvailles’). The early albums were combined and used for the ‘Amelie’ soundtrack (2001), earning him global recognition. Recent Mute albums ‘Dust Lane’ (2010) and ‘Skyline’ (2011) has seen his prominence build, along with projects such as the recent live score to the Fantômas series which he curated at the Théâtre de Châtelet with guests Tim Hecker, James Blackshaw, Loney Dear and Amiina.

                                                                      Yann Tiersen

                                                                      Eusa

                                                                        Ten tracks. Ten locations. Ten field recordings. One piano.

                                                                        Eusa, the brand new album from Yann Tiersen comprises 10 new solo piano pieces, each relating to a specific location on the island of Ushant off the coast of Brittany (‘Eusa’ in Breton), where Tiersen lives.

                                                                        The album, recorded in Studio 1 at Abbey Road features Yann on piano accompanied by field recordings from the exact spot referred to in the piece of music. Between each piece we hear the sounds of the island, and Tiersen’s improvisations that are all titled ‘Hent’. Hent translates from Breton to English as Path – Tiersen is leading the listener across the landscape to the new location.

                                                                        Eusa is the album fans have been waiting for and sees Yann return to the piano and the music the world fell in love with on the soundtrack to Jean-Pierre Jeunot’s 2001 movie Amélie.

                                                                        "I'm Gonna Live" is the second single taken from the album Skyline and is presented in limited edition 7" format. Inspired by the title of the Alan Lomax's Southern Journey 1959 album "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die" the title track focuses on the tiny pleasures of life as Yann sings about the tiny moments that make him feel alive.

                                                                        The single is backed with an instrumental version of "Vanishing Point" in which Yann uses samples of instruments and noises from all the other tracks on his own album 'Skyline', compiling them together to form this haunting final track.

                                                                        Yann Tiersen

                                                                        11 5 18 2 5 18

                                                                          Yann Tiersen presents his brand new album ‘11 5 18 2 5 18’ via Mute. Reprogrammed, resampled and reimagined, ‘11 5 18 2 5 18’ is a collection of 9 tracks that serve as a translation of Tiersen’s live show, taking songs from his 2021 release ‘Kerber’ plus additional tracks from his catalogue, completely restructured to present a brand new album.

                                                                          Yann Tiersen

                                                                          All

                                                                            "ALL" is the first album to be recorded at Tiersen’s new studio, venue and community centre, The Eskal, built in an abandoned discotheque on the island of Ushant, a small island positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall, Tiersen’s home for the past 10 years. The album, mixed and co-produced by Gareth Jones, continues the themes of environment and a connection to nature first explored on EUSA, incorporating recordings from outside of Brittany, such as the redwood forests of California as well as field recordings from Tempelhof airport in Berlin (on ‘Tempelhof’), plus guest vocalists.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Barry says: Since the Amelié soundtrack, i've been in love with Tiersen's work, and this is most certainly the culmination of all of his previous works. It's a stunningly delicate, but beautifully emotive collection, more classically focused than Arnalds or Frahm but as tender as either (i'm not throwing shade here, i'm mad for a good pianist). Beautiful.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Tempelhof
                                                                            Koad (Wood)
                                                                            Erc’h (Anow)
                                                                            Usal Road
                                                                            Pell (Far)
                                                                            Bloavezhioù (Years)
                                                                            Heol (Sun)
                                                                            Gwennilied (Swallows)
                                                                            Aon (Fear)
                                                                            Prad (Meadow)
                                                                            Beure Kentañ (First Morning)

                                                                            Yann Tiersen has sold hundreds of thousands of records worlds wide and even more soundtracks. Since 2009 he has been focused on playing live, with 270 shows spread over three world tours, which touched every continent. This Autumn Tiersen returns home and is releasing four beautifully re-mastered editions of his first four albums; La Valse Des Monstres (1995), Rue Des Cascades (1996), Le Phare (1998) et (Tout Est Calme 1999).

                                                                            With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right. Borrowing from French folk music, chanson, musette waltz and street music, as well as rock, avant-garde, and classical and minimalist influences, Tiersen's deceptively simple style has been likened to Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman. Tiersen became popular outside his native country for his score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film Amélie, but this was no over night successes. He had been working for years before the film's success brought him international acclaim.

                                                                            Tiersen was also composing soundtracks for short films and accompaniment for plays. Several of these pieces ended up on his first album, Valse des Monstres, in 1995 and introduced his delicate but deeply emotional style, and which also featured intricate arrangements incorporating instruments as varied as toy piano, banjo, harpsichord, melodica, and carillon, as well as piano and guitar. If Valse des Monstres and its follow-up, 1996's Rue Des Cascades, were intial slow burners Tiersen’s third album, 1998's La Phare, met a different fate; its single, "Monochrome," which was sung by French pop star Dominique A., was a radio hit and propelled the album, and Tiersen, to mainstream success in France. As Tiersen's acclaim grew, so did the scope of his records. That year's Black Sessions -- a live album of a radio performance -- featured collaborations with Dominique A. and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, as well bands like Les Têtes Raides and the Married Monk, who also appeared on 1999's more the rock-oriented album Tout Est Calme. Soon after, Tiersen was preparing his next album when he was contacted by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who wanted Tiersen to score his next movie, Amélie. Jeunet had heard Tiersen's music while driving and had been so taken with it that he bought all of Tiersen's albums. His Amelie score featured new and old compositions, and the film's success spun off to Tiersen's music. 

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1/ J'y Suis Jamais Allé
                                                                            2/ Rue Des Cascades
                                                                            3/ Pas Si Simple
                                                                            4/ Comptine D'été N°2
                                                                            5/ Comptine D'été N°3
                                                                            6/ Déjà Loin
                                                                            7/ La Chambre
                                                                            8/ Mouvement Introductif
                                                                            9/ La Muette
                                                                            10/ Noami
                                                                            11/ Soir De Fête
                                                                            12/ Le Vieux En Veut Encore
                                                                            13/ Toujours Là
                                                                            14/ C'était Ici
                                                                            15/ Prière N°2
                                                                            16/ Comptine N°1
                                                                            17/ La Fenêtre
                                                                            18/ Prière N°3
                                                                            19/ La Pièce Vide
                                                                            20/ La Vie Quotidienne

                                                                            Yann Tiersen

                                                                            Kerber

                                                                              ‘Kerber’, the new album from Yann Tiersen, is a beautifully textured, highly immersive and thoughtfully constructed piano based album fused with electronic music. Piercing piano keys merge with swirling soundscapes, as Tiersen explores the possibilities of infinite smallness. The album was created and recorded at The Eskal, the studio he built on Ushant (the island where he lives), and ‘Kerber’ is named after a chapel in a small village on the island while each track sonically maps the landscape that surrounds Tiersen’s home. 

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1 Kerlann
                                                                              2 Ar Maner Kozh
                                                                              3 Kerdrall
                                                                              4 Ker Yegu
                                                                              5 Ker Al Loch
                                                                              6 Kerber
                                                                              7 Poull Bojer

                                                                              Yann Tiersen

                                                                              Kerber Complete

                                                                                Yann Tiersen presents the final piece of the Kerber project, Kerber Complete; a CD box set including a brand new Solo Piano version of Kerber, the original album, Kerber Remixes with bonus material, and Tiersen’s live translation of Kerber, 11 5 18 2 5 18.

                                                                                Kerber was initially released in 2021 and was very much a new chapter in the Breton artist’s work. Although there is piano at the core, the album was the most overtly electronic material he had presented to date. It was recorded in The Eskal, the studio he built on Ushant where he lives, and was named after a Chapel in a small village on the island. This was followed up by Kerber Remixes (a 12” of remixes from Terence Fixmer, Beatrice Dillon, Laurel Halo, Iku Sakan and remix competition winners) and 11 5 18 2 5 18 (a record of reprogrammed, resampled and reimagined tracks from Kerber and additional tracks from his catalogue that serves as the perfect insight into Tiersen’s live interpretation of the original album).

                                                                                This CD box set exhibits the full evolution of the Kerber story, moving from its origins of stripped back piano into its electronic resolution, 11 5 18 2 5 18. It also see Kerber Remixes available for the first time on CD, featuring a new Terence Fixmer remix of ‘Ker al Loch’, a variety of Yann Tiersen’s remixes of tracks by NEU!, Keeley Forsyth, Michael Price, and Simon Fisher Turner and Edmund de Waal, as well as a brand new song titled ‘Nivlenn’. 


                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                CD1 Kerber (Solo Piano)
                                                                                1 Kerlann (Solo Piano)
                                                                                2 Ar Maner Kozh (Solo Piano)
                                                                                3 Kerdrall (Solo Piano)
                                                                                4 Ker Yegu (Solo Piano)
                                                                                5 Ker Al Loch (Solo Piano)
                                                                                6 Kerber (Solo Piano)
                                                                                7 Poull Bojer (Solo Piano)

                                                                                CD2 Kerber
                                                                                1 Kerlann
                                                                                2 Ar Maner Kozh
                                                                                3 Kerdrall
                                                                                4 Ker Yegu
                                                                                5 Ker Al Loch
                                                                                6 Kerber
                                                                                7 Poull Bojer

                                                                                CD3 Kerber Remixes
                                                                                1 Nivlenn
                                                                                2 Ker Al Loch (Terence Fixmer Remix 2, Edit)
                                                                                3 Lieber Honig (Yann Tiersen Remix)
                                                                                4 Ker Al Loch (Beatrice Dillon Remix)
                                                                                5 Ker Al Loch (Sote Remix)
                                                                                6 Wash (Yann Tiersen Remix)
                                                                                7 Kerlann (Laurel Halo Remix)
                                                                                8 Ker Yegu (Iku Sakan Remix)
                                                                                9 The Anatomy Of Clouds (Yann Tiersen Remix)
                                                                                10 A Quiet Corner In Time (Yann Tiersen Remix)

                                                                                CD4 11 5 18 2 5 18
                                                                                1 11 5 18 2 5 18
                                                                                2 11 5 18. 1 12. 12 15 3 8
                                                                                3 1 18. 13 1 14 5 18. 11 15 26 8
                                                                                4 16 1 12 5 19 20 9 14 5
                                                                                5 3 8 1 16 20 5 18. 14 9 14 5 20 5 5 14
                                                                                6 11 5 18 12 1 14 14
                                                                                7 11 5 18. 25 5 7 21
                                                                                8 16 15 21 12 12. 2 15 10 5 18
                                                                                9 13 1 18 25 (6 5 1 20. 17 21 9 14 17 21 9 19)

                                                                                Portrait. A collection of brand-new analogue recreations of songs from throughout Yann Tiersen’s career - 25 tracks including 3 new songs. Recorded in Yann’s home studio in Ushant with an array of collaborators. Features 3 tracks originally featured on the Amelie From Montmartre soundtrack including Yann’s signature tune, ‘Comptined’UnAutreÉté (L’Après-Midi)’. Includes collaborations with John Grant, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Blonde Redhead and Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O)))

                                                                                All vinyl editions will be packaged with an exclusive 7” single including alternative versions of ‘Comptined’UnAutreÉté (L’ Après-Midi)’ from the Amelie From Montmartresoundtrack and the title track from his debut album, Waltz of the Monsters. These versions will be exclusive to the vinyl and not available anywhere else.


                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: One of the most legendary voices in modern classical and sountrackery (who could forget the 2001's 'Amélie'?) joins us with his most recent outing, a revisiting of some of his most unforgettable moments, and joined by some of the most important voices in modern music (John Grant, Stephen O'Malley of Sunn, Blonde Redhead etc.) a stunning collection, and yet more proof Tiersen stands as the figurehead he does today.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1 Introductory Movement (Feat. Stephen O’Malley)
                                                                                A2 The Long Road
                                                                                A3 Monochrome (Feat. Gruff Rhys)
                                                                                A4 Chapter 19
                                                                                B1 Rue Des Cascades
                                                                                B2 The Old Man Still Wants It
                                                                                B3 Gwennilied (Feat. Emilie Tiersen)
                                                                                B4 Prad (Feat. Stephen O’Malley)
                                                                                C1 Diouz An Noz (Feat. Emilie Tiersen&ÓlavurJákupsson)
                                                                                C2 PorzGoret
                                                                                C3 La Dispute
                                                                                C4 Pell (Feat. Emilie Tiersen)
                                                                                D1 Erc’h (Feat. ÓlavurJákupsson)
                                                                                D2 The Wire (Sur Le Fil)
                                                                                D3 The Waltz Of The Monsters
                                                                                D4 Closer (Feat. Blonde Redhead)
                                                                                E1 Naval
                                                                                E2 The Jetty
                                                                                E3 Koad (Feat. ÓlavurJákupsson)
                                                                                E4 Prayer No.2
                                                                                E5 Gronjord (Feat. ÓlavurJákupsson)
                                                                                F1 Kala (Feat. ÓlavurJákupsson)
                                                                                F2 Comptined’UnAutreÉté (L’Après-Midi)
                                                                                F3 Tempelhof (Part 2)
                                                                                F4 Thinking Like A Mountain (Feat. John Grant & Stephen O’Malley)
                                                                                G1 Comptined’UnAutreÉté (L’Après-Midi) [Harpsichord Version]
                                                                                H1 The Waltz Of The Monsters [Harpsichord Version]

                                                                                Yann Tiersen has sold hundreds of thousands of records worlds wide and even more soundtracks. Since 2009 he has been focused on playing live, with 270 shows spread over three world tours, which touched every continent. This Autumn Tiersen returns home and is releasing four beautifully re-mastered editions of his first four albums; La Valse Des Monstres (1995), Rue Des Cascades (1996), Le Phare (1998) et (Tout Est Calme 1999).

                                                                                With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right. Borrowing from French folk music, chanson, musette waltz and street music, as well as rock, avant-garde, and classical and minimalist influences, Tiersen's deceptively simple style has been likened to Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman. Tiersen became popular outside his native country for his score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film Amélie, but this was no over night successes. He had been working for years before the film's success brought him international acclaim.

                                                                                Tiersen was also composing soundtracks for short films and accompaniment for plays. Several of these pieces ended up on his first album, Valse des Monstres, in 1995 and introduced his delicate but deeply emotional style, and which also featured intricate arrangements incorporating instruments as varied as toy piano, banjo, harpsichord, melodica, and carillon, as well as piano and guitar. If Valse des Monstres and its follow-up, 1996's Rue Des Cascades, were intial slow burners Tiersen’s third album, 1998's La Phare, met a different fate; its single, "Monochrome," which was sung by French pop star Dominique A., was a radio hit and propelled the album, and Tiersen, to mainstream success in France. As Tiersen's acclaim grew, so did the scope of his records. That year's Black Sessions -- a live album of a radio performance -- featured collaborations with Dominique A. and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, as well bands like Les Têtes Raides and the Married Monk, who also appeared on 1999's more the rock-oriented album Tout Est Calme. Soon after, Tiersen was preparing his next album when he was contacted by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who wanted Tiersen to score his next movie, Amélie. Jeunet had heard Tiersen's music while driving and had been so taken with it that he bought all of Tiersen's albums. His Amelie score featured new and old compositions, and the film's success spun off to Tiersen's music. 

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1/ Plus Au Sud
                                                                                2/ Les Grandes Marées
                                                                                3/ La Crise
                                                                                4/ Tout Est Calme
                                                                                5/ La Rupture
                                                                                6/ La Relève
                                                                                7/ La Pharmacie
                                                                                8/ La Terrasse
                                                                                9/ L'étal
                                                                                10/ La Découverte

                                                                                Yan Tregger

                                                                                Space Oddities 1974-1991

                                                                                  Symphonic music, library music, movie and TV soundtracks, advertisements, French variété, pop, disco, electronic, experimental or relaxation music, Yan Tregger (born Edouard Scotto di Suoccio) took up all genres, styles and formats through a career spanning from the end of the '50s to this day.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Creative Blow
                                                                                  2. Gold Calf Dance
                                                                                  3. Zodiac
                                                                                  4. Pavillon Des Rêves
                                                                                  5. Shmastar
                                                                                  6. Passage Of The Red Sea
                                                                                  7. Deo Volente
                                                                                  8. Sun Adoration
                                                                                  9. Bubble Bubble
                                                                                  10. Across The Jourdan
                                                                                  11. Bloodnight
                                                                                  12. Slow Zoom
                                                                                  13. Chandigargh
                                                                                  14. The Crash

                                                                                  Yves Tumor

                                                                                  Heaven To A Tortured Mind

                                                                                    Few projects at the forefront of contemporary art truly push visceral sonic boundaries in the way that Yves Tumor does. With an arc that impartially sits between psych-rock and modern pop, comparisons only serve as limitations intended to define that which cannot be. Yves Tumor melds restraint and chaos; diluting reality by giving meaning to the abstract and allowing for dissonance to be seen and heard as harmony.

                                                                                    Heaven To A Tortured Mind - written and composed by Yves Tumor and produced by Yves Tumor and Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Ariel Pink, Charli XCX) - marks the fourth official full-length release from Yves Tumor and the follow-up to 2018's critically acclaimed and era-defining Warp release, Safe In The Hands Of Love. Breakout singles "Noid", "Licking An Orchid" and "Lifetime" shifted critical perception into media such as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, the Fader, NPR and more awarding the album as one of the best releases of the year.

                                                                                    Yves Tumor has steered the project into a whole new realm with Heaven To A Tortured Mind, piercing through contradiction, redefining expression through song, and catapulting Yves Tumor into the next phase of illusion and evolution. Heaven To A Tortured Mind finds its place in music history as a collection of anthems for a generation.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Gospel For A New Century
                                                                                    2. Medicine Burn
                                                                                    3. Identity Trade
                                                                                    4. Kerosene!
                                                                                    5. Hasdallen Lights
                                                                                    6. Romanticist
                                                                                    7. Dream Palette
                                                                                    8. Super Stars
                                                                                    9. Folie Imposée
                                                                                    10. Strawberry Privilege
                                                                                    11. Asteroid Blues
                                                                                    12. A Greater Love

                                                                                    Yves Tumor

                                                                                    Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)

                                                                                      Yves Tumor’s highly anticipated follow-up to ‘Heaven To A Tortured Mind’. Produced by Noah Goldstein (Frank Ocean / Rosalía / FKA Twigs / Rihanna / My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy).

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: Never one to go with expectations, Yves Tumor has moved from jagged electronics and woozy lo-fi hip-hop to a strikingly modern, wildly inventive mash-up of classic rock, soul and noise that's just on the right side of unfathomable. Their constant musical evolution is both baffling and thoroughly enjoyable.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      01. God Is A Circle
                                                                                      02. Lovely Sewer
                                                                                      03. Meteora Blues
                                                                                      04. Interlude
                                                                                      05. Parody
                                                                                      06. Heaven Surrounds Us Like A Hood
                                                                                      07. Operator
                                                                                      08. In Spite Of War
                                                                                      09. Echolalia
                                                                                      10. Fear Evil Like Fire
                                                                                      11. Purified By The Fire
                                                                                      12. Ebony Eye 

                                                                                      Yves Tumor

                                                                                      Safe In The Hands Of Love

                                                                                        Following on from 2016's superb 'Serpent Music' on label extraordinaire, PAN, Yves Tumor follows up by moving to Warp for the brilliant new LP, 'Safe In The Hands Of Love'. 

                                                                                        From the throbbing sidechained electronics and fragmented vocal accentuations of 'Economy Of Freedom' it becomes clear that we're in for something pretty special. Equally obtuse and euphoric, fragments of sound are smeared liberally across a detritus-riddled backdrop of throbbing bass and static crackling before lurching into a beautiful and eerie redux. 

                                                                                        This sort of dystopian noise is riddled throughout, but liberally freckled with moments of cohesive and frankly mindlblowing songwriting. 'Noid' for example, is based upon a clattering percussive loop and driving bass (Mr. Tumor really loves that bass synth), but encompasses aspects of hip-hop and soul to boot, vocals rhythmically bobbing in and out of the stereo field, lending a momentous urgency to proceedings before the swooning yang to the former's yin, employing similar vocal phrasing but swapping about the clattering instrumental maelstrom for a sleazy, warped lounge turn. 

                                                                                        There are moments of divine clarity scattered throughout the whole LP, balancing the sometimes overwhelming cascade of noise and malaise, but it's these moments that make the comparitive unease so satisying, lending moments of calm to an otherwise claustrophobic affair. Perfeclty balanced spine-tingling melodies are teased out of the decay, fittingly warped and then put to work alongside the dystopian foreground. As ever, a stunningly written and perfectly balanced juxtaposition of chaos and peace. 


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Yves Tumor smashes it out of the park once again for this shuddering, post-apocalyptic suite of scattered melodies, broken rhythms and oppressive atmospheres, punctuated with moments of deserved beauty and blessed resolution. Killer.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Faith In Nothing Except In Salvation
                                                                                        2. Economy Of Freedom
                                                                                        3. Honesty
                                                                                        4. Noid
                                                                                        5. Licking An Orchid Ft. James K
                                                                                        6. Lifetime
                                                                                        7. Hope In Suffering (Escaping Oblivion & Overcoming Powerlessness ) Ft. Oxhy, Puce Mary
                                                                                        8. Recognizing The Enemy
                                                                                        9. All The Love We Have Now
                                                                                        10. Let The Lioness In You Flow Freely

                                                                                        Super limited edition pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl housed in a picture sleeve and clear plastic outer sleeve – never to be repressed. Only 175 units.

                                                                                        Tokyo-based DJ, producer and sound artist Yuu Udagawa inaugurates the freshly launched Cyphon Recordings with her debut EP, ‘Forever’.

                                                                                        Growing up on a cocktail of everything from rock, hip-hop and Latin jazz to techno and house, Yuu’s immersive musical output draws inspiration from this diverse pool of influences to create ‘uplifting and healing’ music for the mind and body. There’s an elegance and sophistication to her productions, which stems from her desire to make music guided by the Golden Mean philosophy of finding a middle ground between two extremes: excess and deficiency.

                                                                                        Active as a DJ since the millennium, which saw her playing at clubs, festivals and fashion shows across the country, she soon turned her attention to music production and has since self-released a handful of singles and contributed audio commissions for Sony Playstation3, museums, theatres and apparel brands. Yuu’s meditative pallet of sounds instantly grabbed Cyphon’s third ear which led to the tracks that make up ‘Forever’: a collection of analog slo-mo electronica and leftfield minimal house that strike a perfect balance between warmth and depth.

                                                                                        The release opens with the titular track: a deep, emotive electro cut punctuated by a twinkling synthline and blissful vocals. ‘Mojito’ continues the EP’s voyage into the deep, matching softly spoken word with jazz-tinged chords and meandering melodies, before ’Hug Close’ strips things back, guided by a crunchy minimal groove, warm, resolute keys and reflective synths.

                                                                                        The B-Side steers things on a soulful course. The dark, enveloping atmosphere of ‘Illuminated Night' is lifted by bright synth stabs and harmonic R&B-flavoured vocals. These influences continue on closer ‘Stay With Us’. Slowing down the pace, the track is a wash of shimmering funk-inspired chords and shuffling rhythms, laced once again with effortless, soaring vocal tones.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Luminous, futuristic R&B hybrids with the odd dip into propulsive house music. Japenese producer Yuu Udagawa knows what's up! An adventurous start to this new label.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Forever
                                                                                        A2. Mojito
                                                                                        A3. Hug Close
                                                                                        B1. Illuminated Night
                                                                                        B2. Stay With Us

                                                                                        Y Assassin

                                                                                        Vitamin Y

                                                                                          After soaring with Social Politics and Pretty Face, the five piece all girl band Yassassin (featuring ex members of The History Of Apple Pie, Lust, Bonfire Nights, and Loaded) release their debut EP Vitamin Y via Babelogue. Produced by Dave Allen (The Cure, Neneh Cherry) and mixed by Mike Moore (Liam Gallagher), Vitamin Y is released on a limited edition transparent blue 12" vinyl. Lead track Cherry Pie is dark, sleazy and psychy which hints of The Big Moon, Veruca Salt, Dream Wife and the Breeders.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Cherry Pie
                                                                                          Mermaidistic Personality Disorder
                                                                                          Seasoned Like A Chicken
                                                                                          Pretty Face

                                                                                          Y Dail

                                                                                          Teigr

                                                                                            Y Dail (‘The Leaves’) is the musical project of 20-year-old Huw Griffiths from Pontypridd, south Wales. Starting in 2020, the band have released a string of singles which have received excellent reviews and single-of-the-week awards on music blogs and websites.

                                                                                            Forthcoming debut album Teigr has been several years in the making, and is partly inspired by Griffiths’s love of 70s Welsh-language pop he remembers from school discos and his parents’ record collection. He also cites Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Joe Meek, Television and early Prefab Sprout as influences.

                                                                                            With the album’s completion and release delayed by the inevitable pandemic story, 2021 saw the deceptively young Griffiths juggling finalising the record with studying for his A Levels, eventually putting the finishing touches to the record with producer Kris Jenkins (ex Super Furry Animals) at Grangetown Studios, Cardiff in the lull following.

                                                                                            Since then, Marc Riley has championed the band on his BBC 6Music show, calling Griffiths’ songs “perfect pop”, and national treasure Gruff Rhys has called the band “magnificent”, with Y Dail previously performing a radio session for BBC 6music’s Huw Stephens, who has been a long term fan

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. The Piper Pulled Down The Sky
                                                                                            2. Dyma Kim Carsons
                                                                                            3. O'n I'n Meddwl Bod Ti'n Mynd I Fod Yn Wahanol
                                                                                            4. Silly Boy
                                                                                            5. Clancy
                                                                                            6. You Don't Have To Be Blue Forever
                                                                                            7. Pedwar Weithiau Pump
                                                                                            8. Whizz Kids
                                                                                            9. Y Tywysog A'r Teigr
                                                                                            10. My Baby's In The FBI
                                                                                            11. Tennessee Skies (1956)
                                                                                            12. Feel The Sun
                                                                                            13. Tarth Y Bore

                                                                                            Y U QT

                                                                                            All Nyte

                                                                                              The ‘All Nyte’ EP collects together the singles ‘Aight Boom’ and ‘Drowned’, along with two brand new tracks, ‘When I’m With You’ and ‘Holding On’.

                                                                                              The 12” finds Y U QT further expanding on their sound and experimenting with eclectic influences whilst pulling them all together with the unmistakable Y U QT energy and talent for a memorable hook that runs throughout their catalogue.

                                                                                              From the bass-heavy club banger ‘Aight Boom’ and the techno and Prodigy-influenced ‘Drowned’, through to the UKG and house influences on vocal-led ‘When I’m With You’, the EP provides further evidence that Y U QT are one of the most exciting artists in the UK underground scene at the moment.

                                                                                              The EP release will be followed by Y U QT heading out on an ‘All Nyte’ UK headline tour in early 2023.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Aight Boom (feat. Scrufizzer)
                                                                                              Drowned
                                                                                              When I’m With U
                                                                                              Holding On (feat. Sophia Saffarian)

                                                                                              UKG trailblazers Y U QT return with a new vinyl release collecting together new single ‘Think About You’ and previous hit ‘Heavy Lovers’.

                                                                                              Y U QT have been building a buzz across a string of single releases and their reworkings of classic tracks, along with their series of sold out Y U QT club nights. This release looks to further cement their status at the forefront of the UK underground garage scene, demonstrating Y U QT’s unique modern take on the genre, with irresistible hooks, moving progressions and ear worm vocals that stick.

                                                                                              Available to independent retailers on 12” vinyl

                                                                                              The release also features an exclusive 2 step mix of ‘Heavy Lovers’ and an instrumental version of ‘Think About You’ that are not available anywhere else.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Think About You
                                                                                              Think About You (Instrumental)
                                                                                              Heavy Lovers
                                                                                              Heavy Lovers (2 Step Mix)

                                                                                              Ya Tseen

                                                                                              Indian Yard

                                                                                                Band founder, Nicholas Galanin is one of the most vital voices in contemporary art. His work spans sculpture, video, installation, photography, jewelry and music; advocating for Indigenous sovereignty, racial, social and environmental justice, for present, and future generations. Indian Yard is a compelling document of humanity centered in an Indigenous perspective. Created by one of the world’s foremost Indigenous artists, the irrepressible Indian Yard is an intense illumination of feeling and interconnectedness. On the groups’ debut offering, "Close the Distance”, Galanin “reflects on the universal need for connection and the expression of desire across distances. The official video, directed by Stephan Gray (Shabazz Palaces “Dawn In Luxor,” “Deesse Du Sang”), extends beyond human experience to consider physical expressions of desire in biological, mechanical, and celestial forms."

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Knives (feat. Portugal. The Man)
                                                                                                Light The Torch
                                                                                                Born Into Rain (feat. Rum.gold & Tunia)
                                                                                                At Tugáni
                                                                                                Get Yourself Together
                                                                                                Close The Distance
                                                                                                We Just Sit And Smile Here In Silence
                                                                                                A Feeling Undefined (feat. Nick Hakim & Iska Dhaaf)
                                                                                                Synthetic Gods (feat. Shabazz Palaces & Stas THEE Boss)
                                                                                                Gently To The Sun (feat. Tay Sean)
                                                                                                Back In That Time (feat. Qacung)

                                                                                                Yaeji

                                                                                                What We Drew

                                                                                                  WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던 is titled intentionally; for Yaeji, the title captures the spirit of the project as a whole which she explains, "is so much about friendship, family, gratitude and support - support that I've felt, that I've given, and that we all share."

                                                                                                  Produced entirely by Yaeji over the course of two years, she started writing the music for WHAT WE DREW with no specific narrative in mind, each track becoming a snippet of her life, a look into her diary. This total sense of freedom in her newly-built design and recording studio in Brooklyn allowed her to draw on a wide range of sounds, including the Korean indie rock and electronica that she listened to as a teenager in Seoul, and late ’90s and early 2000s hip hop and R&B she grew up listening to.

                                                                                                  The guests featured on the project represent her community in New York City and beyond, including Brooklyn-via-Oakland rapper Nappy Nina, London performance artist Victoria Sin, London producer Shy One, and Tokyo DJ and producer YonYon; tracks like “FREE INTERLUDE,” featuring Lil Fayo, trenchcoat, and Sweet Pea, capture the open and collaborative spirit of afternoons at Yaeji headquarters. Although the mixtape is much indebted to Yaeji’s newfound laser focused creative vision and self-taught production work, it’s largely informed by her network of close-knit collaborators and friends.

                                                                                                  Since the release of Yaeji’s 2017 EP’s (Yaeji and EP2), which broke her out as one of the most exciting new voices in dance music, she’s produced remixes for Charlie XCX and Robyn, sold out two headlining worldwide tours, and was included on the BBC’s Sound of 2018 list. In the midst of her swift rise, she has remained devoted to New York’s underground dance music scene; in 2019, Yaeji curated and organized Elancia, a massive Brooklyn warehouse rave where she gave her favorite local parties headlining slots. An artist who many pegged as the one to watch, Yaeji now aims beyond expectations, with an eye toward the worlds of music production, visual art, game design and more.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  MY IMAGINATION ̃

                                                                                                  Yaeji

                                                                                                  With A Hammer

                                                                                                    Dreamt up across New York, London and Seoul, With A Hammer sees Yaeji contending with a lifetime’s worth of both societal and self-imposed repression. The resulting 13-track full-length from the producer, vocalist, DJ, visual-artist and creative director is an exploration of shapeshifting sonics - blending Yaeji’s original dance music roots with Korean indie rock, electronica and pop from the ‘90s and early 2000s.

                                                                                                    With A Hammer follows Yaeji’s journey as she wades through the murkiness of sorrow and doubt and releases the frenzy of anger, with the help of a metaphorical hammer - Hammer Lee - which she wields to smash the rigid rules, expectations, and barriers that have prevented her from speaking her fullest truth. Through this transformative process she eventually meets the thrilling self-determination and hope that awaits on the other side, and invites her listeners and fans to do the same.

                                                                                                    Yaeji enlisted some close friends to join her on the record as features, including British musician Loraine James, up and coming Baltimore singer Nourished By Time, plus NYC-based producers K Wata, Enayet from Yaeji’s extended crew SLINK NYC. Yaeji once again floats back and forth between English and Korean to convey what’s on her heart with the utmost sincerity. It’s in this sincerity, deep care and awareness that Yaeji is seen in the U.S. and Korea as a musical renegade who has carved out her own world that exists in-between the traditional and conventional, the personal and the universal.

                                                                                                    After breaking out with her 2017 debut EPs that featured singles “Raingurl” and “Drink I’m Sippin On,” Yaeji featured on Charli XCX’s 2019 album Charli, produced remixes for Dua Lipa, and Robyn, collaborated with the beloved Seoul-based polymath OHHYUK for stand-alone singles “29” and “Year to Year”, headlined her own and festival stages around the world, and launched her bespoke lifestyle webstore JI-MART. Born in Flushing, Queens in 1993, she has roots in Seoul, Tokyo, Atlanta, and New York City, all serving as the backdrop for her singular, hybrid-sound that synthesizes influences of Korean indie rock and electronica, late ‘90s and early 2000s hip hop and R&B, and leftfield bass and techno. With her critically-acclaimed 2020 mixtape WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던, she sharpened her vision as a musician who is creatively unbounded by language and geography, leading to collaborations with timeless entities such as PAC-MAN. Named by Pitchfork as one of the “25 Artists Shaping the Future of Music” in 2022, she’s also graced the cover of Crack, The FADER, MixMag, and Burdock, among others, and has been featured in programming at the V&A Museum, Serpentine Gallery, and MoMA PS1. Her highly anticipated debut album, With A Hammer, sees Yaeji excavating her inner world with full force, smashing everything in order to build it back up into the true visions of her dreams.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Barry says: A sleek and perfectly produced juxtaposition of dancefloor-ready rhythms, crystalline synth work and cavernous bass grooves, all forming the perfect bed for Yaeji's otherworldly vocals. Chaotic in places and swooningly placid in others, but never less than impeccable.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Submerge FM
                                                                                                    For Granted
                                                                                                    Fever
                                                                                                    Passed Me By
                                                                                                    With A Hammer
                                                                                                    I’ll Remember For Me, I’ll Remember For You
                                                                                                    Done (Let’s Get It)
                                                                                                    Ready Or Not
                                                                                                    Michin
                                                                                                    Away X5
                                                                                                    Happy
                                                                                                    1 Thing To Smash
                                                                                                    Be Alone In This

                                                                                                    Pleasure of Love reissue imprint, New Islands, launches with a quiet storm, soulful balearic stunner. Kim Yaffa’s Once Bitten was recorded in LA and released on a 1989 private press 7 Inch, only to be buried in american record bins for decades after. A re-emergence of Yaffa’s music on the internet in the last couple years has reached fever pitch, with collectors thirsting for copies of the record. Now, New Islands has worked directly with the artist to deliver an official reissue, professionally transferred from the mixdown reels, carefully restored, and remastered. The title track is an effortless class-act pop tune, with 80s blue eyed soul/Sade inspired sounds, and unknowingly balearic production that make it timeless (reminiscent of Linda Di Franco, Edie Brickell or 80s Fleetwood Mac). The 12 Inch is rounded out by new mixes from Nick the Record (Record Mission) and Michael David (Classixx)

                                                                                                    DJ - Feedback

                                                                                                    Ian Blevins (Me Me Me, ESP Institute, Futureboogie) - Love the lot!
                                                                                                    Eclair Fifi (Lucky Me / NTS) - love the og but really amazing remixes 5/5
                                                                                                    Louise Chen (NTS) Lights of LA is the one!
                                                                                                    Erol Alkan (Phantasy Sound) Big! Thanks
                                                                                                    Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) - LOVELY
                                                                                                    Curses (Rinse France / Ombra INTL / Dischi Autunno)- OG 1988 is gorgeous
                                                                                                    Hot Toddy (Paper Recordings / Future Disco / Glitterbox) - New to this one, Once Bitten is a gorgeous bit of balearic pop and the edit works great
                                                                                                    Massimiliano Pagliara (Live at Robert Johnson)- nice tunes!
                                                                                                    PBR Streetgang - Summer cant come quick enough to play these ones ! great stuff !
                                                                                                    Bill Brewster (NTS) Really lovely package will play.
                                                                                                    Luke Solomon (Classic / Freaks / Music For Freaks)- Nicks edit is killer
                                                                                                    Al Zanders (A-Z, Lodger) - Enjoying the Nick the Record and Dan Tyler Edit!
                                                                                                    Ruf Dug - more balearic than burger king ibiza airport
                                                                                                    Beyonders (Me Me Me) - nice, like this
                                                                                                    Charles Webster - original and MD remix are v cool....thnx
                                                                                                    Rollover DJs (Rollover Milano) - Michael David remix is so good
                                                                                                    Jacques Renault - Enjoying the Nick the Record & Dan Tyler version!
                                                                                                    Rotciv (Live at Robert Johnson / Luv Shack) wowI love these!
                                                                                                    Bottin (Bearfunk)- Nick + Dan edit for me.
                                                                                                    Ambient Babestation Meldown (Optimo Music / Rye Wax) - Lovely reissue, just at the right time for me to get back into italo-y vibes.



                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Once Bitten (Original 1988 Mix)
                                                                                                    A2. Once Bitten (Michael David Remix)
                                                                                                    B1. Once Bitten (Nick The Record & Dan Tyler Edit)
                                                                                                    B2. Lights Of LA (Original 1988 Mix)

                                                                                                    Yak

                                                                                                    Alas Salvation

                                                                                                      Just over a year since their first single "Hungry Heart" was released – a period that saw their unpredictable gigs and electrifying clutch of studio recordings earn them a reputation as the most exciting and talked about new act in the UK – Yak have channelled their ferocious live experience into their debut album 'Alas Salvation'.

                                                                                                      Recorded with Pulp's Steve Mackey, it's a wired and ambitious record that refuses to be pigeonholed. Yet beneath all the head-spinning chaos lies a beating heart of great melodicism and a hyperactively eclectic and inventive approach to making music.

                                                                                                      Susumu Yokota returns with one of his most engaging albums to date, with every track a gently glowing gem. The set features the vocal talents of Casper Clausen (Efterklang), Anna Bronsted (Our Broken Garden), Claire Hope (The Chap), Panos Ghikas (The Chap), Nancy Elizabeth, Caroline Ross and Kaori. Yokota creates an album full of great songs within a mesmerising web of sound made of subtle rhythms and deep tones. From the almost soft bossa vibes of "Love Tendrilises" to the fractured folk of "A Flower White", the electronic jazz of "A Ray Of Light" and the Twin Peaks beauty of "Meltwater", this as an album that repays deep and repeated listening.

                                                                                                      Tracklisting
                                                                                                      1. Love Tendrilises - vocals by Casper Clausen (Efterklang) & Anna Bronsted (Our Broken Garden)
                                                                                                      2. Breeze - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth
                                                                                                      3. A Ray Of Light - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth
                                                                                                      4. A Flower White - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth
                                                                                                      5. The Natural Process - vocals by Caroline Ross
                                                                                                      6. Reflect Mind - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth and Kaori
                                                                                                      7. Inside Foresighted - vocals by Kaori
                                                                                                      8. Meltwater - vocals by Caroline Ross and Kaori
                                                                                                      9. Tree Surgeon - vocals by Kaori, ClaireHope (The Chap) & Panos Ghikas (The Chap)
                                                                                                      10. Suture - vocals by Casper Clausen (Efterklang) & Anna Bronsted (Our Broken Garden)
                                                                                                      11. Bonda - vocals by Kaori
                                                                                                      12. 12 Days 12 Nights - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth
                                                                                                      13. Warmth

                                                                                                      Yakuza

                                                                                                      Way Of The Dead

                                                                                                        Chicago's Yakuza kick off this aural assualt with a Tibetan monk drone, that's just before some humungously large riffs drop into your lap and twist your goolies into a contorted knot. They're not averse to a bit of subtelty and invention either, in fact this is an indescribable mix of avant metal, jazzcore and post-apocalyptic psychedelia. The album ends with "01100011101", a cerebral forty-three minute instrumental that has large dollops of post hardcore about it as well as superb guitar and bass riffing. Terrorizer magazine observes 'When Yakuza hit their mark they come off as a jazz-inflected mixture of early 90s experimental thrash (Bastro seems to be a major influence) and post Helmet groove metal'.

                                                                                                        Yama Warashi

                                                                                                        Crispy Moon

                                                                                                          Yoshino Shigihara came into 2019 needing a change. The Japanese artist had been based in Bristol ever since co-founding the now defunct Maloya-infuenced raucous psychedelia collective Zun Zun Egui. She then blossomed on her own across an EP and two albums of more meditative but no less territorially transcendent records as Yama Warashi. As in her music, though, Yoshino has always had a sense of wanderlust and it was perhaps no surprise that she’d eventually want to move again – this time to London.

                                                                                                          “Moving to London gave me the chance to work with more diverse musicians” Yoshino says. “And I wanted to be here too because of the high creative energy, the diversity of the music and art here and the people who live here.”

                                                                                                          The first material to come out of her relocation is a bold advancement of her sound, her third album Crispy Moon. Recorded at the Total Refreshment Centre in London with Kristian Claig Robinson, with most of the mixing coming from Hannes Plattmeire and mastering by Zun Zun Egui guitarist Stephen Kerrison, there are new contributing members, including Cathy Lucas of Vanishing Twin (with whom Yama toured with in 2021), Aletta Verwoerd on drums and Mermaid Chunky’s Moina Walker on sax. Compared to the more lo-fi, homespun feel of early releases such as Moon Zero and Moon Egg, there’s larger brush strokes at play, a bigger sound and an understated but self-assured grandeur.

                                                                                                          Much of the move to London and Yoshino’s experiences of being in the capital have made their way into the themes of the record. For Yoshino, though, while the lyrics are important, they’re also largely personal. The drive for her is to get across the universality of her music, to keep an open ear and absorb everything that she can before returning it back out into the world. Moving to London has only strengthened that for her, with new collaborators, fresh experiences and altered perspectives. Crispy Moon is the colourfully brilliant end result.


                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Side A
                                                                                                          1. Makkuroi Mizu
                                                                                                          2. Dividual Individual
                                                                                                          3. Saku Saku
                                                                                                          4. Umi No Mon
                                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                                          1. Ha Ha No Uta
                                                                                                          2. Makai No Keyaku
                                                                                                          3. Dou Dou Meguri
                                                                                                          4. Yuru Yuru

                                                                                                          Hozan Yamamoto With Sharps & Flats

                                                                                                          Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

                                                                                                            Seminal Japanese jazz album from 1971. Journeys through jazz fusion, soul and big band moods. Impossible to obtain in its original format these days, it rests on a spiritual and serene plane, conjuring up expansive and exotic landscapes from far flung places. Obviously, some of the instrumentation and playing is nothing short of breath-taking, but with sleeve notes mainly in Japanese you're gonna have to do some serious research to find out who's responsible!

                                                                                                            Official Mr Bongo reissue with original artwork and super fresh, clean vinyl pressing. Recommended!


                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Kokiriko Bushi
                                                                                                            Sado Okesa
                                                                                                            Tairyo Utaikomi
                                                                                                            Soma Bon-Uta
                                                                                                            Komoro Mago-Uta
                                                                                                            Nanbu Ushioi-Uta
                                                                                                            Itsuki No Komori-Uta
                                                                                                            Hietsuki-Bushi
                                                                                                            Yasuki-Bushi
                                                                                                            Yosakoi-Bushi
                                                                                                            Kuroda-Bushi

                                                                                                            Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

                                                                                                            Uzu

                                                                                                              NME SXSW REPORT: “THE COLLECTIVE WHO BLEW OUR MINDS – IMAGINE YOKO ONO FRONTING BLACK SABBATH. IMAGINE EACH MEMBER OF THE BAND DRESSED LIKE A MEMBER OF KISS, FACEPAINT AND ALL. IMAGINE THEM PLAYING THE DRIVING MOTORIK RHYTHMS OF NEU! OR CAN, BUT SPEEDING THEM UP UNTIL THE WHOLE CROWD IS POGOING LIKE THEY DO AT THE BEST PUNK SHOWS”

                                                                                                              The rock opera generally references the ambitious and occasionally bloated concept albums of seasoned big name artists. Rarely is it used to conjure a Pynchon-worthy fusion of high and low culture or a blurring of the lines between theater and music. But in the case of Toronto/Montreal art partnership YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, rock opera carries all the latter connotations of the nexus between tradition and irreverence, performance art and unbridled noise. The duality of fusing Old World classicism with New World innovation goes to the very core of the group-their name is a melding of the Buddhist "terminator of death" deity with a song title by seminal stoner doom band Sleep. They describe themselves as "Noh-wave", a nod to both classical Japanese drama and the nihilistic art-punk scene of a pre-Giuliani New York City.

                                                                                                              The yin-and-yang philosophy permeates every facet of YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN. The project centers around Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, two art students with a mutual love of opposing forces-heavy metal's brutish assault with Japanese manga's cartoonish appeal, Boredom's experimentalism with Chinese opera, lofty schemes and low budget endeavors. The duo started out by building instruments out of found objects-once again highlighting their paradoxical nature by turning trash into art and rendering structured beauty out of detritus. Their performances veered more towards theater, with Alaska and Ruby constructing elaborate stage settings out of cardboard pasted with industrial-sized Xeroxed designs and donning elaborate Kabuki-style costumes and make-up. Such unorthodox ventures could repel the rock crowd, but YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN's debut album YT//ST dispelled any concerns that Alaska and Ruby didn't know how to lay siege with their instruments. Anchored by Alaska's unrepentant drumming-a blend of Melvins drummer Dale Crover's signature stomp and Einsturzende Neubauten's proto-industrial thud-and Ruby's soaring soprano, YT//ST took the narrative arc and keyboard foundation of Genesis' rock opera The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and injected the psychedelic doom of Boris' Pink.

                                                                                                              With their sophomore effort UZU, Alaska and Ruby continue their exploration of cultural dualities. While YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN has always provided an outlet for the core duo's celebration of their Asian heritage, the inclusion of auxiliary musicians and artists into the fold has reinforced one of the most crucial defining dualities of the group: the merging of diasporic and indigenous perspectives. This meeting of East and West is perhaps most visible in UZU's lead single "One". As the first YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN song to extend the songwriting credits beyond the core duo, "One" incorporates the indigenous upbringings of the extended group by leading off with a traditional Iroquois song. The introductory chant is a social song calling all people together, and is performed by people of the Mohawk tribe. From there, the band kicks into a driving guitar line and a vocal hook as sweet as any J-pop hit. Metal riffing, free-jazz cacophony, and meditative Eastern percussion patterns accentuate the song. In the hands of lesser visionaries, this kind of cross-pollination would sound like a schizophrenic genre mash-up. But YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN's appropriations never sound forced. Rather, it sounds like a celebration of the cultural collision of Alaska and Ruby's upbringing. The hybridization is evident throughout UZU--you can hear it in the operatic piano-and-vocal opener "Atalanta" segueing into the dynamic prog of "Whalesong", the Eastern melodies seamlessly melding into the synth arpeggio and guitar dirge of "Windflower", the musical storytelling tradition of "Seasickness Pt. 1" juxtaposing with the Heart-like classic rock gallop of "Seasickness Pt. 2", and the closing choir passage of "Saturn's Return" descending into Merzbow-esque white noise.

                                                                                                              Yannis & The Yaw Feat. Tony Allen

                                                                                                              Lagos Paris London EP

                                                                                                                In 2016, Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a two-day session working with the great drummer Tony Allen, who he admired intensely for his influential, multi-genre work with the likes of Fela Kuti, Sébastien Tellier and Jeff Mills.

                                                                                                                Heading into a smoke-filled, ‘70s throwback studio in Paris, Yannis had expected them to make a nostalgic Afrobeat record. Yet something very different emerged. As the pair quickly established an intuitive telepathy, the music germinated from jams and loops, its varied touchpoints - rock, funk, jazz, dub and more - were complemented by a unique atmosphere of two cultures and creatives colliding, their expression liberated by making music in and for the moment itself.

                                                                                                                Joined by Tony’s regular collaborators Vincent Taeger (percussion, marimba), Vincent Taurelle (keys) and Ludovic Bruni (bass, guitar) that first meeting resulted in a handful of near complete songs, which were further developed during a couple of subsequent sessions. But between scheduling issues and Covid restrictions, the recordings were never completed before Tony passed away in April 2020 at the age of 79.

                                                                                                                Yannis felt a deep duty to complete the project, not only as a bittersweet way to honour and celebrate his friend, but also because Tony had been so eager to share these songs with the world. The result is the upcoming five-track EP, ‘Lagos Paris London’, under the Yannis & The Yaw umbrella - a project that he plans to return to in the future for further collaborations with inspiring musicians from across the globe.

                                                                                                                ‘Lagos Paris London’ EP is high-spirited, loose-grooved exuberance completed by the complex rhythms and unhurried style of the man who inspired it. It’s a communion with the past that provides an escape in the present day.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Walk Through Fire
                                                                                                                2. Rain Can't Reach Us
                                                                                                                3. Night Green, Heavy Love
                                                                                                                4. Under The Strikes
                                                                                                                5. Clementine

                                                                                                                Akiko Yano

                                                                                                                Gohan Ga Dekitayo

                                                                                                                  Wewantsounds is delighted to continue its Akiko Yano reissue program with the reissue of her superb double album recorded with YMO at a time when she was part of the group's touring line up between 1979 and 1980. The album is pure Akiko Yano featuring her superb singing and piano playing, enhanced by touches of YMO's synth-pop sound (check her cult version of YMO's classic, "Tong-Poo"). It is the first time the album is released outside of Japan and the deluxe 2-LP set features the original artwork with gatefold sleeve and 4-page insert.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Hitotsudake
                                                                                                                  2. Les Petit Bon Bon
                                                                                                                  3. Coloured Water
                                                                                                                  4. Zaikungtong Shonen
                                                                                                                  5. High Time
                                                                                                                  6. Dogs Awaiting…
                                                                                                                  7. Tong Poo
                                                                                                                  8. Aoi Sanmyaku
                                                                                                                  9. Genkotsuyama No Oniguirisama
                                                                                                                  10. Gokigen Wanisan
                                                                                                                  11. Mata Aone
                                                                                                                  12. Te Wa Tsutaeru - Tetsudaeru
                                                                                                                  13. Gohan Ga Dekitayo
                                                                                                                  14. You're The One

                                                                                                                  Wewantsounds continues its Akiko Yano reissue programme with the release of "Iroha Ni Konpeitou," another superb Akiko Yano album and one of her funkiest, highlighting her unmissable singing and songwriting talents. Recorded in Tokyo and New York City, the album features a superb line up of the best musicians from both cities and sees Yano mixing Japanese pop with funk and a touch of electronics, playing a wide array of keyboards programmed by YMO synth wizard Hideki Matsutake. This is the first time the album is released outside of Japan and this deluxe LP edition includes remastered sound, download card plus the original 4-page insert with poster, lyrics and full line-up.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. KAWAJI
                                                                                                                  2. Iroha Ni Konpeitou
                                                                                                                  3. A Long Wait
                                                                                                                  4. Hourou
                                                                                                                  5. Ike Yanagida
                                                                                                                  6. Hai Hai Gasa
                                                                                                                  7. Potsun
                                                                                                                  8. Kinou Wa Mou
                                                                                                                  9. On The Way Home
                                                                                                                  10. East Wind

                                                                                                                  Akiko Yano

                                                                                                                  Japanese Girl

                                                                                                                    Wewantsounds is pursuing its ambitious Akiko Yano reissue program with the release of "Japanese Girl", her landmark debut album from 1976. Backed by Little Feat with Lowell George and by the cream of Japanese musicians (including Haruomi Hosono), Japanese Girl is one of the most important Japanese albums of the 70s, mixing pop, rock, Japanese folk together with Little Feat's superb classic sound. This is the very first time the album is released internationally. The deluxe LP edition includes remastered sound, tip-on LP sleeve, download card plus the original 4-page insert with lyrics and full line-up!

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Sayonara
                                                                                                                    2. Kuma
                                                                                                                    3. Telephone Line
                                                                                                                    4. Tsugary Tour
                                                                                                                    5. Funamachi-Uta Pt. 2
                                                                                                                    6. Oinaru Shiino-ki
                                                                                                                    7. Hekoriputaa
                                                                                                                    8. Fuuta
                                                                                                                    9. Oka Wo Koete
                                                                                                                    10. Funamachi-Uta Pt. 1

                                                                                                                    Wewantsounds is glad to continue its Akiko Yano reissue series with the release of the singer's third studio album 'To Ki Me Ki', recorded in New York and released in 1978 in Japan. It follows her cult "Iroha Ni Konpeitou" LP and keeps the similar blend of Japanese pop and New York funk found in the latter. "To Ki Me Ki" features such musicians as Rick Marotta, Will Lee and David Spinozza and also programmer Hideki Matsutake who would soon join the YMO with Akiko for their international 1979/1980 tour before she recorded her next studio album "Tadaima" that year, featuring the YMO musicians. "To Ki Me Ki" is reissued outside of Japan for the first time, remastered in Tokyo by revered engineer Mitsuo Koike and featuring original artwork by Tsutomu Murakami with 4 page colour insert and new liner notes by Paul Bowler.


                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Kodomo Tachi
                                                                                                                    2. Katarun Kararan
                                                                                                                    3. Uo Sao
                                                                                                                    4. Two On The Stage
                                                                                                                    5. Okina Ishi
                                                                                                                    6. Andante Cantabile
                                                                                                                    7. Yameru Wakenya Ikanaiwa
                                                                                                                    8. Yo Ro Ko Bi
                                                                                                                    9. To Ki Me Ki

                                                                                                                    Jonah Yano

                                                                                                                    Souvenir

                                                                                                                      Meet Jonah Yano, the Toronto based singer, songwriter, whose journey into music began with recording music using his cellphone in 2016. Having played piano and guitar as a child, it wasn’t until Yano moved from Vancouver to Toronto in 2016 that he began putting his songs online, catching the eyes of Toronto’s thriving local music scene. Spending the next couple of years obsessively songwriting and practicing vocals, and learning technical skills, he collaborated with Toronto duo MONEYPHONE on the 2018 song “On Lock” which became an underground success. Shortly after, Yano released his first solo single “Rolex, the Ocean'' with producer Joseph L'etranger. Once he began writing his full EP, he was introduced to frequent collaborators BADBADNOTGOOD, who are featured on the EP’s title track, “nervous.”

                                                                                                                      Yano’s work has garnered praise in major music publications like The Fader, Billboard, Complex, and Exclaim and the attention of Virgil Abloh and Gilles Peterson along with millions of streams on Spotify and Apple Music. Most recently, Yano released a highly praised cover of the Majestic’s “Key to Love (Is Understanding)” also with BADBADNOTGOOD, finding himself in the natural position of writing the feature length album, 2020’s souvenir. Following a highly acclaimed 2019 which included the release of an EP nervous, collaborations with BADBADNOTGOOD, MONEYPHONE, and Nono; industry praise from The Fader, Billboard, High Snobiety, NME, KCRW and Exclaim — it’s not a stretch to say Jonah Yano’s highly anticipated debut feature album souvenir took a lifetime to make. Yano’s souvenir, mixes his soulful, genre blurring vocals with searing, personal lyrics. With collaborations from talents like BADBADNOTGOOD, Monsune and Jacques Greene, souvenir touches on themes of family separation, healing, and reconciling with the past.

                                                                                                                      With each track delving into Yano’s personal history, the album tells the story of his parents separation and absence of his father from his life through the perspective of each of his family members. Following the separation of his parents in 1998 in Hiroshima and subsequent move to Vancouver, Yano spent years with very little connection to his father beyond occasional calls and birthday presents. Having not seen each other in 15 years, Yano visited his father in Nagato in the fall of 2019 with the goal of making sense of their complicated relationship through music. Both being avid musicians, Yano then incorporated some of his father’s earlier recordings into his own, while making peace with their past. The result — the album’s final track, “shoes,” featuring his father Tatsuya Muraoka and written by him about a pair of shoes he purchased for Yano as a child. Most of the track was recorded live at some point in the 1990’s in Hiroshima, with Yano’s own vocals filling gaps between his father’s vocals. Recording the album in Tokyo’s Red Bull studios, a log cabin in Nagato, Toronto’s Studio 69, and his own home — the intensely personal album incorporates Yano’s unique sound with a deeply relatable concept, making it the natural follow-up to an already impressive catalogue.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      DISC 1
                                                                                                                      1. Poor Me
                                                                                                                      2. Anywhere
                                                                                                                      3. Delicate
                                                                                                                      4. Congratulations, You're In First Place
                                                                                                                      5. Monarch
                                                                                                                      6. Stones (tokyo)
                                                                                                                      7. Echo
                                                                                                                      8. Strawberry!
                                                                                                                      9. What I Can Do To Help
                                                                                                                      10. Shimonoseki Interlude
                                                                                                                      11. Shoes (feat. Tatsuya Muraoka)

                                                                                                                      Nilüfer Yanya

                                                                                                                      Miss Universe

                                                                                                                        Though she’d been writing songs in her head since she was six, and on the guitar since she was 12, it took a long time for Nilüfer Yanya to work up the courage to show anyone her music. 'I knew I wanted to sing, but the idea of actually having to do it wasreally horrifying,' says the 23-year-old. When she was finally persuaded to do so, by a music teacher in West London where she grew up, she says 'it was horrible. I loved it'.

                                                                                                                        At 18, Nilüfer, who is of Turkish-Irish-Bajan heritage, uploaded a few demos to SoundCloud. Though she’s preternaturally shy, her music, which uniquely blends elements of soul and jazz into intimate pop songs with electronic flourishes and a newly expressed grungy guitar soun, isn’t. And it didn’t take long for it to catch people’s attention. She signed with independent New York label ATO, following three EPs on esteemed London indie label Blue Flowers, and earned a place on the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist. She also supported the likes of The XX, Interpol, Broken Social Scene and Mitski on tour.

                                                                                                                        Now, Nilüfer is ready to release her debut album, "Miss Universe". Though she recorded much of it in the same remote Cornwall studio she used to jam in as a much younger person, it is bigger and more ambitious than anything she has done before. "Angels", with its muted, harmonic riffs, channels ideas 'of paranoid thoughts and anxiety' - a theme that runs through the album, not least in its conceptual spoken word interludes which emanate from a fictional health management company WWAY HEALTH TM. 'You sign up, and you pay a fee,' explains Nilüfer of the automated messages, which are littered through the album and are narrated by the titular Miss Universe. 'They sort out all of your dietary requirements, and then they move onto medication, and then maybe you can get a better organ or something... and then suddenly it starts to get a bit weird. You're giving them more of you and to what end?'


                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1 WWAY HEALTH ™
                                                                                                                        2 In Your Head
                                                                                                                        3 Paralysed
                                                                                                                        4 Angels
                                                                                                                        5 Experience?
                                                                                                                        6 Paradise
                                                                                                                        7 Baby Blu
                                                                                                                        8 Warning
                                                                                                                        9 Heat Rises
                                                                                                                        10 Melt
                                                                                                                        11 “Sparkle” GOD HELP ME
                                                                                                                        12 Safety Net
                                                                                                                        13 Tears
                                                                                                                        14 Monsters Under The Bed
                                                                                                                        15 The Unordained
                                                                                                                        16 Give Up Function
                                                                                                                        17 Heavyweight Champion Of The Year

                                                                                                                        Nilufer Yanya

                                                                                                                        Miss Universe - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

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

                                                                                                                          Though she’d been writing songs in her head since she was six, and on the guitar since she was 12, it took a long time for Nilüfer Yanya to work up the courage to show anyone her music. 'I knew I wanted to sing, but the idea of actually having to do it wasreally horrifying,' says the 23-year-old. When she was finally persuaded to do so, by a music teacher in West London where she grew up, she says 'it was horrible. I loved it'.

                                                                                                                          At 18, Nilüfer, who is of Turkish-Irish-Bajan heritage, uploaded a few demos to SoundCloud. Though she’s preternaturally shy, her music, which uniquely blends elements of soul and jazz into intimate pop songs with electronic flourishes and a newly expressed grungy guitar soun, isn’t. And it didn’t take long for it to catch people’s attention. She signed with independent New York label ATO, following three EPs on esteemed London indie label Blue Flowers, and earned a place on the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist. She also supported the likes of The XX, Interpol, Broken Social Scene and Mitski on tour.

                                                                                                                          Now, Nilüfer is ready to release her debut album, "Miss Universe". Though she recorded much of it in the same remote Cornwall studio she used to jam in as a much younger person, it is bigger and more ambitious than anything she has done before. "Angels", with its muted, harmonic riffs, channels ideas 'of paranoid thoughts and anxiety' - a theme that runs through the album, not least in its conceptual spoken word interludes which emanate from a fictional health management company WWAY HEALTH TM. 'You sign up, and you pay a fee,' explains Nilüfer of the automated messages, which are littered through the album and are narrated by the titular Miss Universe. 'They sort out all of your dietary requirements, and then they move onto medication, and then maybe you can get a better organ or something... and then suddenly it starts to get a bit weird. You're giving them more of you and to what end?'

                                                                                                                          Nilüfer Yanya

                                                                                                                          My Method Actor

                                                                                                                            One of the most exciting musicians today, Nilüfer Yanya returns with a brand new studio album ‘My Method Actor’ set to release Sept 13th via Ninja Tune. With a unique blend of soulful melodies, indie rock grit, and jazz influences, Yanya’s music continues to captivate audiences worldwide. The new body of work being a development and evolution from her previous sound. Her first album ‘Miss Universe’ and its 2022 follow-up ‘Painless’ cemented her as one to watch and a staple in the indie scene, lauded by critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Since her debut, she has performed on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Later with Jools Holland and NPR’s legendary Tiny Desk.


                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. Keep On Dancing
                                                                                                                            2. Like I Say (I Runaway)
                                                                                                                            3. Method Actor
                                                                                                                            4. Binding
                                                                                                                            5. Mutations
                                                                                                                            6. Ready For Sun (touch)
                                                                                                                            7. Call It Love
                                                                                                                            8. Faith’s Late
                                                                                                                            9. Made Out Of Memory
                                                                                                                            10. Just A Western
                                                                                                                            11. Wingspan

                                                                                                                            Nilüfer Yanya

                                                                                                                            Painless

                                                                                                                              Painless is the follow-up to Nilüfer Yanya’s renowned 2019 debut album Miss Universe, which fully established her as a singular artist and a distinctive voice that simply has to be heard. The critically acclaimed Miss Universe - a widescreen concept record that took a tongue in cheek swipe at the most self-involved corners of the health and wellness industry - was followed last year by the three song EP Feeling Lucky?, which further explored Yanya’s fascination with ‘90s alt-rock melodies and drew on themes of resentment, her fear of flying, and the concept of luck. Pitchfork summed up Feeling Lucky? and her now peerless songwriting aptitude best: “Nilüfer Yanya’s melodies have a pull so strong they almost necessitate their own law of physics.” Yanya also re-released her early EPs on vinyl for the first time this year on the record Inside Out. The release is a fundraiser for Artists in Transit, a collaborative not for profit group she founded with her sister Molly that delivers art workshops to displaced people and communities in times of hardship.

                                                                                                                              As the daughter of two visual artists (her Irish-Barbadian mother is a textile designer and her Turkish-born father’s work is exhibited at the British Museum) creativity was always destined for Nilüfer Yanya’s future. Now she enters the next stage of her creative journey, Yanya is running head first into the depths of emotional vulnerability on her sophomore record Painless. The album was recorded between a basement studio in Stoke Newington and Riverfish Music in Penzance with Miss Universe collaborator and producer Wilma Archer, DEEK Recordings founder Bullion, Big Thief producer Andrew Sarlo, and musician Jazzi Bobbi.

                                                                                                                              Where Miss Universe stretched musical boundaries to include a litany of styles from smooth jazz melodies to radio ready pop, Painless takes a more direct sonic approach. By narrowing down her previously broad palette to a handful of robust ideas that revolve around melancholy harmonies and looped industrial beats to mimic the insular focus of the lyrics, Yanya has smoothed out the idiosyncrasies of previous releases without losing what is essential to her.

                                                                                                                              Painless is a record that forces the listener to sit with the discomfort that accompanies so many of life’s biggest challenges whether it be relationship breakdowns, coping with loneliness, or the search for our inner self. “It's a record about emotion,” Yanya explains. “I think it's more open about that in a way that Miss Universe wasn't because there's so many cloaks and sleeves with the concept I built around it.” She adds, summing up the ethos of the new album, “I'm not as scared to admit my feelings”.

                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Barry says: Poppy melodies, clashing percussion and Yanya's unmistakeable voice weave around each-other, sometimes hinting at the vocal rhythms of R&B, but much more akin to a stylistic mix of electronic indie and scattered art-rock.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. The Dealer
                                                                                                                              2. L/R
                                                                                                                              3. Shameless
                                                                                                                              4. Stabilise
                                                                                                                              5. Chase Me
                                                                                                                              6. Midnight Sun
                                                                                                                              7. Trouble
                                                                                                                              8. Try
                                                                                                                              9. Company
                                                                                                                              10. Belong With You
                                                                                                                              11. The Mystic
                                                                                                                              12. Anotherlife

                                                                                                                              Yard Act

                                                                                                                              Dark Days EP - 2022 Repress

                                                                                                                                Since this was originally released, Yard Act have gone on to be one of 2022’s defining artists with the release of their debut album ‘The Overload’, and their rise has been as entertaining as it has been meteoric. And as well as touring the world and smashing sales records, they’ve still found time to continue Zen FC, releasing acclaimed 7”s from Baba Ali and Benefits.

                                                                                                                                Being the budding record industry moguls that they are, they couldn’t bear to see the Dark Days EP languishing out of print. So they commandeered a Danish pressing plant and rudely shoved their way to the front of the queue, picked a new colour (silver in honour of the Overload finishing second in the album charts) and rushed through a repress in time for the summer. And while they were at it, they sorted out a run on the format of the future, cassette.

                                                                                                                                So there you have it: while you’re thinking about putting ‘The Overload’ at the top of your albums of 2022, you can enjoy the EP of 2021 all over again.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A1. Dark Days
                                                                                                                                A2. Peanuts
                                                                                                                                B1. Fixer Upper
                                                                                                                                B2. The Trapper's Pelts

                                                                                                                                Yard Act

                                                                                                                                The Overload

                                                                                                                                  Formed in 2019, Yard Act began life when friends Ryan Needham (Bass) and James Smith (Vocals) started creating minimalist rock tracks using a primitive drum machine and borrowed bass guitar. Later drafting in George Townend on drums, and Sammy Robinson on guitars whom they met at their spiritual home The Brudenell Social Club / Leeds

                                                                                                                                  After a handful of singles, Leeds' Yard Act drop their hugely anticipated debut album. ‘The Overload’ is a record of great dexterity and curation, the output of a band who were raised on a 00s digital-revolution buffet of wide musical influences. Growing up on US MTV Hip-Hop, minimal 70s No-Wave and sharp-witted British indie, Yard Act benefit from this rich tapestry of musical near-history, using it to create something that feels like more than a trendy pastiche.

                                                                                                                                  In a world of great polarity, nuance is normally the answer. We may shame and bicker and amplify our outrage, but at the core of it all, we’re all still inhabitants of the same ecosystem, most of us trying to tow the delicate line between empathy and self-preservation. If nothing and no-one is purely good nor evil, true societal improvement can only come from recognizing some kind of middle ground.

                                                                                                                                  In many ways, Yard Act is a project that exists through the fusion of seemingly opposing entities. Old friends in a new band, they seek out shades of socio-political grey, imbibing their stories with sharp, satirical spoken-word humour. Spearheaded by James Smith (vocals) and Ryan Needham (bass), the now four-piece, completed by Sam Shjipstone (guitar) and Jay Russell (drums), have built a sound that speaks inherently to their birthplace of Leeds, West Yorkshire, and yet ties together observations from all walks of modern British life – the small-town bloke in the local pub, the anti-capitalist stuck at a desk job, the tired activist in all of us torn between easy complicity and the desire to fight. Their sound and ethos might be progressive, but it’s not about pointing fingers so much as opening eyes.

                                                                                                                                  “Lyrically, I think it’s a record about the things that we all do - we're all so wired into the system of day to day that we don't really stop and think about the constructs that define us,” says Smith. “But also beyond that, it's kind of exciting, because there’s still so much we don’t understand; how a hive mindset is forged, how information spreads, how we agree and presume things without thinking. Some people think more than others, but a lot of this sloganeering - 'I'm on the left, I'm not wrong' - doesn't achieve anything. Gammons, Karens, Snowflakes, whatever – I find it all so boring. I'm just not into that.”

                                                                                                                                  What Yard Act are into is ideas. Having grown from relatively casual pub acquaintances to housemates, Smith and Needham found living together to be conducive to a high work rate, racking up demos in quick succession. Settling into a system of programming, looping and layering, the alchemy between the two created a base from which to build their narrative world. “Ryan is a vibe guy, whereas I overthink everything,” laughs Smith. “It’s been the greatest creative partnership I've ever had. When you find a groove that works, it just kind of looks after itself.”

                                                                                                                                  With just three hometown shows under their belt, world events intervened. But rather than letting the pandemic derail them Yard Act set up their own imprint, Zen F.C. and across the course of 2020 and into early 2021 released four increasingly coruscating, hilariously dark singles with ‘The Trapper’s Pelts’, ‘Fixer Upper’, ‘Peanuts’ and Dark Days’ all securing BBC 6Music play, and despite the circumstances developing a remarkable, ever increasing fanbase.

                                                                                                                                  “One of the first reasons we started the band, before anything even took off, was to play live because we had fun playing live,” says Smith. “but very quickly, we realised that we just loved writing songs, and writing songs isn't just about jamming in a room and writing those long noodly songs. It’s a massive cliché, but we've always been influenced by pop music, and finding a way to present it in a way that feels like ‘us’. The more people reacted to the spoken word thing, the more we felt encouraged; you can kind of hear how it gets more and more ridiculous as the singles came out. Positive reinforcement is how you explore and push the strongest bits to the extreme. And our extreme is just me talking loads — I'll talk until the track runs out!

                                                                                                                                  Far from the self-indulgent bluster that Smith jokes about, ‘The Overload’ is a record of great dexterity and curation, the output of a band who were raised on a 00s digital-revolution buffet of wide musical influences. Growing up on US MTV Hip-Hop, minimal 70s No-Wave and sharp-witted British indie, Yard Act benefit from this rich tapestry of musical near-history, using it to create something that feels like more than a trendy pastiche. “There are generations of digital crate-diggers now that just absolutely love music and know how to navigate it,” says Smith. “Old music becomes new music. It's made everyone less worried about the now I think.”

                                                                                                                                  While time-travelling in parts sonically, ‘The Overload’ weaves a very-2021 storyline. The group made the decision early on to leave ‘Fixer Upper’ and ‘Dark Days’ off their album debut (“it sounds arrogant, but we felt we had enough good songs without ‘em”), but the joyous specificity of their early lyrical observation is still in fine evidence, plotting a visceral, satirical journey through capitalism and greed. Across the album’s 11 tracks, an unnamed character – a bricolage of characters that Smith has met, imagined, or himself been – finds himself in quite the financial pickle, ricocheting from desk job to desperate illicit activity to police investigation, before culminating in the kind of half-cut personal epiphany that even the most law-abiding among us could relate to. Bookended by cheeky cameo’s from ‘Fixer Upper’s' Graeme and a clear structure of four parts, there is no getting around it — Yard Act have written a soap opera.

                                                                                                                                  “At Ryan's insistence, the record was actually called ‘Yard Act The Musical’ for a long time, but I've got a really weird relationship with musicals, as in I fucking hate them,” deadpans Smith. “I don’t want to overthink it, but I do like concept albums, and I do think stuff works better when it's given time to be gestated and let people pick at lyrics and think what they mean.”

                                                                                                                                  “We had about six standout tracks when we started thinking about an album, and from those, I saw a theme of money and capitalism, a sort of mockery of it. It's basically just a man in their late 20s, early 30s, who's always tried to fight against the system, stood up for things that they believe in and had a very strong moral compass. But it kind of crushes them in as many ways as it makes them happy – you sacrifice your beliefs for a life of comfortability, and still have to carry the burden of that decision.”

                                                                                                                                  For a record of some potential heaviness, a dark sense of humour is integral. The record’s title track – its opener — plays like a raucous spaghetti western-themed night at the Hacienda, while ‘Land Of The Blind’s loose-swinging bass and jabbing guitars gives acerbic pace to its sordid tale of financial exploitation. The influence of post-punk is apparent, but the shackles of ‘authenticity’ have been shaken loose - “I think we could all feel that this post-punk thing was getting tired; ‘Land Of The Blind’ felt like quite a pivotal song in switching us away from what people thought we were.”

                                                                                                                                  Even through Smith’s openly cynical lens, the world isn’t an entirely cruel and hopeless place. As our character finds themselves in the reflective epitaph of the final three songs, they explore how they might have come to be; the narcissistic peers they grew up with (‘Tall Poppies’), the Friday nights setting the world to intoxicated rights (synth-tinged “Pour Another’), and then ‘100% Endurance’, a poignant, emotional release which finds some kind of freedom in the futility of it all, an opportunity rather than an oppression; “It’s all so pointless/ But it’s not though is it?” As a closer, it’s entirely pivotal for the juxtaposition they’re trying to achieve.

                                                                                                                                  “When that came right at the end of the record, it felt like it really completed it by sounding different to the rest .” says Smith. “It’s a little bit like a slip of the mask, which felt really important after a record of me being quite sarcastic, which I’m quite good at. It feels a bit like a gateway to where we can go.”

                                                                                                                                  Pulling off a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but somehow, Yard Act have made it work. Recording with Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) at his Bristol studio, those prolific demos have been sharpened down into something that speaks to the times we live in, creating a statement of intent that survives on nuance – a record of retro influences, recorded in a modern way, that manages to poke fun at society without punching down from a place of lefty superiority. ‘The Overload’ is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.

                                                                                                                                  “I just hope it makes people laugh at the peculiarities of human nature,” says Smith. “The world feels very heavy at the moment; it has done for a while, and when bad things happen, the weight of the world makes you panic, you want to change everything like flipping a switch. But that's not how it works. All you can do is plant seeds. I don’t think good and bad really exists, and I don't think you can change people's minds any other way.

                                                                                                                                  “So that's what I hope, but I also just hope people can just enjoy it. And I hope it lasts. I hope people like the detail - I think we can learn a lot about each other through an observational smirk. Jenessa Williams



                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Vinyl Tracklist:
                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                  1. The Overload
                                                                                                                                  2. Dead Horse
                                                                                                                                  3. Payday
                                                                                                                                  4. Rich
                                                                                                                                  5. The Incident
                                                                                                                                  6. Witness (Can I Get A?)
                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                  7. Land Of The Blind
                                                                                                                                  8. Quarantine The Sticks
                                                                                                                                  9. Tall Poppies
                                                                                                                                  10. Pour Another
                                                                                                                                  11. 100% Endurance

                                                                                                                                  Deluxe Vinyl Tracklist:
                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                  1. The Overload
                                                                                                                                  2. Dead Horse
                                                                                                                                  3. Payday
                                                                                                                                  4. Rich
                                                                                                                                  5. The Incident
                                                                                                                                  6. Witness (Can I Get A?)
                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                  7. Land Of The Blind
                                                                                                                                  8. Quarantine The Sticks
                                                                                                                                  9. Tall Poppies
                                                                                                                                  10. Pour Another
                                                                                                                                  11. 100% Endurance
                                                                                                                                  Side C - NPR Tiny Desk Home Concert Recording
                                                                                                                                  1. Rich
                                                                                                                                  2. Payday
                                                                                                                                  3. Land Of The Blind
                                                                                                                                  4. Fixer Upper
                                                                                                                                  5. 100% Endurance


                                                                                                                                  CD Tracklist:

                                                                                                                                  1. The Overload
                                                                                                                                  2. Dead Horse
                                                                                                                                  3. Payday
                                                                                                                                  4. Rich
                                                                                                                                  5. The Incident
                                                                                                                                  6. Witness (Can I Get A?)
                                                                                                                                  7. Land Of The Blind
                                                                                                                                  8. Quarantine The Sticks
                                                                                                                                  9. Tall Poppies
                                                                                                                                  10. Pour Another
                                                                                                                                  11. 100% Endurance

                                                                                                                                  Yard Act

                                                                                                                                  The Trenchcoat Museum

                                                                                                                                    The Trench Coat Museum is  on limited edition black vinyl, signed by no one and definitely not numbered, hand printed, stamped, and comes with no bonus prints, stickers or postcard
                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                    All well and good, but, what does it actually sound like!? Basically  this brand new track feels like something of a step up for this superb band. More propulsive and percussive with dare I say a funkier feel, frontman  James Smith spins a typical yarn about, well......find out for yourselves!

                                                                                                                                    The A side is a whopping 8 minuts long but flip it over and there's an Arthur Baker ( yes, THE!) remix which makes the whole 12 a most desirable package,, no hand print, poster, sticker or number notwithstanding !!!

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Andy says: A brilliant step forwards for one of our favourite bands Love it!

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    A-Side – The Trench Coat Museum
                                                                                                                                    B-Side – The Trench Coat Museum (Arthur Baker Remix) (!)

                                                                                                                                    Yard Act

                                                                                                                                    Where's My Utopia?

                                                                                                                                      Where’s My Utopia? is the follow up to the Leeds band’s critically-acclaimed debut record The Overload which arrived in January 2022. The Overload was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize after a slew of positive reviews, national radio playlistings and a placing at #2 in the Official Charts. The new album is a co-production between Yard Act and Gorillaz member Remi Kabaka Jr. 

                                                                                                                                      Since first steering their golden Rover into swift public acclaim back in 2020, Leeds quartet Yard Act have become one of the great indie success stories of the decade so far. Along the way, they’ve ticked off milestones ranging from a Number Two chart placing and Mercury Prize nomination for debut album The Overload, to a co-sign from Elton John who joined the band to guest on a string-laden reworking of album closer ‘100% Endurance’.

                                                                                                                                      Yet, whilst the band’s trajectory continuously shot upwards, vocalist James Smith and his wife had also welcomed in a son. And it’s this duelling sense of responsibility and ambition, guilt, love, drive and everything in between that forms the narrative backbone of brilliantly exploratory second album Where’s My Utopia?

                                                                                                                                      Written in snapshots of time between a relentless touring schedule, and produced jointly by the band and Gorillaz’ Remi Kabaka Jr, the quartet’s second act is a giant leap forward into broad and playful new sonic waters. “The main reason that ‘post-punk’ was the vehicle for Album One was because it was really affordable to do, but we always liked so much other music and this time we've had the confidence to embrace it,” James explains. Across the record, influences ranging from Fela Kuti to Ennio Moricone via Spiller’s ‘00s pop smash ‘Groovejet’ make themselves known.

                                                                                                                                      It’s a celebratory palette upon which Smith allowed himself to reach lyrically deeper into himself than ever. Gone, largely, are the outward-facing character studies of yore, replaced with a set of songs that stare fully into the headlights of life, wrangling with the frontman’s own fears and foibles to create a sort of Promethean narrative - but with jokes. “You can commit to the idea that we’re just animals who eat and fuck and then we die, and that’s fine,” he suggests. “But for me, creativity always seems to be the best way of articulating the absolute minefield of what human existence is.”


                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Barry says: I get where the 'Difficult Second Album' idea came from, but on Where's My Utopia, Yard Act fly through the possible creative hurdles with an expansion of their already multi-faceted sound. Pieces like 'Dream Job' absolutely swim with the influence of pop music and bright, synthy disco alongside their more classic post-punk groove and machinated percussion.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. An Illusion
                                                                                                                                      2. We Make Hits
                                                                                                                                      3. Down By The Stream
                                                                                                                                      4. The Undertow
                                                                                                                                      5. Dream Job
                                                                                                                                      6. Fizzy Fish
                                                                                                                                      7. Petroleum
                                                                                                                                      8. When The Laughter Stops
                                                                                                                                      9. Grifter’s Grief
                                                                                                                                      10. Blackpool Illuminations
                                                                                                                                      11. A Vineyard For The North

                                                                                                                                      Yard Act

                                                                                                                                      Where's My Utopia? CD Fanzine Edition

                                                                                                                                        Where’s My Utopia CD Fanzine edition. The second editions of the Yard Act Fanzine, designed by us for you for no other reason than to tear down more trees.

                                                                                                                                        Where’s My Utopia? is the follow up to the Leeds band’s critically-acclaimed debut record The Overload which arrived in January 2022. The new album is a co-production between Yard Act and Gorillaz member Remi Kabaka Jr. The brand new album out 1st March 2024 features lead single ‘Dream Job’, which is out now.

                                                                                                                                        The zine if printed on 140gsm uncoated paper and house in a beautiful 350gm uncoated cover. Includes the CD album.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. An Illusion
                                                                                                                                        2. We Make Hits
                                                                                                                                        3. Down By The Stream
                                                                                                                                        4. The Undertow
                                                                                                                                        5. Dream Job
                                                                                                                                        6. Fizzy Fish
                                                                                                                                        7. Petroleum
                                                                                                                                        8. When The Laughter Stops
                                                                                                                                        9. Grifter’s Grief
                                                                                                                                        10. Blackpool Illuminations
                                                                                                                                        11. A Vineyard For The North

                                                                                                                                        The Yardbirds

                                                                                                                                        Little Games

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

                                                                                                                                          Splatter coloured vinyl, limited to 400 copies.

                                                                                                                                          The Yardbirds

                                                                                                                                          The Best Of The Yardbirds

                                                                                                                                            Charly Records presents THE BEST OF THE YARDBIRDS.

                                                                                                                                            The Yardbirds blend of blues, rock and pyschedelia paved the way for heavy rock… The definitive introduction to one of the UK's most successful and influential groups of the Sixties. This comprehensive band overview draws on the hugley important Giorgio Gomelsky recordings that defined the sound of The Yardbirds during their pivotal period 1963 through 1966. The distinctive and groundbreaking blues style of Eric Clapton features on half these tracks, whilst Jeff Beck and his pioneering brand of swaggering, ear-bending, psychedelic rock takes lead guitar duties on the rest. The compilation features the group's hits from the era, including the top 10 singles “Shapes Of Things”, “For Your Love”, “Still I'm Sad” and “Heart Full Of Soul”, as well as “Stroll On” from the soundtrack to the cult 1960’s film ‘Blow-Up’ scored by Herbie Hancock. Part of a new and lavish “Best of” series highlighting the key artists in the Charly Records catalogue.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. The Train Kept A-Rollin'
                                                                                                                                            2. For Your Love
                                                                                                                                            3. You're A Better Man Than I
                                                                                                                                            4. Evil Hearted You
                                                                                                                                            5. Shapes Of Things
                                                                                                                                            6. I Ain't Done Wrong
                                                                                                                                            7. Heart Full Of Soul
                                                                                                                                            8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
                                                                                                                                            9. Still I'm Sad
                                                                                                                                            10. I Wish You Would
                                                                                                                                            11. I'm A Man
                                                                                                                                            12. I Ain't Got You
                                                                                                                                            13. Stroll On (From The Motion Picture "Blow Up")
                                                                                                                                            14. I'm Not Talking

                                                                                                                                            The Yardbirds

                                                                                                                                            Where The Action Is

                                                                                                                                              Featuring Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, "...Where the Action Is!" has rare versions of hit singles, the most complete BBC archival recordings assembled, previously unavailable recordings and photographs, and was compiled with some of the old Yardbirds giving a hand.

                                                                                                                                              The Yawpers

                                                                                                                                              Human Question

                                                                                                                                                The Yawpers are the sheep in wolf’s clothing. Through their first three albums, the group divined a signature style--what Pitchfork described as - an expansive vision of rock n roll, one that cherrypicks from various folk traditions: punk, rockabilly, blues, whatever they might have on hand or find in the trash. The sound is a front-heavy, groovy, fire & brimstone punk-blues overlying a dynamic and metaphysical roots rock.

                                                                                                                                                Americana UK - 10/10 - "Flawless third record from one of the most exciting bands around."

                                                                                                                                                Yazoo

                                                                                                                                                Upstairs At Eric's

                                                                                                                                                  Over 35 years since their formation, Yazoo - Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet - are still acclaimed as one of the UK’s greatest pop duos. During their short time together they made two classic albums Upstairs At Eric's and You And Me Both, released seminal hit singles ‘Only You’, ‘Don't Go’, ‘Situation’ and ‘Nobody's Diary’ and toured before disbanding in 1983. Their legacy was a sentiment and a sonic style which sent shock waves through the early-80s charts and continues to be heard in the latest pop hits and throughout contemporary electronica.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  Side 1:
                                                                                                                                                  1. Don't Go (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  2. Too Pieces (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  3. Bad Connection (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  4. I Before E Except After C (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  5. Midnight (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  6. In My Room (2018 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                  Side 2:
                                                                                                                                                  1. Only You (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  2. Goodbye 70's (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  3. Tuesday (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  4. Winter Kills (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                  5. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I) [2018 - Remaster]

                                                                                                                                                  Yazoo

                                                                                                                                                  You And Me Both

                                                                                                                                                    Over 35 years since their formation, Yazoo - Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet - are still acclaimed as one of the UK’s greatest pop duos. During their short time together they made two classic albums Upstairs At Eric's and You And Me Both, released seminal hit singles ‘Only You’, ‘Don't Go’, ‘Situation’ and ‘Nobody's Diary’ and toured before disbanding in 1983. Their legacy was a sentiment and a sonic style which sent shock waves through the early-80s charts and continues to be heard in the latest pop hits and throughout contemporary electronica.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    Side 1:
                                                                                                                                                    1. Nobody's Diary (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    2. Softly Over (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    3. Sweet Thing (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    4. Mr Blue (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    5. Good Times (2018 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                    Side 2:
                                                                                                                                                    1. Walk Away From Love (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    2. Ode To Boy (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    3. Unmarked (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    4. Anyone (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    5. Happy People (2018 - Remaster)
                                                                                                                                                    6. And On (2018 - Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                    Ye Nuns

                                                                                                                                                    Nun More Black

                                                                                                                                                      On paper, Ye Nuns are a tribute band. An all-girl celebration of The Monks, proto-krautrock garage punkers formed by a gang of American GIs stationed in Germany who legendarily sported tonsures and nooses on stage. But Ye Nuns are more than a tribute band. Formed by seven London ladies in 2006, Ye Nuns send witchy, six-part harmonies crashing over scratchy guitars, layer on evil fuzz bass and add pounding drums. Lead vocals screech and soar. Electric banjo hacks relentlessly. Vintage keyboard sounds stab. Yet it’s still music that puts grins on faces and gets feet moving.

                                                                                                                                                      In an arena where youth is often prized above talent, a band of seven women north of 35 is virtually unprecedented. Their experience and assured poise shines through on stage. There’s no need for faux-sexy posing or cute apologetic stylings. Members’ other bands include Curve, Mambo Taxi, Thee Headcoatees, Gay Dad, The A-Lines, Echobelly, Joanne Joanne, The Werewandas and The Priscillas.

                                                                                                                                                      Debut album Nun More Black grinds, grooves and assaults. Recorded in two days flat on old-fashioned tape at Gizzard Studios, there are proper tunes, moments of astonishing avant-garde sonic assault and lashings of righteous ire which you can dance to. Again, Ye Nuns are more than a tribute band. “I love watching Ye Nuns! It was fun watching you guys do this! I love Ye Nuns!” Eddie Shaw (original member of The Monks)

                                                                                                                                                      “Conceptually, it’s perfect: an all-female tribute band who play the songs of The Monks while dressed as nuns.” Stool Pigeon

                                                                                                                                                      “The music has a simple, visceral effect delivered with such joy that the crowd in the packed tent are in motion from the first banjo twang to the last organ parp. The Monks’ warped genius has passed by musical osmosis to this unholy sisterhood.” SoundsXP

                                                                                                                                                      “Bad ass garage rock and roll, played with flair, experience and total confidence, and with unexpected psychedelic twists and turns.” TheGirlsAre.com

                                                                                                                                                      Ye Wiles

                                                                                                                                                      Smoothing Away The Horrors Of Indigestion

                                                                                                                                                        This South Coast outfit mix skacore, folk and good old fashioned punk rock and produced a violin led frenzy of sound. Laconic S'thern vocal delivery (the singer has a nice sneer in his voice) and bags of energy. New on Household Name.

                                                                                                                                                        Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                                                                                                                                        Cool It Down

                                                                                                                                                          It could only be called alchemy, the transformative magic that happens during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ most tuned-in moments in the studio, when their unique chemistry sparks opens a portal, and out comes a song like “Maps” or “Zero” or the latest addition to their canon, “Spitting off the Edge of the World featuring Perfume Genius” — an epic shot-to-the heart of pure YYYs beauty and power.

                                                                                                                                                          A thunderstorm of a return is what the legendary trio has in store for us on Cool It Down, their fifth studio album and their first since 2013’s Mosquito. The eight-track collection, bound to be a landmark in their catalog, is an expert distillation of their best gifts that impels you to move, and cry, and listen closely.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          SIDE A:
                                                                                                                                                          1) Spitting Off The Edge Of The World (feat. Perfume Genius)
                                                                                                                                                          2) Lovebomb
                                                                                                                                                          3) Wolf
                                                                                                                                                          4) Fleez
                                                                                                                                                          SIDE B:
                                                                                                                                                          5) Burning
                                                                                                                                                          6) Blacktop
                                                                                                                                                          7) Different Today
                                                                                                                                                          8) Mars

                                                                                                                                                          Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                                                                                                                                          Fever To Tell - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                            Vinyl reissue of their seminal, ground-breaking debut, Fever To Tell. The release will be the original album newly remastered by Stephen Marcussen on black 180g audiophile vinyl for the first time ever and five newspaper lyric posters with exclusive photos by Nick Zinner, Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs, Julian Gross, Patrick Daughters and Cintamani Calise.

                                                                                                                                                            Very few things in life compare to the spine tingling, adrenalin rush that comes when you hear a great single for the first time, so I reckon the day the Yeah Yeah Yeahs walked into their record company, demanding that the opening track on “It's Blitz” should be “Zero” was, in general, a good day at the office for their A&R man. 'You want the best single of the year so far to be the first track on your album? Erm, yeah, I think we can probably live with that’. “It's Blitz” is no one hit wonder though. Awash with synths, it's an album of conflicts that finds Karen O at her most vulnerable while the band, with a sly wink to NYC disco, create what can only be described as an epic soundscape behind her. Yes, the guitars have (no doubt begrudgingly) conceded top billing to Nick Zinners vintage Arp but at its heart, “It’s Blitz” is still a great ROCK record.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. Zero
                                                                                                                                                            2. Heads Will Roll
                                                                                                                                                            3. Soft Shock
                                                                                                                                                            4. Skeletons
                                                                                                                                                            5. Dull Life
                                                                                                                                                            6. Shame And Fortune
                                                                                                                                                            7. Runaway
                                                                                                                                                            8. Dragon Queen
                                                                                                                                                            9. Hysteric
                                                                                                                                                            10. Little Shadow

                                                                                                                                                            Second album from Joe Moore's project, The Yearning. Made and managed in his own studio, this is a personal universe that is exciting, independent, separate from any other kind of precepts in the music industry; his very own. The delicious arrangements, that romantic halo, and Maddie Dobie's fascinating voice are still heard on almost the entire album. But while the last album 'Dreamboats & Lemonade' looked to sixties pop from the most cheerful girl-group perspective, 'Evening Souvenirs' is a slow, deliberate, nocturnal album, with echoes of lounge music and "chanson", of bossa and chamber pop, with touches of Sarah and l Records melancholy, and Burt Bacharach soundtracks.

                                                                                                                                                            Playing with a considerable number of instruments, and the participation of the Cotsworld Voices choir on many of the songs, we find ourselves with one of those albums that needs to be listened to in semi-darkness, where the notes are bursting to the surface, giving you goose bumps hair by hair.

                                                                                                                                                            For fans of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, Dusty Springfield, Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin. Vinyl is Limited edition of 500 copies on grey vinyl, with MP3 download.

                                                                                                                                                            Compilation of The Yearning's first two sold-out mini-LPs, "Jukebox Romance" and "Still In Love", plus singles and three unreleased tracks: - "Dawn", "Love Is Like A Rollercoaster" and "Dusk".

                                                                                                                                                            Taking their influences from late 50s/early 60s girl-groups and Phil Spector, Joe Moore's productions are becoming more and more well-known all over the world. Their signature effusive, romantic, and elegant sixties-style pop is already a trademark.

                                                                                                                                                            For fans of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, Dusty Springfield, Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. Dawn (Instrumental) 00:48
                                                                                                                                                            2. If You Were My Boyfriend 02:17
                                                                                                                                                            3. Baby Be Mine 03:04
                                                                                                                                                            4. The Way You Love Me 03:11
                                                                                                                                                            5. Everybody Knows (I'm Still In Love With You) 03:15
                                                                                                                                                            6. Don't Call Me Baby 03:36
                                                                                                                                                            7. Gotta Pull Myself Together 03:18
                                                                                                                                                            8. Jeremy 02:39
                                                                                                                                                            9. Eyes Of A Movie Star 03:29
                                                                                                                                                            10. I Just Wanna Hold Your Hand (On Christmas Day) 03:43
                                                                                                                                                            11. See You Again 03:20
                                                                                                                                                            12. Boy Racer 04:08
                                                                                                                                                            13. Love Is Like A Rollercoaster 02:14
                                                                                                                                                            14. Kiss You In The Summertime 04:03
                                                                                                                                                            15. Too Young 03:22
                                                                                                                                                            16. Why's She Making Those Eyes At You? 03:00
                                                                                                                                                            17. Too Shy 03:00
                                                                                                                                                            18. Heart Beats A Little Bit Faster 03:12
                                                                                                                                                            19. All Hung Up On You 02:58
                                                                                                                                                            20. Pretty Lies 04:01
                                                                                                                                                            21. You Make Lovin' You Easy 04:05
                                                                                                                                                            22. Dusk 01:36

                                                                                                                                                            The Yearning

                                                                                                                                                            Only When I'm Dancing

                                                                                                                                                              Joe Moore is full of surprises. Every new release his name is on, whether they are his own projects (The Yearning, The Perfect Kiss, Julie Et Joe) or other people's (Lia Pamina, Cristina Quesada and Maddie Mae), gives us incredible results. Lounge music, soul, girl groups, chamber pop, French pop from the 60s... Diverse styles pass through his hands like an unstoppable song-making machine.

                                                                                                                                                              What will the journey be this time? "Only When I'm Dancing", transports us to the golden age of disco music, when the dance floor was full of excitement, melancholy, elegance and majestic arrangements (something that Moore notably excels at).

                                                                                                                                                              This time, the change of sound comes with a change in singer. The angelic voice of Maddie Dobie makes way for the elegance of Luci Ashbourne. Her mature, velvety voice is perfect for these sensual songs, many of which are aimed directly at the dance floor. When Joe began working on this new album, he imagined Karen Carpenter singing along with the music of Benny and Björn.

                                                                                                                                                              "Never Gonna Let You Go" begins like a tribute to Barry White. "Love Has Taken Hold Of My Heart" has echoes of ABBA. Elsewhere we hear Pet Shop Boys, Bee Gees, Tina Charles and Isaac Hayes. A new album, a new surprise, a new pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1.Never Gonna Let You Go
                                                                                                                                                              2.Don't Take Me To Heart
                                                                                                                                                              3.Only When I'm Dancing
                                                                                                                                                              4.Love Has Taken Hold Of My Heart
                                                                                                                                                              5.Lend Me Your Love
                                                                                                                                                              6.Come To Me
                                                                                                                                                              7.Take A Little Look
                                                                                                                                                              8.Song Or A Dance
                                                                                                                                                              9.Keep Me In Mind
                                                                                                                                                              10.Yearning For You

                                                                                                                                                              The Yearning

                                                                                                                                                              Take Me All Over The World

                                                                                                                                                                The untiring Joe Moore in his endless search for beauty in music, is back with a new mini-album from THE YEARNING, and addressing his usual inclinations: the chanson, chamber pop, bossa, and above all, the perfect song. And once again, he is handling all the production work, the recording, and the songwriting, and is playing almost all the instruments.

                                                                                                                                                                Yeasayer

                                                                                                                                                                All Hour Cymbals

                                                                                                                                                                  'A cream-whipped dream of Fleetwood Mac, Tears For Fears and Thomas Mapfumo, all soaring, vocal harmonies, cascading synth parts and muffled tribal drums, with highlife guitars and a children's choir' - Time Out. Yeasayer's smashing debut album is a mesmerizing journey.


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