Geese is a band that begins and ends in Brooklyn, as a project between friends to build a home studio out of a basement. Their songs are born from the same ambition: make music by any means necessary. They began recording together with sneakers as mic stands and blankets draped over the amps, all within the afternoon following a school day, up until they ran the risk of noise complaints. Recently, they signed a record deal, so they are thinking about moving on from sneaker-laden mics and blanketed amps, but their musical ethos has not changed a bit. Curiously alien, yet strangely familiar, the band’s debut album, Projector, is a product of five teenagers whose love of music touches every part of their lives: their restless anxiety about their futures, and their pent-up frustration with their present-a perspective all too familiar in today’s uncertain world.


    Darryl says: Straight out of Brooklyn this teenage five piece are definitely ones to watch! Their debut album on Partisan recalls classic NY post-punk; Talking Heads, Strokes and LCD Soundsystem.


    1. Rain Dance
    2. Low Era
    3. Fantasies / Survival
    4. First World Warrior
    5. Disco
    6. Projector
    7. Exploding House
    8. Bottle
    9. Opportunity Is Knocking

    Trees Speak

    Vertigo Of Flaws: Emancipation Of The Dissonance And Temperaments In Irrational Waveforms

      This new release is a vast leap into an ocean of space and sound, a quantum leap into cybernetics, biology, anti-gravity, time travel, dream speech and transfiguration. A seriously next step release! Showing no signs of slowing down their rapid creative pace – incredibly this is their fourth album in the space of just over one year – ‘Vertigo of Flaws’ is a mighty 29 tracks, one and a half hours of music across one double album that is surely going to be a defining point in their musical career, a giant leap into the sonic unknown, an epic exploration of intensity and sound.

      Alongside their now trademark German krautrock motoric-beat rhythms, angular New York post-punk attitude, trippedout 60s spy soundtrack, psyche-rock, and 70s synthesizers and vocoders, here you will also hear a new cosmic spacial awareness (both personal inner space and galactic outer space) and a truly wilful pushing of sonic boundaries - as police sirens, static noise, alarms, radio signals, avant-garde voices, and orchestral string quartets, all collide to add beautiful dissonance to uber-powerful, intense, addictive and propulsive rhythms - in the process creating a truly unique soundscape that Trees Speak have made wholly their own.

      If you ever wanted to hear Can, Hawkwind, Destroy All Monsters, Pere Ubu, electric eels, John Cage, Liquid Liquid, Tangerine Dream, Suicide, Neu!, Laurie Spiegel, Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Barry, Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, Sun Ra, Stockhausen, John Carpenter, Electro-Acoustic and Musique Concrete and Mars in one band - then this is it! Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes.

      ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives - and the idea that Trees communicate collectively. Special guests from the hyper-creative hub of the Tucson music scene on this release are Gabriel Sullivan, Ben Nisbet, Saul Millan, Stephani Guilmette, and Davis Jones. The album Vertigo of Flaws was recorded in Brooklyn, New York, and Tucson, Arizona during the plague of 2021.


      Barry says: Ridiculously prolific Arizona natives Trees Speak come out with their 4th album in just over a year, and it has all of the cosmic heft and swooning arpeggiated bliss of the previous (very well regarded) LP's. This time though, we get a little more grit, turning otherwise upbeat pieces into slightly more avant-ambient-jazz territory. A sound all of their own, but one they do perfectly.


      1. Seventh Mirror (3.23)
      2. Cybernetic Dreams (4.07)
      3. Interference (3.40)
      4. Computer Garden (0.46)
      5. Pyramid (2.34)
      6. Halide Crystals (2.08)
      7. Integratron (4.20)
      8. Imaginary Forces (3.26)
      9. Phantom LFO (3.13)
      10. Opticks (2.56)
      11. Mannequin (2.17)
      12. Mind In Light (3.10)
      13. Palantír (1.28)
      14. Vertigo Of Flaws (3.15)
      15. Exit Syndrome (1.11)
      16. Stasi (5.35)
      17. Atomic Voyage (3.11)
      18. Ultraviolet (2.51)
      19. Violence Cascades (3.27)
      20. Traumsprache (3.51)
      21. Zeitgeber (2.04)
      22. Prism (3.03)
      23. Threnody (2.56)
      24. Mind Oscillation (3.19)
      25. Hidden Machine (3.00)
      26. Transhuman (1.01)
      27. Ionization (3.12)
      28. Cloud Chamber (3.16)
      29. Harmonic Oscillator (1.19)

      Limited Bonus 7” (LP Format Only)

      A. Transfiguration (3.34)
      B. Urzeit (2.37)

      Rival Consoles


        Rival Consoles returns with a resonant and explorative soundscape of original music, composed for renowned choreographer Alexander Whitley’s contemporary dance production Overflow.

        Exploring themes of the human and emotional consequences of life surrounded by data, the piece echoes the concept of social media, advertising, marketing companies and political factions exploiting our data to gain wealth, political advantage and sow division. Key reading for the project was based around the contemporary philosophical work Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power by Byung-Chul Han.

        “The piece opens with Monster which has a kind of drunken madness to it, highly repetitive to mirror the repetitive nature of how we as humans engage with technology such as social media. It’s sometimes edging towards chaos but yet always returning back to the same starting point, but eventually giving way to exhaustion. I wanted to create a bold opening piece for Overflow,” states West.

        I Like features the mapping of data from dancer Tia Hockey’s personal monologue, which allows chords to be heard - but only based on the activity of her voice, drawing attention to things happening behind the curtain, invisible systems, algorithms. The album also features the previously released standalone slice of euphoria, Pulses of Information — described by UK mag Clash as “typically entrancing, Pulses of Information seems to encourage a form of internal dialogue, between our inner and outer selves.”

        Overflow was premiered by the Alexander Whitley Dance Company in May 2021 at the Sadler’s Wells in London and is scheduled to tour through theatres in Europe in spring 2022. 


        Barry says: I've been a fan of Ryan Lee West's Rival Consoles project for a good few years now ('Howl' on Erased Tapes still gets played weekly on my stereo at home), and it's safe to say that while the sound is a lot more abrasive than those early days, it's as rich and as fulfilling a listen as ever. 'Overflow' is a wonderfully dynamic, beautifully achieved juxtaposition of melody and grit.


        1. Monster
        2. I Like
        3. Hands
        4. Pulses Of Information
        5. Noise Call And Response I
        6. Overflow
        7. The Cloud Oracle
        8. Tension In The Cloud
        9. Noise Call And Response II
        10. Scanning
        11. Flow State
        12. Touches Everything
        13. Making Sense Of It All

        Warm presents a brand new compilation called 'Home'; a soundtrack for when we pause, take a breath, and use our senses to explore the magic of the world on our doorsteps. Morning to evening, dawn to dusk, our lives continue moving but sometimes the need to step back and reset is essential to create a balance in our lives. As we open our eyes and ears to our surroundings, our senses become stimulated by small details. Whether it be the sound of the sea lapping on the sand, the wind blowing through the canopy of trees or a robin heralding a new day; nothing is the same but all are unique.

        'Home' has been pieced together over the last year by Warm’s Ali Tillett. With the majority of Warm - booking agents for Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, Gerd Janson, Horse Meat Disco, Hot Chip DJs, Lou Hayter, Luke Una - on pause, Ali took the chance to immerse himself in bringing together his passion for music, nature and art.

        The 14 tracks, the majority exclusive and specially made for the compilation, includes contributions by Âme, Bobby Lee & Mia Doi Todd, Coyote, Crack’d Man (aka Crooked Man who produced Roisin Murphy's last album), Fug (with their first material for over ten years), Kirk Degiorgio presents As One, Turtle, and Ewan Pearson's World of Apples project (with their first material for nearly 20 years!). The tracks align with specific habitats in the local Dorset area, where Ali is situated, such as Harbour/Estuary, Heathland/Moorland, Woodland/Forest, and Beach/Cliffs.

        To immerse the listener even further into the soundscape, critically acclaimed sound and field recording artist Gary Moore, of Springwatch/Autumnwatch fame, has been involved to help bring nature even further to the ears. Intertwined between the music are field recordings specific to area and habitat; whether it be the sound of a ship's horn in Poole harbour, avocets on the scrape, the tawny owl in the woodland or Puffins on the ledges of cliffs.

        Gareth Fuller, a fabulous artist who previously lived in Dorset, has kindly allowed one of his artworks to become the centrepiece for the compilation. Titled 'Purbeck', it's a truly wonderful piece of art that encapsulates everything about the area and enables an added dimension to the immersive experience for the listener.

        "The past year during the pandemic has enabled me to take a step back and reflect on the environment that encompasses us day to day. With those multiple pause buttons on life that were lockdowns, the real beauty of nature and the soundscape around us came to the forefront and shone through as daily life stopped." - Ali Tillett


        Barry says: A woozy and entirely laid-back collection of shimmering instrumentals, beachside ambience and slow-burning grooves. From hazy percussion and flickering loungy jazz, this is perfect for a fireside retreat with a warm drink.


        Harbour / Estuary
        1. Sea Lapping*
        2. Natural Calamity - Have You Seen The Sun Today
        3. Ships Horn*
        4. Paqua – Escondido (Instrumental) (Exclusive)
        5. Avocets*
        6. Coyote - The Fade (Exclusive)
        7. Cormorants*
        8. Greymatter & GOLDSLANG - Black Turns To Blue (Exclusive)

        Heathland / Moorland
        9. Nightjar*
        10. Crack'd Man - Between The Mist And The Sun (Exclusive)
        11. Wood Ants*
        12. Kirk Degiorgio Presents As One - Orwell Rising (Exclusive)
        13. Stonechat*
        14. Turtle - Heathland Haze (Exclusive)
        15. Natterjack Toads*
        16 - Brainchild - Beyond Because (Exclusive)

        Woodland / Forest
        17 - Woodland Canopy
        18 - Richard Norris - Warm Hunger (Exclusive)
        19 - Great Spotted Woodpecker
        20 - Fug - From Little Seeds We Grow (Exclusive)
        21 - Tawny Owls
        22 - Bobby Lee & Mia Doi Todd - Walking With Trees (Exclusive)

        Beach / Cliffs
        23. Cliff Top*
        24. World Of Apples - Bluemull Sound (Exclusive)
        25. Puffins*
        26. Pablo Color & HOVE - LICHT (Exclusive)
        27. Swifts & Swallows*
        28. Âme - Doldrums (first Time On Vinyl


        Live In Brighton 1975

          “Live In Brighton 1975” is the second album of a curated series of CAN live concerts. Available in full for the first time on triple vinyl, double CD and digitally. Originally recorded on tape, this carefully restored live album comprises the entirety of the show in the format of a story with a beginning, middle and end, bringing CAN’s performance to life. Limited edition triple Gold vinyl in triple gatefold sleeve plus a 2CD edition in card pack with 16 page booklet, both with extensive sleeve notes.


          Barry says: There's not much I can tell you here that you won't already know.. this is the second wonderfully pressed collection from Can of live performances following 'Live In Stuttgart' that was released in May. There are very few musicians that could pull off this level of out-there musicianship, and this is a wonderful and accurate document of their live legacy. Essential.


          A1 Brighton 75 Eins
          A2 Brighton 75 Zwei
          A3 Brighton 75 Drei
          B1 Brighton 75 Vier
          B2 Brighton 75 Fünf
          C1 Brighton 75 Sechs
          C2 Brighton 75 Sieben


          Levitation Sessions Vol. I

            Back in September 2020, OSEES performed a blistering set out in the desert at Pappy & Harriet’s California, which aired on the LEVITATION Sessions streaming series. Pressed on glorious 12" swirl colored vinyl, each record includes a bonus encore 7” with the final track from the show, "Block Of Ice" pressed on Milky-Clear vinyl.

            "During this particularly hard year (2020), it was a pleasure to work with our good friends over at Levitation and Pappy and Harriet's to reach out to some of our fans, if only for a fleeting hour. This is the proper plastic that came from that evening. We are trying to keep some of our favorite haunts, dives, glorious old venues and bars open through this triail, as it's obvious the lizards that make up the current administration have no real interest in extending any realistic help to struggling businesses. Take care, be well and keep your eyes on the horizon." - John Dwyer

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: This duo of levitation sessions from the inimitable Osees has every bit of the energy of their legendary live show, but presented on a beautiful double LP, this first one sees (get it?) the band playing in the desert and smashing out some of their most beloved hits.

            TRACK LISTING

            SIDE A
            1. Carrion Crawler
            2. I Come From The Mountain
            3. Static God
            4. Sewer Fire
            5. Chem Farmer / Nite Expo
            6. Dreary Nonsense

            SIDE B
            1. The Fizz
            2. Corrupt Coffin
            3. Together Tomorrow
            4. Night Crawler
            5. Terminal Jape
            6. Rainbow
            7. Heart Worm
            8. Transparent World Jam

            SIDE A

            1. Block Of Ice (Fade Out)
            SIDE B
            1. Block Of Ice (Fade In)


            Levitation Sessions Vol. II

              OSEES return for another blistering LEVITATION Session, this time from the depths of a cavernous Los Angeles factory. The performance features a fresh batch of tracks spanning over a decade of the band's expansive discography with a handful of never-before-playedlive tunes & some new surprises and is presented in its entirety here, pressed on a glorious Double 12" vinyl LP!

              “OSEES pine for our fans and friends out there in the world, so we have come together for another stream with the mighty Levitation. I personally got stoned and stuck my face into the muck of our past catalog to bob for some dusty tumescent gems. There will be some oldies, and some moldies and some surprises along the way. I’m quite happy with how this one turned out. Shot in an insane old factory warehouse in Los Angeles (it looks like a fight scene set from Point Blank or the John Wick trilogy :) If you had told me a year ago we'd be doing these streams now i would have thought you were crazy, but, egg on my face, and here we are. I’m so glad to have this little thing to share a moment with y’all until we can meet face to face on the field of battle again. Mastered by the Guru JJ Golden, it will hopefully turn some frowns inside out and upside down....grossssss” - John Dwyer

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: This second edition of the wonderful levitation sessions LP from psych-indie titans Osees is recorded from inside an LA factory and is a perfect accompaniment to the first session. This time pressed on splattered blue vinyl, and arguably, an even better tracklist than the first. Essential!

              TRACK LISTING

              DISC 1
              SIDE A

              1. Tidal Wave
              2. Grown In A Graveyard
              3. The Dream
              4. Stinking Cloud
              5. Enemy Destruct
              SIDE B
              1. Poisoned Stones
              2. Spider Cider
              3. It Killed Mom
              4. Meat Step Lively
              5. Snickersnee
              6. Destroyed Fortress Reappears

              DISC 2
              SIDE C

              1. Web
              2. Encrypted Bounce
              3. Beat Quest
              SIDE D
              1. Chromosome Damage > T.V. As Eyes
              2. ST37
              3. Looking For Your Door
              4. SS CYGNI


              Levitation Sessions

                Heavy psych power trio Charles Moothart, Ty Segall and Chad Ubovich hit the stage for the first time together in five years bringing a full set spanning their entire discography, and new album, III! Recorded at Zebulon in Los Angeles, CA.

                In Oct 2020 the band released their first album in 5 years, III, scorching the earth with pure primitive rock and roll mastery captured by the sonic guru Steve Albini. It’s a record that is meant to be heard and experienced live, and their Levitation Sessions set is the smoldering slab of heavy psych we’ve all been waiting for, recorded at Zebulon in Los Angeles, CA. Director Joshua Erkman alongside sound engineers Matthew Littlejohn and Mike Kriebel, capture FUZZ’s intense energy backdropped by electric artwork from artist Tatiana Kartomten.

                “We wanted to create something that felt like more than just a replacement for seeing us live. This is the first time we had played songs from III in the context of a set, and we found new footing on some of the old songs. This led us down avenues we hadn’t seen in rehearsal. To find ourselves in the space right in between ‘lost’ and ‘found’ (aka live) was both alarming and electrifying after having been away from it for so long.” - FUZZ.

                TRACK LISTING

                SIDE A
                1. Earthen Gate
                2. Sleighride
                3. Returning
                4. Time Collapse
                5. The 7th Terror

                SIDE B
                1. Rat Race
                2. Jack The Maggot
                3. Pipe
                4. Spit
                5. Raise
                6. Hazemaze

                Modern Nature

                Island Of Noise

                  Since the demise of his previous band Ultimate Painting, Jack Cooper – under his Modern Nature guise – has never stopped looking ahead, exploring and reaching for something further. Since 2019, he’s released an EP, last year’s mini album Annual, one full length LP, one 7” and three live cassettes – in the process mapping out astonishing new terrain. Island Of Noise presents an obvious new peak in his discography.

                  Over the last 12 months, Cooper has constructed a beautiful, free-flowing box set’s worth of material featuring a new album, a separate and equally engaging instrumental interpretation of the album and an accompanying book featuring the work of wide-ranging, non-musical artists (including Booker-nominated poet Robin Robertson, mycologist Merlin Sheldrake, illustrator Sophy Hollington, and writer Richard King) that reinterpret, deconstruct or take inspiration from the 10 tracks on the record.

                  Island Of Noise represents an absolute career highlight, combining Cooper’s celebrated songwriting and compositional skills with a free flowing expansiveness coloured by British free music luminaries such as saxophonist Evan Parker, pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist John Edwards and violinist Alison Cotton, as well as long term collaborators Jeff Tobias and Jim Wallis.

                  “Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises”

                  On re-reading The Tempest in 2019, Cooper was moved to write this quote on the wall of his workshop and doing so sparked the initial ideas and activity that culminated in this record. The short quote, part of a longer passage spoken by Caliban, “summed up what I was thinking about at the time, from the nature of music, noise and silence, to the chaos and confusion that seemed impossible to navigate.” says Cooper.

                  The rich imagery and themes of The Tempest have long been a springboard for artists, from Derek Jarman's unnerving adaptation and Sibelius’ Stormen to Jackson Pollock’s Full Fathom Five, but it was the setting of an island and the insular framework it represented that appealed as a way of elaborating on the musical and lyrical themes Modern Nature has been exploring since their first record in 2019.

                  “I imagined the island's landscape and how it would change and shift through the record. My guitar, Jim Wallis’ drums and John Edwards’ bass would represent a slowly evolving landscape that would provide the bedrock for the other instruments to colour. The forests, the valleys and the life would be represented by an orchestra of improvisers and classical musicians, working around certain modes and composed melodies.”

                  Standing in the edgelands, where the concrete meets the forest; the island's story is told through the eyes of an outsider, arriving and trying to make sense of the mystery and chaos. What do they make of the island’s systems, its customs, the inhabitants and their beliefs. How would an outsider interpret the inequality and divide? Where would they find solace, compassion and friendship?

                  The album was completed during a relaxation of the pandemic restrictions and for Cooper and his fellow musicians, its recording came to represent a sanctuary in itself. The feeling of freedom with which they made the record allowed for hours of improvisation and experimentation, resulting in a companion record called Island Of Silence; a more impressionistic instrumental picture of the island and its music.

                  Elaborating one step further, Cooper approached ten artists he felt an affinity towards (including Booker-nominated poet Robin Robertson, mycologist Merlin Sheldrake, illustrator Sophy Hollington, polymath Eugene Chadbourne and The Lark Ascending author Richard King) and asked them to reinterpret, deconstruct or take inspiration from one of the ten pieces of music for an accompanying book. Island Of Noise and Island Of Silence were both recorded on 2” tape with long-term collaborator and co-producer Ed Deegan and then cut directly to vinyl. Similar attention has been paid to the production of the book and box-set, with all of the material, including the vinyl, sourced from recycled and sustainable materials.

                  Cooper once said: “With every song we record or musician we gain, another door seems to open on a route that’s worth pursuing.” More than ever, this rings true on Island Of Noise and Island Of Silence, with the musicians sharing a collective vision that builds the most cohesive and exploratory version of Modern Nature yet. Island Of Noise fits beautifully between genres sitting alongside (modern) classics like Mark Hollis’ Mark Hollis, David Sylvian’s Blemish, Bert Jansch’s Birthday Blues and Scritti Politti’s Songs To Remember.

                  Like those, this is an album that may confound or challenge some, but will stand the test of time to those that open themselves up to Modern Nature.

                  Do you see it?

                  Matthew Halsall

                  Salute To The Sun Live At Hallé St. Peter's

                    Salute to the Sun: Live at Hallé St Peter's documents a very special concert recorded at the iconic Manchester venue during lockdown.

                    Released in November 2020, Matthew's Halsall'sSalute to the Sunwas the trumpeter's first album since 2015'sInto Foreverand marked the debut of his new band. A hand-picked ensemble featuring some of Manchester's finest young musicians. The album drew it's energy from the band's weekly sessions and was inspired by Halsall's love of nature. Lush and spiritual it received universal praise, but Halsall and his band were frustrated that they were unable to share their beautiful new sound live with an audience.

                    On November 25th 2020, Halsall took his band into the iconic Manchester venue,Hallé St Peter's,for a concert recording in aid of the charityMindand was streamed to a global audience in the thousands the concert was also recorded for posterity.

                    "When we recorded Salute to the Sun, I wanted to create something playful but also quite earthy and organic that connected to the sounds in nature. It seemed to strike a chord with people and I was blown away by the response to the album. Our concert film, recorded at the height of last winter's lockdown was a special moment for us all and I feel that the concert recording captured something beautiful that we wanted to share".

                    Salute to the Sun: Live at Hallé St Peter's featuresMatthew Halsall– trumpet,Matt Cliffe- flute & saxophone,Maddie Herbert– harp,Gavin Barras– bass,Liviu Gheorghe– piano,Alan Taylor– drums andJack McCarthy- percussion

                    The recording has been mixed by Matthew Halsall andGeorge Atkinsat80 Hertzand is mastered byPeter BeckmannatTechnology Works. The vinyl was cut at Calyx in Berlin and the album is pressed at Optimal in Germany. It is presented in the form of a limited edition 2LP set with artwork by legendary designerIan AndersonofThe Designers Republic.

                    Spread over three sides of the vinyl LP for maximum fidelity the fourth side of the LP (side D) features an etching ofDaniel Halsall's now iconic artwork for the album Salute to the Sun and copies are strictly limited with just 3000 available in total. The album will also be available for download and on streaming platforms.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Millie says: Recorded just over a year ago, Salute to the Sun recording feels momentous for the historic venue and beautiful orchestral works. The concert has been encapsulated in time, featuring a sublime sound from Mathew Halsall as always. Such a joy to listen to.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Harmony With Nature (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
                    2. Joyful Spirits Of The Universe (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
                    3. Canopy & Stars (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
                    4. Mindfulness Meditations (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
                    5. Tropical Landscapes (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
                    6. Salute To The Sun (Live At Hallé St Peter's)

                    Julia Bardo

                    Bauhaus, L'Appartamento

                      Debut album from Manchester-via-Italy singer, songwriter and guitarist Julia Bardo.

                      Produced and mixed by Younghusband’s Euan Hinshelwood, the record firmly establishes Bardo’s musical adventurousness and prowess, and marks a cathartic and self-affirming moment for an artist who found her voice by realizing it's been there all along.

                      The album is best summed up by the woman who wrote it all: “Bauhaus, L’Appartamento is about loneliness, solitude, separation...but also unconditional love,” Bardo reveals of the record’s overarching themes. “Family, emotional dependency, mental health issues, feelings of emptiness and numbness, feelings of not being enough, inability to be in control of my own emotions, self-doubt, self-reflection, past traumas and dealing with them.”

                      Named after the apartment complex she lived in when demoing the album’s recordings, but with an Italian twist.

                      Follows the release of two EPs, Phase and The Raw EP, which saw her experiment further with her wistful and mysterious sound to become the alternative pop artist she is today.

                      Her musical journey began in Brescia in Northern Italy, where she sang and wrote lyrics for a local band between shifts at her father’s bar. A free spirit craving new inspiration, she relocated to Manchester and it was here she developed her striking style as a solo musician before also meeting and joining post-punk band Working Men’s Club. Never losing her strong desire to have full creative control over her music, she returned to become a solo artist again.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Emily says: Julia Bardo: Local talent alert!! Gorgeous, off kilter pop songs which have more bite to them than you might expect. Sonorous vocals and deft melodic interplay met with moments of jangling dissonance. FFO Cate Le Bon and Aldous Harding!

                      Jaga Jazzist

                      Pyramid Remix

                        Jaga Jazzist's 'Pyramid' displayed a wonderful mix of soaring electronics and jagged avant jazz, and their latest eandeavour sees a number of shining lights in today's electronic music landscape pull out the stems for a brilliantly diverse and wonderfully exploratory set of remixes. 

                        Petter Eldh's remix of 'The Shrine' sees the main refrain chopped up and scattered liberally among a few shards of industrial noises and shimmering synth swells, kicking things off in wonderful fashion before the pulsing dystopian glimmer of the OKIOK rework of the same piece. It seems odd to have two remixes of the same piece following each-other but in this instance they're so wildly different that you can hardly even tell they're from the same stock. 

                        Lindstrom' & Prins Thomas' rework of 'Apex' is one of the top cuts for me, forging a perfect mixture of the former's airy euphoric electronica, and the latter's laid-back house into a by-the-pool groover that continues to grow organically into a not inconsiderable near-12-minute anthem. 

                        Prins makes an appearance again later on with the snappy tribal funk of 'Spiral Era', before the set closes out with André Bratten's woozy saturated ambient rework of the wonderful 'Tomita'. 

                        A worthy and wonderfully varied collection of home listening house, or cosmic jazz for a VERY chilled dancefloor. 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. The Shrine (Petter Eldh Remix)
                        A2. The Shrine (OKIOK Remix)
                        B1. Tomita (Paul Bender Remix)
                        B2. Apex (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix)
                        C1. The Shrine (Ian Chang Remix)
                        C2. Tomita (OKR Of Once And Future Band Remix)
                        D1. Spiral Era (Prins Thomas Remix)
                        D2. Tomita (André Bratten Remix)

                        Nils Frahm

                        Old Friends New Friends

                          Old Friends New Friends was pieced together during the pandemic as Frahm used the time to arrange his archives, conscious of the sheer number of recordings he’d accumulated. Having selected his favourites, he realised how, when he listened to them together, they offered “a different spectrum of freedom for me. I forgot that some tracks are ten years old, some two, and they’re all played on different pianos. Instead I remembered how, as a fan, I love albums like this. With a lot of my records there’s a point where you feel, ‘This is the centrepiece,’ but here I wasn’t really worrying about that. It still feels like my universe, though, and I’m proud that all these things which I never found a way to unite before now work together. It’s like I tossed flowers indiscriminately into a vase and then realised it looked exactly right.”

                          One can only guess how difficult it may initially have been to narrow down candidates for public consumption from the wealth of choices, because even selecting highlights from Old Friends New Friends is a challenge. Nonetheless, among its almost 80 minutes of music are the fluid ‘Rain Take’, in which his instrument’s glistening ripples are married with the distant sound of a deluge outside; ‘Wedding Walzer’, a Satie-esque piece so intimate Frahm’s pedal-work threatens to overshadow its delicate melody; the unexpectedly touching ‘Then Patterns’, the exquisitely graceful ‘Acting’, and the redemptive, radiant ‘The Chords Broken Down’. Clearly, these are much more than outtakes, something Frahm has no trouble explaining. “Often tracks that don’t make it onto an album are the ones with the most boldness and bravery.”

                          Frahm has other reasons to release this record, too, among them a craving to protect his legacy in an era where ‘bonus material’ is in constant demand. “The nature of the mind – and a hard drive – is that you forget a lot of stuff,” he says, “and I hate the idea that somebody might browse through my things trying to find something I’d forgotten. I’ll probably burn everything before I go, but these are pieces I wanted to put out. So this is an original ‘Nils Frahm’, so to speak, not somebody curating a leftover meal.”

                          Furthermore, Frahm felt an urge to clean the slate before making his next move. His debut, Streichelfisch, was released 16 years ago, and not only has his solo output since then been prolific but he’s also engaged in large amounts of collaborative work with friends like Ólafur Arnalds, Peter Broderick, F.S. Blumm, Library Tapes and Anne Müller. “My intuition,” he says, “is that it’s easier for me to start over if the body of work from the last ten years or so is organised enough that I never need worry about it again. It’s time to forget about the past, but in order to never think about it again I have to address it first.”

                          Whether or not it’s prudent to add to the significant amount of music he’s released in recent years, Frahm’s unconcerned. “History tells us people sometimes pick up on records years later and still like them, so hopefully my music isn’t bound to any specific date. If people hear this for the first time in, say, 20 years, they won’t worry about when it came out, or whether something else also came out the same year. And anyway: who knows? Maybe at some point down the line I won’t release any albums for five years!”

                          As for how he feels letting the music loose into the world, Frahm simply chuckles. “It’s like if your kids finally move out when they’re 23, and you realise, ‘Shit, this could have happened years ago!’”

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. 4:33 (a Tribute To John Cage)
                          2. Late
                          3. Berduxe
                          4. Rain Take
                          5. Todo Nada
                          6. Weddinger Walzer
                          7. In The Making
                          8. Further In The Making
                          9. All Numbers End
                          10. The Idea Machine
                          11. Then Patterns
                          12. Corn
                          13. New Friend
                          14. Nils Has A New Piano
                          15. Acting
                          16. As A Reminder
                          17. Iced Wood
                          18. Strickleiter
                          19. The Chords
                          20. The Chords Broken Down
                          21. Forgetmenot
                          22. Restive
                          23. Old Friend


                          Tell Me What You Miss The Most

                            Tasha’s second album, ‘Tell Me What You Miss The Most’ mingles pockets of introspection with wide, expansive, marveling at what’s yet to come. Born and raised in Chicago, Tasha is a musician who writes songs that take loving and longing seriously. Whether dwelling in the sad thrum of an impending break up or the dizzying, heart thumping waltz of new infatuation, here is an album that traces one artist’s relationship to herself in love. Full of deep, invigorating inhales and relieved, joyful exhales, Tell Me What You Miss The Most is an exquisitely crafted breath of much needed air.

                            Tell Me What You Miss the Most isn’t just a catalogue of tenderness it’s also a showcase of Tasha’s growing and formidable musician-ship. “When I made Alone at Last, I had only been writing songs for two years. I hardly even knew what kind of song writer I was. But this record feels much stronger as far as a representation of my songwriter and musicianship,” says Tasha, adding “I did feel like I was piloting it in a way that I haven’t really felt before.”
                            “I was inspired by a distance I felt from myself,” says Tasha of the album, “the writing was kind of born from this desire to get back to an intimacy, or honesty, with myself.” Other inspirations include kissing, long drives in nature, her mother, and “winter and all that it allows (being alone inside, wrapped up in something warm, feeling things deeply.)” Her list of inspirations is a collection of types of touch; fleeting affectionate touch, the brush of a knit blanket, the bracing grip of feeling one’s own skin twinned in a palm. So too does the album veer in and out of touch with Tasha herself, tracing tenderness and loneliness, the paradox of feeling held and utterly abandoned at once.

                            “Tasha makes wondrous, gentle soul that advocates for self-care.” – Pitchfork.

                            “Genre fluid like Lianne La Havas and Jamila Woods, with decorative-but-unobtrusive guitar work and electronics, Tasha roots her songs in a conversational poetry that hits like heart pangs.” - NPR Music.

                            “Her gentle, resplendent songs are a salve for those who struggle to find space to be themselves.” - Chicago Reader.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A
                            1. Bed Song 1
                            2. History
                            3. Perfect Wife
                            4. Sorry’s Not Enough
                            5. Love Interlude
                            Side B
                            1. Dream Still
                            2. Burton Island
                            3. Lake Superior
                            4. Year From Now
                            5. Bed Song 2

                            Mario Batkovic


                              Mixing classical and contemporary sound, Mario Batkovic seeks to explore the sonic possibilities of the accordion, without effects or loops, rather through a mutualist symbiotic relationship between man and instrument. Challenging, hypnotic and grandiose; Batkovic’s symphonic vision is unique and he has received widespread critical acclaim, including Rolling Stone magazine who voted his self-titled debut album in the Top 10 ‘Best Avant Albums of 2017’

                              ‘Introspectio’ is a self-questioning, self-examination of society and the meaning of sound. Featuring collaborations with electronic sorcerer James Holden and former BEAK> member Matthew Williams aka MXLX, in addition to drummer Clive Deamer (Radiohead/Portishead/Robert Plant/Roni Size), saxophonist Colin Stetson and concert choir Cantus Domus, Batkovic questions the place of sound, clichés and prejudices, taking the listener on a journey through infinite universes of sound.

                              Musical contrasts run throughout the album. Sound aesthetics versus compositional ethics play out, it all about creation and destruction as our sound researcher creates his very own macrocosm of music and sound. Whether solo or in collaboration, ‘Introspectio’ invites us on a rhythmically pulsating trip somewhere between dissolution and new beginnings.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              REPERTIO (w/ Clive Deamer & MXLX)
                              CHOREA DUPLEX (w/ James Holden)
                              QUIS EST QUIS (w/ Colin Stetson)
                              PRIMORDIUM FINALE

                              The British Stereo Collective

                              Mystery Fields

                                Phil Heeks delivers a stunning homage to ‘70s BBC LPs and vintage soundtrack compilations in this debut record from The British Stereo Collective.

                                Although the Mystery Fields album cover has the look and feel of a BBC Radiophonic Workshop release, the album itself is a wider nod to various TV theme compilations that Phil grew up with in the 1970s and early 1980s, including the classic Geoff Love releases and the BBC themes and sound effects albums. What comes across most is the love and affection for the period, beautifully recreated in the meticulous detail of the album artwork and the effortless precision with which the tracks are put together and sequenced.

                                Says Phil, “After revisiting the 1979 conclusion to the Quatermass saga on Blu Ray in October 2019, I was hugely inspired by the music and atmosphere and embarked on creating a specific brand of retro electronica under the guise of “The British Stereo Collective”.

                                “The album is my homage to a beloved era of classic TV themes, 'space music' and general cosmic noise, inspired by the combined influence of Jeff Wayne, Peter Howell, Mike Oldfield, Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Barry Gray, Roy Budd, Francis Monkman, Brian Bennett, Paddy Kingsland and countless others.”

                                Pressed up on beautiful Mystery Blue vinyl and featuring a radio Times referencing insert, the album works as a complete and aesthetically gorgeous time capsule for those who are perennially nostalgic for the golden age of Sunday afternoon TV and your uncle’s Vangelis and Hi-Fi stereo albums.

                                Holy Other


                                  Lieve is the long-awaited second LP by British electronic music producer Holy Other. Emerging from an extended stay at Bidston Observatory on the Wirral, Lieve was recorded throughout 2020 in the North West of England.

                                  Using the acoustics of the observatory — the cavernous basement and the geometrically-perfect wooden domes — Holy Other recorded and resampled material that would become the bedrock of Lieve.

                                  A marker in the sand as his first output since 2012’s critically acclaimed Held, these recordings — including the voice of NYX’s Sian O’Gorman, violin from Simmy Singh and saxophone from Daniel Thorne — were cut, manipulated and pieced together to form Lieve.

                                  “How do you break up with a place?”

                                  Have you ever tried to leave your problems behind? No matter how hard you try to reshape yourself, your past remains. This is an album about L(i)eaving, coming to terms with the past, and trying to live in the present.

                                  Much like his past work, Holy Other leaves the listener to draw their own semantic conclusions from the record. The lyrics are ambiguous — ghostly voices, whispers and stutters interwoven with his signature sound palette.

                                  Still, the expressive mood from prior releases remains intact, even if these intimate textures and deft rhythms pick up more mature questions about false starts and failed escapes.

                                  The title track single Lieve breaks almost a decade of silence, finding the language to articulate painful feelings, exhaling, and moving forward.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Dirt Under Your Nails
                                  2. Lieve
                                  3. Absolutes
                                  4. Heartrendering
                                  5. Up Heave
                                  6. Whatever You Are You're Not Mine
                                  7. Groundless
                                  8. Refuse
                                  9. Shudder
                                  10. Bough Down

                                  Super Biton De Ségou

                                  Afro-Jazz-Folk Collection Vol. 1

                                  A collaboration between Deviation Records and the Mieruba label. The Super Biton has existed since the 60s, like Ségou, its orchestra, the Super Biton has always remained behind what was done in Bamako and in the big cities of Africa. The Ségou orchestra developed and incorporated amplified instruments that mingle with brass, in particular electric guitars, symbols of modernity at the time. It opens up to Cuban music, and congas and bongos complement the sound of the orchestra. The group drew a unique sound from it, a perfect balance between tradition and the modern. There are about fifteen artits on stage, singers, guitarists, drummer and percussionists.

                                  The Super Biton has for years been the best known and most sought-after orchestra of Mali outside the country's borders, the Super Biton transcends the only Bambara heritage with its repertoire. Ségou is a crossroads between Bambara, Fulani, Mandingo and Somono cultures and Biton has drawn on all these traditions to create a repertoire extremely rich in rhythms and words. Some musicians completed their training in Cuba. They play "bambara jazz", incorporating a lot of brass instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, clarinet. The compositions are modern and sophisticated.

                                  Mieruba Art Center is a place dedicated to the transmission and safeguarding of Malian musical heritage through musical exchange between the older and newer generation - artist residences, music lessons, rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses - and so on. Just as happy former musicians of Mali, the members of Super Biton give lessons on site. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Super Biton
                                  Kamalen Wari
                                  Sournousso Haba

                                  The king of hip-hop reggae returns! Taggy Matcher needs very little introduction here; Bruno Hovart has spearheaded and contributed more titles to the genre that anyone else. Here he follows up “Singasong” with another eight tracks, further exploring the cannons of dub and reggae with a host of new MCs - LMK, Birdy Nixon, Alexandra Charry, Hawa, John Milk & Elodie Rama.

                                  The album starts with "Push Push", a title already released last year as a vinyl single 7", in collaboration with rising singer LMK, who you may know from her successful previous reworks on Taggy's last album ("No Love Allowed", "My Man"). Sharing the same love for the early 80's digital rub-a-dub productions, lyrics are about street harassment of women…with a pinch of humor!

                                  On "Little Things", Taggy invites old mate Birdy Nixon for a cover of an early rocksteady classic by Hemsley Morris. With the vintage bounce we love combined with modern sounds and productions, the song is all about tenderness and simplicity.

                                  "Volvere Mañana", the song has this very cumbia hip move with the participation of gifted singer Alexandra Charry from Cali in Colombia, where they both composed the song. Then, Taggy invited Boris Pokora to play the ‘gaita’ local flute to give the song its proper Colombian Caribbean coast flavor.

                                  The album continues with "Two Dimes" featuring longtime collaborator Hawa (from Mr President to Mr Day and other numerous projects). This shaky disco reggae rockers is all about getting ready for the party with only ‘two dimes’ in your pocket!

                                  "Q Fashion" is a song full of wittiness and self-mockery wrote during the first Covid-19 lockdown. Parisian Soul singer John Milk was stuck in Paris while Bruno was in Lyon. On this minimalistic digital reggae tune, they give the ingredients to perfect your next quarantine outfit.
                                  Discoish reggae tune "Get Enough" featuring Birdy Nixon has a simple and successful recipe: just mix a big dose of Lovers with the same amount of Rockers and you've got this 100% soulful song.

                                  On "Suit and Tie", Taggy and John Milk go Pop with this version of Justin Timberlake, which fits perfectly with John's tender and mellow style.

                                  Finally, Elodie Rama with Taggy Matcher pay tribute to Erykah Badu and her legacy to the soul music scene at the end of the nineties. The mood is jazzy, mellow and warm, with tiny Lee Scratch Perry early 70's vaporous vibes.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side 1
                                  1. Push Push (feat LMK) (4:09)
                                  2. Little Things (feat Birdy Nixon) (4:12)
                                  3. Volvere Manana (feat Alexandra Charry) (3:38)
                                  4. Two Dimes (feat Hawa) (5:31)
                                  Side 2
                                  1. Q Fashion (feat John Milk) (3:51)
                                  2. Get Enough (feat Birdy Nixon) (3:58)
                                  3. Suit & Tie (feat John Milk) (4:29)
                                  4. On & On (feat Elodie Rama) (4:10)

                                  Various Artists

                                  Echocord - 20 Years

                                    Echocord Records marks a momentous twenty years with an exclusive release, featuring 12 iconic artists on a limited edition triple clear vinyl, for dub-techno lovers and collectors.

                                    This vinyl series celebrates artists who continue to inspire the Echocord journey, from 2001 to 2021 and beyond.

                                    Over the past two decades, the Kenneth Christiansen helmed echocord imprint has been at the forefront of the dub-techno scene, discovering and developing sophisticated artists globally.

                                    The twelve-track release is an exploration, from energetic dub techno, with cuts like Luke & Jeff Hess’ “M1 Dub”, grad_u’s “Pacific Lair”, and Idealist’s “Ride” to more esoteric passages with Forest Drive West’s “Signals”, Mikkel Metal’s “Lakam Dub” and Brendon Moeller’s “Slow Return”. Heavy dub vibrations resound in Babe Roots feat Another Channel’s “Gunman” and Deadbeat’s sub-driven “The Old Doom and Gloom” while Fluxion turns it to a jazzy, dub house wave with “Slide”.

                                    “To me music is life, thank you for your support keeping the sound of echocord resonating” –Kenneth Christiansen

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1 - 1 Babe Roots / Another Channel Gunman 00:06:47
                                    1 - 2 Mathimidori Vibra 00:06:42
                                    1 - 3 Deadbeat The Old Doom And Gloom 00:07:14
                                    1 - 4 Fluxion Slide 00:06:53
                                    2 - 1 Forest Drive West Signals 00:06:30
                                    2 - 2 Mikkel Metal Lakma 00:05:51
                                    2 - 3 Luke Hess / Jeff Hess M1 00:06:17
                                    2 - 4 Idealist Ride 00:07:39
                                    3 - 1 Grad_u Pacific Lair 00:11:12
                                    3 - 2 Quantec Space Time Continuum 00:07:27
                                    3 - 3 Resoe Unused 00:09:16
                                    3 - 4 Brendon Moelller Slow Return 00:05:00

                                    Richard Dawson & Circle


                                      Richard Dawson is the diminutive Geordie troubadour whose moving songs have been described as state-of-the-nation addresses, even — or perhaps especially — when he’s singing about pre-medieval peasants. Circle are the genre-straddling pioneers of The New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal, known for wearing spandex or dead fish onstage and singing in a made-up language.

                                      Together they are… Richard Dawson & Circle! Today, we are pleased to announce news of their collaborative album Henki, due November 26th via Weird World. Their epic joint record might seem a departure to those who are most familiar with Dawson from recent solo albums like 2017’s Peasant and 2020 (released in 2019). In fact, Henki fits comfortably into the bigger picture of two acts who have always strived for uninhibited originality.

                                      Dawson explains the album’s title: “The word 'henki' roughly translates as 'spirit'. It's a very rich word, supple in its meaning in the same way as the Geordie 'canny'; difficult to pin down.” True to its name, while Henki is influenced, in part by heavy-metal bands, it does not sound like any metal album you will have heard before. For one thing, few metal albums are filled with songs about plants. Inspired by Circle’s guitarist Janne Westerlund instructing the group during recording to be less straightforward and more “like a plant”, each of Henki’s seven tracks deal with special plants throughout history.

                                      As mutual fans of each other, Circle and Dawson originally hit off it via Twitter, which led to Dawson being invited to accompany Circle for their set at Helsinki’s Sideways Festival in 2019. Dawson recalls the moment: “It was like being a teenager and suddenly being asked to go onstage with Iron Maiden. That’s how important this band are to me”. Having pulled that off, they started exchanging demos before they finally got in a room together to set off on their journey proper. Most of the recording took place in Pori - a fine jewel of a city on Finland's balmy west coast - across several visits, the last being in late January 2020 just as Covid-19 first reached Europe. From there they had to finish Henki remotely - via waves of pure thought beamed across the dark dividing oceans betwixt them, and email.

                                      Easily the greatest flora-themed hypno-folk-metal record you’ll hear this year, Henki adds an electrifying new chapter to the remarkable story of each act, and marks the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Circle, described as "the world’s greatest band - in every category” are Pekka Jääskeläinen (guitar), Julius Jääskeläinen (guitar), Jussi Lehtisalo (bass, voice), Mika Rättö (keyboard, voice), Tomi Leppänen (drums) and Janne Westerlund (guitar, voice). Richard Dawson plays guitar and vocals. Henki was mixed by Antti Uusimäki and mastered by Christian Wright.

                                      Low Hummer

                                      Modern Tricks For Living

                                        Low Hummer are a fast-rising six piece from Hull that write about their life in deepest darkest East Yorkshire and their place in a world of consumerism and bad news stories sold as gospel. Daniel, Aimee, Steph, Jack, John and Joe came together from the far corners of the city’s tight knit DIY community, established a regular rehearsal home in iconic DIY venue The New Adelphi Club and set about honing their righteous, danceable garage rock before announcing themselves in late 2019 and introducing the world to Low Hummer - this band of misfits from a town left behind.

                                        “Scuzzed out indie with lashings of synths, their post-punk leaning songwriting has a surreal pop instinct running through it” – Clash.

                                        “Brilliant new garage rock… classic garage rock sounds that join with post-punk fury.” – Gigwise.

                                        “Its really charming. Great.” Laura Snapes (The Guardian / Pitchfork - For 6 Music Roundtable).

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Side A
                                        Take Arms
                                        Don’t You Ever Sleep
                                        I Choose Live News
                                        Never Enough
                                        Sometimes I Wish (I Was A Different Person)

                                        Side B
                                        The Real Thing
                                        Human Behaviour
                                        I Tell You What
                                        The People, This Place

                                        Marissa Nadler

                                        The Path Of The Clouds

                                          ‘The Path Of The Clouds’, Marissa Nadler’s ninth solo album, is the most stylistically adventurous, lyrically transfixing, and melodically sophisticated collection of songs in her already rich discography. Gripped by wanderlust while suddenly housebound at the start of the pandemic in 2020, Nadler escaped into writing and came back with a stunning set of songs about metamorphosis, love, mysticism and murder. Blurring the line between reality and fantasy and moving freely between past and present, these 11 deeply personal, self-produced songs find Nadler exploring new landscapes, both sonic and emotional.

                                          While she’s always been a brilliant guitarist, Nadler challenged herself to expand her palette for ‘The Path Of The Clouds’, experimenting with synthetic textures that make the album feel untethered from time and space. A majestic grandeur sweeps through songs such as ‘Elegy’, shooting the listener into the stratosphere as synths swirl and entwine with Nadler’s celestial mezzo-soprano. Nadler also learned to play piano during the pandemic’s isolation and she composed many of the songs on the album on keys rather than guitar, which further contributed to their exploratory feel. These songs are unmistakably Marissa Nadler’s, but they sound free to go places she’s never gone before.

                                          Nadler tracked the skeletons of the songs at home and then sent them to some choice collaborators, including experimental harpist Mary Lattimore and Simon Raymonde, the Cocteau Twins bassist and her Lost Horizons collaborator. Multiinstrumentalist Milky Burgess, having recently worked on the soundtrack to the film ‘Mandy’, adds intricate melodic power throughout the album. Jesse Chandler, Nadler’s piano teacher (as well as a member of Mercury Rev and Midlake), plays winding woodwinds and plaintive piano to luminous effect. Fellow singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle contributes a slinky guitar solo on ‘Turned Into Air’, while Black Mountain’s Amber Webber steps in as a vocal foil to Nadler, a ghostly apparition in the distance of ‘Elegy’.

                                          Seth Manchester, known for his work with Lingua Ignota, Battles and Lightning Bolt, mixed the album at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Manchester added dimension to the songs’ atmospheric beauty with screeching feedback and distorted guitars. Stripped of the ethereal reverb that often swaddles her resonant vocals, Nadler’s delivery now stings and pierces with newfound immediacy and confidence.

                                          As a songwriter, Nadler is as direct and urgent as she has ever been. There’s no coded language amid the bleak lows and exalted highs of songs like ‘Elegy’, ‘Lemon Queen’ and ‘Storm’. Memories are painted with highly detailed imagery and Nadler, also a visual artist, uses that eye not only to tell a story but to transport the listener there.

                                          ‘The Path Of The Clouds’ showcases the power of an artist at the peak of her powers nearly 20 years into an acclaimed career as a songwriter and singer. Coming a long way from the spare dream folk of her earlier work, she has remained inspired and continues to evolve, open to new ideas and directions.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Bessie Did You Make It
                                          The Path Of The Clouds
                                          Couldn’t Have Done The Killing
                                          If I Could Breathe Underwater
                                          Well Sometimes You Just Can’t Stay
                                          From Vaport To Stardust
                                          Turned Into Air
                                          And I Dream Of Running
                                          Lemon Queen



                                            The 12th full-length by Pacific Northwest artist Liz Harris aka Grouper is a collection of songs spanning 15 years. She characterizes Shade as an album about respite, and the coast, poetically and literally. How we frame ourselves in a landscape, how in turn it frames ourselves; memories and experiences carried forward mapping our connection to place.

                                            — An ode to blue / What lives in shade —

                                            Songs touch on loss, flaws, hiding places, love. Deep connections to the Bay Area, and the North Coast, with its unique moods of solitude, beauty, and isolation—a place described and transformed by the chaos and power of river-mouth, wild maritime storms, columns of mist that rise up unexpectedly on the road at night. Portions were recorded on Mount Tamalpais during a self-made residency years back, other pieces made longer ago in Portland, while the rest were tracked during more recent sessions in Astoria.

                                            Throughout, Harris threads a hidden radiant language of voice, disquiet, and guitar, framed by open space and the sense of being far away.

                                            Echoing a lighthouse, burying the faults of being human / Into things that we project upon the sky at night.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Followed The Ocean
                                            2. Unclean Mind
                                            3. Ode To The Blue
                                            4. Pale Interior
                                            5. Disordered Minds
                                            6. The Way Her Hair Falls
                                            7. Promise
                                            8. Basement Mix
                                            9. Kelso (Blue Sky)

                                            Jarv Is...

                                            REMIX ED...

                                              JARV IS... truly evolving. From its earliest recordings beginning in an actual cave, via the enticing hypnotics behind the mantralike tracks ‘Sometimes I Am Pharaoh’ and ‘Must I Evolve’, the exquisite yet candid storytelling of ‘Swanky Modes’ and timeless anthem-turned-inadvertent lockdown soundtrack, ‘House Music All Night Long’, the debut album of the Jarvis Cocker-led band JARV IS... proved a standout swirl of creativity, invention and vision on its release last summer.

                                              Yet ‘Beyond The Pale’ has continued to inspire long after the sessions for the record stopped. Despite being divided by the pandemic, audiences came together around the album, Jarvis and co made a live film based on the album with pioneering directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard entirely underground in a cavern, and intriguingly other musicians and producers have continued to be intrigued by the songs Cocker and his band created. The latter now has yielded an entirely new way of hearing ‘Beyond The Pale’ as, for the first time in his career, Jarv is releasing a remix album based on one of his records.

                                              Boasting re-imaginings and re-stylings from the likes of David Holmes, Dennis Bovell and Greg Wilson among others, the record is a collaborative mix that offers new focus and insight on the music of one of this generation's greatest songwriters, while also allowing the remixers’ own unique characters to take flight within JARV IS... creative cave.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Save The Whale (Mister Deltoid Remix)
                                              Must I Evolve? (David Holmes & Keefus Ciancia’s Unloved Rework)
                                              Am I Missing Something? (Pilooski /Jayvich Late Night Mix)
                                              House Music All Night Long (Hot Chip Remix)
                                              House Music All Night Long (Greg Wilson & Ché Wilson Remix)
                                              Do The Pharaoh (Minsky Rock)
                                              Swanky Modes (Dennis Bovell DubMix)
                                              Children Of The Echo (Tam Tam Hidrogenesse Remix)

                                              Nova Express

                                              Twenty One

                                                Somewhere along the rich lineage of Swedish psychedelic music – the type forged in communes and smoky rooms alike on a kosmische continuum that spans over half a century, lies Nova Express – unheralded purveyors of timeless cyclical repetition and trance[1]inducing soundscapes. Torbjörn Abelli of national icons Träd, Gräs Och Stenar was even heard to remark in 2001 on the release of ‘One’ - their sole album - that “This album will mature and be perfect twenty years from now”Somewhat serendipitously, two decades on, ‘Twenty One’ – the remastered and resequenced version of this maverick gem on Rocket Recordings - make it clear he wasn’t kidding. These free-flowing extrapolations take minimalist shapes and expand them into dizzying spirals of improvisatory abandon and heat-haze atmospherics. Redolent of the serene celestial shapes of Can’s ‘Future Days’ and the summer sunset climes of Cluster’s ‘Sowiesoso’ alike, tracks also blossom from mechanical Casio rhythms into Terry Riley-esque bursts of beatific abandon (as on the fifteen minute long title track) not to mention Organic Music Society style exaltation. On the closing ‘Spektra’, a majestic drone-odyssey even takes flight that connects the interstellar dots between the classic earthy strains of International Harvester, the droogy bliss of Spacemen 3 and the devotional mind-melt of Catherine Christer Hennix. Yet at all times, Nova Express essentially sound like no-one but themselves - an unassuming band (whose members have also reared their heads before and since in outfits like The Janitors, Klotmystik, Audionom and Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation) whose ability to alchemically transform simple ingredients into psychic monuments has only gained potency as the years have rolled by. Indeed, the buried audial treasure that is ‘Twenty One’ - like all truly transcendent music - exists beyond time and space alike.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Side A:
                                                01. Fredhäll
                                                02. Wave To Each Other
                                                03. Trees Grass And Stonehenge
                                                Side B:
                                                04. Nova Express
                                                05. Spektra

                                                Sunn O)))

                                                Metta, Benevolence. BBC 6Music : Live On The Invitation Of Mary Anne Hobbs'

                                                  To enter the legendary John Peel studios was to enter a temple of music and experimentation, liberty in ideas and sound. The band was nearing the end of a long touring year around the Life Metal and Pyroclast albums.

                                                  SUNN O))) had developed the compositions extensively, embracing the formative concepts of the Life Metal album conceptually and emotionally, but actualised and evolved into vast, open and bright hypersaturated arrangements. Particularly the pieces the band chose to perform on this recording: Troubled Air and Pyroclasts. The former enriched into a total aspect of the band's ethos and form in many ways, and Pyroclasts had evolved to become all-inclusive radiation of O))).

                                                  The radiation embraces collaboration and freedom of interpretation by each player, within a structural format of the massive monuments of sound and distortion which define SUNN O))). Anna Von Hausswolf and her band had accompanied SUNN O))) on the UK leg, and Anna joined SUNN O))) in the studio on synths and with her tremendous voice on the Pyroclasts pieces.

                                                  Stephen O’Malley (Electric Guitar, Minimoog Model D synthesizer)
                                                  Greg Anderson (Electric Guitar, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 synthesizer)
                                                  Tos Nieuwenhuizen (Moog Rogue synthesizer)
                                                  Stephen Moore (Trombone, Roland Junior-106 (mod) & Nord Stage (gaffed black) synthesizers)
                                                  Tim Midyett (Electric Bass Guitar, Roland Juno-106 synthesizer)
                                                  Anna von Hausswolff (Voice & Nord C2D synthesizer on Pyroclasts F & C#)

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  CD Tracklist:
                                                  1. Pyroclasts F 15.08
                                                  2. Pyroclasts C# 14.11
                                                  3. Troubled Air 31.44

                                                  Vinyl Tracklist:
                                                  A: Pyroclasts F 15:08
                                                  B: Pyroclasts C# 14:11
                                                  C: Troubled Air 00:00-19:00
                                                  D: Troubled Air (continued) 19:00-31:44

                                                  Pye Corner Audio

                                                  Entangled Routes

                                                    Entangled Routes is the fourth Pye Corner Audio album for Ghost Box Records. It’s the third part of a loose trilogy of albums starting with Stasis in 2016 and followed by Hollow Earth in 2019. Each album is a kind of high concept sci-fi epic, the latest instalment of which plays with the idea of mycorrhizal networks and attempts by humans to listen in and communicate.

                                                    As always with Pye Corner Audio and Ghost Box Records generally, narrative is not spelled out. It's only implied in the drama and mood of the music, with the help of careful attention to track titles and sequence and of course Julian House's consistently evocative artwork.

                                                    Martin Jenkins builds up tension with his minimalistic synth sequences and dance floor abstractions. His masterful sound design creates a sense of awe and vast space as he takes us on a fantastic and exciting voyage from peril to redemption.

                                                    Pye Corner Audio specialise in majestic, cinematic electronica that evokes sci-fi soundtracks, dystopian futures and the sound of haunted dance floors. The discography to date includes ten full length albums and many more singles and EPs across several labels. There are also remixes for John Foxx, Mogwai, Ride’s Andy Bell, Mark Lanegan, Alice Hubble, Stealing Sheep, Knightstown and Dolphin Midwives.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    New Roots
                                                    The Creeper
                                                    Hive Mind
                                                    The Clearing
                                                    Growth Potential
                                                    The Long Now
                                                    Phantom Orchid
                                                    Leaf Mould
                                                    Buried Network

                                                    The KVB


                                                      Underground coldwave duo The KVB are back with their most potent and immediate record yet. Produced and mixed by Andy Savours (Black Country New Road, My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors) ‘Unity’ represents an exciting development in the band’s sonic journey. Across the album's ten songs, The KVB masterfully pull together their trademark components; radiant guitars, textural synths and an ear for a moody, brooding melody all presented here with a renewed dynamism.

                                                      Throughout the album lyrical themes combine double meanings and a sleight of hand is present; Le Corbousier’s brutalist ‘Unité d’habitation’ informs the title track and via the French-to-English translation ‘Unité' becomes ‘Unity’ - a rallying cry to totality on the dancefloor. ‘Unbound’ is informed by the classic shoegaze stylings of Slowdive and Ride but also late-modern poet Keston Sutherland and the idea of recreating a special moment lost to the past . 

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Sunrise Over Concrete
                                                      Ideal Living
                                                      World Of Fire
                                                      Structural Index

                                                      Matt Berry

                                                      Gather Up (Ten Years On Acid Jazz)

                                                        Following the huge acclaim earlier this year for Matt Berry’s eighth studio album The Blue Elephant, Acid Jazz Records release Gather Up, a compilation album encompassing the singular musical adventures this extraordinary musician has taken over the past decade, offering a revelatory and fascinating insight into the working process of a genuine musical maverick and sonic explorer.

                                                        Over 10 years with Acid Jazz Records Berry has released nine incredibly diverse albums (including one live album). From the tangled-folk rock thickets of Witchazel and Kill The Wolf (which features the song from which this box gets its name), to the out-there explorations of Music For Insomniacs or TV Themes’ retro-kitsch delights, through the soul power in Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live or the twilight grooves of The Small Hours to the classic pedal-steel songwriting of Phantom Birds and the smorgasbord of psychedelic sounds on The Blue Elephant, Berry’s journey has produced a feast for the ears that twists and turns down more unexpected avenues than most artists could manage over several careers. 

                                                        Gather Up pulls together an excellent 21-track career spanning collection expertly compiled by Berry, available as a separate, standalone release on 2LP or single CD, including non-album tracks such as ‘Snuff Box Theme’. No easy achievement considering the sheer breadth, diversity and volume of his exceptional musical output. 

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Take My Hand
                                                        2. Something In My Eye
                                                        3. Medicine
                                                        4. Badger's Wake
                                                        5. World In Action
                                                        6. One By One
                                                        7. Take A Bow
                                                        8. October Sun
                                                        9. So Low
                                                        10. Summer Sun
                                                        11. Gather Up
                                                        12. Theme From Snuff Box
                                                        13. Middle Of The East
                                                        14. Like Stone
                                                        15. Phantom Birds
                                                        16. Music For Insomniacs Part IV
                                                        17. Say It Again
                                                        18. The Innkeepers Song Live
                                                        19. Obsessed & So Obscure
                                                        20. Woman
                                                        21. Solstice 

                                                        Dan Sartain

                                                        Arise, Dan Sartain, Arise

                                                          ‘Arise, Dan Sartain, Arise’, the latest studio album by America’s infamous rock ‘n’ roll troubadour Dan Sartain, will be released by One Little Independent Records. Made up of thirteen wickedly wisecracking, vintage surf-rock bangers, this concise and classic record incorporates everything that’s made Dan Sartain the genres favourite underdog over the last two decades.
                                                          Seeped in obsidian black humour with tracks like ‘Glasses Houses’, ‘Rooster In The Henhouse’ and ‘I Heard Laughing’ ruthlessly calling out those who would slight him while also riding the hard line of self-awareness, the biting witticism of these tracks pair wonderfully with the playful tone of Sartain’s slick-back dark doo-wop.

                                                          Elsewhere on the likes of ‘True Love’ and ‘Fires and Floods’ the crooner gets a chance to flex his punk muscles, pushing the guitars further into distorted territory taking the late 50s garage-rock influence via the late 70s in much the same way The Ramones and The Damned did. But we’re transported right back again when Sartain slows down for ballad standouts such as ‘Kisses In The Morning’ and ‘Personal Injury Law’. Throughout ‘Arise, Dan Sartain, Arise’ searing surf guitars intertwine with beautifully haunted organ jabs, with rhythms pulled straight from saloon bars way out west, and cheeky wink-to-the-camera lyrical whimsy.

                                                          David Bowie

                                                          Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001)

                                                            Parlophone Records/ISO Records are proud to announce David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001), the fifth in a series of box sets spanning his career from 1969.

                                                            Exclusive to the Brilliant Adventure box set are BBC Radio Theatre: London, June 27, 2000 and Re:Call 5. The former was recorded two days after the famous Glastonbury performance in front of 500 lucky fans at the BBC’s art deco theatre in central London. Re:Call 5 features 39 non-album / alternative version / B-sides and soundtrack songs over 3CDs and 4LPs. Both BBC Radio Theatre: London, June 2000 and Re:Call 5 are exclusive to the box set.

                                                            The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums where applicable, and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver.

                                                            The physical box set’s accompanying book of 84 pages features rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Frank W. Ockenfels 3, Nick Knight, John Scarisbrick and Nina Schultz Terner and others, as well as memorabilia, technical notes about the albums from producers/engineers Brian Eno, Nile Rodgers, Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati as well as a new an interview with ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ collaborator Erdal Kizilçay.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Black Tie White Noise 2xLP
                                                            Side 1
                                                            The Wedding
                                                            You've Been Around
                                                            I Feel Free
                                                            Side 2
                                                            Black Tie White Noise (featuring Al B. Sure!)
                                                            Jump They Say
                                                            Nite Flights
                                                            Side 3
                                                            Pallas Athena
                                                            Miracle Goodnight
                                                            Don't Let Me Down & Down
                                                            Side 4
                                                            Looking For Lester
                                                            I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
                                                            The Wedding Song

                                                            The Buddha Of Suburbia 2xLP
                                                            Side 1
                                                            Buddha Of Suburbia
                                                            Sex And The Church
                                                            South Horizon
                                                            Side 2
                                                            The Mysteries
                                                            Bleed Like A Craze, Dad
                                                            Side 3
                                                            Strangers When We Meet
                                                            Dead Against It
                                                            Untitled No. 1
                                                            Side 4
                                                            Ian Fish, U.K. Heir
                                                            Buddha Of Suburbia (featuring Lenny Kravitz On Guitar)

                                                            Outside 2xLP
                                                            Side 1
                                                            Leon Takes Us Outside
                                                            The Hearts Filthy Lesson
                                                            A Small Plot Of Land
                                                            Side 2
                                                            Baby Grace (A Horrid Cassette)" (segue)
                                                            Hallo Spaceboy
                                                            The Motel
                                                            I Have Not Been To Oxford Town
                                                            Side 3
                                                            No Control
                                                            Algeria Touchshriek (segue)
                                                            The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)
                                                            Ramona A. Stone/I Am With Name (segue)
                                                            Wishful Beginnings
                                                            Side 4
                                                            We Prick You
                                                            Nathan Adler (segue)
                                                            I'm Deranged
                                                            Thru' These Architects Eyes
                                                            Nathan Adler (segue)
                                                            Strangers When We Meet

                                                            Earthling 2xLP
                                                            Side 1
                                                            Little Wonder
                                                            Looking For Satellites
                                                            Battle For Britain (The Letter)
                                                            Side 2
                                                            Seven Years In Tibet
                                                            Dead Man Walking
                                                            Telling Lies
                                                            Side 3
                                                            The Last Thing You Should Do
                                                            I'm Afraid Of Americans
                                                            Law (Earthlings On Fire)
                                                            Side 4 - Etching

                                                            ‘hours…' 1LP
                                                            Side 1
                                                            Thursday's Child
                                                            Something In The Air
                                                            If I'm Dreaming My Life
                                                            Side 2
                                                            What's Really Happening?
                                                            The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell
                                                            New Angels Of Promise
                                                            Brilliant Adventure
                                                            The Dreamers

                                                            BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27 2000 3xLP
                                                            Side 1
                                                            Wild Is The Wind
                                                            Ashes To Ashes
                                                            Side 2
                                                            This Is Not America
                                                            Absolute Beginners
                                                            Always Crashing In The Same Car
                                                            Side 3
                                                            The London Boys
                                                            I Dig Everything
                                                            Little Wonder
                                                            Side 4
                                                            The Man Who Sold The World
                                                            Side 5
                                                            Hallo Spaceboy
                                                            Cracked Actor
                                                            I'm Afraid Of Americans
                                                            All The Young Dudes
                                                            Side 6
                                                            Let's Dance

                                                            TOY 2 X LP
                                                            Side 1
                                                            I Dig Everything
                                                            You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
                                                            The London Boys
                                                            Karma Man
                                                            Side 2
                                                            Conversation Piece
                                                            Shadow Man
                                                            Let Me Sleep Beside You
                                                            Hole In The Ground
                                                            Side 3
                                                            Baby Loves That Way
                                                            Can't Help Thinking About Me
                                                            Silly Boy Blue
                                                            Toy (Your Turn To Drive)
                                                            Side 4 - Etching

                                                            RE:CALL 5 4xLP
                                                            Side 1
                                                            Real Cool World (Sounds From The Cool World Soundtrack Version)
                                                            Jump They Say (7” Version)
                                                            Lucy Can’t Dance
                                                            Black Tie White Noise (Radio Edit) (featuring Al B. Sure!)
                                                            Side 2
                                                            Don’t Let Me Down & Down (Indonesian Vocal Version)
                                                            Buddha Of Suburbia (Single Version) (featuring Lenny Kravitz On Guitar)
                                                            The Hearts Filthy Lesson (Radio Edit)
                                                            Nothing To Be Desired
                                                            Strangers When We Meet (edit)
                                                            Get Real
                                                            Side 3
                                                            The Man Who Sold The World (Live Eno Mix)
                                                            I’m Afraid Of Americans (Showgirls Soundtrack Version)
                                                            Hallo Spaceboy (Remix)
                                                            I Am With Name (Alternative Version)
                                                            A Small Plot Of Land (Long Basquiat Soundtrack Version)
                                                            Side 4
                                                            Little Wonder (Edit)
                                                            A Fleeting Moment (aka Severn Years In Tibet - Mandarin Version)
                                                            Dead Man Walking (Edit)
                                                            Seven Years In Tibet (Edit)
                                                            Planet Of Dreams - David Bowie And Gail Ann Dorsey
                                                            Side 5
                                                            I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1 - Edit)
                                                            I Can’t Read (The Ice Storm Long Version)
                                                            A Foggy Day In London Town - David Bowie And Angelo Badalamenti
                                                            Fun (Bowienet Mix)
                                                            The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Stigmata Soundtrack Version)
                                                            Side 6
                                                            Thursday’s Child (Radio Edit)
                                                            We All Go Through
                                                            No One Calls
                                                            We Shall Go To Town
                                                            Side 7
                                                            The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (Edit)
                                                            Thursday’s Child (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
                                                            New Angels Of Promise (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
                                                            The Dreamers (Omikron: The Nomad Soul Version)
                                                            Seven (Demo)
                                                            Side 8
                                                            Survive (Marius De Vries Mix)
                                                            Something In The Air (American Psycho Remix)
                                                            Seven (Marius De Vries Mix)
                                                            Pictures Of Lily 

                                                            Ben LaMar Gay's critically-lauded 2018 break out "Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun" was more like a greatest hits than a debut album, as it compiled the best of the prolific but obscurity-prone Chicago native artist’s previously unreleased music. "Open Arms to Open Us" is the first release of brand new, freshly baked tunes by Gay, a collection recorded entirely at International Anthem studios in Chicago between March-June 2021.

                                                            He is an artist that has been called visionary by the New York Times. Jeff Parker has called him 'one of my favorite musicians on the planet today.' NPR says 'there is no one universe for Ben LaMar Gay, he just sonic booms from one sound to another.' Gay lives up to all these statements and more, putting all his best feet forward on this new album. Fluently interweaving jazz, blues, ballads, R&B, raga, new music, nursery rhyme, Tropicalia, two-step, hip-hop and beyond in his most colorful and communicable work yet, it's a beaming expression of Gay’s signature omni-genre, Pan-Americana brew.

                                                            Featured artists on the album include: OHMME singers Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, bassist/vocalist/arranger Ayanna Woods, multi-disciplinary Rwandan artist Dorothée Munyaneza, poet A.Martinez, cellist Tomeka Reid, and vocalists Onye Ozuzu, Gira Dahnee, and Angel Bat Dawid.

                                                            RIYL: Barney Wilen, Andy Votel DJ sets, outernational jazz, Tropicalia, Notnotfun records etc. 

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            01) Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks On You.(featuring Ohmme)
                                                            02) Hood Rich Happy
                                                            03) Bang Melodically Bang
                                                            04) Aunt Lola And The Quail
                                                            05) Mestre Candeia’s Denim Hat
                                                            06) Oh Great Be The Lake
                                                            07) I Be Loving Me Some Of You
                                                            08) Nyuzura(featuringDorothée Munyaneza)
                                                            09) Slightly Before The Dawn
                                                            10) Lean Back.Try Igbo(featuring Onye Ozuzu)
                                                            11) Dress Me In New Love
                                                            12) Touch. Don’t Scroll(featuring Ayanna Woods)
                                                            13) I Once Carried A Blossom(featuring A.Martinez)
                                                            14) In Tongues And In Droves(featuringTomeka Reid)
                                                            15) S’Phisticated Lady(featuringGira Dahnee And Angel Bat Dawid)
                                                            16) We Gon Win

                                                            The Soul Santas

                                                            Christmas Crackers Vol 1

                                                              In 2014 The Soul Santas first, and only gig at a Christmas School Fair was a roaring success, after which they decided it couldn’t be bettered so didn’t try. Until, that is, some rehearsal recordings were found on a phone.

                                                              These recordings inspired Christmas Crackers Vol.1, recorded over 2 days in October 2020 at Invada Studios The album was released last winter digitally & is now available on vinyl for the first time!

                                                              Pressed on green or red vinyl (500 copies of each colour). The colour isn't marked on the packaging so the colour received will be a lucky dip.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: Who are the Soul Santas? Well, it's something to do with a christmas school fair... or it could be BEAK plus Barrow's partner in soundtracking, Ben Salisbury. Who knows.. Al I can say is it's as an essential a christmas LP as Low's, and it's decidedly more funky. What's not to love?

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. White Christmas
                                                              2. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
                                                              3. Winter Wonderland
                                                              4. Silend Night
                                                              5. In The Bleak Midwinter
                                                              6. We Three Kings
                                                              7. Away In A Manger
                                                              8. Little Drummer Boy
                                                              9. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindee



                                                                Summoned from the murkier reaches of the subconscious and summoning a powerful aura of twilight communion, Smote’s ‘Drommon’ is here to intimidate and enchant. The first Rocket release for this enigmatic Newcastle-based entity is no less than a mystically-aligned voyage into abandon and epiphany.The base ingredients of Smote’s spell-casting may not be unfamiliar - the eternal three ‘r’s of repetition, repetition, repetition being paramount along an eldritch and less-travelled musical pathway which wanders from Swedish godheads like International Harvester via the skewed Americana of Sunburned Hand Of The Man and French cult psych-folk heroes Natural Snow Buildings, Nonetheless, a particular potency and singularity of vision triumphs throughout ‘Drommon’, reflective of cinematic chills and night terrors. Possessed of a peculiarly pastoral sensibility and earthen intensity, these ceremonial serenades thus take on feverish and compelling life of their own. ‘Drommon’ arrives as an expanded version of a ltd tape / digital release on Bandcamp, where Smote’s limited editions of their previous release ‘Bodkin’ have prompted excitement and consternation amidst intrepid psychic travellers. Yet this release, whereby brand new material is bookended by the mighty two[1]part invocation of the title track, create a richly engrossing voyage into the nether which establishes Smote as a force to be reckoned with in all manner of dimensions. Replete with doom-laden atmospherics and crepuscular intensity, this is an intimidating denouement to return to time
                                                                and again. Join the ritual, and submit to ‘Drommon’.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                01. Drommon Part 1
                                                                02. Hauberk
                                                                03. Poleyn
                                                                04. Drommon Part 2



                                                                  For the first time, Jon Michaelides allows his Dalham project more space to breathe in two new long tracks of sky-scraping, world building ambient (or is it) techno.

                                                                  Dalham is the long term of project of Suffolk born Londoner, Jon Michaelides.
                                                                  Here he discusses “Fünf” (his fifth release, natch), which is subtitled “The Past Is a Foreign Country”: “There have always been “ambient” tracks on previous albums but they have in some ways served as a bit of peace and respite from the more busy percussive tracks. The purchase of some effects units triggered the decision to use delays and reverbs during the composition process much more and an entirely ambient record seemed the best vehicle for this. I was simultaneously attempting, and not for the first time, to fully grasp the concept of special relativity and so a record about time and space, focussed on the manipulation of time (delay) and space (reverb) was born.

                                                                  “Some of the phenomena associated with this theory, for example the relativity of simultaneity, lead to the questioning of the nature of reality and at times a sense of disconnect with much of what was happening in the concrete world. Coupled with the desire to revisit the past, where certain friends and family are still alive and well, this set the emotional tone for these two extended tracks. Fünf is a journey to acceptance. Not only is the past a foreign country, but our passports have been revoked and we won’t be returning.”

                                                                  It’s interesting that Jon uses the term “ambient”: ”I guess I call it ambient because it doesn’t have any ‘beats’ but yes, it is still very rhythmic.”

                                                                  For many, these compositions will sound too intricate and complex to be termed “ambient”, but as ever, we find it difficult to find the words to describe the unique music that Jon makes. A true individual, there is literally nobody else that sounds like Dalham.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: Dalham's 'Funf' is a wonderfully realised selection of crystalline synth walls and cavernous reverbed spaces, bringing to mind a juxtaposition of the evocative soundtrack work of Drokk or Survive mixed with the ambient swells and catatonic heft a-la Jon Power / Blanck Mass. Another amazing CiS release.

                                                                  Blackwater Holylight

                                                                  Silence / Motion

                                                                    Empty surrounds all of me. It’s a poignant line from the third album by Blackwater Holylight that encapsulates the search for self when suddenly everything has changed. There’s a theme of processing vast personal trauma throughout Silence/Motion that eloquently — both lyrically and musically — and simultaneously embodies the crushing emptiness, sorrow, strength and rebuilding of recovering from personal devastation.

                                                                    “There was so much grief both in the world and interpersonally during the process of creating Silence/Motion,” says vocalist/bassist Allison “Sunny” Faris. “The four of us gave one another more space to be ourselves, to experiment with each other’s ideas and to be gentle with one another more than we ever have before. So, we knew this tenderness would manifest in extremely honest arrangements, and I think that you can hear that throughout the record.”

                                                                    Curiously, considering the dark times in which it was created, this is the band’s most melodic and catchy music so far. Blackwater Holylight, as the name suggests, is all about contrasts: It’s a fluid convergence of sound that’s heavy, psychedelic, melodic, terrifying and beautiful all at once. And, Silence/Motion finds the band honing those contrasts, letting ideas and moods fully develop from song to song, rather than filling every song with a full range of their capabilities. It allows the band to go fully prog-rock here, and simply stay hushed and intimate there. There’s a new confidence to the band in how seamlessly they wield their stylistic amalgam.

                                                                    “Writing this album was extraordinarily difficult emotionally, however it did come to fruition fairly quickly,” Faris says. “In the past, the theme of vulnerability has always been a big player and it definitely showed up full force while writing this album.”

                                                                    Blackwater Holylight recorded the album as a four piece: Faris on vocals and guitar (on “Silence/Motion”, “MDIII”, “Around You” and “Every Corner”) and bass for the remainder, Sarah McKenna on synths, Mikayla Mayhew on guitar (and bass when Faris plays guitar) and drummer Eliese Dorsay. New second guitarist Erika Osterhout will perform the songs with them live. For Silence/Motion the band chose to work with a producer for the first time, bringing in A.L.N. (of Mizmor, Hell) to produce, along with recording engineer Dylan White — who also helmed their previous album Veils of Winter (2019) — at Odessa Recording Studio in Portland, OR. Guest vocals on album opener “Delusional” are by Bryan Funck (Thou.) Mike Paparo (Inter Arma) and A.LN. (Mizmor, Hell) lend guest vocals to album closer “Every Corner.”

                                                                    Silence/Motion opens softly with interwoven folky single note guitars over an ominous sounding drone for the first minute, akin to moments from Pink Floyd’s Echoes. Suddenly an irresistibly head-nodding, groovy droptuned riff kicks in with the drums and it’s a full on blackened rocker with soaring synths and Funck’s witchy whispers over the top. “Who The Hell,” the track quoted above, takes proceedings into a Krautrock direction, centered around McKenna’s arpeggiated synth loop and Dorsay’s tom-tom triplets, while 16-note guitar strums add tension as Faris wearily sings, “So tell me who the hell would want to live this way — so afraid/ To feel this void, to dwell in it… I can’t describe this pain I wear/ It suffocates and you left it here.” It’s an incredibly powerful 6 minutes. The title track delivers the 1-2-3 punch of the album’s brilliant opening trilogy. It starts with lightly plucked acoustic guitar, plaintive piano chords and Faris’ voice gliding so softly it sounds more like a Mellotron. The song builds slowly toward crescendo, led by a swinging tom pattern, that abruptly switches back to a heavier version of the opening melody.“Silence/Motion” is about digesting and healing from sexual assault. As Faris explains, “It is an ode to the juxtaposition of feeling paralyzingly blank and and like your entire life is moving through you simultaneously.” Elsewhere, Black Metal guitars collide with dreamlike melodies. “Around You” brandishes a hopeful, hummable synth melody and shimmering shoegaze guitars like throwing down a gauntlet. In the end, it becomes undeniably clear just how completely into their own Blackwater Holylight has come.

                                                                    “The analogy is that with our first record (Blackwater Holylight, 2018) we were getting into to the car and buckling up,” Faris says. “The second (Veils of Winter, 2019) we were turning the car on, and with this third we have kicked into drive toward our destination. Our destination is a bit mysterious and has the ability to change from day to day, but we’re on our way.”

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    01. Delusional
                                                                    02. Who The Hell?
                                                                    03. Silence/Motion
                                                                    04. Falling Faster
                                                                    05. MDIII
                                                                    06. Around You
                                                                    07. Every Corner

                                                                    'You can't understand the blues 'till you've had your heart broken, you can't understand my music 'till you've had group sex on ecstasy.'

                                                                    Following up a legendary appearance at Electric Char at the end of Summer, the irrepressible DJ Harvey releases volume three of the "Mercury Rising" compilation triptych. Taking influence from a vision of Pikes' (Ibiza) in a futuristic light, we move through the iconic DJs finely tuned taste buds, taking on cosmic disco, blissful Balearic, wigged-out electronica and more as we lift ourselves out of the sunbeds and into the starry night ahead.

                                                                    The vinyl picks separate tracks out of the well-sequenced and curated DJ mix CD. If COVID restrictions mean your debauched holiday excursion was put on hold till next year, then this will certainly keep you feeling fragrant and unbuttoned until then! 

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. MODE - Lo-Fi Odyssey (Stallions Remix)
                                                                    2. Georgie Red - We'll Work It Out
                                                                    3. Luca Averna & Chris Coco - There Is No Planet B
                                                                    4. Kraak & Smaak - Same Blood (feat. The Palms) (Tensnake Extended Remix Instrumental)
                                                                    5. Peter Jacques Band - Mighty Fine
                                                                    6. Mozaika - Never See You Again
                                                                    7. Pino Presti Ft. Roxy Robinson - You Know Why (Disco Version)
                                                                    8. Twice Of Love - 24 Hours From Culture
                                                                    9. Soul Of Hex - Psychic
                                                                    10. Backbeat Convention - Love And Happiness (Quartz Ddub All Over Mix)
                                                                    11. Chris & Cosey - Exotika (12" Mix)
                                                                    12. Tavares - I Wanna See You Soon
                                                                    13. Brass Construction - Now Is Tomorrow (Anticipation)

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    It's A Cool, Cool Christmas

                                                                      In celebration of the 21st Anniversary of this popular Christmas double album, Jeepster and War Child are releasing It’s A Cool Cool Christmas on vinyl for the first time.

                                                                      Originally released on November 20th 2000 as a CD only release, it will now be available on vinyl on November 19th 2021.

                                                                      This double album is released with colourful inners within a wide spine sleeve. This collection of songs is the definitive indie Christmas album and includes contributions from a broad spectrum of indie giants, with songs ranging from traditional standards to originals written specially for this collection. This compilation contains both ballads and songs to pogo around the Christmas tree to in equal measure and coincidentally is a compilation of twenty-one songs re-released after twenty-one years.

                                                                      The highlights are Low’s much-loved ‘Just Like Christmas’, The Flaming Lips and their ‘White Christmas (demo for Tom Waits)’, the Grandaddy track which is both wistful and amusing and Eels’ ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas’. In fact there is not a second-rate filler on this album and there’s even a track from Lauren Laverne recorded before she became a famous DJ. The original intention of creating this album was to raise money for a worthy charity. War Child is an amazing organisation that protects, educates and helps children get over the terrible traumas they’ve suffered from war. The work done in their programmes has alife-saving impact on children and their families in some of the most dangerous places on earth.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland
                                                                      A2. The Dandy Warhols - Little Drummer Boy
                                                                      A3. The Webb Brothers - Every Day Is Christmas
                                                                      A4. Eels - Everything’S Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
                                                                      A5. El Vez - Feliz Navi-Nada
                                                                      A6. Morgan - Christmas In Waikiki
                                                                      B1. Drugstore - Maybe At Christmas Time
                                                                      B2. Belle And Sebastian - O Come, O Come Emmanuel
                                                                      B3. Giant Sand - Thank You Dreaded Black Ice, Thank You
                                                                      B4. The Flaming Lips - White Christmas (Demo For Tom Waits)
                                                                      B5. Saint Etienne - My Christmas Prayer
                                                                      C1. Departure Lounge - Christmas Downer
                                                                      C2. Six By Seven - I Believe In Father Christmas
                                                                      C3. Snow Patrol - When I Get Home For Christmas
                                                                      C4. Titan - Spiritual Guidance
                                                                      C5. Big Boss Man - Christmas Boogaloo
                                                                      D1. Teenage Fanclub - Christmas Eve
                                                                      D2. Calexico - Gift X-Change
                                                                      D3. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci - Hwiangerdd Mair
                                                                      D4. Low - Just Like Christmas
                                                                      D5. Lauren Laverne - In The Bleak Midwinter

                                                                      Fabric present a high-octane tribute to jungle, footwork and techno from rising star Sherelle who, across a killer new mix for the iconic label, rarely lets the tempo drop below 150BPM! 

                                                                      Including early footwerk pioneers like the late legend DJ Rashad and former  dancer RP Boo, alongisde jungle innovators such as Tim Reaper and Cloud9; it also features New York's AceMo and Kush Jones while Miami is repped by the duo INVT. As you'd expect, Sherelle doesn't let the energy and intensity drop over the entire mix which her characteristic flamboyant, fast and wild mixing style. On the vinyl, the best bits of the mix are presented in their full form.

                                                                      Special one for me is Dub One's "The Clash" which for me is the very epitome of that hardcore pirate radio sound popularized by Bizzie B and a thousand faceless bedroom DJs across the mid 90s. Nice to see hear including some high powered techno bangers in there too! Big ups Sherelle. 

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Cloud9 - You Got Me Burnin’
                                                                      Dwarde & Tim Reaper - Globex Corp Vol 1. A1
                                                                      Dev/Null - DarkPhase
                                                                      Champa B - The Howler
                                                                      NewKiller - U92 (FFF Remix)
                                                                      S. Kid - Oasis
                                                                      Gridzone - The Path (Part 2)
                                                                      Aphrodite & Nutty Jim - Feel Real
                                                                      R-Core - Rivers Of Blood (VIP)
                                                                      Vince Rollin - Greed And Prejudice
                                                                      SHERELLE - JUNGLE TEKNAH
                                                                      InnerCore - Pinnacle Part 2
                                                                      Newkiller - The Dark
                                                                      Q-Bass - Deepa
                                                                      Kush Jones - Fuck Off
                                                                      DJ Rashad - Acid Bit Ft Addison Groove
                                                                      AceMo - Perpetrator
                                                                      INVT - SUPER GALACTIC
                                                                      Neuropunk - Destroy The Matrix
                                                                      DJ Phil - House Monster Ft DJ Manny & RP Boo
                                                                      Basic Rhythm - 2 Da Core (RP Boo Remix)
                                                                      LCY - Bite Off The Hand That Feeds You
                                                                      Response - Sanity Melting
                                                                      Worldwide Epidemic & Tim Reaper - Losing Control
                                                                      Fringe - You Got Me (Sanz Remix)
                                                                      Aphrodite - Navigator
                                                                      Dub One - The Clash

                                                                      SHERELLE - JUNGLE TEKNAH
                                                                      InnerCore - Pinnacle Part 2
                                                                      Dub One - The Clash
                                                                      LCY - Bite Off The Hand That Feeds You
                                                                      Basic Rhythm - 2 Da Core (RP Boo Remix)
                                                                      AceMo - Perpetrator
                                                                      Cloud9 - You Got Me Burnin’
                                                                      NewKiller - U92 (FFF Remix)
                                                                      Fringe - You Got Me (Sanz Remix)
                                                                      Kush Jones - Fuck Off
                                                                      Dwarde & Tim Reaper - Globex Corp Vol 1. A1
                                                                      INVT - SUPER GALACTIC


                                                                      Flying Dream 1

                                                                        Elbow release their much anticipated ninth studio album, ‘Flying Dream 1’. 

                                                                        Like most bands I imagine, Elbow spent lockdown in isolation, writing and exchanging musical ideas remotely. These 'little love notes' as Guy calls them formed the basis of the LP and the band finally convened at the empty Brighton Theatre Royal to perfect, perform, and record the songs.

                                                                         For the most part, it's an album about love and relationships, family and friends. Things that have been brought sharply into focus for many people over the last 18 months. And Guy's lyrics are as wonderful as ever: poetic, romantic, nostalgic but never cloying.  

                                                                        There are no big anthems here, instead we're treated to lush melodies and delicate instrumentation, twinkling keys, brushed drums and Guy's soothing tones, even the inclusion of clarinets, saxophones and backing vocals are done with subtlety and grace, adding depth without stepping too far out of the lulling mood. It's a wonderfully understated album that feels somehow fitting for these strange times. 40 odd minutes of calm, amidst the turmoil and anxiety of the world. 


                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Barry says: Flying Dream epitomises that dreamy, melodic sound we've come to know from Elbow, and is full of the spine-tingling euphoric moments that have peppered albums of recent years. Lead single 'Six Words' is classic, beautiful melodic fare and is echoed throughout the rest of this collection. A worthy addition to any collection.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Flying Dream 1
                                                                        After The Eclipse
                                                                        Is It A Bird
                                                                        Six Words
                                                                        Calm And Happy
                                                                        Come On, Blue
                                                                        The Only Road
                                                                        Red Sky Radio (Baby Baby Baby)
                                                                        The Seldom Seen Kid
                                                                        What Am I Without You

                                                                        Cleo Sol has returned with her new project titled ‘Mother’, produced by her longtime collaborator Inflo. The 12-track offering, which includes a few hidden tracks, was inspired by Sol’s journey into motherhood.

                                                                        ‘Mother’ is a beautiful soulful album that bares all, a paired down softness to her music accentuates her stunning vocals. It offers a healing energy, full of emotion and elevated optimism, it’s hit just the right spot and what was lacking from this year.

                                                                        ‘Don’t Let Me Fall’, the opening track sets the tone for the album, tender and harrowing in the most beautiful sense. Her vocals are really highlighted by the stripped back neo-soul background, letting her voice shine throughout. The love, optimism and wisdom weaved within this song is truly stunning. ‘Promises’ holds the same powerful energy, a subtle catchy chorus drenched in good vibes, proving difficult not to sing along to.

                                                                        Another gem, ‘Sunshine’ is a breath of fresh air, a more funk-inspired melody with uplifting compelling lyrics, it embodies what Cleo Sol does best, meaningful messages and the freshest soul around for miles. Love love love this.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Barry says: Cleo Sol's last LP was a beautiful outing and showed her as one of the finest voices in modern soul. This one sees her taking things down a notch, losing the more effervescent groove in favour of a swooning, restful suite of slow melodies and loungy swing. A stunning follow-up and a perfect display of the other side of her considerable talents.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Don’t Let Me Fall
                                                                        Heart Full Of Love
                                                                        Build Me Up
                                                                        We Need You
                                                                        Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
                                                                        One Day
                                                                        Know That You Are Loved



                                                                          30 is the first new music from Adele since the release of her third studio album 25 in November 2015. The album is produced with former collaborators Greg Kurstin, Max Martin and Shellback and Tobias Jesso Jr., as well as new collaborators Inflo and Ludwig Goransson.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: Adele is back! This time following her naming convention from 21 and 25, bringing in a more mature and thematically rich selection of heartfelt balladry on the wonderful '30'. It's not particularly my cup of tea, granted but there's no denying she's a hugely talented and important artist and this is definitely the best work of her career.

                                                                          ‘Fleuves de l'Ame’ is the debut album of Paris-based Tunisan artist Houeida Hedfi, produced with Olof Dreijer of The Knife. Originally a percussionist, ‘Fleuves de l' me’, is an elegant marriage of traditional folk music and contemporary sound design drawing references from Hedfi's drumming expertise and the textures of Tunisian music alongside a startlingly broad array of global genres.

                                                                          Hedfi came to music late, getting her first drum kit aged 27 when she was already established as an academic in the field of economics / mathematics. Alongside teaching she toured playing a contemporary spin on stambeli, a genre of Afro-Arab sufi trance music heavy on rhythms. “I loved it,” she recalls, “but I had this need for melody. There was no room for that within our group, so I realised I had to start my own project.” She enlisted the help of Tunisian violin player Radhi Chaouali and Palestinian bouzouk player Jalal Nader and began rehearshals. Over nine years of travel between Tunisia, France, and Dreijer’s Berlin studio, Hedfi refined each composition with a perfectionist’s ear and found a home in melody.

                                                                          During composition it was essential to Hedfi that the songs contained the quarter tones characteristic of Tunisian/Arabic music. “I wanted it to sound like me. In my mind, if you delete these quarter tones, it’s like deleting all the verbs from a sentence.” While her musical influences are not limited to Tunisia, she still views her album as a modern take on Tunisian music. “It’s not just Tunisian,” she adds, “it’s also made by a woman. That makes a difference. My music doesn’t take up so much space, it has nuance. If I had to put a nationality to my music, I would also put a gender to it.”

                                                                          Each track is named for a different river, referencing both the safety found in the sound of water and the sinuous drama of each composition, which often starts peacefully, before evolving to encompass drama and tension, conflict and resolution. 

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: A beautiful marriage of swooning modern classical and traditional Tunisian folk music, with moments of elegiac pensiveness and more exuberant, shimmering beauty. A wonderfully written and beautifully crafted masterpiece.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Side A
                                                                          Souffles Du Nil
                                                                          Namami Gange (Obéissance Au Gange)
                                                                          Side B
                                                                          Envol Du Mékong
                                                                          Appel Du Danube
                                                                          Side C
                                                                          Baisers Amers De L’Euphrate
                                                                          Les Cloches De Yamuna
                                                                          Echos De Medjerda
                                                                          Side D
                                                                          Cheminement Du Tigre


                                                                          Knebworth 1996

                                                                            This year marks 25 years since Oasis’ two iconic record breaking live concerts at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire on the 10th and 11th August 1996. The shows were both the pinnacle of the band’s success and a landmark gathering for a generation of young people.

                                                                            Released alongside the cinema debut of the feature length documentary film of the event, ‘Oasis Knebworth 1996’ is the definitive live recording featuring a setlist packed with stone cold classics album taken from across both nights of the concert, from the opening salvoes of ‘Columbia’ and ‘Acquiesce’, to ‘Champagne Supernova’, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, ‘Live Forever’, an orchestra backed ‘I Am The Walrus’, and ‘Wonderwall’ the first song from the 1990’s to reach over one billion streams on Spotify and universally loved anthem.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Barry says: As one of the most legendary indie gigs of all time (or series of gigs, rather), Knebworth will go down in history, so this document of the live show is something to be treasured. A wonderfully important and undeniably gigantic piece of musical history.

                                                                            Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

                                                                            Raise The Roof

                                                                              Reunited after some fourteen years, following the historic success of their first collaboration Raising Sand (2007), which reached #2 on the UK album chart, generated multi-platinum sales, and earned six Grammy Awards including Album and Record of the Year.

                                                                              Like its predecessor, Raise The Roof was produced by T Bone Burnett, who worked with Plant and Krauss to expand their collaboration in thrilling new directions, accompanied by drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell, and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krauss, along with pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl among others.

                                                                              The album features twelve new recordings of songs by legends and unsung heroes including Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch and more. Other highlights include a Plant-Burnett original, “High and Lonesome,” and the Lucinda Williams classic “Can’t Let Go”. 

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Barry says: Yet another superb outing from the joint minds of Plant & Krauss. Beautifully written and undeniably characteristic of both acts without being the sound of one alone. The quintessential collaborative endeavour.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Quattro (World Drifts In)
                                                                              2. The Price Of Love
                                                                              3. Go Your Way
                                                                              4. Trouble With My Lover
                                                                              5. Searching For My Love
                                                                              6. Can’t Let Go
                                                                              7. It Don’t Bother Me
                                                                              8. You Led Me To The Wrong
                                                                              9. Last Kind Words Blues
                                                                              10. High And Lonesome
                                                                              11. Going Where The Lonely Go
                                                                              12. Somebody Was Watching Over Me 

                                                                              13. My Heart Would Know *** Deluxe CD Only
                                                                              14. You Can’t Rule Me *** Deluxe CD Only 

                                                                              Sufjan Stevens


                                                                                Convocations, the new instrumental album from Sufjan Stevens, moves like a two-and-a-half-hour electronic/ambient mass for our present age of anxiety and dread; its 49 tracks work through the stages of grief and gladness with emotional mood music that is dreamy, dissonant, vertiginous, rhythmic, repetitive, urgent, and calm—that is, all the things we undergo when we inevitably live through isolation, uncertainty, and loss. Its five sonic cycles (Meditations, Lamentations, Revelations, Celebrations, and Incantations) replicate different stages of mourning, healing and catharsis, working both to soothe our unease while savoring a renewed sense of awe and wonder for being alive in these unprecedented times.

                                                                                Stevens initiated Convocations in response to (and as an homage to) the life and death of his father, who died in September last year, two days following the release of The Ascension. It is, then, ultimately an album about death, and an album that reflects a year in which we have all lost so much. That said, this is not a personal record, but a universal one. Convocations is built on a shared experience that seeks to be honest about how complicated grief can be in these difficult times—the pain and separation, the anxiety, the unknown, the absolute joy of memory. This is also an album made in lockdown, when we were all cloistered in whatever space we had. Convocations arrives just as we begin to emerge from a year whose losses we will calculate for a lifetime.

                                                                                It is, then, right on time, as we begin to process our grief and try to carry on with it.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: This latest outing from the endlessly talented Stevens truly is an epic and sees him turn his hand to the world of ambient music in a 6LP collection. it's wonderfully tender and beautifully accomplished, further proving Sufjan can turn his hand to anything, no matter the genre.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Volume 1: Meditations
                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                Meditation I 3:39
                                                                                Meditation II 2:26
                                                                                Meditation III 4:04
                                                                                Meditation IV 2:09
                                                                                Meditation V 2:10
                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                Meditation VI 2:16
                                                                                Meditation VII 2:33
                                                                                Meditation VIII 1:48
                                                                                Meditation IX 2:11
                                                                                Meditation X 3:40

                                                                                Volume 2: Lamentations
                                                                                SIDE C
                                                                                Lamentation I 3:48
                                                                                Lamentation II 2:24
                                                                                Lamentation III 3:17
                                                                                Lamentation IV 1:59
                                                                                Lamentation V 4:10
                                                                                SIDE D
                                                                                Lamentation VI 4:42
                                                                                Lamentation VII 1:51
                                                                                Lamentation VIII 3:34
                                                                                Lamentation IX 3:29
                                                                                Lamentation X 1:58

                                                                                Volume 3: Revelations
                                                                                SIDE E
                                                                                Revelation I 3:20
                                                                                Revelation II 2:53
                                                                                Revelation III 2:01
                                                                                Revelation IV 4:09
                                                                                Revelation V 2:52
                                                                                SIDE F
                                                                                Revelation VII 4:03
                                                                                Revelation VIII 2:51
                                                                                Revelation IX 4:38
                                                                                Revelation X 4:17

                                                                                Volume 4: Celebrations
                                                                                Celebration I 2:19
                                                                                Celebration II 5:55
                                                                                Celebration III 3:10
                                                                                Celebration IV 3:22
                                                                                Celebration V 2:59
                                                                                Celebration VI 4:01
                                                                                Celebration VII 3:41
                                                                                Celebration VIII 3:25
                                                                                Celebration IX 1:35
                                                                                Celebration X 4:10

                                                                                Volume 5: Incantations
                                                                                Incantation I 2:17
                                                                                Incantation II 1:58
                                                                                Incantation III 1:36
                                                                                Incantation IV 2:10
                                                                                Incantation V 3:14
                                                                                Incantation VI 1:49
                                                                                Incantation VII 1:53
                                                                                Incantation VIII 2:56
                                                                                Incantation IX 4:28

                                                                                First official release in nearly five years from the rapper, poet, and trailblazer Mykki Blanco, since their debut full-length "Mykki." Features special guests Blood Orange (Dev Hynes), Big Freedia, Kari Faux and is produced by FaltyDL.

                                                                                Opening with the groovy yet ethereal "Trust A Little Bit" - seared with soulful auto-tune and huge harmonies - we move into the anthemic boom-slap of "Summer Ride" which has vintage Outkast vibes beamed via a hologram of Justin Timberlake. It's clear that Blanco's hear is in big tunes that fill the room.

                                                                                Elsewhere we get drank-fueled, slo-mo RnB, cut with trap beats and rich with FaltyDL's glassy, refracted production aesthetic. Somehow perfectly bridging the gap between pop and RnB's hooky ephemera, gritty street rap and the overwhelming stimulus of bass music and future beats. There's some quirky, idiosyncratic skits that tie tracks together that really, you're only gonna dig if you follow the artist's whole social profile (that's followers grandad - Ed) but they do provide some light yet beautifully timed, and sometimes comedic relief between the attitude-riddled songs that pepper the album.

                                                                                Includes the 6Music A-listed single "Free Ride" co-produced with Hudson Mohawke.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Trust A Little Bit (God Colony Version)
                                                                                2. Free Ride
                                                                                3. Summer Fling (feat. Kari Faux)
                                                                                4. It’s Not My Choice (feat. Blood Orange)
                                                                                5. Fuck Your Choices
                                                                                6. Love Me (feat. Jamila Woods And Jay Cue)
                                                                                7. Want From Me (feat. Bruno Ribeiro)
                                                                                8. Patriarchy Ain’t The End Of Me
                                                                                9. That’s Folks (feat. Big Freedia)

                                                                                ‘Another Day’ is the latest album on Mute by techno pioneer Chris Liebing. ‘Another Day’ follows ‘Burn Slow’, and explores a stunningly expressive, euphoric and melodic side of Liebing’s technical arsenal, while maintaining the pulsating threat in his new tracks that usually imbue his club-based DJ stompers. The album features a constellation of contributors including Miles Cooper Seaton, Ladan (Cold Specks), Polly Scattergood, Tom Adams and Maria Uzor (Sink Ya Teeth).

                                                                                RIYL: Broken English Club, Trevor Jackson, LIES, James Rushkin and all that juicy minimal wave darkness.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Matt says: One of my favourite ever DJs also makes really good electronica and dark techno. His latest on Mute sees the producer experiment with blurred vox, staccato beats and rich, lavish atmospherics as he journeys to the event horizon clod in goth boots and black eyeliner.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1 Fault Line (feat. Miles Cooper Seaton)
                                                                                A2 Patterns (feat. Maria Uzor)
                                                                                A3 10 West
                                                                                B1 Circles
                                                                                B2 Something Half Way
                                                                                C1 Another Day (feat. Polly Scattergood)
                                                                                C2 Cause & Effect
                                                                                C3 Whispers And Wires (feat. Ladan)
                                                                                D1 Hollow Town (feat. Tom Adams)
                                                                                D2 Closedown

                                                                                CD TRACKLIST

                                                                                1 Fault Line (feat. Miles Cooper Seaton)
                                                                                2 Patterns (feat. Maria Uzor)
                                                                                3 10 West
                                                                                4 Circles
                                                                                5 Something Half Way
                                                                                6 Another Day (feat. Polly Scattergood)
                                                                                7 Cause & Effect
                                                                                8 Whispers And Wires (feat. Ladan)
                                                                                9 Hollow Town (feat. Tom Adams)
                                                                                10 Closedown

                                                                                David Grubbs & Ryley Walker

                                                                                A Tap On The Shoulder

                                                                                  You never know when that tap’s going to come. How about now? (Not for you to decide.) Or exactly what it means—except in the aftermath.

                                                                                  Mutual admiration society and David Grubbs and Ryley Walker had been taking notes on one another’s playing for some time before they hit the stage together on a couple of blistering occasions immediately pre-pandemic. (One of these live sets was released earlier this year as Fight or Flight Simulator on Café OTO’s Takuroku label.)

                                                                                  Studio sessions were clearly in the cards, and the result is A Tap on the Shoulder, a collection of duo performances that veers from crystalline instrumental compositions (“A Tap on the Shoulder,” “Accepting Most Plans,” “Dorothy Kept”) to animated alien chatterfests (“Leslie Steinberger”), and from ecstatic extrapolations charging this way and that (“Pump Fake on the Death Rattle,” “The Madman from Massachusetts in an Empty Bar”) to, I don’t know, words don’t do the trick (“Uglification”). Don’t think for a second that these shorthand descriptions suffice.

                                                                                  Electric guitars make electronic music. Ryley’s hellion musical fearlessness lights a fire under the more typically Apollonian, chess-masterly Grubbs. What’s good for the geezer is good for the, etc. And where the duo’s live performances thus far have been set-length juggernauts, A Tap on the Shoulder toggles effortlessly between microscope, telescope, and Cinemascope, letting the smallest of gestures land in all of its sonic specificity before opening the scene up to disorienting panoramas.

                                                                                  Listen to A Tap on the Shoulder in the context of Ryley’s glorious Course in Fable; listen to it in the context of Grubbs’s playing with Loren Connors, Jim O’Rourke, Taku Unami, and others; or listen to it as if you’ve never heard note one from these soulful odd birds, the two of them curiously, quixotically committed to working inside and beyond song form.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. A Tap On The Shoulder (5:42)
                                                                                  2. Accepting Most Plans (3:04)
                                                                                  3. Uglification (13:30)
                                                                                  4. Leslie Steinberger (4:27) 
                                                                                  5. Pump Fake On The Death Rattle (8:26)
                                                                                  6. Dorothy Kept (2:50)
                                                                                  7. The Madman From Massachusetts In An Empty Bar (7:53)

                                                                                  Jessica Moss


                                                                                    Jessica Moss Also Known For Her Tenure In Thee Silver Mt. Zion (2002-2015), Black Ox Orkestar (2002-2007), Recordings By Vic Chesnutt, Carla Bozulich, Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Roy Montgomery, Sarah Davachi, Big Brave & More. A phosphene is “the phenomenon of seeing light without light entering the eye.” The title of the heart-rending and resolute new album by composer/violinist Jessica Moss could not be better chosen. Moss is by now a seasoned practitioner of immersive isolation music; across three previously acclaimed solo records of minimal and maximal post-classicism, her acoustic, amplified, and electronically-shifted violin is the raw material for deeply expressive, palpably haunted, wholly committed compositions. But Phosphenes inscribes fleeting halos of refracted ghostly light out of a prevailing darkness with especially plangent determination and intensity. This is the most overtly searching, mournful and inexorable music Moss has made to date. The pieces on Phosphenes exquisitely navigate consonance and dissonance, building patiently from single notes to multiple voicings, harmonic stacks and clusters. These compositions channel themselves like slow-moving water in a dark cave, finding small eddies and catching glints of luminescence from within. Signal processing is kept to a minimum in the three-movement “Contemplation” suite on Side One, where Moss deploys amplification chiefly in the service of activating overtones and pitch-shifts, thickening and widening the sonics, carving out her unique timbral space. Based on a four-note sequence that sets whole tones against one another, “Contemplation” is a bona fide requiem that finds Moss at her most instrumentally naturalistic, measured, and modern. Side Two unfolds in a more foreboding vein: “Let Down” is marked by cavernous octave-dropped arco and pizzicato, providing a gothically-inflected substratum upon which hauntingly wordless vocal invocations and cumulative gyres of violin melody unfurl. “Distortion Harbour” grinds with noisier grit and a more harrowing complexion, highlighting Moss’s ambient-metal sensibility and her distinctive palette of industrial-inflected power electronics a reminder of why she’s also been a go-to player on albums by the likes of Big Brave, Oiseaux-Tempête and Zu in recent years. These two songs also feature upright bass from old friend and former bandmate Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Black Ox Orkestar). Album closer “Memorizing & Forgetting” is inarguably the most tender and beautiful song in Jessica’s oeuvre: a keening lullabye of sorts, on which she plays piano, violin and guitar, joined by her partner Julius Levy in a lustrous ambient vocal duet. Everyone has been trying to find a way through and out of pandemic, lockdown, social isolation and often darkened hope and for many musicians, the absence of touring, of live performance, live sound, live audiences, and a living. For Moss, it’s also been “like when you press your fists hard against your eyes and eventually there is fireworks.” The light gets in where it can, even or maybe especially as imaginative sensory simulacra (if/when we shut down our screens and are left to our own devices). Phosphenes is a stoic, acutely sensitive, superlative musical statement from Moss.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    01 Contemplation I
                                                                                    02 Contemplation II
                                                                                    03 Contemplation III
                                                                                    04 Let Down
                                                                                    05 Distortion Harbour
                                                                                    06 Memorizing & Forgetting 

                                                                                    Fine Place

                                                                                    This New Heaven

                                                                                      Fine Place is a new duo comprising Frankie Rose (Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls) and Matthew Hord (Running, Pop. 1280, Brandy). Based in Brooklyn, NYC together they’ve crafted a crystalline full length of nocturnal, electronic pop music that charts a way out the post-global, cyberpunk dystopian environment it was crafted in. Their debut album This New Heaven drenches minimalist song structures in post-industrial washes of sixstring delay and gothic post-punk synths. Presiding over it is the most evocative, emotive vocal performance Frankie Rose has committed to tape to date.

                                                                                      Following Hord’s relocation from Chicago, the pair wanted to explore new avenues apart from their respective bands or solo projects. “The sound we were going for was an attempt to capture the dystopian feel of New York during a period of desertion by the wealthy. It was produced in a time-frame saturated in both uncertainty and serenity, and the soundscapes we created felt fitting and almost organic as a response to our surroundings. The title also reflects this in an arguably literal, maybe even satirical way.” Sonically, Fine Place references the pioneering mid-to-late 80s pioneers of icy melodrama The Cure and Cocteau Twins, while reflecting both the individuals’; music trajectories thus far. Modular synthesis triggers rhythm boxes and fluttery arps chirp around clanging 808-patterning as Rose’s reverb-laden vocal layering envelops the remaining headroom. The result is massive; a towering, shadowy music that embraces darkness while offering Rose’s bright vocal as chinks of light in the cracks; the production filling the head space of the beholder with preternatural imagery and emotional resonances that are real but not quite defined.

                                                                                      The title song propels forth out of the fog, scintillating with delayed guitar before the reverb-immersed vocal injects the human drama. The chorus constantly teases a big release but holds back creating a taut, dynamic tension. Cover Blind’s slow march makes full use of Rose’s layered vocal sinking and emerging from Hord’s bank of synths. Stand out It’s Your House is pure honey pouring from the speaker on a bank of of arps and near-hymnal vocal layering, a syrupy light offering in the mist. It’s an emotive highlight that only increases as the album progresses; Impressions Of Me is the Lynchian ballad that glides onward into the sunset. The album finishes on a choice re-interpretation of the 1989 track The Party Is Over by Belgian group Adult Fantasies, one of the great over-looked ballads of the era given an almost ecclesiastical makeover by Matthew Hord and Frankie Rose in 2021.

                                                                                      Says Hord: “This record was an incredibly challenging endeavor to make, as I had just come home from a European tour with another music project and wanted to invest into and focus on this collaboration with Frankie. I essentially reimagined how to approach writing basic sequences with the synthesizers I had been rehearsing and performing with for months prior to make something more accessible and pop- like for Frankie to build upon. Frankie is an unsung hero when it comes to mixing, and she was constantly mixing down and processing elements of the tracks to create different atmospheres as we forged forward with every song.”

                                                                                      This New Heaven is an ecstasy of sorts, a half-dream in the border between sleep and daylight.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. I Can’t Shake It
                                                                                      2. This New Heaven
                                                                                      3. Cover Blind
                                                                                      4. Tending To Twenty
                                                                                      5. It’s Your House
                                                                                      6. Impressions Of Me
                                                                                      7. Tell Me A Second Time
                                                                                      8. The Party Is Over


                                                                                      Peripheral Figures

                                                                                        The sound of PEAKES has always been steeped in isolation, crafting hymnal electro-pop that floats, weightless and suspended, over the world they move through. Using the lens of nostalgia as a kind of refuge, their synth-led dreamscapes defy any sense of time and place: their sound is both current, yet transportive like a memory.

                                                                                        Since their formation in 2017, vocalist Molly Puckering, synth-player and producer Max Shirley and drummer Pete Redshaw, have been solidifying what it means to be PEAKES. With a smattering of EPs and singles laying out their statement of intent, each one a run-up growing in momentum, their trajectory was clear: get into the studio and bring the music to the stage. This was the plan for the Leeds-based trio in 2020 – until the world stopped. No one could have predicted that touring and recording, an artist’s lifeblood, would grind to a global halt, and PEAKES could never have predicted that in a year defined by impossibilities, they would make their debut album, Peripheral Figures.

                                                                                        “I think last year, when you had everything taken away from you, it made it easier to try something new,” says Molly. Having released their four-track EP ‘Pre-Invented World’ on the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic, amidst the world’s disorder, their music fell into a void: the appetite for new music had understandably dried up, and there was nothing PEAKES could do to change that. So rather than dwell on it, they took a step back and returned to the drawing board and went back to basics, learning to fall in love with music again through the purest sense of creation.

                                                                                        Yet despite the logistical hurdles they had to overcome during the pandemic, where ten minutes might as well have been ten thousand miles away, Peripheral Figures is their most personal, hands-on project yet – and it’s entirely their own. Molly recorded her vocals in the wardrobe of her bedroom, while Pete’s drums were sent in a file-sharing back and forth over email: a departure from the sessions they’d had with producers in fully-fledged studios. “This is the closest that we wanted everything to sound like,” Max says. “Whereas before, it was someone else’s vision too, this time, we’ve had the final say, and it feels great.”

                                                                                        The suspended time allowed them to experiment without a timeframe, having the opportunity to dedicate hours to perfecting the details, rather than minutes. What started as a means of escapism developed into an album which not only serves as the definitive realisation of PEAKES’ potential, but acts as a capsule for the universal feeling of isolation channelled through boundless imagination.

                                                                                        Another freedom that the pandemic afforded them was to step away from a singles-driven mindset, embracing slow-burning songs that didn’t necessarily meet the tick-box requirements of upbeat with the ability to instantly connect with a listener. “Clouds”, one of the most interesting tracks on Peripheral Figures, wouldn’t exist if they weren’t writing in an album state of mind. Sonically stripped back, Molly’s entrancing, almost spoken vocals, carry it. “We’re quite nostalgic in the sounds we use and the world we want to create,” says Max. Inspired by the hazy dreamscapes of shoegaze, PEAKES choose to bring those elements forward, leaning towards synth rather than guitar. “Infinite Divide” merges the retrospective, synth-driven energy of the 80s and brings it to the brink of modernity. Experimenting with distortion, PEAKES welcomed the grittiness that their DIY production created over the far more polished, studio-level sheen they’d been used to. While the two tracks stand in contrast to one another, they are also the band’s favourites: “We’d never written two songs with that much energy from the start,” says Molly.

                                                                                        “Day and Age” was written with nightclubs in mind, with its propulsive, entirely electric new-wave beat dreaming of crowded spaces. Their lyrics, penned between Max and Molly, usually came from a place of observation: “We didn’t realise how much we were influenced by being out in the world until we weren’t in it anymore,” Molly says. Using limitless imagination as a crutch, they started to explore scenarios in their head, embedded themselves into different stories. “Nameless Machines” was a concept song, built upon Max’s lyric: “Nameless machines / Statistical dreams”, envisioning someone working the same nine-to-five office job, being consumed by it and trapped within it. “I loved getting into the mindset of that and writing from it,” Max says.

                                                                                        PEAKES’ music is a catalogue of reference points, from essentials such as Gary Numan, Depeche Mode and New Order to the ambient techno of Haruomi Hosono and the wonky German electro-beats of Grauzone. While Max is indebted to 80s new age, Molly looks to the female-led electronic renaissance of the 00s, with Portishead, Goldfrapp and Moloko being enormously influential for her own approach as the band’s frontwoman.

                                                                                        The band met at university while they were studying at the Leeds Conservatoire in 2017 after cramming into an eight-bed house together, discovering that they shared a similar vision. Molly, as well as being PEAKES’ vocalist and lyricist, is also the architect behind the “silent stuff”, having styled all their outfits with an eye for dreamy, whimsical aesthetics that they bring into their artwork. Max, whose multi-hyphenate role extends to lyrics, production and instrumentation, brings a meticulous eye for detail that means that every track is finished to a sky-high standard, and Pete is PEAKES’ grounding force and peacemaker – not to mention their roadman (he’s the only one with a driver’s license).

                                                                                        With the release of Peripheral Figures, PEAKES feel one step closer to their vision than ever: their debut album was hard-won, and yet stands brightly as an example that out of trauma, there is a possibility to build something beautiful. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side A:
                                                                                        Internal Forecast I
                                                                                        An Infinite Divide
                                                                                        Day And Age
                                                                                        Side B:
                                                                                        Internal Forecast II
                                                                                        Nameless Machines
                                                                                        Circular State


                                                                                        Without Remorse

                                                                                          Jónsi releases his latest score, for the new Amazon Original movie Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, starring Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner- Smith and Jamie Bell, directed by Stefano Sollima. The score is 23 tracks of pure action, adrenaline and anxiety.

                                                                                          “For one whole year Jónsi has devoted himself to finding the soul of Without Remorse,” says Sollima. "The complexity, sophistication and elegance of his composition adds incredible depth to the story”.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Aleppo
                                                                                          2. Sniper
                                                                                          3. Hallway
                                                                                          4. Say Her Name 
                                                                                          5. Jail
                                                                                          6. Campfire 
                                                                                          7. Vaseliev
                                                                                          8. Arlington 
                                                                                          9. Welcome Home 
                                                                                          10. Death Follows Me
                                                                                          11. SCIF
                                                                                          12. Barents Sea
                                                                                          13. Zodiac
                                                                                          14. Murmansk
                                                                                          15. Rykov
                                                                                          16. Swim
                                                                                          17. Exfil
                                                                                          18. True Patriot
                                                                                          19. Rooftop
                                                                                          20. Stairs
                                                                                          21. Aftermath
                                                                                          22. Potomac
                                                                                          23. Funeral


                                                                                          Rated Z

                                                                                            Third album of Ian Svenonius (The Make-Up, Nation of Ulysses, Chain & The Gang etc.) solo project!

                                                                                            On this new album, he plays minimalist electronic rock'n'roll with just an electric guitar, a microphone, an analogue-sounding drum machine, a tape deck, and the help of Alexandra Cabral on synthetizer and backing vocals, creating the rawest and most stripped-back manifestation of his singular muse to date.

                                                                                            Imbued with love, honesty, and selflessness, The Good Fight is virtuosic in its musicality, direct in its language, and infinitely relatable. In a landscape overrun with abstract indulgence and shallow trend-chasers, the Prince George’s County, Maryland artist has created a record that reminds you that it’s music before it’s hip-hop. For Oddisee, “The Good Fight” is about living fully as a musician without succumbing to the traps of hedonism, avarice, and materialism. It’s music that yields an intangible feeling: the sacral sound of an organ whine, brass horns, or a cymbal crash. It’s a meditation on our capacity to love and the bonds binding us together. It’s our ambition and greed warring with our sense of propriety - a list of paradoxes we all face when living and striving. Oddisee’s production simmers in its own orchestral gumbo. You sense he’s really a jazzman in different form, inhabiting the spirit of Roy Ayers and other past greats. The Fader’s compared him to a musical MC Escher, calling hailing his “grandiose and symphonic sound” and “relevant relatable messages.” Pitchfork praised his “eclectic soulful boom-bap.” “The Good Fight” acknowledges the stacked odds, but refuses to submit.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Matt says: Everyone knows I love the Mello Music Group but I'm especially liking this new soulful direction they're taking off late. Oddisee exudes a real musicality and proficiency that leaves other rappers blushing.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. That's Love
                                                                                            2. A List Of Withouts
                                                                                            3. Want Something Done
                                                                                            4. Book Covers
                                                                                            5. Meant It When I Said It
                                                                                            6. Contradiction's Maze
                                                                                            7. First Choice
                                                                                            8. Fight Delays
                                                                                            9. What They'll Say
                                                                                            10. First Choice
                                                                                            11. Worse Before Better
                                                                                            12. Belong To The World

                                                                                            Matt Deighton


                                                                                              The debut solo album by Mother Earth singer, Paul Weller band member and erstwhile Noel Gallagher replacement in Oasis, Matt Deighton.

                                                                                              A pastoral folk album that sits perfectly alongside Nick Drake’s ‘Bryter Layter’ and ‘Solid Air’ by John Martyn.

                                                                                              Originally released in 1995, ‘Villager’ garnered great reviews from NME, Q and The Guardian, and, on its 2011 reissue, was named by Mojo as a Buried Treasure.

                                                                                              Remastered from the original production master by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering (Ace Records, The Small Faces), the vinyl sounds incredible.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Good For Us
                                                                                              Stones Around The Candle
                                                                                              Villager/ Bone Dry Boat
                                                                                              Jesus Loves The Rain
                                                                                              Get Out The Road
                                                                                              Hey, My Mind
                                                                                              Pure English Honey
                                                                                              The Windmills Of Norfolk
                                                                                              Two Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
                                                                                              Hiding In The Breeze

                                                                                              Deap Vally


                                                                                                Being in a band is like being in a marriage: sometimes it’s magical, sometimes it’s unbearably challenging. To reinvigorate that marriage, Deap Vally have made their third album a genrebending experiment with new collaborators and instrumentation that push the limits of what has previously defined the duo - Marriage is their musical Rumspringa, if you will.

                                                                                                The album sees Julie and Lindsey break free of the rigid creative constraints within which they previously existed (two members, two instruments, two voices) and invite in collaborators such as KT Tunstall, Peaches, Jennie Vee and jennylee, as well as a range of producers including Allen Salmon, Josiah Mazzaschi and Harvey Mason Jr.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Magic Medicine
                                                                                                I Like Crime (ft Jennie Vee)
                                                                                                Give Me A Sign
                                                                                                Better Run
                                                                                                I’m The Master
                                                                                                High Horse (ft. Kt Tunstall, Peaches)
                                                                                                Where Do We Go
                                                                                                Look Away (ft. Jennylee)

                                                                                                From its founding in the late 14th century, the kingdom of Buganda has been celebrated through sound and nurtured a rich musical tradition in its royal court. Coming from across the kingdom, musicians would take turns in the palace to sound drums, xylophones, flutes, lyres, and more to praise and honour the existence of the kingship. In recent years however, the tradition has been more difficult to maintain, especially since 1966 where there was a violent attack on the palace that abruptly abolished the kingdom and during which royal musicians fled or were killed. And while the kingdom was re-established in 1993 as a cultural institution, many of the remaining musicians had since chosen to sideline their skills to deal with the issues of their day to day lives, the practice of the royal tradition waning in popularity, especially with younger listeners and players. But all is not lost. Scattered across the kingdom, a motivated team of older veterans and attentive young players are still keeping the tradition alive. Offering a transversal glimpse into the past and the present, "Buganda Royal Music Revival" collects recordings made in between the late 1940s and 1966 illustrating the older generation's skills, and presents them alongside recent recordings featuring old and young musicians who still carry on this musical tradition, some even performing for the current king, Muwenda Mutebi II.

                                                                                                The later were made during the shooting of the 2019 documentary "Buganda Royal Music Revival" that presents through a film what this album conveys through sounds: a packed dive into a century-old tradition. The music displayed here is diverse and vibrant, presenting a variety of styles and highlighting instruments that illustrate the depth and sophistication that stemmed from the royal court experience of Buganda. As a starter, the album opens with 'Mujaguzo'. Often translated as 'The Drums of the Kingship', the mujaguzo is a crucial ensemble for the cultural tradition, made from drums collected by the kingdom throughout its long history and numbering around 100 drums (historical records suggest there were at some point over 300). They are the vitality of the kingship packaged into sound.

                                                                                                From here, we're introduced deeper to an array of instruments and textures, like the buzzing Bugandan lyre (endongo) by contemporary royal player Albert Bisaso Ssempeke, the resonant akadinda xylophone with its 21 large wooden keys, Temutewo Mukasa's restless praise sung with his harp (ennanga), the hand-made gourd trumpet (amakondere), the entenga "drum-chime" and its core set of 12 drums tuned like the amadinda xylophone, or the tightly intertwined melodies of the flutes ensemble (abalere). With the music, the hissing and swishing sounds of old tapes reminds at times the listener of the long process, from the original recording to its archival digitization, that allows the talent of past musicians to still vibrate nowadays. This rousing selection of music and moods is a unique and all too rare exploration of sounds that celebrates the common history of generations of musicians, and the question remains open as to how this rich cultural tradition will shape and be shaped by the upcoming Bugandan future, and what engagement it will trigger among audiences within, but also beyond, the kingdom of Buganda.

                                                                                                ‘@0’ comprises a collection of ambient tracks curated and sequenced by Coldcut (on LP) and mixed by both Coldcut and Mixmaster Morris (on CD), bringing together some of the pioneers of ambient music alongside current artists spearheading the genre.

                                                                                                Featuring an incredible lineup of new ambient and classical recordings, all released for the first time as part of the ‘@0’ compilation with music from: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Suzanne Ciani, Steve Roach, Juliana Barwick, Imogen Heap—whose ‘The Happy Song’ is remixed by Coldcut—A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Laraaji, Sigur Rós—with close collaborator of the band Paul Corley providing a ‘Liminal’ re-work of ‘Rembihnútur’—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Helena Hauff, Skee Mask, Daniel Pemberton & FSOL, James Heather, Specimens, Nailah Hunter, Rovo & System 7, Ned Scott (The Egg), Noodreem, Mira Calix, Obay Alsharani, David Wenngren, ill-esha, Yak Herder, NDiPA X Flex Machina, Double Cushion, Irresistible Force, FRKTL, ANNA and Coldcut themselves.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                1. Julianna Barwick - Star Ray
                                                                                                2. Sigur Rós - Rembihnútur (Liminal Re-work By Paul Corley)
                                                                                                3. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Beethoven 250
                                                                                                4. Laraaji - Illusion Of Time
                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                1. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Mt Baker
                                                                                                2. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Aqua (from Playing Piano For The Isolated)
                                                                                                3. James Heather - And She Came Home (Strings Version)
                                                                                                4. Suzanne Ciani - Morning Spring
                                                                                                5. Nailah Hunter - Sadko
                                                                                                Side C
                                                                                                1. Helena Hauff - Thalassa
                                                                                                2. Mira Calix - Danaïdes
                                                                                                3. Daniel Pemberton & FSOL - Behind The Eyes
                                                                                                4. Skee Mask - CG Drip
                                                                                                Side D
                                                                                                1. Coldcut - The Fire Burns Out
                                                                                                2. Obay Alsharani - Dream Within A Dream
                                                                                                3. David Wenngren - Pianoise
                                                                                                4. Steve Roach - The Drift Home

                                                                                                W.H. Lung


                                                                                                  “We were raring to go,” says W. H. Lung’s Tom Sharkett of the band’s desire to keep the momentum going after the huge success of their debut album.

                                                                                                  2019’s Incidental Music - a vivacious concoction of krautrock, synth pop and infectious grooves - topped end of year lists, with the likes of Piccadilly Records and Resident both naming it album of the year. However, it quickly became apparent that a repeat performance was of no interest to the band. “At the beginning it felt like every new idea could’ve just been on Incidental Music,” remembers Tom. “They weren’t bad ideas, but they didn’t feel new. I don’t think we knew where we wanted to go but we were 100% sure on it not being Incidental Music part 2.”

                                                                                                  Things soon burst to life however and a period of profound creativity, musical intuition, bold innovation and near total musical rebirth came forth. “I was in the best place of my life,” says Joe Evans. “I was like a slot machine putting in wellbeing currency and jackpotting this album. Words and melodies were coming so quick and easy. Tom was sending tunes across and I was having a lot of fun playing around with a new way of singing which was freer, more expressive, more instant and more melodic.”

                                                                                                  The result is a record that is direct, punchy and potent. Merging silky vocals, strutting grooves, enveloping textures, and a sparkling blend of electronic and pop music. “We thought: okay we’ve done the long sprawling introductions and instrumentals,” says Tom. “So let’s see if we can get the same intensity, energy and layers whilst getting straight to the point.” Joe echoes this. “We wanted to move away from easing people in and grab them by the heart straight away. I reflected on how we played live shows and romanticised about launching onto the stage in a bundle of energy and starting the party, no messing. The directness comes from making music more intuitively, and more from a place of fun. We were writing music that affirmed how much we missed dancing in sweaty rooms, enjoying the company of a collection of beautiful friendly strangers.”

                                                                                                  The album documents a period of change for the group. They lost a member in Tom Derbyshire, moved from Manchester to Todmorden and fell in love more with dance music and the shifting sense of community and inclusivity that came with these changes. “We have moved forward from the change with a new energy,” says Joe of Tom Derbyshire’s amicable exit to focus on filmmaking. “It was a challenge shifting the dynamic but we truly found our stride and Tom Sharkett and I have an absolutely beautiful working relationship.”

                                                                                                  Tom also feels this forced sense of change has brought about something fresh. “We didn’t have many spare ideas let alone spare tunes for the first album,” he recalls. “Whereas for Vanities we had loads that we binned. That needed to happen for us to get somewhere new and I think before the change in line-up we were in limbo a bit.” The album was written with a process of passing ideas back and forth, in a spirit of playfulness and exploration. The songs were then further refined in the studio of band member Chris Mulligan (guitar, bass, keys), a producer in his own right, who helped to further refine the arrangement and directness of the songs. ‘We are blessed to have brilliant musicians in W. H. Lung. It is very comforting, creatively, to know that initial ideas will always be further developed and expanded when played by Alex (drums), Chris and Hannah (keys, vocals.)’ says Joe. ‘And we got loads of magic out of (producer) Matt (Peel) for this record. He infuses all the tracks with such an infectious, wonky energy.’

                                                                                                  This positivity, and incandescent dance floor giddiness that the pair espouses can be felt all over the record too. Despite being written in isolation and remoteness the album is rooted in very real physical spaces. “Manchester is a very important part of this record,” says Tom Sharkett, “The White Hotel, nights like Wet Play, seeing Gerd Janson DJ at the End of Year Riot (Electric Chair) and then discovering all the amazing stuff on his label Running Back. Then when we moved to Todmorden it was the same. Seeing Andrew Weatherall down the road from our flat at The Golden Lion - it just felt like an exciting time for us and I wanted to consume as much new music as possible.” Joe shares his bandmates’ enthusiasm for their dance floor experiences that have fed into this record. “Vanities is a musical representation of what Tom and I crave the most now that it’s been taken away from us,” he says. “In simple terms, we love to dance and have both fallen deeper in love with the music that facilitates that. Because of this voracious appetite for new music and the experiences that come with that hunger, influences on the album are vast: the aforementioned Weatherall, Robyn, Todd Terje, Grauzone, Kelly Lee Owens, Helena Hauff and countless others. But the end result is something distinctly the band’s own.”

                                                                                                  ‘Pearl in the Palm’ was the track that kicked it all off. “A transition from the old W. H. Lung to new,” says Tom. It marries pulsing synths, galloping drums and a vocal take that is both caramel smooth but also fervently intense. ‘Show Stopper’ allows the drums and bass to carry a subtle funk strut and is one of the album’s moments that highlight the band’s deft touch for layering and texture. ‘Somebody Like’ is an absolute stomper, marrying filthy electronics with a pop hook that is as irresistible as it is anthemic. ‘Gd Tym’ nicely captures the transition from a more archetypal band sound to dance floor fodder, as spiralling guitar lines intersperse with heavy lashings of electronics and deep hooks.

                                                                                                  Despite the album’s exploration of the dizziness of dance floors and their maximalist appeal, it’s also one that plunges deep lyrically and comes from a place of profound introspection. Taking influence from the searching at the heart of the plays of Anton Chekov, as well as the novels of Shusaku Endo and Iris Murdoch, Joe also went deep into self-observation books like Red Hawk and The Fourth Way by Pyotr Ouspenskii. “It talks about stepping back from your mind and waking up to the patterns and conditionings of your thoughts,” he says. “This is like a constant meditation and so when I sat down to write lyrics, the different behaviours that I recognised in myself were really clear and poured out.” This meditative state also extended to another physical connection, this time out in the open rather than under the strobes. “A source of inspiration was getting out into nature,” he says. “We would often go out onto the tops of Todmorden and walk and swim. Sitting with and walking in the abundance of the natural world has fed into some of the playfulness and light spirit of the album.”

                                                                                                  Perhaps most remarkable thing about the album - aside from the unflinching new sonic leaps it takes - is that the band have taken a dormant year void of live experiences, sweaty clubs, or anything resembling fun times, and have made an album that makes that world feel palpable – that you can crawl inside it. “Lockdown gave me the time to pour work into myself and out came this wonderful album,” reflects Joe. “It was strange at first and I missed seeing my mates and having a laugh and dancing but this album is a direct reflection of creative flow brought on by the space given by lockdown.”

                                                                                                  Vanities is a very rare beast of a record: a lockdown album that feels bursting with vitality and the love, promise and transcendence of shared dance floor experiences. Just in time for when we crave those the most.

                                                                                                  Joe Evans – Vocals / Tom Sharkett – Guitar / Alex Mercer Main – Drums / Hannah Peace - Synths + Vocals / Chris Mulligan - Bass / Synths.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Calm Down
                                                                                                  2. Gd Tym
                                                                                                  3. Pearl In The Palm
                                                                                                  4. Ways Of Seeing
                                                                                                  5. ARPi
                                                                                                  6. Showstopper
                                                                                                  7. Figure With Flowers
                                                                                                  8. Somebody Like
                                                                                                  9. Kaya

                                                                                                  Courtney Barnett

                                                                                                  Things Take Time, Take Time

                                                                                                    Things Take Time, Take Time” is an assured leap forward for Barnett; a breakthrough really. This is Barnett at her most relaxed, creative and joyful. An exquisite look at the intimate, private world created by Barnett and her producer Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile). It’s consequently her most beautiful and intimate record to date.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Rae Street
                                                                                                    Sunfair Sundown
                                                                                                    Here’s The Thing
                                                                                                    Before You Gotta Go
                                                                                                    Turning Green
                                                                                                    Take It Day By Day
                                                                                                    If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight
                                                                                                    Write A List Of Things To Look Forward To
                                                                                                    Oh The Night

                                                                                                    Damon Albarn

                                                                                                    The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

                                                                                                      The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, the new studio album from Damon Albarn, is released by his new label home Transgressive Records.

                                                                                                      The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows was originally intended as an orchestral piece inspired by the landscapes of Iceland. This last year has seen Albarn return to the music in lockdown and develop the work to 11 tracks which further explore themes of fragility, loss, emergence and rebirth. The result is a panoramic collection of songs with Albarn as storyteller. The album title is taken from a John Clare poem Love and Memory.

                                                                                                      Albarn says “I have been on my own dark journey while making this record and it led me to believe that a pure source might still exist.”

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                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows
                                                                                                      The Cormorant
                                                                                                      Royal Morning Blue
                                                                                                      Daft Wader
                                                                                                      Darkness To Light
                                                                                                      The Tower Of Montevideo
                                                                                                      Giraffe Trumpet Sea



                                                                                                        Idles return with their new album “Crawler” – an album of reflection and healing amid a worldwide pandemic that stretched the planet’s collective mental and physical health to the breaking point.

                                                                                                        Frontman Joe Talbot says, “We want people who’ve gone through trauma, heartbreak, and loss to feel like they’re not alone, and also how it is possible to reclaim joy from those experiences.” IDLES albums have always been anchored by these overarching themes, but the ability of the band to juxtapose beauty and rage with humor and drama has never felt more satisfying than on “CRAWLER.”

                                                                                                        These stories are vividly brought to life through IDLES’ most soul-stirring music to date, recorded with co-producers Kenny Beats (Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs) and IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen. There are, of course, numerous moments that will inspire absolute mayhem in a packed concert venue, but there are also fresh textures and experiments that push IDLES into thrilling new territory. “I don't really see us as a ‘rock band’ and working with Kenny [Beats] freed us of the idea of genre,” Talbot enthuses. “On this album, our dissolution of ego was helped by Kenny’s humble nature and willingness to learn. He has boundless passion for making the best song possible. Not the best ‘rock’ song — the best song possible.” He continues, “It was writing selfishly that helped make it possible. Reflecting. Telling my own story. Not trying to tell everyone else's story. Not trying to fix the world — just talking about how I am fixing mine.”

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        MTT 420 RR
                                                                                                        The Wheel
                                                                                                        When The Lights Come On
                                                                                                        Car Crash
                                                                                                        The New Sensation
                                                                                                        Stockholm Syndrome
                                                                                                        The Beachland Ballroom
                                                                                                        King Snake
                                                                                                        The End

                                                                                                        Portico Quartet announce Monument, the electronic driven follow-up to their acclaimed ambient-minimalist suite Terrain, presenting the band at their most direct

                                                                                                        It's rare that a band releases two albums within six months of each other, rarer too that while both are so different, they are both as epochal in terms of the band's output as Terrain and Monument are to Portico Quartet. The irony is that Monument, a stripped-back, intentionally direct album, was the album that the band set out to write in May 2020, before the dream like long-form Terrain came into focus. Briefly they were two halves of the same record, but the band ended up developing these two distinct bodies of work concurrently. And although they were written side-by-side and recorded at the same sessions, they are records best understood as distinct from each other, each with opposing ideas and forms.

                                                                                                        Monument is one of Portico Quartet's most accessible, direct records to date. If Terrain addressed the darker side of how Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie made sense of the pandemic, then Monument resonates as an ode to better times. If not quite a dance record, it nonetheless pulses with an energy, radiance and a scalpel sharp focus. Jack Wyllie explains: "It's possibly our most direct album to date. It's melodic, structured and there's an economy to it that is very efficient. There's not much searching or wastage within the music itself, it is all finalised ideas, precisely sculpted and presented as a polished artefact."

                                                                                                        Bellamy expands "Monument sits somewhere between our albums Portico Quartet and Art in the Age of Automation. It has perhaps a more overtly electronic edge to its sound – there are more synthesisers and electronic elements than we have used before and the music is often streamlined and rhythmic".

                                                                                                        After the ethereal, stage-setting of Opening, the album kicks into overdrive with Impressions, a short energetic track that pairs a club influenced groove with hang drum and close, delicate saxophone. It's the balance between these elements that push and pull the track through a selection of melodic and rhythmic re-configurations, contrasting human touch with a machine-like focus. Ultraviolet is a kaleidoscopic, krautrock inspired track with a haunting introduction and an insistent pulse. The wistful Ever Present builds from a simple piano refrain; a nostalgic melody line floats over the top as drums and bass groove insistently underneath, before reaching a euphoric peak. The title track Monument builds around a looping vocal sample, drums and an enigmatic melody, the ending giving way to a gauzy, weaving synth line. The power here is in its economy and luminosity. AOE flips back and forth, like a dial that's been switched. Mining the tension between a pastoral inflected cello and saxophone melody, with an abrupt shift to jilted live drums, wailing delayed saxophone and a flickering synth line. Warm Data comes straight from the same Portico Quartet tradition as older tracks like Current History and Laker-Boo. It's a marriage of instrumental minimalism with drum machines and synths. Finally, the album closes with On The Light, a track that transmits a sense of suspense and freedom, driven by the twitching drums of Bellamy and evocative sax of Wyllie. It offers the perfect bitter-sweet and evocative ending to Portico Quartet's latest Monument.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Millie says: Now this is a treat, Portico Quartet’s second release in one year providing a mellow outro to the year. There’s something about this time of year which is hibernate-inducing and this is the soundtrack to the cold Winter months. Beautiful electronic Jazz, all Gondwana fan can rejoice – it’s finally here!

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Opening
                                                                                                        2. Impressions
                                                                                                        3. Ultraviolet
                                                                                                        4. Ever Present
                                                                                                        5. Gateway
                                                                                                        6. Monument
                                                                                                        7. A.O.E
                                                                                                        8. Warm Data
                                                                                                        9. Portal
                                                                                                        10. On The Light

                                                                                                        Nolan Potter

                                                                                                        Music Is Dead

                                                                                                          Nolan Potter is putting us home recording freaks to shame. We had a year of global pandemic to lay out our grand ideas and the sum total of most artists “quar-riffs” wouldn’t push the constraints of a normal band practice (gosh, remember those?)

                                                                                                          Nolan Potter, in the meantime, has quietly painted us a beatific masterpiece that veers from the whimsical to the wigged out, deftly weaving an untamed tapestry of sound all the while archly commenting on the present musician’s predicament - and he did it alone. No drum machine clattering in the background amidst tape hiss and 4 track grime here - this is a fully realized, insanely well played, full on rock record that might even one-up his first LP for us, last year’s excellent Nightmare Forever.

                                                                                                          The guy’s got more chops than a beauticians’ college across a wide array of instruments - no small feat, and easily overlooked when you leave the lyric sheet and credits on the dining room table. That the songs travel far, wide, up, down, backwards, and gamely spill out over the 5 minute mark with exceptionally loose interludes and diversions is just another marvel in this carnival of aural delights. It’s a gem of a record!

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Side A
                                                                                                          1. One Eye Flees Aquapolis
                                                                                                          2. Stubborn Bubble
                                                                                                          3. Gregorian Chance

                                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                                          4. Holy Scroller
                                                                                                          5. Preeminent Minds
                                                                                                          6. Music Is Dead

                                                                                                          1. Overture For A Short Film

                                                                                                          Endless Boogie


                                                                                                            Endless Boogie re-joins with its fifth proper studio album. It contains and is called ADMONITIONS. Seven tracks of unrefined wisdom, mostly put to tape in improvised fashion with little to no warning. Recorded over two years and two sessions - at the pastoral tranquility of the Stockholm inland archipelago in 2018, and in the dank, cramped basement of a Fort Greene, Brooklyn studio in February 2020. Eklow on crude direction, Sweeney on stealth glamour, the obscurantist clarity of Paul Major is, as always, as ever, on full display, the fierce reality of Mike Bones is crucial, and the stoic solidity of The Harry Druzd lays beneath it all. Old pal Kurt Vile hovers over COUNTERFEITER.

                                                                                                            Full grease, delivered with ease. It is the band’s humble wish that you immerse yourself and this offering.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. The Offender
                                                                                                            2. Disposable Thumbs
                                                                                                            3. Bad Call
                                                                                                            4. Counterfeiter Feat.
                                                                                                            5. Jim Tully
                                                                                                            6. The Conversation
                                                                                                            7. The Incompetent Villains Of 1968


                                                                                                            The Silver Threshold

                                                                                                              The Berlin-based duo hackedepicciotto have returned with The Silver Threshold, their fourth full length album. This cinematic and hypnotic release combines swirling electronics, shimmering autoharp and the beautiful vocal harmonies of Danielle de Picciotto (co-founder of Berlin’s legendary 'Love Parade', prolific solo artist and illustrator) and Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), blended with a plethora of instruments from around the world. Danielle and Alex have contributed to a vast and varied legacy of electronic music, although The Silver Threshold is their the first album in partnership with Mute, they are not new to the label, with both Danielle and Alex members of the last incarnation of Crime and the City Solution and Alex a member of Einstürzende Neubauten whilst also contributing to releases by Phew and Miranda Sex Garden.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1 Ouvertuere
                                                                                                              2 The Silver Threshold
                                                                                                              3 Meteor’s Reign
                                                                                                              4 Evermore
                                                                                                              5 Babel
                                                                                                              6 Trebbus
                                                                                                              7 Journey East
                                                                                                              8 Meeres Stille
                                                                                                              9 Kirchhain
                                                                                                              10 The Watered Garden

                                                                                                              Jarvis Cocker

                                                                                                              Chansons D’ennui Tip-top

                                                                                                                Wes Anderson asked Jarvis Cocker to record a new version of “Aline” for his new film The French Dispatch. The French pop hit from 1965, “Aline” was originally performed and made famous by Christophe. The song appears in a critical scene in The French Dispatch, the character Tip Top appears on a poster in the café where the revolutionary youth of Paris congregate, while the song plays on the jukebox.

                                                                                                                Anderson and Cocker decided to collaborate on an entire album of French material from the same period, songs originally made notable by the likes of Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsburg, Jacques Dutroc and others. And with this, the album named after Tip Top is here.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Dans Ma Chambre
                                                                                                                La Tendresse
                                                                                                                Looking For You
                                                                                                                Dutronc – Le Gent Sont Fous
                                                                                                                Il Pluet Sur La Gare
                                                                                                                Parole Paroles
                                                                                                                Requiem Por En Cos
                                                                                                                Mon Amis La Roase
                                                                                                                Mao Mao
                                                                                                                Elle Et Moi



                                                                                                                  Debut album from Wyndow, Laura J Martin and Lavinia Blackwall’s (Trembling Bells) new Kosmiche-Psych-Folk project. Woven from threads sent across the wires, Wyndow strikes new ground. Following the success of their first two singles ‘Take My Picture’ and ‘Two Strong Legs’ Wyndow (Laura J Martin and Lavinia Blackwall) return with their eponymous debut album. The project was ignited by a love of Robert Wyatt and an off hand idea of collaborating on a version of his song ‘Free Will and Testament’. In a time of weird interludes the self examination of the song’s lyrics opened the pathway to themes examined throughout the record, that of being and wanting and the battle between knowledge and knowing.

                                                                                                                  Who am I and do I see myself the way others see me? What follows is an exploration of the uncertain and the impermanent. According to Martin, they are “tunes for whacked out worriers lifting weights in the worry gym,” where “feeling uneasy never felt so easy." Reflections flit between two pendulums as each wrote and recorded remotely and exchanged these dog eared musical postcards to see each others’ response. Eschewing the “band in a room” aesthetic out of geographical necessity they focussed on maximising the sonic palette of each song, doing exactly what each piece demanded without thinking about who had to play each instrument. The songs on Wyndow exist in the space between waking and sleeping, hazy tales that unfurl and engulf the listener in a slightly uncanny sense of familiarity.

                                                                                                                  Album standout ‘All Cameras Gone’ is a paean to the dust and crackles of the analogue age and the shadows of a lonely projectionist leaving the booth and memories for the final time. ‘Pulling On A String’ is based on the feeling of walking familiar routes and wishing they took you elsewhere, the duality of holding on to the familiar yet pulling yourself nearer to the beyond and the unknown. Taking inspiration from the atmospheres and repetition of ecstatic minimalism and the joyful experimentation of Penguin Cafe Orchestra, songs were built from small fragments and loops, recorded spontaneously and sent to each other across the wires.

                                                                                                                  Recorded and produced in Liverpool with Iwan Morgan (Euros Childs, Gruff Rhys, Cate le Bon) and in Clydebank with multi instrumentalist Marco Rea (Euros Childs, Alex Rex) new textures with copious analogue synthesis and treated acoustic instruments were mined, even fretless bass was not off limits. Recalling the tender pulse of Cluster on ‘Take My Picture’ and the late night hues of La Dusseldorf on album closer ‘Tidal Range’, Wyndow strikes a new path for both artists. On ‘Pulling on A String’ the close foregrounding of both voices call to mind The Roches, another key touchstone for the sound of the record. The result is a melting pot of influences with both artists at the top of their game, reflecting on the smallest human experiences set against a galactic sonic canvas.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  01. Never Alone
                                                                                                                  02. All Cameras Gone
                                                                                                                  03. Take My Picture
                                                                                                                  04. Free Will And Testament
                                                                                                                  05. Third Tea Of The Day
                                                                                                                  06. Two Strong Legs
                                                                                                                  07. Pulling On A String
                                                                                                                  08. Flattened By The Wind
                                                                                                                  09. Woven In Thread
                                                                                                                  10. When Winter Comes Shadowing In
                                                                                                                  11. Tidal Range 

                                                                                                                  Red Rum Club

                                                                                                                  How To Steal The World

                                                                                                                    Once again melding relatable words of life, love and late nights to the hip-shaking grooves that have ignited numerous festival stages, irrepressible indie-soul-funk six-piece Red Rum Club return with their head-bopping new single, Nightcalling. Their first new material of 2021, the pin-sharp, three-minutes of pure cocktail-swilling, dancefloor-carving magic heralds the release of their third album, How To Steal The World.

                                                                                                                    Unaccustomed to the new ‘wait and see’ conditions of modern living, Red Rum Club bottled their impatience, wrapped up their worries and gathered their thoughts together in cathartic writing and recording sessions for album number three. Reacting with force to dark winter lockdowns and the extended live break, Nightcalling is a story of new love set to the beat of a smooth soundtrack that’s as close to the sound of red-hot Miami as it is the band’s wind-blown, native Mersey.

                                                                                                                    Previous albums, Matador (2019) and The Hollow Of Humdrum (2020) scattered steamy, brass-flecked singles onto radio playlists and across festival fields, with the band somehow fusing a distinct English realism akin to Arctic Monkeys to the hands-high funk of Chic and disco chops of the Bee Gees. A band truly like no other, the 12 tracks that lie in wait on How To Steal The World promise yet another step up in their main stage ambitions.

                                                                                                                    Doran says: “’Nightcalling’ brings disco hooks for the dancefloor that we’re aching to jump onto together. While the club doors remain shut, it should be enjoyed blaring out of car speakers, cruising by on a late-night drive. The track is an energetic and cocky perspective of new love and the irrepressible excitement that accompanies it.”

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Drown
                                                                                                                    2. Love Me Like You Wanna Be Loved
                                                                                                                    3. Vibrate
                                                                                                                    4. Summer Of Another Lover
                                                                                                                    5. Nightcalling
                                                                                                                    6. Eighteen
                                                                                                                    7. How To Steal The World
                                                                                                                    8. Sweet Degrees
                                                                                                                    9. Come Back, Anna Marie!
                                                                                                                    10. Disappear
                                                                                                                    11. Monaco
                                                                                                                    12. Beautiful Mind 

                                                                                                                    New album from British composer, pianist and violinist Poppy Ackroyd. A departure from her joint work with Hidden Orchestra, "Pause" is a beautifully moving, sentimental and intimate series of piano pieces destined to stir the soul and rouse a broken heart this Winter. Her unique flurries and arpeggios decorate pieces like "Seedling" and "Suspended", in keys which, reduced by lack of any classically training, I'd be able to identify as invigorating, soothing, warming and intensly thoughtful in equal measure. Some tracks like ""Stillness" exist in an almost suspended state, their barely-moving arrangements and delicately effortless playing leaving the listener unable to recognize if 2 or indeed 10 minutes has expired at the track's closure. 

                                                                                                                    “a neo-classical force to be reckoned with.” Electronic Sound

                                                                                                                    “on par with neo-classical giants Nils Frahm, Max Richter and Hauschka.” MOJO

                                                                                                                    “Poppy Ackroyd can conjure whole worlds of sound out of the barest essentials” Stereogum

                                                                                                                    "A composer of real talent, she's able to work in softly advancing measures, tackling each project with real finesse.” Clash Magazine 

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Seedling
                                                                                                                    2. Suspended
                                                                                                                    3. Murmurations
                                                                                                                    4. Pause
                                                                                                                    5. Release
                                                                                                                    6. Muted
                                                                                                                    7. Impulse
                                                                                                                    8. Stillness
                                                                                                                    9. Flutter
                                                                                                                    10. Unravel 

                                                                                                                    The Reytons

                                                                                                                    Kids Off The Estate

                                                                                                                      “The Reytons (A ‘Right One’ to those from out of town) bring us their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Kids Off The Estate’. Produced by David Watts at Chairworks Studios, deep in the heart of Yorkshire, this album is bursting with working man grit and tales from the local boozer. The album opens with ‘Mind The Gap’, a raucous introduction to the 14 track pound-for-pound excursion. After making stops at ‘Slice Of Lime’, ‘Low Life’ and ‘Broke Boys Cartel’, the journey progresses through the ‘Trials & Tribulations’ of the everyday man. Expect infectious riffs and refreshingly honest melodies that will travel round your mind for years to come.”

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Mind The Gap
                                                                                                                      Expectations Of A Fool
                                                                                                                      Sales Pitch For The Bus Fare Home
                                                                                                                      Nothing To Declare
                                                                                                                      Slice Of Lime
                                                                                                                      Car Crash
                                                                                                                      Low Life
                                                                                                                      What You Fighting For?
                                                                                                                      Broke Boys Cartel
                                                                                                                      Trials & Tribulations
                                                                                                                      Kids Off The Estate

                                                                                                                      Aesop and Blockhead have never done a full album together, until now. “Garbology” came together over the course of the pandemic during stagnent periods for both – a dry creative period with neither really having any focus – so Blockhead started sending Aesop some beats for him to write over; with no real expectation, direction or end goal in sight, their creative juices began to flow naturally once more…

                                                                                                                      “Garbology” encapsulates much of the claustrophobic tension of of current times, capturing a snapshot of Aesop and Blockhead expressing a means of entertaining themselves the midst of a major global crisis.

                                                                                                                      Blockhead’s thick, atmospheric street beats compliment Aesop’s unique, quick-fire flow perfectly. Almost instantly transporting you under railway bridges, to underground subway stations, crumbling corner shops and abandoned waste grounds. If you’ve obsessed over the gritty cinematography of Detroit, Baltimore, Gary and other forgotten industrialized areas of the US (the label is based in Minneapolis); then this dark, isolated and wrought piece is the perfect soundtrack. Lyrically it’s poignant and tight, Aesop’s storytelling able to evoke thoughts, feelings and memories that the listener may not have experienced first hand but can completely sympathize with through the duo’s honest and authentic presentation. Possibly my favourite release from Aesop Rock and a brilliant showcase of Blockhead’s beats – which are unlike any other available in the market! 10 outta 10 all around – top of the class for these two.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. The Only Picture
                                                                                                                      2. Jazz Hands
                                                                                                                      3. Wolf Piss
                                                                                                                      4. Legerdemain
                                                                                                                      5. Difficult
                                                                                                                      6. All The Smartest People
                                                                                                                      7. Oh Fudge
                                                                                                                      8. More Cycles
                                                                                                                      9. Flamingo Pink
                                                                                                                      10. All Day Breakfast(feat. Homeboy Sandman)
                                                                                                                      11. Fizz
                                                                                                                      12. That Is Not A Wizard
                                                                                                                      13. The Sea
                                                                                                                      14. Abandoned Malls

                                                                                                                      Howlin Rain

                                                                                                                      The Dharma Wheel

                                                                                                                        Presenting Howlin Rain’s grand-scale new studio album: The Dharma Wheel, a six-track, 52-minute dive into a joyous fantasy realm. A sonic travelogue of prog funk, psychedelia, bygone West Coast jam music and watermelon rock. The triumph of a working band!

                                                                                                                        Over nearly 20 years, Howlin Rain may have become the quintessential independent American rock ’n roll band: a steam-spitting Hydra of cranked guitars, kicking asphalt dust through a kaleidoscoping travelogue of desert motels and dives, volleying forth transmissions of sci-fi poetry from the blacktop veins of this cracked and aching country.

                                                                                                                        Now, in America 2021, capping these strangest and sorest of times, the band returns with The Dharma Wheel, a six-track, 52-minute dive into a joyous fantasy realm of exaggerated present.

                                                                                                                        “I wanted The Dharma Wheel to be a portal from our everyday world, the one from which you stand on hard ground and hold the album in your hands and peer into the artwork, and into another universe,” says songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, Ethan Miller. “You enter into that universe with your eyes and ears and mind and take a ride through free-form meditation on these ideas — from big, fundamental concepts about our existence right down to the grease that rolls down the arm of a pulp novel killer as he eats a gas station hot dog in an old Dodge in an alleyway.”

                                                                                                                        Lyrically, Miller has completed his evolution into a mushroom-plucking Whitman of the West, singing outlandish tales in a topographic blend of Humbead’s Revised Map of the World and an inverted U.S. where downtrodden bodhisattvas roam the back streets and moonless country roads.

                                                                                                                        “Down in Florida swamps, run by nature’s law, standing in the water, Eden gone. Two men loading rifles, beasts making time, they shot a boy from an orange tree and watched the colored birds take flight, watch the colors as they soar and dive.” — ‘Under the Wheels.’

                                                                                                                        The band, Jeff McElroy (bass, backing vocals), Justin Smith (drums/percussion, backing vocals) and Dan Cervantes (guitar, backing vocals), again sounds hardwired into Miller’s vision, building tracks that swagger and sway in response to his verse. Lending a hand this time around is the legendary Scarlet Rivera (Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue) on violin, and the endlessly inventive Adam MacDougall (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around the Sun) on keys.

                                                                                                                        Songs were shaped via the blast furnace of endless gigs, then recorded often mere hours after the band slipped the stage.

                                                                                                                        “The captured sonic fact about this record is that it’s the sound of a band that rehearsed this material a lot and put a ton of work into its construction and was on the road a lot and recorded on days off in the tour schedule,” Miller says. “In some cases we were on stage on Saturday night playing these songs at quarter-to-2 in the morning and by Noon the next day we were sipping coffee in the studio playing them for the machine.”

                                                                                                                        Rivera’s violin is the first sound heard as the album dawns on the instrumental “Prelude.” Soon, the band joins, twirling the theme into a psychedelicized awakening. “Don’t Let the Tears” brings the boogie, with MacDougall’s madcap synth work and wah-wah guitars showering 70’s glitter upon a parquet dance floor of the mind. “Under the Wheels” and “Rotoscope” center the album with taut, compositional epics populated by murdering drifters and fuzz pedal explosions. The blue hour comedown of “Annabelle” meditates upon the weariness of lost love, with Rivera again amping the heartache via her violin strings.

                                                                                                                        “In the evening the trains go by, and shake the dust from dirty walls, sometimes I feel like a spider in an old mason jar, who threatens only convex light from down the hall. I’ve been lost to the world since the photos of the black hole, landed on my desktop screaming, perhaps the all and nothing all-in-one is just too much to take, for particles and matter that never found their way.” — ‘Annabelle’

                                                                                                                        The record closes with the 16-minute title track, a multi-movement suite which cycles from Crazy Horse-meets-Traffic jams through colossal, mass-moving funk stomp, eventually cresting and washing into a sing-along gospel lament.

                                                                                                                        The Dharma Wheel is an album of great depth, and one steeped in good vibes: a rich, glistening world of the ultra-vivid. As illustrated in Arik Roper’s cover art, the grand dharmachakra has been set in motion, churning off the California coast.

                                                                                                                        “We were trying to build a world big enough that the imagination won’t go soft on you after just a few listens and where our love for this music, and music in general — along with a good dose of audacity — create a magic carpet ride through the world of The Dharma Wheel,” Miller continues. “In pursuing that I think we also managed to make a record that has a lot of joy in it: the joy of playing music, the joy of experiencing music, the joy of storytelling and poetry, the kind of singular joy and extended ecstatic moment that only a real ‘band’ can express in just that way.”

                                                                                                                        And it’s this joy, this exuberance and dedication to the lines of cosmic expression — all centered in the exalted art of the everyday — that constructs the heart of the record. At its core, The Dharma Wheel is the triumph of a working band, a transmission from a never-paused before arriving for our strange, bruised, spectacular now.”

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Prelude
                                                                                                                        2. Don’t Let The Tears
                                                                                                                        3. Under The Wheels
                                                                                                                        4. Rotoscope
                                                                                                                        5. Annabelle
                                                                                                                        6. Dharma Wheel

                                                                                                                        Dave Gahan & Soulsavers


                                                                                                                          Imposter is a collection of songs by Dave Gahan & Soulsavers. Dave & Soulsavers didn’t write these songs, but they listened to them, studied them & gave them new life.

                                                                                                                          Recorded at the legendary Shangri-La Studio in Malibu, these versions of songs you know & some you may not, range from sparse to lush, sombre to joyful. The choices and the sequencing were deliberate & meaningful. It shines a light on the enduring strength of poignant lyrics and well executed melodies.

                                                                                                                          Imposter is a reflection of Dave’s life, a story told by others, but in his own distinct voice. 

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          The Dark End Of The Street
                                                                                                                          Strange Religion
                                                                                                                          Lilac Wine
                                                                                                                          I Held My Baby Last Night
                                                                                                                          A Man Needs A Maid
                                                                                                                          Metal Heart
                                                                                                                          Shut Me Down
                                                                                                                          Where My Love Lies Asleep
                                                                                                                          The Desperate Kingdom Of Love
                                                                                                                          Not Dark Yet
                                                                                                                          Always On My Mind

                                                                                                                          City of Mirrors is a bold new collection of music from Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos, which is comprised of bandleader / singer / lyricst / guitarist / keyboardist Alex Chavez, drummer Daniel Villarreal, percussionist Peter “Maestro” Vale, bassist Jaime Garza, and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nathan Karagianis. Cinematic in its journey, the album was produced by multimedia artist and long-time friend of the band Elliot Bergman (NOMO, Wild Belle), and reflects sounds from across the Americas combined with Chavez’s compelling poetic narratives. Its 13 tracks consolidate the band’s unique identities, creative and cultural roots, and their penchant for honoring traditional Latinx music with contemporary compositional expressions and production techniques. It achieves the band’s mission to push against their own musical boundaries while also exploring themes of social justice, immigration, and contemporary human struggle. Chavez, a scholar who has produced albums for Smithsonian Folkways and conducted extensive ethnographic work on the music of the Texan US/Mexican borderlands (where he is from), articulates beautifully: “City of Mirrors is an assemblage… glimpses of tradition… reflections on our collective present… luminous echoes between love and solitude, hope and absurdity, euphoria and mourning. This album grapples with and transgresses these binaries because we have/and continue to cross borders. Yet, for us, the border is no metaphor — too much real staring back at us. We embody the border. We (our families) have crossed it. We (our stories) are coated with its residues. And so… we cross the border of self through our art – out of necessity.”

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          A1. A Shot In The Dark
                                                                                                                          A2. Alma Cósmica
                                                                                                                          A3. A Tu Lado
                                                                                                                          A4. City If Mirrors
                                                                                                                          A5. Glorieta
                                                                                                                          A6. White. Lies.
                                                                                                                          A7. Palo Santo
                                                                                                                          B1. Crown Me
                                                                                                                          B2. Ghost. Me.
                                                                                                                          B3. Soledad
                                                                                                                          B4. Cages And Palaces
                                                                                                                          B5. Juguar De Rosas
                                                                                                                          B6. Lejos De Ti

                                                                                                                          Constant Smiles


                                                                                                                            Typically, a band’s big indie label debut doesn’t come 15 albums into its career, but with Constant Smiles’ Paragons, here we are.

                                                                                                                            Primary songwriter and sole “constant” member Ben Jones—who considers Constant Smiles a collective—sees its impressive output as a way to document the group’s evolution. Since its live debut as a noise duo on Ben’s home of Martha’s Vineyard in 2009, Constant Smiles has grown to include contributions from 50 other members, all of whom have personal connections to the group’s extended family. And while the collective has indulged an array of musical whims along the way - including Ben’s penchant for penning a new set’s worth of material for each live performance - Constant Smiles’ sound has tightened up considerably over their past couple of albums, in large part as a result of Ben’s working relationship with Mike Mackey, who has become his main creative partner. This increased focus manifests on Paragons in the band’s most cohesive batch of songs to date, ranging from shimmering psych-pop excursions to bittersweet, piano and string-accented strummers, and an execution that feels like a massive step forward for the band.

                                                                                                                            Through its recent forays into dream pop and shoegaze (Control) and synth-pop (John Waters), Constant Smiles has learned how to incorporate its experimental inclinations more fluidly into the mix. Artists like Yo La Tengo, and the more recent Rat Columns, are good touchstones for Constant Smiles’ musical approach - tethering to an indie-pop core while perennially mining genres, always finding new ways to intrigue listeners and pursue a unique vision

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            01. Introduction
                                                                                                                            02. Run To Stay
                                                                                                                            03. Hope For Tomorrow
                                                                                                                            04. The Things I Miss
                                                                                                                            05. Learning To Start Over
                                                                                                                            06. With Death In Mind
                                                                                                                            07. Interlude
                                                                                                                            08. The Weight
                                                                                                                            09. Daisy, Table For Three
                                                                                                                            10. Please Don’t Be Late
                                                                                                                            11. Shame
                                                                                                                            12. Where Am I Now?
                                                                                                                            12. Outro

                                                                                                                            Jon Hopkins

                                                                                                                            Music For Psychedelic Therapy

                                                                                                                              Music for Psychedelic Therapy is Hopkins’ first full-length since sister albums, the GRAMMY-nominated Singularity (2018) and Immunity (2013). For this collection, Hopkins wanted to make something that faced the opposite direction, something egoless and introspective, made with total, raw honesty. “It felt like time for a reset, to wait for music to appear from a different place,” says Hopkins. That place ended up being Tayos Caves in Ecuador, where Hopkins went on a life-changing creative expedition in 2018.

                                                                                                                              “‘Sit Around The Fire’ exists from one of the deep synchronicities that ushered this thing (Music For Psychedelic Therapy) into being,” comments Hopkins. “I was contacted by East Forest, who had spent some time with Ram Dass in Hawaii before he passed. He was given access to several lesser-heard talks from the 70s, and asked to set them to music. He sent me some starting points, including the beautiful choral vocals he recorded which open the piece. I put my headphones on and with Ram Dass’ voice inside my head, I sat at the piano and improvised. What you hear is the first thing that came out - it just appeared in response to the words.”

                                                                                                                              Hopkins elaborates on Music For Psychedelic Therapy: “What grew from this experience is an album with no beats, not one drum sound, something that is closer to a classical symphony than a dance / electronica record. Something that is more like having an experience than listening to a piece of music. Maybe something far more emotionally honest than I had been comfortable making before - a merging of music, nature and my own desire to heal.  The freedom from traditional rhythmic structures unlocked so much - it felt like I was free to explore a new form of rhythm, one that you discover when you just allow things to flow without letting yourself get in the way. 

                                                                                                                              “Music For Psychedelic Therapy is not ambient, classical or drone but has elements of all three. For me it’s a place as much as it is a sound. It works for the sober mind, but takes on a new dimension entirely when brought into a psychedelic ceremony. In my own psychedelic explorations testing this music, I found a quote I had read would keep coming to mind. ‘Music is liquid architecture, architecture is frozen music.’ I love this idea of music as something you inhabit, something that works on you energetically. In fact, it was while in that state that the title appeared to me. Psychedelic-assisted therapies are moving into legality across the world, and yet it feels like no one is talking about the music; the music is as important as the medicine.”

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              2. Tayos Caves, Ecuador I
                                                                                                                              3. Tayos Caves, Ecuador Ii
                                                                                                                              4. Tayos Caves, Ecuador Iii
                                                                                                                              5. Love Flows Over Us In Prismatic Waves
                                                                                                                              6. Deep In The Glowing Heart
                                                                                                                              7. Ascending, Dawn Sky
                                                                                                                              8. Arriving
                                                                                                                              9. Sit Around The Fire (with Ram Dass, East Forest) 

                                                                                                                              Moderate Rebels

                                                                                                                              If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right - Parts I, II & III

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                LP 1
                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                LP 2
                                                                                                                                1. Every Cheat You Meet Sings Love Songs
                                                                                                                                2. Stay Frosty
                                                                                                                                3. Iconomachy
                                                                                                                                4. Trickster Gods
                                                                                                                                5. Neu Romancer
                                                                                                                                6. Don't See It, Don't Say It
                                                                                                                                7. Painballers' Anthem
                                                                                                                                8. Based On An Untrue Story
                                                                                                                                9. You Don't Want To Know What I Think
                                                                                                                                10. In A Hundred Years
                                                                                                                                LP 3
                                                                                                                                1. Swim The Crocodiles
                                                                                                                                2. You & Your Shadows
                                                                                                                                3. Suntory Breakfast
                                                                                                                                4. The Bad Sleep Well

                                                                                                                                5. The World Inside
                                                                                                                                6. The Body Electric
                                                                                                                                7. Peacekeepers
                                                                                                                                8. Remember, Caesar...
                                                                                                                                9. Ministry Of Love
                                                                                                                                10. Sol Invictus

                                                                                                                                Claptone, the mysterious DJ and producer releases his third studio album, Closer. The album features a string of collaborators and pop icons including Barry Manilow, Seal, James Vincent McMorrow and many more.

                                                                                                                                Closer has been in the making for over three years and showcases a natural development in sound for Claptone. The album has been co-produced by Stuart Price, the three-time Grammy-winning electronic musician, DJ, songwriter, and record producer known for his work with artists such as Madonna, The Killers, Dua Lipa and Pet Shop Boys. Joining Claptone on his mission to embrace people, the album features a host of global collaborators. Peter Bjorn and John take centre stage on Satellite, with Seal providing original vocals on Just A Ghost. The album balances both iconic names with established artists and exciting new talent as Claptone enlists Mayer Hawthorne, Mansionair, APRE, Dizzy, SPELLES, Lau.Ra, Two Another and long-time Claptone collaborator, Nathan Nicholson, ex-singer of The Boxer Rebellion. Closer also features a surprise and intriguing pairing between Claptone and American pop icon and showman, Barry Manilow.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Golden (feat Two Another)
                                                                                                                                2. Feel This Way (feat Mayer Hawthorne)
                                                                                                                                3. My Night (feat APRE)
                                                                                                                                4. Fade Away (feat SPELLES)
                                                                                                                                5. Just A Ghost (feat Seal)
                                                                                                                                6. Queen Of Ice (feat Dizzy)
                                                                                                                                7. Right Into You (feat Like Mike & Mansionair)
                                                                                                                                8. Make Love Not War (feat Nathan Nicholson)
                                                                                                                                9. Wake Up (feat James Vincent McMorrow)
                                                                                                                                10. Zero (feat Shelly Wale)
                                                                                                                                11. Is This Love (feat Nathan Nicholson)
                                                                                                                                12. Beautiful (feat Lau Ra)
                                                                                                                                13. Satellite (feat Peter Bjorn & John)
                                                                                                                                14. Nobody (feat Barry Manilow)


                                                                                                                                Ajo Sunshine

                                                                                                                                  Ajo Sunshine (pronounced “Ahh-Ho”) is heralded by an alarming horn ensemble, stabbing with the dramatic urgency of a killer’s theme in a midnight movie. It’s a jarring but appropriate entry point for this brilliantly blasted listen, an array of exquisitely sharp edges punctuated by kaleidoscopic respites of throbbing warmth and surprising tenderness. J.R.C.G. (Justin R. Cruz Gallego)’s previous work with Seattle’s excellent Dreamdecay may foreground the broad strokes here, but he’s pushed things way outward in terms of his sonic palette.

                                                                                                                                  Abutting field recordings captured from rodeos off Ajo Way, a stretch of highway that leads one westward out of Tucson Arizona directly into the sun, both acoustic instruments and gleaming walls of synthetic noise are framed in dour and dissonant chord shapes, crackling with overdriven drum mics and seasick waves of distortion. It’s homage that plays out like a collage, a dream switching from station to station, a series of dedications broadcast on late night radio. All pin-hole size images from scenes never seen whole, strung together in but one version of complete, all making for a dazzling listen.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. I.L.W.T.W.
                                                                                                                                  2. Rainbow
                                                                                                                                  3. Holy Hope
                                                                                                                                  4. V
                                                                                                                                  5. De La Frontera
                                                                                                                                  6. Brother Was A Bullrider
                                                                                                                                  7. Ajo Sunshine
                                                                                                                                  8. Lowrider
                                                                                                                                  9. Bopp
                                                                                                                                  10. Olga
                                                                                                                                  11. Brown Boy
                                                                                                                                  12. Love Is A Drum


                                                                                                                                  Words & Music, Book One

                                                                                                                                    Spoken word recordings from Gregory Corso, Tina May Hall, Sam Lipsyte, Christine Schutt, Gary Lutz, Allen Ginsberg, Dawn Raffel, Jason Schwartz, Kathryn Scanlan, Scott McClanahan, & Terry Southern. About 40 years ago, in a record shop on Long Island during a weekend visit there to see my parents, i found a double-LP that looked like something i should definitely buy. It was called "BIG EGO", by the The DIAL-a-POEM POETS. On the cover was a picture of John Giorno (a great poet Ed Sanders had turned me on to) on a NYC rooftop with Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, and two kids. It cost $2. I bought it and rushed back to my parents house, where i still had my old turntable in the basement, not far from my Jimi Hendrix and Zappa Crappa posters, and my framed portrait of John Cage.

                                                                                                                                    My copy of Eno's "Discreet Music" was still on the turntable, having been left there years before, when i'd fled Long Island for good. I lifted it from the platter, gently slid it back into its sleeve, like a priceless religious artifact, and put Side A of the Dial-a-Poem LP on. I almost lost my mind while listening to it. The next day i went back to the same record shop looking for more DIAL-A-POEM LP's. i found two. One had a long list of names on the back, some famous, and some i'd never heard of before. I bought both LP's, and an hour later, for the first time in my life, i was exposed to the art of Laurie Anderson, whom i'd never heard of before. This was 1978. Her contribution was a piece called "Time To Go". It changed my life. Or at least, that’s how I remember it. I was just a kid, so there were a lot of moments like that, around then. Nowadays, these moments can be had in seconds, with a click of the cursor. That evening, as i sat alone by my imaginary campfire (ie; that record player in my parents basement), i promised myself that someday, somehow, i would embark upon a WORDS & MUSIC project that might move people the same way i was moved when i first heard Laurie, and Robert Wilson & Christopher Knowles, and Burroughs, and Ginsberg, and Corso, and Anne Waldman, and John Ashbery, and the great Charles Olson, and so many others.

                                                                                                                                    Words, for the very first time, had wielded the same power as music. And it was visceral. Just like music. It ran deep. It was a FEELING. John Giorno died in 2019, but he kept poetry alive like nobody's business. I was lucky enough to have spent some time with him in the early 1980's, when i was briefly a member of The Fugs, and often found myself surrounded by those Ginsberg called, "...the greatest minds of my generation". Ed Sanders (who'd ushered me into that scene) once told me that when he came to NYC, it was easy to go to a cafe, or to St Marks Church, and hear Burroughs, Corso, Ginsberg, and all the greats, reading their poetry. He said that even if you were just a bum on the street, you could just walk right up to them, and start a conversation.

                                                                                                                                    They were totally accessible, if they were in the right mood at that particular moment. So i was shocked when Sanders told me he didn't approach any of them, not even once, til he'd been going to their readings for nearly ten years. "For almost a decade, I went to every reading, every lecture, every panel discussion. But I never went near them. Never approached them. Not even once", Sanders told me. "For ten years, all I did, was listen." It took me four decades, but ... better late than never. I finally made WORDS & MUSIC, Book One.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Side A

                                                                                                                                    1. Army
                                                                                                                                    2. The Extinction Museum
                                                                                                                                    3. Home Land
                                                                                                                                    4. An Unseen Hand Passed Over Their Bodies
                                                                                                                                    5. It Collects In Me

                                                                                                                                    Side B

                                                                                                                                    6. At Apollinaire’s Grave
                                                                                                                                    7. Fresh, Blood
                                                                                                                                    8. Jackal Pattern
                                                                                                                                    9. Vagrants
                                                                                                                                    10. James
                                                                                                                                    11. Surrealist Dialog / A Proclamation

                                                                                                                                    The duo consisting of Danish Morten Schantz (synth + vocals) and Swedish-Norwegian Anton Eger (drums) are well-known names on the jazz and fusion scenes of Europe. For a while now, both have been pushing the envelope, applying jazz logic in all sorts of unconventional shapes and places, seeking out the new and unheard.

                                                                                                                                    With the release of the self-titled single ‘RKDIA’ earlier this year the duo gave a taste test of the blazingly frenetic, techno-chromatic, jolting and stirring world of RKDIA. A world you would have wished you had heard about a lot earlier. With their tribute single to the notorious Roger Federer: ‘Federer Happier’ they deliver a *hands in the air* tune leaving one breathless but comforted all at once. Not to mention the third single ‘Iris’ which represents the most pop sound from RKDIA on the album. It's a song that showcases Morten and Anton’s love of a good pop melody. With Anton’s unpredictable and truly inspiring, almost melodic drums and glitchy percussion, it lets ‘Iris’ arise into the unsudden, accompanied by Morten’s, foremost, bleepy arpeggiated chords supplemented by his vocals with a twist of the vocoder. Honorable mentions amongst the numerous original tracks within the album are firstly ‘Lucid Dreamer’. An unconstrained, four minute instrumental that feels like an extended snap- shot of a single moment in time, the melodies un- packing and re-packing themselves over and over. Secondly is yet another pumping, uplifting, and driving track ‘Shelter’ which is infiltrated by a jazzy trum- pet solo that furthermore accompanies the synth chord progression. Take yourself on a journey ‘Into’ and ‘Out Of’ the world of RKDIA, through an album filled to the rim with originals.

                                                                                                                                    If you are into M83, Nils Frahm, Radiohead, DeadMau5, Tycho, Brad Mehldau, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and Genesis then godspeed into RKDIA.

                                                                                                                                    Morten Schantz and Anton Eger have received world wide critical acclaim with artists such as JazzKamikaze, Phronesis, Marius Neset as well as their own solo projects.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    A1 INTO
                                                                                                                                    A2 RKDIA I
                                                                                                                                    A3 Frames
                                                                                                                                    A4 Iris
                                                                                                                                    A5 Shelter
                                                                                                                                    B1 Federer Happier
                                                                                                                                    B2 Lucid Dreamer
                                                                                                                                    B3 A Beat
                                                                                                                                    B4 RKDIA II
                                                                                                                                    B5 Out Of 

                                                                                                                                    Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic

                                                                                                                                    An Evening With Silk Sonic

                                                                                                                                      Multiple GRAMMY® Award winners Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have announced the official release date for new album, An Evening With Silk Sonic – available November 12, 2021. An Evening With Silk Sonic will arrive with previously released hits “Skate” and “Leave The Door Open”.

                                                                                                                                      Most recently, Silk Sonic graced the cover of Rolling Stone’s September issue, where fans got an inside look at Mars and .Paak’s deep friendship and quest for the perfect “feel good” record. The duo coasted into the release of “Skate” on the wave of success from their debut single “Leave the Door Open,” which earned them Best Group at the 2021 BET Awards. It became the group’s first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two non-consecutive weeks at #1 and 18 consecutive weeks in the top 10. They released the live version “Leave The Door Open (Live)” and serenaded audiences three times over at the GRAMMY® Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and the BET Awards.

                                                                                                                                      Silk Sonic introduced “Leave The Door Open” alongside an official music video directed by Mars and Florent Déchard with over 346 million views and counting. The track was followed by a hugely popular social media campaign, #LetSilkSonicThrive and was immediately welcomed by unprecedented critical acclaim. “What’s new, smooth as silk on the ears, and features two stars of R&B?” wrote Billboard, praising Silk Sonic as “a groovy duo” and the single as “lounge at its heart.” Consequence of Sound enthused, “Mars has a voice like a liquid whip, while .Paak raps and sings through a foggy haze. They sound like smoke on the water.”

                                                                                                                                      ABOUT SILK SONIC:

                                                                                                                                      The seeds of the collaboration were planted in 2017 when Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars toured together on the European leg of his 24K Magic World Tour. One late-night jam session on the road unlocked immediate chemistry. Just before the world slipped into quarantine, Bruno called Anderson: “Remember that idea we had back in 2017? Let’s do it.” One studio session grew into to a months-long collaboration, culminating the “setlist of doom.” Legendary Bootsy Collins christened Silk Sonic and came in as the “special guest host” for An Evening With Silk Sonic, their debut album.

                                                                                                                                      Silk Sonic was finally set free on March 5th, 2021. Within less than a month, their debut single “Leave The Door Open” cracked over 230 million streams, and currently sits at 1.2 billion streams with over 346 million official video views. It reeled in rave reviews, including Variety who noted it “could be a Best R&B Song GRAMMY® winner from 1974.” After petitioning the GRAMMY® Awards to #LetSilkSonicThrive, they made their debut performance with “Leave The Door Open” and served up a powerful tribute to Little Richard.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Silk Sonic Intro
                                                                                                                                      2. Leave The Door Open
                                                                                                                                      3. Track 3
                                                                                                                                      4. Track 4
                                                                                                                                      5. Track 5
                                                                                                                                      6. Track 6
                                                                                                                                      7. Track 7
                                                                                                                                      8. Skate
                                                                                                                                      9. Track 9

                                                                                                                                      For a duo whose youthful energy rejuvenated the world of house music at the start of the 2010s, it seems incredible that Disclosure are now into their second decade of musical life. The incredible vigour of those early records, the spark of invention and ever-onward musical thrust, remains with the Disclosure brothers, Howard and Guy Lawrence, to this day.

                                                                                                                                      The emphasis throughout DJ-Kicks is on motion. After a brief ambient introduction from Pépe’s Life Signs, Disclosure keeps the energy high, in a mix that showcases the wonderful malleability of a house beat in the right hands. From sub bass to disco samples to 303 tweak, all is welcome in Disclosure’s house, with the mix allowing individual songs space to breathe even as the pace remains harefooted.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Pépe - Recollection
                                                                                                                                      2. Harry Wolfman - LOTF
                                                                                                                                      3. Cleanfield - Conflict With Clayton
                                                                                                                                      4. Disclosure - Deep Sea
                                                                                                                                      5. Simon Hinter - Wanna Make Love
                                                                                                                                      6. &on&on - Don’t Say A Word
                                                                                                                                      7. M-High - Harmony In The Distance
                                                                                                                                      8. Slum Science - Mezmerized
                                                                                                                                      9. Disclosure - Observer Effect (DJ-Kicks)
                                                                                                                                      10. East End Dubs - BRave
                                                                                                                                      11. Onipa - Fire (Disclosure Edit)
                                                                                                                                      12. Arfa X Joe - Recognise

                                                                                                                                      A1. Pépe - Recollection
                                                                                                                                      A2. Harry Wolfman - LOTF
                                                                                                                                      A3. Cleanfield - Conflict With Clayton
                                                                                                                                      B1. Disclosure - Deep Sea
                                                                                                                                      B2. Simon Hinter - Wanna Make Love
                                                                                                                                      B3. &on&on - Don’t Say A Word
                                                                                                                                      C1. M-High - Harmony In The Distance
                                                                                                                                      C2. Slum Science - Mezmerized
                                                                                                                                      D1. Disclosure - Observer Effect (DJ-Kicks)
                                                                                                                                      D2. Arfa X Joe - Recognise

                                                                                                                                      Again, the current edition of the tradition-steeped compilation series curated by Wolfgang Voigt is about the persistent and ever-necessary definition of beauty, of reduction, of electronic music of heavy lightness and light heaviness, of ambient's eternal promise of a state of physical and acoustic weightlessness and Pop's of redemption. And about the question why a never arbitrary combination of soundscape, drones, samples and loops, put together in a certain way, can create this feeling of warmth, depth and space, - something three-dimensional, where the imagination feels at home as a fish in the water or a bird in the sky. A key aesthetic stimulus that sends all the senses into a slow glide and drift, after which your synapses feel like they've been bathed in essential oil. Next to Soul, Ambient is probably the most effective musical healing plant of mankind.

                                                                                                                                      Behind the aural test tubes, the who's who of Pop Ambient is once again at work, led for the first time by the highly trafficked Californian duo Blank Gloss, whose debut album "Melt" this year was certified by The Guardian as nothing less than "heartaching beauty". Yui Onodera's "Chrome" as well as "Kari", a cooperation of Markus Guentner and Joachim Spieth, could also be imagined in the score of Denis Villeneuve's new film version of DUNE - however, colleague Hans Zimmer managed that quite well without the three. After such wonderful and stylish contributions by Reich & Würden, Triola and Thomas Fehlmann, the ear then lingers a bit longer on the ghostly "Weiht" by Morgen Wurde feat. Maria Estrella, a track like a temple of sound, a deep electronic immersion in a Japanese onsen.

                                                                                                                                      In this sea of unnameable time you could sink forever, but with the tracks of Andrew Thomas, Thore Pfeiffer and Max Würden & Pepo Galán the journey slowly comes to an end. 

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1.Blank Gloss - Coiling
                                                                                                                                      2.Yui Onodera - Cromo 6
                                                                                                                                      3.Markus Guentner / Joachim Spieth - Kari
                                                                                                                                      4.Reich & Würden - Grainscan 06:25
                                                                                                                                      5.Triola - Mutterkorn
                                                                                                                                      6.Thomas Fehlmann - Rosen Fliegen
                                                                                                                                      7.Morgen Wurde Feat. Maria Estrella - Weiht
                                                                                                                                      8.Max Würden - Elan
                                                                                                                                      9.Thore Pfeiffer - Taunus
                                                                                                                                      10.Andrew Thomas - Kiss The Horizon
                                                                                                                                      11.Max Würden / Pepo Galán - Seis Minutos Mas
                                                                                                                                      12.Joachim Spieth / Pepo Galán - Luna
                                                                                                                                      13.Max Würden - Retrospektive
                                                                                                                                      14.Blank Gloss - Anticlimbers
                                                                                                                                      15.Thore Pfeiffer - Isola
                                                                                                                                      16.Pop Ambient 2022 (Continuous Mix)

                                                                                                                                      Killer compilation of Tom Moulton mixes of some classic, under-the-radar and smoking hot disco, funk and boogie hits; all beautifully mastered, sequenced and curated across two dancefloor friendly discs!

                                                                                                                                      Each given plenty of space on the wax, allowing these dazzling detailed and bright productions to really shine off the glitterball.

                                                                                                                                      Fatback Band, Ronnie Walker, Street People, Joe Simon and Millie Jackson all succumb to the 'Moulton Mix' - often far surpassing the original form of the track!

                                                                                                                                      Highly recommended! 

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Spanish Hustle  (Tom Moulton Mix) - THE FATBACK BAND
                                                                                                                                      2. No One Else Will Do  (Tom Moulton Mix) - RONNIE WALKER
                                                                                                                                      3. Tom The Peeper  (Tom Moulton Mix) - ACT I
                                                                                                                                      4. Baby, You Got It All  (Tom Moulton Mix) - STREET PEOPLE
                                                                                                                                      5. Going Through These Changes  (Tom Moulton Mix) - JOE SIMON
                                                                                                                                      6. Breakaway  (Tom Moulton Mix) - MILLIE JACKSON
                                                                                                                                      7. Love Vibration  (Tom Moulton Mix) - JOE SIMON
                                                                                                                                      8. Don't Send Nobody Else  (Tom Moulton Mix) - MILLIE JACKSON
                                                                                                                                      9. You've Got To Try Harder (Times Are Bad) (Tom Moulton Mix) - RONNIE WALKER
                                                                                                                                      10. Friends Or Lovers (Tom Moulton Mix) - ACT I (Raeford Gerald) 

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                                                                                                                                        On her 2018 debut album Lush, seventeen-year-old Lindsey Jordan sang “I’m in full control / I’m not lost / Even when it’s love / Even when it’s not”. Her natural ability to be many things at once resonated with a lot of people. The contradiction of confidence and vulnerability, power and delicacy, had the impact of a wrecking ball when put to tape. It was an impressive and unequivocal career-making moment for Jordan.

                                                                                                                                        On Valentine, her sophomore album, Lindsey solidifies and defines this trajectory in a blaze of glory. In 10 songs, written over 2019-2020 by Jordan alone, we are taken on an adrenalizing odyssey of genuine originality in an era in which "indie" music has been reduced to gentle, homogenous pop composed mostly by ghost writers. Made with careful precision, Valentine shows an artist who has chosen to take her time. The reference points are broad and psychically stirring, while the lyrics build masterfully on the foundation set by Jordan’s first record to deliver a deeper understanding of heartbreak.

                                                                                                                                        On “Ben Franklin”, the second single of the album, Jordan sings “Moved on, but nothing feels true / Sometimes I hate her just for not being you / Post rehab I’ve been feeling so small / I miss your attention, I wish I could call”. It’s here that she mourns a lost love, conceding the true nature of a fleeting romantic tie-up and ultimately, referencing a stay in a recovery facility in Arizona. This 45-day interlude followed issues stemming from a young life colliding with sudden fame and success. Since she was not allowed to bring her instruments or recording equipment, Jordan began tabulating the new album arrangements on paper solely out of memory and imagination. It was after this choice to take radical action that Valentine really took its unique shape.

                                                                                                                                        Jordan took her newfound sense of clarity and calm to Durham, North Carolina, along with the bones of a new album. Here she worked with Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee). For all the album’s vastness and gravity, it was in this small home studio that Jordan and Cook chipped away over the winter of early 2021 at co-producing a dynamic collection of genre-melding new songs, finishing it triumphantly in the spring. They were assisted by longtime bandmates Ray Brown and Alex Bass, as well as engineer Alex Farrar, with a live string section added later at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond.

                                                                                                                                        Leaning more heavily into samples and synthesizers, the album hinges on a handful of remarkably untraditional pop songs. The first few seconds of opener and title track ‘Valentine’ see whispered voice and eerie sci-fi synth erupt into a stadium-sized, endorphin-rush of a chorus that is an overwhelming statement of intent. “Ben Franklin”, “Forever (Sailing)” and “Madonna” take imaginative routes to the highest peaks of catchiness. Jordan has always sung with a depth of intensity and conviction, and the climactic pop moments on Valentine are delivered with such a tenet and a darkness and a beauty that’s noisy and guttural, taking on the singularity that usually comes from a veteran artist.

                                                                                                                                        As captivating as the synth-driven songs are, it’s the more delicate moments like “Light Blue”, “ al.” and “Mia” that distill the albums range and depth. “Baby blue, I’m so behind / Can’t make sense of the faces in and out of my life / Whirling above our daily routines / Both buried in problems, baby, honestly” Jordan sings on “c. et. al.” with a devastating certainty. These more ethereal, dextrously finger-picked folk songs peppered in throughout the album are nuanced in their vocal delivery and confident in their intricate arrangement. They come in like a breath of air, a moment to let the mind wander, but quickly drown the listener in their melodic alchemy and lyrical punch.

                                                                                                                                        The album is rounded out radiantly by guitar-driven rock songs like “Automate”, “Glory” and “Headlock”. Reminiscent of Lush but with a marked tonal shift, Jordan again shows her prowess as a guitar player with chorus-y leads and rhythmic, wall-of-sound riffs. “Headlock” highlights this pivot with high-pitched dissonance and celestially affected lead parts – “Can’t go out I’m tethered to / Another world where we’re together / Are you lost in it too?”, she sings with grit and fatigue, building so poignantly on her sturdy foundation of out-and-out melancholy. On Valentine, we are taken 100 miles deeper into the world Jordan created with Lush, led through passageways and around dark corners, landing somewhere we never dreamed existed.

                                                                                                                                        Today, in the wake of recording Valentine, Jordan is focused on trying to continue healing without slowing down. The album comes in the midst of so much growth, in the fertile soil of a harrowing bottom-out. On the heels of life-altering success, a painful breakup and 6 weeks in treatment, Jordan appears vibrant and sharp. “Mia, don’t cry / I love you forever / But I gotta grow up now / No I can’t keep holding onto you anymore” she sings on the album closer “Mia”. She sings softly but her voice cuts through like a hacksaw. The song is lamenting a lost love, saying a somber goodbye, and it closes the door on a bitter cold season for Jordan. Leaving room for a long and storied path, Valentine is somehow a jolt and a lovebuzz all at once.

                                                                                                                                        - Katie Crutchfield

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                                        Ben Franklin
                                                                                                                                        Light Blue
                                                                                                                                        Forever (Sailing)

                                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                                        C. Et Al.


                                                                                                                                        La Mort Du Sens

                                                                                                                                          If one overarching feeling has dominated the last two years on this orbiting rock, it’s uncertainty. A sense of an old order in ruins, and nothing lined up to replace it. With societal strife, psychic warfare and sheer boredom assaulting us from all fronts in this still-fresh decade, co-ordinates have been hard to place forging a path forward. Therefore, who better to turn to as a soundtrack for this tumultuous new era than Gnod - longtime chroniclers of discord.

                                                                                                                                          “The Death Of Meaning” is the translated rendering of the new Gnod album’s title, and this also reflects its creation. As Paddy Shine of Gnod notes: “I think the title sums it up well because this album was coming together at a time when confusion was king for us all - still is. I think we can all relate to that. This record is a really strange beast because of the big change that happened between mixing and recording. I think the title really does sum up the vibe of ‘What the Fuck’? Maybe we should have called it that!”

                                                                                                                                          Wielding the taut, stripped-down and bludgeoning sound that had evolved on 2017’s ‘Just Say No The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine’ and 2018’s Chapel Perilous, Gnod initially recorded the tracks for ‘La Mort Du Sens’ with key soundman and collaborator Raikes Parade in ‘an old mill in Manchester’ around the Christmas period of 2019. “It’s the first album in a while where we kept it in-house and DIY, and we wanted it to be as ferocious as our live sets have become” says Paddy, “We banged it all down live - two drummers and a load of cabs in a room pushing each other forward”

                                                                                                                                          Nonetheless, the arrival of the pandemic in early 2020 took the record on another course, adding to a turbulent and cathartic vitality that electrifies the likes of the caustic Melvins-in-hell assault of ‘Pink Champagne Blues’, the uncompromising percussive battering ram of the twelve-minute ‘Giro Day’ and the post-punk angularity of ‘The Whip And The Tongue’ with a fearsome elemental charge. “The world changed two months later so we were mixing this old world record in the new world and a lot of the vox got laid down during lockdown” reflects Paddy. “‘Pink Champagne Blues’ is a burst of total nihilist abandon and the lyrics wrote themselves in the midst of a dark wintry night of the soul”

                                                                                                                                          Masters of an approach which manages to be both unmistakable and unpredictable. Gnod are now well established as prophets of the dispossessed. ‘La Mort Du Sens’ is no less than another relentlessly invigorating stop-off on their wild ride to who knows where. “It’s all about the energy” reckons Paddy. “We never really know what’s coming next. It just organically shifts around, and I think we are getting better at not analysing where it’s going and just going with the flow”

                                                                                                                                          “Got No Obvious Destination, innit”.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Barry says: One of the most unstoppable forces in music is back with the incendiary genius of 'La Mort..' Unsurprisingly, utterly essential.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          01. Regimental
                                                                                                                                          02. Pink Champagne Blues
                                                                                                                                          03. The Whip And The Tongue
                                                                                                                                          04. Town
                                                                                                                                          05. Giro Day

                                                                                                                                          If Words Were Flowers is Harding's first new music since 2018, a follow up to his critically acclaimed 'Face Your Fears" album. It features songs like " Hopeful" , where Harding croons with devotion over a classic soul groove, textured with infectious horn playing, background singers and modern psychedelic flourishes. Harding fuels his psychedelic sound with the essence of Soul but isn't bound by it.

                                                                                                                                          Instead, his songs convey an eclectic blend of genres leaping from the many musical lives he has lived from following his evangelical Gospel-singing mother on tour around the country as a child to rapping in Atlanta, forming a garage band with The Black Lips' Cole Alexander to singing back-up for Cee Lo Green. Through these experiences he fully embraces life's darkest intricacies and conjures dynamic, addictive melodies.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Millie says: Absolutely beautiful soul from Curtis Harding over here, every song is a masterpiece. It's like Michael Kiwanuka meets James Brown/Charles Bradley, it's riiiiight up my street.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. If Words Were Flowers
                                                                                                                                          2. Hopeful
                                                                                                                                          3. Can't Hide It
                                                                                                                                          4. With You
                                                                                                                                          5. Explore
                                                                                                                                          6. Where's The Love
                                                                                                                                          7. The One
                                                                                                                                          8. So Low
                                                                                                                                          9. Forever More
                                                                                                                                          10. It's A Wonder
                                                                                                                                          11. I Won't Let You Down

                                                                                                                                          A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                                                          Loco Remezclada

                                                                                                                                            Following their latest trifecta of EP releases, A Certain Ratio return with the remix album Loco Remezclada. The remix album takes all 10 tracks from 2020’s ACR Loco + ‘Down & Dirty’ from EPA and puts them in the hands of a sensational selection of producers and artists including Lou Hayter, LoneLady, Lounge Society, The Orielles, Maps, Sink Ya Teeth, Skream, Doctor Pieter, Chris Massey, Colleen Cosmo, Number and Muddy Feet. 

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            Double Vinyl Tracklisting
                                                                                                                                            Down & Dirty (Mr Dan Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Friends Around Us (Lou Hayter Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Bouncy Bouncy (Chop & Drop Lonelady Mix)
                                                                                                                                            Yo Yo Gimix (The Orielles Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Supafreak (Massey Mix)
                                                                                                                                            Always In Love (Skream Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Family (Finger Tip Mix Suite)
                                                                                                                                            Get A Grip (Maps Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Berlin (Cosmodelica Remix)
                                                                                                                                            What’s Wrong (SYT DMT Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Taxi Guy (Number Rework)

                                                                                                                                            Triple Vinyl Tracklisting
                                                                                                                                            Down & Dirty (Mr Dan Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Friends Around Us (Lou Hayter Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Bouncy Bouncy (Chop & Drop Lonelady Mix)
                                                                                                                                            Yo Yo Gimix (The Orielles Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Supafreak (Massey Mix)
                                                                                                                                            Always In Love (Skream Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Family (Finger Tip Mix Suite)
                                                                                                                                            Get A Grip (Maps Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Berlin (Cosmodelica Remix)
                                                                                                                                            What’s Wrong (SYT DMT Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Taxi Guy (Number Rework)
                                                                                                                                            Always In Love (Muddy Feet Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Friends Around Us (The Lounge Society Remix)

                                                                                                                                            CD Tracklisting
                                                                                                                                            Down & Dirty (Mr Dan Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Friends Around Us (Lou Hayter Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Bouncy Bouncy (Chop & Drop Lonelady Mix)
                                                                                                                                            Yo Yo Gimix (The Orielles Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Supafreak (Massey Mix)
                                                                                                                                            Always In Love (Skream Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Family (Finger Tip Mix Suite)
                                                                                                                                            Get A Grip (Maps Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Berlin (Cosmodelica Remix)
                                                                                                                                            What’s Wrong (SYT DMT Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Taxi Guy (Number Rework)
                                                                                                                                            Always In Love (Muddy Feet Remix)
                                                                                                                                            Friends Around Us (The Lounge Society Remix)

                                                                                                                                            Hiss Golden Messenger

                                                                                                                                            O Come All Ye Faithful

                                                                                                                                              Conceptualized and written during the chaotic fall months of 2020, Hiss Golden Messenger’s O Come All Ye Faithful recorded shortly after the widely hailed Quietly Blowing It is a meditation on grace, loss, hope, and community. Explains songwriter M.C. Taylor, “Big, brash holiday music the type that we hear in big box stores in the middle of December has never resonated with me, and this past year it felt absolutely dissonant. I wanted to make a seasonal record that felt more in step with the way that I, and so many others, experience this time of year: quiet, contemplative, searching, and bittersweet.”

                                                                                                                                              Contributors to O Come All Ye Faithful include many members of Hiss Golden Messenger’s extended family, as well as special guests like GRAMMY Award winner Aoife O’Donovan, Nathaniel Rateliff, Erin Rae, and Buddy Miller. The tracklist includes new tunes written by Taylor, classic hymns, and renditions of songs by Spiritualized, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Woody Guthrie, all arranged in the inimitable Hiss Golden Messenger style. Adorned with a beautifully spare design created by celebrated artist Cody Hudson. The deluxe vinyl version of O Come All Ye Faithful includes an additional collection of remixes by Revelators, Taylor’s spiritual jazz and dub-influenced project with Cameron Ralston.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              SIDE A

                                                                                                                                              1 Hung Fire
                                                                                                                                              2 O Come All Ye Faithful
                                                                                                                                              3 Grace
                                                                                                                                              4 By The Lights Of St. Stephen
                                                                                                                                              5 Shine A Light

                                                                                                                                              SIDE B

                                                                                                                                              6 Joy To The World
                                                                                                                                              7 Silent Night
                                                                                                                                              8 Hanukkah Dance
                                                                                                                                              9 As Long As I Can See The Light 

                                                                                                                                              Peak Vinyl Bonus LP :

                                                                                                                                              The Sounding Joy: Hiss Golden Messenger Meets Revelators On South Robinson Street: LP

                                                                                                                                              SIDE C

                                                                                                                                              1 Shine
                                                                                                                                              2 Light
                                                                                                                                              3 Sounding Joy Dub

                                                                                                                                              SIDE D

                                                                                                                                              4 Grace Version
                                                                                                                                              5 King Of Angels Dub
                                                                                                                                              6 Silent

                                                                                                                                              Emma Ruth Rundle

                                                                                                                                              Engine Of Hell

                                                                                                                                                Emma Ruth Rundle’s Engine of Hell is stark, intimate, and unflinching. For anyone that’s endured trauma and grief, there’s a beautiful solace in hearing Rundle articulate and humanize that particular type of pain not only with her words, but with her particular mysterious language of melody and timbre. The album captures a moment where a masterful songwriter strips away all flourishes and embellishments in order to make every note and word hit with maximum impact, leaving little to hide behind. “I really wanted to capture imperfection and the vulnerability of my humanity,” Rundle says of the album’s sonic approach. “Here are some very personal songs; here are my memories; here is me teetering on the very edge of sanity dipping my toe into the outer reaches of space and I’m taking you with me and it’s very fucked up and imperfect.’”

                                                                                                                                                Emma Ruth Rundle has always been a multifaceted musician, equally capable of dreamy abstraction (as heard on her album Electric Guitar: One), maximalist textural explorations (see her work in Marriages, Red Sparowes, Nocturnes or collaborations with Chelsea Wolfe and Thou), and the classic singer-songwriter tradition (exemplified by Some Heavy Ocean). But on Engine of Hell, Rundle has opted to forego the full-band arrangements of her previous albums in favor of the austerity of a lone piano or guitar and her voice, which creates a kind of intimacy, as if we’re sitting beside Rundle on a bench, or perhaps even playing the songs ourselves. It’s an extremely up-close and personal confessional with a focus on the rich subtleties and timbre of Rundle’s graceful performances.

                                                                                                                                                “For me this album is the end of an era to the end of a decade of making records. Things DO have to change and have changed for me since I finished recording it.” In essence, Engine of Hell signifies a major turning point for Rundle as both an artist and as a person. The catharsis of this type of songwriting has effectively served its purpose, and to continue ruminating on the past going forward is less of a healing process and more like picking at a scab and refusing to let it heal. This may help explain why Rundle is less than enthusiastic about divulging the details about her muses, but it doesn’t alter the fact that these songs served a purpose in their creation, and that they may continue to bring comfort to others.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Return
                                                                                                                                                2. Blooms Of Oblivion
                                                                                                                                                3. Body
                                                                                                                                                4. The Company
                                                                                                                                                5. Dancing Man
                                                                                                                                                6. Razor's Edge
                                                                                                                                                7. Citadel
                                                                                                                                                8. In My Afterlife

                                                                                                                                                Ben Chasny

                                                                                                                                                The Intimate Landscape

                                                                                                                                                  At the invitation of KPM Music, the wizard of Six Organs of Admittance steps behind his acoustic to produce a new instrumental guitar set. Library music, or deeply personal essays on a formative instrument? Under his fingers, Ben plays it both ways, making simply beautiful music that spans beyond the limits of folk, ambient and soundtrack music.

                                                                                                                                                  A new instrumental album of acoustic guitar playing from Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny! Everybody knows it’s been far too long since 2004’s much-beloved For Octavio Paz; even as the landscape has crowded with acoustic players, we’ve all been dying to hear Ben’s distinctive virtuosity again in this format. But The Intimate Landscape is so much more . . .

                                                                                                                                                  KPM Music, the legendary British library music company, extended an offer to Ben to make some songs for their library. Well aware of their history, he immediately agreed. The field of library music (music made for hire, for use in placement in films and advertising) is one that’s come to public consciousness only relatively recently in the long century of record-making, but the influence of such records has been felt for years in the aesthetics of many diverse artists, including several who’ve recorded for Drag City. So it’s a special thing for Drag City, whose appreciation for Ben’s unique artistry has been borne out over a countless variety of releases, to issue this really amazing entry in both the KPM Music tradition and the ever-expanding Ben Chasny/Six Organs of Admittance ouvre.

                                                                                                                                                  Ben chose the acoustic guitar for these recordings after considering the width and breadth of possible music he could make for the occasion. His approach while playing it was simple — deceptively so: to make music as present and immediate and beautiful as possible. This type of playing requires a deep breath before beginning, as it has to generate from within, as well as at the fingertips.

                                                                                                                                                  The resulting music is inventive and engaging, both in and out of the astral style of Ben’s music and the utilitarian genre of music to which he’s contributing. The album’s title — The Intimate Landscape — is a clue to these dual intentions, as is Ben’s use of his given name rather than the 6OOA alias he has preferred in his career. These songs manifest lovely themes played on acoustic guitar, recorded with spacious, almost pastoral ambiance; richly evocative pieces that can fill the multiple purposes of any sound library around the world. When paired with their titles, however — such as, “Last Night to Use the Telescope,” “Circular Road,” and “On the Way to the Coast” — these pieces are profoundly re-contextualized as potent personal expressions. So too are the songs with titles like “Water Dragon.” “Star Cascade,” and “Dust In the Ravine.” Two decades-plus into his life in music, Ben’s got the craft and ability to make music that can be encompassingly heard as intimate AND universal.

                                                                                                                                                  Going for melody, Ben employs a relaxed technical facility, supported by a few guitar overdubs, plus several well-placed synths and a passage of wordless vocalizing, accessing the murky depths of his reservoir of spirituality while hand-spinning irresistible sonic candy at the same time. This is a greatly engrossing listening experience, regardless of what the listener’s intentions are.

                                                                                                                                                  Given the rarity of such lovely acoustic essays from the fingers of Ben Chasny, and thanks to EMI and KPM Music, we’ll find ourselves returning to gaze over The Intimate Landscape often, for many years to come.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  The Many Faces Of Stone
                                                                                                                                                  Last Night To Use The Telescope
                                                                                                                                                  Waterfall Path
                                                                                                                                                  Cross-Winged Formation
                                                                                                                                                  Water Dragon
                                                                                                                                                  Star Cascade

                                                                                                                                                  Where Have All The Summers Gone?
                                                                                                                                                  Circular Road
                                                                                                                                                  Six Diamonds
                                                                                                                                                  Dust In The Ravine
                                                                                                                                                  Fading Blue
                                                                                                                                                  Second Moon
                                                                                                                                                  On The Way To The Coast

                                                                                                                                                  The La's

                                                                                                                                                  LIVE! 1986-1987

                                                                                                                                                    The La's live 1986-87 manages to capture the band's original ethos and attitude. Side one, contains Liverpool ‘live’ recordings from 1986 when Mike Badger and Lee Mavers shared material and vocal duties. These recordings have a skiffle like quality that flew in the face of the highly produced trends dominating the mid-eighties and can see the band defining & developing it’s sound. Side two, shows a band that had evolved, almost at times garage rock which suited certain songs in a better way, eventually selling out the Marquee Club.

                                                                                                                                                    This album in many ways illustrates the true nature of the La's from its original inception to its eventual place in the hearts and minds of music lovers everywhere. Pure magic and history in the making.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    SIDE 1
                                                                                                                                                    1. Breakloose The Monro. L’pool, 29/8/86
                                                                                                                                                    2. Freedom Song The Queens. L’pool, 15/12/86
                                                                                                                                                    3. Son Of A Gun Pen & Wig. L’pool 2/12/86
                                                                                                                                                    4. Clean Prophet Pen & Wig. L’pool 2/12/86
                                                                                                                                                    5. Trees & Plants Pen & Wig. L’pool 2/12/86
                                                                                                                                                    6. What Do You Do? Pen & Wig. L’pool 2/12/86
                                                                                                                                                    7. Doledrum Pen & Wig. L’pool 2/12/86
                                                                                                                                                    8. Get Down Over Pen & Wig. L’pool 2/12/86

                                                                                                                                                    SIDE 2
                                                                                                                                                    1. Feelin’ World Downstairs Royal Court, L’pool, 2/10/87
                                                                                                                                                    2. Come In Come Out World Downstairs Royal Court. L’pool, 2/10/87
                                                                                                                                                    3. Way Out World Downstairs Royal Court, L’pool, 2/10/87
                                                                                                                                                    4. There She Goes Flying Picket. L’pool 5/6/87
                                                                                                                                                    5. Failure Flying Picket. L’pool 5/6/87
                                                                                                                                                    6. Timeless Melody New Adelphi Club. Hull 31/7/87
                                                                                                                                                    7. I Can’t Sleep The Marquee. London 9/19/87
                                                                                                                                                    8. Knock Me Down The Marquee. London 9/19/87

                                                                                                                                                    Multi-disciplinary producer and singer J.Lamotta teams up with Japanese beat-scene-monger BudaMunk to present collaborative album "Searching Skies" via Jakarta Records.

                                                                                                                                                    After the success of her recent releases J.Lamotta is clearly becoming an international name. She keeps this prolific momentum alive with "Searching Skies", the collaborative album with Tokyo-based producer-mastermind BudaMunk, marking Lamotta's fourth, and BudaMunk's first, album to be released with Jakarta Records.

                                                                                                                                                    The Longplayer perfectly merges J.Lamotta's iconic R&B, jazzy-Neo-Soul aesthetics with BudaMunks laid-back, impeccably-imperfect lo-fi hip-hop productions. It's a well-timed collaboration, as J.Lamotta sees her loyal fanbase growing in Japan, and will be a worthy follow up to her previous Jakarta releases while Tokyo-based heavyweight BudaMunk has received cosigns from a number of artists within the hip-hop arena, including Mndsgn, Eloquent, Pink Siifu, Suff Daddy, Kiefer, Swarvy and Lefto, among a host of others. His output is prolific and consistent, including releases on Jazzy Sport and Dogear Records, as well as LA-juggernaut Fat Beats' "Baker's Dozen" series; and his notoriety within the Japanese beat-scene is only growing. As Bandcamp's Max Bell writes of BudaMunk, "it takes years to perfect being this relaxed and this precise".

                                                                                                                                                    The album's 1st single, "Eyes To The Skies" is set to be released on September 24th alongside stunning visual accompaniments by Tokyo-based film, design and screen-print studio Damn Good Productions and multimedia artist 8mL. The laid-back production, full of warbly keys, pads and the angelic warmth of Lamotta's voice lets the listener float along as if they're in the skies themselves. It's a perfect vibe for the onset of the chillier Autumn weather.

                                                                                                                                                    The album's 2nd single, "Put It Aside" is set to be released on October 15th and will be accompanied by visuals once again provided by Damn Good Productions and 8mL. This second single takes blisteringly swinging percussive elements and melodies that warp into peculiar sounds that defy auditory recognition, yet tingle with familiarity. J.Lamotta's voice is as sweet as dates, and is the perfect accompaniment to BudaMunk's lo-fi headiness. The album's focus track, "Stay", will be released in conjunction with the album November 5th.

                                                                                                                                                    The album's single-releases and videos will be promoted via the artist's and the label's social media channels and will also be featured by music-blog Stereofox entirely, while Tokyo-based label Jazzy Sport will distribute and promote the release throughout Japan.

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Millie says: The collaboration only dreams are made of, two incredibly talented musicians making hazy and chilled jazzy hip hop. If you like lo-fi beats and deep neo-soul vibes then got on this!!

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Eyes To The Skies
                                                                                                                                                    2. Put It Aside
                                                                                                                                                    3. Stay
                                                                                                                                                    4. Running Slow
                                                                                                                                                    5. Light Overcast (Interlude)
                                                                                                                                                    6. Carry On
                                                                                                                                                    7. When We Get There
                                                                                                                                                    8. Searching Skies (Interlude)
                                                                                                                                                    9. The Very Thought Of You
                                                                                                                                                    10. Open Your Mind

                                                                                                                                                    Following on from DJ Seinfeld, the lo-fi house superstars of yesterday return with a brand new sound! With Seinfeld's self-confessed ode to Burial on "Mirrors", Ross From Friends levels up with "Tread", coyly released on Brainfeeder Records as to hint at the change (read: update) in musical direction.

                                                                                                                                                    Melodic, touching, nostalgic but brilliantly modern and original, "Tread" runs the full gamut from melancholy to euphoria. It’s also sleeker and arguably more dancefloor-focused than his acclaimed debut album, "Family Portrait", but his signature personality - wavy, drunkard pads, sloppy coke can drums, angelic vocal hooks and smudged bass - is ever present.

                                                                                                                                                    A brilliantly realized long player that fans of Bicep, DJ Koze, Floating Points & Hidden Spheres are gonna really enjoy. 

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Matt says: Really enjoying the return of DJ Seinfeld and Ross From Friends. It's nice to see them moving onto new pastures after riding the lo-fi template to the event horizon. Delicate, intimate and rich with natsukashii it's also undeniably forward glancing and looking for new methods of expression within the dance music framework. Top marks.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. The Daisy
                                                                                                                                                    2. Love Divide
                                                                                                                                                    3. Revellers
                                                                                                                                                    4. A Brand New Start
                                                                                                                                                    5. XXX Olympiad
                                                                                                                                                    6. Grub
                                                                                                                                                    7. Spatter/Splatter
                                                                                                                                                    8. Morning Sun In A Dusty Room
                                                                                                                                                    9. Run
                                                                                                                                                    10. Life In A Mind
                                                                                                                                                    11. Thresho_1.0
                                                                                                                                                    12. Thresho_1.1 

                                                                                                                                                    The Brkn Record

                                                                                                                                                    The Architecture Of Oppression Part 1

                                                                                                                                                    "The Architecture of Oppression Part 1" represents Ferguson's debut as a bandleader and orchestrator, and manifests as a committed and soulful response to ongoing and systemic anti-black racism, social oppression and state violence both at home in London and across the globe. Combining poetry, testimony and song with rich and cinematic backdrops, Ferguson has produced a sui generis sound that conjures flavours of Arthur Verocai, Ennio Morricone, classic library productions, Madlib-style deep-jazz beat science, and psychedelic soul.

                                                                                                                                                    With bandmate Malcolm Catto on drums, Ferguson draws on their long years of collaborative experience in the Heliocentrics to build an album of striking texture and depth. But the album does not only reflect Ferguson's full-spectrum musical prowess, experience and vision. It is equally a manifestation of his longstanding and high-profile work as a frontline activist for racial justice and social equity in London and beyond.

                                                                                                                                                    Alongside Malcom Catto, contributors to the album are drawn from the intersecting worlds of community activism, cultural education, politics and music, and include singer and political activist Jermain Jackman, Zara MacFarlane; Chicagoan activist, poet and singer Ugochi Nwaogwugwu; Lee Jasper, longstanding worker for racial justice and former advisor on equalities to the Mayor of London; acclaimed performance poet Dylema; Hackney community leader Janette Collins MBE and Leroy Logan MBE, founder and former chair of the Black Police Association, and the subject of Steve McQueen's Small Axe episode 'Red, White and Blue'.

                                                                                                                                                    The Architecture of Oppression Part 1 is a singular and urgent chronicle of the black British experience, an upful expression of Pan-African creative unity and community solidarity, and a militant and unbending missive from the frontline in the great tradition of The Impressions' This Is My Country, Irreversible Entanglements Who Sent You?, Max Roach's We Insist - Freedom Now Suite, or Linton Kwesi Johnson's Bass Culture. A broken record repeats itself, and never plays through – the music is interrupted or trapped in a cycle by damage to the grooves. But The Brkn Record is a work of healing and protection, and a chance to let the full story be heard – all the way to the end, no skips.

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Matt says: Political and personal, this LP narrates the Black experience with a sound palette somewhere between Axelrod, Madlib, MPB and soul.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Assimilation (Ft. Dylema)
                                                                                                                                                    2. His Mother’s Eyes (Ft. Jermain Jackman)
                                                                                                                                                    3. Brother Andrew – The Investigator (Ft. Brother Andrew Muhammad)
                                                                                                                                                    4. Break The Chains
                                                                                                                                                    5. A Police Service, Not A Police Force (Ft. Lee Jasper)
                                                                                                                                                    6. Hackney Ain’t Innocent (Ft. Yolanda Lear)
                                                                                                                                                    7. On The Daily (Ft Ugochi Nwaogwugwu)
                                                                                                                                                    8. Say Black (Ft. Dylema)
                                                                                                                                                    9. The Babylon Encounter (Ft. Janette Collins & Leroy Logan)
                                                                                                                                                    10. Witness The Whiteness (Ft. Adam Elliot Cooper)
                                                                                                                                                    11. Lifeline (Ft. Zara McFarlane)

                                                                                                                                                    Hard Feelings

                                                                                                                                                    Hard Feelings

                                                                                                                                                      HARD FEELINGS is the new collaborative project between Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Amy Douglas. For all intents and purposes, ‘HARD FEELINGS’, the self-titled debut album released on Domino Recordings, is “an opera of sad bangers.” Loosely conceptual without being a full concept album, the material is the ultimate immersive cinematic experience for your feet and ears, seated fluidly at the intersections of New Wave and Synthpop-inspired Pop Music and full on Dance majesty.

                                                                                                                                                      New York City’s Amy Douglas has made her reputation across the worlds of house and disco with her distinctive voice and stellar songwriting ability. She has worked with such artists as Luke Solomon, The Crooked Man and Horse Meat Disco, and she wrote ‘Something More’ for Roisin Murphy on her recent album ‘Roisin Machine’.

                                                                                                                                                      Joe Goddard is also synonymous with the electronic music world, widely-known in the front ranks of British producers, creating a sounds from across his panoramic musical life, from house, techno and disco to UK garage, R&B and electro-pop. Joe forms one fifth of the UK electronic-pop powerhouse Hot Chip whilst, alongside Raf Rundell, he is one half of The 2 Bears.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Love Scenes
                                                                                                                                                      Running Out Of Time
                                                                                                                                                      You Always Know
                                                                                                                                                      Take You Down
                                                                                                                                                      About Us
                                                                                                                                                      Holding On Too Long
                                                                                                                                                      Sister Infinity

                                                                                                                                                      Marta Del Grandi

                                                                                                                                                      Until We Fossilize

                                                                                                                                                        ‘Until We Fossilize’ is the debut album from Marta Del Grandi, an eclectic singer songwriter from Italy. This is an award-winning jazz vocalist set in new territory, crossing borders of genre and style from West Coast ‘60s to ambient exotica, from plaintive Lynchian etherealism to dramatic Morricone scores. Marta gathers influences from near and far to create a unique genre-splicing style who’s now travelling her own unique and unchartered path.

                                                                                                                                                        Newly signed to Fire Records, this debut is an unravelling of time and distance; a breath taking journey from mainland Europe to the Far East and back again, delivered as an eerie, soundtrack by a captivating vocalist. A self-produced gem; filled with lush strings and electronic ambience and an eclectic vocal that transcends boundaries.

                                                                                                                                                        Lead single ‘Amethyst’ takes inspiration by the myth of Amethyst, filled with Greek mythology, touching the wildest manifestation of imagination, it’s the story of a woman who frees herself from the expectations imposed on her by patriarchy. Composed with Indian drummer Tarun Balani, Marta sounds like Sandy Denny backed by Eno on Gamelan with a nod to Sun Ra.

                                                                                                                                                        ‘Until We Fossilize’ is a lyrically aware set of dramas littered with life-affirming couplets over gorgeous, dramatic turns.

                                                                                                                                                        “It’s modern and ancestral at the same time.”

                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Patrick says: Del Grandi flirts with exotica, ambient, Mediterranean and West Coast moods on this LP, providing an accidental Balearic hit.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                                                        A1 Taller Than His Shadow
                                                                                                                                                        A2 Shy Heart
                                                                                                                                                        A3 Amethyst
                                                                                                                                                        A4 Swim To Me

                                                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                                                        B1 Somebody New
                                                                                                                                                        B2 Lullaby Firefly
                                                                                                                                                        B3 Birdsong
                                                                                                                                                        B4 Totally Fine

                                                                                                                                                        Neal Francis

                                                                                                                                                        In Plain Sight

                                                                                                                                                          Chicago singer, songwriter and pianist Neal Francis is ATO Records’ newest signing. After returning home from touring on the back of his 2019 debut album Changes, Francis went through a breakup and found himself living in a church, where he ended up writing a series of new songs about honesty and resilience.

                                                                                                                                                          “I’m owning up to all my problems within my relationships and my sobriety,” he says. “So much of it is about coming to the understanding that I continue to suffer because of those problems. It’s about acknowledging that and putting it out in the open in order to mitigate the suffering and try to work on it, instead of trying to hide everything.”

                                                                                                                                                          Francis and his bandmates recorded In Plain Sight entirely on tape - and mostly in that same church - and the resulting songs are dreamlike and reflective, anchored in the rock and soul sound that has led critics to compare him to legends like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John. In PlainSight was mixed by the Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT).

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Alameda Apartments
                                                                                                                                                          2. Problems
                                                                                                                                                          3. Can’t Stop The Rain
                                                                                                                                                          4. D’Artagnan
                                                                                                                                                          5. Prometheus
                                                                                                                                                          6. Sentimental Garbage
                                                                                                                                                          7. Asleep
                                                                                                                                                          8. BNLV
                                                                                                                                                          9. Say Your Prayers

                                                                                                                                                          Electric Eye


                                                                                                                                                            To quote the famous French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau, Electric Eye’s ‘Horizons’ LP sees the Norweigian psych-rock group venture into the depths of “a different kind of music, the sounds from the ocean floor.” Spending a week locked away from civilization in a lighthouse on the tiny Norweigian island of Utsira, Electric Eye’s new album ‘Horizons’ is a record “inspired by volcano eruptions, sub-sea adventures and the raw power of the surrounding sea.” The result is an album of oceanic psychedelic rock wig-outs that submerge the listener in a whirlpool of hypnotic space-rock, kosmische garage-blues, dystopian acid-prog and experimental electronics.

                                                                                                                                                            ‘Horizons’, their fourth full-length to date, is the follow-up to the Bergen-based band’s critically acclaimed 2017 LP, ‘From The Poisonous Tree.’ Since forming in 2012, Electric Eye have released three studio albums and two live albums and toured heavily around Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, the Middle East, Japan and the US. They’ve also shared stages with the likes of Michael Rother (Neu), Wire, Hawkwind and Endless Boogie and played at a number of international festivals, including Roskilde, The Great Escape, Eurosonic, Icelandic Airwaves and two stops at SXSW. Returning to London-based label Fuzz Club for the ‘Horizons’ LP, Electric Eye first started working on the new album back in June 2018 when they retreated to Utsira, a small island located 70km off the coast of Norway and surrounded by notoriously unpredictable and tough waters. Here, they spent a week jamming day and night in the island’s lighthouse.

                                                                                                                                                            “Our only audience were the seagulls and some lost bird-watchers wondering where these strange noises were coming from,” the band recall: “We were surrounded by an unusually quiet ocean, almost eyeballing us waiting for the next eruption. The wild nature was omnipresent and could not be ignored as jam sessions got more intense and songs started to materialise. In our coffee breaks we were watching documentaries like ‘Into the Inferno’ by Werner Herzog and old explorer series by Captain Jacques Cousteau and the rest of the crew at the Calypso. The epic commentaries of Herzog and Cousteau were included in the jams to add to the vibe, and some of the sounds are still present on the final record. After a week off the grid we returned to civilization with hours of recordings inspired by volcano eruptions, sub-sea adventures and the raw power of the surrounding sea.”

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1) En Bekymringsfri Koloni
                                                                                                                                                            2) Last Call At The Infinity Pool
                                                                                                                                                            3) The Sleeping Sharks
                                                                                                                                                            4) Our Water Is On Fire
                                                                                                                                                            5) Put The Secret In Your Pocker
                                                                                                                                                            6) Lighthouse Rock
                                                                                                                                                            7) Den Atomosfaeriske Elven
                                                                                                                                                            8) The Singularity

                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                            The Craig Charles Trunk Of Funk Vol. 2

                                                                                                                                                              As a lifelong soul boy - poet, actor, presenter Craig Charles has been adding to his trunk of funk music since his youth, and now after almost 20 years hosting his world renowned BBC6 Music and Radio 2 shows, DJing at clubs and festivals around the globe his reputation as an ambassador for all things soulful & funky is indisputable.

                                                                                                                                                              Craig was overwhelmed with the success of Volume 1 which hit the Official UK Album charts; “It’s been a whole year (and what a weird year) since I unleashed Volume 1 on a music starved world. It clearly hit home with a funk hungry public as it got into the UK charts, nestled between film soundtracks and pop compilations, so I’d like to thank everyone for supporting – especially those who grabbed the double vinyl album – that was an instant sell out!”

                                                                                                                                                              Volume 2 contains all the trademark features his fans have come to love - kicking off with The Allergies – and their 100% exclusive Trunk Of Funk remix of their bombastic Move On Baby. Ranging from Luther Ingrams’ If It’s All The Same To You Babe – a Northern Soul stomper extraordinaire from 1966 – through to 21st century soul champions Joseph Malik and Joel Culpepper, New Orleans born, London based Acantha Lang who Craig describes as an ‘independent artist destined for world domination’, the obscure and bizarre psychedelic 70’s funk of Your Autumn Of Tomorrow by The Crow.

                                                                                                                                                              Volume 2 the only place you’ll ever get to hear Smoove & Turrells’ Exclusive Trunk Of Funk edit of Slow Down. The classic dance floor jazz magic of Mario Biondis’ This Is What You Are still sparkles, and the funk driven soul-jazz of Seattle’s Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio hits sweet and hard - this brand new Trunk Of Funk draws together old and new music from all four corners of the globe into one beautiful collection, or as Craig puts it “I’m confident this second volume of my Trunk Of Funk will tick all your musical boxes, give your ears and feet enough mellifluous musical fodder to last you until Volume 3 – Awooga!”

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              A1/1. The Allergies - Slow Down Baby - Exclusive Trunk Of Funk Remix
                                                                                                                                                              A2/2. Cha Wa - My People
                                                                                                                                                              A3/3. Acantha Lang - He Said / She Said
                                                                                                                                                              A4/4. The Lafayette Afro Rock 22Band - Soul Makossa
                                                                                                                                                              A5/5. STR4TA - Rhythm In Your Mind
                                                                                                                                                              B1/6. The Bamboos - Ride On Time
                                                                                                                                                              B2/7. Jay Nemor & Electrified - Sitting On Top Of The World
                                                                                                                                                              B3/8. Mario Biondi – This Is What You Are
                                                                                                                                                              B4/9. Luther Ingram - If It’s All The Same To You Babe
                                                                                                                                                              B5/10. The Souljazz Orchestra - Sorrow Fly Away
                                                                                                                                                              C1/11 Smoove & Turrell - Slow Down – Smooves Exclusive Trunk Of Funk Edit
                                                                                                                                                              C2/12. Joseph Malik - Mixed Race Combination
                                                                                                                                                              C3/13. The Crow - Your Autumn Of Tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                              C4/14. Ferry Ultra Ft Ashley Slater - Why Did You Do It? – The Reflex Revision (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                              C5/15. The Traffic - Beat It
                                                                                                                                                              D1/16. Lettuce Ft. Big Tony & Jungle Boogie – Checker Wrecker
                                                                                                                                                              D2/17. Joel Culpepper - WAR
                                                                                                                                                              D3/18. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Hole In One
                                                                                                                                                              D4/19. PM Warson - (Don't) Hold Me Down

                                                                                                                                                              Music is a powerful trigger of myriad emotions, from the romantic, powerful, disastrous and even heartbreaking. Never is this more plainly evident than with the movie soundtrack. Listen to Lalo Schifrin’s string and brass arrangements on ‘Bullitt’ and we are back in the car with Steve McQueen in an epic chase over the elliptical contours of San Francisco.Flip to Wendy Carlos’ ‘Ode To Joy’ as Alex exclaims: “It was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh,” the violence simmering somewhere close to the surface in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

                                                                                                                                                              We’ve collected together some of the classic themes and motifs spanning the past 60 years, from Bernard Hermann’s daring fusion of orthodox orchestration and theremin, Gary Jules’ haunting version of Tears For Fears’ ‘Mad World’, as featured in the hypnotic Donnie Darko, or John Barry’s harmonica-led theme to Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy. In the process, we’ve selected a vast range of styles from the jazz and soul-influenced compositions of Roy Budd, Isaac Hayes and Brazil’s Deodato, to electronic pioneers like Giorgio Moroder or leftfield composers like Philip Glass.

                                                                                                                                                              So pour yourself that glass of something smooth, relax on the sofa, close your eyes and make believe you’re in a creaking hotel with Jack Nicholson or deep in the fearful sweat of Vietnam with Robert De Niro or a Turkish prison with Brad Davis….

                                                                                                                                                              All human life is here.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              A1. Columbia Symphony Orchestra / Bernstein - Rhapsody In Blue (Excerpt) (Manhattan)
                                                                                                                                                              A2. Rr Orchestra - Sarabande (Barry Lyndon)
                                                                                                                                                              A3. John Barry - Midnight Cowboy (Midnight Cowboy)
                                                                                                                                                              A4. Pascal Rogé - Gnossiennes #3 (Henry & June)
                                                                                                                                                              A5. Michael Andrews Ft Gary Jules - Mad World (Donnie Darko)
                                                                                                                                                              A6. Arthur Fiedler / Boston Pops Orchestra - March Of The Siamese Children (The King & I)
                                                                                                                                                              A7. Nick Ingman / Orchestra London Sinfonietta - Adagio For Strings (Platoon)

                                                                                                                                                              B1. John Williams - Cavatina (The Deer Hunter)
                                                                                                                                                              B2. Philip Glass - Powaqqatsi (Powaqqatsi)
                                                                                                                                                              B3. Michael Kamen - The Office (Brazil)
                                                                                                                                                              B4. Bernard Herrmann - Outer Space (The Day The Earth Stood Still)
                                                                                                                                                              B5. Ray Noble & His Orchestra - Midnight, The Stars And You (The Shining)
                                                                                                                                                              B6. Thomas Newman - Horse (Jarhead)
                                                                                                                                                              B7. Wendy Carlos / Mark Ayres - Ode To Joy (A Clockwork Orange)

                                                                                                                                                              C1. Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Being There)
                                                                                                                                                              C2. Thomas Newman / Hollywood Studio Symphony - Brooks Was Here (The Shawshank Redemption)
                                                                                                                                                              C3. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (Excerpt) (The Exorcist)
                                                                                                                                                              C4. Hotei - Battle Without Honor Or Humanity (Kill Bill: Vol 1)
                                                                                                                                                              C5. John Carpenter / Mark Ayres - Halloween Main Theme (Halloween)
                                                                                                                                                              C6. Bernard Herrmann - Main Title (Taxi Driver)

                                                                                                                                                              D1. Giorgio Moroder - Chase (Midnight Express)
                                                                                                                                                              D2. Isaac Hayes - Theme From "Shaft" (Shaft)
                                                                                                                                                              D3. Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt Main Title (Bullitt)
                                                                                                                                                              D4. Vangelis - Tears In Rain (Blade Runner)

                                                                                                                                                              Nightmares On Wax

                                                                                                                                                              Shout Out! To Freedom....

                                                                                                                                                              "Shout Out! To Freedom" sees the pivotal talent that is George Evelyn venture into new, exciting and dare-I-say-it, sophisticated realms on his new album. Featuring collaborations with Shabaka Hutchings, Greentea Peng, Haile Supreme, Mara TK, Sabrina Mahfouz & Pip Millett, it's perhaps the legendary producer's 'free-est' album to date; the inforced lockdown allowing the 30 years served dance veteran a break from endless touring and a chance to move further away from the dancefloor than previously felt comfortable. It moves through quasi-spiritual jazz, new amalgamations of lover's rock and soundsystem soul before morphing back through blunted beats, hallucinatory downbeat and UK rap. Peppered with pollical leaning vocal snips and a languid sprawl which reflects the laid back nature of the Leeds-bred artists’ permanent residence: Ibiza.

                                                                                                                                                              Its reckless abandonment of any stylistic cliches or formula is where its greatness lies. File alongside other uncatagorizable modern epics such as Avalanches' "We Will Always Love You" and Prefab Sprout's "I Trawl The Megahertz", Quiet Village's "Silent Movie" and Dean Blunt's "Black Metal 1 & 2" - impossible to pin-down to genre tags and soundbites, a delight to revel in from beginning to end and a truly transportive listen. It's also deliciously UK-centric, taking influence from everything that makes music one of our island's proudest exports. 

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              Tracklist CD :

                                                                                                                                                              1 Shout Out! (Intro)
                                                                                                                                                              2 Imagineering
                                                                                                                                                              3 Creator SOS
                                                                                                                                                              4 3D Warrior
                                                                                                                                                              5 Miami 80
                                                                                                                                                              6 GTP Call
                                                                                                                                                              7 Wikid Satellites
                                                                                                                                                              8 Breathe In
                                                                                                                                                              9 To Freedom (Interlude)
                                                                                                                                                              10 Wonder
                                                                                                                                                              11 Own Me
                                                                                                                                                              12 Widyabad
                                                                                                                                                              13 Isolated
                                                                                                                                                              14 Trillion
                                                                                                                                                              15 Up To Us

                                                                                                                                                              Tracklist LP’s :

                                                                                                                                                              1 Shout Out! (Intro)
                                                                                                                                                              2 Imagineering
                                                                                                                                                              3 Creator SOS
                                                                                                                                                              4 3D Warrior

                                                                                                                                                              1 Miami 80
                                                                                                                                                              2 GTP Call
                                                                                                                                                              3 Wikid Satellites
                                                                                                                                                              4 Breathe In

                                                                                                                                                              1 To Freedom (Interlude)
                                                                                                                                                              2 Wonder
                                                                                                                                                              3 Own Me
                                                                                                                                                              4 Widyabad

                                                                                                                                                              1 Isolated
                                                                                                                                                              2 Trillion
                                                                                                                                                              3 Up To Us

                                                                                                                                                              The Oscillation’s continuing journey into the centre of the mind and beyond shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Indeed, new album "Untold Futures " is less a consolidation of all that we’ve come to love and expect from the cosmic explorers and more a leap forward into an upcoming reality. Redefining the possibilities of altered states through audio stimulation, “Untold Futures” finds The Oscillation at their most daring and breathtaking.

                                                                                                                                                              A multi-layered assault on the senses, this is an unexpurgated experience for the seasoned connoisseur and unspoiled novice alike. Its power is felt in the multi-layered dissonance and undying throb of “Dilated Mind”, the metaphysical possibilities that beat at the heart of metronomic pulses of “Forever Knowing” and the face-melting attack of “The Inner Void”. “Heart Of Nowhere” is a mantra for the profane, while the dissonant beauty of “Obscured” realises re-birth and resurrection.

                                                                                                                                                              Revelatory in its brilliance and an intersection between the individual self and the collective unconscious, this is music to fuel the inner technology of the mind. Veering between krautrock edginess, droning medicated tones and noise driven no wave fuzz, The Oscillation recalls the music of Neu! and Tangerine Dream and Loop interpreted with an eye on Pil’s dubbed out punk funk, Miles Davis’ experimentalism and Spacemen 3’s strung out blues rock.

                                                                                                                                                              Beginning in 2007, when DC Recordings released the debut “Out Of Phase”, The Oscillation have released many albums and EPS both self released and with labels (Fuzz Club and Hands In The Dark and Cardinal Fuzz). Recent releases include the mutant kosmiche techno of “U.E.F”, the pounding and otherworldly “Wasted Space” from 2018 and the epic exploration of the inner landscapes with “Droneweapon”. Now The Oscillation return with a new face-biting album questioning our strange relationship with reality as “Untold Futures”.

                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                              Matt says: Wild, incendiary, chest-beating psych rock that shoots off the stage like a flamethrower. Roaring with wobbly feedback and howling like a banshee for its entire duration. Unmissable!

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              Untold Futures
                                                                                                                                                              1 Dilated Mind
                                                                                                                                                              2 Forever Knowing
                                                                                                                                                              3 The Inner Void
                                                                                                                                                              4 Heart Of Nowhere
                                                                                                                                                              5 Obscured

                                                                                                                                                              Ambient Version LP (DInked Edition)
                                                                                                                                                              Obscured (ambient)
                                                                                                                                                              The Inner Void (ambient)
                                                                                                                                                              Dilated Mind (ambient)
                                                                                                                                                              Heart Of Nowhere (ambient)

                                                                                                                                                              Carwyn Ellis from Cardiff/Wales is a singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He fronts Colorama, formed the Welsh folk group Bendith and hosts a regular themed radio show on Soho Radio. In 2019, Ellis embarked on the first project under his own name, Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18. Sung in Welsh and recorded mainly in Rio de Janeiro, the album, "Joia!" was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize and followed by "Mas" in early 2020. The new album "Yn Rio" is a collection of new songs recorded in Cardiff together with The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales.

                                                                                                                                                              In 2017 Carwyn Ellis joined the touring line-up of The Pretenders. For Ellis, a record collector and fan of Brazilian music, the opportunity to tour South America would present opportunities he couldn't have possibly imagined when he accepted Chrissie Hynde's invitation. "The first place we went to was Rio and by the time I met Chrissie for breakfast the day after our gig, I already had a bag of albums I'd just bought. I'm sitting with her and she says, 'You should meet my mates, and do something in Welsh with them! Nobody's done a Welsh language album with Brazilian musicians?"

                                                                                                                                                              In 2018, when Alexandre Kassin, a leading light in that Brazilian scene announced a show in London, Hynde suggested that they see it. "I met him afterwards," Ellis recalls, "and we hit it off straight away." Within weeks, Ellis was on a plane to Rio with songs that would form the basis of the first album. This creative purple patch extended into another album released early in 2021 with Carwyn working once again with Kassin plus long-time friend Shawn Lee. The songs on "Mas" drew on the environmental threats that face both Wales and South America, spidering out around the central theme of water ("rains, no rain, droughts, rising seas and flooded valleys for corporate gain. We're screwed without it and screwed if there's too much").

                                                                                                                                                              With "Mas" recorded but weeks away from release, Ellis received a call from Gareth Iwan Jones, head producer of BBC Radio Cymru, offering a third album to be performed in March 2021. Ellis started to reflect upon the life-changing events triggered by his South American adventures. The Welsh word 'hiraeth' which describes the longing that Welsh people feel when they're far from home, was something that he was now beginning to feel for Rio de Janeiro: "'Yn Rio' is based around a day in Rio," he explains. "The events of 2020 influenced the record in as much as I wanted it to be a complete antidote to what was going on. If you couldn't go on holiday in real life, you could at least put this record on."

                                                                                                                                                              The first single "Olá!", incorporating Jorge Ben's spirit in the chorus and rhythmic breakdown, manages to sound languorous and euphoric. "Cariad, Cariad" was a Portuguese folk poem brought to Ellis' attention by Sonya from Quarteto em Cy and arranged by Christiaan Oyens. "Tristwch 20" is a nod to "Foot and Mouth 68" by Gorkys Zygotic Mynci from "The Blue Trees", 'one of the most beautiful albums of all time', while "Ynys Aur" is named after a 1929 book by Welsh missionary J. Luther Thomas written on returning from his travels to Papua New Guinea. With Kassin unable to participate, Ellis thanks him by translating his "A Paisagem Morta" to create "Y Bywyd Llonyd". For Carwyn Ellis "Yn Rio" is an extraordinary memorial to extraordinary times."There are some days so idyllic you just want tobe able to jump back into them at the touch of a button. That's what I was searching for when I was writing these songs."

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. Botafogo Blue (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
                                                                                                                                                              2. Olá! (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
                                                                                                                                                              3. Y Bywyd Llonydd (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
                                                                                                                                                              4. Açai (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
                                                                                                                                                              5. Cariad, Cariad (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
                                                                                                                                                              6. Tristwch 20 (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
                                                                                                                                                              7. Ynys Aur (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
                                                                                                                                                              8. Y Ferch Ar Y Cei (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales & Nina Miranda)
                                                                                                                                                              9. Arpoador (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
                                                                                                                                                              10. Ble Aeth Yr Amser (feat. The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)

                                                                                                                                                              Hamish Hawk

                                                                                                                                                              Heavy Elevator

                                                                                                                                                                Hamish Hawk is an Edinburgh-based songwriter. Performing solo and as frontman of the New Outfit, Hawk's ability to surprise, enchant and bewilder has secured his status as one of the more endearing figures on the Scottish contemporary music scene.

                                                                                                                                                                His songwriting offers a blend of wit, charm and sensitivity that is unique and unmistakable.

                                                                                                                                                                Hawk has provided support for King Creosote, This is the Kit, Idlewild, James Yorkston and Out Lines.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                                                Vivian Comma
                                                                                                                                                                This, Whatever It Is, Needs Improvements
                                                                                                                                                                The Mauritian Badminton Doubles Champion, 1973
                                                                                                                                                                Bakerloo, Unbecoming
                                                                                                                                                                Your Ceremony

                                                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                                                Heavy Elevator
                                                                                                                                                                Calls To Tiree
                                                                                                                                                                New Rhododendrons

                                                                                                                                                                The War On Drugs

                                                                                                                                                                I Don't Live Here Anymore

                                                                                                                                                                  The War On Drugs first studio album in four years, ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’. Over the last 15 years, The War on Drugs have steadily emerged as one of this century’s great rock and roll synthesists, removing the gaps between the underground and the mainstream, between the obtuse and the anthemic, making records that wrestle a fractured past into a unified and engrossing present. The War On Drugs have never done that as well as they do with their fifth studio album, ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’, an uncommon rock album about one of our most common but daunting processes—resilience in the face of despair.

                                                                                                                                                                  Just a month after The War On Drugs’ ‘A Deeper Understanding’ received the 2018 Grammy for Best Rock Album, the core of Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, and multi-instrumentalist Anthony LaMarca retreated to upstate New York to jam and cut new demos, working outside of the predetermined roles each member plays in the live setting. These sessions proved highly productive, turning out early versions of some of the most immediate songs on ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’. It was the start of a dozen-plus session odyssey that spanned three years and seven studios, including some of rock’s greatest sonic workshops like Electric Lady in New York and Los Angeles’ Sound City. Band leader Adam Granduciel and trusted co-producer/engineer Shawn Everett spent untold hours peeling back every piece of these songs and rebuilding them.

                                                                                                                                                                  One of the most memorable sessions occurred in May 2019 at Electro-Vox, in which the band’s entire line-up — rounded out by keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, and saxophonist Jon Natchez — convened to record the affecting album opener “Living Proof.” Typically, Granduciel assembles The War On Drugs records from reams of overdubs, like a kind of rock ‘n’ roll jigsaw puzzle. But for “Living Proof,” the track came together in real time, as the musicians drew on their chemistry as a live unit to summon some extemporaneous magic. The immediacy of the performance was appropriate for one of the most personal songs Granduciel has ever written.

                                                                                                                                                                  The War On Drugs’ particular combination of intricacy and imagination animates the 10 songs of ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’, buttressing the feelings of Granduciel’s personal odyssey. It’s an expression of rock ’n’ roll’s power to translate our own experience into songs we can share and words that direct our gaze toward the possibility of what is to come.

                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                  Andy says: Already being hailed as their best record yet, main man Adam Granduciel freshens things up by welcoming more band collaboration than on previous records. Those trademark, lush, chunky drums are, of course, still present, but opening proceedings with a stark, naked ballad, indicates that change is afoot. A nice twist on a winning formula.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  Living Proof
                                                                                                                                                                  Harmonia’s Dream
                                                                                                                                                                  I Don’t Wanna Wait
                                                                                                                                                                  I Don’t Live Here Anymore
                                                                                                                                                                  Old Skin
                                                                                                                                                                  Rings Around My Father’s Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                  Occasional Rain

                                                                                                                                                                  Ty Segall


                                                                                                                                                                    With Harmonizer, his first album in two years, Ty glides smoothly into unexpected territory, right where he likes to find himself! Responding to the challenge his new songs gave him: a synthtastic production redesign, Ty kicks back with bottom-heavy creativity, dialing up a wealth of guitar and keyboard settings to do the deed. Harmonizer is a glossy, barely-precedented sound for him, and truth, it enraptures the ear — but in Ty’s hands, the sound is also a tool that allows him to cut through dense undergrowth, making for some of his cleanest songs and starkest ideas to date. Harmonizer’s production model couches tightly-controlled beats in thick keyboard textures, with direct-input guitar signal whining and buzzing purposefully from left to right. The Freedom Band appear all over the record, but often one at a time, their contributions leaving a distinctive footprint on the proceedings wherever they appear. Operating in this airtight environment with an eye towards precision, feel, and explosive mass, Ty’s crafted a formidable listening encounter — and once you get between the lines, the need to know more grows more compelling with every song.

                                                                                                                                                                    The thing about closed doors is they need opening again, no matter what happens. You open them and then you can pass through them. And there’s light on the other side. That’s what this album is about.

                                                                                                                                                                    Bursting with transcendent energy, Harmonizer is an extension of the classic style of Emotional Mugger and Sleeper, revisiting the lonely days and loathsome nights of the alienated, grown-up-wrong soul, to make it all right in the end.

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    Side A

                                                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                                                    Feel Good
                                                                                                                                                                    Changing Contours

                                                                                                                                                                    The The

                                                                                                                                                                    The Comeback Special

                                                                                                                                                                      After 20 years of absence THE THE celebrated their comeback with a glorious UK and US Tour in 2018, topped by a sold-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the so called “Comeback Special”.

                                                                                                                                                                      What started as an unforgettable live experience now turns into something even bigger as THE THE announce their new live album and make the whole comeback experience available to fans worldwide.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      Global Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                      Sweet Bird Of Truth
                                                                                                                                                                      Flesh And Bones
                                                                                                                                                                      Beat(en) Generation
                                                                                                                                                                      Armageddon Days
                                                                                                                                                                      We Can’t Stop What’s Coming
                                                                                                                                                                      Phantom Walls
                                                                                                                                                                      Love Is Stronger
                                                                                                                                                                      Dogs Of Lust
                                                                                                                                                                      Helpline Operator
                                                                                                                                                                      This Is The Night
                                                                                                                                                                      This Is The Day
                                                                                                                                                                      Soul Catcher
                                                                                                                                                                      Bugle Boy
                                                                                                                                                                      Beyond Love
                                                                                                                                                                      Slow Emotion Replay
                                                                                                                                                                      Like A Sun Rising Replay
                                                                                                                                                                      I’ve Been Waiting For Tomorrow (all Of My Life)
                                                                                                                                                                      True Happiness
                                                                                                                                                                      Uncertain Smile
                                                                                                                                                                      Lonely Planet

                                                                                                                                                                      Remixes not from, but of the entire outstanding Khruangbin album, "Mordechai"! Personal as ever, the list of remixers has been hand picked by the band, not simply a whose who of hype and click bait.  All have some connection to the band, sometimes personal friendships, musical connections, or simply mutual musical appreciation. Harvey Sutherland and Ginger Roots have both toured with the band, Kadhja Bonet and Ron Trent had their own mutual fan club going on, Knxwledge sampled "White Gloves" on a recent mixtape, Natasha Diggs and Soul Clap’s Eli’s are recent buddy-ups, Quantic is a mutual friend of Bonobo (crucial in the KB origin story), while Laura is also godmother to one of Felix Dickinson’s kids. 

                                                                                                                                                                      It would be tiresome to detail each and every mix, but rest assured this is an exceptionally executed project. Bolstered by the sincere and detailed sleeve notes, which journey each artists' relationship with their band, a bit about their musical legacy, and why they were chosen. 

                                                                                                                                                                      'A good remix is when the remixer's sonic fingerprint is present, without sounding forced. It should feel like its own story, with at least some of the same characters as the original' - Khruangbin state on these highly impressive sleeve notes - and each and every track on the album represents such forethought. Very few remix albums are put together with such love, dexterity and sympathy as this one - so much so it's bound to stand as a masterpiece in its own right, just as many of the classic 'dub' LPs did from Jamaica (an influence the band themself have highly creditted in informed their sound). 

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      SIDE A: 
                                                                                                                                                                      1. Father Bird, Mother Bird (Sunbirds)
                                                                                                                                                                      2. Connaissais De Face (Tiger?)
                                                                                                                                                                      3. Dearest Alfred (MyJoy)
                                                                                                                                                                      4. First Class (Soul In The Horn Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                      SIDE B:
                                                                                                                                                                      5. If There Is No Question (Soul Clap’s Wild, But Not Crazy Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                      6. Pelota (Cut A Rug Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                      SIDE C:
                                                                                                                                                                      7. Time (You And I)(Put A Smile On DJ’s Face Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                      8. Shida (Bella’s Suite)
                                                                                                                                                                       SIDE D:
                                                                                                                                                                      9. So We Won’t Forget (Mang Dynasty Version)
                                                                                                                                                                      10. One To Remember (Forget Me Nots Dub)

                                                                                                                                                                      J’Kerian Morgan, the artist known as Lotic says “This is the record I always wanted to write. This feels like my arrival as an artist.” Water, for Houndstooth, is a stunning revelation; a tender meditation on love’s losses and lifeforce, timelines, bloodlines and resilience. Arriving at the end of a period Morgan recalls as, “having to be adaptable, while being dragged through the trenches,” Water adds the haunting quality of siren song to a career already marked by its engaging emotionality. To arrive at Water meant to become like water. Lotic dedicated two years to a deep, intentional process of surrendering to softness, welcoming impermanence, embracing intimate relationships with her environment and self. Yet, to embrace vulnerability is to welcome its totality.

                                                                                                                                                                      Water is the complete embodiment of Lotic’s dedicated praxis; one which unpicks a certain narrative about corrosive angst and outlier musicality. Compositions curve around the sub bass of an 808, with vibrations and hums superseding clarity and separation. Drums are softened to a powdery warmth, and each chapter unfolds as a symphonic sound poem. Heartful depictions of love relationships to others and the self, to ancestry and identity, are marked by stunning new expressions of ecstatic voices. Water heals, and it harms. It can sharpen, scald or silently consume. Water is a conduit for human corruption, such as the wrenching cruelty of forced Middle Passage crossings, yet water remains a site of ritual and absolution, a source of constant renewal.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      01 Wet
                                                                                                                                                                      02 Emergency
                                                                                                                                                                      03 Come Unto Me
                                                                                                                                                                      04 Changes (feat. Julius Errol Flynn)
                                                                                                                                                                      05 Always You
                                                                                                                                                                      06 Apart
                                                                                                                                                                      07 A Plea
                                                                                                                                                                      08 Oblivious
                                                                                                                                                                      09 Diamond

                                                                                                                                                                      Whether it be jazz fusion with his band Ruby Rushton, Hindustani classical with Pakistani quartet Jaubi or deep house, electro funk and ambient electronica in his solo studio productions, Tenderlonious has accumulated a back catalogue of releases and collaborations that unveil a musician who is continuously striving to evolve and push the boundaries of sound.

                                                                                                                                                                      'Still Flute' continues with that notion, combining his signature live flute and synth work over Detroit house, p-funk, spiritual ragas and ambient sound designs. There are four deep house jams, including 'Song For My Mother' and title track 'Still Flute', all embellished with energetic flute solos. 'Isaac's Theme' and 'Neptune's Mood' add the downbeat p-funk mood, while 'Seti Khola' is a deeply spiritual Hindustani raga. 'Journey to Thra' and 'End Transmission' add the ambient palette to another phenomenal record from Tenderlonious and the 22a camp.

                                                                                                                                                                      'Still Flute' is the long awaited follow up to Tenderlonious's highly acclaimed 2016 mini-album 'On Flute'.

                                                                                                                                                                      For fans of Larry Heard, Moodymann, Dam-Funk & Yussef Kamaal...

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      CD Tracks:
                                                                                                                                                                      Song For My Mother
                                                                                                                                                                      Isaac's Theme
                                                                                                                                                                      Hold Tight
                                                                                                                                                                      Journey To Thra 
                                                                                                                                                                      Seti Khola (Bonus Track)
                                                                                                                                                                      Still Flute
                                                                                                                                                                      Neptune's Mood
                                                                                                                                                                      Blue Tender 
                                                                                                                                                                      One For The Rhodes
                                                                                                                                                                      End Transmission (Bonus Track)

                                                                                                                                                                      LP Tracks:
                                                                                                                                                                      Song For My Mother
                                                                                                                                                                      Isaac's Theme
                                                                                                                                                                      Hold Tight
                                                                                                                                                                      Journey To Thra
                                                                                                                                                                      Still Flute 
                                                                                                                                                                      Neptune's Mood
                                                                                                                                                                      Blue Tender
                                                                                                                                                                      One For The Rhodes

                                                                                                                                                                      *Please Note CD & Digital Versions Include 2 Bonus Tracks Not On The LP.

                                                                                                                                                                      Richard Ashcroft

                                                                                                                                                                      Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1

                                                                                                                                                                        The album features twelve newly recorded acoustic versions of classic songs from his back catalogue spanning both his solo career and his time with The Verve.

                                                                                                                                                                        After lockdown was lifted, Richard decided to start the project as a way to reunite the community around him, bringing a selection of great musicians and old friends back together again. As the project took shape, they discovered just how varied their new approaches could be. Some of the arrangements proved to be timeless and remained similar to the originals, with years of experience and a new found passion that saw Richard’s vocals express a fresh empathy within their lyrics. Meanwhile, other songs took on a new shape in this stripped-back set-up.

                                                                                                                                                                        The rebirth of the iconic ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ was an emotional moment for Richard. It felt particularly poignant re-recording a song that he had written almost twenty-five years ago, especially as it's now officially his composition after Mick Jagger and Keith Richards relinquished their writing credits to him.

                                                                                                                                                                        Another big moment comes with the new version of ‘C’Mon People (We’re Making It Now)’, a duet with Richard’s old friend Liam Gallagher. The pair have often talked about recording or performing the song together since it was first released in 2000, and now it’s finally happened - the sheer energy and delight that they shared during the session is palpable as the new recording beams with a joyous feeling of optimism.

                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Velvet Morning’ is another track that has been transformed. The vocals on the original version, as featured on The Verve’s classic ‘Urban Hymns’, were sung via a megaphone that Richard had purchased from a car boot sale the day before the recording session. Now Richard’s vocal really shines as it unleashes the song’s full magnitude.

                                                                                                                                                                        The biggest surprise on ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1’ is the inclusion of ‘This Thing Called Life’, a song which Ashcroft has rarely played live. It was originally recorded with No I.D. in the USA as a highlight of his soul-tinged RPA & The United Nations Of Sound project. Now taken back to basics, the new arrangement reveals a song that feels perfectly at home alongside Richard’s most highly regarded work.

                                                                                                                                                                        Produced by Richard with regular collaborator Chris Potter, the album features his regular live band boosted by some special collaborators. Wil Malone provides the string arrangements, which were recorded at Abbey Road Studios. In addition, Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers) performs piano, Roddy Bloomfield leads the brass section, and Steve Wyreman (Leon Bridges, Vic Mensa) contributes acoustic guitar and backing vocals.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        Bittersweet Symphony
                                                                                                                                                                        A Song For The Lovers
                                                                                                                                                                        C'mon People (We're Making It Now) – Featuring Liam Gallagher
                                                                                                                                                                        Weeping Willow
                                                                                                                                                                        Lucky Man
                                                                                                                                                                        This Thing Called Life
                                                                                                                                                                        Space & Time
                                                                                                                                                                        Velvet Morning
                                                                                                                                                                        Break The Night With Colour
                                                                                                                                                                        One Day
                                                                                                                                                                        The Drugs Don't Work

                                                                                                                                                                        Vinyl Tracklist
                                                                                                                                                                        SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                                        Bittersweet Symphony
                                                                                                                                                                        A Song For The Lovers
                                                                                                                                                                        SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                                        C'mon People (We're Making It Now) – Featuring Liam Gallagher
                                                                                                                                                                        Weeping Willow
                                                                                                                                                                        Lucky Man
                                                                                                                                                                        SIDE C
                                                                                                                                                                        This Thing Called Life
                                                                                                                                                                        Space & Time
                                                                                                                                                                        Velvet Morning
                                                                                                                                                                        SIDE D
                                                                                                                                                                        Break The Night With Colour
                                                                                                                                                                        One Day
                                                                                                                                                                        The Drugs Don't Work

                                                                                                                                                                        Light Conductor

                                                                                                                                                                        Sequence Two

                                                                                                                                                                          Light Conductor returns with Sequence Two, the second album of prismatic slow-burn analog synth instrumentals by the duo of Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes) and Stephen Ramsay (Young Galaxy). Expanding on the hypnaogogic ambience of their warm and uncluttered 2019 debut, Lasek and Ramsay add subtle but scintillating structure and electricity to these four new longform tracks. The songs remain predominantly beatless, but burble and vibrate with more ornate, intentional pulses, arpeggiators and control voltages. Light Conductor's analog palette of gently fuzzed-out chordal drone, mesmeric ostinato, sweeping filters and drifting levitational melody continues to colour the glowing atmosphere of this enveloping space/trance music: like sunrise on another planet, with a profoundly satisfying dimension of heightened ceremony and design.

                                                                                                                                                                          Working from recordings helmed by Ramsay in late 2019 and early 2020, made just before and after Light Conductor tours with Spencer Krug and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the duo then culled from hours of tape and worked up these soundscapes during isolation 2020-21 (in between Lasek's other recording and mixing sessions for Godspeed's latest AT STATE'S END, Bell Orchestre's House Music, and his own The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings, among others). Light Conductor continues to convey an ineffable sense of meditative discovery and efflorescence on Sequence Two, as if the music was being played and unfolded for the first time: the genuine effect of these songs being sourced from marathon overnight sessions of live playing, marked by immersive, durational telepathy and semi-improvisation.

                                                                                                                                                                          The duo's psychogenic jams are then judiciously overlaid, usually with just one or two more elements, though for brief stretches becoming stacked and maximal - most notably towards the end of 14-minute album opener "Splitting Light" when an ever-refracted sequencer pattern inexorably develops towards throbbing cadence and multi-layered intertwining melodies, culminating in a final burst of guitar and vocal-driven operatic space-rock chug that invokes Yes, Spiritualized, and (choral) Bon Iver in equal measure (the only vocals on this otherwise instrumental album).

                                                                                                                                                                          Sequence Two indeed carries forth the prevailing energy of the duo's first album: "If the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey overshot the great apes and instead appeared before a mid-00s rock band" is not a bad way to put it (as Paul Blinov did in his Exclaim! review). The particular combination of restraint, luxuriation and repose that Light Conductor achieves is easier heard and absorbed than described - but it makes sense that this music is the dreamlike opalescent nebula of a duo whose respective psych/pop/electro/rock bands are known for more declaratively epic, chiselled, heavy sonic statements. The through line is an emotive devotional sensibility, seasoned by a naturalistic studio mastery, and love for the analog that enmeshes the electronic.

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          01 Splitting Light
                                                                                                                                                                          02 The Rooms Are Turning Inside Out
                                                                                                                                                                          03 Pyramids In Slow Rotation
                                                                                                                                                                          04 Life Under A Double Sun 

                                                                                                                                                                          Black Channels

                                                                                                                                                                          Two Knocks For Yes

                                                                                                                                                                            In every story of things that go bump in the night, there are two possibilities. One, that it's a hoax. Two, that there is something going on beyond the grasp of the human mind". And so begins 'Two Knocks for Yes', Black Channels' radiophonic exploration into the poltergeist phenomenon, initially released in 2015 by Castles in Space on a limited edition cassette.

                                                                                                                                                                            This new remastered vinyl edition presents the same mix of real life stories of paranormal activity with otherworldly vibrations and oscillations conjured up on the Buchla Electric Music Box.

                                                                                                                                                                            The second of only two releases by the short lived group and a sequel to their brilliant debut single on Death Waltz Originals, “Two Knocks For Yes” continued their preoccupation with other worlds, parallel dimensions and the dark tapestry of the imagination. Chilling accounts of nocturnal visitations and strange activity in the most mundane of suburban surroundings echo in and out of focus alongside electronic manifestations and tape manipulations in this 20 minute experimental radio collage.

                                                                                                                                                                            Side two features wonderful incidental instrumentals soundtracking true ghost stories which provide essential tools for all paranormal investigators and otherside travellers.

                                                                                                                                                                            Each record comes with a Ghost Spotting Report Form, perfect for recording the spiritual visitations conjured by this new vinyl pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                            Simon James (Black Channels) will be performing at the Castles in Space Levitation Festival on the 5th November to launch the album.

                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                            Barry says: Another exciting round of soundtrack-adjacent genius on the superb CiS here, with Black Channels providing a mix of heady electronic grooves and eerie creeking instrumentals, rich with atmosphere and beautifully packaged as ever. Instant purchase.

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Two Knocks For Yes
                                                                                                                                                                            2. In The Mouth Of The Night
                                                                                                                                                                            3. 1st Sighting
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Ghosts
                                                                                                                                                                            5. Space Dome Ritual
                                                                                                                                                                            6. She Let Go

                                                                                                                                                                            Black Pumas

                                                                                                                                                                            Capitol Cuts

                                                                                                                                                                              Recorded direct to acetate - all live, no overdubs - Capitol Cuts - Live from Studio A captures a powerful moment in time. After months of cancelled shows Black Pumas went to Los Angeles this past fall and laid down eight explosive tracks at the famed Capitol Studios. The recording brims with pent up energy, nearly bursting through the grooves on the expansive and mind-blowing seven minute rendition of “Colors.” A few weeks later the song would receive a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                              A Side
                                                                                                                                                                              Black Moon
                                                                                                                                                                              Stay Gold

                                                                                                                                                                              B Side 
                                                                                                                                                                              I'm Ready
                                                                                                                                                                              Old Man
                                                                                                                                                                              Red Rover
                                                                                                                                                                              Know You Better

                                                                                                                                                                              Lily Konigsberg

                                                                                                                                                                              Lily We Need To Talk Now

                                                                                                                                                                                Lily We Need To Talk Now is a record Konigsberg has been slowly chipping away at since 2016, revising and re-recording the songs over the years. The eleven-track collection is her first proper full length, following her anthology of EPs and unreleased tracks, The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now, released in 2021 by Wharf Cat Records. The new record is catchy the whole way through, like much of her poppy and plainspoken indie rock output that’s made her a fixture of the NYC underground in recent years. Her voice twists and turns and dashes around her clever wordplay in new ways; there are hints of power-pop, pop-punk, and downtempo introspection, all dotted with easter eggs of winking humor.

                                                                                                                                                                                True to its title, this collection of songs is like a check in with herself. “On “That’s The Way I Like It,” with backing vocals from longtime collaborator Paco Cathcart, she reflects on the feeling of “struggling with someone you love, and how you can get all evil about it, like a brat, like a baby.” On “Proud Home”, she sings one of the records boldest earworm hooks (“You’ve got a lot of fucking things to be proud of!”) and tries to comfort a friend who has a crush on her mom. “I really cracked myself up with the lyrics,” she says. “It’s kind of a Stacey’s Mom riff. I decided it’s a dedication to Adam Schlesinger [of Fountains of Wayne].” “Roses, Again” is a new take on a familiar Lily tune (originally on Good Time Now) re-recorded at the request of her current live band, who have evolved the song on the road.

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                1 - Beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                2 - Sweat Forever
                                                                                                                                                                                3 - That’s The Way I Like It
                                                                                                                                                                                4 - Alone
                                                                                                                                                                                5 - Don’t Be Lazy With Me
                                                                                                                                                                                6 - Proud Home
                                                                                                                                                                                7 - Hark
                                                                                                                                                                                8 - Bad Boy
                                                                                                                                                                                9 - Roses, Again
                                                                                                                                                                                10 - Goodbye
                                                                                                                                                                                11 - True


                                                                                                                                                                                Hushed And Grim

                                                                                                                                                                                  Mastodon release their anxiously awaited ninth full-length album, Hushed And Grim via Reprise Records. Closing a four-year gap, this notably marks the heavy rock quartet’s first double album and first new record since 2017’s Emperor of Sand, which netted the Atlanta band a GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Metal Performance”

                                                                                                                                                                                  Over the past year, the group recorded Hushed And Grim in their hometown, collaborating with producer David Bottrill [Tool, Rush, Muse, Peter Gabriel] behind the board. As their most ambitious body of work to date, it consists of 15 tracks, surveying sonic landscapes of rock, psychedelia, punk, metal, alternative, and prog threaded together by the innately expressive musical interplay of these four virtuosic musicians.

                                                                                                                                                                                  For as much as Hushed And Grim is steeped in one of the darkest periods of the band’s career as each member experiencing personal grief, its light shines through in a fully realized manifestation everything Mastodon is right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Once again, Mastodon have drafted in revered artist Paul Romano (Leviathan, Blood Mountain, Crack The Skye) whose evocative images adorns the cover of Hushed And Grim.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hushed And Grim represents the next step on Mastodon’s endless path of natural evolution. They’ve once again progressed exponentially as songwriters and musicians who transcend genres while unapologetically refusing to conform and preserving the integrity that transformed them into an iconic and influential forces in modern rock music. By removing boundaries and creating in a free form they evolved with a combination of newfound melodic confidence and their signature musical intricacy intact. In the end, Hushed And Grim is hard-hitting, hypnotic, and heart-wrenching.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                                  01 Pain With An Anchor
                                                                                                                                                                                  02 The Crux
                                                                                                                                                                                  03 Sickle And Peace
                                                                                                                                                                                  04 More Than I Could Chew
                                                                                                                                                                                  Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                                  01 The Beast
                                                                                                                                                                                  02 Skeleton Of Splendor
                                                                                                                                                                                  03 Teardrinker
                                                                                                                                                                                  04 Pushing The Tides
                                                                                                                                                                                  Side 3
                                                                                                                                                                                  01 Peace And Tranquility
                                                                                                                                                                                  02 Dagger
                                                                                                                                                                                  03 Had It All
                                                                                                                                                                                  04 Savage Lands
                                                                                                                                                                                  Side 4
                                                                                                                                                                                  01 Gobblers Of Dregs
                                                                                                                                                                                  02 Eyes Of Serpents
                                                                                                                                                                                  03 Gigantium


                                                                                                                                                                                  Everything Louder Forever - The Very Best Of

                                                                                                                                                                                    This Very Best Of compilation is the very first, spanning their entire career.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Motörhead are the true embodiment of rock n’roll excess. A hybrid of punk, rock and heavy metal played with relentless, ear-curdling power. They were a force of nature and nothing short of life-changing for millions, their approach to life and music; there was no “off” switch and they became legends as a result. Fronted for their entirety of their career by Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, they released twenty two studio albums over their 40 years together.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Amassing chart topping records, a Grammy award and racking up 15 million worldwide sales. Their signature song, Ace Of Spades perfectly captured everything great about hard rock, heavy metal, and punk, amped it all up to 11, and came racing out of the gates at what felt like a million miles an hour, pushing at every musical boundary.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Nothing was harder. Nothing was faster. And certainly nothing was louder. Anyone disputing this fact need look no further than any heavy metal gig and play ‘spot the Motörhead T-shirt and jacket’, they still outnumber anyone else, hands down. Motörhead has truly become a lifestyle for several generations of rockers, metalheads, punks, bikers, athletes, rebels, outcasts, and freethinkers all around the world. Few bands in modern history can instantly ignite the adrenaline of music fans the way they can, they changed the course of hard rock… forever. 

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    2lp Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                                                                    We Are Motorhead
                                                                                                                                                                                    Rock It
                                                                                                                                                                                    Iron Fist
                                                                                                                                                                                    In The Name Of Tragedy
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cradle To The Grave
                                                                                                                                                                                    On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Game
                                                                                                                                                                                    Killed By Death
                                                                                                                                                                                    Just Cos You Got The Power
                                                                                                                                                                                    Ace Of Spades
                                                                                                                                                                                    Rock Out
                                                                                                                                                                                    I Am The Sword
                                                                                                                                                                                    God Save The Queen
                                                                                                                                                                                    Queen Of The Damned

                                                                                                                                                                                    4lp Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                                                                    We Are Motorhead
                                                                                                                                                                                    Rock It
                                                                                                                                                                                    Brotherhood Of Man
                                                                                                                                                                                    In The Name Of Tragedy
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Thousand Names Of God
                                                                                                                                                                                    Love For Sale
                                                                                                                                                                                    Killed By Death
                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm So Bad (baby I Don't Care)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Smiling Like A Killer
                                                                                                                                                                                    Queen Of The Damned
                                                                                                                                                                                    Keys To The Kingdom
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cradle To The Grave
                                                                                                                                                                                    Lost Johnny
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Game
                                                                                                                                                                                    Ace Of Spades
                                                                                                                                                                                    Stone Dead Forever
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bad Woman
                                                                                                                                                                                    Just Cos You Got The Power
                                                                                                                                                                                    Stay Out Of Jail
                                                                                                                                                                                    No Class
                                                                                                                                                                                    I Am The Sword
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
                                                                                                                                                                                    God Save The Queen
                                                                                                                                                                                    Iron Fist
                                                                                                                                                                                    Rock Out
                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirty Love
                                                                                                                                                                                    Overnight Sensation
                                                                                                                                                                                    On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
                                                                                                                                                                                    I Ain't No Nice Guy
                                                                                                                                                                                    Choking On Your Screams

                                                                                                                                                                                    ZR returns with a long overdue Gospel album compiled by David Hill.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The album leads with a track from The Clark Sisters who are without doubt one of the most successful and prolific family gospel groups of the last forty years. Originally released on S.O.G. Records (Sounds of Gospel), ‘Overdose of the Holy Ghost’ was recorded in 1981 and would go on to become the group’s biggest crossover hit after being licensed to Elektra Records and released internationally in 1983.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The ‘Queen of Gospel Music’, Shirley Caesar turns in a smoldering, socially conscious, Philadelphia International inspired groover with ‘Message To The People’. Gospel artists are well known for taking popular secular songs – or riffs from them – and adapting the lyrics to take the song in a spiritual direction. Kristle uses The Emotions’ ‘Best of My Love’ as its foundation, and builds from a slow intro, gradually turning up the heat until it’s the dancefloor burner that is ‘I’ll Go’.

                                                                                                                                                                                    With further disco and funk induced soul provided by many more Gospel luminaries, plus exclusive edits from David Hill and Z Records’ Dave Lee, ‘Overdose of the Holy Ghost’ is a shining example of church music that has been influenced by secular soul that was built for the dance floor.

                                                                                                                                                                                    “Gospel music has often followed the prominent trends in secular music, probably in the hope of widening its audience by giving the subject matter a sprinkling of cool. In the 60s it happened with R&B and then funkflavoured gospel, the 70s brought sweet-soul crossovers, and by 1975 the sounds of early disco had started to permeate the genre. This compilation brings together overlooked gospel gems that have their production rooted in disco and boogie, the sound of the early 80s that followed in disco’s wake. It’s only recently that this music has begun to be appreciated by fans outside of its original target market, and I’m glad to help it finally reach a wider audience.” - David Hill

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    A1 The Clark Sisters - Everything's Gonna Be Alright (Dave Lee Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                    A2 Sharon Johnson - A Better Day
                                                                                                                                                                                    A3 Dan Greer - Love Is The Message (Dave Lee Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                    B1 Ricky Womack & Christian Essence - I Need You (Dave Lee Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                    B2 Shirley Caesar - Heavenly Father
                                                                                                                                                                                    C1 Elbernita 'Twinkie' Clark - Awake O Zion
                                                                                                                                                                                    C2 The Clark Sisters - Overdose Of The Holy Ghost
                                                                                                                                                                                    C3 Kristle - I'll Go
                                                                                                                                                                                    D1 The Young Delegation - He Lives
                                                                                                                                                                                    D2 Tommy T & Company - Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere

                                                                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                    Pop Psychédélique (The Best Of French Psychedelic Pop 1964-2019)

                                                                                                                                                                                      French Pop - music so effortlessly cool and hip you can’t help but fall in love, Psychedelia - fuzzy dance floor music to lose yourself too. Put the two together and you have an intoxicating mix that is so lush and so perfect, and a sound that has helped soundtrack recent hit TV series such as The Queens Gambit, Killing Eve and The Serpent.

                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Pop Psychedelique’ (released on Two-Piers) brings together the early pioneers and superstars of the French Pop sound - Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, with the darlings of the 60’ scene - Frances Gall, Gillian Hills, Jacqueline Taieb.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Add in the more recent French Psych sounds of L’Epee and The Liminanas (both tracks used in Killing Eve), the haunting sound of Fabienne DelSol, the 60s Parisien cool of Anna Karina, the Freak Beat Psychedelic Rock of Les 5 Gentlemen, the dance floor joy of Charlotte Leslie’s Franco cover of The Capitols soul classic, the eccentric ear worm of ‘Les Cornichons’ by Nino Ferrer, and the sheer Moog pop brilliance of ‘E.V.A’ by Jean Jacques-Perrey.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Finish off with Stereolab’s take on French pop on ‘Cybele’s Reverie', Air, one of the most influential electronic bands of 2000s, go synth psych pop on ‘Don’t Be Light’ and Pierre Henry’s epic Big-Beat anthem ‘Psyche Rock’ rounds things off perfectly - Pop Psychedelique - pure joy!

                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                      A1 Contact - Brigitte Bardot
                                                                                                                                                                                      A2 Tut Tut Tut Tut - Gillian Hills
                                                                                                                                                                                      A3 Laisse Tomber Les Filles - France Gall
                                                                                                                                                                                      A4 7AM - Jacqueline Taieb
                                                                                                                                                                                      A5 I’m Gonna Haunt You - Fabienne DelSol
                                                                                                                                                                                      A6 Si Tu Reviens Chez Moi - Les 5 Gentlemen
                                                                                                                                                                                      B1 Roller Girl - Comedie Musicale ‘Anna’ - Anna Karina
                                                                                                                                                                                      B2 Migas 2000 - The Liminanas
                                                                                                                                                                                      B3 Dreams - L’Epee
                                                                                                                                                                                      B4 Les Cornichons - Nino Ferrer
                                                                                                                                                                                      B5 Harley Davidson - Brigitte Bardot
                                                                                                                                                                                      B6 Poupee De Cire Poupée De Son - France Gall
                                                                                                                                                                                      C1 Une Filles C’est Fait Pour Faire L’amour - Charlotte Leslie
                                                                                                                                                                                      C2 La Fille A La Moto - Dani
                                                                                                                                                                                      C3 Tu Fais Partie Du Passe - Zouzou
                                                                                                                                                                                      C4 Requiem Pour Un C… - BOF “Le Pacha” - Serge Gainsbourg
                                                                                                                                                                                      C5 E.V.A - Jean-Jacques Perrey
                                                                                                                                                                                      D1 Cybele’s Reverie - Stereolab
                                                                                                                                                                                      D2 Don’t Be Light - Air
                                                                                                                                                                                      D3 Psyche Rock (Malpaso Mix By Fatboy Slim) - Pierre Henry 

                                                                                                                                                                                      Parquet Courts

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sympathy For Life

                                                                                                                                                                                        Parquet Courts’ thought-provoking rock is dancing to a new tune. Sympathy For Life finds the Brooklyn band at both their most instinctive and electronic, spinning their bewitching, psychedelic storytelling into fresh territory, yet maintaining their unique identity.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Built largely from improvised jams, inspired by New York clubs, Primal Scream and Pink Floyd and produced in league with Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Hot Chip, David Byrne), Sympathy For Life was always destined to be dancey. Unlike its globally adored predecessor, 2018’s Wide Awake! the focus fell on grooves rather than rhythm.

                                                                                                                                                                                        “Wide Awake! was a record you could put on at a party,” says co-frontman Austin Brown. “Sympathy For Life is influenced by the party itself. Historically, some amazing rock records been made from mingling in dance music culture – from Talking Heads to Screamadelica. Our goal was to bring that into our own music.”

                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Laura says: While album opener "Walking At A Downtown Pace" is about as Parquet Courts sounding as you can get, Sympathy For Life sees them taking a broader more experimental approach to their sound. It’s still unmistakeably them, the chugging post punk grooves and catchy hooks are still there, but it’s a more expanded, adventurous sound that works brilliantly.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: It's been a long wait for the new Parquet Courts LP, and this one follows 2018's highly regarded 'Wide Awake', which is never going to be an easy task. Fortunately for all involved, this one takes the incredibly successful formula of that banger and streamlines it into a wonderfully precise and soaring pop-redux of their already sleek sound. A brilliantly catchy, wonderfully written opus.

                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                        Walking At A Downtown Pace
                                                                                                                                                                                        Black Widow Spider
                                                                                                                                                                                        Marathon Of Anger
                                                                                                                                                                                        Just Shadows
                                                                                                                                                                                        Plant Life
                                                                                                                                                                                        Homo Sapien
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sympathy For Life
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Fantasy Island

                                                                                                                                                                                          On their vibrant and eclectic ninth studio album Clinic, the band who wore surgical masks before it was a matter of urgency, are taking you to Fantasy Island, where you will find yourself transported to tropical climes.

                                                                                                                                                                                          In Hartley’s words: “Clinic look to a brighter future, [Fantasy Island] it’s a very positive album, it's more about what you can make happen rather than being defeatist.”

                                                                                                                                                                                          Their last album, 2019’s Wheeltappers and Shunters, found the band satirising British culture and wallowing in sleazy Seventies nostalgia. Fantasy Island was recorded in an old studio on Merseyside during the summer of 2019, with good vibrations seeping into the grooves. This time they are embracing “the idea of looking at the future and the different ways it can unfold”, with their most electronic and pop record to date. “It’s a more global, international and outward looking record,” says Hartley. “Clear blue horizons. The brave new world!”

                                                                                                                                                                                          The album was mixed last year by Claudius Mittendorfer, who has worked with Parquet Courts, Neon Indian and many pop greats.

                                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                          Barry says: Clinic take their trademark post-punk psychedelic groove into new territories with their latest outing, 'Fantasy Island'. Part outsider electronica, part woozy psychedelic groove and entirely wonderful, it's a perfect listen for the times we live in.

                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Lamplighter
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Fine Dining
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Take A Chance
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Refractions (In The Rain)
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Dreams Can Come True
                                                                                                                                                                                          6. Miracles
                                                                                                                                                                                          7. On The Other Side…
                                                                                                                                                                                          8. Fantasy Island
                                                                                                                                                                                          9. I Can’t Stand The Rain
                                                                                                                                                                                          10. Feelings
                                                                                                                                                                                          11. Hocus Pocus
                                                                                                                                                                                          12. Grand Finale

                                                                                                                                                                                          Dean Blunt

                                                                                                                                                                                          Black Metal 2

                                                                                                                                                                                            I was tardy with my introduction to the genius that is Dean Blunt, ignoring the Hype Williams and Babyfather brilliance and only encountering the minimal magic of the first 'Black Metal' during my second year at Piccadilly. Shown the way by Ryan Horsebeach, Mike Riley Jones and Matt Ward, I bought the cryptic release and well and truly lost my shit...over and over again...for years. To say I'm excited by the appearance of a second instalment from the reclusive musician would be a wild understatement. 

                                                                                                                                                                                            The LP opens with strings and solemnity via 'Vigil', a sparse and beautiful reminder of Blunt's trademark sound - intimacy bordering on claustrophobia, nocturnal and emotive. The chiming guitars join the poised drum patterns for 'Mugu' and 'Dash Snow', a pair of bedsit vignettes which Javi just described as a London cabbie's reaction to Drill while Vini Reilly tunes up - this is a good thing by the way. Blunt's is a music of longing, vulnerability and beauty, presented as concise and considered songs which combine to form their own sonic landscape. Referential (the cover blacks out all everything from Dre's 2001 but the 2) but never reverential, Blunt, aided and abetted by Joanne Robertson somehow beats his personal best, and we should all be grateful we get to hear it.

                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Vigil
                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Mugu
                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Dash Snow
                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Sketamine
                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Semtex
                                                                                                                                                                                            6. La Raza
                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Nil By Mouth
                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Zaza
                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Woosah
                                                                                                                                                                                            10. The Rot

                                                                                                                                                                                            Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                                                                                                                                            B-Sides & Rarities: Part I & II - Deluxe 7LP Box Set

                                                                                                                                                                                              Following on from the successful ‘An Idiot Prayer’ live album and livestream event released this year, Nick Cave Productions & BMG announce B-Sides And Rarities Part I & II.

                                                                                                                                                                                              B-Sides And Rarities Part I & II contains material from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 30-plus year career. This collection features 83 tracks across 7 x 180g LPs housed in a deluxe case bound slipcase with foiling, featuring exclusive photographs and sleeve notes written by Sean O’Hagan (The Guardian & The Observer).

                                                                                                                                                                                              This is the first time Part I, compiled by Mick Harvey and originally released in 2005, has been made available on vinyl. It comprises 56 tracks including rarities, out-takes, covers & B-sides from 1988-2005.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Part II, compiled by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and features 27 tracks from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! in 2006 to 2019’s Ghosteen. Including 19 rare and unreleased tracks including first recordings of ‘Skeleton Tree’, ‘Girl in Amber’, ‘Bright Horses’ and ‘Waiting for You’.

                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                              PART I LP1
                                                                                                                                                                                              A1. Deanna (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                                                              A2. The Mercy Seat (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                                                              A3. City Of Refuge (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                                                              A4. The Moon Is In The Gutter
                                                                                                                                                                                              A5. The Six Strings That Drew Blood
                                                                                                                                                                                              A6. Rye Whiskey
                                                                                                                                                                                              A7. Running Scared
                                                                                                                                                                                              B1. Black Betty
                                                                                                                                                                                              B2. Scum
                                                                                                                                                                                              B3. The Girl At The Bottom Of My Glass
                                                                                                                                                                                              B4. The Train Song
                                                                                                                                                                                              B5. Cocks 'n' Asses
                                                                                                                                                                                              B6. Blue Bird

                                                                                                                                                                                              PART I LP2
                                                                                                                                                                                              A1. Helpless
                                                                                                                                                                                              A2. God's Hotel
                                                                                                                                                                                              A3. (I'll Love You) Till The End Of The World
                                                                                                                                                                                              A4. Cassiel's Song
                                                                                                                                                                                              A5. Tower Of Song
                                                                                                                                                                                              A6. Rye Whiskey
                                                                                                                                                                                              B1. What Can I Give You?
                                                                                                                                                                                              B2. What A Wonderful World
                                                                                                                                                                                              B3. Rainy Night In Soho
                                                                                                                                                                                              B4. Lucy (Version #2)
                                                                                                                                                                                              B5. Jack The Ripper (Acoustic Version)

                                                                                                                                                                                              PART I LP3
                                                                                                                                                                                              A1. The Ballad Of Robert Moore And Betty Coltrane
                                                                                                                                                                                              A2. The Willow Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                              A3. King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O
                                                                                                                                                                                              A4. Knoxville Girl
                                                                                                                                                                                              A5. There's No Night Out In The Jail
                                                                                                                                                                                              A6. That's What Jazz Is To Me
                                                                                                                                                                                              B1. Where The Wild Roses Grow
                                                                                                                                                                                              B2. O'Malley's Bar Pt. 1
                                                                                                                                                                                              B3. O'Malley's Bar Pt. 2
                                                                                                                                                                                              B4. O'Malley's Bar Pt. 3
                                                                                                                                                                                              B5. O'Malley's Bar Reprise

                                                                                                                                                                                              PART I LP4
                                                                                                                                                                                              A1. Red Right Hand
                                                                                                                                                                                              A2. Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum
                                                                                                                                                                                              A3. Little Empty Boat
                                                                                                                                                                                              A4. Right Now I'm A-Roaming
                                                                                                                                                                                              B1. Come Into My Sleep
                                                                                                                                                                                              B2. Black Hair
                                                                                                                                                                                              B3. Babe, I Got You Bad
                                                                                                                                                                                              B4. Sheep May Safely Graze
                                                                                                                                                                                              B5. Opium Tea

                                                                                                                                                                                              PART I LP5
                                                                                                                                                                                              A1. Grief Came Riding
                                                                                                                                                                                              A2. Bless His Ever Loving Heart
                                                                                                                                                                                              A3. Good Good Day
                                                                                                                                                                                              A4. Little Janey's Gone
                                                                                                                                                                                              A5. I Feel So Good
                                                                                                                                                                                              A6. Shoot Me Down
                                                                                                                                                                                              B1. Swing Low
                                                                                                                                                                                              B2. Little Ghost Song
                                                                                                                                                                                              B3. Everything Must Converge
                                                                                                                                                                                              B4. Nocturama
                                                                                                                                                                                              B5. She's Leaving You
                                                                                                                                                                                              B6. Under This Moon

                                                                                                                                                                                              PART II LP6

                                                                                                                                                                                              A1. Hey Little Firing Squad
                                                                                                                                                                                              A2. Fleeting Love
                                                                                                                                                                                              A3. Accidents Will Happen
                                                                                                                                                                                              A4. Free To Walk (With Debbie Harry)
                                                                                                                                                                                              A5. Avalanche*
                                                                                                                                                                                              A6. Vortex *
                                                                                                                                                                                              B1. Needle Boy
                                                                                                                                                                                              B2. Lightning Bolts
                                                                                                                                                                                              B3. Animal X
                                                                                                                                                                                              B4. Give Us A Kiss
                                                                                                                                                                                              B5. Push The Sky Away
                                                                                                                                                                                              (Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)*

                                                                                                                                                                                              PART II LP7
                                                                                                                                                                                              A1. First Skeleton Tree*
                                                                                                                                                                                              A2. King Sized Nick Cave Blues*
                                                                                                                                                                                              A3. Opium Eyes*
                                                                                                                                                                                              A4. Big Dream (With Sky)*
                                                                                                                                                                                              A5. Instrumental #33*
                                                                                                                                                                                              A6. Hell Villanelle*
                                                                                                                                                                                              A7. Euthanasia*
                                                                                                                                                                                              A8. Life Per Se*
                                                                                                                                                                                              B1. Steve McQueen*
                                                                                                                                                                                              B2. First Bright Horses*
                                                                                                                                                                                              B3. First Girl In Amber*
                                                                                                                                                                                              B4. Glacier*
                                                                                                                                                                                              B5. Heart That Kills You*
                                                                                                                                                                                              B6. First Waiting For You*
                                                                                                                                                                                              B7. Sudden Song*
                                                                                                                                                                                              B8. Earthlings*

                                                                                                                                                                                              Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                                                                                                                                                              B-Sides & Rarities: Part II

                                                                                                                                                                                                B-Side And Rarities Part II was compiled by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and features 27 tracks from “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” in 2006 to 2019s “Ghosteen”. Also features 19 rare and unreleased tracks including first recordings of ‘Skeleton Tree’, ‘Girl in Amber’, ‘Bright Horses’ and ‘Waiting for You’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                Darryl says: Cave and Ellis, what a winning combo! Nick Cave remains one of the greatest talents working in music today, and this offers a fascinating insight into the killer tunes they decided not to release along with some fantastic tracks that were only deemed worthy of B-Side status.

                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                PART II LP1 & CD1

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. A1. Hey Little Firing Squad
                                                                                                                                                                                                2. A2. Fleeting Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                3. A3. Accidents Will Happen
                                                                                                                                                                                                4. A4. Free To Walk (With Debbie Harry)
                                                                                                                                                                                                5. A5. Avalanche*
                                                                                                                                                                                                6. A6. Vortex *

                                                                                                                                                                                                7. B1. Needle Boy
                                                                                                                                                                                                8. B2. Lightning Bolts
                                                                                                                                                                                                9. B3. Animal X
                                                                                                                                                                                                10. B4. Give Us A Kiss
                                                                                                                                                                                                11. B5. Push The Sky Away
                                                                                                                                                                                                (Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)*

                                                                                                                                                                                                PART II LP2 & CD2

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. A1. First Skeleton Tree*
                                                                                                                                                                                                2. A2. King Sized Nick Cave Blues*
                                                                                                                                                                                                3. A3. Opium Eyes*
                                                                                                                                                                                                4. A4. Big Dream (With Sky)*
                                                                                                                                                                                                5. A5. Instrumental #33*
                                                                                                                                                                                                6. A6. Hell Villanelle*
                                                                                                                                                                                                7. A7. Euthanasia*
                                                                                                                                                                                                8. A8. Life Per Se*

                                                                                                                                                                                                9. B1. Steve McQueen*
                                                                                                                                                                                                10. B2. First Bright Horses*
                                                                                                                                                                                                11. B3. First Girl In Amber*
                                                                                                                                                                                                12. B4. Glacier*
                                                                                                                                                                                                13. B5. Heart That Kills You*
                                                                                                                                                                                                14. B6. First Waiting For You*
                                                                                                                                                                                                15. B7. Sudden Song*
                                                                                                                                                                                                16. B8. Earthlings*

                                                                                                                                                                                                *previously Unreleased

                                                                                                                                                                                                My Morning Jacket

                                                                                                                                                                                                My Morning Jacket

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The band’s first new music since 2015’s GRAMMY Award nominated ‘The Waterfall’, ‘My Morning Jacket’ reaffirms the rarefied magic that’s made My Morning Jacket so beloved, embedding every groove with moments of discovery, revelation and ecstatic catharsis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Produced and engineered by James over two multi-week sessions at Los Angeles, CA’s 64 Sound, the album came to life after what looked like a permanent hiatus for the band. But after performing four shows in summer 2019 - beginning with two mind-blowing nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre - My Morning Jacket were overcome with the urge to carry on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That sense of purpose can be heard throughout the thrillingly expansive ‘My Morning Jacket’. For all its unbridled joy, songs like ‘Regularly Scheduled Programming’ and the otherworldly, album-closing ‘I Never Could Get Enough’ once again reveal My Morning Jacket’s hunger for exploring the most nuanced and layered existential questions in song form while simultaneously harnessing the hypnotic intensity of their legendary live show more fully than ever before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I hope this album brings people a lot of joy and relief, especially since we’ve all been cooped up for so long,” says James. “I know that feeling you get from driving around blasting music you love, or even lying in bed and crying to the music you love. The fact that we’re able to be a part of people’s lives in that way is so magical to us, and it feels really good that we’re still around to keep doing that.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: A wonderfully effervescent blues-indebted number from My Morning Jacket here, swimming in the grooving melodies and shimmering psychedelic grooves they do so well. Bombastic and exciting, this is the sound of a band only getting better at what they do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Regularly Scheduled Programming
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love Love Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                  In Color
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Least Expected
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never In The Real World
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Devil's In The Details
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lucky To Be Alive
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Out Of Range, Pt. 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Penny For Your Thoughts
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I Never Could Get Enough

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lana Del Rey

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Banisters

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    La Luz

                                                                                                                                                                                                    La Luz

                                                                                                                                                                                                      On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy for a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl. To help shape La Luz, the band found a kindred spirit in producer Adrian Younge. Though primarily known for his work with hip-hop, soul, and jazz acts, Younge saw in La Luz a shared vision that transcended genre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      “We both create music with the same attitude, and that’s what I love about them,” he says. “They are never afraid to be risky and their style is captivating. It was an honor to work with them.” The result is an album that is both the most naturalistic and psychedelic of the band’s career. All the elements of classic La Luz are still present—the lush harmonies, the impeccable musicianship, the gorgeous melodies—but it’s a richer, earthier iteration, replete with inorganic sounds that mimic the surreality of nature—the humming of invisible bugs, the atmospheric sizzle of a hot day. After spending the last few years living in rural northern California, Cleveland’s lyrics have become more grounded, less interested in traveling to other dimensions than in peeking behind the curtain of this one. With sounds ranging from ghostly electric guitar shimmers, charging fuzz-guitar rock, soulful organ-driven dream-funk, galactic synths, and breezy ‘70s folk-pop, La Luz is an album that celebrates love- of music, of friendship, of life in all its forms. - Mariana Timony. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: It's a beautiful new LP from Shana Cleveland's La Luz, swimming in nostalgic 70's psychedelia, with wandering percussion and soaring vocal melodies, bringing to mind the Beatles circa Sgt. Pep or acid folk of the late 60's but with a keenly realised modern production sensibility. Superb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. In The Country
                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The Pines
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Watching Cartoons
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Oh, Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Goodbye Ghost
                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Yuba Rot
                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Metal Man
                                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Lazy Eyes And Dune
                                                                                                                                                                                                      9. Down The Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                      10. I Won't Hesitate
                                                                                                                                                                                                      11. Here On Earth
                                                                                                                                                                                                      12. Spider House

                                                                                                                                                                                                      When Roberto Carlos Lange, the musician known as Helado Negro, began writing ‘Far In’ immediately following the release of his acclaimed 2019 ‘This is How You Smile’, he could not have predicted that we would soon need to learn how to stay at home and be the stars of our domestic dancefloors with intimate and online communities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The titular pair in ‘Gemini and Leo’ stay indoors to discover each other anew with music recalling Lange’s youth growing up in South Florida listening to 80s club songs, and their return sampled in 90s hip-hop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Visions past and future meet in a euphoria of uptempo drums, Jen Wasner’s (Flock of Dimes) funky bassline, and Opal Hoyt’s (Zenizen) galactic swirl of warm and steely synths and bright backing vocals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      What was a prophesying rehearsal for the musician will, we can hope, soon be our fresh start, a choice to bring that energy home, or go out to meet it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Patrick says: This is lush! I immediately tipped Ryan Horsebeach to it upon listening, as it finds a fine middle ground between Mac Demarco's lazy jangle and the Whitest Boy Alive. #AccidentalBalearic

                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wake Up Tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gemini And Leo
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Purple Tones
                                                                                                                                                                                                      There Must Be A Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Like You
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aguas Frías
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hometown Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agosto (Feat.Buscabulla)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Outside The Outside
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brown Fluorescence
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wind Conversations
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank You For Ever
                                                                                                                                                                                                      La Naranja
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Telescope (Feat. Benamin)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mirror Talk


                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Decade

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The renowned avant-garde artist Phew has returned to Mute for her forthcoming album New Decade. Working with voice and electronics, New Decade’s six new tracks define her as a master of her craft. Described by pitchfork as ‘a Japanese underground legend’, she was a founding member of Osaka punk band Aunt Sally, who broke up in 1980. Since then she has worked solo and collaborated with musical luminaries including as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jim O’Rourke, Ana da Silva (The Raincoats), Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms) and Holger Czukay (Can). Her 1992 album for Mute, Our Likeness, features Alexander Hacke (Hackedepicciotto, Einstruzende Neubauten), Jaki Liebezeit (Can) and Chrislo Haas (Crime & the City Solution, DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses). New Decade will be released on CD and Limited Edition ‘Total Clear’ Vinyl. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                        LP Tracklist:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        A1. Snow And Pollen
                                                                                                                                                                                                        A2. Days Nights
                                                                                                                                                                                                        A3. Into The Stream
                                                                                                                                                                                                        B1. Feedback Tuning
                                                                                                                                                                                                        B2. Flashforward
                                                                                                                                                                                                        B3. Doing Nothing

                                                                                                                                                                                                        CD Tracklist:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Snow And Pollen
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Days Nights
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Into The Stream
                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Feedback Tuning
                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Flashforward
                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Doing Nothing

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Black Marble

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fast Idol

                                                                                                                                                                                                          On Fast Idol, LA-based Black Marble reaches back through time to connect with the forgotten bedroom kids of the analogue era, the halcyon days of icy hooks and warbly synths. Harmonies are piped in across the expanse of space, and lyrics capture conversations that seem to come from another room, repeat an accusation overheard, or speak as if in sleep of interpersonal struggles distilled down to one subconscious phrase. At the same time, percussive elements feel forward and cut through the mix with toms counting off the measures like a lost tribe broadcasting through the bass and tops of a basement club soundsystem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Melodies roll with the fizz and charm of Jacno and phrases repeated are electric torchlight ballads sung after hours in William Gibson’s San Francisco. ‘Somewhere’ opens in sombre herald, before dropping into a fast freeway tempo; the glassy synths and crisp beats cut through the anxious moods on ‘Bodies’ and ‘Try’ sits in a lineage with cult bands like Asylum Party. ‘The Garden’ is a journey through a post-apocalyptic cityscape, earthed by the pulse of a drum machine whereas ‘Ship To Shore’ could be a lost Oppenheimer Analysis B-side, and the album’s closer ‘Brighter and Bigger’ catches a sentiment like The Dadacomputer has learned to feel emotions. He captures the loneliness of Ray Bradbury’s atomic-era sci-fi and the apocalyptic but revolutionary spirit of Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil, as in ‘Preoccupation’, the beating heart of the album, which conjures ambivalent scenes of an empty world and the comfort to be found in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                          shared humanity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Emerging from the early 2000s New York synth scene, Black Marble carried on the tradition of early synthwave pioneers like Martin Dupont and Modern Art who repurposed synths once reserved for expensive studios and stadium rock superstars. Seeking to channel this spirit, Black Marble recalls the gauzy tape wow and flutter of The Membranes and the warbling VCO of Futurisk, carrying on a sound that seeks to channel the future while imprinting residue of the past.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                          01. Somewhere
                                                                                                                                                                                                          02. Bodies
                                                                                                                                                                                                          03. Royal Walls
                                                                                                                                                                                                          04. Try
                                                                                                                                                                                                          05. The Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                          06. Say It First
                                                                                                                                                                                                          07. Streetlight
                                                                                                                                                                                                          08. Ceiling
                                                                                                                                                                                                          09. Ship To Shore
                                                                                                                                                                                                          10. Preoccupation
                                                                                                                                                                                                          11. Brighter And Bigger

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Biffy Clyro

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Myth Of The Happily Ever After

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ is a homegrown project that represents a reaction to their #1 album ‘A Celebration of Endings’ and a rapid emotional response to the turmoil of the past year. It is the ying to the yang of ‘A Celebration’, the other-side-of-a-coin, a before-and-after comparison: their early optimism of 2020 having been brought back to earth with a resounding thud. It’s the product of a strange and cruel time in our lives, but one that ultimately reinvigorated Biffy Clyro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            “This is a reaction to ‘A Celebration of Endings’,” says vocalist / guitarist Simon Neil. “This album is a real journey, a collision of every thought and emotion we’ve had over the past eighteen months. There was a real fortitude in ‘A Celebration’ but in this record we’re embracing the vulnerabilities of being a band and being a human in this twisted era of our lives. Even the title is the polar opposite. It’s asking, do we create these narratives in our own minds to give us some security when none of us know what’s waiting for us at the end of the day?”

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grounded by lockdown, Biffy Clyro recorded ‘The Myth’ in a completely different way to how they approached ‘A Celebrations’. Rather than spending months in Los Angeles, they traded one West Coast for another by recording for just six weeks in their rehearsal room (converted DIY style into a fully functional studio by rhythm section brothers James and Ben Johnston) in a farmhouse closer to their homes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The trio went in with the intention of completing some unfinished songs from ‘A Celebration’, but instead ‘The Myth’ took over as it started to take shape late in 2020, with everything written and recorded within a ten-mile radius. Traditionally, 90% of Biffy songs have been written in Scotland before the band head to London or Los Angeles for recording, but this represented the first time they’ve ever recorded in their homeland. As Simon jokes, “It’s our first full-on tartan album!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘The Myth’ blends experimental flourishes with flashes of old school Biffy. ‘Existed’ is the moment that shaped the record an elegant expression of self-doubt that redefines the sonics of the band’s catalogue of vulnerable slowburners, while ‘DumDum’ is an even bigger departure, having been constructed primarily around soft synths sampled from Simon’s voice. And ‘Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep’ is just as audacious a closer as ‘Cop Syrup’ from ‘A Celebration’. It also represents one of a selection of “easter eggs” or “turns of phrase” that subtly complement and contrast the two records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            At the other extreme, devoted fans will connect with the feral anger of ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’, the arena-scaled drama of ‘Errors In The History of God’ and the sheer catchiness of ‘Witch’s Cup’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘The Myth’ has been launched alongside the new track ‘Unknown Male 01’. In six adventurous minutes, the band explore every facet they’re renowned for, taking in the unguarded emotion of its introduction, a skewed off-kilter breakdown, and a jagged, spiralling riff that builds towards a cataclysmic crescendo. The song reflects on friends who have taken their own lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            “When you lose people that you love deeply and have been a big part of your life, it can make you question every single thing about your own life,” he says. “Like a lot of creative people, I struggle with dark thoughts. If you’re that way inclined you realise you’re staring at darkness, but you don't want to succumb. Those moments don’t stop. As the song says, ‘The devil never leaves.’ There’s never a day where you wake up thinking, ‘I feel great, it won’t cross me ever again.’”

                                                                                                                                                                                                            A recurring concept of the album is the power of personal convictions, which have taken on an almost religious fervour via the echo chambers of social media and news platforms. But that idea has the nuance to rise above contrasting sides of an argument, arguing that greater unity and open-mindedness is the only way forward. Elsewhere, it spans everything from gaslighting to the ultimate devotion of cults and the beautiful failure of a Japanese racehorse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ‘DumDum’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. ‘Denier’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. ‘Separate Missions’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. ‘Witch’s Cup’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. ‘Holy Water’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. ‘Errors In The History Of God’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. ‘Haru Urara’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. ‘Unknown Male 01’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. ‘Existed’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            11. ‘Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep’

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good Morning


                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good Morning, the Melbourne duo of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons, are rulebreakers. Not in a sexy, flamboyant way — more in a casual, resigned kind of way. Accidental and incidental rulebreakers. They are friends first, band second, business third, often in spite of function, and often at their own expense. Every time the machinations of the industry have zigged, Good Morning have zagged.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In late 2019, after the release of The Option and Basketball Breakups, with a lengthy American tour looming, Good Morning decided to go back to basics — to record as a duo again, as they had on 2014's Shawcross and 2016's Glory. Over the course of the year, they demoed any number of songs in their Collingwood studio space, meeting up every Tuesday to write and record together as they always had. In November, as their American tour wrapped up, the pair decamped in Chicago, to properly record the demos they had amassed at Wilco’s famed studio, The Loft, with Tom Schick, the studio’s in-house engineer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Despite how quietly epochal Barnyard is — a milestone in the history of Good Morning — it’s also the band’s most meditative record, thoughtful and careful in its evocations. Barnyard is world-weary, concerned with the state of things in a loose, unfocussed sort of way. In other words, like we all are — frustrated both with the way things are and with everyone’s general inability to fix any of the many issues endemic to our society.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In spite of the appropriately bleak vibe, these songs feature some of Good Morning’s catchiest and most distinctive productions. The spritely groove and easygoing harmonies of “Depends On What I Know” belie its frustration-ridden lyrics; the gripping, awesome propulsion of “Country” persists in spite of its appeal to return to a simpler, easier way of being. Thoughtful, melodic, and idiosyncratic, Barnyard is all the things one might love about Good Morning, this time around presented with the fat trimmed and the edges sharpened, loose ends tied and ducks all in a row.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Too Young To Quit
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Depends On What I Know
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Wahlberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Yng_Shldn
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Matthew Newton
                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Tree
                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. I’ve Been Waiting
                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Burning
                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Big Wig // Small Dog
                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Never Enough
                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Green Skies
                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. Country

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Guided By Voices

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's Not Them, It Could Be Them It Is Them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It’s been just a few months since Guided By Voice’s faux rock opera Earth Man Blues garnered four-star and five-star reviews, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that it “squarely hits all the marks that make Guided By Voices great - again and again and again.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Again and again and again”, is perhaps GBV’s credo, with Robert Pollard’s never-ending supply of fascinating and supremely catchy rock. Just when one thinks one’s got them pinned down, album number thirty-four opens with bizarre percussion, mariachi trumpets, strings and acoustic guitar. The adventurous spirit pervades yet another killer album from the greatest and most versatile GBV line-up. The golden boys (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) can do no wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hooky singles “My (Limited) Engagement”, “High In The Rain” and “Dance of Gurus” intermingle with occasionally dark lyrics and the oddest of GBV oddballs, the ridiculous “Razor Bug”, “Psycho House”, and the “Maintenance Man Of The Haunted House”. The horns and strings return intermittently, with “The Bells Get Out Of The Way” going full Burt Bacharach. It’s Not Them. It Couldn’t Be Them. It Is Them! is a creative tourde- force full of surprises from the most prolific and captivating band on the planet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Spanish Coin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. High In The Rain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Dance Of Gurus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Flying Without A License
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Psycho House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Maintenance Man Of The Haunted House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. I Share A Rhythm 8. Razor Bug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                9. I Wanna Monkey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                10. Cherub And The Great Child Actor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                11. Black And White Eyes In A Prism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                12. People Need Holes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                13. The Bell Gets Out Of The Way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                14. Chain Gang Island
                                                                                                                                                                                                                15. My (Limited) Engagement


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spomenik - SIGNED EDITION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mark Radcliffe & Paul Langley present their newest release on Spun Out Of Control, presented in typically gorgeous fashion with two different formats for you to feast your eyes on. So what does it sound like you say? 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, after the brilliantly triumphant 'Opening Fanfare', this steady stream of Kraftwerkian light and retro-futuristic grooves hits us with the majestic 'Podgaric'. This piece outlines their intentions beautifully, with Langley's icy synthlines being offset by Radcliffe's repeated vocal phrases. It's this rare hint of vocals that helps to ground the tentatively euphoric swells and echoic reverb that cuts through the mix seamlessly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pieces like 'Ostra' further cement this retro-futuristic optimism, with sweeping arps and modulated filters working their way around a solid core of swooning pad swells and paddling aquatic ambience. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  While the more moody pieces like Niš are crucial to the flow of the LP, they only really shine when compared to their more upbeat neighbours, perfectly juxtaposing the spine-tingling heft and lysergic optimism of the following pieces ("all of us are equal, all of us the same"). 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As we flow into the later half of the LP, pieces like 'Kosmaj' echo the icy fragility hinted at in the earlier half of the LP, moving to dripping arps and quaint repeated synth phrases, coalescing into a driving rhythmic dancefloor material and providing the perfect counterpoint to the more atmospheric soundtracky numbers. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a heady and intoxicating listen, oscillating (pun intended) between icy atmospherics and grooving, kosmische beauty. Yet another killer outing from Spun Out Of Control. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ALL COPIES FROM HERE SIGNED BY MARK & PAUL. - Piccadilly exclusive. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: It's brilliant this, clearly influenced by the electronic lineage of Kraftwerk and the psychedelic grooves of the late 70's, as well as icy film soundtrack material and brutalist minimalistic industrial. Wonderfully conceptualised and perfectly realised, and as always, presented beautifully by Spun Out. Exclusive signed editions in-store here too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Opening Fanfare 00:27
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Podgarić 04:11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Kozara 04:10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Kadinjača 05:03
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Ostra 03:59
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Niš 04:18
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Barutana 04:59
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Kosmaj 05:47
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Tjentište 04:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Podgarič (Reprise) 01:22
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11. Closing Fanfare 00:31

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With an inventive, collaborative work method Ali O’May and Frazer Brown have quickly created a body of work that’s strikingly personal and staggeringly good. Modular magician Ali creates pools of electronic raw material out of his set-up, which Frazer then sets to work arranging and editing with his encyclopedic knowledge of dance music and expert ear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a winning formula which Castles In Space have embraced into their bosom – releasing “The Isolation Tapes” during lockdown and now their new album: “The Flow Across Borders”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The Flow Across Borders” continues and expands the ‘Dohnavùr Method’ now based upon a whole new set of creations from Ali and shaped into an extraordinarily diverse and thrilling collection by Frazer in his Armadale studio. The approach of following the direction suggested by Ali’s modular stems makes for a kinetic and high-voltage collection unshackled from genre boundaries, but with all tracks united by the duo’s shared sense of purpose. It’s a provocative and direct album which ranges from halcyon ambience to floor shaking techno. One can hear the clockwork precision of Plone in “The Kindness of Others” and the clean meticulousness of peak period Orbital in “Sunk”. A centrepiece of the record is the chilling spoken word social commentary mood piece, “Phlá Doiléir” (Scottish Gaelic for “The Vage Plague”). This is followed by the Eno-esque majesty of album closer “Pass remarkable”. It’s all here to be enjoyed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: Having been aware of both Fra and Ali's work for quite some time via the wonderful Castles In Space, it's a delight to finally get this into the shop (after ALL MANNER of issues). Deep percussion and flickering synth blips form the basis for Dohnavur's soaring, euphoric electronica. They're playing in Manchester next April, and i'll be supporting them too! Grab this and give it a spin, you won't regret it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. New Objectivity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Sestriere
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. The Kindness Of Others
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Sunk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Blue Stripe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Phlá Doiléir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Twenty There
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Pwll Du
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Five To Return
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Pass Remarkable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Swedish multi-instrumentalist Joel Wästberg’s third album as sir Was following 2019’s “Holding On To A Dream”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meditating on love, growth, self-acceptance, forgiveness, mortality and the passing of time, after realized a terminal health condition leaving him prone to strokes; “Let The Morning Come” contains his most candid writing to date. And yet, for all the heartache that comes with being cruelly confronted with one’s own mortality, the prevailing impression Wästberg leaves listeners with is one of hope, resulting in a collection that is life-affirming in the very truest sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  An artist renowned for conjuring dreamy melodies from unconventional arrangements, the album draws on the luxurious sounds of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, and utilizes an eclectic palette that encompasses complex polyrhythms, Medieval recorder harmonies and the languid sigh of a second hand Hammond organ. Wästberg sought to condense his songwriting, with the aim of evoking the immediacy of the music of his youth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lyrically too, time is of the essence, as displayed in song titles like “Waiting For The Weekend”, “Before The Morning Comes”, “I Don’t Think We Should Wait” and “Time To Let It Out”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sir Was, praised initially by Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf, has received support around the world with multiple plays on BBC 6 Music & BBC Radio 1, KCRW, Radio Nova, Radio Eins and more. Alongside this, he has performed and collaborated with Little Dragon, Efterklang’s Clasper Clausen, Falle Nioke (on the recent collaborative “Marasi” EP) and Junip, as well as performing at Eurosonic, Mad Cool and Benicassim Festivals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Millie says: Dreamy melodies and sensitive electronic beats, if Sir Was aim was to evoke nostalgia then it worked perfectly, it’s taken me right back. Definitely check this out if you like Foals, Tame Impala, it’s that kind of vibe but more toned down… just Indie music at it’s best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope We’ll Make It Through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I Need A Minute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spend A Lifetime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Before The Morning Comes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I Don’t Think We Should Wait
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Waiting For The Weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You Float
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I Wanna Feel Like That
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Time To Let It Out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gazelle Twin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Welcome To The Blumhouse: Nocturne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gazelle Twin’s incredible electronic score to horror film “Nocturne”, released as part of the Welcome To The Blumhouse series.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Includes previously released tracks by Gazelle Twin “Unflesh” and “Belly Of The Beast”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The score is pressed on clear vinyl and housed in a deluxe spined sleeve with digital download card included.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘The director wanted there to be a strong appearance of feminine rage featuring heavily in the score, building around the classical pieces,’ says Gazelle Twin. ‘She wanted to use some of my existing tracks, “Unflesh” and “Belly Of The Beast”, in a couple of scenes, so I took leave from the vocal style of “Unflesh”, which has a lot of strong chest singing inspired by Bulgarian Folksong. It became a motif that the music editor, Shie Rozow, weaved throughout the film for those especially fierce moments. Then there’s the ‘dread drones’ that haunt the whole score, getting more and more intense.’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Moira’s Sacrifice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Juliet’s Rage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. The Book
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Invocation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Belly Of The Beast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Assurance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Golden Light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Purification
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Triumph
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Consummation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11. Unflesh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12. Blood Sport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  13. Vivian’s Fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  14. Juliet’s Sacrifice



                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A new Soccer96 album is a chance for Danalogue (Dan Leavers) and Betamax (Maxwell Hallett) to return to something of a spiritual creative home. Between them, the keyboardist and drummer have become synonymous with the thriving London jazz scene and, in their mind-bending incarnation as the astral synths-and-drums pairing, they’ve traversed stylistic worlds. Over nearly a decade, the duo have metamorphosed from a DIY outfit whose rough-edged recordings hit with a punk spirit, to cosmic dreamers that use sound to travel the reaches of the mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “The record is inspired by the idea of humanity’s ever-increasing entanglement with technology and artificial intelligence, balancing fears and moral concerns with the possibilities of evolution’s next phase".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 Enter The Vortex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 Prelude To The Age Of Transhumanism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 Psychic Mechanics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 Dopamine Ft. Nuha Ruby Ra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 Entanglement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6 Red Skies Of The Anthropocene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7 Sitting On A Satellite Ft. Salami Rose Joe Louis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8 Use Music To Kill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9 Perfect Dystopia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10 Telepathic DNA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11 Interplanetary Meditations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12 Carry Us Home 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mildred Maude


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Three seemingly disparate characters from Cornwall – Matt Ashdown (guitar), Lee Wade (bass) and Louie Newlands (drums) – Mildred Maude are named after one of their grandmas and play an improvised noise that always seems to be teetering on the edge of chaos, but something incredibly beautiful at the same time, like a cross between Sonic Youth and Slowdive. It is utterly thrilling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sleepover is their second album and bears the influence of Stereolab, Can, Butthole Surfers, Yo La Tengo and Sun Ra, among others, with three of its four tracks being over 10 minutes in length. ‘Trevena’ is the loping opener; ‘Elliott’s Floor’ initially turned into My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Only Shallow’ by mistake and on the vinyl version it never ends, thanks to a locked groove; ‘Glen Plays Moses’ crosses a Red Sea of sound and is just epic in every way.The odd one out is ‘Chemo Brain’ – just under three minutes of Fugazi-esque frenzy, named after a side-effect of bassist Lee’s cancer treatment. The album artwork is also inspired by this – it’s a molecular model of cyclophosphamide, one of the drugs he was given.Mildred Maude’s DIY approach has been the only way for them to get anywhere in Cornwall, where they say they feel more in tune with Aphex Twin, Luke Vibert and the Rephlex Records crowd from the 1990s than any current scene. They do, however, unintentionally have something in common with the medieval Miracle Plays that would take place in the Duchy. “They were notoriously noisy to attract people to them,” explains guitarist Matt, “but were also events that brought communities together, and we like our live shows to have a sense of togetherness.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Matt says he is also inspired by historic places of worship. “There are some great places in Cornwall such as St Just Church and the open air Gwennap Pit in Redruth. It’s these beautiful spaces that I try to imagine we’re in when we’re playing live – so it’s fitting that we’re releasing this new album on Sonic Cathedral.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Trevena
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Chemo Brain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Elliott’s Floor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Glen Plays Moses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Circuit Des Yeux


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘-io’ is the sixth album by vocalist and composer Haley Fohr, best known as Circuit des Yeux. A celebrated figure in Chicago’s music community, she has released acclaimed albums via De Stijl, Thrill Jockey, and Drag City and toured throughout the world. However, '-io' is Circuit des Yeux’s most ornate and elaborate work to date – a set of compositions that nest Fohr’s otherworldly four-octave voice amid a 24-piece string, brass, and wind ensemble.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The album was put to tape last fall by Cooper Crain at Chicago’s Electrical Audio studio and mixed by Marta Salogni (Bjork, Holly Herndon) with Fohr acting as arranger and producer. Written in the wake of personal loss and recorded in the midst of the pandemic, '-io' maps a geography of grief – a place where “everything is ending all the time.” While Fohr’s music has never been short on ambition, these songs are striking in their brilliance and strangeness. On '-io', Circuit des Yeux has delivered a work that is vivid, immense, and fully illuminated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonglen | In Vain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Chase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sculpting The Exodus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Walking Toward Winter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Neutron Star
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oracle Song

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Strand Of Oaks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In Heaven