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WEEK STARTING 17 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of Hit Me Hard And Soft by Billie Eilish.

Billie Eilish

Hit Me Hard And Soft

    Billie Eilish’s third studio album, "Hit Me Hard And Soft", released via Darkroom/Interscope Records is her most daring body of work to date, a diverse yet cohesive collection of songs— ideally listened to in its entirety from beginning to end—does exactly as the album title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. With the help of her brother and sole collaborator, Finneas, the pair wrote, recorded, and produced the album together in their hometown of Los Angeles. This album comes on the heels of her two massively successful albums “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" and "Happier Than Ever" and works to further develop the world of Billie Eilish. 

    Crumbs

    You're Just Jealous

      New Album From The Most Danceable Post-Punk Pop Band In The UK.

      It’s like something has exploded!

      CRUMBS have been incubating this, their second album, for a few years now. Who knows how they kept all the energy in check. It must have been like sitting on a volcano. The songs burst out with pure pop fire, sending splinters of guitar, sharp lyrics and snatches of the catchiest backing vocals.

      The rhythm section (Jamie and Gem): it’s like Delta 5 meeting Le Tigre in a dark alley in Leeds, fusing blindly and completely, and then forcing its way into the back entrance of a venue, sending volts through the limbs of the unwitting punters, forcing them to dance. This is TIGHT.

      And as the lights come on and the indie kids throw themselves around, Ruth’s vocals sweetly assault their ears with anger, joy, political intelligence - and all around, Stuart’s guitar, sometimes twangly-melodic like the B52s, sometimes sweet and ringing like a memory of Scars, sometimes furious and feeding back, keeps you alert and thirsty for more.

      These songs do NOT outstay their welcome. Starts and ends are cut hard: no pre-echo, no wistful, drawn-out regretful fade-outs. CRUMBS have imbibed the key lessons taught by The Gang Of Four and The Au Pairs: never let the energy dissipate. But there is more than anger here. The band have smuggled a pop sweetness into the disciplined shapes of their angular songs. You’re Just Jealous has sharp edges, but it’s generous too.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. You’re Just Jealous
      2. Stab Alley
      3. Dear Deirdre
      4. Diy Sos
      5. Rest In Pieces
      6. Let’s Not
      7. 4291
      8. Call Now
      9. What’s It Means
      10. Sad Snoopy
      11. Mambo No.6
      12. Too Many Creeps 

      Sylvan Esso

      Sylvan Esso - 10 Year Anniversary Edition

        In honor of the record’s ten year anniversary, North Carolina-based indie label Psychic Hotline will release a deluxe reissue, complete with previously unreleased material. Featuring essential singles "Coffee", "Hey Mami,” and "H.S.K.T.", the expanded edition also includes remixes from J Rocc, Rick Wade, Helado Negro, Dntel, and more. The deluxe 2LP package sports an all-over foil inversion of the original album’s iconic foil “SE” logo.

        Recorded in a little bedroom studio out in Durham, North Carolina, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn’s debut LP as Sylvan Esso arrived in 2014 at the juncture of pop and experimental. Even now, years later, the LP remains an urgent and fitting introduction to a push-and-pull that would go on to inform the duo’s sound – a thoughtful headiness that also wants you to get out on the dance floor. A blend of analog and digital, Meath and Sanborn were two unexpected puzzle pieces fitting together with singular ease, producing a ten-track LP that was both minimalist and shimmering, with dark undulations rippling beneath the synthy-surface and crystalline quality of Meath’s voice.

        Before all of the international touring and festival headlining and critical acclaim and Grammy nominations, Sylvan Esso was just a shot-in-the dark of musical chemistry gone right. The original album bio for the self-titled presciently sets the stage for the thesis that has gone on to guide Meath and Sanborn’s writing since then: “a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance” arriving as “a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don’t suffer the longstanding complications of that term.” And so, even as the band continues to evolve and becomes amorphous, there’s still that argument about what pop can be at its core. This is just the beginning of that conversation captured on tape.

        TRACK LISTING

        DISC ONE
        01 Hey Mami
        02 Dreamy Bruises
        03 Could I Be
        04 Wolf
        05 Dress
        06 H.S.K.T.
        07 Coffee
        08 Uncatena
        09 Play It Right
        10 Come Down

        DISC TWO
        11 Hey Mami (Rick Wade Remix)
        12 H.S.K.T. (Dntel Remix)
        13 Coffee (Helado Negro Remix)
        14 Hey Mami (Charles Spearin Remix)
        15 H.S.K.T. (Hercules And Love Affair Remix)
        16 Coffee (J Rocc Remix)

        Back in stock Cover of Big Mood - Incl. Justin Van Der Volgen Edit by Exo Fender.

        Exo Fender

        Big Mood - Incl. Justin Van Der Volgen Edit

        The always hard working Emotional Rescue now unveils the electronic disco project Exo Fender, helmed by esteemed New York producer Eric Calvi and featuring the legendary Steve D'Acquisto. The remastered songs 'Big Mood' and 'Music In My Mind' span two new EPs, with updated edited versions by NYC producer Justin Van Der Volgen. Calvi's journey from Paris to New York's music scene in the 1980s when he engineered hits for artists like Cameo and Africa Bambaataa, and laid the groundwork for Exo Fender. Inspired by clubbing friendships, the project's infectious grooves and tongue-in-cheek nature gained club play and collector's acclaim, with Van Der Volgen's remix enhancing their timeless appeal for today's dancefloors.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Mine says: One of two Exo Fender releases this week and this one does what it says on the tin... if you're in need of a mood booster look no further!

        TRACK LISTING

        Big Mood
        Big Mood (Justin Van Der Volgen Edit)

        Back in stock Cover of Music In My Mind - Incl. Justin Van Der Volgen Edit by Exo Fender.

        Exo Fender

        Music In My Mind - Incl. Justin Van Der Volgen Edit

        This is the second of two releases from Emotional Rescue that looks to the music of Eric Calvi who headed up the collective Exo Fender, a project that brought together a bunch of friends, producers, and studio amigos. This one is a live boogie jam with Brooklyn DJ and producer Steve D'Aquisto. He was a regal at The Loft and a friend of Arthur Russell so all that bears out in the music - a loose-limbed disco groove with languid percussion and big vocals. A Justin Van Der Volgen edit rounds out the 12".

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Mine says: Exo Fender - via the ever reliable Emotional Rescue - deliver an addictive disco jam that had Ryan get out the (air) keytar just now... bag a copy now or forever hold your peace.

        TRACK LISTING

        Music In My Mind
        Music In My Mind (Justin Van Der Volgen Edit)

        Lip Critic

        Hex Dealer

          'Hex Dealer' is NY-based electronic punk band Lip Critic’s debut album. It was produced in collaboration by vocalist Bret Kaser and Connor Kleitz. Their eclectic sampling style is amplified by the infectious breakbeats and pingy snares crafted by drummers Danny Eberle and Ilan Natter. The singular mixture of classic punk/hardcore and electronic styles result in 12 frantic tracks of postmodern pop for the genreless future. Painted with a broad pallet of only the most extreme hues of emotion, each track is marked by a distinctive danceable mania.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1 It's The Magic
          A1 Love Will Redeem You
          A3 The Heart
          A4 Bork Pelly (feat. Ghösh, ID.Sus)
          A5 Spirit Bomber
          A6 Death Lurking (feat. Izzy Da Fonseca)
          B1 Milky Max
          B2 Sermon
          B3 I'm Alive
          B4 My Wife And The Goblin
          B5 In The Wawa (Convinced I Am God)
          B6 Toxin Dodger


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