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Mild High Club

Going Going Gone

    Mild High Club makes a long-awaited comeback with Going Going Gone, the band’s first solo album since 2016’s cult favourite Skiptracing.

    An album that speaks directly to the times we live in, Going Going Gone sees Mild High Club blending the psychedelic pop of earlier albums Skiptracing and Timeline with influences from around the world, especially Brazilian avant-garde music from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

    Songs from Skiptracing and Timeline have hundreds of millions of streams. Mild High Club recently had viral success with single ‘Homage’ on TikTok, with over 50k videos posted and millions of likes. An active Reddit community dedicated to the band boasts thousands of members.

    The band has played at such iconic festivals and venues as Coachella, Le Bataclan in Paris, and Brixton Academy in London. In 2017, they released an album with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Sketches from Brunswick East. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Mild High Club return for their newest outing, mixing the hazy indie guitars and swooning progressions of yesteryear but with a more crystalline, loungy production aesthetic. As wonderfully evocative as their previous outings, but even more beautifully varied.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A

    1. Kluges I
    2. Dionysian State
    3. Trash Heap
    4. Taste Tomorrow
    5. A New High (feat. Winter)
    6. It's Over Again

    Side B

    1. Kluges II
    2. I Don't Mind The Wait
    3. Dawn Patrol
    4. Waving
    5. Me Myself And Dollar Hell
    6. Holding On To Me

    NAO

    And Then Life Was Beautiful

      While Nao's previous project propelled the singer-songwriter into a new stratosphere with its cosmic, coming-of-age themes, the songstress is now entering a brand new chapter with ‘And Then Life Was Beautiful’ - where ‘Saturn’ untangled the knots of late twenties soul-searching, ‘And Then Life Was Beautiful’ goes a step further by setting out a clarified sense of purpose. Now a mother of a young daughter, NAO is more confident in herself and her voice than ever. A pandemic album, written and recorded throughout never-ending lockdowns, the project celebrates life’s ups and downs, reaching out a hand to guide listeners through what hurdles may confront them next. It includes previously released tracks ‘Antidode’, featuring Nigerian superstar Adekunle Gold, ‘Woman’, featuring Lianne La Havas, which she recorded with her new-born daughter strapped lovingly to her chest, as well as ‘Messy Love’, a stunning offering loaded with strummed guitar grooves and drum rhythms rooted in 90s R&B.  

      Other notable stand-out tracks include ‘Wait’, a stripped-back track which takes an intimate look at how you make mistakes to develop a relationship, and ‘Postcards’, highlighting a gorgeous vocal interplay of NAO and serpentwithfeet, who features alongside her on the track. For ‘Good Luck’, R&B crooner Lucky Daye jumped on board.

      She says: “Life isn’t perfect; we still go through ups and downs, but it can be beautiful as a whole. I do think it’s a hopeful album, in an honest way – it’s not shiny or all ‘isn’t this great!’ and ‘party party party.’ But it’s hopeful in that through every rough patch, every dark patch or struggle we always come out again. That’s what life is. You keep going. But most of all you try and step into a place of gratitude so that you can see life in all of its beauty.”


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: A silky smooth mix between soaring synth pop and grooving R&B, wonderfully bringing together Nao's gorgeous vocals and a distinctly modern mash-up of styles into a cohesive and jubilant whole.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. And Then Life Was Beautiful
      2. Messy Love
      3. Glad That You’re Gone
      4. Antidote (feat. Adekunle Gold)
      5. Burn Out
      6. Wait
      7. Good Luck (feat. Lucky Daye)
      8. Nothing’s For Sure
      9. Woman (feat. Lianne La Havas)
      10. Better Friend
      11. Postcards (feat. Serpentwithfeet)
      12. Little Giants
      13. Amazing Grace

      Debut album from the hyped tae fook South Korean artist Park Hye Jin. Now located in LA, it seems 2021 is the explosive year for this in-demand act.

      Stiring up a storm through her "If U Want It" 12", plus some tasty collaborations with the likes of Clams Casino, Blood Orange, Galcher Lustwerk and Nosaj Thing, the Ninja Tune-signed genius lays out her sonic identity in an edgy, attitude-filled LP which is both hi-tek and emotion-filled.

      Stylistically, Jin seems to digest booty bass and ghetto house, combine it with some of the modern lo-fi house aesthetics and give it her own uniquely S. Korean sugary icing. Some of her drum patterns recall early DJ Rush or Green Velvet, while at other times lo-fi pioneers like Seinfeld and DJ Boring are clearly an influence. It's her deadpan, cool ass delivery that really seals the deal though. Taking influence from Chicago drill, post-punk and pop and somehow gelling it all together into something sincerely her own.

      It's a beautifully modern LP which looses none of its soul from being entirely electronic. A future star in the making. Recommended. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: The wonderful 'Before I Die' sees Park Hye Jin renewing her take on oft-minimal footwork influenced house. It's a sleek and breezy affair, with the more propulsive moments being tempered with her heavily reverbed, hypnotic vocals forging a brilliant combination of drive and nuanced, lo-fi percussion.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Let’s Sing Let’s Dance
      I Need You
      Before I Die
      Good Morning Good Night
      Me Trust Me
      Where Did I Go
      Never Give Up

      Side B
      Can I Get Your Number
      Whatchu Doin Later
      Sex With ME (DEFG)
      Where Are You Think
      Never Die
      Hey, Hey, Hey
      Sunday ASAP
      I Jus Wanna Be Happy 

      Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter Jordan Rakei returns with his fourth studio album, "What We Call Life’". Diving even deeper into his sound world, merging electronic with acoustic, and rugged grooves with ambient atmospheres, to create something richer, more detailed, and more textural than before. Rakei, already a practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, was curious about the potential of using therapy for further self-discovery. During the process, he began to learn more about his behaviour patterns and anxieties, and addressed his long-standing irrational phobia of birds – a fear often associated with the unpredictable and the unknown, and something explored in the album’s creative direction and visuals.

      ‘What We Call Life’ is Jordan Rakei’s most vulnerable and intimate album to date. Its lyrics concern the lessons that the New Zealand-born, Australia-raised, and London-based artist learned about himself during therapy, a journey that began two years ago when he started reading about the ‘positive psychology’ movement. These themes manifest on songs like lead single “Family”, which Rakei says is “the most personal” he’s ever been with his lyrics. “I wanted to hit my vulnerability barrier and be really honest. It’s about my parents’ divorce in my mid-teens but still having love for them no matter what,” he explains.

      Artwork was created by Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based visual artist Justin Tyler Close (who has worked previously with the likes of Laura Marling), who resonated with the themes on Rakei’s album. The image was created in a remote photo shoot, with Rakei sending images over the internet that were projected onto a sheet and photographed by Close. The melancholic images reflect the title of the record, a question that Rakei would sometimes ask himself during a period of his childhood in which he suffered a great deal of anxiety: Is this what we call life? Rather than accepting defeat, the title is today a commentary on the more happy, confident, and assured person and artist that Jordan Rakei is today


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Millie says: Jordan Rakei fourth album is highly anticipated here at Piccadilly, the album explores themes worn close to Rakei’s sleeve. Personal and moving, the track ‘Family’ is so beautiful and soulful.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Family
      A2. Send My Love
      A3. Illusion
      A4. Unguarded
      A5. Clouds
      B1. What We Call Life
      B2. Runaway
      B3. Wings
      B4. Brace
      B5. The Flood

      Jon Coley is something of an underground figure in Manchester's music scene. Combining soul and folk with intelligent original songwriting, and admired for his unique guitar playing (taking influence from performers such as Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones and especially John Martyn) and for his passionate vocal performances, reminiscent of Van Morrison and Amos Lee.

      "If All I Ever Wanted Was All I Ever Needed" is his strikingly pure, heart-wide-open debut album. Opening with the Tracey Chapman-esque, "Higher Ground" it's obvious from the start there's a warm and healing magic to Jon's voice; the mere sounding of the record certain to rekindle forgotten memories of happy times like flames around a campfire.

      Jon's guitar and voice seem unseperable throughout; symbiotically elevating each other beyond their instrument's solo limitations. And his vocal range - wow! - I mean, Jon where were you hiding such an angelic falsetto?! Like golden honey flowing over polished leather, the slight gravly inflections like proplis in this sonic royal jelly.

      Accompanying Jon, a beautifully intimate team of backing muscians and vocalists (all credited on the record's sleeve) which add finedrawn, unforced dynamics to this otherwise one-man operation which in parts drifts in to Mazzy Star-esque depths of emotion.

      If you're looking for a charismatic and heart warming troubadour to keep you company over the coming Autumn months then look no further! Highly recommended by us all here at Piccadilly Records.

      Jon has played alongside John Renbourn, Blind Boy Paxton, Michael Chapman, Ralph McTell, Jon Gomm, Wizz Jones, Dylan LeBlanc, Chance McCoy and shared a stage and billing with many more, including Foss Patterson and Danny Thompson of John Martyn's band at venues as varied as New York's Bitter End Club, and Liverpool's Echo Arena. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Whispering sweet nothings like warm treacle across a rich tapestry of English Americana; the only drinking partner you need this Autumn! Manchester's Jon Coley is an absolute joy on the ears. Debut album from this star destined for supernova status.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      Higher Ground
      Sympathy For Juda
      Sweeter State Of Mind
      Can't Blame A Boy For Trying
      Last Words On A Caged Mocking-Bird
      In The Night Time 

      Side B
      Beat Up Inside
      Watch The World Burn
      You Can't Make It Rain
      The Easy Life
      Only Call Me When You're Ready
      Bigger Than Both Of Us
      Blue Eyes, Whiskey And Wine

      Amyl And The Sniffers

      Big Attraction & Giddy Up

        Amyl and the Sniffers are a punk band possessed by the spirit of seventies Australian rock. Amy Taylor (vocals), Bryce Wilson (drums), Dec Martens (guitar) are former housemates who formed the band, wrote a handful of tunes and released their debut EP, Giddy Up, all in a span of twelve hours. Completing their line up with Gus Romer on bass, the band take their cues from a diverse bunch of legends including AC/DC, Cosmic Psychos, Dolly Parton and Die Antwoord, setting out to have as much fun as possible.

        Their 2nd EP, Big Attraction, was released in February 2017, kicking off a stellar year for these young punks. Growing buzz around their blistering live show made the band a hot tip at Bigsound in Brisbane, while the band was added to festival lineups including Meredith and CherryRock17. The band and were invited to join the Cosmic Psychos on their forthcoming November/December tour and capped off the year with a sellout NYE show at the legendary Tote in their home town of Melbourne.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Amyl And The Sniffers have been a force to be reckoned with on the Australian punk scene (and indeed over here), and this early document of their first two EP's are an absolutely essential purchase. Every bit as incendiary and uncompromising as their LP's, an essential purchase.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 I'm Not A Loser
        2 Blowjobs
        3 Mole (Sniff Sniff)
        4 Balaclava Lover Boogie
        5 Westgate
        6 70's Street Munchies
        7 Pleasure Forever
        8 Caltex Cowgirl
        9 Mandalay
        10 Stole My Pushbike

        Dutch icon Orlando Voorn, famed for his funky techno and tuff house productions unveils his new sound via Deeptrax Records sublabel Contrafact! Having started his career in the early 80s with major influences of Parliament, Kraftwerk, Motown and P funk, he is now widely recognized as an ingenious (Detroit) techno producer with former releases on Juan Atkins’ Metroplex records and Kevin Saunderson’s KMS. “The Master”sees his explore classic jazz-funk and soulfull mood, enhanced with his unmatched creative abiltiy around the studio.

        Reminscent of classic beatdown and Detroit house such as Amp Fiddlr, Recloose, Moodymann etc; but kicking that bit harder on the speakers due to Voorn's speaker-rattling techno background!

        There's per-LENTY to go at here folks. A double disc janut of electro-jazz-funk-deep-house fusion which is primed for play in both nightclubs, living rooms, souped up Seirra Cosworths and sun-blushed Tiki bars alike.

        This man is a musical genius! Up there with Carl Craig and Moritz Von Oswald with his sheer profeciency in both production and musicality. And he's relentless - this releases comes segued in between a flurry of techno releases, all of which are killer - as this 30 year+ musical veteren marches on with no intention of slowing down in later life!

        Absolutely killer album that's delightfully long, satisfying and made with love and passion. Like a 5-course meal at your favourite restaurant you'll want to devour it from start to finish. Highly recommended.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: A selection of deep, rich house classic from Voorn here, with the grooving basslines and vocals perfectly coalescing together into a wild and fiery soulful house treasure.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Orlando Voorn - I'm About To Whip Somebody's Ass (Revolution)
        A2. Orlando Voorn - Freak Of My Desire
        B1. Orlando Voorn - Gotta Get Up
        B2. B2 - Orlando Voorn Feat. E1 Ten & Mary Griffin - Oh Lord (Urban Coalition Mix)
        C1. Orlando Voorn - Leave Or Stay
        C2 . Orlando Voorn - The Love Sisters
        C3. Orlando Voorn - Un Common
        D1. Orlando Voorn - The Master
        D2. Orlando Voorn Feat Slikk Tim - The Funk Brothers
        D3 . Orlando Voorn Feat Belou Sunday - I Love You 

        Marlowe

        Marlowe

          L’Orange & Solemn Brigham are Marlowe. “An artist afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.” Over a half-century later, the axiom remains true for hyper-kinetic hip-hop innovators, North Carolina’s L’Orange and Solemn Brigham—the hard-boiled duo behind the fun house fever dream, Marlowe. Released on Mello Music Group, Marlowe is a triumph of ambition, a rap bricolage blending prohibition and civil rights-era samples with Asian psychedelic rock flourishes.

          An old soul with original ideas, tapping into the eternal reservoir of Sam Cooke to Ice Cube, Otis Redding to Chuck D, Curtis Mayfield to KRS-One. Over the course of 17 tracks, Solemn hurls sharp darts at counterfeits trying to crack his religion, the onslaught of time, and prevaricating rappers—all while paying homage to those who paved the road for him. He bounces off the beats like a trampoline placed in a speakeasy, doubling up on the vocals, burrowing into dense cryptic tangles of slang and then stretching them out with melodic ease. With dazzling cinematic mise en scene, L’Orange crafts a world that sounds like an old-time medicine show dropped into 90s Brooklyn, with Solemn summoning the holy spirit of Big L. Cymbals crash, drums pound, fuzzy guitars ride out, a bronze rain of horns cascade.

          This is gorgeous celestial dust, high-powered fuel with every syllable meticulously ordained. Marlowe cracked the case, but how they did it can only become clear under deeper investigation.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Medicated
          2. Cold Open
          3. Lost Arts
          4. Eddy Appetite’s House Of Definitely Legal Oddities
          5. Things We Summon
          6. Honest Living
          7. Tall Tales
          8. Demonstration
          9. Tales From The East
          10. Fred Sanford
          11. Not So Paranoid After All
          12. Magnificent Slim’s Friendly Tip Off
          13. The Basement
          14. Mayday
          15. Palm Readers
          16. Gone Believer
          17. Vagrant
          18. The Places We Stay

          "No Sun" is the fifth studio album by singer, songwriter, producer and scholar Ramona Gonzalez PKA Nite Jewel.

          After the critical acclaim of Real High (2017), Gonzalez began her PhD in Musicology at UCLA in 2018. At the same time, her twelve year marriage and creative partnership with Grammy Award-winning producer Cole M.G.N. dissolved, leaving her homeless and adrift. Though in a state of grief, her studies renewed her focus.

          Working with only a Moog sequencer and keyboard, Gonzalez improvised along to rhythmic grooves while singing in hushed undertones, which she then meticulously produced into a collection of intimate off-pop masterpieces. "No Sun" manifests a future out of songs of sorrow, as a part of Gonzalez’s quest to reclaim her subjectivity.

          Occupying a liminal space between Arthur Russell’s whispered intimacies, Tirzah’s R&B poeticism, and Kraftwerk’s rigid electronics, "No Sun" traverses new soundscapes through the eyes of an uncompromising female auteur.

          TRACK LISTING

          Anymore
          Before I Go
          Show Me What You’re Made Of
          To Feel It 
          #14
          No Escape
          This Time
          When There Is No Sun

          Your Old Droog X Tha God Fahim

          Tha YOD Fahim

            Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim’s second joint release, Tha YOD Fahim, is a celebration of the immense talents of its creators. They have an undeniable chemistry that started as guest appearances and has now blossomed into something greater. And while the world got an amazing appetizer in the form of ‘Tha Wolf On Wall St’ in January, the two like-minded artists are back just weeks later with this full-length release. The connection of YOD and Fahim is a pairing that simply works. Both have their roots in raw, unpretentious hip-hop that also pushes the music to its boundaries, and you can hear those qualities running throughout all 14 tracks. As unadulterated as the music is, the album represents something even greater from both Droog and Fahim. It’s a testament to their creative synergy and their gifts as artists who never compromise or hold back.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Icee Shop / Entrées
            2. Stretch
            3. Charles Barkley
            4. Mailman
            5. Slam Dunk Contest (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
            6. Brrt Simpson (feat. Left Lane Didon)
            7. Reign Man
            8. WNBA
            9. The Dunking Dutchman
            10. Long Time Coming
            11. Disney World
            12. Lost Smile
            13. Questions
            14. 90 From The Line Remix (Šarūnas Marčiulionis)

            Niklas Wandt

            Solar Musli

              The most massive of ups goes to Daniel and Gunther at Bureau B for some sterling A&R here, locking the world's daftest drum savant, Niklas Wandt into his first solo LP. This percussive polymath keeps his diary fairly full with production, radio shows, DJing and a shitload of collaborative pursuits, whether with Joshua Gottmanns in N-NDW funksters Neuzeitliche Bodenbeläge, Dusseldorf gee Wolf Müller, Sascha Funke or ambient heart-throb Cass.

              For 'Solar Müsli' though, Niklas takes centre stage with a debut solo LP informed by kosmische, jazz, Afrobeat and ambient, but placed in a universe of its own. This is not formalism at work, but an exhilarating, freely flowing album which started out as an exercise in improvised percussion and developed into a multidimensional journey, at times both introverted and ebullient. Stitched through with snippets of spoken word by some of his nearest and dearest, this wildly psychedelic listen is a journey through the nebulous realm of electronic jazz, both emotive and escapist.


              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Der Glaeserne Tag
              A2. Durch Den Spalt
              A3. Lo Spettro
              A4. Wo Es War
              B1. Kusnacht
              B2. Solar Musli
              B3. Am Rande

              José González

              Local Valley

                Few people have managed to become quite so celebrated worldwide, quite as quietly as José González has. Local Valley, his long awaited fourth album, serves as a relieving reminder that you don’t have to be loud to be heard.

                Since his debut single ‘Crosses’ back in 2003, both he and his music have remained dependably quiet and unassuming. Local Valley calmly exhibits his singular ability to communicate with such modesty and power. Beginning with the sun-dappled ‘El Invento’, the first song he’s recorded in Spanish (the native tongue of his Argentinian heritage), and ending with the intimate yet rhapsodic ‘Honey Honey’. Along the way it engages in his signature melodic and metrical hypnotism, showcasing his remarkable fingerpicking skills, while there’s further evidence of his love for music from around the world (he references an inspiring jam session in Gothenburg with Niger artist Bombino) and for the first time, the introduction of a drum machine on a few songs, further widening José´s musical spectrum.

                The record, full of his trademark bittersweet pastoralism, includes what González considers “my most accomplished songs to date”. While continuing his tradition of reinterpreting songs by other artists, with ‘Line Of Fire' he picks one written for Junip, the band he formed with friends in 1998. That the original version has now been streamed some 60 million times suggest it, like other songs he’s covered, is now part of the songwriting canon.

                Local Valley, González cheerfully acknowledges, “is similar to my other solo albums in sound and spirit, a natural continuation of the styles I’ve been adding through the years both solo and with Junip. I set out to write songs in the same vein: short, melodic and rhythmical, a mixture of classic folk singer songwriting and songs with influences from Latin America and Africa. It’s more outward looking than my earlier works, but no less personal. On the contrary, I feel more comfortable than ever saying that this album reflects me and my thoughts right now.”

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. El Invento
                A2. Visions
                A3. The Void
                A4. Horizons
                A5. Head On
                A6. Valle Local
                B1. Lasso In
                B2. Lilla G
                B3. Swing
                B4. Tjomme
                B5. Line Of Fire
                B6. En Stund På Jorden
                B7. Honey Honey

                Various Artists

                Under The Influence Vol. 9 Compiled By Alena Arpels

                Z Under The Influence series continues. Following on from Red Greg, Paul Phillips, James Glass, Nick The Record, Sean P, Faze Action, Winston and Woody Bianchi (all of which are highly collectable), it’s now the turn of one of the scene’s most impressive collectors; the London-based DJ and dancer: Alena Arpels.

                Originally pressed on vinyl in very small quantities, these 19 records were issued between 1970 - 1983. Many of the tracks included in this compilation were never commercially released but given away by the artists to family and friends instead. There are no genre boundaries so expect to hear funk, soul, disco, boogie and jazz funk. What is common, however, is talent, groove, drive and passion.

                Collecting rare records and DJing for over 15 years, she’s also been a regular DJ and dancer at soul, boogie, house and UK jazz dance parties. Alena is a frequent guest at European soul weekenders. She was lucky to grow up listening to her parents’ ever-expanding record collection (lots of classical music, 70s prog rock, and jazz). King Crimson, Genesis, Black Sabbath, Chic, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, George Gershwin, as well as Sergei Rachmaninoff, all had strong influences on her.

                As always with ZR compilations a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy possible.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: An imperative series for collectors of rare groove, boogie and disco music, volume 9 adds a nice twist from Alena Arpels who may we have contributed the rarest tracks yet to the series.

                TRACK LISTING

                Side 1
                1. Spellboun' - Dance Your Blues (part II)
                2. EKG - Give Me Love
                3. Eugene Blacknell - Holding On
                4. MVP Cloudburst - Specialty Item
                5. Pleze - Disco 2000
                6. Jeff Burns - Flashback
                7. La Voyage - All Nite Affair
                8. Executive Jam - I'm Into Your Love
                9. Fire Water - Twilight
                10. Frederick - Move On
                Side 2
                1. McNasty - Say, Raise Your Hand & Say McNasty
                2. Basic Sounds Of Pittsburgh - Down Beat (Gimme Some Chitt'lins)
                3. Chash Money - Seeking
                4. Body Heat - Forget Yourself
                5. Horizon - Give It Up
                6. Rideout - Spend Some Time With Me
                7. Jackson-Lee - Space Ghost (part I & II)
                8. Sharon Revoal - Reaching For Our Star
                9. Reflections - Reflex

                The Great Leap Forward

                Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty

                  Former bIG*fLAME singer and bassist Alan Brown returns with his long term solo project The Great Leap Forward, releasing a powerful and trademark new album ‘Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty’.

                  Vigorous, scintillating and life-affirming, this 13-song album sees Brown reach a milestone birthday, as explored in 'Can You Kanreki?’ - the Japanese concept of second childhood and re-birth. Then there are the trademark political and social vignettes, such as the title song of the album 'Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty' – railing against mass consumerism and media control; the wistful 'dEBRA 2021' (a re-working of the bIG*fLAME classic 'Debra'); and the ascerbic 'It's A Wonderful Lie' – a scathing attack on the lack of openness, honesty and humility of our political leaders.

                  Brown featured on the legendary and influential C86 NME cassette as singer and bassist with Manchester agit-post-punk trio bIG*fLAME, and recorded nine John Peel sessions for BBC Radio One in the 1980’s with bIG*fLAME (4), The Great Leap Forward (2), A Witness (2) and Inca Babies (1).

                  Formed by Brown following the disbandment of bIG*fLAME in 1986, The Great Leap Forward is essentially a solo project in which Brown writes all songs and lyrics, and plays / programs all instruments on recordings.

                  The style and sound is more melodic and accessible than bIG*fLAME, but still with overtly political lyrics and a socialist / humanist ethos: incisive political and social commentary layered over sharp yet melodic guitar pop – and with a touch of electro and humour thrown in for good measure…
                  Stuart Maconie, writing for NME, summed up the band's sound: "First there's the jagged guitar melodics, sweet but never tacky. Then there's the ferocious rhythmic drive. But best of all there's the stylish and witty use of found voices...snatches and snippets of speech and propaganda that are integral to the songs."

                  Little wonder that as with McCarthy, The Great Leap Forward were loved by a young James Dean Bradfield.

                  Brown writes- “This album is the culmination of four year's writing, and it has a much more varied approach than previous releases. Whereas previously I've concentrated on a political approach, this album takes a wider view of the world. Of course I still provide the trademark political and social vignettes - how could I not - such as the title song of the album 'Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty' – named after a collection of works by the English writer Jack Common in which I rail against mass consumerism and media control; the wistful 'dEBRA 2021' (a re-working of the bIG*fLAME classic 'Debra'); and the ascerbic 'It's A Wonderful Lie' – with what I think is a scathing attack on the lack of openness, honesty and humility of our political leaders.


                  TRACK LISTING

                  1) Songs To Die For
                  2) Things That Make Me Happy
                  3) Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty
                  4) Losing Faith In The Wall
                  5) Giving Back Is Good For You
                  6) DEBRA 2021
                  7) Words On Fire
                  8) Can You Kanreki?
                  9) A Life More Ordinary
                  10) It’s A Wonderful Life
                  11) My World Is Not My Own Anymore
                  12) When Our Kingdom Comes 1
                  13) Songs To Die To Reprise

                  Bob Dylan

                  Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16

                    The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy's highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalog, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter and a recording artist from 1980 through 1985. In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalog. Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York (1980-1985) celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan's albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more. 

                    Low

                    Hey What

                      Focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share, Low present HEY WHAT. These ten pieces—each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook—are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them. The ineffable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse - building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered. There will be time to unravel and attribute meaning to the music and art of these times, but the creative moment looks FORWARD, with teeth.

                      HEY WHAT is Low's thirteenth full-length release in twenty-seven years, and their third with producer BJ Burton.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: 'Hey What' follows on nicely from 'Double Negative', continuing the dedication to avant-noise drone tempered with the majestic vocal accompaniment of Parker and Sparhawk. This time they move the sound forwards with a clever and unique mixture of that shadowy drone and the more pop-focused melodies of their early work. Stunning.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      White Horses
                      I Can Wait
                      All Night
                      Disappearing
                      Hey
                      Days Like These
                      There's A Comma After Still
                      Don't Walk Away
                      More
                      The Price You Pay (It Must Be Wearing Off)

                      Saint Etienne

                      I've Been Trying To Tell You

                        Can it be that it was all so simple then? Or has time rewritten every line?
                        Marvin Hamlisch was not yet 30 when he wrote those words for the mouth of Barbra Streisand. Even then, Hamlisch was acutely aware that as a narrator of our own stories, the human memory is at best unreliable and at worst mendacious. That same awareness resonates through every bar, beat and breath of I've Been Trying To Tell You, the tenth studio album by Saint Etienne.

                        The album is made largely from samples and sounds drawn from the turn of the new century, a period that was topped and tailed by Labour's election victory and the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. “It's about memory,” Bob explains, “and how it can fog and play tricks on you. Specifically, it's about the late Nineties, and current nostalgia for the Nineties.”

                        Formed in Croydon in 1990 by music journalist Bob Stanley with childhood friend Pete Wiggs, and soon joined by singer Sarah Cracknell, Saint Etienne arose within the context of the indie- dance movement of that era but created a unique sound which – albeit accidentally – paved the way for what would later become known as Britpop.

                        Their earliest albums – 1991 debut Foxbase Alpha and its 1993 successor So Tough – tapped into the collective consciousness by using an accretion of disparate elements - Long Wave football commentary, a snatch of Four Tops vocals or a sample of Dusty Springfield strings, some dialogue from Billy Liar, a melody from a long-forgotten perfume ad – to create a richly evocative memory-world which was specifically British, even when the component parts themselves were not.

                        The resulting emotion, of course, is bittersweet. Saint Etienne's music has always captured the feeling that the Portuguese call saudade, the Welsh call hiraeth and the Germans call sehnsucht: a combination of homesickness and longing, a melancholy yearning for a time, a place, a person or a mood that can never be revisited.

                        It's what the Scottish comedian Brian Limond was driving at with the heartbreaking Limmy's Show sketch in which he visits a travel agent and shows them a blurred colour photograph of himself and his friends on a teenage holiday in the Ayrshire resort of Millport. “Can you tell me how I get there?”, Limmy asks the confused agent, who initially tries to sell him a ticket to Millport. “No, not the place,” Limmy replies. “The feeling.” Saint Etienne's 2002 single “Action” expresses a similar desire: “Cos I've been searching for all the people I used to turn to, and all the people who knew the answer... Let's get the feeling again...”

                        Another constant in Saint Etienne's music has been their understanding of the power of dreams. There's a strand of pop which stretches from The Beach Boys' SMiLE through Saint Etienne to The Avalanches' Since I Left You and beyond which defies the reductive term 'dreampop', and instead evokes the genuine sensation of dreaming: blissful, yes, but also unsettling and disorienting. Saint Etienne's early career masterpiece “Avenue” conjured that realm for seven minutes, and I've Been Trying To Tell You inhabits it entirely. The album ties together these two Saint Etienne threads – memory and dreams – and tells us directly something which has always been implicit in Bob, Pete and Sarah's work: that memory is a dream.

                        “I spent a lot of last year thinking about optimism for the future,” says Bob, “and the almost total lack of it at the moment. That got me thinking about the last time there was a general optimism in the country and I thought about May 1997, the window between then and September 2001, which it's easy to look back on as some kind of innocent golden age, even if it didn't feel like one at the time. In reality, of course, there was good and there was bad.... Primary schools and art galleries and hospitals were built versus we bombed Belgrade and introduced PFI!”

                        Reflecting upon that era, and upon the collective (mis)remembrance of it, led to this new Saint Etienne album. “We thought, if you used samples from the late Nineties - the supposedly promising bit between Labour winning the election and September 11th - what would the music be and what could you do with it? Modern nostalgia culture often draws on corporate American Nineties mall culture, but what about British BBC radio culture? Could those sources be used to actually sound like the era, but through the fog of memory?”

                        Two decades on, a combination of False Memory Syndrome and collective amnesia has grown up around those early New Labour years. The first Blair administration is nowadays viewed variously as a lost golden age, or a period of naïvete, delusion and folly, and a million different shades in between. “YouTube has so many nostalgic clips of slowed-down grainy footage of shopping malls,” says Bob, “often tagged 'liminal spaces' or something like that, post-Burial, post-Mark Fisher, with vaporwave-like music made by people younger than me who see the Eighties and Nineties as a simpler time. I find this fascinating. What you choose to remember or choose to forget... ASBOs and paediatricians getting death threats in Wales... those bits get forgotten.”

                        Even at the time, a complacent illusion about the Nineties had taken hold, filtered down from Francis Fukuyama's The End Of History, that benign liberal democracy had triumphed forever and there were no struggles left to be fought. And, even at the time, an equal and opposite sense of disillusion had taken hold of Bob Stanley. On the first anniversary of Blair's election victory, Bob went to the Granita restaurant in Islington, where Blair and Brown had famously struck their power-sharing deal, and felt a sense of emptiness which he later described in the first verse of “Heart Failed In The Back Of A Taxi”: “Took a trip down Granita way/Had to go on the 1st of May/Didn't have much to celebrate...”

                        Saint Etienne have always understood that pop music is the nearest thing we have to time travel, the closest we can get to breathing the air of a different time. On this album, they take that theory to its logical conclusion. I've Been Trying To Tell You uses sounds and samples from 1997 to 2001, evoking the folk memory of the period by using and twisting recordings from the time, re- working them into new songs. “They're all by people you'd have heard on daytime Radio 1 or 2 at the time,” Bob clarifies, “not Boards of Canada or anything.” Opening track “Music Again”, for example, begins with some gorgeously poignant electric harpsichord from a long-forgotten R&B hit.

                        For the first time, Saint Etienne didn't record together in a studio. The album was completed remotely, in Hove (Pete), Oxford (Sarah) and Bradford (Bob, in collaboration with film and TV composer Gus Bousfield, who contributes to a number of tracks). Communication was handled via Zoom meetings and emails. “We had the idea for the album before the pandemic, and it was surprisingly straightforward.” The results are exceptional. “I'm really excited about the way the album has turned out,” says Bob. “It feels like something brand new.”

                        I've Been Trying To Tell You has an internal unity, its heartbeat always at the low end of mid- tempo/high end of downtempo, landing at the approximate pace of Tricky's Pre-Millennium Tension (an album released on the very cusp of the era in question). This helps sustain the dream-state.

                        That hypnagogic sensation is enhanced here and there by the eerie sound of seagulls and garden birds. It's like falling asleep listening to Minnie Riperton's “Lovin' You” and coming a- dreamwake in Kew. This, it turns out, is another turn-of-the-millennium reference. “In the early series of Big Brother,” Bob explains, “when Channel 4 used to broadcast live from the house in the daytime, they'd dip out the sound whenever the housemates talked about real life people, or swore or whatever, and they'd replace the sound with quite avant-sounding field recordings of birdsong.”

                        The lyrics, too, obey the fractured logic of dreams. Sarah Cracknell sings in short phrases - “here it comes again”, “never had a way to go”, “ruby dust”, “a love like this again” - looped and repeated, rather than a traditional verse-chorus-verse structure. “They are all snatched phrases that could have been used at the time,” Bob explains, “from news items, or songs, or magazines.” The album's centrepiece is arguably “Little K”, the fourth track of eight, a six-minute oneiric ocean which ends with the sound of lazily lapping waves. The words that filter through the haze are ones which define the album: “No reason to pretend. In my reverie, the mind will carry me...”

                        The reverie has interludes with no words at all, at least not sung. “Blue Kite”, made from backwards strings and synths and bassy beats from the room next door, is entirely instrumental, as is “I Remember It Well” apart from snatches of mysterious voices which evoke childhood holidays. Some tracks, like some dreams, are simply too strange for analysis: the inscrutably- titled “Penlop” (a Tibetan term which translates loosely as 'governor') has a refrain which appears to run “I don't really know you/But I'd like to show you/Chester town/We went all around...”

                        The accompanying film, which premieres at the NFT in the first week of September and will also be available as a DVD with the album, came about when Bob Stanley contacted Alasdair McLellan after the latter had used Saint Etienne's “Nothing Can Stop Us” in a Marc Jacobs commercial. They met a few times, pre-pandemic, in a cafe under Shipley clocktower. “Alasdair understood the album straight off,” says Bob. “We talked about youth, and the A1, and British identity, and memories of the recent past. He's really made a beautiful film, and it perfectly complements the album. Alasdair's film also taps in to the way we think of our youth, and sense of place, and where we come from.”

                        McLellan's film – a still from which adorns the album sleeve - is a slow-motion travelogue that takes in “a lifetime's worth” of locations, including Felixstowe, Blackpool, Portmeirion, Avebury, Southampton, Doncaster, Grangemouth, as well as London. It its vignettes, we see a couple breaking up on a Westminster bench, a man skimming stones across the water from an oil terminal, a ballet dancer rehearsing, a raver dancing in the headlights of a Ford Cortina, youths playing in a Yorkshire waterfall, teams meeting in caffs. The album dovetails immaculately with the visuals. When we do hear anyone speak, it's only to recite lyrics from classic Saint Etienne songs, all taken from the Nineties.

                        The dreamlike mood of the album, and the film, is a statement in itself: namely that memory is a largely fictionalised product of the human mind, rather than a reliable record. I've Been Trying To Tell You – the album, and the film – sifts through those Hamlischian misty watercolour memories of the way we were, and poses the question: was it all just a dream? Saint Etienne have always known the answer. They've been trying to tell you.

                        Simon Price, 2021

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: While Saint Etienne are well known for pulling together a host of influences into their own particular clever brand of indie, their latest outing is perhaps the most confidently nostalgic tribute yet, crafted from found sounds and snippets of samples from the early 00's, leading to an evocative and wonderfully realised triumph.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Music Again
                        2. Pond House
                        3. Fonteyn
                        4. Little K
                        5. Blue Kite
                        6. I Remember It Well
                        7. Penlop
                        8. Broad River

                        Amyl And The Sniffers

                        Comfort To Me

                          Already renowned for a ball-tearing live show, The Sniffers made their international debut as one of the hottest tipped acts at The Great Escape in 2018. Soon afterwards, they signed deals with both Rough Trade Records and ATO Records, made a massively hyped appearance at SXSW, and finally released their self-titled debut album in 2019, landing them an ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Award for Best Rock Album, capping off a wild year for the lunatic, likeable punks.

                          Late in 2020, Amyl and The Sniffers went into the studio with producer Dan Luscombe to record their sophomore album, Comfort To Me. Written over a long year of lockdown, the album was influenced by and expanded on a heavier pool of references - old-school rock’n’roll (AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Motörhead and Wendy O Williams), modern hardcore (Warthog and Power Trip) and the steady homeland heroes (Coloured Balls and Cosmic Psychos). Lyrically, the album was influenced by Taylor’s rap idols and countless garage bands and in her words ‘I had all this energy inside of me and nowhere to put it, because I couldn’t perform, and it had a hectic effect on my brain. My brain evolved and warped and my way of thinking about the world completely changed.’

                          Seventeen songs were recorded in the Comfort to Me sessions and the top 13 made the cut. They were mixed long-distance by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Prince, Dr Dre).

                          Comfort To Me demonstrates the same irrepressible smarts, integrity and fearless candour as their debut but as you’d expect of any young band five years on, their sound has evolved, in Amy’s words it’s ‘raw self expression, defiant energy and unapologetic vulnerability.’

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: An expectedly hefty new one from Amyl And The Sniffers sees the Melbourne four-piece continue their brutal domination of the modern punk scene with this wonderfully acerbic, incendiary slice of slashing modern punk rock. There's a reason the band have garnered such a following, and this LP shows everyone why.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Guided By Angels
                          Freaks To The Front
                          Choices
                          Security
                          Hertz
                          No More Tears
                          Maggot
                          Capital
                          Don't Fence Me In
                          Knifey
                          Don't Need A Cunt (Like You To Love Me)
                          Laughing
                          Snakes

                          Matthew E. White

                          K Bay

                            The LP was produced by White and recorded between his beloved Kensington Avenue home studio (and album namesake) K Bay, Richmond’s Montrose Recording and his own local institution, Spacebomb Studio. K Bay finds the singer/songwriter, bandleader, and musical polymath expanding every facet of his creative process and harnessing the full power of his community, culminating in the best record of his career.

                            "For me, one of the most exciting production techniques from this record was this idea where I’d record the song twice,” explains White of K Bay and “Genuine Hesitation.” “First, in a more traditional, band-in-the-room, work out the parts and sounds, nail it, kind of way. Secondly, I would distill the concept of the song one way or another into an instrumental composition. I had a much larger band (based off of Miles Davis’s On The Corner bands) play this kind of new-music/improvisational piece at the same tempo as I had recorded the first, more ‘normal’ take. The goal was to be able to cut across between the two pieces, and/or layer them and have them fit together in wild ways. To a large degree it worked, which was pretty exciting for me. The intro to ‘Genuine Hesitation’ is an excerpt from the much longer improvisation based instrumental."

                            K Bay, White’s first solo album in six years, is the astounding record he has forever aspired to make. A bold reclamation of independence and identity, K Bay establishes White as one of his era’s most imaginative artists. These 11 pieces are retro-futurist magic tricks that feel instantly classic and contemporary, the product of a musical mind that has internalized the lessons of his idols and used them to build a brilliant world of his own.

                            After his solo introduction Big Inner became a surprise hit and his 2015 debut for Domino, Fresh Blood, ascended him to late night TV performances and further critical acclaim, career demands nearly overwhelmed White. His record label/studio Spacebomb, for instance, ballooned into a bevy of obligations and expectations. White followed Fresh Blood with 2017’s Gentlewoman, Ruby Man, a set of duets with Flo Morrissey, and continued to produce records for the likes of Natalie Prass, Bedouine, and more—doubtless privileges that sometimes crowded out his ability to work on his own music. So he began building K Bay, a home studio where he could sequester himself with his thoughts. Newly married and starting to talk about children as he inched toward 40, White funneled a lifetime of experiences, enthusiasms, and obsessions into these new songs.

                            More than love, romance, or self-reliance, this is the animating ideal of K Bay—that we can forever strive for something better, no matter how flawed or blessed we have already been. A decade ago, Matthew E. White made a classic beauty no one expected; on K Bay, he has made a masterpiece by harnessing what he’s learned from that community and life itself in entirely unexpected, electrifying, and reaffirming ways


                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: K Bay is by far White's most texturally interesting and conceptually exciting outing yet, and sees White heading more towards the sort of neon-lit futuristic synthpop that his technically minded production sensibilities are perfect for. It's swimming in groove and constantly confounding expectation while remaining resolutely melodic and typically inventive.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Genuine Hesitation
                            2. Electric
                            3. Nested
                            4. Take Your Time (And Find That Orange To Squeeze)
                            5. Let’s Ball
                            6. Fell Like An Ax
                            7. Only In America / When The Curtains Of The Night Are Peeled Back - Feat. Joseph “JoJo” Clarke
                            8. Never Had It Better
                            9. Judy
                            10. Shine A Light For Me
                            11. Hedged In Darkness

                            The Liminanas / Laurent Garnier

                            De Pelicula

                              The psychedelic garage duo The Liminanas and French techno pioneer DJ/producer Laurent Garnier have now produced together “De Pelicula”.

                              The result is neither a Limiñanas techno record nor a Laurent Garnier rock album. It is a record that feels like a walk on the wild side, one straight out of a film noir that was spawned from the need to write music that tells a story and rattles all traditional patterns in a (super)sonic trance.

                              A heated road-trip spent chasing Juliette and Saul, two teenage rascals straight out of a ‘60s classic - think “Breathless” (original title: A bout de Souffle) meets Sailor and Lula - balancing on the southern border with Spain, knocked out by the heat and cheap liquor.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: What a weird and wonderful mixture this is. The Liminanas' psychedelic groove works perfectly here with Garnier's propulsive electronics, with the end result being both wildly psychedelic and wonderfully focused. A superb, soaring trip of a record.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Saul
                              2. Je Rentrais Par Le Bois … Bb
                              3. Juliette Dans La Caravane
                              4. Que Calor !
                              5. Promenades Obliques
                              6. Tu Tournes En Boucle
                              7. Steeplechase
                              8. Juliette
                              9. Ne Gâche Pas L'aventure Humaine
                              10. Au Début C'était Le Début
                              11. Saul S'est Fait Planter

                              Slothrust

                              Parallel Timeline

                                On Slothrust’s latest album, ‘Parallel Timeline’, bandleader Leah Wellbaum pushed herself to try and understand her own spirituality on a deeper level - putting a lens on the core wound of the human experience, the idea that we’re alone. With ‘Parallel Timeline’, Wellbaum explores the feeling of being trapped inside her own consciousness while simultaneously searching for a meaningful connection to the universe, and all the mysteries it contains.

                                In advance of recording their fifth studio album, Leah, along with drummer Will Gorin, and bassist/producer Kyle Bann, sought to dramatically expand the band’s sonic palette. Slothrust put an emphasis on incorporating new production techniques and processes into the established Slothrust sound, resulting in an extraordinary amount of experimental demo recordings, many elements of which appear themselves on the final record. Leah sought to craft unique and calculated guitar parts instead of continuous bursts of wall-to-wall sound, and in turn delivers what will likely be considered a “how-to manual” for guitar playing in the next decade. Educated musicians all with backgrounds in classical, jazz and blues, the band’s newest work once again sees Slothrust leaning into improvisation -- something that in the past has lent itself to the infectious energy of their live shows.

                                Parallel Timeline, mixed by industry legend Billy Bush and mastered by Heba Kadry, is a masterclass in balancing tenderness with the fierce guitar work Leah has become known for. With a distinct yet unified sound that blends progressive rock, acoustic and pop, Slothrust has never been more confident.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: Slothrust bring together a wealth of influences for their most recent outing, while keeping in place their dedication to melody and riffcrafting. It's a heady mix, enticing with shards of synth, downbeat and electronica into a hugely enjoyable and soaringly majestic end result.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Cranium
                                2. Once More For The Ocean
                                3. Courtesy
                                4. The Next Curse
                                5. Strange Astrology
                                6. Waiting
                                7. King Arthur's Seat
                                8. A Giant Swallow
                                9. White Rabbits
                                10. Parallel Timeline

                                King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                                Butterfly 3000

                                  King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have always greeted creative boundaries with the same respect bulldozers visit upon anything foolish enough to stray into their path. Over 11 years and across their 17 studio albums to date, the sui generis sextet have turned their many hands to luminous acid-rock daydreams (I’m In Your Mind Fuzz), gritty western horse operas (Eyes Like The Sky), never-ending science-fiction song cycles (Nonagon Infinity), dystopian death-metal epics (Infest The Rat’s Nest) and winningly mellifluous jazz-folk (Sketches Of Brunswick East). They’ve even invented their own musical instrument – a hybrid electric guitar sharing much of its DNA with the traditional Turkish bağlama – to explore the notes between the notes (a mission that’s yielded three albums thus far: Flying Microtonal Banana, K.G. and L.W.).

                                  But their 18th album, Butterfly 3000, might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet: a suite of ten songs that all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesisers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop by the six-piece. The album sounds simultaneously like nothing they’ve ever done before, and thoroughly, unmistakeably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish.

                                  “On Butterfly 3000, we’ve set some parameters we’ve never really touched on before,” says Gizz frontman Stu Mackenzie. “I feel most inspired when I’m not in competition with myself, and I’m always attracted to ideas that feel utterly new. Maybe that’s an idiosyncratic way to approach music, but it’s the Gizzard way. I often feel like we’re aliens, compared to how others write and make and look at music.”

                                  The new album follows on from the two Gizzard full-lengths that preceded it, K.G. and L.W., which, though begun traditionally, were completed during lockdown with the members finishing tracks remotely, as they were unable to congregate in the studio. Similarly executed in isolation, Butterfly 3000 takes the concept a purposeful step further, recorded entirely in the band members’ own homes, their studio and rehearsal space remaining out-of-bounds. “The album literally cost nothing,” Mackenzie laughs. “We would share ideas over the ‘net, working on our laptops and sending loops to each other pieces of music, synthesiser arpeggios and midi sequences, with notes like ‘Can you record this and send it back to me after feeding it through all those dope patches you made?’”

                                  Creatively, Mackenzie describes the process of the making the album as “a group challenge – like, how do we turn all these weird sequences we have into songs?” The band adhered to rules which, much like Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies, placed them firmly but fruitfully outside of their comfort zones. First and foremost, the band were writing this new material on unfamiliar equipment. “We were messing about on modular synthesisers,” says Mackenzie, “and as we’re not very skilled at them and don’t have the deepest knowledge of this stuff, we’d get happy accidents – lots of weird, wrong, broken sounds we flipped and looped and turned into songs.”

                                  The group committed to writing every one of Butterfly 3000’s songs in major key, marking a profound shift in modus operandi. “We didn’t want to lean on dark textures, which has definitely been a Gizzard trope in the past,” says Mackenzie. “We were trying to make upbeat dance music, in our own way, and we’d never gone there before.” Butterfly 3000 also abandoned another Gizzard trope, what Mackenzie describes as “throwing a lot of shit at the wall and finding that magic take, or building something with 20 tracks of guitar overdubs”. Instead, the new album was a process of refinement, paring tracks back to their elements and foregrounding the melodies. “There aren’t tonnes of layers here,” he adds. “But everything that is there is there for a reason. This is the most considered album we’ve ever made. With lots of elements in different time signatures, it’d be very easy for something like this to just sound like a mess, like free jazz. It takes a lot longer to finesse everything, until every part feels deliberate.”

                                  The product of many nights spent sweating over synthesisers and sequencers, looping and layering weird noises in the dark and annoying their neighbours into the wee small hours, Mackenzie describes Butterfly 3000’s inspired, maverick pop as “weird, odd, off-kilter polymetric arpeggios in strange time signatures, but with proper grooves you can stomp along to. At heart it’s avant garde, but a six-year-old could enjoy it.” Indeed, while this is an album that thrives on the shock of the new, when familiar elements enter the fray the effect can be dizzyingly thrilling – not least the unmistakeably motorik drums of Michael ‘Cavs’ Cavanaugh. “We never even considered not having live drums,” Mackenzie says. “As soon as Cavs cut his drum tracks, it was like, ‘Oh, the album’s got a heartbeat now. It was cold. And now it’s breathing.’”

                                  As one would expect on a King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard album, thorny knots of prog surface occasionally – the immersive hopscotch tangle of ‘Black Hot Soup’, for example – but the dominant mode is brilliantly focused and accessible. From the pulsing, utopian electro-pop of ‘Yours’ and the pitch-bent visions of ‘Dreams’, to the ecstatic, uplifting loops of ‘Catching Smoke’ and the assured fusion of synthetic and acoustic elements on ‘Interior People’ (one of the greatest Gizzard anthems yet), Butterfly 3000 displays a confidence at odds with its experimental methods, and a succinctness that pays dividends.

                                  For Mackenzie, the mood of Butterfly 3000 is one of escapism. “The themes within the songs are dreams and metamorphosis, change and evolution,” he explains. “It’s a journey, it’s a fantasy. It’s one of our lightest records, and it’s come out of this really trying time. We were challenging ourselves on this album to make something we’d never done before, which is a major-key, positive, uplifting record. And it felt like the hardest thing to do in this current headspace. But it was important.”

                                  The album’s title is – like many Gizzard albums before it – the work of long-time collaborator Jason Galea, who has composed for Butterfly 3000 a typically mesmerising sleeve that draws inspiration from the “Magic Eye” poster phenomena of the 90s, harbouring revelations for those willing to study it long and hard enough.

                                  For Mackenzie, assembling Butterfly 3000 was in itself “a puzzle – it was like putting together some insane, three-dimensional puzzle thing. And there was only one way that it would all fit. But once you found that way, everything just locked in together.” The result is a triumph of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s characteristic extra-terrestrial approach to music, to their oblique strategies, and their refusal to repeat themselves. It’s also testament to a group who – a decade and 18 albums into one of the most remarkable careers – are still able to surprise, still hungry to reinvent their own paradigm, still finding fresh inspiration in infinite possibilities. Long may they hew to their alien instincts.


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: 'Wait long enough, and even if you're not a fan of King Gizzard, they'll make something you love' is something i've never said, but in light of their most recent LP, should have done. A deeply psychedelic mix of filter-modulated arpeggios and soaring reverbed vocal wisps. As ever, something completely new and thoroughly well done from the KG camp.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Yours
                                  2. Shanghai
                                  3. Dreams
                                  4. Blue Morpho
                                  5. Interior People
                                  6. Catching Smoke
                                  7. 2.02 Killer Year
                                  8. Black Hot Soup
                                  9. Ya Love
                                  10. Butterfly 3000

                                  Sarah Davachi

                                  Antiphonals

                                    It was once said that listening to Antiphonals was, “like listening to a progressive rock album except it’s just the keyboard parts.” As the second full-length LP on Late Music, Davachi offers here a slow and sedate solo affair composed with the various horns and woodwinds of the mellotron alongside organs, pianos, harpsichord, and more quiet delights. All tracks composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and produced by Sarah Davachi (SOCAN), February - December 2020 Mastered by Sean McCann

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: Antiphonals is a wonderful juxtaposition of gothic gloom and slowly morphing drones, somewhere along the lines of a classical, short-form Sunn0))). It's beautifully dense and immediate, experimental but deeply listenable. Impeccable.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1 - Chorus Scene - 2:47
                                    A2 - Magdalena - 10:19
                                    A3 - First Cadence - 5:57
                                    A4 - Gradual Of Image - 3:09

                                    B1 - Border Of Mind - 5:53
                                    B2 - Abeyant - 7:12
                                    B3 - Rushes Recede - 6:35
                                    B4 - Doubled Flutes - 2:19

                                    Modest Mouse

                                    The Golden Casket

                                      Brock’s newfound bruised optimism sent the album that the single appeared on, 2004’s ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’, into the stratosphere, turning the local yokels from America’s Pacific Northwest into Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated titans of the ‘00s indie scene. It’s a mindset that the six-piece also explore on their seventh record, ‘The Golden Casket’, albeit with the good news dialled up and the bad news dialled down.

                                      The album is a masterful psychedelic patchwork, bouncing between eerie soundscapes (opener ‘Fuck Your Acid Trip’), knotty post-punk (‘Walking And Running’) and maximalist pop melody (the ludicrously good fun ‘The Sun Hasn’t left’). Sometimes they combine all three elements on the same song, as on turbo-charged indie anthem ‘We Are Between’, the album’s massive lead single.

                                      In a recent interview with NME, the 45-year-old frontman explained that ‘The Golden Casket’ was inspired by both domestic bliss – he’s had two children since the last Modest Mouse album, 2015’s less accessible ‘Strangers To Ourselves’ – and his general baked-in pessimism: “I don’t think shit’s gonna get easier for everyone… [But] I just had to kinda look at that and find a way to make it sound OK.”

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Barry says: This sounds like Classic Modest Mouse, catchy guitar riffs and Brock's recognisable vocal talents, but there are moments here of typically odball MM behaviour (thank goodness), with blipping synth lines and angular, sudden stylistic shifts. It's been a long five years, but the result is entirely worth it. A brilliantly bright and wonderfully fun record.

                                      Glenn Fallows & Mark Treffel

                                      The Globeflower Masters Vol. 1

                                      Created during Summer 2020, this album is the product of a fruitful collaboration between Brighton-based musicians Glenn Fallows (The Impellers/Andres y Xavi) and Mark Treffel (Blue States/The Soul Steppers). These seasoned performing and recording artists have put their abundance of experience and skilful musicianship into effect with aplomb on this album. This is as accomplished a debut release as you will ever hear, and dare we say, a future classic in the making. The Globeflower Masters project was borne from an idea Glenn had to create an album that leant on the influence of soundtrack and library composers - particularly of the late 60s and early 70s. This rich sonic palette had previously been innate in his writing and composition but, for this album, the direct inspiration was placed front and centre. After penning several sketches, Glenn contacted Mark to fulfil the vision he had for a complete sound. Mark had an arsenal of vintage synths, pianos and other fun toys which could supplement the drums, guitars and bass that Glenn had been working on.

                                      As the album progressed, the pair worked increasingly collaboratively, with each of them starting and sharing ideas to curate the final eight finished tracks. The results are an album of lush, warm, timeless productions that are drenched in strings and classical instrumentation. Awash with atmospheric excursions, it is a listening experience that moves you through moods whilst transporting you to a world of deeply evocative settings and imagined scenarios. The Globeflower Masters Vol. 1 resonates equally as well on a dark melancholic Winter's day as it does sound-tracking a halcyon Summer day. Though influenced by 60s and 70s productions the record is not a simple pastiche, feeling both simultaneously brand new as well as authentically retro.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Barry says: The Globeflower Masters mix the perfect ratio of slo-mo funk and lounge jazz with wonderful organic percussion and library synth business. It's woozy and hazy, while being both immediate and intoxicatingly atmospheric.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Faith In Time
                                      2. Scene In Roma
                                      3. Who Knows When
                                      4. Hidden In The Pampas
                                      5. Fear Me Now
                                      6. How It Shimmers
                                      7. El Ejido
                                      8. Arise

                                      The Bevis Frond

                                      Little Eden

                                        ‘Little Eden’ glows with vintage McCartney-esque couplets before rolling out a chiming signature riff on ‘As I Lay Down To Die’ and adopting Jimi-like phrasing on ‘And Away We Go’. A psychedelically-hewn panoramic take on brutalism Britain punctuated with pure pop melodies and beautifully-observed English melancholy. This is an album that rekindles your love of music – from the harmonies that are oh-so Teenage Fanclub and Lemonheads, to the grunge and awe of Dinosaur Jr. There’s perspective and retrospective tale-spinning where we wait “for the wonderful world to come” (©‘Start Burning’), an imaginary future soundtracked by the spirit of Arthur Lee, brought into focus with witty wordplay on songs that are littered with spine tingling guitar breaks.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Disc One:
                                        A1 Everyone Rise
                                        A2 And Away We Go
                                        A3 Brain Fatigue
                                        A4 You Owe Me
                                        A5 They Will Return
                                        B1 Find The Mole
                                        B2 Do Without Me
                                        B3 Hold Your Horses
                                        B4 The Man In The Garden
                                        B5 As I Lay Down To Die

                                        Disc Two:
                                        C1 Cherry Gardens
                                        C2 Numb In The Head
                                        C3 There's Always Love
                                        C4 Little Eden
                                        C5 Here Come The Flies
                                        C6 Pasted All Over
                                        D1 Start Burning
                                        D2 My Own Hollywood
                                        D3 Never Knew What Hit Me
                                        D4 Dreams Of Flying

                                        Manic Street Preachers

                                        The Ultra Vivid Lament

                                          ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is the 14th studio album from Manic Street Preachers. It is both reflection and reaction; a record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged by often painful memories, to focus on an open window framing a gleaming vista of land melting into sea and endless sky.

                                          Musically, ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is inspired by a formative years record box (ABBA, post-Eno Roxy, the Bunnymen, Fables-era REM, Lodger) though the end result could only be the unique union of James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore, collectively one of the UK’s most consistently brilliant rock’n’roll bands for over three decades.



                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Still Snowing In Sapporo
                                          2. Orwellian
                                          3. The Secret He Had Missed
                                          4. Quest For Ancient Colour
                                          5. Don’t Let The Night Divide Us
                                          6. Diapause
                                          7. Complicated Illusions
                                          8. Into The Waves Of Love
                                          9. Blank Diary Entry
                                          10. Happy Bored Alone
                                          11. Afterending

                                          Indies Exclusive 7"
                                          SIDE A: Orwellian
                                          SIDE B Orwellian (Gwenno Remix)

                                          Elvis Costello & The Attractions

                                          Spanish Model

                                            Spanish Model tells the story of what happens to a seminal album (This Year’s Model) recorded 42 years ago when it is reinterpreted with new voices in another language. This is a story of transformation, adaptation, reflection; a mash-up of language, geography, culture, and passion. How past/present and time/ space can partner with music/talent to reimagine a completely new work – Spanish Model. Elvis Costello’s “This Year’s Model” will be reinterpreted all in Spanish with 19 of today’s top Latin artists (Luis Fonsi, Sebastian Yatra, Juanes, and many more) representing a total of 9 countries. The lyrics have been precisely translated to have the featured Latin artists sing to the original multis.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Side A
                                            No Action - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Nina Diaz
                                            (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Raquel Sofía, Fuego
                                            The Beat - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Draco Rosa
                                            Pump It Up - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Juanes, Guitar: Mick Jones
                                            Little Triggers - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, La Marisoul
                                            You Belong To Me - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Luis Fonsi
                                            Hand In Hand - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Francisca Valenzuela, Luis Humberto Navejas
                                            This Year's Girl - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Cami

                                            Side B
                                            Lip Service - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Pablo López
                                            Living In Paradise - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Jesse & Joy
                                            Lipstick Vogue - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Morat
                                            Night Rally - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Jorge Drexler
                                            Big Tears - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Sebastian Yatra, Guitar: Mick Jones
                                            Radio Radio - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Fito Paez
                                            Crawling To The U.S.A. - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Gian Marco, Nicole Zignago
                                            Running Out Of Angels - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Vega

                                            Deux Filles

                                            Shadow Farming

                                              In 1982-83, Deux Filles appeared to be a pair of young French girls Claudine Coule & Gemini Forque, brought together by tragic circumstances to make a heady, pastoral avant-garde post punk woven with sampled dialogue and occasionally their own vocals.In truth it was former child actor, fledgling teenage pop idol and soon to be film soundtrack composer Simon Fisher Turner, and Colin Lloyd Tucker, both members of an early incarnation of The The, who took the concept as far as dressing as girls for the album sleeves and even playing a gig in full disguise. The music itself is utterly enchanting; a sublimely realised take on Eno-esque ambient, Gallic pop and European style progressive rock. And now they're back with two beautiful side-long suites ‘Intuition’ & ‘Sweet Animal Suite’

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              01/ Call Of The Waders Entrée & Evolver
                                              02/ Human Baby Boomer
                                              03/ Sidewinder
                                              04/ Sapsucker’s Sarabande
                                              05/ At The Waterhole Intermezzi
                                              06/ Shivering Timbers
                                              07/ Monkey Charming For Beginners
                                              08 Tea In John Clare’s Garden
                                              09 Harras
                                              10 The Vultures Gather Chaconne
                                              11 Wading Out

                                              We Were Promised Jetpacks

                                              Enjoy The View

                                                Since releasing 2018’s ‘The More I Sleep The Less I Dream’, We Were Promised Jetpacks’ Adam Thompson, Sean Smith and Darren Lackie have embraced change head-on. Amicably parting ways with guitarist Michael Palmer marked a transitory moment in the band’s acclaimed career, one that would be cemented by events to come. Entering 2020 as a trio with a handful of songs written and a small tour under their belts, the world around them came to a sudden halt. Yet despite the unquestionable hardship that the lockdown brought with it, for a band looking to rebuild following a dramatic change, it also proved to be a blessing in disguise. “I guess it ended up being a lot more collaborative between the three of us,” Sean notes of their fifth studio record, ‘Enjoy The View’.

                                                As well as providing the space to think more broadly about their own roles in the band, isolation also allowed them to approach their collective sound in new ways. “If you’re trying to write a part when two other people are smashing their instruments it’s not the easiest thing,” Adam laughs. “Writing remotely, you could mute parts and work on things in your head. It just gave us a bit more creative freedom to try different things.” With the space to focus on the structure of the songs over what is immediately possible in a practice room, the band shifted gears. “We’ve always considered ourselves a live band more than a studio band,” Darren notes, explaining how the past twelve months have forced a change. “This was more about focussing on making a really great album rather than thinking about how we play it live.”

                                                Fifteen years into their career, the trio are more focussed than ever. “We are doing this for ourselves and the people who like our music and get something out of it,” Adam gleams, “I’m really excited about being able to show them the new record.” “We’re all very appreciative of the people who are still listening to us,” Darren adds, “it pushes us to keep getting better”.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Not Me Anymore
                                                2. Fat Chance
                                                3. All That Glittered
                                                4. Don't Hold Your Breath For Too Long
                                                5. What I Know Now
                                                6. If It Happens
                                                7. I Wish You Well
                                                8. Blood, Sweat, Tears
                                                9. Nothing Ever Changes
                                                10. Just Don't Think About It

                                                Art School Girlfriend

                                                Is It Light Where You Are

                                                  ‘Is It Light Where You Are’ is the debut album from Art School Girlfriend, moniker of Welsh producer, multi-instrumental musician and song writer Polly Mackey. Mostly written over a two week period of 14-hour solo studio sessions, the bulk of her album is torn straight from a journal kept throughout 2019. Those pages chronicle the end of a US tour, the tumultuous ending of a six-year relationship and Mackey’s journey back to London from Margate, where she lived and co-owned a book shop with her then girlfriend.

                                                  “The record starts with that feeling of being on the precipice of change,” she explains. “Before deciding to pull everything apart, go through it all and come out the other side.” While the lyrics are autobiographical, the full story can be heard in the album’s sonic relief map. “The main theme is duality between light and dark, lightness and heaviness. The production sort of mimics human emotions: there’s a lot of beauty buried underneath these uncomfortable-to-listen-to sounds.”

                                                  Lyrical abstractness / concrete meaning. Danceability / lying down ability. Minimalism / fullness. Introspective melancholy / playfulness. Lo fi / hi fi. Drug Store Romeos play with the senses and flip the expectations, finding the sweet spot every time. 


                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. In The Middle
                                                  2. Is It Light Where You Are
                                                  3. Softer Side
                                                  4. Give
                                                  5. Low Light
                                                  6. Colour Me
                                                  7. Helm
                                                  8. Good As I Wanted
                                                  9. Bored Of Myself
                                                  10. Eyes On You

                                                  Homeshake

                                                  Under The Weather

                                                    Peter Sagar — also known as Homeshake wrote the majority of his fifth studio album, Under the Weather, in 2019, when he was going through a long, unrelenting period of sadness. “I was in a deep, deep depression,” he recalls of that time period now. Sagar and his partner were living in Montreal, and while everyone was out being social, he was inside listening to ambient music, binging Star Trek, and writing songs. (Sound familiar?) “It was a bit of a dark pit,” he says. “That’s kind of what the whole album is about.”

                                                    Under the Weather is hazy and moody, the pace slow as syrup, and from beginning to end, a fog falls over every synth and guitar line. “Oftentimes when you’re in a dark place, you’re supposed to journal and that helps release the pressure,” Sagar says. “For me, it always found its way into the music.”

                                                    Capturing the cloudy sound of a depressive funk was no simple feat, especially in the headspace Sagar was in for over a year. For that reason, he decided to enlist his friend, Jerry Paper ’s Lucas Nathan, to help with production on the record. Having Nathan contribute helped Sagar dial back some of the “dry, pristine digital sound” that defined his fourth studio album, Helium , and add back personal analog touches that drew people to the HOMESHAKE project in the first place.

                                                    As Sagar readies for the album’s release this September, the record he wrote about feeling isolated, alone, and despondent has begun to seem eerily prescient. “I’ve been writing about feeling isolated my whole life,” he says — but with age, he has come to understand them better. “I had a fairly clear idea what the album was going to be like based on where I was emotionally at the time,” he says about Under the Weather . “I just try to make music that is honest about how I’m feeling.”

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    01. Wake Up!
                                                    02. Feel Better
                                                    03. Vacuum
                                                    04. I Know I Know I Know
                                                    05. Inaminit
                                                    06. Careful
                                                    07. Mindless
                                                    08. Spend It
                                                    09. Half Asleep After The Movies
                                                    10. Passenger Seat
                                                    11. Tenterhooks
                                                    12. Reboot!

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    End Of The Road 2021

                                                      End of the Road is an intimate music festival set in the beautiful pleasure gardens at Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset/Wiltshire. World-renowned for its unique atmosphere, End of the Road offers a relaxing haven for serious music fans far from the corporate norm. This is the eighth CD collaboration between Rough Trade Shops and End of The Road Festival and, as always, the tracks are selected by Simon Taffe from artists playing at this year’s event.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Tonight – Katy J Pearson
                                                      2. Congratulations – The Golden Dregs
                                                      3. Cybele’s Reverie – Stereolab
                                                      4. Gush – Brdmm
                                                      5. Offerings – Modern Woman
                                                      6. G.S.K – Squid
                                                      7. Nudge It – Sleaford Mods
                                                      8. Summon The Fire – The Comet Is Coming
                                                      9. Yuce Dag Basinda – Altin Gün
                                                      10. Hungry Child – Hot Chip
                                                      11. The Revolution Of Super Visions – Jane Weaver
                                                      12. Jogging – Richard Dawson
                                                      13. Hold Yourself – Tune-Yards
                                                      14. Bon Bon - Mike Lindsay Remix – Shongoy Blues, Mike Lindsay
                                                      15. Nisyan – Ahmed Fakroun
                                                      16. Dark Blue – Caroline
                                                      17. Hares On The Mountain – Shirley Collins
                                                      18. Common Thread – Jim Ghedi

                                                      Many credit New Jersey's Todd Edwards and pivotal in forging the early sound of UKG. His shoulder-dropped, shuffled house beats and accentuated and pitched up vocal cuts fast became adopted and exaggerated by London and Birmingham's embryonic 2step producers as the cross pollination of American dance music and UK attitude bloomed in the late 90s and early millennium. Since then the producer has enjoyed plenty of admiration on this side of the pond, with some legendary DJ performances much later on in his career; and has gone onto collaborate with Daft Punk not to mention accumulating countless hordes of young garage and house heads who regard him with an almost mystic degree of reverence.

                                                      Here Defected present a collection of Todd's best remixes and productions, housed on separate discs or in boosted 2xCD format. Includes his remixes of Indo, Moloko, St Germain, Robin S and more plus his own releases "Saved My Life", "Shut The Door", "Main Vibe" and the two collaborative productions with Daft Punk: "Face to Face" and "Fragments of Time".

                                                      A producer whose style and sound are instantly recognizable; his inspiration across genre camps and club cultures is far reaching and widely acknowledged. A truly unique enigma with a big character to back it up, it's a beauty to have all these amazing Todd Edwards tracks in one complete package. Most recommended. 


                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: A household name for anyone with even a fleeting interest in dance music culture yet a man whose influence is often felt before his face known. One of UKG's biological parents guides us through some of his most iconic moments.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      LP ONE - REMIXES
                                                      A1. St Germain - Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Dub Mix)
                                                      A2. Indo - R U Sleeping (Todd Edwards Mix)
                                                      B1. Sound Of One - As I Am (Todd Edwards Mix / Version)
                                                      B2. Kim English – Tomorrow (Todd Edwards Dub)

                                                      LP TWO - PRODUCTIONS
                                                      A1. Daft Punk - Face To Face
                                                      A2. Todd Edwards – Shut The Door
                                                      B1. Todd Edwards – Push The Love
                                                      B2. Todd Edwards – The Dream

                                                      CD

                                                      CD ONE - REMIXES
                                                      01. Sound Of One - As I Am (Todd Edwards Mix)
                                                      02. Indo - R U Sleeping (Todd Edwards Mix)
                                                      03. St Germain - Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Dub Mix)
                                                      04. MJ Cole - Crazy Love (Todd’s Save Your Cries Dub)
                                                      05. Moloko - Pure Pleasure Seeker (Todd Edwards Pleasure For Life UK Vocal)
                                                      06. Veda Simpson - Ooh Baby (Todd Edwards Dub)
                                                      07. Wretch 32 Featuring Etta Bond - Forgiveness (Todd Edwards Remix)
                                                      08. Wildchild - Jump To My Beat (Todd Edwards Jump Remix)
                                                      09. Beloved - 1000 Years From Today (Todd Edwards Dub)
                                                      10. Zoot Woman - Taken It All (Todd Edwards Soul Line Remix)
                                                      11 Robin S - Show Me Love (Todd Edwards Remix)

                                                      CD TWO - PRODUCTIONS
                                                      01. Daft Punk - Face To Face
                                                      02. Todd Edwards – Saved My Life
                                                      03. Todd Edwards – Shut The Door
                                                      04. Todd Edwards – Never Far From You
                                                      05. Todd Edwards – God Will Be There
                                                      06. Todd Edwards – Main Vibe
                                                      07. Todd Edwards – Winter Behaviour
                                                      08. Daft Punk Featuring Todd Edwards - Fragments Of Time
                                                      09. Todd Edwards – So Real
                                                      10. Todd Edwards – Perfect Love
                                                      11. Todd Edwards – Dancing For Heaven

                                                      Those coloured vinyl represses of Salsoul's ace "Re-edit" series continue to land in store with four more classic cuts from NYC edit king Danny Krivit. With over 45 years behind the turntables, if anyone knows what little extra touch a record needs to work on the dancefloor…it’s Danny! For this release we feel the full force of Danny's ecstatic edit of "My Love Is Free", relentless re-rub of Loleatta's "Runaway", precision chop of Ripple's "Victorious" and ballroom ready rework of Salsoul's "Love Break". Disco perfection!

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. Double Exposure - My Love Is Free (Danny Krivit Edit)
                                                      B. The Salsoul Orchestra Ft. Loleatta Holloway - Runaway (Danny Krivit Edit)
                                                      C. Ripple - Victorious (Danny Krivit Edit)
                                                      D. The Salsoul Orchestra - Ooh I Love It (Danny Krivit Edit)

                                                      Little Simz

                                                      Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

                                                        Since bursting onto the scene as a 20 year old in 2014, Little Simz has been on a steady ascent. Now 27, Simz levels up like never before to deliver an undeniable modern classic "Sometimes I Might Be Introvert".

                                                        A bold, quantum leap forward from the critically beloved “Grey Area”, this is hardly music aiming simply for the pop charts; rather, it is turbo charged with the kind of fury and potency, confusion and anxiety that make up the modern experience of being Black, British and female at this particular point in time. This is no mere philosophical exercise, however - the result is her most ambitious and soaring body of work to date, one which operates at the very heights of what rap can be.

                                                        From the very first snare roll of expansive, orchestral opener "Introvert" we can tell things are hitting different, if only in the scale and scope of the arrangements sat behind her conscious and confessional lyrics. Man of the moment Inflo takes the controls for the whole LP, and here he and Simz serve a serious statement of intent right up top. With The Crown's Emma Corrin (aka Lady Di) dropping by to add some plummy spoken word over the outro, you get the impression Simz is working to reframe the grandeur of British history from a Black perspective - much like the Black excellence we've seen from Beyonce and Jay Z in recent years. 

                                                        The equally excellent "Woman" featuring frequent Inflo collaborator Cleo Sol, celebrates all shades of black feminity over a sumptuous soul jazz groove and from there we're away.  The ensuing tracks, produced by Inflo in LA and London, run into each other seamlessly to create a kind of rangy, nimble storytelling which conjures up the febrile, strident world we live in with an unflinching energy and vividness. These songs are flash-lit Polaroids, ready framed and developing before our very eyes, and their creator is nowhere and everywhere, documenting a new natural history in which moments of tenderness (“Miss Understood”) coexist with shocking violence (“Little Q Pt 2”), and unabashed celebrations of femininity (“Woman”) sit alongside deeply personal glimpses of introspection (“I See You”).

                                                        Of the many voices in music today, Simz’ is among the most commanding, writing at a pitch of intensity and urgency that few can match. However, “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert” is no diatribe. Instead, it is an intensely alive hybrid, a work of radical honesty that uses personal history as a means of magnifying and challenging the paradoxes we find ourselves in, both social and personal, macro and micro. Like some of the legendary musicians that came before her, Simz is looking at the chaos and disorder in the world right now with resourceful, refined eyes, and she sees the glorious opportunity and enormous responsibility that affords. This is the end result; listen on in wonder. 


                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: Little Simz returns for the much anticipated follow-up to the superb 2019 LP 'Grey Area', this time clearly showing the meteoric trajectory of her songwriting and lyricism. There's vital, fiery rap and deep instrumentation that quickly switch into rich soulful R&B, flawlessly and seamlessly. An undeniable force in the future of hip-hop.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Introvert
                                                        Woman (feat. Cleo Sol)
                                                        Two Worlds Apart
                                                        I Love You I Hate You
                                                        Little Q Part 1
                                                        Little Q Part 2
                                                        Gems
                                                        Speed
                                                        Standing Ovation
                                                        I See You
                                                        The Rapper That Came To Tea
                                                        Rollin Stone
                                                        Protect My Energy
                                                        Make Promises
                                                        Point And Kill (feat. Obongjayar)
                                                        Fear No Man
                                                        The Garden Interlude
                                                        How Did You Get Here
                                                        Miss Understood

                                                        Molly Lewis

                                                        The Forgotten Edge

                                                          In the most literal sense, globally renowned whistler Molly Lewis makes her gorgeous and curious compositions out of thin air. New entrees into the Exotica canon; sprawling, would-be Spaghetti Western scores; and a dash of Old Hollywood glamour — the whistle-led songs on her debut EP The Forgotten Edge are as complex, delicate and indelible as anything performed with viola or piano. “Whistling is like a human theremin,” said Lewis, an Australian native who’s spent the last several years in LA, and whose performances there and around the world are changing any preconceived notions of whistling by the room-full. .That’s not to say Lewis is all serious and snooty about the craft. Quite the contrary. Her sense of humor is witty, self-deprecating and zany. She’s as likely to reference the slapstick Leslie Nielsen film series Naked Gun for music video concepts as she is a classic piece of noir cinema.

                                                          Look no further than the equatorial and breezy opening cut “Oceanic Feeling,” a lovely walk across the flotsam-sprinkled sands in the rum-pumping vein of Les Baxter. Meanwhile, the title track — and really, the entire collection here — is a loving, and albeit rather haunting, salute to one of Lewis’s heroes, the Italian composer and musician Alessandro Alessandro Alessandroni, who’s whistle and guitar you hear on the title theme of Ennio Morricone’s A Fistful of Dollars. Lewis and her ensemble create classic cinema for your mind. Her own love for the artform began when, around the age of twelve she was given the CD Steve “The Whistler” Herbst Whistles Broadway. Something contained in it clicked. “It wasn’t that I was immediately obsessed, but I knew it was something I could do well,” Lewis said. The daughter of a musician mother and a documentary filmmaker father who often focused his films on niche communities and topics, Lewis recalls watching a television documentary with her parents about The International Whistlers Convention in Louisburg, North Carolina.

                                                          “My dad said, ‘If you ever make it into the competition, I’ll take you there’,” Lewis said. Turns out, there was no bar to entry, just a small fee. And so several years later, she and her father traveled to the convention. New to the form, Lewis didn’t take home one of the bigger prizes, but they were awarded the prize for “Whistler who traveled the greatest distance.” “We really just used the trip to drive around the United States,” she said. After studying film in Australia, Lewis moved to Los Angeles to be close to the film industry. There, her circle of artist friends grew naturally and with providence — her unique talent drawing more and more recognition. And over the last few years, Lewis’s Café Molly events at LA spots like Zebulon, Non Plus Ultra and The Natural History Museum have become fabled, elegant happenings with appearances from guests like John C. Reilly, Karen O and Mac DeMarco. Recorded with a crack team of friends and musicians during 2020’s quarantine, The Forgotten Edge is rife with incredible performances from Thomas Brenneck, Joe Harrison, Eric Hagstrom, Abe Rounds, Wayne Gordon, Gabriel Rowland, Leon Michels, and Dave Guy

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Barry says: I admit to being a little baffled when I read the notes for this one, it being ostensibly a whistle-based album. Suffice to say it's MUCH deeper than that and perfectly segues between hazy country, slow exotica and swimming library ambience. It's properly beautiful and really very surprising.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Oceanic Feeling
                                                          2. Island Spell
                                                          3. Balcony For Two
                                                          4. The Forgotten Edge
                                                          5. Satin Curtains
                                                          6. Wind’s Lament

                                                          Newly formed archival label Fresh Hold presents one of Australia’s most mysterious jazz long players - Singing Dust, in collaboration with Efficient Space. Almost bound for obscurity from its inception, the eponymous creation of Queensland-based jazz pianist Robert Welsh was originally issued in 1986 on Melbourne independent label Cleopatra Records. Rich in compositional sophistication and expressive performance, Singing Dust resembles a unique fusion of Indian devotional song, the jazz piano styles of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, English folk and Debussey’s tonal impressions, bearing little similarity to the dominant commercial and subcultural music of its time. Representing a culmination of Welsh’s influences in and outside of music, the dynamic collection of seven compositions accompany the Ghazal devotional poems translated by Australian poet Francis Brabazon. While Singing Dust sits loosely within the spheres of exploration that many jazz players took into world fusion in the ’80s, it stands alone in its bright searing light of truth, love and austerity. A true work of dedication and posterity that will appeal to many serious music lovers, the album has finally been transferred and remastered from original tapes by Dan Elleson, superseding the imperfect 1986 pressing and fully realising Welsh’s expansive vision.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Involution
                                                          A2. Let Me Take Your Name
                                                          A3. Song Of The Reed
                                                          A4. Sweet Agony
                                                          B1. Love Flower
                                                          B2. Love Is Lovely & Lowly
                                                          B3. Desert Chant

                                                          Hellvete / Phantom Horse

                                                          Split LP

                                                            Hellvete’s “Voor Harmonium I” is the urversion of parts “III” and “IV” which were released early 2021 on the “Voor Harmonium” LP on Aguirre Records. In Glen Hellvete’s own words “the piece was first presented to the public in February 2016 in a dark and smokefilled warehouse in Ghent to celebrate a friend’s ageing. The stage only lit by a couple of candles and an epilepsy inducing strobe light; the music breathing the atmosphere of being locked up at an old-school bunker rave with Charlemagne Palestine strumming the piano. This record is the music as it was presented that night. Cranked up, entranced and delusional”.

                                                            The two Phantom Horse tracks here, are companion pieces to the duo’s “Mehr Null” album which came out in late 2020. While that album showed a darker, more nightly character, “Vaporsnake” and “Was drauf” sound more like playful counterparts, bathing in the bright light of day.
                                                            As the duo themselves explain: “’Chain smoke rings like a vapor snake kiss. She says she don’t know why.’” That’s what the voices in your head might whisper while you’re listening to “Vaporsnake”; characterized by the band’s typical light footed melancholia echoing through these words. After that, things take a brighter turn on the 12-minute neo-kraut weirdness of “Was drauf” – imagine a sunburned android fueled by amphetamines frolicking happily through a meadow singing your favourite song”.

                                                            “Was Drauf” is an epic kraut gem and worth the proverbial price of admission alone here. A wonderful record housed in a sleeve knowingly -and tipping it’s cap towards- the mighty first Cluster record (post Kluster) in 1971 on Philips. Pressing of 300 on blue vinyl and sure to sell out super quick…..

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Barry says: You're always in good hands with a PY release, and this one is a stormer. The Hellvete side is one longform industrial electronic drone number, and beautifully layers textures of synth and distorted arps over a churning backdrop, while the phantom horse side is a wonderfully blippy, saturated kosmische affair along the lines of Gabe Knox et. al. Ace.

                                                            F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm

                                                            2X1=4

                                                              The seven-track album finds the duo unexpectedly exploring a dub influenced universe, though in truth it’s one already familiar to both. F.S.Blumm, for instance, is co-founder of Quasi Dub Development, whose 2014 album, Little-Twister vs Stiff-Neck, featured Lady Ann and Lee Scratch Perry, while Frahm’s music – not least 2018’s All Melody – has occasionally betrayed a fondness for the form’s associated studio techniques, though he concedes wryly that his approach has always been “a little bit more German” than his influences.

                                                              F.S.Blumm, a revered mainstay of the German underground for over two decades, and Nils Frahm, who’s enjoyed significant success in recent years with his ground-breaking compositions for piano and synths, first met in the early 2000s. Frahm was a big fan of Blumm’s 2001 album, Mondkuchen – he refers to his fellow Berlin resident admiringly these days as “a vital brick in the Berlin Wall” – while Blumm was soon dazzled by Frahm’s studio set up. “Compared to mine,” he says, “it was like a space ship!” Soon they were working together on a variety of projects – including theatre pieces and animated films – and by 2010 they’d released their first collaborative album, Music For Lovers Music Versus Time. A second, Music For Wobbling Music Versus Gravity, followed in 2013, and a third, Tag Eins Tag Zwei, in 2016.

                                                              2X1=4 is very different to its predecessors, but its final track, ‘Neckrub’, first took shape as they wound up work on Tag Eins Tag Zwei. “We had a certain sound in the back of our heads,” Blumm recalls, “which was influenced by these 80s rhythm machines, and we suddenly discovered a common love for dub.” Most of the new album, therefore, was initially developed in 2016 during improvisation sessions recorded by Frahm to two-track cassette. “It was like we were running a combine harvester,” Blumm laughs, “so we could write our names on a single grain!”

                                                              Afterwards, they worked on editing and overdubs in Frahm’s new studio at Berlin’s legendary Funkhaus. “We kept on making new songs out of these sessions and starting over and over again,” Frahm smiles. “It was a process that was time consuming but really fun.” Not that either of them is eager to claim a purist approach. “I love ending up somewhere where I’m surprised by myself or the machine or the person with whom I’m making music,” Blumm concludes, while Frahm emphasises that, “None of this is too serious. The record is only as much of a dub record as the ones before are jazz records…”


                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: Blumm & Frahm have worked together before a couple times resulting in a number of excellent outings for Sonic Pieces, but this time sees the talented duo explore more dubby landscapes, with deep basses and electronic blips, wonderfully inventive and brilliantly immersive.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Desert Mule
                                                              Presidential Tub
                                                              Puddle Drop
                                                              Buddy Hop
                                                              Sarah & Eve
                                                              Raw Chef
                                                              Neckrub

                                                              J Cole

                                                              The Off Season

                                                                The Off-Season is the sixth studio album by American rapper J. Cole. The album was executive produced by Cole, Ibrahim Hamad, and T-Minus. It features guest vocals from Morray, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Bas, and 6lack. 

                                                                This time sees Cole relaxing a little from the incendiary fire of 'KOD', with things getting a little looser in the production front too. It's a fine line between sloppy and laid-back, and though 'Laid-back' was never something Cole could come close to, on 'The Off Season', we get a little more of the unhurried production that could easily veer into the more loose side of the hip-hop spectrum. 
                                                                 
                                                                There are moments of Cole's trademark drive though, with both 'My Life' and 'Applying Pressure' acting as superb grit ofsetting the more languid offerings. It's yet another wonderful outing from Cole, and one that will surely go down as a turning point in his already considerable skillset.  

                                                                Within Melbourne's burgeoning cinematic-soul scene, which includes breakout acts Surprise Chef and Karate Boogaloo, mysteriously sit The Pro-Teens.

                                                                Helmed by prolific drummer and percussionist Hudson Whitlock, who also plays in both aforementioned bands, this breakaway studio project involves an interchangeable collective of incognito, Melbourne-based, esteemed instrumentalists playing under outlandish pseudonyms such as "'Dead Honest' Dean Amazing" and "Libby Clique-Baite". Symbolically led by keyboardist "Snooch Dodd", new album 'I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly' is the latest musical concoction from Whitlock's eccentric brain, marrying the soul/funk roots of sample culture with the principles of boom-bap hip hop.

                                                                Incorporating the colourful comic book stylings of MF DOOM and Kool Keith, or the dark and exotic flavours of Gravediggaz and The Wu-Tang Clan, The Pro-Teens also take cues from their composing heroes Galt MacDermot, Richard Evans and Marc Moulin. The Pro-Teens bop, zip, whip and fling on this phantasmagorical journey - an unorthodox patchwork of cinematic soul, hip hop-guided funk breaks, vivid instrumental textures and film score-esque moods.

                                                                The Pro-Teens work on the same analogue recording model adopted by the tight-knit College Of Knowledge label, self-recorded and produced with the rag-tag crew of musicians putting tracks down live to tape in crammed attic studios and sharehouse recording spaces.

                                                                The first limited pressing of 'I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly' was released on the 'College Of Knowledge' imprint in late 2020. It was one of the highlights of the year at Mr Bongo HQ who loved the concept and felt this tripped out masterpiece from Melbourne needed to be heard well beyond those lucky enough to have bagged those limited first copies.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly
                                                                2. No One Understands Me (I'm Og)
                                                                3. Spray It, Don't Say It
                                                                4. Convo
                                                                5. Peppery Weapons
                                                                6. Snooch Is Too Busy For This Shit
                                                                7. The Pro-Teens Ruined My Life
                                                                8. Ya Gotta Love This City
                                                                9. I Hate Turbulence
                                                                10. Greta Thunburg
                                                                11. Elephant On The Wall
                                                                12. Slow Fast

                                                                Nanocluster

                                                                Vol 1 Immersion With Tarwater, Laetitia Sadier, Ulrich Schnauss, Scanner

                                                                  Nanocluster Vol 1. is an album with some serious pedigree. It sees Immersion (aka Malka Spigeland Colin Newman of influential groups Minimal Compact and Wire respectively) collaborating with some of the finest left field artists of our era: Tarwater, Laetitia Sadier, Ulrich Schnauss and Scanner. The project was born out of a Brighton based club night, also called Nanocluster, run by Spigel and Newman alongside writer, broadcaster and DJ Graham Duff, and promoter Andy Rossiter. The club features a range of influential and cutting edge music acts. But the unique aspect of the evenings is that each show climaxes with a one off collaboration between Immersion and the headliners. The songs having been written and recorded in the studio in just three days prior to the performance -or one day in the case of Schnauss. “It could have just been a series of performances.” Says Newman.“But the fact that we had built the tracks in the studio for the performances means we had these recordings.” Says Spigel. The recordings have since been developed with Immersion heading up pro-duction duties. The result is a beautiful and unique album.“I think the really interesting thing is how different everybody is,” says Spigel. “Both as people and creatively.” Immersion and Tarwater The German duo of Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram have created an impressive body of work. Yet their involvement with Immersion has opened out their sound, creating a more panoramic soundscape.

                                                                  The opening instrumental ‘Ripples’ is a gentle breathe of optimism, all purring tones and sun dazzled synths. Meanwhile, ‘Mrs. Wood’ is a dubby psychedelic shuffle, Lippok’s vocal cool and assured over a fat bass line and skybound eastern melodics. It feels like a more spacious take on theTarwater of albums such as ‘Suns, Animals and Atoms‘. The four musicians’ 3rd collaboration is Nanocluster’s most pop moment: with a heartfelt yet unsentimental lyric unfurling over feline rhythms, ‘All You Cat Lovers’ is a feel-good anthem for cat lovers everywhere.Immersion and Laetitia Sadier An original and distinctive presence in contemporary music, Sadier made her name with the inimitable Stereolab, but she’s also created several impressive solo works. The instrumental ‘Unclustered’ sees Sadier’s spidery guitar weaving through Immersion’s lush web of synths drones. The following ‘Uncensored’ has a subtle melodic tug with a classic Spigel guitar line underpinning Sadier’s sweet yet worldly wise vocal.

                                                                  ‘Riding the Wave’ is another feel good song, swapping between Newman’s plaintive vocal, and Spigel’s vocal and Sadier’s backing vocals. With its uplifting chorus: ‘Things have a way of working out’ ‘Riding The Wave’ feels like it might be the sound of the summer we’ve all been waiting for.Immersion & Ulrich Schnauss A highly respected solo artist, as well as being a member of Tangerine Dream, Schnauss’ skill with electronics is legendary. The opening ‘Remember Those Days On The Road’ skips along on a rimshot rhythm with Spigel’s honeyedvocal telling a tale of life ontour. Yet it is far removed from such usual fare. This feels vulnerable and flecked with melancholy. ’Skylarks’ opens with a lattice of arpeggios before a gently nag-ging guitar enters and everything takes a turn for the sublime. ‘So Much Green’ is everything you’d hope a collaboration between Newman, Spigel and Schnauss could be. A constantly spiralling urban-kosmisch, with Spigel’s plangent bass anchoring the celestial sounds. The addition of her wordless backing vocals and recordings of real birdsong only serve to elevate the mood further.Immersion & Scanner

                                                                  Scanner -aka Robin Rimbaud -is one of the most prolific and diverse artists currently working in contemporary music. Spigel and Newman have of course collaborated extensively with Rimbaud before:alongside Max Franken in the art-pop group Githead. But this is something very different. Their opening piece together: ‘Cataliz’ is the album’s moodiest moment. With its 2serpentine synth drones it sounds like the soundtrack to a mysterious thriller. The rich pulsing ‘Metrosphere’ recalls Immersion’s early work whilst adding another layer of grainy uncertainty. The closing ‘The Mundane and the Profound’ opens with a “Rimbaud scanned” recording of an irritated flight attendant but this is eventually subsumed by a simple yet emotive piano figure: a gentle and touching end to a unique collection of songs.Nanocluster Vol.1 is a testament to a remarkable synergy between a diverse assembly of strongly individual talents. The fact that it not only succeeds, but excels should be cause for celebration

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: There's a seriously talented lineup here, resulting in a wonderfully rewarding and varied set of pieces from the leading lights of the avant/electronica scene. I'm particularly taken with the Scanner pieces, but as a massive fan of Sadier as well, it's a no-brainer. Top stuff.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Ripples 
                                                                  2. Mrs. Wood 
                                                                  3. All You Cat Lovers Immersion, Laetitia Sadier.
                                                                  4. Unclustered 
                                                                  5. Uncencored 
                                                                  6. Riding The Wave Immersion, Ulrich Schnauss.
                                                                  7. Remember Those Days On The Road 
                                                                  8. Skylarks 
                                                                  9. So Much Green Immersion, Scanner.
                                                                  10. Cataliz 
                                                                  11. Metrosphere 
                                                                  12. The Mundane And The Profound

                                                                  The Mindreaders

                                                                  Continuation

                                                                    The Mindreaders are Richard Ipaint on vocals and drums, Sexton Ming on vocals, sfx and guitar, and Russ Wilkins on vocals and guitar, with all three on songwriting duty. Formed in the wake of the Len Bright Combo, fans of The Pop Rivets, The Milkshakes, The Natural Born Lovers, Rocking Richard, The Delmonas, Auntie Vegetable, The Wildebeests and more will know all about them.

                                                                    Once Wreckless Eric decided to stop the Combo, both Russ and Richard wanted to continue with the sound they were enjoying, by recruiting a rhythm guitarist, and with a hundred guitarists to choose from in Medway, they turned to Sexton Ming. Russ had previously worked with him on other projects, and always admired his offerings. Their first LP, Ban The Mindreader, was released in 1987 on Russ' Empire Records label.

                                                                    Fast forward 30 years. Russ and Richard realised they only lived 25 miles apart in Scotland, and now, older and wiser, a connection was made with Sexton (now also much wiser) who wanted to do something dim and simple. A gig was arranged in Hastings which led on to more gigs, including 100 Club, Moth Club, Franklin Fest and more!

                                                                    They reconvened in a garage and recorded some songs over two days onto a Tascam 8 track, 1/2" recorder, playing whatever they felt worked, recording over twenty tracks. And here we have eleven of those recordings, provided to you in the way that The Mindreaders wanted. It's what all bands should do! Expect sonic Rhythm&Beat/GarageTrash/ Medway.........

                                                                    Iron Maiden

                                                                    Senjutsu

                                                                      Parlophone Records is thrilled to announce the release of Iron Maiden’s 17th studio album Senjutsu, their first in 6 years. It was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by Steve Harris.

                                                                      For Senjutsu – loosely translated as ‘tactics & strategy’, the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Steve Harris. 


                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Barry says: Iron bloody Maiden eh? They return for their SEVENTEENTH LP and you know what? It's great! It's a lot more of a proggy affair than during their heyday, but there is an absolute wealth of undeniable hooks and brilliantly hefty songwriting. Dickinson's voice is in top athletic form too.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Senjutsu (8:20)
                                                                      Stratego (4:59)
                                                                      The Writing On The Wall (6:13)
                                                                      Lost In A Lost World (9:31)
                                                                      Days Of Future Past (4:03)
                                                                      The Time Machine (7:09)
                                                                      Darkest Hour (7:20)
                                                                      Death Of The Celts (10:20)
                                                                      The Parchment (12:39)
                                                                      Hell On Earth (11:19)

                                                                      Moderate Rebels

                                                                      If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right - PART 1

                                                                        It’s one thing to take the drone rock of your debut album in an entirely new direction but quite another when the result is an ambitious 30 track three-part album.

                                                                        But that’s what London collective Moderate Rebels have done on their biggest project to date, the opus ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’. Fearless in their refusal to be pigeonholed, they touch on everything from driving rhythmic repetition, discordant guitar fuzz and hazy psychedelia, to late 60s-indebted folk and lilting melodic hooks, via twinkling piano ballads, drum machine rigidity and playful synth pop.

                                                                        ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’ will be released in three ten track parts in 2021, part one being released on Moshi Moshi on 30th April 2021.

                                                                        The album touches on the progressive works of Phil Spector, Fripp & Eno and Syd Barrett, the transcendental pop of Spiritualized, St Etienne and Stereolab, and the wry humour of 80s Pet Shop Boys. But it comes stamped with the group’s own inimitable identity.


                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Information Research Department
                                                                        2. Higher Than The Hierarchy
                                                                        3. Perfect Grey Day
                                                                        4. Amo Amas Amat
                                                                        5. The Penultimate Truth
                                                                        6. Hug Me 'Til You Drug Me
                                                                        7. These Are The Good Times
                                                                        8. Forever Tomorrow Today
                                                                        9. Vesica Piscis
                                                                        10. Odds Be Never

                                                                        The Lasso, Jordan Hamilton & The Saxsquatch

                                                                        Tri Magi

                                                                          Jordan Hamilton, a cellist equally equipped to perform Bach, reimagine Chick Corea, or bow a Drake top line.

                                                                          Jordan Hamilton is a "one of one" instrumentalist who somehow allows the cello to land in new revelatory situations regardless of the composition, genre, mood, or approach.

                                                                          The Saxsquatch, a saxophonist bent on twisting his instrument into the singular voice of a beast. Saxsquatch plays with a knowledge of the history/pedigree of his instrument, jazz to rock to noise, but does so with a proprietary blend of the styles that leaves saxophone sounding new.

                                                                          The Lasso, a producer who has pulled in everything while refusing genre across his run of LPs on Mello Music Group. The Lasso continues his role as providing diverse and creative landscapes that allow the lead voices of his compositions to become players in their own sonic fate.


                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: Massive new direction for the monumental Mello Music Group as they explore future-jazz and blunted beats via multi-instrumentalist & modern Arthur Russell reincarnation The Lasso. Joined by Jordan Hamilton & The Saxsquatch and lying somewhere between FlyLo, J Dilla & the new sound of London jazz - this is incredible!

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. City Of Grasss
                                                                          2. Born Tempo
                                                                          3. Requez
                                                                          4. New Equalydian
                                                                          5. Played Thrice
                                                                          6. Crimson Drip
                                                                          7. To Dust
                                                                          8. Three Magi Get Paid
                                                                          9. Solar Plateaux
                                                                          10. Sapphire
                                                                          11. They & I
                                                                          12. Aural Floral
                                                                          13. Voyager Too

                                                                          DJ Seinfeld

                                                                          Mirrors

                                                                            If much of DJ Seinfeld’s previous work was characterised by a sepia-tinged haze, a result of the producer’s deliberately lo-fi production techniques, then brand new album ‘Mirrors’ sees his music come firmly into focus.

                                                                            “On this album I wanted to retain a lot of the raw emotionality that brought people to my music in the first place,” says Armand Jakobsson, better known as DJ Seinfeld. “But I also wanted to become a much better producer. It’s been an arduous process but it’s a real statement of where I’m at as a producer and person right now. I’ve been through various sonic explorations in the past few years but have come to understand what people like about my music and how to move forward with it.”

                                                                            Recorded between Berlin and Malmo, ‘Mirrors’ is the follow-up to Seinfeld’s critically acclaimed 2017 debut album ‘Time Spent Away From U’ and his first for Ninja Tune. Named after a quote by Armand’s favourite writer, Argentinean novelist Julio Cortázar, the album finds the producer in a more settled and grounded mood after an unfortunate family incident forced the producer to spend more time at home in his native Sweden over the past few years.

                                                                            Citing late night sessions learning how to produce on his laptop while at university in Edinburgh and ‘pretending to be Burial’ as key turning points in his journey, Seinfeld has now produced an album with all the emotional depth and musical dexterity of those electronic luminaries. ‘Mirrors’ touches on everything from UK Garage to down-tempo house to ambient to breaks and is an at times tender, at times euphoric sonic journey with a producer slowly realising his full potential.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. She Loves Me
                                                                            2. Walking With Ur Smile
                                                                            3. U Already Know
                                                                            4. The Right Place (feat. Teira)
                                                                            5. Home Calling
                                                                            6. These Things Will Come To Be
                                                                            7. Tell Me One More Time
                                                                            8. Someday
                                                                            9. I Feel Better
                                                                            10. Song For The Lonely

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Cameroon Garage Funk

                                                                              Yaoundé, in the 1970´s, was a buzzing place with every neighbourhood of Cameroon´s capital, no matter how dodgy, filled with music spots but surprisingly there were no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches. The country suffered from a serious lack of proper recording facilities, and the process of committing your song to tape could become a whole adventure unto itself. Of course, you could always book the national broadcasting company together with a sound engineer, but this was hardly an option for underground artists with no cash. But luckily an alternative option emerged in form of an Adventist church with some good recording equipment and many of the artists on this compilation recorded their first few songs, secretly, in these premises thanks to Monsieur Awono, the church engineer. He knew the schedule of the priests and, in exchange for some cash, he would arrange recording sessions. The artists still had to bring their own equipment, and since there was only one microphone, the amps and instruments had to be positioned perfectly. It was a risky business for everyone involved but since they knew they were making history, it was all worth it.

                                                                              At the end of the recording, the master reel would be handed to whoever had paid for the session, usually the artist himself. And what happened next? With no distribution nor recording companies around this was a legitimate question. More often than not it was the French label Sonafric that would offer their manufacturing and distribution structure and many Cameroonian artist used that platform to kick-start their career. What is particularly surprising in the case of Sonafric was their willingness to take chances and judge music solely on their merit rather than their commercial viability.

                                                                              The sheer amount of seriously crazy music released also spoke volumes about the openness of the people behind the label. But who exactly are these artists that recorded one or two songs before disappearing, never to be heard from again? Some of the names were so obscure that even the most seasoned veterans of the Cameroonian music scene had never heard of them. A few trips to the land of Makossa and many more hours of interviews were necessary to get enough insight to assemble the puzzle-pieces of Yaoundé's buzzing 1970s music scene. We learned that despite the myriad difficulties involved in the simple process of making and releasing a record, the musicians of Yaoundé's underground music scene left behind an extraordinary legacy of raw grooves and magnificent tunes. The songs may have been recorded in a church, with a single microphone in the span of only an hour or two, but the fact that we still pay attention to these great creations some 50 years later, only illustrates the timelessness of their music.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Africa Iyo - Jean-Pierre Djeukam
                                                                              2. Sie Tcheu - Joseph Kamga
                                                                              3. Ma Wde Wa - Los Camaroes
                                                                              4. Esele Mulema Moam - Los Camaroes
                                                                              5. Yondja - Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds
                                                                              6. Odylife - Damas Swing Orchestra
                                                                              7. Quiero Wapatcha - Charles Lembe Et Son Orchestra
                                                                              8. Song Of Love - Louis Wasson Et L´Orchestre Kandem Irenée
                                                                              9. Monde Moderne - Pierre Didy Tchakounte Et Les Tulipes Noires
                                                                              10. Les Souffrances - Tsanga Dieudonne
                                                                              11. Moni Ngan - Willie Songue Et Les Showmen
                                                                              12. Mayi Bo Ya? - Johnny Black Et Les Jokers
                                                                              13. Ma Fou Fou - Pierre Didy Tchakounte
                                                                              14. Woman Be Fire - Lucas Tala
                                                                              15. Ngamba - Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds
                                                                              16. Mezik Me Mema - Mballa Bony

                                                                              Into The Deep Treasury presents RIDDIM POETRY. Shining the light on the emergence of the reggae movement in France, through a selection of hidden gems from the 80's,
                                                                              Carefully restored and remastered, Riddim Poetry is an off-beat journey composed of 7 masterpieces influenced by several styles (Pop, Library, Raï, Disco) which characterized the strength and diversity of the French culture in the 80's.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Tchai The Merger - Every Man
                                                                              Jean-Michel Bertrand - Dream Reggae
                                                                              Cheb Kader - Reggae Rai
                                                                              Nawari - Zon Mina Bali
                                                                              Apatheid Not - Listen
                                                                              Ras Abbya The Freedom Fighters - Love Love
                                                                              Apartheid Not - Reality Now

                                                                              Random Numbers is proud to present its newest V.A. release, the most ambitious to date, which sees the contributions of 16 producers close to the label and kindred to the sonic quest Random Numbers has been pursuing since 2015.

                                                                              “Second Wave” is the organic continuation of the journey initiated with the V.A. Parallel Routes, released at the beginning of the 2020 lockdown.

                                                                              This collection of 12 tracks - like the 12 months that have just passed, delivers a multi-faceted testimony of our experience with the pandemic, translating feelings of absence, desire and necessity into a mind-bending sound exploration.

                                                                              Despite crossing a wide range of tempos and genres, a common thread is found in the mystic, trippy and ritualistic atmospheres that populate this release. The metamorphic nature of each track continuously surprises the ears, blurring the boundaries between heady listening experience and dance floor bliss.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. MR TC - Phosphorus
                                                                              A2. Patricia Kokett - PSY
                                                                              A3. Eylül Deniz - Distance
                                                                              B1. BXP - In Un Altro Loop
                                                                              B2. A Hand - Dogma
                                                                              B3. Houschyar - Certronos
                                                                              C1. La Serpiente - Her Soul Is Trapped In The Desert
                                                                              C2. Wang Inc - Dissesto
                                                                              C3. Ambassadors - Astra
                                                                              D1. Big Hands - Nothing Spoiled It
                                                                              D2. Uvb76 & Sacred Lodge - Euqda
                                                                              D3. Eva Geist & Steve Pepe - Mediator

                                                                              Comet Records is excited to present Afro Rhythms Vol. 1 the first repress since 1999 of Singles and Remixes out of Black Voices’s LP from Tony Allen Afrobeat pioneer, along with the iconic Psyco On Da Bus creating a new sound between experimental, electronica and afrobeat, both albums produced by sound activist Doctor L.

                                                                              The compilation is a proper trawl through the vault of the early years of Comet Records featuring producers and artists as IG Culture, Eska, Catalyst aka Alex Attias, Psycho On Da Bus Featuring Doctor L and Tony Allen, Cinematic Orchestra and the legendary Parisian duo Chateau Flight.

                                                                              The tracks "The Drum" and "Brotherhood" produced respectively by IG Culture (Son Of Scientist) and Cinematic Orchestra are part of The Allenko Brotherhood Ensemble project, a collaboration between the unique drumming style of Tony Allen and the best in contemporary producers.

                                                                              Comet label continues its hypnotic elliptical orbit through radical funk realms and dancefloor wormholes, connecting to five decades of music from four continents and still heading for the future, a pure and positive light to guide our way on.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Tony Allen - Ariya (Catalyst Remix)
                                                                              A2. Son Of Scientist Feat Eska - The Drum
                                                                              A3. Doctor L - Push Your Mind (Break Beat Remix)
                                                                              B1. Cinematic Orchestra - Brotherhood
                                                                              B2. Psyco On Da Bus - Take A Rest (Chateau Flight Remix)

                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                              African Rare Groove

                                                                                A journey in the heart of Nigerian afrobeat from Orlando Julius to the ethnojazz of Alemayèhu Eshèté passing by the High-life of the Ghanaian Ebo Taylor. Yet another brilliantly dynamic and stylistically varied selection from Wagram, hitting the high notes and providing even the most well versed of rare groove fans with something to get stuck into. And all at a bargain price for a double LP. Wagram do it again!

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Ebo Taylor - Amponsah
                                                                                A2. Moussa Doumbia - Keleya
                                                                                A3. Amadou Balaké - Super Bar Konon Mousso
                                                                                A4. Mangue Kondé & Les 5 Consuls - Pop Kondé
                                                                                A5. Manu Dibango - The Panther
                                                                                B1. Peter King - Ajo
                                                                                B2. Itadi - Ayala
                                                                                B3. Marumo - Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae
                                                                                B4. Apples - Mind Twister
                                                                                B5. The Wings - Gone With The Sun
                                                                                C1. Kelenkye Band - Jungle Music
                                                                                C2. Super Elcados - Get Up And Do It Good
                                                                                C3. The Apagya Showband - Kwaku Ananse
                                                                                C4. Orlando Julius Feat. Ashiko - Get The Funk
                                                                                C5. Alemayèhu Eshèté Feat. Hirut Bèqèlè - Temeles
                                                                                D1. Livy Ekemezie - Friday Night
                                                                                D2. Willy Nfor - Boogie Down In Africa
                                                                                D3. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - Agboju Logun (Mr Bongo 7" Edit)
                                                                                D4. Soul Brothers - Bayeza
                                                                                D5. Teaspoon & The Waves - Oh Yeh Soweto

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Brazilian Rare Groove

                                                                                  Discover the wonders of Brazilian music from 60s, 70s & 80s. A wave of modernity invades the country and Soul, Funk & Disco influences merge with traditional genres such as Bossa Nova, Samba or Batucada. This union led to a colorful and cheerful groove symbolizing the transformation of Brazil, and here we get a typically wonderful snapshot from the masters of world music compilations, Wagram.  There's much to enjoy here for people new to the genre or well-versed fans alike, and all presented in typical Wagram style. Wonderful! 

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti Agora E Moda
                                                                                  A2. Jorge Ben & Toquinho Carolina Carol Bela
                                                                                  A3. Rosa Maria Deixa Nao Deixa
                                                                                  A4. Trio Mocoto Swinga Sambaby
                                                                                  A5. Sandra De Sà Trem Da Central
                                                                                  A6. Os Brazões Volks-Volkswagen Blue
                                                                                  B1. Myriam Makeba Xica Da Silva
                                                                                  B2. Lalo Schifrin Bossa Nova Em Nova York
                                                                                  B3. Tenorio Jr Nebulosa
                                                                                  B4. Grant Green Brazil
                                                                                  B5. Tom Zé Jimmy, Renda Ze
                                                                                  C1. Noriel Vilela 16 Toneladas (16 Tons)
                                                                                  C2. Marisa Rossi Deixa Eu Te Amar
                                                                                  C3. Sandra De Sà Vale Tudo
                                                                                  C4. Lemos E Debétio Morro Do Barraco Sem Água
                                                                                  C5. Marcos Valle Naturalmente
                                                                                  C6. Antônio Carlos Jobim & Roberto Paiva Eu E O Meu Amor
                                                                                  D1. Salinas Tenha Fé, Pois Amanhã Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer
                                                                                  D2. Osmar Milito Morre O Burro, Fica O Homem
                                                                                  D3. Nico Gomez And His Afro Percussion Inc. Lupita
                                                                                  D4. Ze Roberto Lotus 72D
                                                                                  D5. Rosa Maria Avenida Atlantica
                                                                                  D6. Super Som Ta Agora Chega

                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                  Caribbean Rare Groove

                                                                                    An invitation to multi-cultural musics reunited around the Carribean Islands. From Haïti to the Bahamas, passing by the French West Indies this journey explores traditional rythms from Soca, Calypso or Biguine. Musicians as Gordon Henderson, Max Cilla or the band Skah Shah knew how to use Soul, Funk and Disco influences to create a unique groove with multiple faces.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Max Cilla La Flûte Des Mornes
                                                                                    A2. Kallaloo Star Child
                                                                                    A3. Ophélia Red Light Lady
                                                                                    A4. The Revolution Of St. Vincent The Little You Say
                                                                                    A5. Wganda Kenya El Testamento

                                                                                    B1. Richard Duroseau & Son Orchestre Compas Jupiter
                                                                                    B2. Max & Henri Mizik A Ka Kafé
                                                                                    B3. The Beginning Of The End Come Down
                                                                                    B4. Afrosound Caliventura
                                                                                    B5. Super Combo Rosita Femme Chaud

                                                                                    C1. Camille Soprane Si Ou Dit ça çé ça
                                                                                    C2. Henry Guedon Bomba Des Musiciens
                                                                                    C3. Simon Jurad & Frères Déjean Mawa
                                                                                    C4. Wganda Kenya Pim Pom
                                                                                    C5. Max Cilla Crépuscule Tropical

                                                                                    D1. Gordon Henderson More Power
                                                                                    D2. Shleu Shleu Alouette
                                                                                    D3. Les Aiglons Musiciens De Grande Classe
                                                                                    D4. Skah-Shah Racine Core
                                                                                    D5. Afrosound Salome

                                                                                    Steve Gunn

                                                                                    Other You

                                                                                      Acclaimed songwriter and Piccadilly favourite, Steve Gunn returns this summer with the follow up to his wonderful 2019 album  "The Unseen Inbetween".

                                                                                      Recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Rob Schnapf, Gunn sought to create an album that would push his melodic and compositional sensibilities to thrilling new heights. The resulting tracks find Gunn pushing his cosmic Americana to exciting new dimensions encompassing elements of prog, jazz, and contemporary classical music.

                                                                                      The album also features contributions from Mary Lattimore, Juliana Barwick, Bridget St. John and Jeff Parker.

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: We all loved The Unseen Inbetween in the shop, and 'Other You' i'm sure will go down just as well. It's quintessentially Gunn, with soaring melodies and perfectly poised guitar sitting wonderfully in the mix beneath Steve's unmistakeable husky vocals. A gorgous work once again from one of the greatest in the 'biz.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Other You
                                                                                      Fulton
                                                                                      Morning River
                                                                                      Good Wind
                                                                                      Circuit Rider
                                                                                      On The Way
                                                                                      Protection
                                                                                      The Painter
                                                                                      Reflection
                                                                                      Sugar Kiss
                                                                                      Ever Feel That Way

                                                                                      Big Red Machine

                                                                                      How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?

                                                                                        Ever since childhood, learning to play various instruments in a suburban Cincinnati basement alongside his brother Bryce, Aaron Dessner has consistently sought an emotional outlet and deep human connection through music — be it as a primary songwriter in The National, a founder and architect of beloved collaboration-driven music festivals, or collaborator on two critically acclaimed and chart-topping Taylor Swift albums recorded in complete pandemic-era isolation at his Long Pond Studio in upstate New York, among many other projects. Through it all, Dessner has brought together an unlikely community of musicians that share his impulse to connect, celebrate and, most of all, process emotion and experience through music. This generous spirit and desire to push music forward has never been more deeply felt than on Big Red Machine’s “How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?,” the second album from Dessner’s evermorphing project with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. In 2008, while assembling material for the charity compilation “Dark Was the Night,” Dessner sent Vernon a song sketch titled “big red machine”. Vernon interpreted “big red machine” as a beating heart and finished the song accordingly — a metaphor Dessner says “still sticks with me today.

                                                                                        This project goes to many places and is always on some level about experimentation, but it shines a light on why I make music in the first place, which is an emotional need. It’s one of my therapies and one of the ways I interrogate the past.” Released in 2018, Big Red Machine’s self-titled debut album evolved from improvisation and what Dessner calls “structured experimentalism,” with an ear toward building tracks that would work well in a live setting alongside visual elements. When Dessner and Vernon started the Eaux Claires Music Festival in 2015, they staged the original “Big Red Machine” as an improvisation-based performance piece. They later took that show to the PEOPLE collective’s Berlin residency and festival, and to Dessner’s Haven Festival in Copenhagen. “Big Red Machine started as this thing we would do for fun, and we fell in love with the feeling of it,” says Dessner.” Vernon agrees: “I remember it feeling really easy, but we never knew what would happen. It was exciting. As time went on, we just kept doing things together. And our friendship has grown strong, alongside all the collaborative stuff.”

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: It won't be a gigantic surprise i'm sure, to hear that Big Red Machine's newest LP is as stunningly accomplished and wonderfully listenable as it's long list of collaborators would suggest. Brimming with beautiful folk charm and uncompromising melodic direction, there's very few people who wouldn't find something to enjoy here.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Latter Days (feat. Anaïs Mitchell)
                                                                                        2. Reese
                                                                                        3. Phoenix (feat. Fleet Foxes And Anaïs Mitchell)
                                                                                        4. Birch (feat. Taylor Swift
                                                                                        5. Renegade (feat. Taylor Swift)
                                                                                        6. The Ghost Of Cincinnati
                                                                                        7. Hoping Then
                                                                                        8. Mimi (feat. Ilsey)
                                                                                        9. Easy To Sabotage (feat. Naeem)
                                                                                        10. Hutch (feat. Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan And SharaNova [My Brightest Diamond])
                                                                                        11. 8:22am (feat. La Force)
                                                                                        12. Magnolia
                                                                                        13. June’s A River (feat. Ben Howard And This Is The Kit
                                                                                        14. Brycie
                                                                                        15. New Auburn (feat. Anaïs Mitchell)

                                                                                        Kevin Martin’s first solo full-length album under The Bug moniker for seven years could not be better timed, and could not be more needed: ‘Fire’ - the third exhilarating part of an incendiary urban triptych, that began with 2008’s explosive ‘London Zoo’ via 2014’s mind-melting 'Angels & Devils' - is fourteen tracks that immolate the synapses, flail the body, that cinematically take you from arcing evocations of a bleak lockdowned city-scape to swooping deep-focus close-ups of Martin and his collaborator’s psyches at breaking point. The aggression, the attitude, the vertiginous scope and subterranean incisiveness, the destabilising unsettling frenzy of The Bug sound is marshalled to perfection throughout but ‘Fire’ is no mere reanimation of the Bug’s past - for Martin, the album is both a response to the unique circumstances of the past year but also a chance to reflect his own journey from reclusive sound-obsessive to family man, and his thirst - in a period of enforced hermetic isolation - for contact, for the mayhem that can only happen between people, noise and bass, the derangement of the senses that has been Bug’s method and trajectory ever since it first crawled out of London’s deepest corners in the late 90s. It’s the Bug’s best yet, possibly the most ferociously realised and immensely moving music Martin has ever made, and still touches on those initial cravings and impulses that first propelled ‘London Zoo’ into your world like a pipe bomb through your letterbox. It’s a HUNGRY record in all senses.

                                                                                        “I've always been addicted to the physicality and intensity of sound: I started The Bug because I wanted to make music for a soundsystem I had in storage, and the live experience of The Bug has always been something I wanted to reflect on record - I’m always looking for fuel to the fire and live shows - and MISSING live shows in lockdown was a real impetus” Martin admits. “I’m always asking - how can I ramp this up MORE? How can I get people more out of control? For me a live show should be unforgettable, should alter your DNA, or scar you for life in a good way - that’s always been my goal, to set up shows that are unforgettable. I like friction, chaos, fanning the flames with sound, and this album is the most reflective of the live show in terms of intensity and the sheer fuck-off attitude of those shows. ‘WHAT the FUCK?’ is the reaction I want - insane is a good reaction especially at a time when there’s so much control in how people consume music and are pacified culturally”.

                                                                                        The MCs featured (longtime likeminds like Flowdan, Roger Robinson, Moor Mother, Manga Saint Hilare, Irah & Daddy Freddy alongside relatively new names to the Bug stable like Logan, Nazamba and FFSYTHO) inevitably reflect the external madness of a world turned upside down, but also dig deep into themselves to craft reflective, pitilessly honest portrayals of the rage, resistance and resignation the last year has engendered in all of us. Check the juddering maelstrom of ‘Clash’ wherein Logan matches every lunging hit of the kick and Martin’s none-more-dank dubtronics with a diseased narrative of mental warfare and strife, or ‘Pressure’ where Flowdan imperiously calls out the universe for a scrap over a beat so thunkingly rapacious its as if the ghost of Andy Weatherall has been reanimated for some rerubbing duties. Throughout ‘Fire’ you can hear MCs and Martin upping the ante, pushed to new heights and lows by an ever-present, periphirally-glimpsed armageddon. The album is bookended by the TS Eliot Award winning poet and long term friend and collaborator Roger Robinson.

                                                                                        “2020 was the worst dystopian nightmares made real - part of me was panic-stricken, the other part of me was ‘how am I going to stay sane?’” recalls Martin. “I’ve got to support 4 people and it might be YEARS before I play shows - this was at the back of my mind making the album. Just to keep calm I got into making solo albums which was meditative, got me back in touch with myself and enabled me to rebuild my studio which kept me working and helped me keep my head straight. It was crucial because I’ve realised through life that what keeps me grounded is music. I used to think I wanted to bury myself in NOW, reality, sensation, information - as time’s gone on I’ve realised I want to actually make a parallel world in sound - the studio gave me an escape from just how fucked up the world was last year. That feeling of external chaos but really questioning yourself internally is something that all the MCs, in different ways, reflect on ‘Fire’. And I feel I’ve grown - making music not just as an egotistical pursuit but to support my family has meant I’ve stopped overthinking things - we KNEW when tracks were finished and loosening my maniacal control over the music, letting it breathe and come together more naturally. That’s something I think you can hear throughout the album.”

                                                                                        ‘Fire’ then is 14 tracks that not only chart where we are right now, but offer tantalising glimpses of just what miracles we might soon conjure again together. Growing up VAST. Get some ‘Fire’ in your belly and feel the BURN. This plague has found its soundtrack. 

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Having long been one of the most uncompromising forces in music, there is a significant amount of excitement over the new Bug LP. and with good cause. 'Fire' lurches from cavernous bunker techno to shadowy trip-hop via dark hip-hop, perfectly performed by a superb line-up of guest collaborators, and brought together in The Bug's inimitable no-holds-barred production style. Superb.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side 1
                                                                                        1. The Fourth Day (feat Roger Robinson) (1:57)
                                                                                        2. Pressure (feat Flowdan) (3:48)
                                                                                        3. Demon (feat Irah) (3:48)
                                                                                        4. Vexed (feat Moor Mother) (3:44)

                                                                                        Side 2
                                                                                        1. Clash (feat Logan) (3:07)
                                                                                        2. War (feat Nazamba) (4:30)
                                                                                        3. How Bout Dat (feat FFSYTHO) (3:47)

                                                                                        Side 3
                                                                                        1. Bang (feat Manga Saint Hilare) (3:03)
                                                                                        2. Hammer (feat Flowdan) (3:28)
                                                                                        3. Ganja Baby (feat Daddy Freddy) (3:15)
                                                                                        4. Fuck Off (feat Logan) (3:24)

                                                                                        Side 4
                                                                                        1.Bomb (feat Flowdan) (4:46)
                                                                                        2. High Rise (feat Manga Saint Hilare) (4:17)
                                                                                        3.The Missing (feat Roger Robinson) (4:35)

                                                                                        Goat

                                                                                        Headsoup

                                                                                          ‘Headsoup’ is a new compilation that deepens the legend of mysterious Swedish psych collective Goat even further. Collecting rarities from across band’s celebrated career, including standalone singles, B-sides, digital edits and two enormous brand new tracks, it’s a globetrotting acid trip of a record that’s even bigger in its scope than their acclaimed studio LPs.

                                                                                          From the incendiary heavy psych of their earliest work, like debut B-side ‘The Sun And Moon’, to the serene ‘Requiem’-era alternate take ‘Union Of Mind And Soul’, to the simmering menace of their latest material, it’s a record as multifaceted as Goat themselves, packed with detours in every conceivable direction.

                                                                                          Taking in jazz-flute solos, pounding Afrobeat rhythms, ferocious desert blues, drifting Ethio-jazz, this is, as the name of Goat’s first album made clear, ‘World Music’ in its most complete form, a sound unrestrained by genre boundaries. Yet the band are anything but lazy appropriators. They approach their forebears with upmost reverence, articulating a celebratory cultural cross-pollination. And what about these two new tracks? ‘Fill My Mouth’ is a scuzzy psychedelic funk knockout, the sleaziest thing the band have ever recorded. ‘Queen Of The Underground’, meanwhile, is truly herculean, a swaggering psychedelic powerhouse of the very highest order.Sometimes dark and heavy, at others joyous and beautiful, like Goat themselves ‘Headsoup’ is mysterious, and constantly shapeshifting, difficult to properly pin down but constantly enthralling. Almost a decade since they first emerged from the depths of Scandinavia, there is still no other band on earth that sounds quite like them.



                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Barry says: It's crazy really, that an album of b-sides and unheard album rarities can be just as good as the curated LP's of the same band, but this is Goat we're talking about. A psychedelic and lysergic hitlist of everything that makes these bemasked Swedish rockers so great. Soaring and evocative, 'Headsoup' is a perfect entry point for a selection of Goat's many faces.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A
                                                                                          1/ The Sun And Moon
                                                                                          2/ Stonegoat
                                                                                          3/ Dreambuilding
                                                                                          4/ Dig My Grave
                                                                                          5/ It's Time For Fun
                                                                                          6/ Relax

                                                                                          B
                                                                                          7/ Union Of Mind And Soul *unreleased On Vinyl
                                                                                          8/ The Snake Of Addis Adaba
                                                                                          9 /Goatfizz
                                                                                          10/ Let It Burn (Edit) *unreleased On Vinyl
                                                                                          11/ Friday Pt.1

                                                                                          7":
                                                                                          C12/ Fill My Mouth *unreleased
                                                                                          D13/ Queen Of The Underground *unreleased

                                                                                          (All Tracks Included On CD)

                                                                                          Chubby And The Gang

                                                                                          The Mutt's Nuts

                                                                                            West London five-piece Chubby and the Gang are balanced by two energies – a casual “fuck it” on one side, an active “fuck off” on the other. For every moment of punk imperfection, there’s an intricate flurry of detail. For every enraged statement about modern life as war, there’s a lyric like “Hello heartbreak, my old friend” that catches you off guard. Made up of musicians from across the consistently thriving and criminally overlooked UK hardcore scene (ft. The Chisel, Big Cheese and more), Chubby and the Gang marinate its characteristic speed and sick-of-it-all energy in a mixture of 50s pop sounds. The result is a prickly take on the older, more melodic genres that punk derives from, chewing them up and spitting them out into something mangled but revitalised.

                                                                                            Fronted by Charlie Manning Walker (aka Chubby Charles) and backed by Tom ‘Razor’ Hardwick, Meg Brooks Mills, Ethan Stahl and Joe McMahon (aka the Gang), the band tell stories of modern London.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Barry says: Chubby And The Gang manage to weave together a scathing, 90's pop-punk aesthetic with 50's rock and roll via doo-wop and hardcore. It's a baffling and HIGHLY effective combination, and one that I couldn't imagine anyone else pulling off except these lot. It's superb, a well accomplished and brilliantly listenable treat.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1 The Mutt’s Nuts
                                                                                            2 It’s Me Who’ll Pay
                                                                                            3 Coming Up Tough
                                                                                            4 On The Meter
                                                                                            5 Beat That Drum
                                                                                            6 Pressure
                                                                                            7 Take Me Home To London
                                                                                            8 Life On The Bayou
                                                                                            9 White Rags
                                                                                            10 Overachiever
                                                                                            11 Someone's Gunna Die
                                                                                            12 Getting Beat Again (Eppu Normaali)
                                                                                            13 Life’s Lemons
                                                                                            14 Lightning Don’t Strike Twice
                                                                                            15 I Hate The Radio

                                                                                            Manchester’s Space Afrika make music of overlapping moments - oblique mosaics of dialogue, rhythm, texture and shadow, half-heard through a bus window on a rainy night. "Honest Labour", the group's first full-length since 2020's landmark "hybtwibt?" (have you been through what i’ve been through?) mixtape, expands the project's palette with classical strings, shimmering guitar and visionary vocal cameos, leaning further into their enigmatic fusion of ambient unrest and cosmic downtempo. It's a sound both fogged and fragmented, at the axis of song craft and sound design, born from and for the yearning solitudes of life under lockdown.

                                                                                            The album title is tiered, alluding to a legendary patriarch from co-founder Joshua Inyang's Nigerian family tree (who was lovingly called Honest Labour for his loyalty and resilience) as well as the nature of self-designated work, such as Space Afrika's music – a labor of love in its truest sense. With fellow co-founder Joshua Reid recently relocated to Berlin, the pair began sharing files last Autumn, piecing together poetic vignettes of looping haze and found sound, inspired by the notion of 'records that leave an impression, and help the listener deal with their life.' As the isolation of Covid compounded with the worsening Winter, the songs skewed increasingly introspective and emotive, reflecting a mood of dissipating futures and the infinite nocturnal unknown.

                                                                                            The artists cite two core motivations for "Honest Labour": to transcend the sum of their influences, and 'to show what we're capable of.' Both ambitions are entirely realized. The collection's 19 tracks flow with a synergy and sophistication as rare as they are radical, untethered to the dusty dub-techno templates of Space Afrika's early years. These are interstitial anthems, expressionistic and open-ended, delirious but deliberate, attuned to the drift and dreamstate of the present moment: ‘Ultimately this is an homage to U.K. energy, and an album about love and loss.’

                                                                                            Conjuring up similar, claustrophobic internal release and emotions such as Burial’s “Untrue” and Hype Williams’ “Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite…”; and even the brand new Joy O LP (“Still Slipping Vol. 1”), “Honest Labour” is the most intimate electronic conversation you’re going to get out of your headphones all year.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Barry says: Honest Labour is an absolute masterclass in electronic atmospheres and melodic restraint, treading a fine line between ambient stillness and rich, textural sonics. A shadowy, stunningly effective distillation of all of Space Afrika's experience so far, and a brilliantly immersive listen.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            LP SIDE A
                                                                                            A1 Yyyyyy2222
                                                                                            A2 Indigo Grit Ft. Guest
                                                                                            A3 Lose You Beau
                                                                                            A4 Solemn
                                                                                            A5 LV
                                                                                            A6 Preparing The Perfect Response ~
                                                                                            A7 Ny Interlude
                                                                                            A8 Rings Ft. Guest
                                                                                            A9 Noise Sweet
                                                                                            A10 B£E Ft. Blackhaine

                                                                                            LP SIDE B
                                                                                            B1 Like Orchids
                                                                                            B2 Meet Me At Sachas
                                                                                            B3 U Ft. KinseyLloyd
                                                                                            B4 <>
                                                                                            B5 Girl Scout Cookies Ft. Bianca Scout
                                                                                            B6 Ladybird Drone
                                                                                            B7 With Your Touch
                                                                                            B8 Strength Ft. LA Timpa
                                                                                            B9 Honest Labour Ft. HforSpirit

                                                                                            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

                                                                                              Jason Sharp

                                                                                              The Turning Centre Of A Still World

                                                                                                Montréal saxophonist and electroacoustic composer Jason Sharp presents his third album on Constellation. The Turning Centre Of A Still World is Sharp’s first purely solo record and his most lucid, poignant, integral work to date. Following two acclaimed albums composed around particular collaborators and guest players, Sharp conceived his third as an interplay strictly bounded by his own body, his acoustic instrument, and his evolving bespoke electronic system. The Turning Centre... is a singular sonic exploration of human machine calibration, interaction, expression and biofeedback.

                                                                                                Using saxophones, foot-controlled bass pedals, and his own pulse – patched through a heart monitor routed to variegated signal paths that trigger modular synthesizers and samplers. Sharp paints with organic waves of glistening synthesis, pink noise and digitalia. Melodic strokes and harmonic shapes ripple and crest across ever-shifting seas, through an inclement cycle from dawn to dusk. The album’s six main movements navigate a world where placid surfaces are always roiled and disquieted by a deeper inexorable gyre: the gravitational pull and tidal perpetuity of our bodies made of water, buffeted by terrestrial atmospheric pressures, wrung out by emotions, coursing with blood, sustained by breath, inescapably yearning for and returning to ground again and again. Sharp’s heartbeat literally courses through these compositions – while only occasionally surfacing as a clearly audible pulse or rhythm, it physically feeds into a spectrum of generative synthetic processes that help constitute and conduct the music.
                                                                                                The immersive, intensive, widescreen electronic works on The Turning Centre… could sit comfortably as a masterful and stellar contribution to the space/sci-fi/synth soundtrack genre, owing to their overall sound palette and oceanic scope. But this is ultimately deeper, grittier, earthier stuff – pulsing with terrestrial granularity, charting subterranean geographies of the heart and soul.

                                                                                                Sharp chose an unsparing time to commit to a rigorously solo practice: pandemic lockdown occurred just as the first studio sessions with sound engineer Radwan Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart, Matana Roberts, Suuns) were scheduled to begin. While much of the central architecture and several themes had already been constructed, Sharp found his isolation music marinating in a socially-distanced anxiety soup beyond all imagining, yielding some profoundly deeper flavours and hues. As the album attests: he more than stuck with it. With sessions rescheduled under covid protocols in Fall 2020, Moumneh captured Sharp at a peak of technical, technological, and intangibly expressive power.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: There are few releases on Constellation Records I don't like, so this was really either going to be something I liked or something I loved. Turns out it's the latter, and i'm pretty sure the thing that swung it was the modular synths. A huge all-encompassing wall of electronic drones and intricate, crystalline sound sculptures. It's towering but fragile, beautifully warm and overwhelming.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Intro
                                                                                                2. Unwinding Surrender
                                                                                                3. Velocity Of Being
                                                                                                4. Blossoming Rest
                                                                                                5. Upwelling Hope
                                                                                                6. Humility Of Pain
                                                                                                7. Everything Is Waiting For You
                                                                                                8. Outro

                                                                                                Jorja Smith returns to announce a new 8-track project, the first body of work from Jorja since her 2019 critically-acclaimed, Mercury Prize nominated debut album 'Lost & Found', for which she won her second BRIT Award for 'Best Female' and earned herself a nomination for 'New Artist' at the GRAMMY Awards.

                                                                                                The project finds Jorja delivering some of the most emotive and imaginative songs of her career. Over string-heavy production, she unveils a collection of songs that are diverse in their range but still extremely cohesive as a body of work - "It's called be right back because it's just something I want my fans to have right now, this isn't an album and these songs wouldn't have made it. If I needed to make these songs, then someone needs to hear them too." - Jorja says of the project.

                                                                                                To coincide with the announcement, Jorja is sharing new single 'Gone.' Highly anticipated, Smith states that "There's something about being able to write about one thing and for it to mean so many different things to others. I love that this song, well any of my songs really, will be interpreted in different ways, depending on the experiences of the people listening. This one is just me asking why people have to be taken from us."

                                                                                                'Gone' follows in the footsteps of Jorja's stunning March release 'Addicted', which also appears on 'Be Right Back', alongside 6 additional unheard tracks including a feature from rising South London rapper, Shaybo on track 3, 'Bussdown'.

                                                                                                Over the past three years, Smith has been celebrated unanimously across the world for her evocative song-writing, powerful delivery, pure emotion and unbridled talent as a young woman navigating her way through the world. Smith has graced multiple magazine covers, performed at awards ceremonies and on late night TV, and sold out shows across the globe, now surpassing over one billion global streams. Her 2019 hit single 'Be Honest' featuring Burna Boy has become her biggest song to date at almost 250M streams worldwide.


                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Addicted
                                                                                                2. Gone
                                                                                                3. Bussdown (feat. Shaybo)
                                                                                                4. Time
                                                                                                5. Home
                                                                                                6. Burn
                                                                                                7. Digging
                                                                                                8. Weekend

                                                                                                The Beach Boys

                                                                                                Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971

                                                                                                  In honor of 50 years of The Beach Boys’ timeless and often underappreciated albums, Capitol/UMC will release an expansive 5CD box set titled Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 on Aug 27 that chronicles and explores in depth this metamorphic and highly influential 1969-1971 period of the band’s legendary career. Assembled by Mark Linett and Alan Boyd, the team behind 2013’s GRAMMY® Award-winning SMiLE Sessions, the expansive collection features newly remastered versions of Sunflower and Surf’s Up and boasts 135 tracks, including 108 previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks and a capella versions, culled from the album sessions.

                                                                                                  Housed in a book style package, the set is rounded out with a 48-page book loaded with unreleased and rare photos, lyric sheets, tape box images, recording artifacts, insightful new liner notes by noted radio veteran and Beach Boys afficionado Howie Edelson, and new and archival interviews from Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, and others. Feel Flows will also be released in abbreviated versions including 4LP on black vinyl, 2LP black vinyl and 2CD editions.

                                                                                                  The Bronx

                                                                                                  Bronx VI

                                                                                                    LA-based rockers The Bronx return for their sixth studio album 'Bronx VI'.

                                                                                                    Bronx VI builds on the legacy The Bronx has established in its near two-decade existence, but which definitely proves the door to what’s next has not just been kicked down, but chopped up and burned to a cinder.

                                                                                                    Yes, the first four tracks – “White Shadow”, “Superbloom”, “Watering The Well” and “Curb Feelers” – bristles with the wild and untamed energy that’s defined the band from the off, but then – all of a sudden, as “Peace Pipe” kicks in – the pace and mood shifts to something a little less aggressive. Elsewhere, “Mexican Summer” and its (relatively) chilled-out mariachi vibes serve as an homage to the band’s alter-ego, Mariachi El Bronx (and was written while that incarnation of the band was on tour), while fatalistic closer “Participation Trophy” masks the Caughthran’s existential dread behind searing riffs and a catchy, defiant and exuberant melody. “The feelings I got when writing for this sixth record is the same type of feeling I got writing “Heart Attack American”.

                                                                                                    It all comes from the same place and it’s all still 100% genuine and real. Believe me – I’m still feeling the raw emotion that I felt when this band first started. That’s just who I am, that’s who we are as people. You can’t fake stuff like that when it comes to music or art. You have to stay connected. You’ve just got to be real” - Matt Caughthran, vocalist. Bronx VI was produced by Joe Baressi (Melvins, Tool, Bad Religion).

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    SIDE A

                                                                                                    1. White Shadow
                                                                                                    2. Superbloom
                                                                                                    3. Watering The Well
                                                                                                    4. Curb Feelers
                                                                                                    5. Peace Pipe
                                                                                                    6. High Five

                                                                                                    SIDE B

                                                                                                    1. Mexican Summer
                                                                                                    2. New Lows
                                                                                                    3. Breaking News
                                                                                                    4. Jack Of All Trades
                                                                                                    5. Participation Trophy

                                                                                                    Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like "explosive" and "thunderous" barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way.

                                                                                                    Furiously recorded in the early days of the covid-19 pandemic and surprise-released in July 2020, NO was met with immediate and widespread praise. Meant to serve as a mirror that redirects the negativity of the global lockdown to something more positive, the content on NO can be characterized as “extreme healing music”.

                                                                                                    Musically, it draws from influential noise-heavy hardcore group Gudon, even including a cover of their song “Fundamental Error”. NO is a classic hardcore thrash record and is one of the band’s strongest efforts from start to finish. This will also serve as the release of NO on streaming services worldwide.

                                                                                                    "Their most compelling album in more than a decade." - Pitchfork

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    SIDE 1
                                                                                                    1. Genesis
                                                                                                    2. Anti-Gone
                                                                                                    3. Non Blood Lore
                                                                                                    4. Temple Of Hatred
                                                                                                    5. Zerkalo

                                                                                                    SIDE 2
                                                                                                    1. HxCxHxC -Perforation Line2. Kikinoue
                                                                                                    3. Lust
                                                                                                    4. Fundamental Error
                                                                                                    5. Loveless
                                                                                                    6. Interlude

                                                                                                    Chvrches

                                                                                                    Screen Violence

                                                                                                      Screen Violence is the upcoming fourth studio album by Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches.

                                                                                                      The album began in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic as ideas shared over video calls and audio-sharing programs. It was produced by the band and recorded between Glasgow and Los Angeles. Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry said it felt "freeing initially" for the album to start out as something "escapist" but that the lyrics ended up being "definitely still personal"

                                                                                                      The album title came from an idea for the name of the band, but was then adapted for the title of the album due to the theme of violence "on screen, by screens and through screens – with songs addressing feelings of loneliness, disillusionment and fear, among other emotions".

                                                                                                      Martin Doherty called the album title "a bit more literal [than just a concept]. When we were making the record, it was like half of our lives were lived through screens. 

                                                                                                      Baba Ali

                                                                                                      Memory Device

                                                                                                        Though most debuts are the culmination of a lifetime of influences and experiences, few artists succeed in mapping their musical journey quite as vividly as Baba Ali has on Memory Device. Tracing his Nigerian heritage, an adolescence absorbing No Wave and the hip hop on NYC’s Hot 97, time immersed in the techno scene in Berlin, and the experimental punk spirit of his current base in London, Memory Device is an enthralling introduction to a musician who resolutely defies pigeonholing.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Draggin' On
                                                                                                        Black Wagon
                                                                                                        Thought Leader
                                                                                                        Nature's Curse
                                                                                                        Better Days
                                                                                                        The Well
                                                                                                        Got An Idea
                                                                                                        Waiting Room
                                                                                                        Nuclear Family
                                                                                                        Temp Worker 

                                                                                                        Bristol experimental jazz collective Ishmael Ensemble reveal their expansive new album “Visions of Light”. Proceesing “A State of Flow” their sophomore record sees the group reimagine what an ‘ensemble’ can do; expanding into a shifting collective, where human relationships between artists underpin far-ranging, stunningly ambitious and emotionally heavyweight compositions.

                                                                                                        Helmed by producer and saxophonist Pete Cunningham, Ishmael Ensemble’s richly inventive 2019 debut “A State Of Flow” marked them out as an explosive new force in UK jazz, imbuing lush cinematic compositions with left-field dub and electronic sensibilities redolent of Bristol’s vital musical landscape. Named The Guardian’s ‘Contemporary Album Of The Month’ and Mojo’s ‘Jazz Album of The Month’, it saw the group perform Maida Vale sessions for both Gilles Peterson and Tom Ravenscroft, as well as feature on compilations for Brownswood Recordings and Soul Jazz Records.

                                                                                                        Ishmael Ensemble has since become a platform for Cunningham to subvert the conventional notions of producer/artist relationships, unsettling genre tags, and transcending the familiar landscape of UK jazz itself. Across the album’s 10 tracks, Cunningham practices a holistic approach with a long list of collaborators. Together, they explore vast new sonic terrain with an honesty, intimacy and emotional heft impossible for a conventional band.

                                                                                                        “Visions Of Light” tells the story of Ishmael Ensemble’s development across its two sides. The first draws from the energy Cunningham and his bandmates discovered whilst extensively touring “A State Of Flow”. The album opens with a cascade of harp glissandos and the gorgeous “Feather” – Holysseus Fly’s lush vocal lulling the listener into a false sense of security, before her voice is warped beyond recognition in the high-octane, cacophonous “Wax Werk”. The tracks that follow take a darker, heavier turn. The driving, uninhibited performances of Stephen Mullins (guitar) and Rory O’Gorman (drums), along with Jake Spurgeon’s agile synth work, lay the foundation for Cunningham to deliver his most confident and direct saxophone performances to date.

                                                                                                        Side B sees Cunningham settle into his role as producer and collaborator, resetting the scene with the vivid and playful “Looking Glass”, inviting vocalist, harpist and strings arranger STANLAEY to take centre stage. The landscape shifts again for the movingly nostalgic “Morning Chorus”, whilst “The Gift” sees the angelic vocals of Tiny Chapter (Waldo’s Gift) initiate a dizzying crescendo of swirling synthesisers and string arrangements. When “Visions Of Light” resolves with the gorgeous slow-burner “January”, it is with an unmistakable hopefulness – something that, in these times of disquietude, is urgently felt.


                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                        1. Intro
                                                                                                        2. Feather
                                                                                                        3. Wax Werk
                                                                                                        4. Soma Centre
                                                                                                        5. Empty Hands

                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                        1. Looking Glass
                                                                                                        2. Morning Chorus
                                                                                                        3. Visions Of Light
                                                                                                        4. The Gift
                                                                                                        5. January

                                                                                                        Josephine Foster

                                                                                                        Blood Rushing

                                                                                                          Tenth anniversary reissue of Josephine Foster’s lauded ninth album ‘Blood Rushing’. The North American Colorado based singer-songwriter has lent her warbling mezzo-soprano and interpretive wit to nearly two decades of self-produced recordings. Foster’s songs are rooted in early American folk-blues as well as classical art song and Tin Pan Alley. A rock-ballet chanté, the music is set to a Pueblo drum's metapulsing Pan-American heartbeat. Recorded in Colorado by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) with the collaboration of her partner Spanish guitarist Victor Herrero, and musicians Paz Lenchantin (The Entrance Band), Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw) and Ben Trimble (Fly Golden Eagle). A story within a story, ‘Blood Rushing’ is a glimpse into the world of Blushing, a heteronym of the artist Josephine Foster. “North American folk linage from Jean Ritchie and Hedy West through to the present, via the chugging, churning electronic (folk) rock of The Velvet Underground, all the time infused with a joyous communal warmth.”

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1 Waterfall
                                                                                                          A2 Panorama Wide
                                                                                                          A3 Sacred Is The Star
                                                                                                          A4 Child Of God

                                                                                                          B1 Blood Rushing
                                                                                                          B2 The Wave Of Love
                                                                                                          B3 O Stars
                                                                                                          B4 Geyser
                                                                                                          B5 Underwater Daughter
                                                                                                          B6 Words Come Loose

                                                                                                          Mujuru was Zimbabwe’s foremost mbira (thumb piano) player who brought Shona music to the world. -Available outside Zimbabwe for the first time. All-acoustic, calming music for these times. Mbira importance grew with the struggle for independence and became a key symbol for the country after colonial period. Audio extracted from LP as master tapes were destroyed. Ephat Mujuru exemplifies a unique generation of traditional musicians in Zimbabwe. Born under an oppressive colonial regime in Southern Rhodesia, his generation witnessed the brutality of the 1970s liberation struggle, and then the dawn of independent Zimbabwe, a time in which African music culture long stigmatized by Rhodesian educators and religious authorities experienced a thrilling renaissance.

                                                                                                          Under the tutelage of his grandfather, who was a respected spirit medium and mbira master, Ephat showed an early talent for the rigors of mbira training, playing his first possession ceremony when he was just ten years old. By then, guerilla war was engulfing the country and his grandfather Muchatera tragically became a victim of the violence, a devastating blow to the young musician. In the midst of the liberation struggle, mbira music became political. Eventually, the Rhodesians were defeated, but rather than return to the past, the nation of Zimbabwe was born and a new future unfolded.

                                                                                                          Ephat threw himself into the spirit of independence, singing of brotherhood, healing, and unity: crucial themes during a time when the nation’s two dominant ethnic groups, the Shona and the Ndebele, were struggling to reconcile differences. Ephat’s band would eventually follow the popular trend and add electric instruments. But before that, he and Spirit of the People released two all acoustic albums, and they may well be the most exciting and beautiful recordings he made in his career. Mbavaira, the second of these albums, was released in 1983.

                                                                                                          As the independence years moved on, there would be fewer and fewer commercial mbira releases. But for the moment, Ephat had the required stature and reputation. Also, with the energy and drive we hear in these recordings, the album could easily rival the pop music of its day. Within a few years after the release of Mbavaira, it and albums like it became harder to find in Zimbabwean record stores. Ephat adapted to the times and formed an electric band. They recorded more albums over the years but none of them have the particularly delicious energy of Spirit of the People in the first years of Zimbabwe’s independence.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          01. Mbavaira 05:54
                                                                                                          02. Kuenda Mbire 05:48
                                                                                                          03. Mudande 05:58
                                                                                                          04. Nyama Musango 05:19

                                                                                                          Bruno Bavota

                                                                                                          For Apartments: Songs & Loops

                                                                                                            In the early months of 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak ravaged his home country of Italy, prolific composer Bruno Bavota did what we all would eventually do: isolated and waited. What followed was a year of fear, anxiety, and dread. Eventually, fear gave way to fatigue, and the anxiety metamorphosized into nervous energy. The compulsion to create became more powerful than the compression and weight. And so were born Apartment Songs and Apartment Loops. Representing two separate but intersecting paths of Bavota's creative journey, Apartment Songs is a suite of sparse solo acoustic piano works, while Apartment Loops are expansive explorations for synthesizers and outboard effects processors. Though in theory the two sets should sound disconnected and unrelated - given their disparate creative approaches and instrumentation - it's Bavota's uncanny sense of melody and space that easily unites them as two halves of a singular vision.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Apartment Loop #1 (5:57)
                                                                                                            2. Apartment Loop #2 (6:23)
                                                                                                            3. Apartment Loop #3 (6:48)
                                                                                                            4. Apartment Loop #4 (7:04)
                                                                                                            5. Apartment Loop #5 (7:48)
                                                                                                            6. Apartment Loop #6 (5:56)
                                                                                                            7. Apartment Song #1 (1:28)
                                                                                                            8. Apartment Song #2 (2:53)
                                                                                                            9. Apartment Song #3 (1:45)
                                                                                                            10. Apartment Song #4 (3:14)
                                                                                                            11. Apartment Song #5 (3:12)
                                                                                                            12. Apartment Song #6 (2:01)
                                                                                                            13. Apartment Song #7 (2:59)
                                                                                                            14. Apartment Song #8 (1:22)
                                                                                                            15. Apartment Song #9 (2:37)
                                                                                                            16. Apartment Song #10 (1:28)
                                                                                                            17. Apartment Song #11 (1:49)
                                                                                                            18. Apartment Song #12 (1:51)
                                                                                                            19. Apartment Song #13 (1:50)

                                                                                                            Divine Horsemen

                                                                                                            Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix

                                                                                                              Angeles, California—Divine Horsemen, the fiery, eclectic ’80s group that rode the unique vocal chemistry of Chris Desjardins (a.k.a. Chris D.) and Julie Christensen, return to the musical stage with Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix, a collection of all-new recordings. Co-produced by Desjardins and Craig Parker Adams (who engineered I Used To Be Pretty, the 2019 release by Chris D.’s groundbreaking ’70s punk band the Flesh Eaters), this new 13-track album comprises the first new music by the Horsemen in thirty-three years.

                                                                                                              Founded after the dissolution of the Flesh Eaters and launched with the 1984 Enigma Records album Time Stands Still, billed as Chris D./Divine Horseman, the band released three albums and an EP on SST Records, all of which featured the searing harmonies of Desjardins and Christensen, who were married at the time. The couple split professionally and personally just prior to the release of their January 1988 EP A Handful of Sand. However, the two musicians remained in touch over the years, and Christensen contributed vocals to five tracks on I Used To Be Pretty, which reunited the 1980 “all-star” edition of the Flesh Eaters heard on the Ruby/Slash classic A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die. By then, the idea of reviving Divine Horsemen was already percolating.

                                                                                                              Featuring onetime Divine Horsemen guitarist Peter Andrus, who had appeared on A Handful Of Sand and the 1987 album Snake Handler, and Bobby Permanent, the 2021 Divine Horsemen lineup is completed by drummer DJ Bonebrake of the incomparable L.A. band X. Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix stands as a bracing new achievement by a distinctive musical partnership that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Like the Flesh Eaters’ recent reunion, it’s a welcome return that plays to the group’s historic strengths.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Mystery Writers
                                                                                                              2. Falling Forward
                                                                                                              3. Ice Cream Phoenix
                                                                                                              4. Mind Fever
                                                                                                              5. Handful Of Sand
                                                                                                              6. Any Day Now
                                                                                                              7. 25th Floor
                                                                                                              8. Can't You See Me
                                                                                                              9. No Evil Star
                                                                                                              10. Strangers
                                                                                                              11. Barefoot In The Streets
                                                                                                              12. Stoney Path
                                                                                                              13. Love Cannot Die

                                                                                                              Villagers

                                                                                                              Fever Dreams

                                                                                                                Conor O'Brien is pleased to announce Villagers' fifth studio album Fever Dreams which will be released on August 20th via Domino. Escapism is a very necessary pursuit right now, and Fever Dreams follows it to mesmerising effect. It works like all the best records - it becomes a mode of transport; it picks you up from where you are and sets you down elsewhere.

                                                                                                                O’Brien says on the gestation of Fever Dreams: “I had an urge to write something that was as generous to the listener as it was to myself. Sometimes the most delirious states can produce the most ecstatic, euphoric and escapist dreams.”

                                                                                                                These are songs with the strange, melted shapes and the magical ambivalence of dreams. The intent of the songs is both mysterious and as clear as a bell. With Fever Dreams, there is a sense of a deepening mastery and an expanding reach by O’Brien. Inspiration for the album was found in many places and came in from all angles, from night swimming on a Dutch island to Flann O’Brien, Audre Lorde, David Lynch, L. S. Lowry via the library music of Piero Umiliani and Alessandro Alessandroni and jazz from Duke Ellington and Alice Coltrane.

                                                                                                                Written over the course of two years, the main bodies of the songs were recorded in a series of full-band studio sessions in late 2019 and early 2020. During the long, slow pandemic days, O’Brien refined them in his tiny home studio in Dublin, and the album was then mixed by David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, FKA Twigs).


                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Barry says: I admit to having not given too much time to the previous Villagers LP, but as soon as I heard 'Fever Dreams' it became clear I really should have done. Wistful melodies, perfectly balanced orchestration and brittle, soaring vocals coalesce into a wonderfully written and evocative whole.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                01 Something Bigger
                                                                                                                02 The First Day
                                                                                                                03 Song In Seven
                                                                                                                04 So Simpatico
                                                                                                                05 Momentarily

                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                01 Circles In The Firing Line
                                                                                                                02 Restless Endeavour
                                                                                                                03 Full Faith In Providence
                                                                                                                04 Fever Dreams
                                                                                                                05 Deep In My Heart

                                                                                                                Shire T

                                                                                                                Tomorrow's People

                                                                                                                  Shire T (AKA Chris Davids, one half of celebrated electronic duo Maribou State, who released their latest album ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ to widespread acclaim in 2018) releases his debut solo album ‘Tomorrow’s People’ on Maribou’s own Dama Dama imprint. As Shire T, Davids draws on darker, more club-ready sounds, citing a broad range of influences which manifest in a record he describes as “a celebration of British dance music culture, pulled from all the experiences and memories I’ve had in that world over the years.”

                                                                                                                  Having originally set out in early 2020 to work on new Maribou State music, the unfolding pandemic and abrupt change in circumstances led Davids to a renewed focus on his solo work. “I started feeling really nostalgic” he explains, “Sometimes you need a purpose to make music, something to work towards, but with this it was very much the opposite. It felt like the future had been erased and I ended up delving back into the past, into all the dance music that inspired me when I was growing up. It became a way to escape the madness that was going on at the time”

                                                                                                                  Tracks like lead single “Blue Kiss”—built around a TB-303 bassline and some classic drum machines—and album opener “Full Attention” wear their influences on their sleeves, building the pace early on with driving synth-lead rhythms in a nod back to 90’s rave. Elsewhere, tracks like “London. Paris. Berlin.” and “Serve No Tea” show off a gentler side to the record, the main piano refrains the result of a day spent tinkering on his old childhood piano. Regardless of the direction each track takes, Davids’ deft uses of melody and vocal samples keep everything tied together in a way that will feel both new and familiar to fans of his existing work.

                                                                                                                  Beginning life in 2017 as a way to create more club-ready tools for Maribou State’s DJ sets, Shire T soon became an important creative outlet for Davids, often seeing him carve out extra hours in the studio following Maribou recording sessions to work on the music. The project took on more significance as the pair began preparations for their ‘fabric presents’ release, resulting in two tracks—”Hackney Birdwatch” and “Gentlemens Whistle Club’—used to tie together the dancier-end of the various styles and tempos exhibited on the mix, which included new music from fellow Dama Dama label-mate North Downs, as well as new track “Mother” from Maribou State themselves.

                                                                                                                  Despite the period in which it was created, the album title ‘Tomorrow’s People’ serves as a more hopeful look towards the future, a time when dance music will once again ring out from club and festival sound-systems to be met by feet on the dance floor.


                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Barry says: As one half of Maribou State, it's no surprise that Chris 'Shire T' Davids has a few electronic tricks up his sleeve, but 'Tomorrow's People' is so chock full of nods to classic breakbeat, braindance and electronica that it's hard to believe it pulls together so cohesively, and it's a testament to the skills of Davids' production that it does.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Full Attention
                                                                                                                  Under The Sun
                                                                                                                  Blue Kiss
                                                                                                                  L.D.R.A
                                                                                                                  Over You
                                                                                                                  Burnin’ Jungle
                                                                                                                  London. Paris. Berlin.
                                                                                                                  Mind Games
                                                                                                                  Serve No Tea

                                                                                                                  Sweet Crisis

                                                                                                                  Tricks On My Mind

                                                                                                                    “The missing link between Free and The Black Keys” Paul Elliott, Q Magazine / Mojo Magazine : This is the sound of Sweet Crisis. Formed in Cambridge in 2015, after decades of friendship, they have drawn from years of shared experience and a well of hundreds of songs to create the debut album Tricks On My Mind. Sweet Crisis seek to balance all their inclinations and influences - like Free or Lenny Kravtiz, nothing is off the table if music sounds right. The key influences for Sweet Crisis are wide-ranging, from the classic rock and soul music of the ’70s – The Rolling Stones, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Donny Hathaway, Humble Pie – to The Verve and Massive Attack, The Black Keys and Jack White.

                                                                                                                    The iconic 70s sound combined with modern pioneers shape and inform this modern rock band’s sound. And with this wide-ranging DNA incorporating just the right amount of funk, soul and pop along the way, their album celebrates both modern and classic vibes. Leo and Piers write all of the songs for Sweet Crisis and have recently swelled their ranks with Matt Dudurym on bass, Dom Briggs-Fish on keyboards and Joe Taylor on drums – Now a well oiled machine that’s been running since early 2019 - together they’ve created a timeless and energetic record. Tricks On My Mind. The ten tracks on Tricks On My Mind were recorded and mixed at Headline Music Studios in Cambridge, mastered at Abbey Road Studios and released by Headline Records Ltd.

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Barry says: What a wonder this is from Sweet Crisis, brilliantly lurching between blues-influenced rock a-la Black Keys or White Stripes, into heady meandering prog music and soaring, late-70's psychedelia. Roaring solo guitars, soulful harmonies and anthemic rock and roll influences akimbo, this is a treat.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    01 Loosen Up
                                                                                                                    02 One Way Traffic
                                                                                                                    03 Ain't Got Soul
                                                                                                                    04 This Guitar
                                                                                                                    05 Karma Will Come
                                                                                                                    06 Tricks On My Mind
                                                                                                                    07 Misty Haze
                                                                                                                    08 Black Magic
                                                                                                                    09 Love Me Like Sugar
                                                                                                                    10 Living Life On The Edge

                                                                                                                    T. Griffin

                                                                                                                    The Proposal

                                                                                                                      RIYL: Library Tapes, Deaf Center, The Books, Tied & Tickled Trio. The original score for the acclaimed feature-length artworld documentary by multi-disciplinary artist Jill Magid: an exploration of the contested legacy of the Mexican architect Luis Barragan and an art intervention in its own right. Griffin wrote, performed and recorded The Proposal soundtrack with an understated but wide-ranging electro-acoustic sensibility that organically compliments the film's enigmatic narrative and the discreet beauty of Barragan's architectural spaces. Various acoustic instruments combine with electronics, sampling and ambient treatments for an ever-shifting suite of musical vignettes across the album's thirteen tracks. Guest musicians include Matana Roberts, Reut Regev, Jim White (Xylouris White, The Dirty Three), Jason Ajemian (Helado Negro), and Sophie Trudeau and Timothy Herzog (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) – alongside Griffin's own contributions on multiple instruments, field recordings and production. Griffin weaves an iridescent musical tapestry, threading various genres with sublime thematic and atmospheric coherence, echoing Magid's contemplative, cerebral journey. The music also works enchantingly on its own as a subtly haunted, evocative and meditative album

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Barry says: The Proposal is yet another perfectly weighted soundtrack by T Griffin, coming on the ever-reliable constellation records. Rich, organic basses and dissonant strings work around each-other atop a thickly textured bed of found sounds, flickering banjo and swimming, soaring atmospherics. An absolute triumph in terms of musical direction, and a perfect standalone piece in it's own right.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      01 Dearest Frederica (Opening The Proposal)
                                                                                                                      02 Grass Horns For The Proposal Dinner
                                                                                                                      03 Manufacture
                                                                                                                      04 Copyright Implications
                                                                                                                      05 Void Room And Reliquary
                                                                                                                      06 St. Gallen
                                                                                                                      07 Word Guitar
                                                                                                                      08 The Jeweler
                                                                                                                      09 Poised
                                                                                                                      10 Architecture Of Noise
                                                                                                                      11 The Nun With A Chipped Tooth
                                                                                                                      12 As Ever
                                                                                                                      13 Grass Horns For The Proposal Credits

                                                                                                                      Bored At My Grandmas House

                                                                                                                      Sometimes I Forget You're Human Too EP - Repress

                                                                                                                        Bored At My Grandma's House is the moniker of 19-year old Leeds-based Amber Strawbridge, starting out as an exercise in passing time when she was quite literally bored at her Grandma's place. First single & EP opener 'Showers' is about time alone & listening to your mind - “Do you ever think of showers as like a new beginning?“ is a poignant opening line, about that therapeutic space for you to really think and let your thoughts surface. In Amber's own words "showers are a kind of therapy in my opinion, they give you time to reflect and think without influence from anything external."

                                                                                                                        Born in Whitehaven, Cumbria to musical family, and raised on the likes of Bowie & Pink Floyd there was always plenty of opportunity to mess around on the various instruments lying around the house. Attempts at proper music lessons went awry as Amber shunned the rules & rigidity, and so instead she gradually taught herself piano, guitar & drums. After time travelling in Cambodia, teaching English & helping with projects in various villages, Amber stayed with her Grandma & began to use the aeons of spare time to make tunes on Garageband & upload them to soundcloud. As a wave of BBC Introducing support rolled in, coupled with a move to Leeds to study music, the bedroom set-up evolved & a full EP began to take shape.

                                                                                                                        Playing all the instruments & self-recording most of the EP at home, Amber took the tracks to Alex Greaves (Working Men's Club, Bdrmm) at the Nave studio for live drums & some final mixing flourishes, leaving an EP full of lo-fi charm but with a studio feel. Inspired by Slowdive, Wolf Alice & Alvvays, Sometimes I Forget You're Human Too showcases Amber's singular vision of indie-pop, on an EP that deals with topics like humanity, nostalgia & the current refugee crisis.

                                                                                                                        Speaking on the EP title Amber says "Sometimes I forget you’re human too is the realisation that everyone is the same. In the sense that we are all human, everyone has issues and problems to face, everyone makes mistakes and has success. I used to compare myself to others a lot and think ‘wow they have their life together’ or ‘how are they so happy all of the time’ but that’s not the case it’s just what you can see on the outside ...so it’s kind of an EP of self assurance and reminding myself that it’s ok to not have it together all the time because no one does as we’re all just human after all"

                                                                                                                        The EP is just the start for Bored At My Grandmas House "I’ve already got a few tracks which I’m thinking could be potentially for an album, I’d definitely like to do a bigger project next and have the sound I’d like in mind. I’ve recently just got a band together so hopefully when live shows are resurrected I’ll have a few of those!" 2021 is looking to be anything but boring for Amber Strawbridge.


                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Barry says: 'Sometimes I Forget...' has all of the immediate charm of a lo-fi indie classic, brimming with echoic vocals and wonderfully evocative melodies, delivered with all of the honesty and grit of a bedroom recording session. Wonderfully written, perfectly performed and well worth your time.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Showers
                                                                                                                        2. Sometimes I Forget You're Human Too
                                                                                                                        3. Skin
                                                                                                                        4. Summer
                                                                                                                        5. Safer At Sea 

                                                                                                                        Fink

                                                                                                                        IIUII

                                                                                                                          ‘IIUII’ is essentially a re-imagining, a reminiscence and a unique take on the Best Of format, with the band re-recording key Fink tracks from 2006-2016 - “that whole arc, from my bedroom to having a proper hit, playing the big festival stages with big production, and all the rest,” according to Fin Greenall aka Fink.

                                                                                                                          In 2019, after heavy band touring for three years, Fin did a solo acoustic tour which took him full circle back to the simplicity of those early days. Making an album that reflected this seemed like a beautiful way to tie the whole story together.

                                                                                                                          Fink has previously collaborated with artists such as Bonobo, Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Professor Green and more.

                                                                                                                          For fans of Bon Iver, The National, Nick Mulvey, Jose Gonzalez, Iron & Wine.

                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                          Barry says: And so to IIUII. Both the acoustic album and the book are a document of the first ten years of Fink Mark Two, 2006-16 - "that whole arc, from my bedroom to having a proper hit, playing the big festival stages with big production, and all the rest." In 2019, after heavy band touring for three years, Fin did a solo acoustic tour which took him full circle back to the simplicity of those early days - and making an album that reflected this seemed a beautiful way to tie the whole story together.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Sort Of Revolution (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Warm Shadow (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Looking Too Closely (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Shakespeare (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Pills In My Pocket (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          This Is The Thing (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Walking In The Sun (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Blueberry Pancakes (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Berlin Sunrise (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Maker (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Biscuits (IIUII)
                                                                                                                          Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us (IIUII)

                                                                                                                          Martin Gore

                                                                                                                          The Third Chimpanzee Remixed

                                                                                                                            The Third Chimpanzee Remixed sees Martin Gore’s recent five-track release reimagined by remixers including Rrose, JakoJako, Kangding Ray and artists from the Mute family including Chris Liebing and ANNA. Martin Gore, one of the founding members and primary songwriter of Depeche Mode, explores euphoric modular sounds and develops his career’s long relationship with electronic music through the primate-themed EP. The Third Chimpanzee follows his eponymous album MG in 2015 and SSSS, his collaboration with Erasure’s Vince Clarke for their VCMG project. The artwork was created by Pockets Warhol, a capuchin monkey based in Canada who paints for charity.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Patrick says: Tough, tense and synth heavy, this set of remixes sees a variety of old and new faces nudge the synth legend into techy dancefloor territories.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Howler (ANNA Remix)
                                                                                                                            Mandrill (Barker Remix)
                                                                                                                            Capuchin (Wehbba Remix)
                                                                                                                            Vervet (JakoJako Remix)
                                                                                                                            Howler (Kangding Ray Remix)
                                                                                                                            Howler (The Exaltics Remix)
                                                                                                                            Mandrill (Rrose Remix)
                                                                                                                            Capuchin (Jlin Remix)
                                                                                                                            Vervet (Chris Liebing Remix)
                                                                                                                            Mandrill (MoReVoX Remix)

                                                                                                                            "Kiosque Of Arrows 2" is Detlef Weinrich's (a.k.a. Tolouse Low Trax) first compilation for Bureau B. Echoing the spirit of the legendary samplers found on Les Disques Du Crépuscule or Made To Measure, this hybrid journal collates unusual pieces of music - rare and undiscovered pearls from the experimental underground of the early 1980s through to contemporary unreleased recordings It all helps to pinpoint Tolouse Low Trax as artist and curator in the grander scheme of things, whilst evoking the spirit of countless nights at the Düsseldorfer Salon des Amateurs.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A1. Macromassa - El Consecuente Aspecto De Geometria
                                                                                                                            A2. The Stupid Set - Basset
                                                                                                                            A3. DsorDNE - Il Senso Di Torpore
                                                                                                                            A4. Techno Twins - Donald & Julie Go Boating
                                                                                                                            A5. Venus In Furs - La Valse De Salon
                                                                                                                            A6. Javier Segura - Camino Largo
                                                                                                                            B1. Bassae - Oedipa Maas Y Los Atomos
                                                                                                                            B2. Lydia Tomkiw - Hot June Evening
                                                                                                                            B3. Iueke & Lippie - Van Gogh - La Farandole Op1
                                                                                                                            B4. Kaoru Hirose - Dah-May-Yoo
                                                                                                                            B5. Viola Renea - Chariot Of Palace

                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                            Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds Of Japan 1980-1988

                                                                                                                              Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988 hovers vibe–wise between two distinct poles within Light In The Attic’s acclaimed Japan Archival Series—Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990 and Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976–1986. All three albums showcase recordings produced during Japan’s soaring bubble economy of the 1980s, an era in which aesthetic visions and consumerism merged. Music echoed the nation’s prosperity and with financial abundance came the luxury to dream.

                                                                                                                              Sonically, Somewhere Between mines the midpoint between Kankyō Ongaku’s sparkling atmospherics and Pacific Breeze’s metropolitan boogie. The compilation encompasses ambient pop, underground electronics, liminal minimalism and shadow sounds—all descriptors emphasizing the hazy nature of the nebula. Out–of–focus rhythms wear ethereal accoutrements, ballads are shrouded in static, and angular drums snake skyward on transcendent tones. From the Avant–minimalism of Mkwaju Ensemble and Yoshio Ojima, to the leftfield techno-pop of Mishio Ogawa and Noriko Miyamoto (featuring members of YMO), and highlights from the groundbreaking Osaka underground label Vanity Records, these are blurry constellations defying collective categorization.

                                                                                                                              These tracks also exist in a space of transition when the major label grip on the Japanese recording market began to give way to the escalation of independents. Thanks to the idyllic economic climate and innovations in domestically–manufactured music gear, creators on the edges were empowered to focus on satisfying their artistic visions in the open headspace of home studios. While labels like Warner Music and Nippon Columbia explored new sounds through traditional channels, it was possible for Vanity, Balcony and other indie labels, not to mention self–released artists like Ojima and Naoki Asai, to publish their work via affordable media such as cassettes, 7" vinyl, and flexi–discs.

                                                                                                                              Expertly curated by Yosuke Kitazawa and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab), Somewhere Between is a collection of music, much of it released for the first time outside Japan, that is bound more by energetic vibration than shared history, genre or scene. They are the sounds of transition and searching—a celebration of the freedom found in floating.


                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Noriko Miyamoto - Arrows & Eyes
                                                                                                                              Mishio Ogawa - Hikari No Ito Kin No Ito
                                                                                                                              Yoshio Ojima - Days Man
                                                                                                                              Mkwaju Ensemble - Tira-Rin
                                                                                                                              R.N.A-ORGANISM - WEIMAR 22
                                                                                                                              Naoki Asai - Yakan Hikou
                                                                                                                              Takami Hasegawa - Koneko To Watashi
                                                                                                                              Mammy - Mizu No Naka No Himitsu
                                                                                                                              Dip In The Pool - Hasu No Enishi
                                                                                                                              Wha Ha Ha - Akatere
                                                                                                                              D-Day - Sweet Sultan
                                                                                                                              Perfect Mother - Dark Disco-Da·Da·Da·Da·Run
                                                                                                                              Neo Museum - Area
                                                                                                                              Sonoko - Wedding With God (À Nijinski)

                                                                                                                              Order the album online or pick it up instore before midnight on Friday 20 August and you could be the lucky winner of a 'Golden Ticket' that gives you and a friend free entry to their show at Victoria Warehouse on Friday 17th September.

                                                                                                                              Jungle’s new album ‘Loving In Stereo’ is the soundtrack for a summer quite unlike any other with their completely unique and soulful sound.

                                                                                                                              The British producer duo have created a huge disco record for the post-social distancing age, with a life-affirming, dancefloor-igniting, sun-kissed celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly joyful. What’s not to love, get stuck into the thickest juiciest tunes to come out this year. The feeling of europhia seeps into every corner of Loving In Stereo and it’s not enough to have it continually on repeat.

                                                                                                                              ‘Romeo’ has the most laid back - back of the car with the windows down vibe ever, whereas ‘Talk About It’ is the epitome of Jungle in a nutshell, fired-up synth beats and backing vocals you can only dream of. Not forgetting Bonnie Hill for a quick feel-good hit, instant joy!

                                                                                                                              Jungle have created the only album you need this summer to brighten up those long sunny days and light nights. Repeat, repeat and then repeat again. 


                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Millie says: Jungle treating us with the stunning new album Loving In Stereo, this needs to jump to the top of your listening pile. ‘All of the Time’ and ‘Bonnie Hill’ are a permanent favourite of mine, get on this album for an instant mood booster this summer!

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Dry Your Tears
                                                                                                                              2. Keep Moving
                                                                                                                              3. All Of The Time
                                                                                                                              4. Romeo
                                                                                                                              5. Lifting You
                                                                                                                              6. Bonnie Hill
                                                                                                                              7. Fire
                                                                                                                              8. Talk About It
                                                                                                                              9. No Rules
                                                                                                                              10. Truth
                                                                                                                              11. What D'You Know About Me?
                                                                                                                              12. Just Fly, Don't Worry
                                                                                                                              13. Goodbye My Love
                                                                                                                              14. Can't Stop The Stars

                                                                                                                              ‘Still Slipping Vol.1’ is the debut full length project from Joy Orbison. Fans of Joy O’s DJ sets and radio shows will already be aware of his diverse tastes and inspirations, represented here through a roll call of delicately curated, mainly UK, collaborators that include Herron, James Massiah, Bathe, Léa Sen, Goya Gumbani and TYSON.

                                                                                                                              Just as important are the voices of Joy Orbison's family - mum, dad, sister Sarah, uncle Frankie, uncle Keith (recently departed), auntie Helen and cousins Lola and Mia, as well as Leighann, who was the first person to introduce him to drum and bass and garage as a kid and stars on the mixtape’s cover art.

                                                                                                                              They appear throughout the record via a series of voice notes, his only contact with his family during this year of worldwide lockdown and an intimate, vicarious glimpse into the personal world of an artist who has generally side-stepped the public gaze. 

                                                                                                                              It's a long time coming since 2009's "Hyph Mngo" revolutionized and married the worlds of bass and techno together. Instrumental in advancing dance music and merging tribes of different electronic genres together, his Sunklo items have become treasured artifacts of dance music lineage and it seems utterally bewildering that it's taken him until now to release a full length album.

                                                                                                                              Painfully succinct, delicately poised and highly advanced; all the trademarks that mark this singular and innovative producer / DJ. Sequenced to perfection and playing more like a mixtape tape than a collection of individual tracks, you'll struggle to take the needle off the record until its completion I can assure you! Highly recommended!  

                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Matt says: Can you believe this is Joy-O's first long player?! His tracks seem to have influenced and soundtracked the better dancefloors of the last decade on a near-permanent basis. Over a transient, constantly-morphing LP we get the skitty, advanced kinetics; emotive washes and his shadowy, blurred vox all showcased at their most intimate and astonishing. One of our royal treasures of electronic music.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              W/ Dad & Frankie
                                                                                                                              Sparko (feat. Herron)
                                                                                                                              Swag W/ Kav (feat. James Massiah & Bathe)
                                                                                                                              Better (feat. Léa Sen)
                                                                                                                              Bernard?
                                                                                                                              Runnersz
                                                                                                                              Rraine (feat. Edna)
                                                                                                                              Glorious Amateurs
                                                                                                                              S Gets Jaded
                                                                                                                              Froth Sipping
                                                                                                                              Layer 6
                                                                                                                              In Drink
                                                                                                                              Playground (feat. Goya Gumbani)
                                                                                                                              Born Slipping (feat. TYSON)

                                                                                                                              Alan Vega

                                                                                                                              After Dark

                                                                                                                                2021 is shaping up to be the year of Alan Vega. Every year should be but, this year is definitely it. The announcement of the opening of the Alan Vega archives which will be unleashing an untold amount of unreleased material dating back to 1971 via Sacred Bones, the release of Mutator (a lost album from the mid ’90s), which has gained rave reviews, a massive feature in the NY Times…Vega has been celebrated everywhere of late.

                                                                                                                                In The Red is over the moon to participate in this celebration with the release of After Dark—an album that captures a late night rock ’n’ roll session with Vega backed by Ben Vaughn, Palmyra Delran and Barb Dwyer (all members of the incredible Pink Slip Daddy as well as countless other cool projects). This album serves as a reminder that Alan Vega was an incredible rock ’n’ roll / blue / rockabilly vocalist. He was one of the best.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Barry says: 'After Dark' sees the Suicide frontman's unreleased session with members of Pink Slip Daddy, and veers between droning guitars and driving percussion and the near-legendary vocal vitriol of Vega. It's a wonderful release filled with exactly what we'd expect from this much beloved and sorely missed musical icon.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Nothing Left
                                                                                                                                2. Hi Speed Roller
                                                                                                                                3. Out Of Town
                                                                                                                                4. River Of No Shame
                                                                                                                                5. Wings Of Glory
                                                                                                                                6. The Record Speed

                                                                                                                                Samia

                                                                                                                                Scout

                                                                                                                                  Following the huge success of her The Baby and The Baby Reimagined albums, Samia's brand new EP 'Scout' showcases her diverse musical palate, traversing the plains of gloriously infectious pop and atmospheric indie before serving up a winsome ballad and a cover of When In Rome’s “The Promise” with Jelani Aryeh. This superb release marks an extremely successful year for Samia, who is also poised to go on tour with Sylvan Esso and Savannah Conley.

                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                  Barry says: Beautifully woven melodies and brittle but beautiful vocals work together to create a soaring, melancholic juxtaposition of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Glimpses of scattered percussion and perfectly applied saturation give 'Scout' an otherworldly, haunting dynamism.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. As You Are
                                                                                                                                  2. Show Up
                                                                                                                                  3. Elephant
                                                                                                                                  4. The Promise (Feat. Jelani Aryeh)

                                                                                                                                  Lucinda Chua

                                                                                                                                  Antidotes

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                    The vinyl edition of Antidotes will include both EPs.

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                    Jade Bird

                                                                                                                                    Different Kinds Of Light

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

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

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      DKOL
                                                                                                                                      Open Up The Heavens
                                                                                                                                      Honeymoon
                                                                                                                                      Punchline
                                                                                                                                      Different Kinds Of Light
                                                                                                                                      Trick Mirror
                                                                                                                                      I'm Getting Lost
                                                                                                                                      Houdini
                                                                                                                                      1994
                                                                                                                                      Now Is The Time
                                                                                                                                      Candidate
                                                                                                                                      Red White And Blue
                                                                                                                                      Rely On
                                                                                                                                      Prototype
                                                                                                                                      Headstart

                                                                                                                                      Stimulator Jones

                                                                                                                                      Low Budget Environments Striving For Perfection

                                                                                                                                      Instrumental beat record from multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and hip-hop DJ Stimulator Jones, curated with Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf. Follow up to his debut album, ‘Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures’, featuring break out hit ‘Soon Never Comes’. 

                                                                                                                                      ‘Low Budget Environments Striving For Perfection’ is comprised of atmospheric hip-hop beats, mainly using a Yamaha SU700. Focussed and singular in style, direction and execution yet occupying a suitably stoned, hazy and liminal area which gives way to psychedelic day dreams amd optimistic moods.

                                                                                                                                      Stimulator Jones counts Billie Eilish as a fan - she has posted his track ‘Soon Never Comes’ multiple times on her socials. For fans of Dan Kye, Matt Martians, DãM-FunK, Mndsgn, Jitwam, DJ Harrison, Swarvy, Butcher Brown etc.

                                                                                                                                      Artwork by illustrator Adam Castle. 

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Barry says: Super chill syncopated beats and lo-fi instrumental hip-hop business here from Stimulator Jones, swinging between glitchy cut-up scratches and scattered MPC swing. It's a brilliantly psychedelic and brilliantly constructed set of gems.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. The Essence
                                                                                                                                      2. Dungeon Master
                                                                                                                                      3.Chill & Sip
                                                                                                                                      4. How Much You Care
                                                                                                                                      5. Icy Altitudes
                                                                                                                                      6. Heat Index
                                                                                                                                      7. Blowin Gold
                                                                                                                                      8. Flow Speed
                                                                                                                                      9. Errybodyguh
                                                                                                                                      10. Ecstasy Ride
                                                                                                                                      11. Grover Chop
                                                                                                                                      12. Thunderball
                                                                                                                                      13. Figueroa
                                                                                                                                      14. Watermelon Slices
                                                                                                                                      15. Rhythm Ace
                                                                                                                                      16. Peaceful
                                                                                                                                      17. Spirit (JD)
                                                                                                                                      18. Vague Vibes
                                                                                                                                      19. Quarantine
                                                                                                                                      20. Side Step
                                                                                                                                      21. Useless Trees
                                                                                                                                      22. Sun Rays
                                                                                                                                      23. Juju

                                                                                                                                      There has always been a Reggae in­uence in the music of El Michels Affair. From their cover of “Hung Up On My Baby” done in a Reggae style, to the general sound and approach that permeates Leon’s production style. While recording Bailey’s 2020 Ekundayo album, they did some straight forward reggae tunes inspired by different eras alongside some modern R&B tracks that would sit more comfortably next to Frank Ocean than Jacob Miller. It is this same notion that old and new can live so comfortably together that birthed the idea of Ekundayo Inversions.

                                                                                                                                      Traditional dub came out of reggae in the late 60s and early 70s when pioneers like King Tubby and Lee Perry started taking the multi track recordings of songs and running them back through the board adding effects and additional instrumentation. These recordings are called “dubs” or “versions” and are typically instrumentals with ­ourishes of vocals from the original tracks.

                                                                                                                                      El Michels decided to use the blueprints left behind and make something using the in­uences of today. He wound up straying so far from the traditional format that it didn’t seem right to use the word ‘Dub’, hence Ekundayo Inversions. All the songs are tied together by WhatsApp messages between Leon and Liam that perfectly narrate the story of this record and their working relationship.

                                                                                                                                      One of the highlights on Ekundayo Inversions is a guest appearance from the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry on the “Ugly Truth” version. L$P switches between singing and talking, proclaiming his powers one minute and playing with the track’s title the next. On “Awkward take. 2” Leon takes one of the most experimental songs from Ekundayo and actually straightens it out. A track that once seemed to be ­oating in space has now been anchored by the addition of drums and bass. “Faded”, a version of “Paper Tiger”, is given the full EMA treatment with the addition of emotive horns over an uncomfortably sparse rhythm track peppered with Liam’s voice drenched in delay and echo.

                                                                                                                                      “Champions” features a verse from Black Thought of The Roots and halfway through, El Michels sends the rhythm section 50 years back. At the end of the day, Ekundayo Inversions is a testament to how strong the original songs are. Whether they’re in a R&B style, reggae style, stripped down to their bare bones, or loaded with production, the songs will move you.

                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                      Barry says: What a truly stunning set of songs this is, swimming in dubby atmospherics while still retaining the groove and soul of the originals. Some of the pieces are a little bit more in the downbeat realm, before we get the smooth as silk R&B and dubby cuts that bring things back to the (decidedly relaxed) dancefloor. A superb selection of versions, perfectly at home with the orignals, while remaining resolutely distinct from them.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      SIDE A:
                                                                                                                                      1. Conquer & Divide
                                                                                                                                      Feat. Black Thought
                                                                                                                                      2. Amazing Woman
                                                                                                                                      3. Angel Face
                                                                                                                                      4. Walk With Me
                                                                                                                                      5. No One Else
                                                                                                                                      6. King

                                                                                                                                      SIDE B:
                                                                                                                                      1. Ugly Truths Feat. Lee Scratch Perry
                                                                                                                                      2. I Love NY
                                                                                                                                      3. Superstar
                                                                                                                                      4. Awkward (Take 2)
                                                                                                                                      5. Lucky Man
                                                                                                                                      6. Faded

                                                                                                                                      Josienne Clarke

                                                                                                                                      A Small Unknowable Thing

                                                                                                                                        For the first time since her early beginnings, Clarke is flying solo. No label, no musical partner, no producer. Clarke is in complete control of her songwriting, arranging, producing, release schedule and musical direction. While the themes might feel familiar to her fans, the musical journey will not, with Clarke taking in a wide range of new and diverse influences across the album – from Adrianne Lenker’s ‘Hours Were The Birds’, IDLES’ ‘Colossus’, Radiohead’s ‘Airbag’ to Phoebe Bridgers ‘Garden Song’ and more, the album’s touchstones span a vast musical collage of anger and hope. Lead single, ‘Sit Out’ is frustration and defiance in sonic form. “All you stand for / Makes me want to sit out” she sings over thick, driving guitars and an almost Beastie Boys-esque drum beat.

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        Barry says: Josienne Clarke's new album manages to take a diverse range of influences and seamlessly integrate them into a beautifully accomplished whole. The more cavernous percussion and distorted guitars perfectly offset Clarke's haunting vocals in the more meditative pieces here. A wonderful collection.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Super Recogniser
                                                                                                                                        Like This
                                                                                                                                        Never Lie
                                                                                                                                        Chains
                                                                                                                                        If It’s Not
                                                                                                                                        Sit Out
                                                                                                                                        Sting My Heart
                                                                                                                                        The Collector
                                                                                                                                        Tiny Bit Of Life
                                                                                                                                        A Letter On A Page
                                                                                                                                        Deep Cut
                                                                                                                                        Out Loud
                                                                                                                                        Repaid
                                                                                                                                        Unbound 

                                                                                                                                        Torres

                                                                                                                                        Thirstier

                                                                                                                                          Torres’ fifth album Thirstier pumps the miraculous into the mundane. It is in open revolt against the gray drag of time, a searing and life-affirming eruption of an album that wonders what could happen if we found a way to make our fantasies inexhaustible. What if we got whatever we wanted and still wanted it, endlessly, with no threat of boredom and no danger of depletion? What could we become if we let ourselves grow incandescent with eternally renewing desire?

                                                                                                                                          Since releasing her self-titled debut album in 2013, Torres the stage name of Brooklyn-based rock musician Mackenzie Scott has used her pointed lyricism and disarming vocal presence to seek openings in the everyday, prying apart the walls of the real in search of escape. After a pandemic year that toggled relentlessly between numbing dread and active terror, Thirstier explodes the borders of imaginative possibility. It is Scott’s most exuberant and daring record to date, showcasing her in thrilling freefall.

                                                                                                                                          Recorded in the fall of 2020 at Middle Farm Studios in Devon, UK, Thirstier marks a turn towards a bigger, more bombastic sound for Torres. The anxious hush that fell over much of Scott’s previous music gets turned inside-out in songs tailored for post-plague celebration. Scott co-produced the album with Rob Ellis and Peter Miles, drawing on her experience self-producing the acclaimed 2020 LP Silver Tongue to push her music onto an even broader scale. Guitar-driven walls of sound, reminiscent of producer Butch Vig’s work with Garbage and Nirvana, surge and dissipate like surf in high winds, carrying Scott’s commanding voice to the fore.

                                                                                                                                          “I wanted to channel my intensity into something that felt positive and constructive, as opposed to being intense in a destructive or eviscerating way,” Scott notes. “I love the idea that intensity can actually be something life-saving or something joyous.”

                                                                                                                                          From the sparkling country romp of “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head” to the sour grunge bite of “Keep the Devil Out” and the unabashed, overflowing devotion of the album’s title track, Thirstier clasps together love songs from all angles. Romantic love, platonic love, familial love, self-love, and freeing spiritual love all commingle, all feeding one another and vaulting toward the horizon. Scott sings of love that never knows scarcity.

                                                                                                                                          “The more of you I drink / The thirstier I get,” she pronounces on the title track’s chorus a thesis statement for the album as a whole, and its resolute striving toward abundance. “Keep me in your fantasies / Even though you live with me,” she sings at the song’s climax, enclosing transportive, alchemizing desire inside the pedestrian without dulling any of its glow.

                                                                                                                                          “We’re always fantasizing about something that’s out of reach. That’s what a fantasy is. It’s something you can’t have. But I wanted to turn that idea around and ask, ‘What if your fantasy was the thing that you have, this endless loop of fantasy?’” Scott says. “It’s a way to be in this fantastical, magical realm forever. I want to make that space for myself. I want to create a reality where my day-to-day is actually my fantasy. That’s what I want more than anything.”

                                                                                                                                          With Thirstier, Torres clears the way to that wellspring and invites others to follow her there. “I’ve been conjuring this deep, deep joy that I honestly didn’t feel for most of my life,” she says. “I feel like a rock within myself. And I’ve started to feel that I have what it takes to help other people conjure their joy, too.”

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          SIDE A
                                                                                                                                          Are You Sleepwalking?
                                                                                                                                          Don’t Go Puttin Wishes In My Head
                                                                                                                                          Constant Tomorrowland
                                                                                                                                          Drive Me
                                                                                                                                          Big Leap

                                                                                                                                          SIDE B
                                                                                                                                          Hug From A Dinosaur
                                                                                                                                          Thirstier
                                                                                                                                          Kiss The Corners
                                                                                                                                          Hand In The Air
                                                                                                                                          Keep The Devil Out

                                                                                                                                          Brodka

                                                                                                                                          Brut

                                                                                                                                            Polish alt-pop superstar Brodka announces new album BRUT; a powerful examination of gender, self-image and society. Hot on the heels of her Speedy Wunderground 7” 'Wrong Party', BRUT was recorded with Boxed In’s Oli Bayston (Kelly Lee Owens, Loyle Carner) and finds Brodka blurring the boundaries between natural and synthetic sounds. Post-punk riffs, icy synths and the serrated, heavily-processed guitar sounds that slice through glittering electro-pop to bring an industrial edge to the brutalism-inspired vision.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. Come To Me
                                                                                                                                            2. Game Change
                                                                                                                                            3. Hey Man
                                                                                                                                            4. Imagination
                                                                                                                                            5. Falling Into You
                                                                                                                                            6. You Think You Know Me
                                                                                                                                            7. Fruits
                                                                                                                                            8. In My Eyes
                                                                                                                                            9. The World Is You
                                                                                                                                            10. Chasing Ghosts
                                                                                                                                            11. Sadness

                                                                                                                                            Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson

                                                                                                                                            Refuge

                                                                                                                                              Last spring, Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson started to make a record that was like nothing they had made before — an ambient album that would be both a haven from a suddenly terrified world and a heartfelt musical dialogue between two artists who have been friends and collaborators for over two decades. Refuge is an album of profound meditative beauty which offers the listener a much-needed sense of peace and renewal. But while it was recorded in 2020 its roots go back much further — all the way to the start of their friendship and, beyond that, to the shared sounds and ethics of their childhoods.

                                                                                                                                              Devendra grew up in Venezuela while Noah, six years older, is a native of Nevada City, California. But as they got to know each other, they realised that they had a similar history in the New Age subculture of the 1980s: a world of meditation, Eastern music, the Bhagavad Gita and The Whole Earth Catalog. Childhood memories were coloured by the aromas of health food stores and the sound of New Age labels like Windham Hill Records. Noah, whose production and mixing credits include Joanna Newsom and the Strokes, came on board as co-producer of Devendra’s 2005 album Cripple Crow and they have been working together ever since.

                                                                                                                                              It was while making Devendra’s 2019 album Ma that the pair finally decided to make their ambient record. Despite complicating logistics, 2020 created an emotional craving for music with this contemplative, therapeutic quality. Inspired by both memories of the past and the needs of the present, Refuge is an act of companionship and generosity which gives the listener room to breathe. “We’re hoping to create a sense of comfort and coming back to the moment,” Devendra says. “It’s really important to have a little bit of space between us and our anxieties and impulses. What you do with that space is up to you.” Dorian Lynskey May 2021

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              SIDE A: 
                                                                                                                                              1. Book Of Bringhi
                                                                                                                                              2. A Cat
                                                                                                                                              3. Rise From Your Wave
                                                                                                                                              4. Peloponnese Lament

                                                                                                                                              SIDE B:
                                                                                                                                              5. In A Cistern
                                                                                                                                              6. Into Clouds
                                                                                                                                              7. For Em

                                                                                                                                              SIDE C: 
                                                                                                                                              8. Three Gates
                                                                                                                                              9. Horn In Deep Night
                                                                                                                                              10. Sky Burial

                                                                                                                                              SIDE D:
                                                                                                                                              11. Asura Cave
                                                                                                                                              12. Aran In Repose
                                                                                                                                              13. Lament Return

                                                                                                                                              Nadja

                                                                                                                                              Luminous Rot

                                                                                                                                                Mixed by DAVID PAJO (Slint, Tortoise, Will Oldham and more..) Nadja is a duo of multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker and bassist Leah Buckareff—active since 2005—and making music which can be described as ambient doom, dreamsludge, or metalgaze. Nadja’s signature sound combines the atmospheric textures of shoegaze and ambient/electronic music with the heaviness, density, and volume of metal, noise, and industrial. For their new album, Luminous Rot, the duo retain their overblown/ambient sound, and explore shorter and more tightly structured songs reflecting their interests not only in metal, but post-punk, cold-wave, shoegaze, and industrial. 

                                                                                                                                                Thematically, Luminous Rot explores ideas of 'first contact' and the difficulties of recognising alien intelligence. This was in part inspired by reading such writers as Stanislaw Lem and Cixin Lui -- in particular, theories on astro-physics, multi-dimensionality, and spatial geometry in "The Three Body Problem" -- as well as Margaret Wertheim's "A Field Guide To Hyperbolic Space," about mathematician Daina Taimina's work with crochet to illustrate hyperbolic space and geometry.

                                                                                                                                                The album was recorded between their home studio, Broken Spine Studios, or Nadja’s live rehearsal studio, both in the district of Lichtenberg, Berlin. Luminous Rot marks the first album mixed by someone else, who in this case was David Pajo. The band comment, “as big fans of Slint, we thought he might fore-front the more angular, post-punk elements of our music - the mix is quite different from our previous albums. But, as usual, we had James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD, etc) master the album as we trust his ears and aesthetic, as he's mastered numerous records of ours.”

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1 Intro
                                                                                                                                                2 Luminous Rot
                                                                                                                                                3 Cuts On Your Hands
                                                                                                                                                4 Starres
                                                                                                                                                5 Fruiting Bodies
                                                                                                                                                6 Dark Inclusions

                                                                                                                                                Acid Dad

                                                                                                                                                Take It From The Dead

                                                                                                                                                  Acid Dad is an American alternative-rock band composed of singer-guitarists, Vaughn Hunt and Sean Fahey, and drummer, Trevor Mustoe. Vaughn first started recording the band in his Bushwick, NY basement releasing singles “Brain Body” and their first EP “Let’s Plan a Robbery.” Appearing live in the New York City rock scene in 2016, Acid Dad quickly moved to a world stage with their self-titled debut album, released by Greenway Records in 2018. During 2020, the band spent their time building a new studio space in Queens, NY, while continuing to independently produce all their own music, art and even building their own guitars.

                                                                                                                                                  With a new space and vision, the band produced their second LP, “Take It From The Dead,” set to be co-released in June 2021 by Brooklyn’s Greenway Records and psych powerhouse LEVITATION’s label, The Reverberation Appreciation Society. “Take It From The Dead” features an array of different influences ranging from 90’s neopsych, modern post-punk and 70’s rock-n-roll. Acid Dad has crafted a record that sounds new, yet feels nostalgic. In contrast to their earlier work, they make use of slower tempos and expand their sound to include songs that are both more intricate and more hypnotic. To accompany the new record, the band spent the last year collaborating with video artist Webb Hunt, producing psych and glitch art videos that form a visual counterpart to the dreamy distortions of their sound.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. Searchin'
                                                                                                                                                  2. BBQ
                                                                                                                                                  3. RC Driver
                                                                                                                                                  4. She Only Eats Organic
                                                                                                                                                  5. Good Time
                                                                                                                                                  6. Smile You're On Camera
                                                                                                                                                  7. 2 Face
                                                                                                                                                  8. Djembe

                                                                                                                                                  Oscar Lang

                                                                                                                                                  Chew The Scenery

                                                                                                                                                    "Chew The Scenery is the long awaited debut album from indie wunderkind Oscar Lang. Led by the glorious psychedelic-rock of 'Stuck', it travels through piano-pop, lo-fi and grandiose songwriting, interspersed with charming interludes and asides, showcasing every side of Oscar Lang's hot-property songwriting talents."

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Our Feature Presentation
                                                                                                                                                    2. 21st Century Hobby
                                                                                                                                                    3. I Could Swear
                                                                                                                                                    4. Stuck
                                                                                                                                                    5. Yeah!
                                                                                                                                                    6. Headphones
                                                                                                                                                    7. Write Me A Letter
                                                                                                                                                    8. Intermission
                                                                                                                                                    9. Are You Happy
                                                                                                                                                    10. Quarter Past Nine
                                                                                                                                                    11. Take Time Out
                                                                                                                                                    12. Final Call
                                                                                                                                                    13. Thank You

                                                                                                                                                    Chorusing

                                                                                                                                                    Half Mirror

                                                                                                                                                      On his debut album Half Mirror, Matthew O’Connell superimposes warm analog synths onto self-described “confessional folk” with a simultaneously cosmic and earthly outcome. Tracked at home in the mountains of North Carolina using a vintage tape delay, electric guitar, and a self-designed synthesizer named ‘Balsam,’ Half Mirror is at once a lonesome push-pull of electronics humanized by folk elements, and folk music made alien by electronic adornments. O’Connell’s own story is just as captivatingly segmented. While growing up on a farm in Palmyra, Indiana, he became obsessed with metal drumming and spent most of his free time practicing in the garage, occasionally recording on four-track tape machines with his brother Joe (Elephant Micah).

                                                                                                                                                      Reflecting on those formative years, O’Connell says, “I think that period instilled two things in me: a long attention span, and the ability to work obsessively on something in solitude.” It’s these monastic inclinations that helped form the spirit of Half Mirror. While in college, his interest in math led him to participate in a six-month intensive study program in Budapest, Hungary. There, he continued writing song fragments on a borrowed guitar and fiddling with musical electronics at the Kitchen Budapest a collective of artists, theorists, and coders. In 2011, his interest in electronics and engineering led him to Asheville, North Carolina, where he worked for Moog Music calibrating and building synthesizers, and testing vintage analog delay chips by day. At night he would spend his time building homemade synths and writing songs. It was here in Asheville that he began the bulk of the work on Half Mirror, imbuing his music with the qualities of his environment almost by necessity. O’Connell made a deliberate effort to keep the album's production sparse.

                                                                                                                                                      His interest in restraint stems in part from his love of albums like Nearly God by Tricky and Ghost Tropic by Songs: Ohia, both of which feature uncomfortably bare vocals and uncanny production that commands the listener’s attention. Additional inspiration came from Mark Hollis' striking minimalism, and the freeform songwriting of Arthur Russell and John Martyn. Filtering the poetry of fractured, imperfect memories through a lush, yet sparse palette of sounds, Half Mirror evokes a profoundly moody sense of place: the fog heavy in the mountain peaks, the dew present on early morning walks, and the musky smell of rhododendrons in the air.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      01 Cold
                                                                                                                                                      02 Whitewaterside
                                                                                                                                                      03 Watching The Beams
                                                                                                                                                      04 Blue Ridge
                                                                                                                                                      05 Midday Sun
                                                                                                                                                      06 Billowing
                                                                                                                                                      07 Ohio
                                                                                                                                                      08 Mirror 

                                                                                                                                                      Spike In Vain

                                                                                                                                                      Death Drives A Cadillac

                                                                                                                                                        Death Drives A Cadillac was Spike In Vain’s second album, never officially released and unheard in its final form until now. Like many hardcore bands circa ’84 and ’85, the group was ready to further expand its palette and ease off the thrash tempos. Recorded roughly a year after Disease Is Relative with a bigger budget, the album is even more wide-ranging, and the songs are more fleshed out. “Despair grew inside her, I grew inside her. She named me Spirit Death, and this is my song” sings Chris Marec, the vocalist on half of this LP.

                                                                                                                                                        Though less “young” than their debut, that album’s darkness lingers, but here has a more removed, observational quality, with many songs sung in character or in the third person, along with a tendency for anthropomorphic allegory. It has a bit less to do with screaming for death to come than with a growing resignation to being the other, a recognition of inescapable alienation and its relation to childhood trauma. —all with a heaping side of absurdity and a sense of wonder at the gradually unfolding endtimes.

                                                                                                                                                        That said, many of the tracks wouldn’t be out of place on the debut, and some feature exotic tunings. Bits of roots music come into play as well—gospel, blues, and country figure to some extent in a third of the songs, sometimes in convoluted, Beefheart-esque ways, and at other times toying with genre archetypes as a cat does a mouse.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1. Too Cool
                                                                                                                                                        2. Abysmal Child
                                                                                                                                                        3. Spirit Death
                                                                                                                                                        4. Dogsleds In Heaven
                                                                                                                                                        5. Rattlesnake's Wedding
                                                                                                                                                        6. Escape From The Zoo
                                                                                                                                                        7. Lady Luck Is Dead
                                                                                                                                                        8. Valentine's Day
                                                                                                                                                        9. Big Black Locomotive
                                                                                                                                                        10. Party In The Ground
                                                                                                                                                        11. Totem Fields
                                                                                                                                                        12. Gospel Motel
                                                                                                                                                        13. Count Basie's Ghost

                                                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                        Modern Love

                                                                                                                                                          BBE Music is thrilled to announce the release of Modern Love, a diverse compendium of specially commissioned cover versions of rarities and classics in tribute to David Bowie. Featuring an array of artists such as Jeff Parker, We Are KING, Meshell Ndegeocello, Helado Negro, Khruangbin, Matthew Tavares, Nia and more, Modern Love seeks to champion Bowie’s lesser-known connection to soul, R&B, jazz, funk, and gospel. The prominent jazz influences throughout Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, were a key inspiration for curating this collection of reimagined Bowie songs with these artists. The resulting album is an eclectic tribute featuring a group of artists who not only fit together creatively, but who, like Bowie, straddle different worlds musically, with soul and jazz at their core. Modern Love offers a fresh look at Bowie's trailblazing career, aiming to highlight the often overlooked relationship between his back catalogue and musical genres traditionally pioneered by artists of color. The project was curated by music executive and DJ Drew McFadden, alongside BBE Music founder Peter Adarkwah. "I felt that the connection between Bowie and R&B, jazz, funk, gospel and all things soulful, had never really been explored before — at least not so much in covers, which tend to lean more towards rock and pop,” says McFadden. “Certainly, there's been plenty of Bowie covers over the years, but none that have really tapped into what seems to have been a big part of his core musical style and direction

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Life On Mars By Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
                                                                                                                                                          2. Sound & Vision By Healdo Negro
                                                                                                                                                          3. Lady Grinning Soul By Kit Sebastian
                                                                                                                                                          4. Soul Love By Jeff Parker And The New Breed Feat. Ruby Parker
                                                                                                                                                          5. Panic In Detroit By Sessa
                                                                                                                                                          6. The Man Who Sold The World By The Hics
                                                                                                                                                          7. Right By Khruangbin
                                                                                                                                                          8. Silly Boy Blue By Nia Andrews
                                                                                                                                                          9. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family By Foxtrott
                                                                                                                                                          10. Move On By L'Rain
                                                                                                                                                          11. Tonight By Eddie Chacon & John Carroll Kirby
                                                                                                                                                          12. Modern Love By Jonah Mutono
                                                                                                                                                          13. Where Are We Now By Bullion
                                                                                                                                                          14. Fantastic Voyage By Meshell Ndegeocello
                                                                                                                                                          15. Heroes By Matthew Tavares
                                                                                                                                                          16. Space Oddity By We Are KING

                                                                                                                                                          Willy Mason

                                                                                                                                                          Already Dead

                                                                                                                                                            Magic, miracles, ghosts, world leaders; these days it seems there is little left to believe in. Lies outweigh truth and even truth can be dangerous. Raising everyone’s spirits Already Dead – the fourth album and the first for nine years from Willy Mason - explores honesty and deception, anonymity in the digital age, good intentions with unexpected consequences, freedom, colonialism, love, god, and purpose because, its storyteller says, now is the time to restore some much-needed faith.

                                                                                                                                                            “Already Dead is a spiritual state to aspire to; it is freedom from the trappings and inhibitions of one’s ego, culture, and mythology. It is freedom and love and freedom to love in the face of death,” tells Willy of the philosophy behind the writing. “It’s about the necessary destruction of one’s mythology; mythology of species, sex, race, nation, self. It’s about the pain and tragedy that comes with such destruction, but also about the freedom, possibility and opportunity for reconciliation; reconciliation with the natural world and with each other.”

                                                                                                                                                            Already Dead arrives at a time when certain words must be said. It is a quest for love in a society which fears and discourages it; for truth and justice in a society which prioritises convenience and profit. “I ended up diving so deeply into this record because it felt at the time, like the only way I could hope to do some good for somebody,” Willy says. “All the concern and care I have for people, fear, frustration and sadness, all came pouring out."

                                                                                                                                                            Sparkling opener ‘Youth On A Spit’ is one of Willy’s heaviest tracks to date; “I feel no pain I’ve already bled / You can’t kill me I’m already dead,” he taunts, through double-sided declaration of invincibility before embarking upon a biting, bold, and caring tour through the purgatory of life in 21st century North America; reaching for Heaven “The Truth is Love/The Truth is Life/The Truth is Sowing Paradise'', whilst preparing for Hell, “Things we’d do to each other/I’m worried to discover” (Gilded Lie). All the while pleading and appealing to one’s nation as if to a wayward lover; “oh my country/you were born/as a branch from a tree of thorns/of poison apple poison tree/you’ve fallen far but roots run deep” (Oh My Country). Even those considering themselves above suspicion cannot hide: “Wilfully ignorant/a false equivalence/smitten with shame/a pawn in the game” (One Of The Good Ones).

                                                                                                                                                            Voyaging across the cracks of a bleak and crumbling landscape, beauty begins to blossom as Already Dead casts new shades of meaning when applied to a society and culture teetering on the edge between reinvention and dissolution. Hope, without promise, develops into its own suspended resolution with ripping album closer ‘Worth It’ and looks towards reaching a definitive destination after the soldiering on of early LPs Carry On (2012) and If the Ocean Gets Rough (2007); “The seed and the sowing/the need and the growing/the hope and the hatred/the faith and the sacred/the thief and the servant/the fazed and the fervent/I Know It’s Worth It”.

                                                                                                                                                            After seeing the world on countless tours and supporting independent music communities, Willy’s next move looks to be even greater. “Already Dead captures the feeling of these times and I’m trying to give people encouragement, whatever that may be or look like,” he says. Here lies unquestionable truth; life might be uncertain, but to be Already Dead is just the beginning.


                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: It's been a long wait since the last Willy Mason LP but 'Already Dead' perfectly epitomises what we've come to know and love from Willy. Brimming with folky restraint, but imbued with a cinematic intensity, these are cleverly written and brilliantly played earworms.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. Youth On A Spit
                                                                                                                                                            2. You’d Like To Be Free
                                                                                                                                                            3. Gilded Lie
                                                                                                                                                            4. Reservation
                                                                                                                                                            5. Oh My Country
                                                                                                                                                            6. Slowslide
                                                                                                                                                            7. One Of The Good Ones
                                                                                                                                                            8. Outwit The Devil
                                                                                                                                                            9. If There’s A Heart
                                                                                                                                                            10. Worth It

                                                                                                                                                            Jim Noir

                                                                                                                                                            Deep Blue View

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

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

                                                                                                                                                              John Murry

                                                                                                                                                              The Stars Are God's Bullet Holes

                                                                                                                                                                John Murry’s third album is starlit and wondrous, like being wrapped in the softest black velvet. It’s an album of startling imagery and insinuating melodies, of cold moonlight and searing heat. It’s a record that penetrates to the very heart of you, searing with its burning honesty, its unsparing intimacy and its twisted beauty.

                                                                                                                                                                ‘The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes’ is not an album for an ordinary world, because it’s not an ordinary album. It’s an album to dive deep into and submerge yourself in, and to emerge from aware that this world is a remarkable place, and that John Murry is a remarkable artist.

                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                Barry says: There's a palpable sense of rock and roll groove on this one from Murry, with the fuzzy bass and power-chord riffs being wonderfully offset with surprisingly light vocal accompaniments from the backing singers. Dynamically intricate but surprisingly simple audio constructions perfectly displaying Murry's unmatched songcraft.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                1. Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You)
                                                                                                                                                                2. Perfume & Decay
                                                                                                                                                                3. The Stars Are God's Bullet Holes
                                                                                                                                                                4. Di Kreutser Sonata
                                                                                                                                                                5. I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me)
                                                                                                                                                                6. Ones + Zeros
                                                                                                                                                                7. Time & A Rifle
                                                                                                                                                                8. Ordinary World
                                                                                                                                                                9. 1(1)1
                                                                                                                                                                10. Yer Little Black Book

                                                                                                                                                                Liars

                                                                                                                                                                The Apple Drop

                                                                                                                                                                  The Apple Drop is the 10th studio album from Liars. Recorded in Australia with avant-garde jazz drummer Laurence Pike and multi-instrumentalist Cameron Deyell, mixing their raw, organic live instrumentation with Angus’s solo tinkering at the computer, resulting in an album that blurs boundaries between the archetypal band structure and experimental electronics. The album feels distinctly and recognisably Liars, yet also fresh and singular. Rich textures overlap with engulfing ambience, before giving way to eruptive blasts of noise, crackling electronics and thrashing drums. Includes the single ’Sekwar’. 

                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: Having drifted between bonkers noise and galloping avant mayhem, it's a delight to hear Liars honing their sound down to a pitch-perfect mix of more outsider math rock with the streamlined, jagged groove giving definition to proceedings. Endlessly listenable, and constantly inventive grooves.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  A1 The Start
                                                                                                                                                                  A2 Slow And Turn Inward
                                                                                                                                                                  A3 Sekwar
                                                                                                                                                                  A4 Big Appetite
                                                                                                                                                                  A5 From What The Never Was
                                                                                                                                                                  B1 Star Search
                                                                                                                                                                  B2 My Pulse To Ponder
                                                                                                                                                                  B3 Leisure War
                                                                                                                                                                  B4 King Of The Crooks
                                                                                                                                                                  B5 Acid Crop
                                                                                                                                                                  B6 New Planets New Undoings

                                                                                                                                                                  Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

                                                                                                                                                                  Where The Wild Purple Iris Grows

                                                                                                                                                                    New album from CTMF! On CD, digital and black vinyl LP! Billy Childish - Musician, poet, painter and writer shows no sign of slowing down. The last twelve months have seen him record a “career in a year” with The William Loveday Intention, battle off a debilitating COVID infection and revisit his punk roots with CTMF

                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                    Barry says: The always prolific Childish returns for another storming LP of fuzzed-out punk and jilted rock and/or roll. Screaming guitars segue into jangling rhythmic sections, brilliantly epitomising the melodic duality of this hugely influential character.

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    1 – Where The Wild Purple Iris Grows
                                                                                                                                                                    2 – Mystery Song
                                                                                                                                                                    3 – Ballad Of Hollis Brown
                                                                                                                                                                    4 – She Was Wearing Tangerine
                                                                                                                                                                    5 – Pluma Dorada
                                                                                                                                                                    6 – Come Into My Life
                                                                                                                                                                    7 – Train Kept A Rollin'
                                                                                                                                                                    8 – You Can't Capture Time (Slight Return)
                                                                                                                                                                    9 – You Say That You Love Me
                                                                                                                                                                    10 – Tunnel Of Love
                                                                                                                                                                    11 – Mouldy Fig
                                                                                                                                                                    12 – The Same Tree

                                                                                                                                                                    Mr Jukes & Barney Artist

                                                                                                                                                                    The Locket

                                                                                                                                                                      The Locket is the coming together of two masters of their craft to create something hopeful in a time of unrest. Its title track refers to memories of happier times: “we fill a locket with memories we protect, and don’t forget to keep it round your neck.” It’s a reminder to focus on positivity in the face of adversity. A collaborative project designed to be enjoyed together. A celebration of music, unity and looking ahead. It couldn’t have come at a better time.

                                                                                                                                                                      During a period of prolonged inactivity for Bombay Bicycle Club, frontman Jack Steadman scratched an itch to do something by himself. He went by the moniker of Mr Jukes and released an album, God First, in 2017. We say ‘by himself’ but it was very much an open-door policy, resulting in a collaborative record that brought contributions by legends such as Charles Bradley, De La Soul, Horace Andy, Lianne La Havas, BJ The Chicago Kid and Lalah Hathaway. The project also features a contribution from Barney Artist, who Jack had quite simply stumbled upon on a Spotify playlist and never forgotten.

                                                                                                                                                                      Barney’s music takes the vibrance of jazz infused hip hop but with a London feel. Growing up in Forest Gate, East London, Barney balances conscious themes with old school grooves to create something instantly likeable, like the artist. He’s a larger than life presence, fun to be around and a searing, peerless talent too. A collaborator by nature, Barney grew up around Tiana Major9 and Jay Prince and has made music with Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, Alfa Mist and Jordan Rakei.

                                                                                                                                                                      Barney’s contribution to God First, “From Golden Stars Comes Silver Dew” (also featuring Lalah Hathaway) proved to be a standout and planted the seed for The Locket. Bonded by old-school American hip-hop of a certain vintage and the back catalogue of A Tribe Called Quest, the two artists instantly fell into step with one another. There was no clear plan or brief to fulfil for a full-length Jukes X Barney project, but both artists instinctively knew that it would be a waste not to explore the potential they’d uncovered. They were right, clearly.

                                                                                                                                                                      The Locket features ten tracks cut from sessions that span over eighteen months. It’s sunshine-dappled, psych-tinged, hip-hop flavoured, leftfield pop. Samples and beats, bars and this unique sort of retro futurism that zips from sepia-tinged to full technicolour almost as fast as Barney’s flow. So many reference points that burst at the seams trying to pick a genre. Perhaps most importantly, it’s an utterly joyful listen from start to finish; invaluable in a time when everyone is hard-pressed to find ways to brighten their days. 


                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: A wonderfully smooth suite of downbeat hip-hop and rhythmic neo-soul, beautifully produced and eminently listenable, full of saturated MPC percussion and warm vintage synths.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      1. The Locket
                                                                                                                                                                      2. Blowin Steam (Open Up Your Mind)
                                                                                                                                                                      3. Poems
                                                                                                                                                                      4. Déjà Vu
                                                                                                                                                                      5. Vibrate
                                                                                                                                                                      6. Autumn Leaves (feat. Lex Amor)
                                                                                                                                                                      7. All For You
                                                                                                                                                                      8. Check The Pulse (feat. Kofi Stone)
                                                                                                                                                                      9. Leaving Us In Light
                                                                                                                                                                      10. Gratitude

                                                                                                                                                                      If Shelter swam through the serene side of the Library experience on GBR016, CV Vision blasts off in the opposite direction, riding an explosion of funk breaks and frazzled synths into the event horizon on his retro-futurist opus ‘Insolita’. As contemporary life accelerates way past peak-weird, CV Vision leans into uncertainty and leaves Earth in the rear-view. Strung out on Simulacron-3, World On A Wire and Omaggio Ad Einstein, the Berlin-based musician imagines his own Brave New World, an alternate eXistenZ in a secret simulation. Using the space age obsession of the Italian libraries as a launch pad, Dennis Schulze slathers a sonic storyboard with ferocious percussion, psychedelic fuzz and the pastoral electronics of Germany’s Kosmische movement. But this is less Can, more uncanny - and Schulze perfectly renders the cognitive estrangement of a simulated reality through his adventurous production. The monolithic live drums, recorded in a Neukölln garage on a battered Soviet kit are smeared with tape hiss, compressed to death and fired through LFOs, re-materialising on record in impossible scale. Time slips out of joint under the wow and flutter of the reel to reel, drum computers add digital interference to organic rhythms and the unfaltering slew of the 303 lends the hallucinatory thrill of the club sound system to an already psychedelic affair. As Schulze’s imagination runs free, we’re taken through epic space battles and narrow escapes, moments of reflection and affection and a final resolution, all expressed through a dexterous control of movement and mood. For every explosion of break-fuelled adrenaline, there’s a cruise into cryo-chamber music and holodeck exotica. For each neck-snapping blast of acid funk, there’s a zero gravity lullaby waiting just around the corner. So put isolation on ice and surrender to the strange, this is a trip you don’t want to end.

                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: Deeply psychedelic and richly hypnotic arpy bliss here from CV Vision calling to mind the kosmische reverbed bliss of Panabrite or experimental synthscapes of Outer Space mixed with the more off-kilter jazzy groove of Group Modular or Cluster. A wonderful, chaotic juxtaposition and a great listen.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      A1. Insolita
                                                                                                                                                                      A2. Lift Off
                                                                                                                                                                      A3. War (The Saga Returns)
                                                                                                                                                                      A4. Memories Of Her
                                                                                                                                                                      A5. Goldene Ritter
                                                                                                                                                                      A6. Escape To Planet X
                                                                                                                                                                      B1. Synthetic Melancholia
                                                                                                                                                                      B2. Error IOOIIO
                                                                                                                                                                      B3. The Chase
                                                                                                                                                                      B4. Echoes
                                                                                                                                                                      B5. Cosmic Courier
                                                                                                                                                                      B6. Danw Of A New World

                                                                                                                                                                      World premiere recording of Richter’s electrifying ballet music "Exiles". Originally commissioned for Singulière Odyssée (2016) by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, premiered by Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). First release of previously unreleased opening piece from Woolf Works - “Flowers of Herself”. Featuring new orchestral-versions of best performing iconic Richter catalogue tracks. Released via Deutsche Grammophon and pressed at maximum fidelity, this is a collectors piece of neo-classical brilliance no home should be without!

                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: This is an absolutely essential collection of some of Richter's most beautiful rescored back catalogue pieces, as well as the full disc of the title track, written for ballet in 2016. A perfect juxtaposition of this hugely talented artist's various realms of work.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      CD tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                                                      Flowers Of Herself – 08:33
                                                                                                                                                                      On The Nature Of Daylight – 07:19
                                                                                                                                                                      The Haunted Ocean – 02:18
                                                                                                                                                                      Infra 5 – 05:34
                                                                                                                                                                      Sunlight – 03:55
                                                                                                                                                                      Exiles – 33:32

                                                                                                                                                                      Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                                                      A Side
                                                                                                                                                                      1 Exiles (Pt. 1)

                                                                                                                                                                      B Side
                                                                                                                                                                      1 Exiles (Pt. 2)

                                                                                                                                                                      C Side
                                                                                                                                                                      1 The Haunted Ocean
                                                                                                                                                                      2 Infra 5
                                                                                                                                                                      3 Flowers Of Herself

                                                                                                                                                                      D Side
                                                                                                                                                                      1 On The Nature Of Daylight
                                                                                                                                                                      2 Sunlight

                                                                                                                                                                      Desire Marea

                                                                                                                                                                      Desire

                                                                                                                                                                        Newly signed to Mute for the physical release of the critically acclaimed album ‘Desire’, serving as a captivating introduction to the singular and multifaceted world of Kwazulu-natal born, multidisciplinary artist Desire Marea.

                                                                                                                                                                        Includes the singles ‘You Think I’m Horny’ and ’Tavern Kween’.

                                                                                                                                                                        Desire is from Durban and is a founding member of South African arts collective FAKA, who partnered with Versace to soundtrack their S/S 19 menswear show and were included in the Vogue World 100 and Dazed 100 lists.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        Self Center
                                                                                                                                                                        Zibuyile Izimakade
                                                                                                                                                                        You Think I’m Horny
                                                                                                                                                                        Tavern Kween
                                                                                                                                                                        Thokozani
                                                                                                                                                                        The Void
                                                                                                                                                                        Uncle Kenny
                                                                                                                                                                        Ntokozo
                                                                                                                                                                        Studies In Black Trauma

                                                                                                                                                                        Brian Jackson, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad

                                                                                                                                                                        Jazz Is Dead 008

                                                                                                                                                                        One happy thing to be grateful for during otherwise trying times is finally getting to hear and enjoy new work by a man whose music is familiar to millions even if his name is less so. Indeed, Gil Scott-Heron continues to cast such a wide shadow that even many of his biggest fans often seem to forget that there's another name next to his on the bulk of his albums, the name of a man teamed up with Gil as a teenager and proceeded to ride out the decade as his writing partner, keyboardist, arranger, and bandleader for their Midnight Band. That man's name is Brian Jackson.

                                                                                                                                                                        His considerable backlog of unheard material reveals a stillenergetic and still-vital icon of the music wing of the Black Liberation movement. Prepare to hear from a musician whose work has contributed to the enhancement of all our lives in some form or another with the latest installment of the Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge’s Jazz Is Dead series.

                                                                                                                                                                        "Brian Jackson is the first album we recorded for Jazz Is Dead. He set the tone for the entire label,” reflects Younge. “He turned our aspirations global. We never knew what this could all be, but with his inspirational character and musicianship, he led us on the right path. We are forever indebted to this icon.”

                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                        Matt says: Juicy, crazy-good amalgamation of three jazz greats getting right at it and totally in the pocket. With African, specifically Ethiopian moods and modes and a fearless, experimental approach throughout - this is fiery hot jazz music you need to PLAY LOUD!

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        A1 / 01. Under The Bridge
                                                                                                                                                                        A2 / 02. Mars Walk
                                                                                                                                                                        A3 / 03. Young Muhammad
                                                                                                                                                                        A4 / 04. Nancy Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                        B1 / 05. Baba Ibeji
                                                                                                                                                                        B2 / 06. Duality
                                                                                                                                                                        B3 / 07. Bain De Minuit
                                                                                                                                                                        B4 / 08. Ethiopian Sunshower

                                                                                                                                                                        The International Feel label is back from an extended meditation. Well-rested and with a cornucopia of new ideas and records, IFeel is happy to announce the debut album from Charlie Charlie as the starting shot. „Little Things“ is the brainchild of Gabriella Borbély alias Bella Boo and Jens Resch better known as Chords. Born on a beach in Southern California instead of their hometown Stockholm, it is exactly what you would hope for such a record to be: pop music that is informed by hippie or counter culture and by a Balearic ethos (hence the International Feel address) that is free of blinkered definitions. In equal parts, the duo’s ten songs take the listener through honey dripping r&b, while respelling that certain Californian recording studio sound aesthetic, revisit vintage yacht rock and pop tropes as well as they are reflecting dance music influences in a broken, yet gold framed mirror. Most of all, it’s like a day dream that you don’t want to end. To quote our Italian friends from Edizioni Mondo: good listening experience!

                                                                                                                                                                        Charlie is Gabriella Borbély – also known as Stockholm's deep house virtuoso Bella Boo. Charlie is Jens Resch – also known as prodigious producer/musician Chords. The two Charlies met on a beach in Southern California and immediately decided to write a song together.
                                                                                                                                                                        That first track was built on the sampled sounds of a rusty drainpipe. Charlie fired up a dusty ARP Odyssey and played a woozy solo over the drainpipe beats, then the other Charlie did the same, using that same legendary 70's analogue synth. When they realized the two separately recorded solos played together in perfect harmony, they knew they had to keep heading down their newly found, shared musical path.
                                                                                                                                                                        Charlie & Charlie have since continued making music together, describing their common process as liberating, free-flowing, genre-less. "Little Things", their debut album, is made up of tracks recorded in Los Angeles and Stockholm, using that very same ARP as well as pianos, electric guitars and machines like the Prophet 6, the Juno-106 and the Syncussion SY-1. Vocal contributions come from the Charlies themselves as well as friends like Mapei and Julimar Santos. 

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        A1. Charly
                                                                                                                                                                        A2. Nothing Here But You & Me
                                                                                                                                                                        A3. Say It's Gold
                                                                                                                                                                        A4. Save Us (feat Mapei)
                                                                                                                                                                        A5. Venice Chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                        B1. Hill St
                                                                                                                                                                        B2. Frosty (feat Julimar Santos)
                                                                                                                                                                        B3. New Hall
                                                                                                                                                                        B4. Lorena (feat Mapei)
                                                                                                                                                                        B5. Run

                                                                                                                                                                        The sound of optimism in the midst of battle. A bold, impassioned cry – railing against the forces of greed at their depth of their depravity. A statement of Socialist intent and rejection of all musical conformity. 20th Century Music - as there has been no 21st. The story hasn't ended and shows no sign of doing so. Beauty is truth, truth beauty said Keats - and all you need to know. No illusion. No lies. The clarity of identity. The teaming of Blackness and Neurodiversity and the manifold combination to be found within. Matt Lord and dego lead us away from avarice and onwards to Joy. Better than pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Who's Gold, Who's Gold Plated?
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Keep To The Left
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Guess Who's Smoking
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Life Happens Here
                                                                                                                                                                        5. It's Not What You Know, It's What You Can Prove
                                                                                                                                                                        6. No Romance
                                                                                                                                                                        7. The Curtain Falls
                                                                                                                                                                        8. They Don't Know, Don't Care, Don't Care To Know
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Better Than Pleasure
                                                                                                                                                                        10. Your New Life Costs You Your Old Life
                                                                                                                                                                        11. People Lie, Actions Don't
                                                                                                                                                                        12. Pale Care, Avant!

                                                                                                                                                                        L'Objectif

                                                                                                                                                                        Have It Your Way

                                                                                                                                                                          L’objectif are schoolmates Saul Kane (vocals, guitar) and Louis Bullock (drums) – who first formed a band together at the age of 12 – Ezra Glennon (bass) and Dan Richardson (guitar).

                                                                                                                                                                          With each member picking up instruments as children, the young friends – none of whom are over the age of 17 – have a shared love of genres and musicians that belies their tender age: jazz funk, hip-hop, punk, post-punk, and almost everything in between. Also inspired by painters Basquiat and Francis Bacon, L’objectif seek excitement in the intellectually stimulating and subjective; finding thrill in the confusion.

                                                                                                                                                                          With Saul having spent lockdown cocooned away in Leeds writing and recording demo upon demo in his home studio, and the band as a whole constantly refining their sound, L’objectif are finally ready to spread their wings for the very first time with their incendiary debut single on Chess Club, ‘Drive In Mind’.

                                                                                                                                                                          A glimpse into the teens’ psyche, the propulsive track is a vehicle for the band’s intense and angular rhythm section, sophisticated lyrics and intricate songcraft: the perfect first L’objectif statement of intent. The band explain: “I started thinking about drive-in cinemas and those massive screens that they have with everyone parked watching the events of the film unfold. The idea of people coming to watch the contents of someone’s mind was interesting to me, the thoughts, anxieties and all the things you don’t want people to see exposed on a big screen. The lyrics are statements, ideas and observations that I was thinking around the time I wrote it, a cluster of thoughts exposed and amplified through song.” 

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Cinematic
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Do It Again
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Burn Me Out
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Drive In Mind
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Have It Your Way

                                                                                                                                                                          Alex Rex

                                                                                                                                                                          Paradise

                                                                                                                                                                            Singing drummers may now be in vogue, but very few combine the masterful musicianship, vivid lyrics and expressive vocals one experiences with Alex Rex. In fact, few musicians have a CV as impressive as band leader Alex Neilson. He’s drummed with some of the most eclectic musicians of the international underground; from Bonnie "Prince" Billy to Shirley Collins, Jandek and Current 93. All on top of a 10-year stint with his own critically acclaimed psych-folk outfit, Trembling Bells. Paradise is his fourth album as Alex Rex. Whilst the first three were shrouded in loss and loathing, Paradise is a different beast. In many ways Paradise marks a fresh start for the Glasgow-based polymath. Reunited with ex-Trembling Bells vocalist Lavinia Blackwall for the first time since the band’s demise - Marco Rea (Euros Childs) and regular collaborator Rory Haye make up the rest of the Paradise party, with guest vocalist Kacy Lee Anderson (Kacy & Clayton) blowing a seductive smoke-ring through one track. Paradise introduces us to a new and uncharacteristically playful side of Alex Rex.

                                                                                                                                                                            Many of the songs on Paradise were written in early lockdown with no opportunity to rehearse, which also happens to be Neilson’s preferred method. “Choosing talented people to record 13 songs that they've never heard before with a 3-take limit…” he trills. “…to my mind this captures the songs at a vital tipping point - where parts are being discovered for the first time by musician and listener alike.”. “As a songwriter I have felt an increasing certainty that I must have something important to say. Some illumination on the basic nature of things. Some cue card where aphorism and aphrodisiac meet” explains Neilson. He used to look to landscapes to derive inspiration, attempting to render a sonic description of the heart-flutters felt while walking through majestic nature. Nowadays, almost certainly induced the introspective nature of a life in lockdown, Neilson has turned the telescope in on himself. “Looking to internal landscapes for creative sustenance.

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            1. LowLife
                                                                                                                                                                            2. The Dark Inside The Shadow
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Scandalise The Birds
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Dancing Flame
                                                                                                                                                                            5. What’s Shouted In The Dark (The Dark Shouts Back)
                                                                                                                                                                            6. The Great Experiment
                                                                                                                                                                            7. I Remember
                                                                                                                                                                            8. Funeral Bouquet
                                                                                                                                                                            9. Ida
                                                                                                                                                                            10. Black Peonies
                                                                                                                                                                            11. Silver Apples Of The Moon
                                                                                                                                                                            12. Man Is A Villain
                                                                                                                                                                            13. Every Wall Is A Wailing Wall

                                                                                                                                                                            Drive-By Truckers

                                                                                                                                                                            Plan 9 Records July 13 2006

                                                                                                                                                                              On July 13, 2006 the Drive-By Truckers set up shop at Plan 9 Records in Richmond, VA. It was the 25th Anniversary of the store. The band performed to a packed house and played a blistering set of fan-favorites featuring the songs, “18 Wheels of Love”, “Let There Be Rock”, “Goddamn Lonely Love” and “Daddy’s Cup.” The performance was also set up to benefi t the Bryan and Kathryn Harvey Family Memorial Endowment. The foundation provides, among other things, music scholarships in the Richmond area. Lead vocalist and songwriter, Patterson Hood ended up writing the song “Two Daughters and A Beautiful Wife” about Bryan Harvey and his family. Following the release of this record on 2020 RSD Black Friday, this 3 LP set will be pressed on color vinyl for the fi rst time. The updated packaging includes original artwork from acclaimed artist and long time collaborator, Wes Freed. 

                                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                              Barry says: First time on vinyl for this blistering set from country rockers Drive-By Truckers. Featuring a whole host of fan favourites, perfectly played and recorded here for posterity. A worthy and brilliantly enjoyable live archive.

                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                              Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                              1. Tales Facing Up
                                                                                                                                                                              2. One Of These Days
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Easy On Yourself
                                                                                                                                                                              4. Feb 14
                                                                                                                                                                              5. Aftermath USA
                                                                                                                                                                              Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                              1. Gravity's Gone
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Sink Hole
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Outfit
                                                                                                                                                                              4. My Sweet Annette
                                                                                                                                                                              5. Marry Me
                                                                                                                                                                              Side 3
                                                                                                                                                                              1. A World Of Hurt
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Why Henry Drinks
                                                                                                                                                                              3. The Day John Henry Died
                                                                                                                                                                              4. Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                              Side 4
                                                                                                                                                                              1. Shut Up & Get On The Plane
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Ronnie & Neil
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Moonlight Mile
                                                                                                                                                                              4. Let There Be Rock
                                                                                                                                                                              Side 5
                                                                                                                                                                              1. Zip City
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Goddamn Lonely Love
                                                                                                                                                                              3. 18 Wheels Of Love
                                                                                                                                                                              Side 6
                                                                                                                                                                              1. Nine Bullets
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Daddy's Cup
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Decoration Day
                                                                                                                                                                              4. Lookout Mountain

                                                                                                                                                                              Eleventh Dream Day

                                                                                                                                                                              Since Grazed

                                                                                                                                                                                Since Grazed is either the 14th or 16th record depending on how you count them (but who’s counting?) by Eleventh Dream Day, a Chicago band with Kentucky roots.

                                                                                                                                                                                After 2015’s blistering guitar blast Works For Tomorrow, Janet Beveridge Bean, Rick Rizzo, and Douglas McCombs return alongside James Elkington and Mark Greenberg.

                                                                                                                                                                                The hour of music on this 2xLP takes the long road home, spacing out at the wheel and reveling in the journey - celebrating those along for the ride. This is not a record about what is lost, but what is still there, however nicked up and grazed it may be. Built from the bottom up, the 12 songs here start simply with acoustic guitar and a voice and layer a lush symphony of sound over the band’s most melodic tunes to-date.

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                Since Grazed
                                                                                                                                                                                Cracks In My Smile
                                                                                                                                                                                Just Got Home (in Time To Say Goodbye)
                                                                                                                                                                                Tyrian Purple
                                                                                                                                                                                Yves Klein Blues
                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing's Ever Lost
                                                                                                                                                                                Take Care
                                                                                                                                                                                Matter
                                                                                                                                                                                Look Out Below
                                                                                                                                                                                A Case To Carry On
                                                                                                                                                                                Wish Too Far 
                                                                                                                                                                                Every Time This Day It Rains

                                                                                                                                                                                The Steoples

                                                                                                                                                                                Wide Through The Eyes Of No One

                                                                                                                                                                                  Inspired by the psychological effects of modern life and their direct personal experiences, The Steoples are back with their second album for Stones Throw, ‘Wide Through The Eyes Of No One’.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Drawing on an eclectic range of sounds from Latin rhythms to 1980s soul and sombre tones of folk fused with R&B, ‘Wide Through The Eyes Of No One’ incorporates live instrumentation from a new cast of players. The album also explores social commentary, with confessional lyrics that contemplate the nuances of isolation.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Steoples are the LA-based avant-soul duo of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker and Yeofi Andoh. The pair’s second album for Stones Throw follows on from their debut ‘Six Rocks’.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Gabriel has released two albums as Frankie Reyes on Stones Throw: ‘Boleros Valses y Mas’ in 2016 and ‘Originalitos’ in 2020. He has also released music under the alias Gifted & Blessed. Yeofi has previously collaborated with artists including Theo Parrish and DJ Spinna under the moniker A Race of Angels.

                                                                                                                                                                                  For fans of Frankie Reyes, A Race Of Angels, The Black Pumas, Earl St. Clair, Steve Arrington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Michael Kiwanuka, Little Dragon.

                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                  Matt says: The illusive and erratic The Steoples switch tact from Gifted & Blessed to Stones Throw, pushing a more avant-soul sound for the adventurous.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  Everybody’s Song
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Good News
                                                                                                                                                                                  In The Dance
                                                                                                                                                                                  Cotton
                                                                                                                                                                                  Lonely Behavior
                                                                                                                                                                                  Wide Through The Eyes Of No One
                                                                                                                                                                                  Leaning On Me
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Real Wealth
                                                                                                                                                                                  Procession
                                                                                                                                                                                  Alas Alice

                                                                                                                                                                                  Long Tall Shorty

                                                                                                                                                                                  A Bird In The Hand

                                                                                                                                                                                    We’re delighted to present Long Tall Shorty's long lost masterpiece A Bird In The Hand. 

                                                                                                                                                                                    The first full length Long Tall Shorty album released originally released in 2001. Lead singer Tony Perfect mixes a Stonesey drawl with then contemporary garage rock stylings, to show that he was always the smartest of the mod revivalists. 

                                                                                                                                                                                    Produced by Danny Corr and originally only released on CD, it is making its vinyl debut in an edition limited to 500 copies.

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. And That Ain't All
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Shine On Me
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Out Of Reach
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Don't Try To Stop Me
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Taking Time
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Shake
                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Killing Me Killing You
                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Justice
                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Hey Joe
                                                                                                                                                                                    10. Forever On Your Own
                                                                                                                                                                                    11. Centre Of The Square
                                                                                                                                                                                    12. Tenth Floor
                                                                                                                                                                                    13. I Saw The Light

                                                                                                                                                                                    Fifth (and last!) volume of the "R&B Hipshakers" series, featuring rockin' R&B and early soul from the King and Federal catalogues. A compilation of tracks from 1953 to 1964 by essential artists such as Hank Ballard, The 5 Royales, Little Esther, Little Willie John, Lula Reed, Albert King, that, after five juicy volumes (do you have them all?), reach the magic number of 100 delights from King and Federal's incredible output. 20 terrific dance cuts selected by genre expert Mr Fine Wine, from WFMU's Downtown Soulville. Most of the tracks have never been reissued before.

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Johnnie Pate - Muskeeta (2:19)
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Cora Woods - Rock's In Your Head (2:16)
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Little Esther - Hound Dog (2:31)
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Roy Brown & His Mighty Mighty Men - Mr Hound Dog's In Town (2:35)
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Sonny Thompson - Lost In This Great Big City (2:41)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Tenderfoots - Save Me Some Kisses (2:51)
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Roy Estrada & The Rocketeers - Jungle Dreams (part 2) (2:31)
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Albert King - Had You Told It Like It Was (It Wouldn't Be Like It Is) (3:05)
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. The 5 Royales - I Need Your Lovin' Baby (2:50)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Side 3
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Otis Williams & His Charms - Little Turtle Dove (2:17)
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Little Willie John - It Only Hurts A Little While (2:16)
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. The Zircons - Mama Wants To Drive (2:47)
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Tonni Kalash - The Boss (1:50)
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Rosemary - Not Much (Do You Baby) (2:18)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Side 4
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Fabulous Denos - I've Enjoyed Being Loved By You (3:25)
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Dolph Prince - You're Gonna Drive Me Crazy (2:14)
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Billy Soul - Big Balls Of Fire (2:35)
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters - It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) (2:57)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Bonus 7"

                                                                                                                                                                                    A. Kenny Martin - My Love Is Coming Down (7") (2:30)
                                                                                                                                                                                    B. Lulu Reed With Sonny Thompson & His Orchestra - Your Love Keeps A Working On Me (previously Unreleased Version) (2:58)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                    May The Circle Remain Unbroken: A Tribute To Roky Erickson

                                                                                                                                                                                      Texan Roky Erickson was one of the true mind-blowing pioneers of psychedelic music. The original leader of the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators formed in 1965, Erickson and band invented a brand new style of rock & roll, one that was slightly unhinged while it explored the consciousness-expanding influence of LSD on music. After three years, the group imploded with mental issues and legal challenges, ending with Erickson being incarcerated for several years in the Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Rusk, Texas. When he was released in the early ’70s the musician continued on his own trail, recording songs that had come to him in his far-flung cerebral wanderings. Erickson, who passed away May 31, 2019, is now celebrated on this 12-track tribute to one of the most original rockers ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The participants range the whole world of modern music, and each chose one of Erickson’s originals to stamp their own imprint on. They include Lucinda Williams, Billy F Gibbons, The Black Angels, Margo Price, Mosshart Sexton (Alison Mosshart & Charlie Sexton), Neko Case, Mark Lanegan & Lynn Castle, Jeff Tweedy, Gary Clark Jr & Eve Monsees, Ty Segall, Chelsea Wolfe, and Brogan Bentley. With the full support of the Roky Erickson estate, the album is produced by Bill Bentley, executive producer of the 1990 Roky Erickson tribute album Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye on Sire Records, with associate producers Matt Sullivan, co-founder/co-owner of Light in the Attic, and Wyatt Bentley.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The songs range from Erickson’s debut iconic original, “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” recorded when he was a member first in The Spades and then the 13th Floor Elevators during the early ‘60s in Austin, to some of Erickson’s later songs, like “If You Have Ghosts,” which heard him exploring some of the outer limits of the human psyche. Each new recording is a stunning modern take on the sound that Roky Erickson gave the world over a half-century of writing, recording and touring. No one has ever equaled those explorations.
                                                                                                                                                                                      This truly is the music of the spheres, as Erickson once sang about his sound, as seen through the eyes and ears of those who are united in their love and respect for a person who dedicated his life to rock & roll. Roky Erickson, through the trials and tribulations of a man both imbued with greatness and haunted by darkness, never quit in his quest to share with others what he heard and saw. As he sang on the 13th Floor Elevators last recording, “May the circle remain unbroken.”


                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                      Billy F Gibbons - (I've Got) Levitation
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mosshart Sexton - Starry Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeff Tweedy - For You (I'd Do Anything)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lynn Castle & Mark Lanegan - Clear Night For Love
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Black Angels - Don't Fall Down
                                                                                                                                                                                      Neko Case - Be And Bring Me Home
                                                                                                                                                                                      Margo Price - Red Temple Prayer (Two-Headed Dog)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Gary Clark Jr. & Eve Monsees - Roller Coaster
                                                                                                                                                                                      Ty Segall - Night Of The Vampire
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lucinda Williams - You're Gonna Miss Me
                                                                                                                                                                                      Chelsea Wolfe - If You Have Ghosts
                                                                                                                                                                                      Brogan Bentley - May The Circle Remain Unbroken

                                                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                      Country Funk Volume III - 1975-1982

                                                                                                                                                                                        The horse still bucks, the band still funks, and well…the fire still burns.

                                                                                                                                                                                        That’s right - Country Funk is back.

                                                                                                                                                                                        In the summer of 2012, a new sound blew in from the dusty desert. It was a sound difficult to pin down, to codify; a sound that, like some wild horse, resisted one’s grasp. But this was no trend, no flash-in-the-pan movement, no shotgun marriage of styles, no ma’am. This sound went back decades, back to the latter half of the 1960s and early 1970s when adventurous artists started to blend country hoedown harmony with the elation of gospel, the sexual thrust of the blues and a touch of inner-city grit. This was a new sound with a simple name: Country Funk.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Country Funk 1969-1975, first released in 2012 and co-produced by Zach Cowie, Patrick McCarthy and Matt Sullivan, brought together a disparate group of artists that were neither bound by geography nor a shared ideology, but connected through the simple feel of their songs. Country Funk is alternatively playful and melancholic, slow jammin’ and booty-shakin’. It’s a sound both studio slick and barroom raw, as evident in the artists featured on Volume I: Johnny Adams, Mac Davis, Dale Hawkins, Tony Joe White, Bobbie Gentry, Larry Jon Wilson, and many others. Just two years later, we chased Volume I with a new collection of songs for Country Funk 1967-1974 (LITA116, 2014). Volume II didn’t let up, dealing out all the loose-talking and lap-steel twangin’ one could handle. Heavy hitters like Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and J.J. Cale shared barstools with the lesser-known voices of Bill Wilson, Donnie Fritts and Thomas Jefferson Kaye.

                                                                                                                                                                                        With Country Funk Volume III1975-1982 (LITA194) we’re here to say there’s more funk left in the trunk yet. This time around, the jeans are tighter, the hair is bigger and the disco ball spins along to a country-synth beat. Produced and compiled by Jason Morgan (Bay Area DJ/collector) and Patrick McCarthy (co-producer/compiler of Volume I & II), the tracklist features regulars Dolly Parton, J.J. Cale, Larry Jon Wilson and Tony Joe White (whose track is released here for the first time) alongside new faces like Steven Soles, Gary & Sandy, Conway Twitty, Travis Wammack, Billy Swan, Rob Galbraith, Brian Hyland, and so many more. As the 1970s began to wane and the 1980s approached, the Country Funk pallet expanded to include disco beats, heavy Moog synth bass lines and more clavinet than you could shake a stick at. Volume III shows artists continuing to buck traditional country tropes and production while embracing modern soul, disco, and coked-up 80s synth-pop. This is the true soundtrack of the Urban Cowboy. Saddle up, partners.


                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Steven Soles - Shake The Dust
                                                                                                                                                                                        2. J. J. Cale - Nobody But You
                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Conway Twitty - Night Fires
                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Eddie Rabbit - One And Only One
                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Jerry Reed - Rhythm And Blues
                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Dolly Parton - Sure Thing
                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Billy Swan - Oliver Swan
                                                                                                                                                                                        8. Rob Galbraith - I Got The Fever
                                                                                                                                                                                        9. Travis Wammack - Do Me
                                                                                                                                                                                        10. Larry Jon Wilson - I Betcha Heaven’s On A Dirt Road
                                                                                                                                                                                        11. Gary & Sandy - Gonna Let You Have It
                                                                                                                                                                                        12. Brian Hyland - Hale To The Man
                                                                                                                                                                                        13. Tony Joe White - Alone At Last
                                                                                                                                                                                        14. Ronnie Milsap - Get It Up
                                                                                                                                                                                        15. Delbert McClinton - Shot From The Saddle
                                                                                                                                                                                        16. Terri Gibbs - Rich Man
                                                                                                                                                                                        17. Dennis Linde - Down To The Station

                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Animal’ was a word Laura Marling threw into a lyric simply to meet a rhythm. But it seemed to capture the mood of the new record, and of LUMP as a whole. “There’s a little bit of a theme of hedonism on the album, of desires running wild,” she says. “And also it fed into the idea we had from the start of thinking of LUMP as a kind of representation of instincts, and the world turned upside down.” It is something childlike and grotesque and filled with possibility, they say. “We created LUMP as a sort of persona and an idea and a creature,” says Mike Lindsay. “Through LUMP we find our inner animal, and through that animal we travel into a parallel universe.”

                                                                                                                                                                                        LUMP is the product of Brit Award-winning Laura Marling and Mercury Prize-winning Mike Lindsay. LUMP's second album 'Animal' will be released on 30th July 2021 on Chrysalis Records & Partisan Records." 

                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: Aah, Lump. Their last (self-titled) LP hit the heady heights of #2 in our 2018 end-of-year chart, and i'd be very surprised if this didn't do similarly well. Wonderfully scatty folktronica percussion and syncopated instrumentation works away behind Marling's brittle vocals, forging a perfect juxtaposition of tender moments and off-kilter outsider pop.

                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Bloom At Night
                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Gamma Ray
                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Climb Every Wall
                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Red Snakes
                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Paradise
                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Hair On The Pillow
                                                                                                                                                                                        8. We Cannot Resist
                                                                                                                                                                                        9. Oberon
                                                                                                                                                                                        10. Phantom Limb

                                                                                                                                                                                        Durand Jones & The Indications

                                                                                                                                                                                        Private Space

                                                                                                                                                                                          Private Space, the group’s third album, is a previously untapped vibe at the heart of The Indications. Pushing beyond the boundaries of the funk and soul on their previous releases, Private Space unlocks the door to a wider range of sounds and launches boldly into a world of synthy modern soul and disco beats dotted with strings. It’s an organic, timeless record that’s as fresh as clean kicks and familiar as your favorite well-worn LP.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Developed after being apart for much of the year, Private Space is creatively explosive and delights in upending expectations. Its 10 tracks are both an escapist fantasy and a much-needed recentering after a tumultuous 2020. Throughout, The Indications highlight a collective resiliency – as well as the power of a good song to be a light in the darkness.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Durand Jones and The Indications have long provided the soulful soundtrack for such deep thoughts, both on stage and on your turntable. But as the world slowly resets from the chaos of the past year, Durand Jones and The Indications’ Private Space is arriving at just the right time.

                                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                          Barry says: It was always a brilliantly inventive maelstrom of sound emanating from a Durand Jones release, bridging the (admittedly small) gap between funk and soul, but this time sees them broaden their horizons into a wonderfully realised and perfectly weighted groove-laiden disco masterpiece. A stunning and completely essential outing.

                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                          SIDE A:
                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Love Will Work It Out
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Witchoo
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Private Space
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. More Than Ever
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Ride Or Die

                                                                                                                                                                                          SIDE B:
                                                                                                                                                                                          6. The Way That I Do
                                                                                                                                                                                          7. Reach Out
                                                                                                                                                                                          8. Sexy Thang
                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Sea Of Love
                                                                                                                                                                                          10. I Can See

                                                                                                                                                                                          Billie Eilish

                                                                                                                                                                                          Happier Than Ever

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's wonderful to see a true star in the making isn't it? I often wonder if people heard the first couple Madonna LP's and thought 'well, she's going to be massive'. It's impossible to ignore Eilish's trajectory, and even listening to a couple tracks of 'Happier Than Ever' will dispel any lingering doubts. It's surprisingly mature and wonderfully formed pop perfection.

                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Getting Older
                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I Didn’t Change My Number
                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Billie Bossa Nova
                                                                                                                                                                                            4. My Future
                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Oxytocin
                                                                                                                                                                                            6. GOLDWING
                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Lost Cause
                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Halley’s Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Not My Responsibility
                                                                                                                                                                                            10. OverHeated
                                                                                                                                                                                            11. Everybody Dies
                                                                                                                                                                                            12. Your Power
                                                                                                                                                                                            13. NDA
                                                                                                                                                                                            14. Therefore I Am
                                                                                                                                                                                            15. Happier Than Ever
                                                                                                                                                                                            16. Male Fantasy

                                                                                                                                                                                            Piano Day 2021 sees Nils Frahm surprise the world with his Erased Tapes debut. Wait, what? How? Anyone who has seen the trail blazing sonic pioneer live will know Nils likes to deadpan a joke. Graz is in fact the first studio album he recorded for the label back in 2009, that somehow remained a secret… until now.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Nils Frahm has quietly changed the musical landscape, reincarnating the centuries old figure of a pianist-composer for a new generation of music fans. As Nils’ word-of-mouth popularity grew and grew, so did the pop-culture profile of his instrument. He founded Piano Day with a team of like-minded friends in 2015 to help that process, some years releasing an album of piano recordings to celebrate one of humankind’s greatest inventions. Graz is one such record; an unheard snapshot of a young Nils recorded at Mumuth, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, in 2009 as part of the thesis Conversations for Piano and Room produced by Thomas Geiger, which received an award in the Classical Surround Recording category at the 127th AES Convention in New York.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Whilst at the time it was decided to keep the grand piano recordings from the Graz sessions locked away and instead focus on his close mic’ed, dampened piano explorations which would become his acclaimed studio album Felt in 2011, two of the pieces — most notably Hammers — lived on as part of his live set, and were expanded on and re-recorded as part of his breakthrough 2013 record Spaces (a collage of field recordings from concerts which broke the Fourth Wall and included audience coughs). Over his mercurial career, Nils has pushed and pulled at the boundaries and parameters of his prolific work like that. He’s physically changed his piano (the softened prepared strings of Felt) played with a modified body (Screws recorded with 9 fingers and a broken thumb) played with scale (Solo recorded on the 3.7 metre high Klavins M370) and with the different layers of formats (last year’s Tripping with Nils Frahm nested his studio setup inside a live performance, concert film and live album). Now with Graz he has found the final frontier for play: time itself and his own discography. Graz is a moment of time at the very beginning of Nils’ quiet revolution. The essential genius is already evident; the harmonic language of classical, and the immediacy of jazz. Nils seems to pull down each idea moment by moment, gently, to not scare away the muse.

                                                                                                                                                                                            He describes: “sometimes when you hear a piano, you might think it’s a conversation between a woman and a man. At the same time, it can hint at shapes of the universe and describe how a black hole looks. You can make sounds that have no relation to anything we can measure.”

                                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: There have been a number of Frahm iterations. Personally (though I love them all), I think that the era that birthed both 'Felt' and 'The Bells' is probably my favourite. It's with considerable excitement I read that this 'latest' outing is in fact the least latest of all the outings. Gorgeous piano musings, tickling ivories and roomy 'verb, just like in the olden days (2009 - 2011). Astoundingly good.

                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Lighter
                                                                                                                                                                                            2. O I End
                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Because This Must Be
                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Kurzum
                                                                                                                                                                                            5. And Om
                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Hammers
                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Crossings
                                                                                                                                                                                            8. About Coming And Leaving
                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Went Missing

                                                                                                                                                                                            Prince

                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome 2 America

                                                                                                                                                                                              Recorded in the spring of 2010 and then mysteriously abandoned by Prince before its release, the statement album Welcome 2 America documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice. The album features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with the bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman, and engineer Jason Agel, with additional contributions from New Power Generation singers Shelby J, Liv Warfield, and Elisa Fiorillo and keyboardist Morris Hayes, who Prince also recruited to co-produce the album.

                                                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                              Barry says: It really is a testament to the output of the purple one himself that THIS absolute stunner got left on the cutting room floor. Political spoken word, undeniable groove and impeccable instrumental performances from all involved lead to one of the greatest albums he's put out for a LONG time.

                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                              CD TRACKLIST:
                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Welcome 2 America (5:23)
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master) (4:05)
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Born 2 Die (5:03)
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. 1000 Light Years From Here (5:46)
                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Hot Summer (3:32)
                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Stand Up And B Strong (5:18)
                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Check The Record (3:28)
                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Same Page Different Book (4:41)
                                                                                                                                                                                              9. When She Comes (4:46)
                                                                                                                                                                                              10. 1010 (Rin Tin Tin) (4:42)
                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Yes (2:56)
                                                                                                                                                                                              12. One Day We Will All B Free (4:41)

                                                                                                                                                                                              VINYL TRACKLIST WITH SIDE BREAKS:
                                                                                                                                                                                              SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Welcome 2 America (5:23)
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master) (4:05)
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Born 2 Die (5:03)
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. 1000 Light Years From Here (5:46)
                                                                                                                                                                                              SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Hot Summer (3:32)
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Stand Up And B Strong (5:18)
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Check The Record (3:28)
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Same Page, Different Book (4:41)
                                                                                                                                                                                              SIDE C
                                                                                                                                                                                              1. When She Comes (4:46)
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 1010 (Rin Tin Tin) (4:42)
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Yes (2:56)
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. One Day We Will All B Free (4:41)
                                                                                                                                                                                              SIDE D
                                                                                                                                                                                              Etching

                                                                                                                                                                                              BLU-RAY TRACKLIST:
                                                                                                                                                                                              Welcome 2 America: Live At The Forum, April 28, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                              Runtime: 2:13:00
                                                                                                                                                                                              Available In Stereo, 5.1 Surround And Dolby Atmos
                                                                                                                                                                                              Joy In Repetition
                                                                                                                                                                                              Brown Skin (India.Arie Cover)
                                                                                                                                                                                              17 Days
                                                                                                                                                                                              Shhh
                                                                                                                                                                                              Controversy
                                                                                                                                                                                              Theme From “Which Way Is Up” (Stargard Cover)
                                                                                                                                                                                              What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson Cover)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Partyman
                                                                                                                                                                                              Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan Cover)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Misty Blue (Eddy Arnold Cover)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Let’s Go Crazy
                                                                                                                                                                                              Delirious
                                                                                                                                                                                              1999
                                                                                                                                                                                              Little Red Corvette
                                                                                                                                                                                              Purple Rain
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Bird (The Time Cover – Prince Composition)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Jungle Love (The Time Cover – Prince Composition)
                                                                                                                                                                                              A Love Bizarre (Sheila E Cover – Prince Composition)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Kiss
                                                                                                                                                                                              Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry Cover)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Inglewood Swingin’ (version Of Kool & The Gang’s Hollywood Swingin’)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Fantastic Voyage (Lakeside Cover)
                                                                                                                                                                                              More Than This (Roxy Music Cover)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Jackie Leven

                                                                                                                                                                                              Straight Outta Caledonia

                                                                                                                                                                                                Straight Outta Caledonia is the first commercially available “Greatest Hits” of the outsider songwriter Jackie Leven, an artist who has largely remained in obscurity in his native Scotland despite being one of the greatest wordsmiths – and singers – it ever produced. A well-travelled musician who began making psychedelic, progressive music in the late 60s before emerging as an epic storyteller full of pathos, humour and humanity in the 90s, Leven lived and wrote like many of the fragile, gregarious characters of his songs; large, full of life and empathy. Leven passed away in 2011 after recording 30+ albums under different guises or with his briefly successful New Wave band Doll by Doll. Straight Outta Caledonia is a compilation collated by Night School Records on its Archival label School Daze that seeks to introduce Leven’s music to new generations. In an age of isolation, alienation and loss of visceral experience, Jackie Leven’s music can be massive and welcoming. It feels connected to some universal humanity and vibrates with vitality. His songs are often full of tragedy and comedy simultaneously, cutting straight to the heart, often plugging directly into the nervous system of the listener. His lyrics are rich, dense with imagery that can veer from apocalyptic to the comically banal in a sentence, with a songwriting panache that can be heavy handed to almost bursting point before skewering the song with a clownish, warm punchline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                His productions ranged from Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue style rock band orchestrations with strings and organ as on the epic Ancient Misty Morning or they could be pared down to the purest form of folk song as on Poortoun: Leven on stage alone with an acoustic guitar, albeit played with a mastery of the instrument that he often only hinted at. Musically his sound can bend traditional structures or stay completely confined within them yet still forever push towards an ecstatic release, as on the cinematic Snow In Central Park. The most exciting, jaw-droppingly effective tool at Leven’s disposal was his voice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                A multi-octave instrument that, though damaged during a savage assault in Fife, he used with flair; he had both a brazen disregard for the rules and a deep humility, all of which is evidenced with every phrasing. A baritone that could flit up through the register – always touched by his gentle Kirkcaldy accent – it’s the prime delivery method for his songs. Leven’s voice enabled him to inhabit the characters in his songs to an uncanny degree, a skill that in turn enables the listener to empathise with them and, subsequently, the singer. It’s most evident in stand out song The Sexual Loneliness Of Jesus Christ, a breathtaking re-telling of the life of its protagonist, not as a pure, sinless messiah but as a sexually frustrated, solitary man condemned to an existential loneliness no one else will ever feel. In many ways the track is the archetypal Jackie Leven song.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Produced by Pere Ubu’s David Thomas, what strikes the ear first – after the samples of unemployed workers in Glasgow following the closing of the Clyde shipyards – is the audacious, rhythmic tremolo effect Leven employs through the verses before the production opens up to allow Leven’s vocal to lift into a soar, a freeing glide powered both by the force of the singer’s chutzpah and the inherent, doomed destiny of the protagonist. With any other singer such subject matter could come across as gauche or worse, pretentiously sonorous, but Jackie Leven’s genius was such that he could be this cinematic and brazen while touching something elemental and true in the beholder. It’s a skill evident in every song on Straight Outta Caledonia, the trademark of a songwriter who revelled and excelled in intensity with a lightness of touch. In his lifetime, Jackie Leven toured, wrote and recorded at a ferocious rate. He recorded under aliases to avoid record contract restrictions, played house shows in Europe after or instead of official concerts, events which were often spoken word story telling masterclasses as well as performances of his often bewilderingly dense songbook. His music has traditionally been catalogued as “folk” music and has been largely banished to a small, dedicated group of international fans and apostles both private and well known, like author Ian Rankin or Glenn Matlock. Since his passing in 2011 however, there has been a growing recognition amongst a newer generation, with artists like James Yorkston or Molly Nilsson publicly stating the influence of the unsung troubadour on their own craft. Jackie Leven’s fairytales for hard men are often forensic deconstructions of masculinity, sad and ecstatic, light and shadow, always endlessly rich, a resource as bountiful as Leven himself’s human spirit undoubtedly was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                Barry says: 'Straight Outta Caledonia' is undeniably mad. It's a brilliant mix of deep Scottish folk music, but imbued with the spirit of stadium rock and 70's psychedelia. Gigantic instrumentation comes out of nowhere, following on from the most downplayed slice of acoustic reverie. A 'best of' that almost certainly could have been twice as long. Maybe that means we'll get more in the future? Here's hoping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. The Sexual Loneliness Of Jesus Christ
                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Straight Outta Caledonia
                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Heartsick Land
                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Irresistible Romance
                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Live Or Die
                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Some Ancient Misty Morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Snow In Central Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                8. Poortoun
                                                                                                                                                                                                9. Dagenham Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                10. Single Father

                                                                                                                                                                                                Gemma Cullingford (Sink Ya Teeth)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Let Me Speak

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Following March's debut single ‘Wide Boys’ which gained favour from Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, Amy Lamé, Jamzsupernova, Get in Her Ears to name a few, Outre are delighted to present this solo long player, Gemma Cullingford's quiet public persona as one half of Norfolk's finest disco maidens Sink Ya Teeth and previously with Blast First's KaitO has masked her nature.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  On Let Me Speak Gemma finds her voice and noise as a solo artist and songwriter with a very personal body of work. Storytelling through the medium of raw electronic and industrial sensibilities. During Sink Ya Teeth’s downtime throughout the pandemic Gemma has been working on creations of a more personal nature, and it’s just what your ears need right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Raised on a diet of Throbbing Gristle, Depeche Mode, New Order, Fad Gadget and A Certain Ratio, Gemma Cullingford's own trajectory has been equally impressive - from playing bass with Blast First / Mute signings Kaito, and more recently as one half of post-punk electronic dance duo Sink Ya Teeth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This solo offering further adds to her fine body of work. 2020 saw Sink Ya Teeth having to abandon many live gigs and promotion for their second album, so during the band's downtime Gemma worked purposefully in her home studio on solo works of a more personal nature.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: While Sink Ya Teeth definitely took influence from the dancefloor, it's Cullingford's solo output that really pays homage to the sweaty peak of industrial and techno clubgoing with it's own particular brand of momentous rhythm and rich, chest shaking bass hits. Wildly immersive and wonderfully satisfying,

                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 The Lizard
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Sight For Sore Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 Wide Boys
                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 Racer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  5 Let Me Speak

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                                                                                  6 Queen Bee
                                                                                                                                                                                                  7 Chase The Beat
                                                                                                                                                                                                  8 I Like You
                                                                                                                                                                                                  9 Ode To Billy Joe
                                                                                                                                                                                                  10 Fatal Embrace

                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The definition of a hidden gem” – John Peel
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The world seems finally to be catching up to Leslie Winer, whose startling intelligence and singular vision shine through her copious recording life.” – Max Richter

                                                                                                                                                                                                  “When I Hit You - You’ll Feel It” is a 16-track anthology that celebrates the extraordinary work of musician, poet, and author, Leslie Winer. Spanning Winer’s three-decade-long musical career: from her groundbreaking solo work in the early ‘90s to her latest inspired projects and featuring musical contributions from Jon Hassell, Helen Terry, Jah Wobble, Renegade Soundwave’s Karl Bonnie, and others; the collection also spotlights Winer’s diverse collaborations, and unearths previously-unreleased recordings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Includes previously unreleased tracks, inspired collaborations, and material from Leslie’s groundbreaking 1990 solo debut, “Witch”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Newly remastered by the GRAMMY®-nominated engineer John Baldwin & includes a 24-page booklet featuring a new interview with Leslie and liner notes by acclaimed author, critic and compilation co-producer Wyndham Wallace, along with an essay by award-winning writer and scholar Louis Chude-Sokei.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cover collage by renowned British artist Linder and design by designer Christopher Shannon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Musician, poet, iconoclast, model, artist, enigma. Leslie Winer is many things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Born to a teenage mother and sold for $10,000 in a black market adoption when she was just hours old, Winer has always lived an uncommon life. She grew up in Boston with a voracious appetite for music and the written word and embraced the city’s lively jazz and folk scene in the ‘70s. Moving to New York for art school, she gravitated towards a vibrant crowd of intellectuals, artists, and radical thinkers—or perhaps they gravitated towards her.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  There, Winer formed an unlikely friendship with writer and artist William S. Burroughs and lived on-and-off with Jean-Michel Basquiat. In London, where Winer began her musical ventures in earnest, she was a regular at Leigh Bowery’s underground club Taboo, where she met many of her collaborators, including filmmaker John Maybury, Kevin Mooney (of Adam and the Ants), and Boy George, who once declared that Winer “might just be the coolest woman on the planet!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Winer’s striking looks also attracted fashion designers and photographers. Throughout the early ‘80s, she was an in-demand model—appearing in campaigns for Valentino, Christian Dior, and Yohji Yamamoto, and serving as a muse for a young Jean-Paul Gaultier, who later dubbed Winer “the first androgynous model.” She posed for Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, and Pierre et Gilles, and graced the covers of The Face, French and Italian editions of Vogue, and Mademoiselle.


                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. When I Was Walt Whitman - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. N1 Ear - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Tree - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Personals - Jon Hassell And Bluescreen Featuring Leslie
                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Dream 1 - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Dunderhead - Purity Supreme
                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. The Boy Who Used 2 Whistle - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Hold On Postcards - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. He Was - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. RoundUp Ready - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  11. Skin - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  12. Box - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  13. This Blank Action - Diamond Version Featuring Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  14. Battle Porn - Leslie Winer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  15. Woodshedded - Leslie Winer & Jay Glass Dubs
                                                                                                                                                                                                  16. Fragment #2 - Leslie Winer & Mari G. Mooney

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Erasure

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Neon Remixed

                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘The Neon Remixed’ sees a star-studded selection of artists reworking the original Erasure album ‘The Neon’, the band’s highest charting album in 26 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The collection includes ‘Secrets’, a brand new track, alongside interpretations of the original album from Kim Ann Foxman, Hifi Sean, Octo Octa, Paul Humphreys (OMD), Gareth Jones, Brixxtone, Theo Kottis and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2CD
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secrets
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) (Hifi Sean Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nerves Of Steel (Andy Bell & Gareth Jones' Sapphire And Steel Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fallen Angel (Saint Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    No Point In Tripping (John “J-C” Carr & Bill Coleman 808 BEACH Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shot A Satellite (GRN Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tower Of Love (BSB’s Stella Polaris Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Diamond Lies (Armageddon Turk Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    New Horizons (Matt Pop Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Careful What I Try To Do (Brixxtone Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kid You’re Not Alone (Theo Kottis Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secrets (Kim Ann Foxman’s Heaven Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    No Point In Tripping (Can Love Be Synth Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) (Hifi Sean Dub)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Careful What I Try To Do (Brixxtone Synthwave Dub)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nerves Of Steel (Gareth Jones’ ElectroGenetic Terabyte Of Love Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kid You’re Not Alone (Paul Humphreys Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secrets (Octo Octa’s Psychedelic Visions Disco Dub)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2LP
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secrets
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling) (Hifi Sean Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nerves Of Steel (Andy Bell & Gareth Jones’ Sapphire And Steel Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fallen Angel (Saint Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    No Point In Tripping (John “J-C” Carr & Bill Coleman 808 BEACH Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shot A Satellite (GRN Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tower Of Love (BSB’s Stella Polaris Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Diamond Lies (Armageddon Turk Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    New Horizons (Matt Pop Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Careful What I Try To Do (Brixxtone Extended Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kid You’re Not Alone (Theo Kottis Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nerves Of Steel (Gareth Jones’ ElectroGenetic Terabyte Of Love Mix)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kyle Falconer

                                                                                                                                                                                                    No Love Songs For Laura

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "...an anthemic album that takes songwriter Kyle Falconer in bold new musical directions, that works the heart as much as the head, the dancing feet as much as the punching fist of joy."

                                                                                                                                                                                                      As the frontman of The View, Kyle Falconer smashed into the charts with the classic singles "Same Jeans" and "Wasted Little DJs" and earned a Mercury nomination for their #1 debut album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’. A rocket powered decade followed during which they barely let up, careering through a rock ‘n’ roll attitude both on-and-off stage. A stint in rehab was followed by another stint in rehab. The songwriter reflects on that period in new song ‘Laura’, a heart-on-the-sleeve, not-quite-title-track paean to the aforesaid missus. He started by writing more songs on piano rather than guitar, before teaming up with the producer Frankie Siragusa and using a selection of Motown, soul and funk classics as reference points. The duo spent last August christening the brand-new studio in The Libertines’ recently opened Albion Rooms hotel and arts space in Margate, playing everything on a wealth of new material that Falconer had prepared. ‘No Love Songs for Laura’ is an earworm-stuffed, summer-evoking album demanding repeat plays, streams, views, likes and clicks. For another, this is Falconer reborn and rebooted, like we’ve never heard him before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Stress Ball
                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Wait Around
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Laura
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Funeral Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Mother
                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. On My Own
                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Still Here
                                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Miracle
                                                                                                                                                                                                      9. Listen Lucy
                                                                                                                                                                                                      10. Moan
                                                                                                                                                                                                      11. Rake Me In
                                                                                                                                                                                                      12. Don't Call Me Baby
                                                                                                                                                                                                      13. Monsters

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arriving at a time of considerable uncertainty in the world, Son Lux's intimate, electro-soul album 'Tomorrows' is ambitious in scope and intent. Born of an active, intentional approach to shaping sound, the music reminds us of the necessity of questioning assumptions, and of sitting with the tension.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia, and Ian Chang train their sights on volatile principles: imbalance, disruption, collision, redefinition. But for all of its instability, ‘Tomorrows’ exploration of breaking points and sustained frictional places is ultimately in service of something rewarding and necessary: the act of questioning, challenging, tearing down and actively rebuilding one’s own identity. Resynthesized strings, acoustically manipulated live instruments and vocals and a classically informed approach to arranging has resulted in an album that feels comfortable, intimate & timeless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The band remains audibly indebted to iconoclastic artists in soul, hip-hop, and experimental improvisation who themselves carved new paths forward. Distilling these varied influences, Son Lux searches for equilibrium of raw emotional intimacy and meticulous electronic constructions.


                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tomorrows I
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A1. Dissolve
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A2. Plans We Made
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A3. Bending Shadows
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A4. Only
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A5. Days Past
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A6. Honesty
                                                                                                                                                                                                      B7. Into Wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                      B8. Last Light
                                                                                                                                                                                                      B9. Undertow
                                                                                                                                                                                                      B10. Involution

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tomorrows II
                                                                                                                                                                                                      C1. Warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                      C2. Molecules
                                                                                                                                                                                                      C3. Prophecy
                                                                                                                                                                                                      C4. Leaves
                                                                                                                                                                                                      D5. Out Of Wind
                                                                                                                                                                                                      D6. Apart
                                                                                                                                                                                                      D7. Bodies
                                                                                                                                                                                                      D8. Weight Of Your Air
                                                                                                                                                                                                      D9. Live Another Life
                                                                                                                                                                                                      D10. Borrowed Eyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tomorrows III
                                                                                                                                                                                                      E1. Unbind
                                                                                                                                                                                                      E2. A Different Kind Of Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                      E3. Upend
                                                                                                                                                                                                      E4. Plans We Make
                                                                                                                                                                                                      E5. Glimmer
                                                                                                                                                                                                      E6. Come Recover
                                                                                                                                                                                                      F7. Sever
                                                                                                                                                                                                      F8. The Hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                      F9. Embrace
                                                                                                                                                                                                      F10. Vacancy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grouplove

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This Is This

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grouplove announce surprise release of their fifth studio album, This Is This, featuring lead single “Deadline” - celebrated with a live performance of the single on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. “We hope this album gives people the permission to fucking scream or headbang or punch walls,” says Grouplove. “It's important to stay emotional.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The whole rainbow is important. If we just live in the light blues, are we really alive? I'm not. I need to feel it all.” Following their GRAMMY-nominated album Healer, This Is This was produced by Grouplove and collaborator Ricardo Acasuso – with additional songs produced by Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Malay (Frank Ocean). The album was written and recorded during the global pandemic, fueled by all the upheaval and hardship of the past year. Recording this album proved both cathartic and powerfully creative for Grouplove, the sound of five friends finally letting go of all the anxiety, sadness, and frustration they’ve all had to endure. Grouplove is: Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Andrew Wessen, Daniel Gleason, and Benjamin Homola.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Primetime
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. This Is The End
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Deadline
                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Scratch
                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Oxygen Swimming
                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Just What You Want (Feat. Surfbort)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Seagulls
                                                                                                                                                                                                        8. Shake That Ass
                                                                                                                                                                                                        9. Shout

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Deathchant

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Waste

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heavy music’s evolution has always been a murky swamp of sub-genres. So, combining Thin Lizzy’s glistening twin guitar harmonies with Melvins- grade sludge and a hearty dose of proto-metal psych probably shouldn’t sound so revolutionary as it does in the hands of L.A. quartet Deathchant. But theirs is a special, transcendent sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Waste, the band’s sophomore album and first for RidingEasy Records, is anything but. The 33-minute, 7-song blast flows seamlessly from song to song, aided by droning segues, while simultaneously slithering between genres and moods. Rumbling noise, chiming guitar melodies, bluesy boogie, NWOBHM thrash, COC grunge and punk fury all rear their head at times, sometimes all at once.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Though you wouldn’t be able to tell by the concise structures and well- crafted songs, a lot of Deathchant’s music is improvised, both in the studio and live. That’s not to suggest their songs are jammy — they’re very tightly organized compositions. But the four musicians have that special musical telepathy that allows them to keep the song structures open-ended.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Improv is a huge things for us and always has been,” singer/guitarist T.J. Lemieux says. “The musical freedom to look at the other dudes in the band and be able to take things wherever we want to go is magical. I like the feel of flying off the hinges.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Likewise, the band itself is similarly amorphous in its membership. “We run the band with an open door. No lineup is definitive,” Lemieux explains. On Waste, the lineup is: Lemieux, George Camacho on bass, Colin Fahrner on drums, and John Belino on second guitar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Waste was recorded live in a rented cabin in the mountains of Big Bear, CA. “We packed a big-ass van and set up in the living room and kitchen,” Lemieux says. “Tracked it live, with overdubs after.” The whole album was recorded over two separate weekends, engineered by Steve Schroeder, who also recorded the band’s 2019 self-titled debut album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “I’d say it has sort of a DIY LA punk aesthetic,” he adds. “Very ironically going hand in hand with a classic metal vibe: Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, classic Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and other melodic heavy rock bands.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                          01. Rails
                                                                                                                                                                                                          02. Black Dirt
                                                                                                                                                                                                          03. Holy Roller
                                                                                                                                                                                                          04. Gallows
                                                                                                                                                                                                          05. Waste
                                                                                                                                                                                                          06. Plague
                                                                                                                                                                                                          07. Maker

                                                                                                                                                                                                          William Fitzsimmons

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ready The Astronaut

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Centring around the Icarus myth, William Fitzsimmons’ seventh album sees him debark on a slightly different sound aesthetic, yet still his distinctive voice holds it all together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            For fans of Bon Iver, The National, Sufjan Stevens and José Gonzalez.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Ready The Astronaut’ (CDGRON242 / LPGRON242)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dancing On The Sun
                                                                                                                                                                                                            No Promises
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Down With Another One
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Daedalus, My Father
                                                                                                                                                                                                            As Long As I Can Breathe
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ready The Astronaut
                                                                                                                                                                                                            You Let Me Down
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe She Will Change Her Mind
                                                                                                                                                                                                            If I Fell Back To The Earth (You Will Never Find Me)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Icarus
                                                                                                                                                                                                            To Love Forever

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bonus CD (LPGRON242 only)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ready The Astronaut (Alternate Version)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Adore You
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe She Will Change Her Mind (Alternate Version)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            BABii

                                                                                                                                                                                                            MiiRROR

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Margate’s prolific polymath BABii follows her recent slice of UKG influenced futuristic-pop called ‘SHADOW’ with the emotive and hypnotic new single ‘BRUiiSE’ as she announces her forthcoming sophomore album MiiRROR. Released physically on the 4th June via Gloo, this highly anticipated project is a multidisciplinary manifestation of BABii’s authentic DIY sensibilities and will be accompanied by a book, ARG and live A/V show - all written, produced and creatively directed by BABii, real name Daisy Emily Warne.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seamlessly setting the tone of what’s to be expected of the album and given the nod from tastemakers including Resident Advisor, i-D, Electronic Beats, The Independent, Hunger, Dummy Mag, Loud & Quiet, The Line of Best fit, NPR, Anthony Fantano and more, first single ‘SHADOW’ dropped alongside a video directed by BABii and Johnny Goddard that aimed to aesthetically capture the soul and imagination of where she grew up as a young child. Filmed at night time in a junkyard, this transportative visual treads the line of fantasy and reality with added VFX and costume all designed and made by BABii out of bungee cords, seat belts, tarpaulin and more. Where ‘SHADOW’ explored not facing your biggest inner demons, ‘BRUiSE’ further enlightens us to this this upcoming projects narrative as BABii sings about “being scared about making the right choice and trying to figure out whether a feeling is true or if it's just an old hurt (or bruise) trying to trick you into repeating a pattern of self sabotage.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Music has always been a mirror for electronic pop adventurer BABii where among her songs’ skittering beats and fractured synths are reflections of her deepest self. Abandonment is at the heart of this haunting record because Warne grew up without a mother, raised in Yorkshire, Kent and Canada by a nomadic father who, after quitting a potential career playing ice hockey, hustled his way through life, turning his hand to antique dealing and building and renting out a warehouse space to creatives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The context for this compelling new project is a long awaited interaction following the re-entry of Warne’s mother in her life that one day unleashed a tidal wave of emotions and sparked something in Warne, who decided to devote her next project to exorcising those demons - the dark reality and the idyll she had in her head as a kid. A universe built on real life heartache, MiiRROR will present a fantastical tale and exploration of “the duality of emotions: good and bad, light and dark” across ten songs and a story full of demons and junk yards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              An ardent and inspired teller of stories both dreamlike and real, BABii’s nomadic and creative upbringing by her father laid the foundations for her DIY and daring experimental approach to creation. Since her 2018 debut single ‘PHANTOM’, 2019 debut album HiiDE, GLOO collective collaborative album XYZ and most recent EP iii+, this accomplished multidisciplinary producer, songwriter, vocalist and visual artist has been consistently championed on the airwaves by the likes of Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne and Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, 1Xtra, and in the press by tastemakers including Loud and Quiet, The Quietus, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              A conceptual artist both sonically and visually, BABii’s unique and instantly recognisable, mellifluous and nymph like vocals blended with ethereal, textured and challenging productions have gained her a loyal following of fans. As we enter a new post pandemic chapter on this earth, BABii promises to provide some much needed sonic escapism as she takes us further into her world. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. DRiiFT
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. BRUiiSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. WASTE
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. TRACKS
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. TiiME/EMiiT
                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. SHADOW
                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. HUNTED
                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. 4WARDS:BACK
                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. VOiiD
                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. MOTHER

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The funky, atmospheric, evocative and sometimes downright weird output of companies such as DeWolfe, Cavendish, Burton and the ubiquitous KPM have always been a guiding inspiration for ATA Records, as evidenced in the spooky soundtrack works of The Sorcerers, the big band brass of The Yorkshire Film & Television Orchestra and even in the soul-jazz of The Lewis Express ('Theme From The Watcher').

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It only seemed natural for the team at ATA Records to scratch their own Library itch and so last year's "The Library Archive Vol. 1" was born. Recorded over a series of sessions in the Alladins cave of vintage recording equipment that is ATA studios, it featured many of the stalwart musicians from the label who can also be found recording with The Sorcerers, Work Money Death and The Lewis Express.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Garnering praise from Library aficionado Shawn Lee("Holy F*$K this sounds great! ATA really smash the classic British Library sound. 10 out of 10") and the Don of British Library Music himsel fAlan Hawkshaw, "The Library Archive Vol. 1" was very well received and so a follow up was inevitable. Recorded during the Autumn of 2020, "The Library Archive Vol. 2" still has the golden age of European Library music squarely in it's sights, but this time the focus is drawn more to the wonky organ work of Italian quartet I Marc 4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Each track has been lovingly crafted with a keen ear for authenticity and the same eye for detail shown on 'The Library Archive Vol. 1', recorded on the same instruments and equipment and with the same techniques as the music that inspired it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Library Archive is a labour of love for the label with more volumes planned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Millie says: The Library Archive has once again unearthed more brilliantly sophisticated Jazz for us all in Volume 2. Smooth, charming and grown-up, this way please...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The Glass Eye
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Mosey Rambler
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Windie Man
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Ice Cool
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Cleared For Launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Swamp Cat
                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Fight Or Fuzz
                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Mysterious Manor
                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Push And Go
                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Sensed Presence
                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. The Actuator
                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. Going Galtactic

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lau

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Believer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The must-have album of 2021, LAU’s debut album “Believer” is finally here, an album where every song could be a fantastic Retrowave/Synthpop single, full of catchy and emotional hits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                LAU (AKA Laura Fares), a prominent figure in the Synthwave and Retrowave scenes has finally gone solo after over a decade of writing Synthwave hits for other artists including (NINA’s best selling albums Synthian and Sleepwalking). She finally decided to step into the limelight, and sing the songs she writes, straight from the heart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                With collaborators such as French up and coming Producer Ends 84, American Producer Brian Skeel, and UK based producers Astrotones and Maxx Parker, this is a soon-to-become classic album in the Retrowave/Synthpop scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Deluxe version of the album includes superb remixes by some of the top producers in the genre like Luke Million, Sunglasses Kid, Droid Bishop, Popcorn Kid, Maethelvin, Highway Superstar and newcomer talent Austin Apologue and also includes an exclusive cover version of a Haim’s “Now I’m In It”, reworked by Friday Night Firefight.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Stunning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. We Had Magic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. True
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Believer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. The Cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Recognise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Always On My Mind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                8. Emotional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                9. Unable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                10. What It Takes 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Full Beam! For Gees Only Vol. 3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                *HUGE FANFARE!!!* Full Beam! is back for the third (and possibly the best yet) installment of the "For Gees Only" series - choice boogie selected from deep within Pharaoh Brunson's mythical pyramid for the dancefloor fellaheen to indulge themself with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                No tracklisted as per the norm (good luck trainspotters!) but we here at Picc HQ have already unveiled a Stinger J & Special Occasion track so you don't have to! You know the score though by now surely? All hitters no shitters! 8 premium grade numbers pressed two per side for max fidelty and headroom. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Riso-printed, snazzy AF sleeve to boot. You know what to do! 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Matt says: Manchester's no. 1 boogie cru return with volume 3 of their eagerly collected cult series. Featuring all the hits from the infamous NTS Sunday show, 'longside nuff sizzlers aired by Brunson and co. at nights like Wet Play, Social Service and Red Laser Disco etc. BOOOGIIIEEE!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Molly Burch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Romantic Images

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Romantic Images, Molly Burch’s third album, marks a distinct evolution for Burch, both emotionally and sonically. Recorded in Denver with Tennis’ Alaina Moore and Pat Riley producing, the collection celebrates the timeless delights of a well-crafted pop song, flirting with Blondie, Madonna, and even Mariah Carey as it forges a joyful soundtrack to liberation and self-discovery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burch deliberately worked with more women collaborators than ever before on the album, and the results are transcendent, reveling in the passion and the power of the divine feminine. The collection prioritizes ecstasy and escape, and Burch’s commitment to collective catharsis in her lifted, airy delivery manages to exude both thoughtful introspection and carefree abandon all at once. The shadow still lurks on the album, to be sure, but the light ultimately wins, and the result is an intoxicating collection all about coming into our truest selves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When it came to mixing and mastering the material, Burch put her faith in Gloria Kaba (Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest), Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Solange Knowles), and Heba Kadry (Bjork, Beach House) to truly understand where she was coming from with the music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burch designed the record to mirror the emotional journey that went into creating it, sequencing the music to work its way from jittery indecision to poised certainty over the course of ten mesmerizing tracks. Exhilarating opener “Control” takes a leap of faith as it learns to make peace with letting go, while the infectious “Heart Of Gold” grapples with wanting what you can’t have. By the time the silky “New Beginning” rolls around, Burch begins settling into a newfound sureness that dominates the collection’s second half, with the addictive “Emotion” (a collaboration between Burch and her Captured Tracks labelmate Wild Nothing) celebrating a spectrum of emotions as fuel for creativity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I’ve written quite a bit about anxiety and heartbreak in the past,” Burch reflects, “but this record is more inspired by confidence and self-love. This is the most me I’ve ever sounded on an album.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: With a pretty legendary lineup of collaborators and producers working in conjunction with Burch, this was never going to be anything but superb. It's with a great deal of pleasure then, that I can confirm her singular writing style and unmistakeable vocal direction is at it's peak here. A brilliantly enjoyable and gorgeously evocative selection, drenched in nostalgic production and clever writing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Control
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Heart Of Gold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Romantic Images
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. New Beginning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Took A Minute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Emotion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Honeymoon Phase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Back In Time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hailing from south-east London, Joel Culpepper is an artist who’s been on Mr Bongo's radar for some time now. With a unique soulful voice and explosive showmanship, Joel’s star is rising. His sonic palette blends an array of genres and influences, that looks back to the greats whilst simultaneously absorbing London’s contemporary musical landscape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joel's debut album, 'Sgt Culpepper’, is an incredible modern soul album and the product of a two-year undertaking which saw him attract an array of respected producers and musicians from the UK and beyond, a testament to the reputation he had already built as a dynamic songwriter and performer among his contemporaries. With executive production from Swindle (Ezra Collective, Mahalia), mastering from Joker (Stormzy, Kojey Radical) and with co-productions that include the likes of legendary pop producer Guy Chambers, Raf Rundell (The 2 Bears), Shawn Lee (Saint Etienne, Kelis), and Tom Misch, Sgt Culpepper is a demonstration of the power of community, mingling self-reflection with wider social commentary. The record is split into four chapters: The Battle, which includes previous singles ‘W.A.R’ and ‘Return’, The Surrender, embodied by recent single ‘Poetic Justice’; The Love and The Lesson.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joel’s desire to forge a sense of collectivism was the lifeblood for 'Sgt Culpepper', resulting in the diverse roster of talent attached to the project. As well as the aforementioned names, the record includes production from the likes of British multi-instrumentalist Redinho, South London rapper and Roc Nation signee Kay Young, Linden Jay (Poppy Ajudha, Rejjie Snow), and Grammy-award winning songwriter Jimmy Hogarth. "I've been inspired by how the UK jazz and grime scene supports each other, it’s similar to what happens in the states. Collectives like Odd Future, Aftermath and the earliest being Motown. It’s soul’s turn to band together here, likeminded independent musicians working to support the scene and each other as a whole.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Through charismatic storytelling, personal epiphanies, and the formation of a new creative collective that underpins his craft, 'Sgt Culpepper' ushers in a new era for Joel as an artist.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: Though it's clear where Culpepper's myriad influences lie (the athletic vocals could be favourably compared to Prince pretty easily for example), 'Sgt Culpper' never comes across as anything but a brilliantly unique and wonderfully written whole. From psychedelic funk, hip-hop and the groove of the burgeoning UK jazz scene, this has it all, and brought together with style.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Tears Of A Crown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Return
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. W.A.R
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Bodies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Poetic Justice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Thought About U
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Kisses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. In Your Sex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Remember
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Break
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11. Black Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Change’ is the brand-new album by Anika, the first solo music from the Berlin based artist in 8 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A British ex-pat and former political journalist, Anika has collaborated with BEAK>and Tricky and released two albums with Mexico City’s Exploded View to great acclaim. The single ‘Change’ tackles personal growth as well as wider issues and grapples with eternal questions as to whether one can ever truly change. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It has been 11 years since the release of her last solo album, 2010 cultfavourite ‘Anika’; she suddenly found herself with a lot to say. “This album had been planned for a little while and the circumstances of its inception were quite different to what had been expected. This coloured the album quite significantly. The lyrics were all written there on the spot. It’s a vomit of emotions, anxieties, empowerment and of thoughts like - How can this go on? How can we go on?” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The intimacy of its creation and a palpable sense of global anxiety are seemingly baked into the DNA of Change. Spread across nine tracks, the central feeling of the record is one of heightened frustration buoyed by guarded optimism. The songs offer skittering, austere electronic backdrops reminiscent of classic Broadcast records or ‘High Scores’-era Boards of Canada, playing them against Anika’s remarkable voice - Nico-esque, beautifully plaintive and - in regards to the record’s subject matter - totally resolute. Incantatory tracks like ‘Naysayer’ and ‘Never Coming Back’ are both a call to arms and a warning. “‘Never Coming Back’ was written after reading Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’,” she explains. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I was living in the old East countryside outside of Berlin, where there seemed to be no shortage of birds. Apparently their numbers have dropped significantly, but it is one of these changes that we never really stop and notice. We take things for granted, until it’s too late. With all this other noise going on, care for the environment has quickly been moved to the backburner. So long as we get what we want NOW and on demand, who cares about whether we are taking care of the future?”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mine says: It's been a while! Anika is back and I'm sure everyone who's enjoyed her outings with Exploded View will dig her (equally dark and moody) solo stuff too. Very excited about this one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Finger Pies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Critical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Naysayer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Sand Witches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Never Coming Back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Rights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Freedom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Wait For Something

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

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

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paul McCartney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  McCartney III Imagined

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hailed upon its release last year as "vital and comfortable taking new chances” (Rolling Stone) and “cheery, resilient, forever looking forward” (The New Yorker), Paul McCartney’s McCartney III is now literally moving into the future in the form of McCartney III Imagined.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Personally curated by Paul, McCartney III Imagined features an A-List assortment of friends, fans and brand new acquaintances, each covering and/or reimagining their favorite McCartney III moments in their own signature styles. The result is a kaleidoscopic reinterpretation of an album Rolling Stone accurately tagged “an inspiration to us all”—one that serves as an extension of the instantly beloved McCartney III while standing on its own as brilliant and adventurous milestone in the McCartney discography.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The first offering from McCartney III Imagined comes from American singer/rapper/songwriter Dominic Fike, whose cover of “The Kiss of Venus” transmutes the tender acoustic ballad into a retro-futuristic R&B tour de force. “The Kiss of Venus (Dominic Fike version)” is available digitally

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Further III-imaginations will be forthcoming from Damon Albarn, Beck, Blood Orange, Phoebe Bridgers, Josh Homme, Khraungbin, 3D RDN of Massive Attack, Ed O’Brien (EOB), Anderson .Paak, St. Vincent and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Originally released December 18, 2020, McCartney III is the third in a trilogy of home-made and self-titled albums that began with Paul's 1970 solo debut McCartney, and continued in 1980 with McCartney II. All three albums were written, performed and produced by Paul in varying states of isolation, all showcasing his unique creativity and inspired spontaneity. Recorded in “Rockdown," McCartney III topped album charts across the world, scoring Paul his first UK#1 album in 31 years – increasing his lead as the UK’s most successful chart act of all time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    McCartney III Imagined continues the tradition of the biggest and most diverse names in music covering Paul’s songs — an ever-expanding lineup that ranges from more recent versions by Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Dave Grohl, Coldplay and The Cure, to interpretations over the years from the likes of U2, Guns N’ Roses, Earth Wind & Fire, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and so many more. McCartney III Imagined is a testament of Paul’s enduring and unmatched influence, a legacy that stretches from “Yesterday” being the most covered song in contemporary musical history to the inspiration his current work continues to hold for generations of artists and fans.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Barry says: I have to say, I never expected to see Idris Elba listed on the tracklist for a Paul McCartney release, but here we are. A selection of the leading lights in the music (and TV) industry rework a number of tunes from the brilliant 'McCartney III' to great effect. A wonderful companion to the original and a worthwhile listen regardless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Find My Way (feat. Beck)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Kiss Of Venus (Dominic Fike)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Pretty Boys (feat. Khruangbin)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Women And Wives (St. Vincent Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Deep Down (Blood Orange Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Seize The Day (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Slidin’ (EOB Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Damon Albarn Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Lavatory Lil (Josh Homme)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10. When Winter Comes (Anderson .Paak Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11. Deep Deep Feeling (3D RDN Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Idris Elba Remix)*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Darkside

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spiral

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DARKSIDE is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician & vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Jaar and Harrington first met while studying in Providence through their com- mon friend and saxophonist Will Epstein. In the summer of 2011, they toured Europe and Australia in support of Jaar’s breakthrough debut album Space Is Only Noise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Upon returning to Providence, they continued to write together, releasing their self-titled EP in 2012 and their critically acclaimed debut album Psychic on Matador Records in October 2013. The album was met with glowing reviews, including a 9.0 from Pitchfork and The New York Times calling it “the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch sci-fi movie.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the summer of 2018, Harrington and Jaar rented a small house on Lenni-Lenape territory, which is present-day Flemington, New Jersey. The group spent a week there, making a song a day. While it would take another year and a half to complete their second album, six songs from the band’s new record Spiral were written and recorded during this initial session.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “From the beginning, DARKSIDE has been our jam band. Something we did on days off. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn’t wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again,” he said. “We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. DARKSIDE is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: Jaar & Harrington's Darkside project has never quite gone with convention, and their latest outing 'Spiral' brilliantly toes the line between drone music and gothic, eastern-influenced folk with ease, via all manner of geographical pitstops. Otherworldy vocals seamlessly riding atop grooving percussion in some places and in others, eschewed entirely for a focus on shifting drone and tectonic modulation. As baffling and brilliant as ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Narrow Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Limit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Question Is To See It All
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lawmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’m The Echo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spiral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Liberty Bell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Inside Is Out There
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Only Young

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Descendents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9th & Walnut

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Put simply, this is the DESCENDENTS' earliest material, representing a "lost" pre-MGTC album. Most of these songs have not been heard—until now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Formed in L.A.'s South Bay in 1978, DESCENDENTS began as a power trio featuring bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, and guitarist Frank Navetta (d. 2008).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The band recruited vocalist Milo Aukerman in 1980 and began establishing themselves as major players in the Southern California Punk movement. Over the years, the band has sustained a potent chemistry and shared vision, further cementing them as punk legends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In 2002, the original four-piece lineup — Frank Navetta, Tony Lombardo, Bill Stevenson, and Milo Aukerman — got back into the studio to finally record their first-ever songs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The songs were written by the band from 1977 through 1980, before recording the Fat EP (1981) and the Milo Goes to College LP (1982).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Every element of DESCENDENTS' genre-creating sound is here: Stevenson's hyper-caffeinated surf-beats, Lombardo's intrepid bass, Navetta's crunching attack, Aukerman's impassioned, infinitely relatable singing—and all those great melodies and harmonies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: '9th & Walnut' offers the essential missing link in the Descendents history, before their 1982 breakthrough classic 'Milo Goes To College'. It's a richly rewarding listen, with moments aplenty of that classic early skate-punk sound, and a great insight into the development of one of the most well known US punk acts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sailor's Choice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Crepe Suzette
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You Make Me Sick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lullaby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nightage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Baby Doncha Know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tired Of Being Tired
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm Shaky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grudge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mohicans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Like The Way I Know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It’s A Hectic World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To Remember
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yore Disgusting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's My Hair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I Need Some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ride The Wild
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad All Over

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mark Rae is world reknowned for his work in creating Grand Central Records, the shop Fat City and his artistic endeavours as one half of Rae & Christian. This project follows on from his 2016 autobiography, Northern Sulphuric Soulboy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This single vinyl, 14 track album, provides an instrumental soundtrack to Mark Rae's forthcoming debut novel, The Caterpillar Club. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The Caterpillar Club Intro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Chapter 1 - The End Of The Night
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Chapter 8 - Second Hand Pram
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Chapter 18 - Runout Groove
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Chapter 42 - Belonging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Chapter 39 - Last Requests
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Chapter 33 - Curtains & Infrared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8. Chapter 35 - The Night Plane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        9. Chapter 36 - French Number One
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10. Chapter 17 - Scanning The Horizon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        11. Chapter 43 - Two Hombergs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        12. Chapter 45 - Speed Bumps, Gas & Air
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        13. Chapter 46 - Those Were The Times We Had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        14. The Caterpillar Club Outro