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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Cool It Down

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

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


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



      each album always starts with a feeling
      that i try to shape into sound
      this time around
      the feeling was landing
      ( after my last album utopia which was all island in the clouds element air and no bass )
      on the earth and digging my feet into the ground
      it was also woven into how i experienced the "now"
      this time around 7 billion of us did it together
      nesting in our homes quarantining
      being long enough in one place that we shot down roots
      my new album "fossora" is about that
      it is a word i made up
      it is the feminine of fossore ( digger, delver, ditcher )
      so in short it means "she who digs" ( into the ground )
      so sonically it is about bass , heavy bottom-end,
      we have 6 bass clarinets and punchy sub
      i would like to especially thank bergur þórisson and heba kadry
      side project , el guincho , hamrahlíð choir , soraya nayyar , clarinet sextet murmuri , siggi string quartet ensemble , emilie nicolas , serpentwithfeet
      viibra and last but not least : sindri and dóa .
      visuals were made by viðar logi , james merry , m/m , nick knight , andy huang , edda , isshehungry , tomi , sayaka , sunna , sara and heimir
      and my ever so loyal and magnificent team : derek , rosamary , catherine , chiara , hilma and móa


      Liam says: Returning to Iceland during the pandemic, Bjork's tenth record 'Fossora' began as conceptual clarinet album that was in part inspired by the death of her mother. However 'Fossora' ultimately became, as Bjork describes it, an "Iceland album". Much like the volcanic landscape of Iceland, 'Fossora' is a vast, alluring and beautiful record that once again proves that Bjork will always be here to push the boundaries she once set - all whilst dressed as a mushroom.


      Angels & Queens - Part I

        The first time I heard Gabriels’ Love And Hate In A Different Time, back in Autumn 2020, in the depths of lockdown, I fell in love with it instantly. It felt like such a spark of light in the gloom and it still fills me with joy every time I hear it. The question was whether they could follow that up or was it just a one off? Well finally, some two years later, they give us the answer in the shape of their debut LP (well the first half of their debut – part 2 follows next year). Angels & Queens is simply wonderful. It has the same markers as the single: Lush soul, gospel, string swells and of course that voice, but the mood is very different. It’s an album about love and loss and as such is suitably dramatic, with each song seeming like a mini masterpiece. They give a fresh take on classic soul and gospel song structures, and infuse them with strings, keys and horns, all topped with Jacob’s sublimely angelic falsetto vocal. They’ve created an album of atmospheric and absolutely compelling modern gospel blues.


        1. Angels & Queens
        2. Taboo
        3. Remember Me
        4. If You Only Knew
        5. To The Moon And Back
        6. The Blind
        7. Mama

        Denzel Curry

        Melt My Eyez See Your Future

          'Melt My Eyez See Your Future' arrives as Denzel Curry’s most mature and ambitious album to date. Recorded over the course of the pandemic, Denzel shows his growth as both an artist and person. Born from a wealth of influences, the tracks highlight his versality and broad tastes, taking in everything from drum’n’bass to trap. To support this vision and show the breadth of his artistry, Denzel has enlisted a wide range of collaborators and firmly plants his flag in the ground as one of the most groundbreaking rappers in the game.

          The iconic Pixies forged an influential path for alt-rock during their first era, while their post 2004 reunion has seen them alchemize more sophisticated dark arts - a return which has them add another three UK Top 10 albums to the three they achieved on their first run. Now as fired up as ever before, Pixies will release their eighth studio album ‘Doggerel’ on September 30th via BMG, including lead single ‘There’s a Moon On’.

          ‘Doggerel’ is a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock, haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces and envisioning digital afterlives where no God has provided one. And all the while, right there on the news, another distant storm approaches.


          1. Nomatterday
          2. Vault Of Heaven
          3. Dregs Of The Wine
          4. Haunted House
          5. Get Simulated
          6. The Lord Has Come Back Today
          7. Thunder And Lightning
          8. There’s A Moon On
          9. Pagan Man
          10. Who’s More Sorry Now?
          11. You’re Such A Sadducee
          12. Doggerel

          The Advisory Circle

          Full Circle

            Full Circle is the sixth album by long time Ghost Box roster member, The Advisory Circle. Self-avowed synaesthesiac, Cate Brooks conjures a very visual fantasy in four acts (the vinyl version across four sides of a luxurious gatefold double 10”). Her tracks evoke human dramas played out against the timeless backdrop of a utopian built environment, where leisure, luxury, elegance and romance are always in fashion.

            Brooks' music is by turns ambient, dramatic, upbeat and melancholic. It's instrumental electronica of the very highest calibre, an expert and masterly manipulation of electronic equipment both old and new. Light touches of acoustic and electric instrumentation and flourishes of both tape and digital sound manipulation add colour throughout.

            This long running solo project is saturated in 70s and 80s TV and library music influences, and in some ways Full Circle is a call back to the 2005 debut EP Mind How You Go. However, the music and production have evolved over the yers, into a distinctively rich and three dimensional soundworld. The album wears its influences and sonic components proudly, but feels contemporary, cool, and fresh. Brooks' music career predates and now transcends the world of hauntological electronica that it inspired.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Full Circle
            2. Wait Hear Now
            3. Time Immemorial
            4. Autres Voix
            5. Russian Doll
            6. Blueprint
            7. Recovery Process
            8. Just A Dream
            9. Fit For Purpose
            10. Away Days
            11. Inner Activity
            12. Situation One
            13. The Architecture
            14. Sky Court
            15. The Luxury Spectrum
            16. Full Circle Logotone

            Debut album from the experimental pop artist Shygirl. The 12-track album was created with a close-knit group of friends and previous collaborators including Mura Masa, Sega Bodega, Karma Kid, Arca and Cosha along with the producers Noah Goldstein, Danny L Harle, BloodPop, Vegyn and Kingdom.

            "Nymph" reveals Shygirl’s inner self-reflection in experimental vocal tones and deconstructed dance melodies and exhibits a new level of intimacy and emotional depth in her songwriting. Simultaneously asserting her power and freedom and yet still longing for love, she delivers us lyrical harmonies and catchy hooks telling stories of relationships, sexual desires and romantic frustrations. Over lush production, Shygirl brings us on the journey of what intimacy is like for a woman who’s seen as ‘too hot to handle’, someone sought after and overlooked at the same time. Shygirl’s melodies intertwine with the sounds of bassline, garage, dancehall and hip hop, all seamlessly flowing together like an artful ribbon dance.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Don't sleep on the neo-heart-melter: "Heaven" which aptly gives Sophie a run for her money in the 'future-emotional-heartbreak-ballad' stakes.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side 1
            1. Woe (3:41)
            2. Come For Me (1:07)
            3. Shlut (2:32)
            4. Little Bit (3:34)
            5. Firefly (3:15)
            6. Coochie (A Bedtime Story) (2:58)
            Side 2
            1. Heaven (2:42)
            2. Nike (2:10)
            3. Poison (2:42)
            4. Honey (3:36)
            5. Missing U (0:59)
            6. Wildfire (2:56)


            The Bible

              Kurt Wagner found himself in Minneapolis in the sweltering summer of 2021, in a decommissioned paint factory turned practice space, when everybody was still kind of looking at everybody else as a potential source of disease. He entrusted himself to this piano player, Andrew Broder, and his mad genius of a production partner, Ryan Olson. “Ryan and Andrew, they’re like two sides of my personality,” Wagner says. “And if you put them together as a team, they represent me.” This would be the first time Wagner let somebody else -not to mention somebody else without any sort of a connection to holy, old Nashville - produce a Lambchop record.

              It was in that decommissioned paint factory in Minneapolis, watching a bunch of burnout freaks play their instruments, that Wagner found his way to writing The Bible. The sessions reminded him of those long-ago days at the Springwater Supper Club in Nashville, when he first brought the afterparty back to his house. But maybe because he wasn’t the one making the afterparty rules this time, the music on The Bible is more unpredictable than it’s ever been on a Lambchop record. Jazz careening into country, into disco, into funk, and back to country. This is Lambchop’s new album - born in a new place, but out of a process that he first discovered back home in Nashville, the one that helped him find his own voice in the first place. Amen. This is The Bible.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. His Song Is Sung
              A2. Little Black Boxes
              A3. Daisy
              B1. Whatever, Mortal
              B2. A Major Minor Drag
              B3. Police Dog Blues
              C1. Dylan At The Mousetrap
              C2. Every Child Begins The World Again
              C3. So There
              C4. That's Music

              Side D. Etching (No Music) 

              Moon Duo

              Live At Levitation

                The first Austin Psych Fest was held in March 2008, and expanded to a 3 day event the following year. From there the festival quickly developed into an international destination for psychedelic rock fans, with lineups spanning the fringes of indie rock, from up-and-comers to vintage legends, and capped off with headlining performances from The Black Angels each year. The Black Angels and Levitation helped spark a movement, inspiring the creation of similar events across the globe and a burgeoning psych scene that would soon ignite. The series captures key moments in psychedelic rock history, and live music in Austin, Texas. The artists and sets showcased on Live at Levitation have been chosen from over a decade of recordings at the world-renowned event, and document key artists in the scene performing for a crowd of their peers and fans who gather at Levitation annually from all over the world.

                These recordings capture Moon Duo as they rose to prominence as one of the defining creative forces of the psychedelic rock scene, with Sanae at the helm of their signature cosmic synth boogie + mind melting guitar work from Ripley Johnson. Side A showcases the band in its original incarnation, at Austin Psych Fest 2012, the band rose as a powerful two piece filling a sonic space with a pulsating and driving wall of sound. Side B shows the bands 2014 return and growth, now as a trio joined by John Jeffrey, live drums mix’d perfectly with their distorted synth sound creating a propulsion unlike any other and very distinctly Moon Duo. Working closely with the band to ensure an authentic listening experience, this show has been mixed and mastered for vinyl.

                TRACK LISTING

                SIDE A
                1. Run Around
                2. Dead West
                3. Motorcycle, I Love You
                4. Set It On Fire
                SIDE B
                1. Sleepwalker
                2. I Been Gone
                3. In The Sun
                4. Goners

                Psychic Ills

                Live At Levitation

                  The first Austin Psych Fest was held in March 2008, and expanded to a 3 day event the following year. From there the festival quickly developed into an international destination for psychedelic rock fans, with lineups spanning the fringes of indie rock, from up-and-comers to vintage legends, and capped off with headlining performances from The Black Angels each year. The Black Angels and Levitation helped spark a movement, inspiring the creation of similar events across the globe and a burgeoning psych scene that would soon ignite. The series captures key moments in psychedelic rock history, and live music in Austin, Texas. The artists and sets showcased on Live at Levitation have been chosen from over a decade of recordings at the world-renowned event, and document key artists in the scene performing for a crowd of their peers and fans who gather at Levitation annually from all over the world.

                  When it comes to following the beat of their own drum, New York’s Psychic Ills have exemplified the phrase since their beginnings in 2003. Initially spawned from electroniccentered home recording experiments, they progressed into all-night full-band exploration in a neighborhood where noise wasn’t a problem. They soon after evolved into a live band seemingly at home within the extended jam, exploring a variety of musical terrain. The early years saw several releases for Social Registry, tons of time on the road, and collaborations with artists as diverse as Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) and Sonic Boom (Spacemen Three/Spectrum).

                  We are proud to welcome Psychic Ills to the Live at Levitation series. The release showcases the band's appearance at Austin Psych Fest 2012. Mixed and Mastered for Vinyl.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  SIDE A
                  1. Midnight Moon
                  2. Mind Daze
                  3. Incense Head
                  4. Ring Finger
                  5. Electriclife
                  SIDE B
                  1. Meta
                  2. Diamond City
                  3. January Rain
                  4. I'll Follow You Through The Floor

                  The Vacant Lots


                    Created under isolation, ‘Closure’ is the fourth album from Brooklyn duo The Vacant Lots and is Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen’s most fully realised work to date. Out September 30th on Fuzz Club Records, the record packs 8 minimal is maximal salvos into 23 minutes that coalesce into a stun-blast soundtrack for today’s shattered society. New York City’s artistic skyline may have changed immeasurably since the last century, yet the minimalist post-punk/synth-pop duo vividly gouge into the city’s immortal outsider spirit and underground cultural tropes, set against a pulsating backdrop of modern apocalypse.

                    Laced with evocatively concise and lacerating lyrics delivered detached and deadpan, ‘Closure’s spine-chilling onslaught of towering guitar shrapnel, ethereal metallic synth melodies and cold electronic turbulence comes infused with shades of New Order and Jesus And Mary Chain; the kind of modern disco and post-punk grooves that pillaged New York clubs in the 80s. Inevitably, the penetrating spirit of New York electronic trailblazers Suicide haunts the new record with its subterranean gravitational pull, having previously manifested physically when the two-piece befriended the late Alan Vega – leading to collaborations, support spots and Artaud now co-curating the ‘Vega Vault’ of unreleased material and co-producing and mixing the 2021 lost ‘Mutator’ LP.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1 Thank You
                    2 Consolation Prize
                    3 Eyes Closed
                    4 Disintegration
                    5 Obsession
                    6 Chase
                    7 Red Desert
                    8 Burning Bridges


                    Free LSD

                      OFF!, the punk braintrust formed in 2010 by Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides), will release their first new album in eight years, Free LSD on Fat Possum Records.

                      The band’s powerful new rhythm section: bassist Autry Fulbright II (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead) and drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Herbie Hancock) accompany the release. The injection of new energy into the band’s signature high-anxiety hardcore is palpable and volatile, adding a new swing to the music’s incendiary thrust.

                      Real Lies

                      Lad Ash

                        London electronic act Real Lies combine classic English pop-poetic story-telling with the uncanny rainswept atmospheres of auteurs like Claude Young, Drexciya and Richard D James. On their second album, lyricist Kevin Lee Kharas romanticises ecstasy-fuelled teenage joyrides that set the coordinates for two decades of thrill-seeking hedonism. A wild period that resulted in both the group’s euphoric 2015 debut Real Life and the prolonged six-year wait for its follow up.

                        In places, that euphoria remains – they’ve never sounded higher than on ‘Dream On’ – but generally the mood here is darker, more late-night, club-ready and ruminative. There are songs about losing childhood friends in mysterious circumstances (‘Dolphin Junction’), bandmates (‘Boss Trick’ is a wake for former member Tom Watson), childhood innocence (‘An Oral History Of My First Kiss’) and huge swathes of memory (‘The Carousel’). As the title implies, Lad Ash is a coming-of-age album that draws out the beauty and longing of the young British male experience by reframing it through an elegiac, at times almost gothic, lens.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Liam says: Without a doubt one of my releases of the year, Real Lies' sophomore 'Lad Ash' is finally available on vinyl after its digital release earlier this year. Capturing the magic and the melancholia of being in your 20s in 2022, 'Lad Ash's mixture of The Streets and Pet Shop Boys will have you craving and reminiscing those long-lost nights out you never had.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1 Ethos
                        A2 Boss Trick
                        A3 An Oral History Of My First Kiss
                        A4 Dream On

                        B1 Late Arcades
                        B2 Thameslink Tryst
                        B3 Dolphin Junction
                        B4 All Good Dogs

                        C1 Since I
                        C2 The Carousel
                        C3 Your Guiding Hand
                        C4 DiCaprio

                        D1 You Were In Love
                        D2 I Wander
                        D3 Oh Me, Oh My (Nicotine Patch)
                        D4 Birds

                        Band Of Cloud

                        This Is Tomorrow

                          "Band Of Cloud’s David Owen has previous. Hailing from Leeds, he knocked about with Soft Cell early doors, hoovered up 80s synthpop, got distracted by The Sisters Of Mercy, formed The Hollow Men, dropped out for a couple of decades and popped back up in 2011 with the utterly brilliant ‘We Know Where The Time Goes’ by The FLK – a folk version of The KLF’s ‘Chill Out’. Yes, it’s as great as that sounds.

                          Judging by all that, ‘This Is Tomorrow’ should be good. David reveals that the first album he bought, aged 16, was Tangerine Dream’s ‘Force Majeure’. On clear vinyl. With a sticker. It’s a record that has impact, this is his homage.

                          ‘This Is Tomorrow’ is like a fever dream, all drifty and floaty and hypnotisey. It comes as four lengthy tracks that sound like they should build to some of release, but never quite do. It has a kind of ‘Twin Peaks’ what-the-f*ckery about it. Odd samples, noises here, strange sounds there. ‘The Hidden Memory’ is proper flickering light bulbs stuff."
                          - Neil Mason, Moonbuilding, Summer 2022

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Band Of Cloud
                          2. The Hidden Memory
                          3. Night Visiting Song
                          4. This Is Tomorrow

                          The Snuts

                          Burn The Empire

                            Ahead of a coveted slot at this year’s Glastonbury, The Snuts have announced their highly-anticipated new album Burn The Empire, out on Parlophone Records. The album follows their acclaimed, number 1-selling debut album, W.L and today sees the fourth taste of the record with new single ‘The Rodeo’.

                            One of the most exciting acts in the UK right now, The Snuts deliver 11 slices of sonic brilliance on Burn The Empire. Produced by longtime collaborators Detonate and Clarence Coffee Jr the album continues the band’s evolution both sonically and lyrically. A voice for the next generation lead singer Jack Cochrane attacks subjects affecting the youth of today. Opening with the album’s title track, a no holds barred protest against the corrupt corporations and politicians, the album delves into the negative effects of social media on ‘Zuckerpunch’ and ‘13’ tackles the lack of mental health services and the lethal effects of poverty across Britain and its impact on society.

                            “The universe delivered us time to create a record where we finally felt we could address some of the topics, be it societal or spiritual, that we have been dying to scream out,” lead singer Jack Cochrane said of the album. “There are songs about the highs & lows, stuff we really want to talk about and things we cannot help but feel, but have just never made the space to.”

                            Infectious, euphoric, heartfelt and packed to the brim with hooks, Burn The Empire is the work of a band living in the moment, with an eye to the future. Armed with a chart-topping album and an arsenal of adoring fans up and down the country, these four lads from Whitburn, West Lothian, are well on their way to being one of the most vital bands of recent years.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Burn The Empire
                            2. Zuckerpunch
                            3. The Rodeo
                            4. 13
                            5. Knuckles
                            6. End Of The Road (feat. Rachel Chinouriri)
                            7. Pigeons In New York
                            8. Hallelujah Moment
                            9. Cosmic Electronica
                            10. Yesterday
                            11. Blah Blah Blah


                            Solar Bridge

                              Emeralds — musicians John Elliott, Steve Hauschildt, and Mark McGuire — emerged from the rust-pocked, post-millennial Midwest drone/noise scene seemingly unable or uninterested in keeping up with themselves. Their proliferation of material was intimidating; mountains of improvised, home-recorded music were released on limited-edition tapes, CD-Rs, and split LPs. There is and was a sense that the Ohio trio was after something beyond physical mediums. By 2008, their sprawling live sets were a known can’t-miss at any underground experimental event. Tiny Mix Tapes reviewed that year’s appearance at No Fun Fest: “No one’s sawtooths, sines, and other various waveforms were so beautifully sculpted and beamed out into the Plejades as Emeralds’.” These basement dwellers were shaping meditative, psychedelic, arpeggiated electronic music in the veins of German kosmische forebears like Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, and Tangerine Dream. Made primarily with synthesizers and guitar, Emeralds’ music possessed the same astral psyche with a home-crafted punk edge, a distant descendant of that pioneering era, and a bridge to someplace new, someplace scorched. Released on Aaron Dilloway’s (Wolf Eyes, etc.) Hanson imprint, Solar Bridge was the first Emeralds album to receive any kind of proper distribution and represents the first attempt to archivally preserve their fluid craft. The first of an inimitable five-LP run before the band dissolved in 2013, Solar Bridge is a moment of glistening primacy that boots up a catalog and legacy that the heads still grapple with. Emeralds begin to make sense of it in the fall of 2022 with a remastered Solar Bridge LP release on Ghostly International.

                              The Midwest leaves an indelible mark on Emeralds’ sound; their debut characteristically vibrates as if from a ghost mall or some other relic of the rust belt. Side A, “Magic,” finds the three young musicians summoning by way of analog synthesis and processed guitar motifs. Though it could be loosely called “drone,” this miasmic wall of melody ripples through dynamics; pulses ebb and flow in and out in a way where every edge disappears. Like any good magic trick, there is something invisible at play here.

                              On Side B, “The Quaking Mess,” oxidized squeals and shuddering mechanical whines commingle with square and saw wave pads and flickering guitar details to create a post-industrial parking lot tableau. Eventually, the ground swells up, and a massive firmament trembles below the wobbling synths and rickety electronics. There is a power at the heart of Emeralds’ sound that displays a kind of egalitarian psychedelia, a working-class kosmische, a proletariat trip zone. Everyone is welcome to watch the world fold in on itself as they are pulled into the portal.

                              “Photosphere,” a previously unreleased recording included as a digital exclusive, affords a look at a more serene stretch from the same session. A demure guitar loop wafts above slowly shifting tectonic synthesizer drones; the tremendous restraint the trio shows here hints at part of the unique place they would carve out for themselves, both together and respectively, in the annals of American DIY experimental music. Elliott, McGuire, and Hauschildt are known now for being tuned into a mutual vocabulary as Emeralds. They are players that exercise a kind of profound listening. Slowness, as a kind of punk ethos. As the static sputters into the right channel around the twelve-minute mark, the scene becomes selfaware, and we are released into the ether.

                              Emeralds materialized as a fully formed entity radiating cosmic potential. Their discography evolved and incorporated different qualities and vocabularies but hearing where it started will always feel different. The density, the patience, and the sheer refinement presented on Solar Bridge legibly demonstrates how and why Emeralds has become a legendary part of the contemporary electronic music canon. 

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Magic
                              B1. The Quaking Mess 

                              Mato’s back with on Stix with “Jazz-Funk Dub Tribute”, a new project by the French producer with exclusive dub versions of some of the most famous jazz-funk, soul-jazz, funk & fusion tracks.

                              After the amazing success of his “Summer Madness / Maiden Voyage” single, respectively covering Kool & The Gang and Herbie Hancock, Mato got deeper within the American black music repertoire. He worked on tracks that can be considered as serious classics of the jazz-funk scene.

                              We all remember the melodies from Eddie Henderson ("Inside You"), WAR ("The World Is A Ghetto"), Weather Report ("Black Market"), Deodato ("Caravan"), Grover Washington Jr. ("Loran's Dance"), Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra ("Midnight Groove"), Herbie Hancock ("Maiden Voyage"), The Meters ("Cissy Strut") or Lonnie Liston Smith ("Visions Of A New World"). Imagine them reworked and tailored by the modern dub master. Needless to say, Mato, who’s playing most instruments and synthesizers, did a fantastic job and you’ll be blown when hearing these versions.

                              Starting his reggae production career in 2006, Thomas Blanchot (aka Mato) has released music through various projects on EDR Records, Big Singles or Makasound... In the meantime, he developed a real trademark: taking over classic French, hip-hop, OST, classical or pop songs, into roots reggae-dub new versions. Besides, since 2010, Mato has built a solid reputation thanks to his hot remixes of hip-hop classics on Stix Records. Last year he also released “Scary Dub”, which focused on scary movies' soundtracks.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Summer Madness Dub (Album Version)
                              Inside You Dub
                              The World Is A Ghetto Dub
                              Black Market Dub
                              Caravan Dub
                              Loran's Dance Dub
                              Midnight Groove Dub
                              Maiden Voyage Dub
                              Cissy Strut Dub
                              Visions Of A New World Dub

                              Kuedo is an avant garde artist based in Berlin. Synergising Vangelis-esque futuristic melodies with thunderous drum programming, the sound is otherworldly in palette and explosive in dynamics. The album sonics owe as much to modern R&B icons like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd as they do to legendary composers such as David Axelrod and Tangerine Dream or contemporary breakbeat scientists Sully and Jlin.

                              Collaborating with Flying Lotus on the “Blade Runner: Black Out 2022” OST (directed by Shinichirō Watanabe) led to Kuedo being signed by FlyLo’s Grammy-winning label Brainfeeder. He is a genuine genius of an artist who effortlessly treads the tightrope between electronica, classical and pop, and accordingly finds himself in demand with luxury brands such as Fendi and Bvlgari in addition to trailblazing haute couture designers such as Iris Van Herpen.

                              Recommended if you like… Oneohtrix Point Never, Flying Lotus, Floating Points, Flume, Arca, FKA Twigs & Space Afrika. 

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: A undeniably Brainfeeder-esque artist drops album three (previous two on the equally experimental Planet Mu) and it's a riot of future electrics, freeform machine jazz and heavenly transmissions beamed from far away galaxies.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              01. Sliding Through Our
                              02. Harlequin Hallway
                              03. Time Glide
                              04. Aeolian Bodies
                              05. Shadow Dance
                              06. Encounter(vanish)
                              07. Infinite Window
                              08. Paradise Water
                              09. Skybleed Magic
                              10. Cracked Face Panel
                              11. Never - Para Sempre

                              Jake Mehew's debut album Sage is a modern and contemporary take on spiritual jazz, a truly exceptional record from the eclectic and highly talented Leeds' artist.Whilst staying within the ethos of spontaneous, unedited performance, Mehew constantly pushes and manipulates the genre's boundaries.The recognisable and lush sound of the Fender Rhodes, layered on a bed of punchy, percussive, grooves, provides the bedrock for powerful improvisations, running alongside Meyhew's subtle analogue synth manipulation and production.

                              Sage was workshopped over one frantic lockdown week in August 2020. It's a truly honest experience of seven days of hard work, a multi tracked record, made without using overdub to capture the true energy of the performance.True to the spirit of albums made in a pre digital era Mehew set out to capture ideas, interaction and performance at their inception rather than post production.

                              Jake Mehew is an up and coming composer, performer and producer based in Leeds, UK. His work combines principles of free improvisation with the technological considerations of the avant-garde. Using a combination of acoustic instruments, modular synthesisers and samplers Mehew creates rich, meditative soundscapes that envelop the listener in an immersive sound field.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Rainfall
                              2. The Black Nation
                              3. Sage
                              4. The Key
                              5. Freefall
                              6. Say What Again!
                              7. The Harvest
                              8. Calm Storm
                              9. Astral Coastline
                              10. Alternate Manifestations
                              11. Freeflow

                              Julia, Julia


                                Debut Solo Album From Julia Kugel (The Coathangers).

                                If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

                                This is the crucial question at the core of Julia, Julia, the moniker for Julia Kugel, founding member of garage punk icons The Coathangers and the dream pop duo Soft Palms. On her first solo full-length album Derealization, Kugel shifts her focus from collaboration and band dynamics towards a singular artistic vision and private self-discovery. Steeped in the beguiling pop elements of her past work, Derealization is a meditative deep dive into the mind of a person struggling to understand a crumbling internal and external world. The album traverses a landscape of ethereal folk, atmospheric deconstructed pop, and dubbed-out country ballads, all centered around straight forward and direct lyrics. This juxtaposition of nebulousness and lucidity gives the album a sense of clarity emerging from the haze, an apt refection of Kugel's personal growth and journey toward self-acceptance.

                                Derealization is based on weaving the unreal, unsaid, and unknown into an undulating sonic fabric. Vocal layering and abstract instrumentation convey a blurred desperation to connect to an emotional and psychological focal point. Moody, dark, and sumptuous, the record is a flow chart of Julia Kugel coming into herself as an artist and songwriter. The album finds Julia playing almost all the instruments and taking her first stab at engineering at COMA, her and her husband's home recording studio in Long Beach, CA.

                                “You know how touring musicians often speak of whether home is real or tour is real? Well, it can lead you to lose grasp on ‘reality,’ especially when touring is taken away and you are left to wonder if anything was ever real, including yourself. Like you we're just playing a character,” Kugel says of her headspace leading up to the creation of Derealization. “Honestly, I kinda lost it, and through making this record I made peace with it and reconciled myself as a real person. I forgave myself and in turn forgave those around me. The song ‘Forgive Me’ is the apology I wanted to say and to hear. I wrote every song from that place and gained the confidence I was pretending to possess.”

                                This raw and personal approach to the lyrics is present throughout Derealization. On the opening track "I Want You," Kugel creates a woozy sense of space with reverb-soaked drums and spaghetti western guitars while she lists off her desires for a mysterious “you.” Is she actually listing off her desires for herself? For the people around her? As she repeats "do you feel it?" in the song’s chorus, it feels as if she’s conjuring a magical thread by which we are all connected, showing us how our desires are all the same. On "Fever In My Heart" the listener is treated to a lush, acoustic techno track detailing the exhilarating madness of an emotional breakdown. Simple truths percolate to the surface on "Words Don't Mean Much,” as if clearing away the murk of platitudes and empty gestures. The journey continues on the detached and conflicted "Do It Or Don't,” an alluring walk through the winding road of lonely choices.

                                The name for the project Julia, Julia is a look in the mirror, a refection of what is hidden and unanswered, of what is real and what is transient. The experience of living life not as you planned it but as it unfolded, and the mysterious, magical pain that creates meaning.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. I Want You
                                2. Forgive Me
                                3. Impromptu
                                4. Fever In My Heart
                                5. Words Don’t Mean Much
                                6. Do It Or Don't
                                7. No Hard Feelings
                                8. Big Talkin'
                                9. Paper Cutout
                                10. Where Did You Go
                                11. Corner Town

                                Sharron Kraus


                                  Sharron Kraus' newest collection of songs was written during and partly in response to the pandemic and the relative isolation it plunged us into. She dives into deep explorations of themes of kinship with other humans as well as the natural world, and of what happens when those kinship bonds are severed or abused. Sonically the album is on a continuum with her previous solo album, Joy's Reflection is Sorrow, with its layered synths, guitars and recorders.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Tell Me, Death
                                  2. The Ways We Hurt
                                  3. The World Within The World
                                  4. Do It Yourself
                                  5. The Trees Keep On Growing
                                  6. The Locked Garden
                                  7. Weft And Warp
                                  8. More Of Your Thoughts
                                  9. Shot Through With You
                                  10. A Kind Kind (Of Human)

                                  Alison Cotton

                                  The Portrait You Painted Of Me

                                    Alison Cotton presents The Portrait You Painted of Me, a new 6-track album – her first for Rocket Recordings (released on Feeding Tube in the USA). Like Alison’s previous solo albums, the touchstones of her immersive sound are viola, harmonium and voice, merged together to create a rich suite of songs. ‘Mumurations Over the Moor’ is a wordless piece of layered vocals, drifting like fog towards a sunset over the green undulations of North East England (from where she hails). ‘The Last Wooden Ship’ evokes the shipyards of Sunderland using droning harmonium and viola lines, laced with piano and percussion events, while her voice calls out like one of Tim Buckley’s Sirens urging listeners to a rocky demise. ‘I Buried the Candlesticks’ has a haunted, traditional feel with its dolorously folky viola melody laid across a thick carpet harmonium, and small bursts of percussion that sound like cannonade heard through the thick cold walls of a castle in winter. ‘That Tunnel Underground Seemed Neverending’ is a musical vision of Northumberland’s mining culture at the dawn of the 20th Century - labyrinthine, subterranean, dimmer than night. ‘Violet May’, the only traditional “song” on the album, was inspired by a trip to Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst Castle.

                                    Its plot deals with a reclusive artist who has forsaken all else for a life of solitary creation in her tower. The structure and sound reminiscent of a post-modern approach to lyrical concerns dealt with by folk singers of the British ‘60s, but the actual arrangement is closer to something John Cale might have done with Nico on The Marble Index. The closing track, ‘17th November 1962’, inspired by nearly-forgotten memories of disaster with a fishing boat, a storm and an ill-fated rescue attempt. The song (and album) ends with what sounds like a forlorn foghorn cutting across waves of night with Alison’s voice again evoking the Sirens.

                                    As with its predecessors, The Portrait You Painted of Me was recorded at home in London, beautifully produced by Alison’s partner, Mark Nicholas, and it contains all the elements that result in the sombre, exquisite melancholy she creates. This is some serious and remarkable stuff.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    01. Murmurations Over The Moor
                                    02. The Last Wooden Ship
                                    03. I Buried The Candlesticks
                                    04. That Tunnel Underground Seemed Neverending
                                    05. Violet May
                                    06. 17th November 1962


                                    Private View

                                      Esteemed British electronic outfit Blancmange return with ‘Private View’. Originally from the UK’s post punk DIY scene, Blancmange found success in 1982, long player ‘Happy Families’ selling Gold in the UK, and its 3 singles becoming international hits. They went on to have 7 Top 40 hits and 70 weeks in the UK album charts. Long-standing admirers include Moby, John Grant and Honey Dijon, who states that “British synth pop was hugely influential in the burgeoning house music scene and Blancmange was a big part of that.” 40 years and 16 albums later, Blancmange have re-signed to London Records with the captivating and inspired ‘Private View’, melding futuristic electronics, Neil Arthur’s unmistakable vocal hooks, and songs spanning buoyant and joyful to dark and brooding.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      What’s Your Name
                                      Some Times These
                                      Reduced Voltage
                                      Here We Go Go
                                      Who Am I
                                      Everything Is Connected
                                      I Tried To Be You
                                      Private View
                                      Take Me 

                                      Ben Harper

                                      Bloodline Maintenance

                                        Ben Harper releases his eagerly anticipated, fiercely personal soulful album, Bloodline Maintenance. The album is preceded by the single “We Need To Talk About It” which, propelled by Harper’s blisteringly funky guitar, defiantly addresses the wounds of slavery through a sharp-edged call-and-response with gospel backing vocals and pounding rhythms augmented by the distinctive sound of the African talking drum.

                                        “This whole album is really soul music reinterpreted with a lap steel,” Harper says. “I believe strongly that music has this great capacity for communication like a sonic newsprint. And I’ve always believed that the music I write has a place in the choir.”

                                        The new album is a work largely inspired by the loss of a long-time friend and the lingering influence of a mercurial and charismatic father, Bloodline MaintenanceE sees Harper performing the majority of the instruments on his own, spanning guitar, bass, drums and an eclectic assortment of percussions including a plastic toy snare. His 17th studio LP – and first since 2020’s instrumental Winter Is For Lovers –and the first non-instrumental solo album of new songs since 2016. The new album is further fuelled by Harper’s signature lap steel, supercharged through a powerful Dumble amplifier creating a truly unruly tone that Harper describes as “a sort of a merging of Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix.”

                                        “It was like I was moving forward and venturing into places I had never been before,” he says. “Taking everything I’ve learned from every other record and kind of setting fire to it all and starting over. And I knew the sounds I was hearing in my head were so unorthodox that I had to do most of it myself.”

                                        Applying the inventiveness of hip-hop to longstanding paradigms of soul, blues and jazz, spinning it all forward into a reconfiguration of a new black Americana, Bloodline Maintenance continues Harper’s long history as one of his generation’s most potent protest singers. Persecuted by local authorities for being a communist, his grandfather moved his family west where their music store, the Folk Music Centre and Museum in Claremont, CA, proved a vital hub in a thriving Southern California folk scene. There Harper learned guitar as a child, playing his first official gig at the age of 12. By the time he was 21, he was touring with blues legend Taj Mahal. The years that followed have seen Harper amass international critical applause and a worldwide fan following, winning three Grammy® Awards (out of seven total nominations) for his own genre-traversing body of work while also producing acclaimed albums by Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Natalie Maines, Ziggy Marley, and others. An inveterate collaborator, Harper has also recorded with a diverse span of artists ranging from John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, and Jack Johnson to Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and, most recently, Harry Styles, contributing his signature guitar work to the latter superstar’s chart-topping new album, Harry's House.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Below Sea Level
                                        2. We Need To Talk About It
                                        3. Where Did We Go Wrong
                                        4. Problem Child
                                        5. Need To Know Basis
                                        6. It Ain’t No Use
                                        7. More Than Love
                                        8. Smile At The Mention
                                        9. Honey, Honey
                                        10. Knew The Day Was Comin’
                                        11. Maybe I Can’t

                                        Patrice Rushen

                                        So Real: The Complete Elektra Recordings 1978-1984

                                          The Patrice Rushen revival is in full swing with definitive reissues of her classic albums and a global Tik Tok dance craze around her best-loved hit, ‘Forget Me Nots’. Now, Strut present her complete Elektra recordings in one essential 5CD set on ‘So Real’.

                                          After a series of acclaimed soul-jazz albums for prestige Records, Patrice came to Elektra as the label branched out from its trademark soft rock sound to hone a roster catering to the burgeoning “sophisticated R&B” audience during the late ‘70s, at the tail end of the disco boom. Pulling together a tight team of musicians and studio craftsmen that she had worked with and respected through writing and performing sessions in L.A., including her mentor Reggie Andrews and producer Charles Mims, Patrice combined intricate, punchy big band arrangements with her new role as lead vocalist on Patrice in 1978. The album set the template for a series of classic recordings, bringing soulful style and musicality to dancefloors. Pizzazz (1979) ushered in the huge club hit ‘Haven’t You Heard’ and classic tender ballad ‘Settle For My Love’, before Posh and the infectious single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ a year later. Then in 1982, the landmark album Straight From The Heart and the worldwide crossover success of ‘Forget ME Nots’ following a self-funded PR campaign. Now ended her time with Elektra in 1984, a more stripped back, synth-led affair led by ‘Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)’ and the reflective ‘To Each His Own’.

                                          As well as through covers, samples and regular use in films, TV and ads (most famously in the film ‘Men In Black’ and on George Michael’s ‘Fastlove’), Patrice’s music has endured over the years as each new generation discovers her recordings. “So much of what happened with these records happened years after they had come out as people discovered them,” Patrice explains. “And that’s the biggest compliment of all, that the music is still being played. It’s kinda cool.”

                                          ‘So Real’ features all five of Patrice’s Elektra albums in their expanded editions including 12” versions, instrumentals and unreleased takes from the original sessions. A 32-page booklet features complete lyrics and new interviews with Patrice and the set has been fully remastered by The Carvey from the original reel to reel tapes.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          CD 1: ‘Patrice’ (1978)
                                          1.Music Of The Earth
                                          2. When I Found You
                                          3. Changes (In Your Life)
                                          4. Wishful Thinking
                                          5. Let’s Sing A Song Of Love
                                          6. Hang It Up
                                          7. Cha-Cha
                                          8. It’s Just A Natural Thing
                                          9. Didn’t You Know?
                                          10. Play!
                                          11. Music Of The Earth (Danny Krivit Edit)
                                          12. Hang It Up (12” Version)
                                          13. Play! (12” Version)

                                          14. Didn’t You Know? (Extended Version)

                                          CD 2: ‘Pizzazz’ (1979)
                                          1.Let The Music Take Me
                                          2. Keepin’ Faith In Love
                                          3. Settle For My Love
                                          4. Message In The Music
                                          5. Haven’t You Heard
                                          6. Givin’ It Up Is Givin’ Up
                                          7. Call On Me
                                          8. Reprise (Message In The Music)
                                          9. Haven’t You Heard (12” Version)
                                          10. Let The Music Take Me (12” Version)
                                          11. Givin’ It Up Is Givin’ Up (Instrumental Version)

                                          CD 3: ‘Posh’ (1980)
                                          1.Never Gonna Give You Up (Won’t Let You Be)
                                          2. Don’t Blame Me
                                          3. Look Up!
                                          4. I Need Your Love
                                          5. Time Will Tell
                                          6. The Dream
                                          7. The Funk Won’t Let You Down
                                          8. This Is All I Really Know
                                          9. Look Up! (12” Version)

                                          CD 4: ‘Straight From The Heart’ (1982)
                                          1.Forget Me Nots
                                          2. I Was Tired Of Being Alone
                                          3. All We Need
                                          4. Number One (Instrumental)
                                          5. Where There Is Love
                                          6. Breakout
                                          7. If Only
                                          8. Remind Me
                                          9. (She Will) Take You Down To Love
                                          10. Forget Me Nots (12” Version)
                                          11. Breakout (12” Version)
                                          12. I Was Tired Of Being Alone (12” Version)
                                          13. Number One (12” Version)

                                          CD 5: ‘Now’ (1984)
                                          1.Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)
                                          2. Gone With The Night
                                          3. Gotta Find It
                                          4. Superstar
                                          5. Heartache Heartbreak
                                          6. Get Off (You Fascinate Me)
                                          7. My Love’s Not Going Anywhere
                                          8 Perfect Love
                                          9. High In Me
                                          10. To Each His Own
                                          11. Get Off (You Fascinate Me) (12” Version)
                                          12. Get Off (You Fascinate Me) (Instrumental)
                                          13. Feels So Real (Edit)
                                          14. Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go) (Dub Version)

                                          Various Artists

                                          Blue Note Re:imagined II

                                            Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note have joined forces for Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand-new collection of classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents.

                                            Blue Note Re:imagined returns this year with a new 16-track compilation featuring fresh takes on music from the illustrious Blue Note vaults recorded by a heavyweight line-up of the UK jazz, soul and R&B scene’s most hotly-tipped rising stars. Arriving off the back of the widespread international success of the first volume, which topped jazz charts around the globe, Blue Note Re:imagined II once again infuses the spirit of the new UK jazz generation into the legendary label’s iconic catalogue, balancing the genre’s tradition with its future and reflecting the melting pot of talent and diversity within the current scene.

                                            “For more than eight decades the artists of Blue Note Records have continually pushed the envelope of contemporary music, and Blue Note Re:imagined II once again honours that legacy by letting the UK’s most creative young artists reinvent the treasures of the Blue Note catalogue through their own lens.” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Yazz Ahmed - It (Chick Correa)
                                            2. Conor Albert - You Make Me Feel So Good (Bobbi Humphrey)
                                            3. Parthenope - Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
                                            4. Swindle - Miss Kane (Donald Byrd)
                                            5. Nubiyan Twist - Through The Noise (Chant No.2) (Donald Byrd)
                                            6. Ego Ella May - Morning Side Of Love (Chico Hamilton)
                                            7. Oscar Jerome - Green With Envy (Grant Green)
                                            8. Daniel Casimir Ft. Rita Moran - Lost (Wayne Shorter)
                                            9. Theon Cross - Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk)
                                            10. Maya Delilah - Harvest Moon (Cassandra Wilson)
                                            11. Kay Young - Feel Like Making Love (Marlena Shaw)
                                            12. Venna & Marco - Where Are We Going (Donald Byrd)
                                            13. Reuben James - Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter)
                                            14. Binker Golding - Fort Worth (Joe Lovano)
                                            15. Cherise - Sunrise (Norah Jones)
                                            16. Franc Moody - Cristo Redentor (Donald Byrd)

                                            Various Artists

                                            Back To Mine: Tycho

                                              As well as being renowned for his photographic and design work under the name ‘ISO50’, Tycho’s music is a blend of various stylistic components, namely in the indie/electronica world blending downtempo guitar, analogue synths and ambient elements such as breathing sounds and excerpts from weather broadcasts and dialogue.

                                              For the majority of Back To Mine artists, music was always their first love. For Scott Hansen however it was all about graphic design, drawing and photography until a friend at college gave him some damaged audio equipment. “I had just ventured into electronic music via early drum & bass and suddenly my mind started to wonder how music was made and about the whole creative process.” It was this passion for LTJ Bukem and Roni Size that set the base for the career of the San Francisco-based producer, composer, musician and creative force behind his twice Grammy nominated Tycho project. Intertwining carefully crafted visuals with a pulsating combination of ambience, samples, guitars and synthesizers, the Tycho story is now six albums old since the arrival of ‘Past Is Prologue’ in 2006.

                                              “I have been making music for over 25 years, but I feel like I am just beginning,” he laughs from his west-coast studio. “For my Back To Mine album I wanted to take things one step further than one of my club or Burning Man sets as I knew this was an opportunity to enter that whole headphone, other worldly, cinematic, soundscape space. I wanted the album to be almost like a dream sequence for the listener.”

                                              Another highlight in the series for Back To Mine, who have already delivered recent stand out editions from the likes of Jungle, Fatboy Slim and Nightmares On Wax. This edition from Tycho is another timeless collection in the long standing and sought-after collectable series.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Tycho - Spectre (Bibio Remix)
                                              A2. Casino Versus Japan - It's Very Sunny
                                              A3. Lancaster - Last Sunset
                                              A4. Nate Mercereau - Of Course That's Happening
                                              A5. Craft Spells - Our Park By Night
                                              B1. Panama - Destroyer
                                              B2. Muddy Monk - Divine
                                              B3. Schneider TM - Frogtoise
                                              B4. Luke Abbott - Modern Driveway
                                              C1. Little Dragon - Little Man (Tycho Remix)
                                              C2. Weval - You Made It (Part II)
                                              C3. Tourist - Elixir
                                              C4. Octo Octa - Beam Me Up (Please Take Me Away Mix)
                                              D1. Tycho - Local
                                              D2. Ulrich Schnauss - In All The Wrong Places
                                              D3. Tycho - PBS - Live Edit
                                              D4. Slowdive - Sugar For The Pill (Radio Edit)

                                              Various Artists

                                              Soul Jazz Records Presents - Disco Reggae Rockers

                                                ‘Disco Reggae Rockers’ features wicked reggae disco versions of funk, soul and disco classics.

                                                This new album follows on from Soul Jazz Records’ earlier highly successful ‘Hustle: Disco Reggae’ and features reggae covers of classic songs by Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, Candi Staton, Curtis Mayfield and more, as performed by Derrick Harriott, Devon Russell, Hortense Ellis, Glen Adams, Dave Barker and others.

                                                The most straightforward definition of ‘Disco Reggae’ is to describe it as American disco and soul songs covered by reggae artists. But the relationship is binary – this is no mere subservient island appreciation of North American dominant culture but instead an example of the interweaving thread of Jamaican and American music that travels back and forth between the major cities of Kingston, London, Toronto, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Devon Russell - Move On Up
                                                Crashers - Flight To Jamaica
                                                Valerie Harrison - Fool’s Paradise
                                                Bill Campbell - For The Love Of You
                                                Risco Connection - It’s My House
                                                Dave Barker - Glow Of Love
                                                Derrick Harriott - Caught You In A Lie
                                                Hortense Ellis - Young Hearts Run Free
                                                Ed Watson And Brass Circle - Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
                                                Devon Russell - We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
                                                Seventh Extension - Reasons
                                                Derrick Harriott - Brown Baby
                                                Ed Watson And Brass Circle - Let’s Groove
                                                Pete Campbell & The Sunshine Girls - Don’t Let Love Get You Down
                                                Webby Jay - In The Rain
                                                Glen Adams Affair - Just A Groove

                                                Various Artists

                                                Adrian Sherwood Presents: Dub No Frontiers

                                                  Dub No Frontiers is inspired by and features female vocalists that Adrian Sherwood and the On-U Sound label knew from the UK or had met while travelling around the world. Many of the singers said they felt the dub and reggae arena was a bit of a male preserve and a little intimidating even, so Sherwood decided to invite artistes to perform a song of their choice, all in non-English on his rhythm tracks. Vocalists include Likkle Mai (singing in Japanese), Rita Morar (Hindi), Kerieva (Romani), Neyssatou (Arabic) & Yehaiyahan (Chinese).

                                                  The album is dedicated to the memory of both Ariane ‘Ari Up’ Forster and Lincoln Valentine ‘Style’ Scott with whom the project started.

                                                  Peter Harris’s cover painting of Afeni Shakur Davis sets the visual tone of the record and both the LP and CD come with a 12-page booklet featuring more of his paintings of inspiring women from the world of literature, politics, law, civil rights and medicine, such as Claudia Jones, Flo Kennedy, Barbara Jordan, Claudette Colvin and Mary Seacole.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Yehaiyahan — Love Hurts [3:11]
                                                  2. Likkle Mai — Haste Makes Waste [4:12]
                                                  3. Rita Morar — Meri Awaaz Suno (Hear My Voice) [3:15]
                                                  4. In Temi Oyedele — I Dupe (Thanks Giving) [4:21]
                                                  5. Neyssatou — War [4:15]
                                                  6. Maria Wenda — Okama Werek Halok [3:42]
                                                  7. Kerieva — Chavale [3:52]
                                                  8. JaGodDa — Krysztalowy Aniol (Crystal Angel) [3:57]
                                                  9. Saba Tewelde — Semarulay Daqey [2:36]
                                                  10. Nadya Ostroff DR.NO — Little Cosmonaut [4:31]

                                                  Tim Burgess

                                                  Typical Music

                                                    Has there been a busier musician over the last two years? A more prolific artist? More creative? More heroic?

                                                    Tim Burgess – as self-effacing a band leader, solo star, label runner, repeat memoirist and all-round caffeinated can-do kid as you’ll find – would certainly shrink from the latter accolade. “A hero??” he’d likely mutter with a shake of his boyish mop. “For playing some records?”

                                                    Yes, Tim, we would say that. And not just because with the May 2020, mid-lockdown appearance of I Love The New Sky, his fifth solo album, he undauntedly pushed on with releasing an album that brought much-needed sunshine to a world enveloped in gloom.

                                                    Over the course of the first year of the pandemic, Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties were a lifeline to many. At a time when the world shut down, we all retreated indoors, alone, and cancelled gigs were the least of our worries, the North Country Boy’s idea of utilising social media to unite us round a digital turntable was inspired.

                                                    Meanwhile, Burgess was writing. And writing. And writing. From September 2020 to summer 2021, ideas poured out of Burgess. He’d been encouraged by Simon Raymonde, boss of his record label Bella Union ¬– and, of course, a former Cocteau Twin. He applied a musician’s logic: if you can’t tour your last album, write a new one. Then, when you can tour again, you’ll have two albums’ worth of songs to play.

                                                    Well, now, arguably, Burgess has three albums’ worth of songs to perform live. Typical Music is a 22-track double, a blockbuster set of songs that are as expansive and diverse as they are rich. As fun as they are funky. That embrace heartache and love. That run the gamut, from ABBA (in the shape of guest vocalist Pearl Charles, whose own brilliant Magic Mirror album is the sound of the magic Swedes doin' disco) to Zappa (free-form studio experimentation is go!)

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A
                                                    1 Here Comes The Weekend
                                                    2 Curiosity
                                                    3 Time That We Call Time
                                                    4 Flamingo
                                                    5 Revenge Through Art
                                                    6 Kinectic Connection
                                                    Side B
                                                    1 Typical Music
                                                    2 Take Me With You
                                                    3 After This
                                                    4 The Centre Of Me (Is A Symphony Of You)
                                                    5 When I See You
                                                    Side C
                                                    1 Magic Rising
                                                    2 Tender Hooks
                                                    3 L.O.S.T Lost / Will You Take A Look At My Hand Please
                                                    4 A Bloody Nose
                                                    5 In May
                                                    Side D
                                                    1 Slacker (Than I've Ever Been)
                                                    2 View From Above
                                                    3 A Quarter To Eight
                                                    4 Sooner Than Yesterday
                                                    5 Sure Enough
                                                    6 What's Meant For You Won't Pass By You

                                                    Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin


                                                      Ali Farka Touré trekked the world, bringing his beloved Malian music to the masses. Dubbed “the African John Lee Hooker,” one could hear strong connections between the two; both employed a bluesy style of play with gritty textures that elicit calm and fury in equal measure. While the influence of Black blues music prevailed, Touré created a West African blend of 'desert blues' that garnered Grammy awards and widespread reverence.

                                                      Though he transcended in 2006, Ali’s musical legacy lives on through his son, Vieux aka “the Hendrix of the Sahara,” an accomplished guitarist and champion of Malian music in his own right. On Ali, his collaborative album with Khruangbin, Vieux pays homage to his father by recreating some of his most resonant work, putting new twists on it while maintaining the original’s integrity. The result is a rightful ode to a legend. Ali isn’t just a greatest hits compilation. It’s a lullaby, a remembrance of Ali's life through known highlights and B-sides from his catalog. It is a testament to what happens when creativity is approached through open arms and open hearts. “To me, music is magic, it is spontaneous, it is the energy between people,” Vieux says. “I think Khruangbin understands this very well.” The genesis of the album dates back to 2019, when Khruangbin, coming off their breakthrough album Con Todo el Mundo, was beginning to play to bigger crowds. The record was finished in 2021, as a global pandemic shuttered businesses and forced us to take stock of what Earth was becoming. Indirectly, Ali captures this as a moment of peace within a raging storm, a conversation between past and present without allegiance to suffering. Now, given Khruangbin’s reach as a unit with legions of fans (including the likes of Jay-Z and Paul McCartney), they’re poised to bring Malian music to broader groups of listeners. Ali is a masterful work in which the love surrounding it is just as vital as the music itself, driving it to unforeseen places; Vieux and Khruangbin are spreading the good word to a completely new generation. “I hope it takes them somewhere new, or puts them in a place they haven't felt or heard,” Lee says. “It is about the love of new friendship and making something beautiful together,” Vieux continues. “It is about pouring your love into something old to make it new again. In the end and in a word it is love, that's all.”

                                                      Beth Orton

                                                      Weather Alive

                                                        “Through the writing of these songs and the making of this music, I found my way back to the world around me – a way to reach nature and the people I love and care about. This record is a sensory exploration that allowed for a connection to a consciousness that I was searching for. Through the resonance of sound and a beaten up old piano I bought in Camden Market while living in a city I had no intention of staying in, I found acceptance and a way of healing.” - Beth Orton

                                                        Many musicians turn inward when the world around them seems chaotic and unreliable. Reframing one’s perception of self can often reveal new personal truths both uncomfortable and profound, and for Beth Orton, music re-emerged in the past several years as a tethering force even when her own life felt more tumultuous than ever. Indeed, the foundations of the songs on Orton’s stunning new album, Weather Alive, are nothing more than her voice and a “cheap, crappy” upright piano installed in a shed in her garden, conjuring a deeply meditative atmosphere that remains long after the final note has evaporated.

                                                        “I am known as a collaborator and I’m very good at it. I’m very open to it. Sometimes, I’ve been obscured by it,” says Orton, who rose to prominence through ‘90s-era collaborations with William Orbit, Red Snapper and The Chemical Brothers before striking out on her own with a series of acclaimed, award-winning solo releases. “I think what’s happened with this record is that through being cornered by life, I got to reveal myself to myself and to collaborate with myself, actually.”

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Weather Alive
                                                        2. Friday Night
                                                        3. Fractals
                                                        4. Haunted Satellite
                                                        5. Forever Young
                                                        6. Lonely
                                                        7. Arms Around A Memory
                                                        8. Unwritten

                                                        FKA Twigs' much anticipated mixtape "Caprison" finally gets pressed on vinyl, with a limited edition glow in the dark version - yay! (it's also available on standard black vinyl for the noctiphobics! - Ed)

                                                        Features guest appearances from The Weeknd, Jorja Smith, Pa Salieu, Rema, Shygirl, Unknown T and Daniel Caesar as well as a host ofTwigs’ close friends and community. Many already citing it as one of the best albums of 2022 including Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, NPR Music, Pitchfork, i-D Magazine, NYLON, Complex, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Marie Claire, The Needle Drop, OkayPlayer, Rough Trade, FLOOD Magazine, The Quietus etc.

                                                        Stylistically it veers indiscriminately from ethereal synth-pop, avant choral work to futuristic alt-RnB and ghostly industrial dub; with idiosyncratic vocal performances from each individual talent, really highlighting the creative juices flowing across the project. It plays in traditional mixtape style - with interludes of informal philosophy and musings between Twigs and her friends filling the gaps between the tracks. 

                                                        There's tender moments of intimacy, revealing introspections and glossy-eyed yearning; but also precision rhymic delivery taking influence from dancehall and rap and the melting pot of London's multiculture - a theme rich throughout the LP and one treaded previously by MIA. Infact, it's a very London-sounding album; sitting nicely alongside other contemporary luminaries like Little Simz and Green Tea Peng with its confident, colourful individuality and feminism more so than its stylistic content. It finds our star unveiling her insecurities and faults but somehow we love her all the more for its honesty and sincerity. Existing fans are gonna absolutely love it; but I sense she's going to draw in a whole new host of admirers with this album. A real triumph.  

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Ride The Dragon
                                                        Honda (feat. Pa Salieu)
                                                        Meta Angel
                                                        Tears In The Club (feat. The Weeknd)
                                                        Oh My Love
                                                        Caprisongs Interlude (feat. Solo)
                                                        Papi Bones (feat. Shygirl)
                                                        Which Way (feat. Dystopia)
                                                        Jealousy (feat. Rema)
                                                        Careless (feat. Daniel Caesar)
                                                        Minds Of Men
                                                        Track Girl Interlude
                                                        Darjeeling (feat. Jorja Smith & Unknown T)
                                                        Christi Interlude
                                                        Thank You Song

                                                        The Comet Is Coming

                                                        HYPER-DIMENSIONAL EXPANSION BEAM

                                                          The Comet is Coming returns with their second full length album on Impulse! Records. King Shabaka, Danalogue, and Betamax’s newest effort finds the Mercury Prize-nominated trio creating a musical landscape that is equally cerebral as it is physically enthralling. While containing elements of jazz throughout, this release leans further into heavy dance-hall themes, providing hypnotic, electronic soundscapes to dance to while keeping you intellectually stimulated.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Code
                                                          2. Technicolour
                                                          3. Lucid Dreamer
                                                          4. Tokyo Nights
                                                          5. Pyramids
                                                          6. Frequency Of Feeling Expansion
                                                          7. Angel Of Darkness
                                                          8. Aftermath
                                                          9. Atomic Wave Dance
                                                          10. The Hammer
                                                          11. Mystik


                                                          Kosmik Musik

                                                            Two years in the making Kosmik Musik is a collaboration between artist Joe Currie, writer Ben Wheatley and musical group Beak>, who worked closely with the artists to provide a musical accompaniment for the graphic novel.

                                                            The soundtrack is pressed on 10" black vinyl and housed in a spined sleeve.

                                                            Ben and Joe met at art school in the 90s where they both were involved in a lot of comic book drawing and reading. It’s taken thirty years to finally get their acts together and create this book. In the meantime Joe has been sculpting and painting. Ben has been writing and directing films.

                                                            Kosmik Musik is melting pot of 2000ad, Metal Hurlant, Kirby tech, psychedelic 60s art, Doctor Who, Douglas Adams, Kraut Rock, Star Trek and Star Wars. A UK 70s English childhood basically.

                                                            The project comes with a sonic accompaniment by Beak> who have live dates on the horizon including Primavera Sound in LA

                                                            ABOUT KOSMIK MUSIK, THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: The galaxy is a big place–but not big enough for Mick and Eve as they are chased across it by cops, inter-dimensional plunderers, rogue artificial intelligences, middle-aged assassins and a third-tier superhero team. Come with us on a rip roaring, planet hopping adventure. Punches will be thrown, tears will be shed and music will be played on vinyl on vintage record players as Mick and Eve try to solve every sentient creature’s fundamental questions like why and what... and eh? Yes, dear reader, Kosmik Musik will unlock some of the more pressing mysteries of the universe. True Fact.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            KOSMIK MUSIK (Part 1)
                                                            KOSMIK MUSIK (Part 2)
                                                            KOSMIK MUSIK (Part 3)
                                                            KOSMIK MUSIK (Part 4)
                                                            KOSMIK MUSIK (Part 5)
                                                            KOSMIK MUSIK (Part 6)
                                                            KOSMIK MUSIK (Part 7)

                                                            Makaya McCraven

                                                            In These Times

                                                              In These Times is a collection of polytemporal compositions inspired as much by broader cultural struggles as McCraven’s personal experience as a product of a multinational, working class musician community. With contributions from over a dozen musicians and creative partners from his tight-knit circle of collaborators – including Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross, and Marquis Hill – the music was recorded in five different studios and four live performance spaces while McCraven engaged in extensive post-production work at home. Featuring orchestral, large ensemble arrangements interwoven with the signature “organic beat music” sound that’s become his signature, the album is an evolution and a milestone for McCraven, the producer. But moreover, it’s the strongest and clearest statement we’ve yet to hear from McCraven, the composer.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              In These Times
                                                              The Fours
                                                              High Fives
                                                              Dream Another
                                                              This Place That Place
                                                              The Calling
                                                              Seventh String
                                                              So Ubuji
                                                              The Knew Untitled
                                                              The Title

                                                              Sports Team


                                                                Second studio album via Island Records.

                                                                Signposting a bold and ambitious new era for the band, Sports Team explain that ‘R Entertainment’ explores “The packaging down of all human experience into entertainment, prompted by the infinite scroll through social feeds and the manic formlessness of the images we are hit with every day. Graphic news interrupted by ads for season 17 of The Bodyguard, news as a rubbernecking, passively waiting for the next drop of horror as we flick through recipes.”

                                                                Sports Team are Alex Rice (lead vocals), Rob Knaggs (rhythm guitar + vocals), Henry Young (lead guitar), Oli Dewdney (bass), Al Greenwood (drums) and Ben Mack (keyboard + percussion). Formed in 2016, the band released two EPs Winter Nets and Keep Walking! before sharing their debut album Deep Down Happy in June 2020 to widespread critical acclaim, praised by The Times for their “indomitable spirit and a refusal to take things too seriously” and The Guardian for their “sharply observational lyrics skewering the mores of suburbia”.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                The Game
                                                                The Drop
                                                                Cool It Kid
                                                                R Entertainment
                                                                Kool Aid
                                                                Getting Better
                                                                Light Industry

                                                                Nils Frahm

                                                                Music For Animals

                                                                  Nils Frahm returns with an expansive new album, Music For Animals, his first fresh studio material since 2018’s ‘All Melody’ and 2019’s associated ‘All Encores’. Containing ten tracks and clocking in at over three hours long, it’s an ambitious and compelling set different to anything Frahm’s released to date – in fact, it finds the Piano Day founder declining to use a piano – but at the same time retains many of the qualities that have set the influential musician’s work apart over much of the last two decades.

                                                                  Unfolding at an unhurried, meditative pace in a celebration of tone, timbre and texture – and thus of sound itself – Music For Animals offers an unusually immersive experience. “My constant inspiration,” Frahm explains, “was something as mesmerising as watching a great waterfall or the leaves on a tree in a storm. It’s good we have symphonies and music where there’s a development, but a waterfall doesn’t need an Act 1, 2, 3, then an outcome, and nor do the leaves on a tree in a storm. Some people like watching the leaves rustle and the branches move. This record is for them”.

                                                                  Music For Animals is a substantial collection that encourages listeners to bask in its tranquility at their chosen depth, demanding only as much attention as they wish to contribute. As Frahm himself happily points out, “It all comes back to that waterfall. If you want to watch it, watch it. If you don’t, then you don’t have to. It will always be the same, yet never quite the same.” Indeed, that’s Music For Animals’ greatest strength. Instantly recognisable, it’s still like nothing else.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  The Dog With 1000 Faces
                                                                  Mussel Memory
                                                                  Seagull Scene
                                                                  Sheep In Black And White
                                                                  Stepping Stone
                                                                  Right Right Right
                                                                  World Of Squares
                                                                  Lemon Day
                                                                  Do Dream


                                                                  The Great Regression

                                                                    DITZ release their debut album, The Great Regression. The album was recorded by Ben Hampson and mastered by Kate Tavini.

                                                                    The 10-track album has been a long time coming – the five-piece first came together in Brighton at the end of 2015 and released their debut EP the following year. There have been a few line-up changes along the way, but they have been settled since their breakthrough tracks ‘Gayboy’, ‘Total 90’ and a cover of Peaches’ ‘Fuck The Pain Away’ in 2019, which prompted Joe Talbot from Idles to proclaim “DITZ are the best band in Brighton, if not the world”. Even though the various lockdowns slowed the band’s momentum for a while, they turned the situation to their advantage, using the downtime to fine-tune this incredible debut.

                                                                    Abrasive but accessible, The Great Regression is set to be one of the most important British guitar debuts of 2022. First single ‘Ded Würst’ – a ferocious mix of Gilla Band, Foals and a lyric bemoaning the moral quandary of minimum-wage employment – unsurprisingly became an instant favourite of Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music. Other highlights include ‘The Warden’, a song all about being too intense, ironically set to an intense backing somewhere between Deftones and Mogwai, and ‘I Am Kate Moss’, which, according to singer Cal Francis, is about “the separation between your visual and personal identities, particularly within the context of masculinity and femininity”.

                                                                    Such themes of insecurity and gender pop up a lot over the course of the album, as well as lots of references to the human body breaking and being harmed in unnatural ways, although there’s no one overarching concept, simply because the songs have come together over such a long period of time. The title is not so much a reference to society going backwards, but more the band’s penchant for childish jokes. “Sitting in a van all day can get silly,” laughs Cal.

                                                                    That’s not to say The Great Regression is in any way light-hearted. It’s full of anger, rage and despair. ‘Three’ takes some text from Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 sci-fi novel Solaris and applies it to the hollow activism of everyone from big corporations to middle class uni students.

                                                                    Other literary touchstones include Sylvia Plath, William Burroughs and Hubert Selby Jr, but even more influential is the band’s ever-growing pile of equipment. “We spent a lot of time during the recording process just trying to make unusual sounds out of pedals, or whatever we could find,” says Cal.

                                                                    The album concludes with a cacophonous new version of ‘No Thanks, I’m Full’, which originally closed their debut EP in 2016. “Over the years the live version has evolved so much that we just had to record it again to do it justice,” explains Cal. “The lyrics are so old that I can’t place whether they are about the hazards of drinking or not drinking.”

                                                                    It’s proof of just how far DITZ have come on in that time and a reminder that, in order to progress, you need to regress. And we’ll drink to that. Or not.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Side A
                                                                    1. Clocks
                                                                    2. Ded Wurst
                                                                    3. Summer Of The Shark
                                                                    4. Three
                                                                    5. The Warden
                                                                    Side B
                                                                    1. I Am Kate Moss
                                                                    2. Instinct
                                                                    3. Hehe
                                                                    4. Teeth
                                                                    5. No Thanks, I’m Full



                                                                      NEU! announce the release of a brand new boxset marking the 50th anniversary of their first record, with a Tribute album featuring reworks from The National, Idles, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Mogwai, Fink, Stephen Morris (New Order) & more.

                                                                      NEU!’s influence is undeniable. Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother, who had both previously been members of Kraftwerk, are a product not only of West Germany but of Düsseldorf. Like other experimental bands of the late 60s and early 70s gathered under the banner of Krautrock, they were driven by a mixture of political and artistic imperatives to reject the cliches and conventions of orthodox, blues-based Anglo-American rock and create a music that was, formally, West German in origin.

                                                                      NEU! are one of the great, belated success stories of rock music. Their influence is widespread, international, continued. Ian Curtis (Joy Division) played the rest of the group NEU! as part of their weekly education classes, David Bowie often spoke of his love for the duo and called them “Kraftwerk's wayward, anarchistic brothers”, in the 1990s Stereolab paid NEU! homage in their Franco-Germanic avant-Europop and further co-signs come from Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sonic Youth and Placebo.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. Hallogallo
                                                                      A2. Sonderangebot
                                                                      A3. Weissensee
                                                                      B1. Im Glück
                                                                      B2. Negativland
                                                                      B3. Lieber Honig

                                                                      C1. Für Immer (Forever)
                                                                      C2. Spitzenqualität
                                                                      C3. Gedenkminute (Für A + K)
                                                                      C4. Lila Engel (Lilac Angel)
                                                                      D1. Neuschnee 78
                                                                      D2. Super 16
                                                                      D3. Neuschnee
                                                                      D4. Cassetto
                                                                      D5. Super 78
                                                                      D6. Hallo Excentrico!
                                                                      D7. Super

                                                                      E1. Isi
                                                                      E2. Seeland
                                                                      E3. Leb' Wohl
                                                                      F1. Hero
                                                                      F2. E-Musik
                                                                      F3. After Eight

                                                                      G1. Im Glück (The National Remix)
                                                                      G2. Weissensee (Fink Version)
                                                                      H1. Super (Mogwai Remix)
                                                                      H2. Alexis Taylor – “4+1=5”

                                                                      I1. Hallogallo (Stephen Morris And Gabe Gurnsey Remix)
                                                                      I2. Lieber Honig (Yann Tiersen Remix)
                                                                      I3. Super (Man Man Cover)
                                                                      J1. Negativland (Idles Negative Space Rework)
                                                                      J2. Guerilla Toss - "Zum Herz"
                                                                      J3. After Eight (They Hate Change Cover)

                                                                      Tirzah releases "Highgrade". A full reworking of the ten tracks on her acclaimed second album "Colourgrade". Containing remixes from the likes of Arca, Actress, Lafawndah, Loraine James and Speakers Corner Quartet. Moving through orchestral jazz, deconstructed r'n'b and minimal electronica, "Highgrade", like all Tirzah’s music is not easily definable by genre, and all the better for it.

                                                                      Personal favourites include the mutant jazz delivered by Speakers Corner Quartet's remix of "Hive Mind" (check the cello work especially!) and the reversed psychedelic lullaby of "Sleeping", remixed here by Anja Ngozi. Actress' twist on "Sink In" is also worth of a special mention - the moody downtechno wizard imbuing the track with a kind of glowing-through-the-drizzle aesthetic that's perfect for half-falling asleep on long, inner city bus journeys.

                                                                      Tirzah says on Highgrade: 'The pieces can live another life and come together as a collection of hybrids. So very grateful to all the artists. Thanking them all for the music.'

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      SIDE A:
                                                                      1 Hive Mind (Speakers Corner Quartet Remix) 
                                                                      2 Crepuscular Rays (Lafawndah Remix) 
                                                                      3 Sleeping (Anja Ngozi Remix) 
                                                                      SIDE B:
                                                                      4 Colourgrade (Arca Vortex Remix) 
                                                                      5 Tectonic (Fauzia Remix) 
                                                                      SIDE C:
                                                                      6 Sink In (Actress Remix) 
                                                                      7 Hips (Loraine James Remix) 
                                                                      SIDE D:
                                                                      8 Recipe (Wu-lu Remix) 
                                                                      9 '22222 ('Send Me' Rework)' (Still House Plants) 
                                                                      10 Beating (Tone Remix) 


                                                                      The Internet

                                                                        Glüme wants it all.

                                                                        Born & raised in Los Angeles, it all started with a Judy Garland biopic. When a six-year-old Glüme heard her parents arguing about money, she knew what to do. If the Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale could become a star & buy her parents a house in the real world – Glüme could do it too. She stopped going to school, started taking dance lessons & started booking auditions. Baby Glüme landed roles in 102 Dalmatians, Kingdom Hearts, & a Hayao Miyazaki film, but her airy voice & melancholic aura wasn’t exactly what the Disney Channel was looking for. “There were all these happy, girl power albums, but they were all written by men. Guys would say to me, you need to be more empowering, more uplifting. I don’t have any of that to say.”

                                                                        Fast forward…Glüme hears Chromatics on Spotify Shuffle. Immediately, she knew that Johnny Jewel’s production was the only way the music in her head could be translated to the outside world. Her years as an actor had supplied her with enough connections to get a meeting with the president of Warner Brothers & Rihanna’s lawyer, but she couldn’t track down Johnny Jewel. Then, out of nowhere, Glüme wound up in the ICU for two weeks. After dozens of tests, she was diagnosed with Prinzmetal Angina, a rare heart disease. It felt like a door had closed.

                                                                        “I didn’t like the vision of myself as a sick person. So I went on The Internet.” Between getting sick & living through the pandemic, her entire existence was online. She submerged into Instagram & dove headfirst into TikTok. Lying in bed for days, scrolling through her own profile, it resembled a real life. It looked like she was having fun. Laughing in parks & looking glamorous. “My online presence was my truth even though it was a lie. I have this self at home who is sick & then this self on The Internet that’s doing amazing. The world wasn’t working for me. But online, I could live the life I wanted to live.”

                                                                        She started making music alone with a laptop & a microphone. After a few months, her friend Huntington joined the project. The same computer that she was living through vicariously was quickly becoming her ticket to the outside world. Out of the blue her & Huntington saw a “Submit Demo” button pop up on the Italians Do It Better website. Glümeimpulsively sent in a demo, & thirty minutes later, she got an email from Megan Louise that simply read… “Johnny loves your music, call me at this number.”

                                                                        She never dreamed her new life with a chronic illness could include filming music videos dressed in latex vogueing on the roof of a vintage car, singing her own lyrics into the fogged camera lens. “I called my cardiologist, asking if I was going to kill myself by doing this. He didn’t hesitate – ‘You’ve worked for this your whole life. You have to do it.’”

                                                                        It was reminiscent of a type of self-fashioning Glüme learned at a very young age. Seeking refuge from an absent mother-figure, her early years were spent in therapy. When she told her therapist that she didn’t know what being a woman looked like, Glüme was handed a Marilyn Monroe biography. “My therapist told me that Marilyn invented herself. When she said that, I felt better.” In a process similar to applying a filter to a selfie or cropping a photo, Glüme was born.

                                                                        She is self-proclaimed as the Walmart Marilyn. She is not IV drips or a victim trapped in a sterile doctor’s office. She’s a shooting star. Framed by the most vivid reds with the face of a doll. She’s not nights spent home alone, in pain. She is Judy Garland, Ginger Rogers, & Audrey Hepburn. She is the choreographer, the editor, the dancer, the writer, & the audience. “Sometimes I don’t know which is more authentic. When I don’t want to be known – that’s when I’m the most Glüme. But I love her, whoever she is. And I don’t know if she’s sick.”

                                                                        Log in to “The Internet” & log out from worldwide madness…

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. Arthur Miller
                                                                        A2. What Is A Feeling
                                                                        A3. Nervous Breakdown
                                                                        A4. Crushed Velvet
                                                                        A5. Body
                                                                        A6. Get Low
                                                                        B1. Blossom
                                                                        B2. Don’t @ Me
                                                                        B3. The Internet
                                                                        B4. Heatwave
                                                                        B5. Porcelain
                                                                        B6. Chemicals

                                                                        David Versace is an Australian multi-genre keyboardist, composer and producer based in Meanjin, Queensland. Growing up in a very musical household it was always important to express and embrace all types of music and sonics. His sound ranges from Jazz and Samba to ambient works and the odd dance-floor heater. David also plays in Meanjin nu-jazz dance outfit First Beige.

                                                                        Since late 2019, he has self released around 20 different tracks and with the most recent signing to La Sape Records David is excited to announce his debut solo album 'Okra' a conceptual body of work that flows through a culmination of raw organic concepts conceived by In The Moment, and his most elegant & articulated work yet.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Millie says: Something a little bit different for you here, a very relaxing blend of soft instrumental jazz percussion interspersed with more upbeat drops here and there, complete with gorgeous cover. It's been enjoyed a lot in the shop with the sound of September rain.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Summer Party
                                                                        2. KP Cruisin
                                                                        3. Saguaro
                                                                        4. Awake For You
                                                                        5. 45 Minutes
                                                                        6. The More We Love
                                                                        7. Heat Rays


                                                                        Guitar Music

                                                                          Liverpool four piece Courting return with their much anticipated debut album ‘Guitar Music’ out on September 23 rd . The new album comes on the heels of Courting’s 2021 debut EP ‘Grand National’, which saw them earn plaudits across a wide array of media for their boisterous whip smart lyrics and angular instrumentation. 

                                                                          Whilst the album follows closely on the back of the EP, the new material sees the band making a marked step in a new direction, exploring more dynamically expressive songwriting than ever before.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Cosplay / Twin Cities
                                                                          2. Tennis
                                                                          3. Loaded
                                                                          4. Famous
                                                                          5. Crass (Redux)
                                                                          6. Jumper
                                                                          7. Uncanny Valley Forever
                                                                          8. PDA

                                                                          Alex G

                                                                          God Save The Animals

                                                                            “God” figures in the new album from Philadelphia, PA based Alex Giannascoli's LP’s title, its first song, and multiple of its thirteen tracks thereafter, not as a concrete religious entity but as a sign for a generalized sense of faith (in something, anything) that fortifies Giannascoli, or the characters he voices, amid the songs’ often fraught situations.

                                                                            Beyond the ambient inspiration of pop, Giannascoli has been drawn in recent years to artists who balance the public and hermetic, the oblique and the intimate, and who present faith more as a shared social language than religious doctrine.

                                                                            As with his previous records, Giannascoli wrote and demoed these songs by himself, at home; but, for the sake of both new tones and “a routine that was outside of my apartment,” he asked some half-dozen engineers to help him produce the “best” recording quality, whatever that meant. The result is an album more dynamic than ever in its sonic palette.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. After All
                                                                            2. Runner
                                                                            3. Mission
                                                                            4. S.D.O.S.
                                                                            5. No Bitterness
                                                                            6. Ain’t It Easy
                                                                            7. Cross The Sea
                                                                            8. Blessing
                                                                            9. Early Morning Waiting
                                                                            10. Immunity
                                                                            11. Headroom Piano
                                                                            12. Miracles
                                                                            13. Forgive



                                                                              Editors have never been a band who do what’s expected. When they emerged in the early 2000s, university friends from Birmingham, they were swept into a wave of indie groups with whom they had little in common beyond playing guitars. Then, after their 2005 Mercury Prize-shortlisted debut The Back Room and 2007 #1 follow-up An End Has A Start, they switched up their sound for synths. That was their first act of bravery, says frontman Tom Smith, and they’ve been taking risks ever since. “We’re quite used to that feeling of scaring our audience with new material,” he says with a smile.

                                                                              “It seems to happen with every album,” agrees guitarist Justin Lockey. “We’ll do something that everyone really likes, and then we’ll go and do something else.”

                                                                              That ‘something else’ is a breathlessly heavy step up, with their seventh album, EBM. It’s Editors’ most leftfield material yet – a thrilling, unrelenting thrust of full-bodied electro-industrial rock. Another new dawn: Benjamin John Power – aka Blanck Mass – has co-produced the album and come aboard as an official member. To outside ears, it might seem like an unusual pairing: an anthemic rock band who’ve headlined Wembley Arena and an Ivor Novello-winning composer who is best known for his abrasive noise projects. Even Benjamin himself admits it was a “leap of faith”. But Editors’ evolution makes perfect sense. They’ve toured with The Cure, of whom they are all huge fans, and are used to playing European festivals where they’re billed alongside harder acts. In Germany, for example, “we're not seen as some melodic indie band,” says Justin, “we’re seen as super goth.” He adds: “We talked about Rammstein quite a lot when we're making this record.”

                                                                              Benjamin’s journey to joining Editors was a surprisingly organic one. He had worked on the band’s last album, 2018’s Violence, giving some songs a more brutal, industrial edge, the full realisations of which came out as 2019’s The Blanck Mass Sessions. That same year, Editors were asked to both headline a festival in Belgium and create a bespoke set for later on in the night. They approached Benjamin to see whether he’d be up for helping to retool their songs in a dancier direction. But with the pandemic underway, the festival never happened and Editors were left with a bunch of new ideas during the ensuing lockdowns that were designed for – as Benjamin puts it – a “dirty rave tent”.

                                                                              They continued swapping ideas anyway, and the band began buzzing about where this music was headed: shadowier, beefier, exploring their shared love of synth-pop, industrial and alt-rock, it started to feel like a new chapter – the band’s third act. For the first time, the song structures weren’t coming from Tom and he says it was a novel but exciting exercise to receive the files and tinker with them, with Justin, Elliott Williams (keyboards/guitars), drummer Ed Lay and bassist Russell Leetch fleshing out their parts in the studio when they eventually regrouped. “Ben has certainly been a shot of adrenaline in our creative process,” says Tom. “The songs are so immediate, and in your face.”

                                                                              Making EBM was “a lifeline” during the pandemic, says Elliott, “something to totally get lost in.” Indeed, they’ve created a world brimming with drama and intensity, which is exhilarating after the past few years of collective listlessness. “The songs feel like an escape,” nods Tom. The album title is an acronym of Editors and Blanck Mass but also a knowing reference to Electronic Body Music, the potent sound that originated in the 1980s and which has hugely influenced Editors’ new material, where the synths of bands like Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 , DAF and Skinny Puppy hammer darkly. Think smoke machines, strobe lights and the smell of leather. The band has taken those influences in a distinctly Editors direction: see the soaring falsetto of standout ‘Kiss’, their disco-infused “crying on the dancefloor” banger, says Tom, which Benjamin adds “could almost be a Donna Summer song” if it wasn’t so heavy. Or the punchy chorus of ‘Karma Climb’, a stomping single that pairs ghostly atmospherics with stadium-level anthemia. On ‘Vibe’, which is the closest thing to what you could call a ‘feelgood’ Editors track, Tom wanted to put a “summertime sheen” on “a song for disconnected youth”. It’s Editors at their most super goth, sure – but also their most pop.

                                                                              For Benjamin, it was an opportunity to flex his melodic muscles. In fact, says Tom, it was the avant-garde producer who brought the poppiest ideas to the table. “I was quite blown away by how accessible they were,” he says. “It was like ABBA or something.” Benjamin, a Nine Inch Nails die-hard, has always been struck by the seriousness and sentimentality of Editors’ music and was also keen to heighten the intensity after a bleak few years. “There’s a strong physicality to this record,” he says of its muscular soundscapes, which certainly echo, in places, the claustrophobia of The Downward Spiral. “I was looking ahead to a kind of a space where it’s sweaty, and bodies are close together.”

                                                                              For the most part, EBM revels in maximalism. The battle cry of lead single ‘Heart Attack’ sets out their stall, a twinkling rock ballad with a serrated, noirish undercurrent that lets rip into gloriously metallic riffage. From there, it’s a torrid release of beats, blips and broodiness: all killer, no filler; full-on but never overloaded. ‘Educate’ is almost symphonic in scope, as Tom angrily intones about the uncertainty of modern times. ‘Strawberry Lemonade’, meanwhile, is an all-blooping, all-thwacking bodice-ripper, with drums that sound like they might punch out of the speakers. Album closer ‘Strange Intimacy’ is “the most outrageous” of the album, says Tom – “not a particularly happy place to end, as it’s quite a bleak look at a relationship, but the arrangement of it gives it this theatricality.” It’s certainly the most ambitious Editors have ever sounded, where Justin’s “preposterous” guitar riff gives way, he says, to a “mad eight-minute techno odyssey” at the end.

                                                                              Another about-turn is the jittering crescendo of ‘Silence’ – the album’s post-rock ‘breather’, if you can call it that. Tom’s baritone has never sounded better, recalling a young Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’. He’s never much been one for direct lyrics. On EBM, there are undeniable references to the pandemic and a divided Britain (“can you feel the broken nation?” he intones on ‘Strawberry Lemonade’) but these are slivers of reality among the abstract, in songs that are largely about losing yourself in the unknown. “I think it’s always better when the listener can draw their own conclusions from what I write,” he says. Justin agrees. “We sit in quite an emotional space, so everyone always wants to know what the words are about, but the music is half the emotion and what sets the mood and the tempo. Sometimes it’s better just to give yourself over to that rather than to try and work out what something means all the time.”

                                                                              It comes back to this idea of letting the mood take over, of giving in, and getting lost. And it’s going to sound absolutely eviscerating live. It’s a new world, and a new chapter for Editors – as it is for everyone. Time to move your body.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Heart Attack
                                                                              2. Picturesque
                                                                              3. Karma Climb
                                                                              4. Kiss
                                                                              5. Silence
                                                                              6. Strawberry Lemonade
                                                                              7. Vibe
                                                                              8. Educate
                                                                              9. Strange Intimacy

                                                                              The Chesterfields

                                                                              New Modern Homes

                                                                                38 years after taking their first tentative steps into the world of independent pop fame, The Chesterfields are back with a new album and live dates this September. New Modern Homes sees the band reuniting with producer John Parish who produced their debut album Kettle in 1987.

                                                                                Founder member Simon Barber (bass, vocals) is joined by Andy Strickland (lead guitar, also known for his work with The Loft and The Caretaker Race), who briefly featured with the band in 1987, and more recent additions Helen Stickland (guitar, vocals) and Rob Parry (drums).

                                                                                Musically the sound is an updated version of the music they made 30 odd years ago.

                                                                                Cass McCombs


                                                                                  On Heartmind, Cass McCombs enters the double-digit-album phase of his career, a quantitatively rarified place for any songwriter; rarer still, though, is the fact that he does not yet seem to have settled into a qualitative sound or pattern, of singing the same thought twice (or perhaps even once).

                                                                                  Songs like "Karaoke" are a god-level burst of powerpop perfection, as fetching as anything Cass has ever cut. The springy staccato guitar, the vaporized electric keys, the melody seemingly born for singing or clapping or dancing along: Cass triangulates a perch of his very own out among The Go-Betweens, The dB's, and The Cure,and vibrates there, a beacon. And then, of course, there is the song's playful if painful lyrical conceit—the lover who is making all the sacred motions of commitment but whose feelings may be no more deep or real than someone simply reading the lyrics for "Vision of Love" or "Stand by Your Man" from some crowded bar's TV screen.

                                                                                  There are, at least, some basic facts to share about Heartmind, logistical evidence that may in turn shape your own questions: Cass recorded these songs in multiple sessions on both coasts, in Brooklyn and Burbank. The great Shahzad Ismaily not only cut the staggering "Unproud Warrior" and four others here but also played lots of bass. Buddy Ross tracked "New Earth," a paean of post-humanity renewal with several sharp wisecracks. Ariel Rechtshaid—now a dozen years into his collaboration with Cass, which began with 2009's Catacombs—captured Cass' scintillating guitars on "Belong to Heaven," a thoughtful consideration of what we all lose when we lose an old friend to the inevitable end. The steadfast Rob Schnapf (who previously produced McCombs' ANTI- debut, Mangy Love) mixed and merged it all. Wynonna Judd (yes, that one) offers harmonies, while her beau Cactus Moser provides some lap steel. Joe Russo, Kassa Overall, Danielle Haim, Nestor Gomez are featured on the album, too.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Music Is Blue
                                                                                  New Earth
                                                                                  Unproud Warrior
                                                                                  A Blue, Blue Band
                                                                                  Belong To Heaven


                                                                                  Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021

                                                                                    Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021, Iceage's second full length for Mexican Summer, is a collection of non-LP cuts (or “misfit children,” as lead singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt describes them) from the seven years during which Iceage made Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014), Beyondless (2018), and Seek Shelter (2021). As with all of Iceage’s albums, whether it be the sensual daring-do of their dark-hardcore masterpiece debut, the Flying Nun-dappled “Oi!!!!” of You’re Nothing, the shift to cowpunk gothic romanticism on Plowing Into the Field of Love, or the space truckin’ gospel-rock of their most recent albums, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Johan Suurballe Wieth, Jakob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen make the impossible seem effortless.


                                                                                    Sonics In The Soul

                                                                                      The legendary Manchester punk band need little introduction. Back in 1977, they gave birth to a generation of independent labels with their debut EP ‘Spiral Scratch’. Thereafter, their melodic punk - pop proved irresistible, leading to hit singles and three landmark albums. They broke up in 1981 but reunited in 1989 and have been going steady ever since. Sadly, singer Pete Shelley passed away in 2018 but founder member and the band’s other singer/songwriter Steve Diggle has kept the flag flying. During the COVID pandemic, Steve and co. (Chris Remington on bass, Danny Farrant on drums) busied themselves with recording ‘Sonics In The Soul’. Recorded at Studio 7in London, the album was co-produced by Steve himself with Laurence Loveless.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1 Senses Out Of Control
                                                                                      2 Manchester Rain
                                                                                      3 You’ve Changed Everything Now
                                                                                      4 Bad Dreams
                                                                                      5 Nothingless World
                                                                                      6 Don't Mess With My Brain
                                                                                      7 Just Got To Let It Go
                                                                                      8 Everything Is Wrong
                                                                                      9 Experimental Farm
                                                                                      10 Can You Hear Tomorrow
                                                                                      11 Venus Eyes

                                                                                      Steve Bates

                                                                                      All The Things That Happen

                                                                                        RIYL: William Basinski, Wolf Eyes, Gas, Tim Hecker, Emeralds, Yellow Swans, Flying Saucer Attack. Steve Bates is an artist and musician known for his work with post-rock ensemble Black Seas Ensemble, duos with Timothy Herzog and Sophie Trudeau of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, amongst others, as well as a series of digital-only sonic explorations on his own label, The Dim Coast. All The Things That Happen is his first full-length album for Constellation. For this album, Bates pursued a more stripped down exploration of the noisier terrain of the cheap timbre and tonality of the much-loved Casio SK-1 keyboard sampler. These sounds were fed through a variety of electronics, effects, amps, cassettes recorders to shift into their current form heard on these tracks.

                                                                                        Steve notes that all the tracks started off as ambient, "but I always kept reaching for more texture and noise." Getting reacquainted with the Casio SK-1 was the initial focus on developing the music here. Processed and manipulated during the recording and mixing stages, these initial SK-1 sessions became the foundation of this body of music. Working within the rich world of experimental electronics, these tracks have a core melodicism to them and maybe even a melancholy, as distortion and overtones saturate and spray the music in various directions, while feeling whole and integrated as a body of sound. A fixture of Winnipeg's burgeoning anarcho-punk and social justice community in the 80s-90s, Bates played in hardcore and indie rock bands (XOXO, Bulletproof Nothing) while contemporaneously continuing to fiddle obsessively with the shortwave radio his father bought him as a child — sensibilities that continue to meld and inform his sound work to this day. Bates founded the Send + Receive Festival in 1998, a crucial development in putting Winnipeg on the map for avant music and experimental sound art, which he helmed for seven years. Moving to Tiohti:áke/Montréal in 2005 he took on the Sound Coordinator position at Hexagram (Concordia University), released solo and duo work on ORAL_records and two albums with his Black Seas Ensemble on The Dim Coast, while pursuing myriad other ongoing audio research, installation and collaborative projects. His exhibition and site-specific works have been presented throughout North America and Europe, Chile and Senegal. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1 Groves Of…everything!
                                                                                        A2 These Problems Are Multiplied By The Difficulty I Have In Front Of A Tape Recorder
                                                                                        A3 Glistening
                                                                                        A4 Covered In Silt And Weed
                                                                                        B1 Destroy The Palace
                                                                                        B2 Glimpse An End
                                                                                        B3 Bring On Black Flames
                                                                                        B4 We Do Not, Nor To Hide
                                                                                        B5 September Through September

                                                                                        Melancholia is a made-up medical condition manifested in an incessant moment of reflection. The newest album is a soundtrack to different stages of it and the accompanying feelings. The extremes of those got illustrated by Wojtek Łebski who designed the graphic identity of the album.

                                                                                        "I wrote this music during the last 3 years which for me and to many others were the most bizarre time on the planet we live. Lots of dilemmas, problems, ups and downs, self-doubt and permanent anxiety I transformed into different frequencies of sound. From the very first song, you can hear my fascination with the bass and half-step music scene. Thanks to Mr Envee who mixed the album, it sounds exactly how I imagined - deep and worm. Welcome to the journey." - says the author.

                                                                                        Teielte is a very important person to U Know Me Records - his debut album was the first one in the history of the label. To honour the album properly, the "Melancholizm" was labelled with the number UKM 100 and it will be released exactly 12 years after the famous debut of Taielte's album "Homeworkz".

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Anxiety
                                                                                        2. Drunk Novice
                                                                                        3. Hands Of Clock
                                                                                        4. Remorse
                                                                                        5. Madless
                                                                                        6. Paresis
                                                                                        7. Experiencing
                                                                                        8. Spirit
                                                                                        9. Oneness
                                                                                        10. Remorse (HØST Remix)

                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                        Imaginational Anthem Vol. XI : Chrome Universal - A Survey Of Modern Pedal Steel

                                                                                          Curated by in-demand Nashville pedal steel maverick and Third Man recording artist Luke Schneider, the eleventh volume of Tompkins Square’s venerable Imaginational Anthem acoustic guitar series features exclusive tracks by legend BJ Cole, as well as leading exponents on the instrument including Susan Alcorn, Luke himself, and British expat /Nashville hotshot Spencer Cullum among others. Nashville native and Merge recording artist William Tyler has written a beautiful detailed history of the pedal steel for the package (CD & LP versions only).

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. BJ Cole - Ely Revisited
                                                                                          2. Jonny Lam - Rainbow Across The Valley
                                                                                          3. Rocco DeLuca - Many Singing Softly
                                                                                          4. Luke Schneider - Yosemite
                                                                                          5.Spencer Cullum - An Ode To Dungeness
                                                                                          6. Barry Walker, Jr. - I Will Tread Upon The Lion And The Cobra
                                                                                          7. Susan Alcorn - Gilmore Blue
                                                                                          8. Maggie Bjorklund - Lysglimt
                                                                                          9. Will Van Horn - Attwater

                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          End Of The Road Presents: Between The Music

                                                                                            Each year, in the weeks that follow End of the Road, the festival’s founder, Simon Taffe, receives a flurry of emails. There are notes of thanks, of course, and the tying up of festival business, but in amongst them he will find numerous messages asking urgent questions such as: “What was that song playing two songs before Mac DeMarco came on?” It was in answer to these persistent queries that End of the Road decided to launch the first of what will be an ongoing compilation series: Between the Music.

                                                                                            “A compilation based on all the tracks that I play in between bands on all the different stages. It’s not really necessarily bands that play End of the Road, it’s more like my whole record collection.”

                                                                                            Taffe has distinct memories of going to festivals that hadn’t given much thought to the music playing between performers; the repetition of it, the sudden jolt of it. When End of the Road first began, he was determined that his festival would not make the same oversight.

                                                                                            Before the first ever End Of The Road, Simon sat up all night with a friend, burning songs to CDs, considering every stage and every track in detail. He has continued this approach ever since, always finishing his playlists at the eleventh hour, always spurred on by the thought of what song will you have as the first song opening the main stage.

                                                                                            “I still get really excited to make a compilation, even though it’s a lot bloody harder these days because everyone’s heard everything on Spotify,” he says. “But I love sharing music with people and love introducing them to songs.”

                                                                                            To listen to Between the Music is something akin to spending a short while in Taffe’s company, or perhaps a long weekend at his festival. There is the sheer exuberant love for music, the sense of discovery, the delight in the unexpected rhythmic turn. Above anything, there is the feeling that Between the Music is a compilation series that could just play on forever.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1 Lifes To Short - The Lafayette
                                                                                            A2 Drip Drop - Dion
                                                                                            A3 Observeatory Crest - Beefheart
                                                                                            A4 Fallin Rain - Link Wray
                                                                                            A5 I Got A Name - Jim Croce
                                                                                            A6 Hey I Know You – Monzos
                                                                                            A7 Anchin Kifu Ayinkash - Hailu Megia Dahlak Band
                                                                                            A8 Im So Depressed - Abner Jay
                                                                                            B1 Have You Been Good To Yourself - Johnie Frieson
                                                                                            B2 Khala My Freind - Amanaz
                                                                                            B3 Looking For A Home - Al Kooper And Shuggie Ottis
                                                                                            B4 She Turns My Radio On - Jim Ford
                                                                                            B5 Any Other Way - Jackie Shane
                                                                                            B6 Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
                                                                                            C1 Cripple Creek - Alexandra Skip Spence
                                                                                            C2 Sweet Memories - Micky Newbury
                                                                                            C3 Blue Vein - Lael Neale
                                                                                            C4 Mothers Last Words To Her Son -Washington Phillips
                                                                                            C5 I Stole The Right To Live - Michael Hurley
                                                                                            C6 Cold Bitter Tears - Ted Hawkins
                                                                                            C7 Child Of God - Josphine Foster
                                                                                            D1 Lucky Strikes And Liquid Gold - Jeff Cowell
                                                                                            D2 Clay Pigeons - Blaze Foley
                                                                                            D3 You Got Me - Crow Johnson
                                                                                            D4 Glücklich. Traurig. Seltsam - Die Wellttaumforscher
                                                                                            D5 Jesus Give Me Water - The Soul Stirrers
                                                                                            D6 Lazy Bones - Paul Robeson
                                                                                            D7 Please Stay - The Cryin Shames

                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                            Fabric Presents Mind Against

                                                                                              Mind Against’s gift is for creating emotion through the synths and percussive instruments in their studio where their slick, moving take on techno makes for a special kind of peak across festivals and club dancefloors. Their mix for fabric - that coincides with a fast-moving ticket selling date at the club the weekend of its release - draws on the psychedelic hooks of 1980s soundtracks and modern dance music’s emphasis on sound design to create a distinctive and immensely powerful compilation. Eleven exclusive tracks grace the eighteen track comp – tunes all matched by the melodic genre and written by friends of the Fognini brothers. The standout track of the mix is the closing number – a transcendent collaborative effort between Mind Against and young innovator Dyzen.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              LP TRACKLIST
                                                                                              A1 Mind Against & Dyzen - Freedom
                                                                                              A2 Marino Canal - Universa
                                                                                              A3 Red Axes - Connector
                                                                                              B1 Echonomist - Mango
                                                                                              B2 Aera - Ketosis
                                                                                              B3 Sam Shure - Particles
                                                                                              C1 Toto Chiavetta - Prodotto Astratto (Dub)
                                                                                              C2 Nandu - Viciously Searching For Another Dimension
                                                                                              C3 Shiffer - Fatalist
                                                                                              D1 Yotam Avni - Take One
                                                                                              D2 Frankey & Sandrino - Hollow
                                                                                              D3 ENØS - With You 

                                                                                              CD TRACKLIST

                                                                                              1. Aurora Halal - Just Tell Me
                                                                                              2. Jonathan Kaspar - Bigna
                                                                                              3. Shiffer - Fatalist
                                                                                              4. Fluxion - You Don't Know Me (Joey Anderson Remix)
                                                                                              5. ENØS - With You
                                                                                              6. Frankey & Sandrino - Hollow
                                                                                              7. J. Wiltshire - Luv44
                                                                                              8. Red Axes - Connector
                                                                                              9. Nandu - Viciously Searching For Another Dimension
                                                                                              10. Roman Flügel - D.I.S.C.O.
                                                                                              11. Echonomist - Mango
                                                                                              12. Marino Canal - Universa
                                                                                              13. Toto Chiavetta - Prodotto Astratto (Dub)
                                                                                              14. Yotam Avni - Take One
                                                                                              15. Aera - Ketosis
                                                                                              16. Butch - Lale
                                                                                              17. Sam Shure - Particles
                                                                                              18. Mind Against & Dyzen - Freedom (Club Mix) 

                                                                                              Future Disco present the "Mirrorball Motel" - a shimmering nocturnal world of dancing pleasure. A 19-track exploration of the now, by artists like Digitalism, Cinthie, Bondax, Reflex, Roosevelt and more. 

                                                                                              This bumper collection features five exclusive new tunes. Daisybelle & Tasty Lopez's "Starlight" (Future Disco Ballroom Dub) has a classic disco feel from the two first ladies of the green. Italoconnection - "All Over" (Future Disco Edit) brings an eighties vibe that reminds us of Ibiza venue Pikes, whilst the mysterious Clive From Accounts 'You Understand' impresses with its soaring strings and house bassline. The final two exclusives are Charlie Hepworth's 2It's Satisfaction" with its full thrill house drums and acid flashes, and Boys Shorts's "Suburban Love Affair" (Brian Ring Remix), which sounds like summer on the shores of Los Angeles in 1989.

                                                                                              Elsewhere is the simple but effective future disco of Bondax, a Brazilian via French disco cut from PPJ, and exciting and intricate grooves from the trio of Breakbot, Irfane & Yuksek. There is euphoric 90s house from Saison, challenging yet reassuring vocal work from the legendary Roisin Murphy as remixed to perfection by the wizard that is The Reflex and much more besides.

                                                                                              "Future Disco: Mirror Ball Motel" is a wide-angle view of an idealistic dancefloor, all served up with that famously characterful and vibrant Future Disco style. If you've ever danced under the stars with your eyes wide shut, then this one's for you. 

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              VINYL TRACKLISTING:
                                                                                              A1 Róisín Murphy - Incapable (The Reflex Revision)
                                                                                              A2 Daisybelle & Tasty Lopez - Starlight (Future Disco Ballroom Dub)
                                                                                              A3 Roosevelt - See You Again (Lazywax Remix)
                                                                                              B1 Saison - Rocinante
                                                                                              B2 Breakbot, Irfane & Yuksek - Taqa
                                                                                              B3 PPJ - Primavera
                                                                                              B4 Bondax - Don’t Want It (feat. Tara McDonald)
                                                                                              C1 Boys Shorts - Suburban Love Affair (Brian Ring Remix)
                                                                                              C2 Italoconnection - All Over (Future Disco Edit)
                                                                                              C3 Elder Island - I Fold You (Kassian Remix)
                                                                                              C4 Digitalism - Offline
                                                                                              D1 Clive From Accounts - You Understand
                                                                                              D2 Storken - Think Happy Be Happy (Dorothys Fortress Remix)
                                                                                              D3 Gilligan Moss - Ultraparadiso
                                                                                              D4 Kosmo Kint & Kapote - Strangers

                                                                                              CD TRACKLISTING:
                                                                                              01) Róisín Murphy - Incapable (The Reflex Revision)
                                                                                              02) Daisybelle & Tasty Lopez - Starlight (Future Disco Ballroom Dub)
                                                                                              03) Roosevelt - See You Again (Lazywax Remix)
                                                                                              04) Saison - Rocinante
                                                                                              05) Breakbot, Irfane & Yuksek - Taqa
                                                                                              06) PPJ - Primavera
                                                                                              07) Boys Shorts - Suburban Love Affair (Brian Ring Remix)
                                                                                              08) Bondax - Don’t Want It
                                                                                              09) Clive From Accounts - You Understand
                                                                                              10) Elder Island - I Fold You (Kassian Remix)
                                                                                              11) Charlie Hepworth - Its Satisfaction
                                                                                              12) Italo Connection - All Over (Future Disco Edit)
                                                                                              13) Cri - Love Spirit (Cinthie Remix)
                                                                                              14) Mix & Fairbanks - Messenger
                                                                                              15) Digitalism - Offline
                                                                                              16) Storken - Think Happy Be Happy (Dorothys Fortress Remix)
                                                                                              17) EYNKA - Ascendance
                                                                                              18) Gilligan Moss - Ultraparadiso 

                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                              Garage Psychédélique (The Best Of Garage Psych And Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)

                                                                                                Two-Piers, the label that brought you ‘Pop Psychédélique (The Best of French Psychedelic Pop 1964-2019)’ bring you the second instalment in the series ‘Garage Psychédélique (The Best of Garage Psych and Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)’. A thrill a minute dive into the crazy awesome world of Garage Psychedelic Rock.

                                                                                                From the Psych sound explosion onto the Underground club scene in the US and UK in the mid 1960s, its discovery by a wider audience via the exceptional Nuggets and Pebbles compilation series in the 1970-1980s. Through its mainstream revival with the Garage sound of the late 1990- early 2000s, to the current crop of exceptional bands flying the Garage Psych flag today, ‘Garage Psychédélique’ takes you on a journey and gives you a little taste of some of the finest music from the scene and the bands that blazed a trail for others to follow…..Sit back and enjoy the ride!

                                                                                                From the opening bars of The Sonics ‘Have love Will Travel’ through the Psych workout that is Count Five’s ‘Psychotic Reaction’ to the joys of 60s Beat Psych groups from the US such as The Paragons, The Preachers, The Strangeloves, The Squires, and the eccentric stylings of The Monks. The album careers along at a blistering pace of Garage Psych brilliance, jammed packed full of Underground floor fillers a plenty.

                                                                                                US legendary underground acts such as The Electric Prunes, The Chocolate Watch Band and MC5 all deliver classic tracks for the cause, and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson even makes a foray into the psych rock sound with ‘Jump into the Fire’.

                                                                                                In recent years such bands as Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo and Allah-Las from the US have taken the Garage Psych influence and 60s sound and made it their own. A whole crop of bands such as White Hills, Gnod and Goat from the scene have evolved the music into a heavier ‘Pyzk Rock’ feel with a darker and heavier vibe, but crucially still with the joyous undertones that the scene brings to its devotees.

                                                                                                The Garage Psych sound has influenced groups from around the globe with bands like Liverpool’s The Stairs ‘Weed Bus’, Scotland’s finest The Poets with ‘That’s the Way It’s Gotta Be’, The Bogeymen, a largely undiscovered 90s Psych Hammond band from France with ‘Electrocution’. Hailing from Sweden Goat bring us ‘Gathering of Ancient Tribes’ and The Hives their dancefloor anthem ‘Main Offender’. From Perth, Australia Pond’s Psych leanings on ‘Fantastic Explosion of Time’ are clear to see. Finally, Kevin Parker’s band Tame Impala were very influenced by the whole garage psych sound in their early band incarnation, as perfectly showcased here on the epic wig out that is ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’ that closes the album.

                                                                                                This isn’t meant to be a ‘crate diggers’ album or a compilation of ‘obscure hard to find tracks’ to out-do your mates. It is quite simply a celebration of the Garage Psychédélique scene and a chance to revel in its brilliance and dance around your kitchen. If it means you go down a rabbit warren of discovery to unearth more gems and brilliant bands from the Garage Psych scene then job done! 

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                2LP Vinyl Tracklist:
                                                                                                A1) The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
                                                                                                A2) Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
                                                                                                A3) The Paragons - Abba
                                                                                                A4) Kim Fowley - The Trip
                                                                                                A5) The Preachers - Who Do You Love **
                                                                                                A6) The Strangeloves - Night Time
                                                                                                A7) The Monks - Oh, How To Do Now
                                                                                                A8) The Bogeymen - Electrocution
                                                                                                B1) Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire (Single Version)
                                                                                                B2) The Eyes - When The Night Falls
                                                                                                B3) 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt)
                                                                                                B4) The Poets - That’s The Way It’s Gotta Be
                                                                                                B5) The Squires - Going All The Way
                                                                                                B6) The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
                                                                                                B7) The Chocolate Watch Band - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
                                                                                                B8) MC5 - Gotta Keep Movin’
                                                                                                C1) The Stairs - Weed Bus
                                                                                                C2) The Hives - Main Offender
                                                                                                C3) Pond - Fantastic Explosion Of Time
                                                                                                C4) Novella - Somethings Must Change
                                                                                                C5) Thee Oh Sees - Web
                                                                                                C6) Allah-Las - Catamaran
                                                                                                D1) Moon Duo - Eye 2 Eye
                                                                                                D2) White Hills, Gnod - Run-a-Round **
                                                                                                D3) Goat - Gathering Of Ancient Tribes
                                                                                                D4) Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine
                                                                                                (** Exclusive To Vinyl)

                                                                                                CD Tracklist:
                                                                                                1) The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
                                                                                                2) Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
                                                                                                3) The Paragons - Abba
                                                                                                4) Kim Fowler - The Trip
                                                                                                5) The Strangeloves - Night Time
                                                                                                6) The Monks - Oh, How We Do Now
                                                                                                7) The Bogeymen - Electrocution
                                                                                                8) Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire (Single Version)
                                                                                                9) The Eyes - When The Night Falls
                                                                                                10) 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt)
                                                                                                11) The Poets - That’s The Way It’s Gotta Be
                                                                                                12) The Squires - Going All The Way
                                                                                                13) The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
                                                                                                14) The Chocolate Watch Band - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
                                                                                                15) MC5 - Gotta Keep Movin’
                                                                                                16) The Stairs - Weed Bus
                                                                                                17) The Hives - Main Offender
                                                                                                18) Pond - Fantastic Explosion Of Time
                                                                                                19) Novella - Somethings Must Change
                                                                                                20) Thee Oh Sees - Web
                                                                                                21) Allah-Las - Catamaran
                                                                                                22) Moon Duo - Eye 2 Eye
                                                                                                23) Goat - Gathering Of Ancient Tribes
                                                                                                24) Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine

                                                                                                A new compilation series kicks off with an absolutely belting double LP that features a selection of hard-to-find records (some impossible to find) and some that have been hiding in plain sight all along.

                                                                                                They all share common qualities, being that they are beautiful, soul quenched songs that sing of love, peace and unity."With Love: Volume 1" has been compiled by Miche and presents a curated selection of rare Brazilian, gospel, modern soul and jazz-fusion fire. We have Brazilian rarities by Alcione and Quientaessencia, UFO gospel by Keith Chism & Light, the jazz-funk / AOR sounds of City Lites taken from a Radio Station album, and the anthemic feel-good emotional soul of Belita Woods to name but a few.

                                                                                                Tracking down artists and musicians from the past is an art form. Like a seagull swooping for treats, sometimes the prizes are easily found, and at other times, it's the result of very late nights trolling through Facebook profiles, message boards, hitting dead ends and following red herrings, and yet still the search goes on. This compilation is a true labour of love with all the artists tracked down and licensed by Miche. It has long been an ambition of the London based musical connoisseur to compile an album, and like anything that requires craft, care, and knowledge - it takes time. There are many twists and turns in the hunt for those records that make your jaw drop.

                                                                                                A sublime selection of glorious modern soul, Brazilian rare gems and groovefuelled gospel. Featuring hard-to-find records, some impossible to find, and some that have been hiding in plain sight all along.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                South Funk Blvd. - Skying High (Getting Off On Your Lovin')
                                                                                                Ad Libs - Don't Need No Fortune Teller
                                                                                                Atlantis - Hung Up About You
                                                                                                Smoke Inc. - Waitin' For Love
                                                                                                Mandisa - Summer Love
                                                                                                City Lites - Now You've Gone Away
                                                                                                Papaya - Favela
                                                                                                Alcione - Este Mundo Tem
                                                                                                Quintaessencia - Serrado
                                                                                                Superior Elevation - It Was September
                                                                                                Keith Chism & Light - My Life And Song
                                                                                                Belita Woods - Magic Corner
                                                                                                Spare Hare - Ain't No Doubt About It
                                                                                                Sammy Acuna - Never Found A Girl
                                                                                                Sweet Mixture - House Of Fun And Love



                                                                                                  Whitney, the Chicago duo of Julien Ehlrich and Max Kakacek, return with their third album, SPARK. SPARK reintroduces Whitney as a contemporary syndicate of classic pop, its dozen imaginative and endearing tracks wrap fetching melodies around paisley-print Dilla beats and luxuriant electronics. However surprising it may sound, SPARK is less a radical reinvention for Whitney than an honest accounting of how it feels when you move out of your past and into your present, when you take the next steps of your lives and careers at once and without apology. SPARK maintains the warmth and ease of Whitney’s early work; these songs glow with the newness of now.

                                                                                                  The start of SPARK traces back to the surprise success of Whitney’s 2016 debut, Light Upon the Lake. Its softly distorted psych-folk dreams found a wide audience more readily than the pair ever expected; after years of ceaseless touring, they felt compelled to plug into the same sound for round two, 2019’s Forever Turned Around. As the sessions progressed, though, they became a slog, as Julien and Max worked to be versions of themselves they no longer were, to write songs in a mold that no longer fit. “What are we doing? How do we fix this, together?” Max remembers often asking Julien, as they contended with broken tape machines that felt like metaphors. This no longer felt like their music, but a vestige of their initial enthusiasm. They barely had enough material or energy to finish.

                                                                                                  Max and Julien knew a drastic change was necessary, but they never envisioned, of course, international lockdowns would facilitate it. Weeks after Julien decamped to Portland to clear his head after the end of a years-long relationship, Max followed, hoping to escape the tail of a long Chicago winter with his best friend and co-writer. Four days later, flights were grounded. Upcoming tours were canceled. For the next 14 months, they dug in with a zeal and determination that recalled their start, before success set expectations. “We had time to just sit and watch the body of work grow in real time,” Julien says. “We were just stacking stronger and stronger songs on top of each other.” Max picks up his thought: “Our favorite way to make records, the way we made the first one.”

                                                                                                  Even if the way was similar, the results are remarkably different, a refreshing reminder of how effortless a pivot can feel when it’s a true course correction. Max and Julien weren’t immune to this moment of overwhelming loss, either. Max lost his grandfather to COVID-19 in December 2020, soon after the duo’s mutual mentor, Girls’ JR White, died. But the key to SPARK—even on these saddest of songs, all of which sparkle like gentle technicolor dreams—is sublimation, or Whitney’s ability to hang around long enough for conditions to improve. To wit, the first song Max and Julien wrote upon returning to Chicago in May 2021—and the last one they finished before heading to Texas to cut SPARK with producers Brad Cook and John Congleton—is “REAL LOVE,” which celebrates the overdue end of one relationship as an opportunity to fall completely for the right someone. From its Wurlitzer chime to its serrated bass, from its beaming harmonies to its massive chorus, “REAL LOVE” is a bright-eyed celebration of what will be, not a eulogy for what was. It feels, as with much of SPARK, like twirling in whatever sunbeam happens to peak through the clouds. The video, directed by Aaron Brown, is an entirely different visual presentation than anything the band’s ever released.

                                                                                                  Julien elaborates: “Max and I wrote ‘REAL LOVE’ in June 2021 right after a cross country move back to Chicago. I was experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and panic, while the entire city was re-emerging from isolation. I’ve been running away from and self medicating my anxiety for as long as I can remember, but for whatever reason, it felt like it was time to dive straight into it. During late night sessions over a two week period, we captured the embrace of anxiety and fear in a way that resonated with us immediately. We spent the next few summer nights driving on Ashland with the windows down and the song turned up. It felt like an emotional and musical burst of light and we’re so grateful to finally be sharing that with people.”

                                                                                                  You’ll notice frequent references to smoke and fire throughout SPARK, itself a double entendre for inspiring something new or burning down the old. Max and Julien were living in Portland when smoke from nearby fires choked the city at record levels. Scientists speak increasingly of serotiny, an evolutionary miracle that causes some trees to release seeds only amid a season of fire. That is how SPARK often feels—Whitney’s circumstances were fraught on so many levels that they hung “the past...out to dry” and began again, finding a fresh version of themselves, their relationship, and their band after the blaze. SPARK is an inspiring testament to perseverance and renewal, to best friends trusting each other enough to carry one another to the other side.

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Andy says: Whitney really hit the mark here with their beautiful soulful, soft early 70's sound, and possibly the best song-writing of their career so far. Lovely mellow stuff.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Nothing Remains
                                                                                                  2. Back Then
                                                                                                  3. Blue
                                                                                                  4. Twirl
                                                                                                  5. Real Love
                                                                                                  6. Memory
                                                                                                  7. Self
                                                                                                  8. Never Crossed My Mind
                                                                                                  9. Terminal
                                                                                                  10. Heart Will Beat
                                                                                                  11. Lost Control
                                                                                                  12. County Lines

                                                                                                  The Black Angels

                                                                                                  Wilderness Of Mirrors

                                                                                                    The best music reflects a wide-screen view of the world back at us, helping distill the universal into something far more personal. Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock that does exactly that, which is one of many reasons why the group’s new album, Wilderness of Mirrors, feels so aptly named. In the five years since the band’s prior album, Death Song, and the two-plus years spent working on Wilderness of Mirrors, pandemics, political tumult and the ongoing devastation of the environment have provided ample fodder for the Black Angels’ signature sonic approach.

                                                                                                    Wilderness of Mirrors expertly refines the Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack alongside a host of intriguing sounds and textures. There are classic blasts of fuzzed-out guitars meant to simultaneously perk up the ears and jumpstart the mind, alongside melancholy, acoustic guitar-driven newfound experiments. Mellotron, strings, and other keyboards also play a more prominent role on Wilderness of Mirrors than ever before.

                                                                                                    Even amidst these new experimentations, The Black Angels remain masterfully true to psych-rock forebears such as Syd Barrett, Roky Erickson, Arthur Lee and the members of the Velvet Underground, all of whom are namechecked on album highlight “The River.” “The Velvet Underground song ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ – that’s what every Black Angels album has been about,” says vocalist/bassist Alex Maas. “You can’t work out your struggles unless you bring them to the forefront and think about them. If we can all think about them, maybe we can help save ourselves.”

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1 Without A Trace
                                                                                                    2 History Of The Future
                                                                                                    3 Empires Falling
                                                                                                    4 El Jardín
                                                                                                    5 La Pared (Govt. Wall Blues)
                                                                                                    6 Firefly
                                                                                                    7 Make It Known
                                                                                                    8 The River
                                                                                                    9 Wilderness Of Mirrors
                                                                                                    10 Here & Now
                                                                                                    11 100 Flowers Of Paracusia
                                                                                                    12 A Walk On The Outside
                                                                                                    13 Vermillion Eyes
                                                                                                    14 Icon
                                                                                                    15 Suffocation

                                                                                                    Jesca Hoop

                                                                                                    Order Of Romance

                                                                                                      Jesca Hoop returns with her sixth album, Order of Romance, a record that fortifies her position as one of the most striking and original voices in contemporary music. Order of Romance is Hoop's most intricate and finely balanced album to date, one that draws on classic song writing, recalling anything from Gershwin to Paul Simon, but creating something that is unmistakably, indelibly Jesca Hoop. It is a deep dive into craft. As Jesca says “I set out to mature as a writer, to further clarity my voice and stance, through melodies and phrases only I can construct. Order of Romance feels like every person, character, or artist, I ever was over the many seasons of my life was handed an instrument to play across the songs.”

                                                                                                      In the summer of 2021, Hoop once again ventured south from her adopted home of Manchester to Bristol to team up with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding), her collaborator for 2019’s Stonechild. This time additional assistance came from in Jess Vernon (This is the Kit) to arrange for a four-piece horn and woodwind quintet. Legendary drummer Seb Rochford lent his skills, John Thorne plays the bass and Chloe Foy and Rachel Rimmer were enlisted to deliver Hoop’s signature vocal arrangements. The result is a fruitful marriage of song craft and arrangement, brimming with a cinematic charm and lyrical wit that signify a new chapter full of new life for an artist who knows her mind, her heart and voice well enough to trust them in uncharted territory.

                                                                                                      Order of Romance then is a complete work that demands close attention, an active listen, a filagree that’s apparent lightness of touch belies a serious intent. Themes of empathy and friendship, intertwine with a clear eyed and moralistic poetry on subjects such as gun control, religious and political cults, and climate change.

                                                                                                      Order of Romance is perhaps ultimately an exploration of the endless balance act of being a ‘Human Being’, an approach and examination of some of the biggest theme and issues of our time through the doorway of the personal, a way finding meaning and some kind of faith in a world where so much is disconnected and discordant. As she states “I seek out reflection and resolve in my songs. I find out who I am in a sense. For a few minutes, I can exist in nature at my full potential, saying just what I mean, in balance, in awe, in wonder and in full force. As a moral agent, a mode I can’t seem to avoid, my writing is time taken to observe and ask questions. I find humour in our predicament. I find danger in the reckoning. I find faith despite our sorry state and I feel connection when I draw it through my voice. I stand my ground and through the music and point inevitably towards compassion”.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                                      1. Sudden Light
                                                                                                      2. I Was Just 14
                                                                                                      3. Hatred Has A Mother
                                                                                                      4. One Way Mirror
                                                                                                      5. Silent Extinction
                                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                                      6. 7lbs Of Pressure
                                                                                                      7. Sioux Falls
                                                                                                      8. Like I Am Time
                                                                                                      9. Firestorm
                                                                                                      10. Lyre Bird

                                                                                                      Horace Andy

                                                                                                      Midnight Scorchers

                                                                                                        A companion album to the critically acclaimed Midnight Rocker, this is Adrian Sherwood’s ‘sound system’ take on the original sessions. Featuring new tracks; radical dancehall re-works with MC interjections from Daddy Freddy and Lone Ranger; and stripped back instrumental version excursions in classic dub reggae style.

                                                                                                        Continuing the series that Sherwood began with Heavy Rain, his re-working of Lee “Scratch” Perry's Rainford album, Midnight Scorchers is both an essential sequel to Midnight Rocker as well as being a powerful album in its own right.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Come After Midnight
                                                                                                        Midnight Scorcher
                                                                                                        Away With The Gun And Knife
                                                                                                        Dirty Money Business
                                                                                                        Sleepy’s Night Cap

                                                                                                        Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
                                                                                                        Dub Guidance
                                                                                                        More Bassy
                                                                                                        Hell And Back

                                                                                                        The Beths

                                                                                                        Expert In A Dying Field

                                                                                                          The third LP from the New Zealand quartet houses 12 jewels of tight, guitar-heavy songs that worm their way into your head, an incandescent collision of power-pop and skuzz. With Expert, The Beths wanted to make an album meant to be experienced live, for both the listeners and themselves. They wanted it to be fun -- to hear, to play -- in spite of the prickling anxiety throughout the lyrics, the fear of change and struggle to cope.

                                                                                                          Most of Expert was recorded at guitarist Jonathan Pearce’s studio on Karangahape Road in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand) -- and sometimes in the building's cavernous stairwell at 1am -- toward the end of 2021, until they were interrupted by a four-month national lockdown. They traded notes remotely for months, songwriting from afar and fleshing out the arrangements alone, the first time they’d written together in such a way. The following February, The Beths left the country for the first time in more than two years to tour across the US, and simultaneously finish mixing the album on the road. That latter half felt more collaborative, with everyone on-hand to trade notes in real time, until it all culminated in a chaotic three-day studio mad-dash in Los Angeles. There, Expert finally became the record they were hearing in their heads.

                                                                                                          Expert is an extension of the same skuzzy palette the band has built across their catalog, pop hooks embedded in incisive indie rock. The album’s title track “Expert In A Dying Field” introduces the thesis for the record: “How does it feel to be an expert in a dying field? How do you know it’s over when you can’t let go?” Stokes asks. “Love is learned over time ‘til you’re an expert in a dying field.”

                                                                                                          The rest is a capsule of The Beths’ most electrifying and exciting output, a sonic spectrum: “Your Side” is a forlorn and sincere love song, emotive; while “Silence is Golden,” with its propulsive drum line and stop-start staccato of a guitar line winding up and down, is one of the band’s sharpest and most driving. “When You Know You Know” skews a bit groovier, pure pop and a natural addition to the band’s live set. “Knees Deep” was written last minute, but yields one of the best guitar lines on Expert. There’s a certain chaos across the 12 tracks, the palpable joy of playing music with long-time friends colliding with the raw nerves of pain.

                                                                                                          Stokes strings it all together through her singular songwriting lens, earnest and self-effacing, zeroing in on the granules of doubt and how they snowball. Did I do the wrong thing? Or did you? And are we still good people at the end of it? She isn’t interested in villains, but instead interested in just telling the story. That insecurity and thoughtfulness, translated into universality and understanding, has been the guiding light of The Beths’ output since 2016. In the face of pain, there’s no dwelling on internal anguish - instead, through The Beths’ music, our shortcomings are met with acceptance. And Expert In A Dying Field is the most tactile that tenderness has been. 

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Expert In A Dying Field
                                                                                                          2. Knees Deep
                                                                                                          3. Silence Is Golden
                                                                                                          4. Your Side
                                                                                                          5. I Want To Listen
                                                                                                          6. Head In The Clouds
                                                                                                          7. Best Left
                                                                                                          8. Change In The Weather
                                                                                                          9. When You Know You Know
                                                                                                          10. A Passing Rain
                                                                                                          11. I Told You That I Was Afraid
                                                                                                          12. 2am

                                                                                                          Gentle Sinners

                                                                                                          These Actions Cannot Be Undone

                                                                                                            Rock Action Records are pleased to present Gentle Sinners, a project by James Graham of The Twilight Sad and....ta dah! Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap! "These Actions Cannot Be Undone" is the brilliant album from two pals who wanted to try something different musically. The outcome being an epic explorative set of songs that stands quite apart from their esteemed work with Arab Strap and The Twilight Sad.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1 Waiting For Nothing
                                                                                                            2 Killing This Time
                                                                                                            3 Let Them Rot Feat. AKG
                                                                                                            4 The Cries
                                                                                                            5 Date & Sign
                                                                                                            1 Rent Free
                                                                                                            2 Shores Of Anhedonia
                                                                                                            3 Face To Fire (After Nyman)
                                                                                                            4 Don't Say Goodnight
                                                                                                            5 Landfill

                                                                                                            Cosey Fanni Tutti

                                                                                                            Original Soundtrack Recordings From The Film "Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes"

                                                                                                              The music on this album includes the audio explorations and experiments that led to the creation of the finished soundtrack - the used and unused elements as I worked to find the ‘Delia’ sounds I felt best connected not only directly to her life experiences that influenced her music, but were expressive of, and representative of her. The compositions are inspired by my research of the Delia Derbyshire audio archive, Delia's original compositional notes and techniques which in combination with my admiration and love of Delia’s work provided a way to integrate her style and approach to music with my own. An alliance of our sensibilities. Cosey Fanni Tutti

                                                                                                              Instrumentation: Synthesisers, Guitar, Cornet, Coolicon, Cymbals, Nagra Tape Recorder,Tape Manipulationsand Field Recordings. Vocals by: Cosey Fanni Tutti & Caroline Catz. Music written, composed, performed and produced by Cosey Fanni Tutti 2019 - 2021. Recorded at Studio 47, Norfolk and Twickenham Studio 3, London. Mastered by Chris Carter.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                              01. Cornet Lament
                                                                                                              02. Four Bebe
                                                                                                              03. Sirens
                                                                                                              04. Brainwaves & Clogs
                                                                                                              05. Delia Tones
                                                                                                              06. Animals
                                                                                                              07. Psychedelic Projections
                                                                                                              08. Reverse Adrenalin
                                                                                                              09. Snuff Chorus
                                                                                                              10. Corridor
                                                                                                              11. Cosmic Static Noise Wasps
                                                                                                              12. An Individualist
                                                                                                              13. Ceiling Of Sickening Sound
                                                                                                              14. Dream Dinner Party
                                                                                                              15. Guitar (Twickenham Studio 3)
                                                                                                              16. Labyrinthine
                                                                                                              17. Samson Pub
                                                                                                              18. Tatum Ergo

                                                                                                              Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                              1. Cornet Lament
                                                                                                              2. Four Bebe
                                                                                                              3. Sirens
                                                                                                              4. Delia Tones
                                                                                                              5. Animals
                                                                                                              6. Psychedelic Projections
                                                                                                              7. Reverse Adrenalin
                                                                                                              8. Snuff Chorus
                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                              1. Cosmic Static Noise Wasps
                                                                                                              2. An Individualist
                                                                                                              3. Ceiling Of Sickening Sound
                                                                                                              4. Dream Diner Party
                                                                                                              5. Guitar (Twickenham Studio 3)
                                                                                                              6. Labyrinthine
                                                                                                              7. Tatum Ergo

                                                                                                              Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

                                                                                                              Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years (Deluxe Boxset)

                                                                                                                2022 marks 20 years since the passing of the legendary Joe Strummer. While best known as the frontman for The Clash, between 1999-2002 Strummer produced some of his most exciting work alongside The Mescaleros.

                                                                                                                Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years is the first comprehensive collection highlighting this intense period of creativity and brings together the albums Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (1999), Global A Go-Go (2001), the posthumous Streetcore (2003), and Vibes Compass, a brand-new compilation of 15 B-sides and rarities, including never before heard tracks like 'Ocean of Dreams' (featuring Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on guitar) and early demos of some of the Mescaleros best-loved tracks (“The Road To Rock 'N' Roll,” “X-Ray Style” and more), through to some of the original recordings from Joe's last ever sessions (“Coma Girl (Outtake),” “Fantastic” and “Get Down Moses (Outtake)”), all in one complete boxset.

                                                                                                                All albums are remastered by Grammy Award winner Paul Hicks (The Beatles / The Rolling Stones / John Lennon / David Bowie) and are packaged in a richly curated boxset, featuring extensive new liner notes and interviews with Joe's friends, collaborators and The Mescaleros band members, plus never-before-seen handwritten notes, lyrics, and drawings by Joe taken from the Joe Strummer Archive.

                                                                                                                Both the 4CD and 7LP boxes include four reproduction lyric sheets and chord charts, and the LP box includes an exclusive 12”x12” art print. Joe Strummer 002 serves as a loving tribute to Strummer’s final musical output, released in celebration of what would have been his 70th birthday year. 

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                CD1: Rock Art And The X-Ray Style
                                                                                                                1. Tony Adams
                                                                                                                2. Sandpaper Blues
                                                                                                                3. X-Ray Style
                                                                                                                4. Techno D-Day
                                                                                                                5. The Road To Rock ’N’ Roll
                                                                                                                6. Diggin’ The New
                                                                                                                7. Nitcomb
                                                                                                                8. Forbidden City
                                                                                                                9. Yalla Yalla
                                                                                                                10. Willesden To Cricklewood

                                                                                                                CD2: Global A Go-Go
                                                                                                                1. Johnny Appleseed
                                                                                                                2. Cool ’N’ Out
                                                                                                                3. Global A Go-Go
                                                                                                                4. Bhindi Bhagee
                                                                                                                5. Gamma Ray
                                                                                                                6. Mega Bottle Ride
                                                                                                                7. Shaktar Donetsk
                                                                                                                8. Mondo Bongo
                                                                                                                9. Bummed Out City
                                                                                                                10. At The Border, Guy
                                                                                                                11. Minstrel Boy

                                                                                                                CD3: Streetcore
                                                                                                                1. Coma Girl
                                                                                                                2. Get Down Moses
                                                                                                                3. Long Shadow
                                                                                                                4. Arms Aloft
                                                                                                                5. Ramshackle Day Parade
                                                                                                                6. Redemption Song
                                                                                                                7. All In A Day
                                                                                                                8. Burnin' Streets
                                                                                                                9. Midnight Jam
                                                                                                                10. Silver And Gold

                                                                                                                CD4: Vibes Compass (B-sides & Rarities)
                                                                                                                1. Time And The Tide
                                                                                                                2. Techno D-Day (Demo)
                                                                                                                3. Ocean Of Dreams
                                                                                                                4. Forbidden City (Demo)
                                                                                                                5. X-Ray Style (Demo)
                                                                                                                6. Road To Rock ’N’ Roll (Demo
                                                                                                                7. Tony Adams (Demo)
                                                                                                                8. Cool ’N’ Out (Demo)
                                                                                                                9. Global A Go-Go (Demo)
                                                                                                                10. Secret Agent Man
                                                                                                                11. All In A Day (Demo)
                                                                                                                12. London Is Burning
                                                                                                                13. Get Down Moses (Outtake)
                                                                                                                14. Fantastic
                                                                                                                15. Coma Girl (Outtake)

                                                                                                                Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                Rock Art And The X-Ray Style
                                                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                                                1. Tony Adams
                                                                                                                2. Sandpaper Blues
                                                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                                                3. X-Ray Style
                                                                                                                4. Techno D-Day
                                                                                                                5. The Road To Rock ’N’ Roll
                                                                                                                SIDE C
                                                                                                                6. Diggin’ The New
                                                                                                                7. Nitcomb
                                                                                                                8. Forbidden City
                                                                                                                SIDE D
                                                                                                                9. Yalla Yalla
                                                                                                                10. Willesden To Cricklewood

                                                                                                                Global A Go-Go
                                                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                                                1. Johnny Appleseed
                                                                                                                2. Cool ’N’ Out
                                                                                                                3. Global A Go-Go
                                                                                                                4. Bhindi Bhagee
                                                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                                                1. Gamma Ray
                                                                                                                2. Mega Bottle Ride
                                                                                                                3. Shaktar Donetsk
                                                                                                                SIDE C
                                                                                                                1. Mondo Bongo
                                                                                                                2. Bummed Out City
                                                                                                                3. At The Border, Guy
                                                                                                                SIDE D
                                                                                                                1. Minstrel Boy

                                                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                                                1. Coma Girl
                                                                                                                2. Get Down Moses
                                                                                                                3. Long Shadow
                                                                                                                4. Arms Aloft
                                                                                                                5. Ramshackle Day Parade
                                                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                                                1. Redemption Song
                                                                                                                2. All In A Day
                                                                                                                3. Burnin’ Streets
                                                                                                                4. Midnight Jam
                                                                                                                5. Silver And Gold

                                                                                                                Vibes Compass (B-sides & Rarities)
                                                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                                                1. Time And The Tide
                                                                                                                2. Techno D-Day (Demo)
                                                                                                                3. Ocean Of Dreams
                                                                                                                4. Forbidden City (Demo)
                                                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                                                1. X-Ray Style (Demo)
                                                                                                                2. Road To Rock ’N’ Roll (Demo)
                                                                                                                3. Tony Adams (Demo)
                                                                                                                4. Cool ’N’ Out (Demo)
                                                                                                                SIDE C
                                                                                                                1. Global A Go-Go (Demo)
                                                                                                                2. Secret Agent Man
                                                                                                                3. All In A Day (Demo)
                                                                                                                4. London Is Burning
                                                                                                                SIDE D
                                                                                                                1. Get Down Moses (Outtake)
                                                                                                                2. Fantastic
                                                                                                                3. Coma Girl (Outtake)



                                                                                                                  Suede return with their ninth studio album Autofiction, set for release via BMG.

                                                                                                                  As Suede began work on the songs that would become Autofiction, they decided to go back to basics. In a move that recalled their most formative days, Brett Anderson, Mat Osman, Simon Gilbert, Richard Oakes and Neil Codling schlepped to a rehearsal studio in deserted Kings Cross to collect a key, hump their own gear, set up and start playing.

                                                                                                                  Speaking about Autofiction, Brett Anderson said: "Autofiction is our punk record. No whistles and bells. Just the five of us in a room with all the glitches and fuck-ups revealed; the band themselves exposed in all their primal mess."

                                                                                                                  First single ‘She Still Leads Me On’ is the track that reconfigured what the album could be. A beautiful song written from Brett to his late mother. As its title suggests, Autofiction is one of Anderson’s most personal records yet. Reflecting on the process of writing acclaimed works of memoir Coal Black Mornings and Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn helped Brett get a newfound perspective on himself as a performer and singer in the public eye, much of which has bled into the lyricism of Autofiction.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. She Still Leads Me On
                                                                                                                  2. Personality Disorder
                                                                                                                  3. 15 Again
                                                                                                                  4. The Only Way I Can Love You
                                                                                                                  5. That Boy On The Stage
                                                                                                                  6. Drive Myself Home
                                                                                                                  7. Black Ice
                                                                                                                  8. Shadow Self
                                                                                                                  9. It's Always The Quiet Ones
                                                                                                                  10. What Am I Without You
                                                                                                                  11. Turn Off Your Brain And Yell

                                                                                                                  No Age

                                                                                                                  People Helping People

                                                                                                                    First thought, best thought. Until the next thought: a guiding principle for No Age in the 16ish years they’ve been around. Constantly responding to their own streams of consciousness with reductive flexibility, they’ve taken the basic duo of guitar and drums with vocals WAY farther than anyone listening in halcyon Weirdo Rippers days could have guessed. Expounding on those larval possibilities, they’ve zig-zagged in serpentine precision, in and out of the teeth of the wringer — ranging outside and back in again, as befits the present thought. And now, six albums into it, these principles have led them to make People Helping People. Composed in their studio of ten years in the “pre pandemic” times, then an eviction from said space, and finished deep in the midst at their new basecamp: Randy’s Garage.

                                                                                                                    It starts with an instrumental, too. First counter-intuition, best counter intuition! Nearly five minutes prelude Dean’s debut vocal interjection — a zoom in from the upper atmosphere, Randy’s guitar clouds pulsing with radiation, paced by spare, percussive accents. When the first song with singing (“Compact Flashes”) bounces in on an insane synthetic beat, the only recognizable sound of No Age is a sputtering of enchanted clicks and creaks — muted guitar strings and drumkit rattlings that cycle for a full minute before voice song and snare fall into place.

                                                                                                                    This is the sound of People Helping People: No Age, deep in the lab, scraping available nuclii together to see what new compound they find next. Erasing the starting points, reordering the pieces and beginning anew. It’s an everyday mindset — and as the first No Age album recorded entirely by No Age, People Helping People is a broadcast of entirely lived-in proportions.

                                                                                                                    Side one ricochets expertly back and forth between magisterial instrumentals and sing-song forms cut up on the mixing desk, as with the undeniable hitness of “Plastic (You Want It)”, winningly rewired to MIDI-mangled beat squelches. They don’t really land on a straight up punk-style riff until it’s almost time to flip the side, and even once they’ve got off on a run of rockers on side B, their aesthetic choices continuously reframe the norms, enhancing their inherent power. People Helping People finds their disparate desires operating in perfect sync; prolegomenic weirdness fused immaculately to classic rock propulsion, transforming the energy pouring out from their hands and feet with electronics.

                                                                                                                    Dean’s lyrics are like pieces taken off the belt at the factory and put together into a John Chamberlin-esque sculpture, meant to sit out in the rain. Randy’s guitars, collaged into arrangements that reflect, again, boundless curiosity and exquisite restraint. This is People Helping People: unpretentious, suspicious, inviting, confident, left field. The most accurate display of the No Age ethos put to record. Yet!

                                                                                                                    No Age’s ethos sings to us from beyond the clouds, with words and without, a conceptual boost to everyone helping everyone. Ensconced in Randy’s Garage without a clock to spit on ‘em, Dean and Randy composted drums and guitar and life on planet earth into a stream of miniatures, vignettes and reembodied images – an infinity of hits.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    You’re Cooked
                                                                                                                    Compact Flashes
                                                                                                                    Fruit Bat Blunder
                                                                                                                    Plastic (You Want It)
                                                                                                                    Flutter Freer
                                                                                                                    Rush To The Pond
                                                                                                                    Slow Motion Shadow
                                                                                                                    Blueberry Barefoot
                                                                                                                    Tripped Out Before Scott
                                                                                                                    Andy Helping Andy

                                                                                                                    Morgan Szymanski & Tommy Perman

                                                                                                                    Music For The Moon And The Trees

                                                                                                                    Music for the Moon and the Trees by classical guitarist Morgan Szymanski and experimental musician Tommy Perman is the result of a long-held wish that the two childhood friends would get the chance to create an album together. It's a meditative album; a gentle thing of serene beauty and quiet innovation.

                                                                                                                    All of the sounds heard on the album were recorded in the woodland surrounding the cottage. There was a childlike sense of wonder as the duo recorded the sounds of the trees, birds, bats and an assortment of found percussion. Convolution reverbs were created by snapping twigs and pinging spruce branches. Much of the music was improvised with live single-take performances by Morgan combined with Tommy's computer generative improvisations.

                                                                                                                    Limited edition of 300 copies pressed on12" eco-mix vinyl (each copy is unique)

                                                                                                                    Born in Mexico City in 1979, Morgan was a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London and Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He was the first solo guitarist to be selected by the Young Classical Artist Trust and the first guitarist to be awarded a Junior Fellowship at the RCM, where he completed his Masters with distinction.

                                                                                                                    Morgan regularly broadcasts live on TV and radio worldwide. He can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded to critical acclaim for Sarabande Records and Signum labels.

                                                                                                                    Tommy is an artist, designer and musician with an interest in the spaces where these three disciplines meet. He has exhibited and released lots of records. His visual work has been projected onto the Sydney Opera House and permanently installed in Edinburgh World Heritage Site historic closes and the National Museum of Scotland.

                                                                                                                    His recent projects include Emergent Slow Arcs (2019), an audio-visual reimagining of Modern Studies' Welcome Strangers LP for Fire Records, Sing The Gloaming (2020), a collaborative project by Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman and Rob St John and Positive Interactions, an album made entirely from happy sounds sent to Tommy by 50 friends from all over the world.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Moonrise (Luna De La Rosa)
                                                                                                                    2. The Road To The Cottage
                                                                                                                    3. Danza Del Fuego
                                                                                                                    4. Canción De La Luna (Homage To Debussy)
                                                                                                                    5. In The Pines
                                                                                                                    6. Fibonacci Dusk
                                                                                                                    7. Pipistrellus
                                                                                                                    8. Dance Of The Trees
                                                                                                                    9. Sarabande For The Souls
                                                                                                                    10. Moonset (Pine Spectrals)
                                                                                                                    11. Mémento (Homage To Lorca)
                                                                                                                    12. Down By Paddy's Burn

                                                                                                                    The Classic Greg Foat Group line-up returns with special guests Art Themen on Soprano Saxophone and Morgan Simpson (Black Midi) on Drums. Heavy Synth and percussive Grooves.

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Millie says: The Greg Foat Group returns with their usual trusty line-up to bring us more of the good stuff, the finest ambient jazz that never disappoints. Luxurious and calm inducing, what we all need a little bit more of.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Unconditional Love
                                                                                                                    2. The Bull Leap
                                                                                                                    3. Aftermath
                                                                                                                    4. Sinister Undertones
                                                                                                                    5. Blue Step
                                                                                                                    6. Blue Lotus
                                                                                                                    7. Electric Dreams, Pt. 1
                                                                                                                    8. Electric Dreams, Pt. 2
                                                                                                                    9. Lullaby For Leo

                                                                                                                    Berlin-based, Casablanca-born multi-instrumental producer and creative tour de force Saib presents his LP "Unwind," a sunny, tropical-flavored sonic voyage that includes features from Hip Hop OG Masta Ace and Rotterdam producer ØDYSSEE, arriving via Berlin's Jakarta Records September 16th.

                                                                                                                    Saib is the prolific producer and guitarist whose insatiable desire to create comes from his childhood: passionate about Bossa Nova, Japanese Anime Soundtracks, Jazz as well as old school Hip-Hop, he draws his inspiration from composers and musicians such as Yoko Kanno, Joe Pass and Nujabes. Bathing in the cosmopolitan culture of Casablanca, a melting pot at the crossroads of the two African and European continents. This diversity is a constant in his music, where groove and melody are skillfully mixed in a style inspired by the classic hip-hop productions of the 90s. Hip Hop beats form the backbone of Saib's musical palette, as his style skips from Jazz flavors to lounge experiments and to upbeat four on the floor grooves ... and sometimes within a single track.

                                                                                                                    Saib's hyper-productivity has allowed him to release, over the last five years, seven albums and more than a dozen EPs and singles, including releases on labels such as Chillhop Music, Cold Busted, Majestic Casual and Blue Note Records. Saib's tracks are a regular fixture on Editorial Playlists including Spotify's "Jazz Vibes" (2 million Likes) and "lofi beats" and have accumulated more than 500 million plays on streaming platforms.

                                                                                                                    Saib's new LP, "Unwind" maintains the stupendous head-nodding grooviness that listeners have come to love from the young producer with a healthy added dose of Tropical and Lounge/Bossa-jazz influence. Album and single artwork done by star-Moroccan photographer Ismail Zaidy (IG: @l4artiste) who has seen his work featured in GQ Middle East, Art Basel, BASE Milano, Vogue Arabia, and has done partnerships with The Sims and Adobe. LP design work done by Jakarta label mainstay, Robert Winter. "Unwind" also includes features by Rotterdam's ØDYSSEE and legendary Hip-Hop MC Masta Ace. Jakarta is ecstatic to share such a career-defining work, arriving digitally and physically September 16th, 2022.

                                                                                                                    The albums 1st single, "Mushroom Samba" arrives Wednesday, June 29th along with the vinyl pre-order announcement. The track is deliciously groovy, and is a perfect example of the kind of sunny, jubilant grooves to be encountered on the LP. Saib takes the lofi-expertise he's become known for since his 2015 debut and brings a freshness to the beat-genre. The song is perfect for the onset of summer and will have you humming along to the brass refrain by the songs end.

                                                                                                                    2nd single, "Pennywise," will be released July 13 and features legendary Hip-Hop MC Masta Ace on the album's only vocal track. The track is a surefire splash of hip-hop that's both nostalgic and forward-moving. Ace sounds as fresh as ever, flowing over a head-bobbing beat with lush, tropical guitar inflections. While the beat brings to mind sandy shores and sun rays, Ace's two verses invoke skyscrapers and boomboxes, making "Pennywise" a perfect track for your summer hip-hop fix.

                                                                                                                    Saib's 3rd single is the stunning, swirling, and utterly smooth "Cosmic Dust" with Rotterdam producer ØDYSSEE arriving August 10. Keeping with the tropical essence, the track comes and goes like waves on a beach. Soft sounds flow like water before the drums and bass wash in, building to a saxophone and piano heavy crescendo. Like the tide, the beat recedes and the track ends as gently as it began, leaving you wanting to hear it all again.

                                                                                                                    Single 4, the moody "Suave" arrives August 24 and is bossa nova at its core. What starts off with a familiar Brazilian groove quickly takes a hip-hop turn, with a smooth bass drop and crisp drums layered over bossa nova keystrokes. Warm / timeless saxophone punctuate the track, providing a mellow break between basslines and closing out the end. "Suave" is a sunny and soul-soothing fusion of bossa nova, jazz, and hip-hop, perfect for closing out the summer with.

                                                                                                                    "Unwind" is a project steeped in the beats that keep you moving and grooving but with a sonic and visual aesthetic palette that goes deeper and groovier than the surface level lo-fi artists that have proliferated in the last 5 years. Ranging from FloFilz and eevee imbued vibrations to Jonwayne-styled beats, Saib brings forth a sonic spa session that invokes a state of calm that leaves you an uplifting and energetic plateau. Dig it.

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Millie says: This is some serious calming instrumental hip hop, perfect background music for a good ol' relax which is a pure tonic. Effortlessly chilled, an absolute essential for a paired back evening listening session. 'Cosmic Dust' is a particular favourite with a collaboration from ØDYSSEE. Magic.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Oriental Express
                                                                                                                    2. Cosmic Dust (feat. ØDYSSEE)
                                                                                                                    3. Como Estas
                                                                                                                    4. Suave
                                                                                                                    5. Mushroom Samba
                                                                                                                    6. I Wish
                                                                                                                    7. Awaken
                                                                                                                    8. Pennywise (feat. Masta Ace)
                                                                                                                    9. Unwind
                                                                                                                    10. Anfa Hills
                                                                                                                    11. Slow Ascent
                                                                                                                    12. For Mom

                                                                                                                    Rina Sawayama

                                                                                                                    Hold The Girl

                                                                                                                      Following on from her critically acclaimed debut “SAWAYAMA”, Rina Sawayama’s highly anticipated new record “Hold The Girl” sees Rina once again juxtapose intimate storytelling with arena-sized songs, creating another ambitious and original album to excite fans and critics alike.

                                                                                                                      Written and recorded over the last year and a half, Rina once again teamed up with longterm collaborators Clarence Clarity and Lauren Aquilina as well as enlisting help from the likes of the legendary Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence & the Machine), Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna) and Marcus Andersson (Demi Lovato, Ashnikko) for their magic touch.

                                                                                                                      The product of Rina and these collective minds coming together is an album which melds influences from across the pop spectrum and is a bold and honest statement of Rina’s personal evolution; coming to terms with her own past and the jubilation of turning to the future.


                                                                                                                      En Bloc - 3 EP Collection

                                                                                                                        Laundromat (AKA Toby Hayes) announces En Bloc - 3 EP Collection - a vinyl release encompassing the three Laundromat EPs released to date.

                                                                                                                        Laundromat has built a reputation over the previous twelve months as an innovative and profoundly skilled songwriter, his languid style and deftly created songs earned him support from the likes Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley, DIY, Dork, Loud & Quiet among others. Red, Blue and Green - the 3 EPs - all released to critical acclaim, were mixed and co-produced by Tom Andrews (alongside Hayes). Recent single Combo was recently added to the playlist at BBC 6Music after extensive support at the station. Laundromat is currently writing his debut album.

                                                                                                                        On the new collection, Laundromat says "These nine tracks were written (really slowly) over a number of years, and although they’ve been out a while now, it's massively cathartic to release them as this 3 EP collection. Mainly because despite the fact that this isn’t an ‘album’ release, it was certainly written as one. So to finally deliver these tunes in the order that they were meant to be listened to feels real good I have to admit. ‘En Bloc’ - 3 EP Collection also includes a number of segue pieces that link the songs together - the idea being that this slice of work would be released as two continuous chunks of sound, i.e - side 1 and side 2. A nice big feast for the ears." Inspired by a broad range of influences including Kim Deal, Broadcast, Jaki Liebezeit, Jason Albertini, Madlib and Gonjasufi, Hayes also cites film as a huge source of intrigue: "I find a lot of inspiration in film - Repo Man (1984), Deep End (1970), Punch-drunk Love (2002), and Alice in the Cities (1974) in particular."

                                                                                                                        Lyrically, the project explores the end of the world, binge drinking, social anhedonia, nostalgia, as well as the time Hayes got ‘catfished’ - for nearly 7 years.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Flat Planet
                                                                                                                        2. Off
                                                                                                                        3. Slow Clap
                                                                                                                        4. Humans
                                                                                                                        5. En Bloc
                                                                                                                        6. Nein
                                                                                                                        7. Bug Eyed
                                                                                                                        8. Bureau De Fatigue
                                                                                                                        9. Milky

                                                                                                                        Bonus Dinked Edition 7” Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                        A. Laundromat - Flat Planet (Bothelbows X MIIIKE Remix)
                                                                                                                        B. Laundromat – Bureau De Fatigue (Marcus Hamblett Remix)

                                                                                                                        The Mars Volta

                                                                                                                        The Mars Volta

                                                                                                                          Breaking a decade of omertà, The Mars Volta reawaken from their lengthy hiatus with an eponymous track that radically reshapes their paradigm. Formed by guitarist/composer Omar Rodríguez-López and singer/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, The Mars Volta rose from the ashes of El Paso punk-rock firebrands At The Drive-In in 2001.

                                                                                                                          On a mission to “honour our roots and honour our dead”, The Mars Volta made music that fused the Latin sounds Rodríguez-López was raised on with the punk and underground noise he and Bixler-Zavala had immersed themselves in for years, and the futuristic visions they were tapping into.

                                                                                                                          The albums that followed were one-of-a-kind masterpieces, their songs of breath-taking complexity also possessing powerful emotional immediacy. After the group fell silent, a legion of devotees (including Kanye West) kept up an insistent drum-beat for their return. Now – a year after La Realidad De Los Sueños, a luxurious 18-LP box-set compiling their back catalogue, sold out its 5,000 print run in under 24 hours – the duo are back, accompanied this time by founder bassist Eva Gardner, drummer Willy Rodriguez Quiñones and keyboard-player Marcel Rodríguez-López.

                                                                                                                          This song shakes loose some of The Mars Volta’s long-standing shibboleths and the dizzying, abrasive prog stylings of earlier albums absent. Instead, The Mars Volta pulses with subtle brilliance, Caribbean rhythms underpinning sophisticated, turbulent songcraft.

                                                                                                                          This is The Mars Volta at their most mature, most concise, most focused. Their sound and fury channelled to greatest effect, The Mars Volta finds Rodríguez-López’s subterranean pop melodies driving Bixler-Zavala’s dark sci-fi tales of the occult and malevolent governments. Distilling all the passion, poetry and power at their fingertips, The Mars Volta is the most accessible music the group have ever recorded.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Blacklight Shine 
                                                                                                                          2. Graveyard Love 
                                                                                                                          3. Shore Story 
                                                                                                                          4. Blank Condolences 
                                                                                                                          5. Vigil 
                                                                                                                          6. Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon
                                                                                                                          7. Cerulea 
                                                                                                                          8. Flash Burns From Flashbacks 
                                                                                                                          9. Palm Full Of Crux 
                                                                                                                          10. No Case Gain 
                                                                                                                          11. Tourmaline 
                                                                                                                          12. Equus 3 
                                                                                                                          13. Collapsible Shoulders 
                                                                                                                          14. The Requisition

                                                                                                                          Turin Brakes

                                                                                                                          Wide-Eyed Nowhere

                                                                                                                            Wide Eyed Nowhere is Turin Brakes’ ninth full studio album, a set of new songs emerging 21 years after their seminal debut. It's no easy feat maintaining an optimistic attitude through the turbulence of the years, but the band found their own method down in deepest Tooting to produce this lean, bittersweet collection.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. When You're Around
                                                                                                                            2. Up For Grabs
                                                                                                                            3. World Like That
                                                                                                                            4. Into The Sun
                                                                                                                            5. The Ride
                                                                                                                            6. Isolation
                                                                                                                            7. This Love
                                                                                                                            8. Rain And Hurricanes
                                                                                                                            9. Solid Ground
                                                                                                                            10. Wide-Eyed Nowhere
                                                                                                                            11. No Rainbow

                                                                                                                            White Hills

                                                                                                                            The Revenge Of Heads On Fire

                                                                                                                              “Pure psychotropic madness.” A screaming head on fire penetrated my chest, jolting me from the universal plane back to earth.” Guitarist/Singer/Sonic Alchemist Dave W’s vivid fever dream ignited The Revenge of Heads on Fire, WHITE HILLS’ latest release, which harnesses the energy of ferocious, hedonistic rock with blissful passages of dark ambience.

                                                                                                                              Exploring themes of mortality, transformation and rebirth, the band reveals a spiritual depth unparalleled in previous works. The roar of fire, swirling of oceans and hallucinogenic visions can be heard throughout the 75-minute journey. From the intrepid prelude “The Instrumental Head” to the closing punk blaze of “Eternity”, the album ebbs and flows, smoldering and seething in the middle with the 21- minute mammoth opus “Don’t Be Afraid”.

                                                                                                                              “’Don't Be Afraid’ alone makes this an essential listen for fans of contemporary psychedelia.” -All Music.

                                                                                                                              The Revenge of Heads on Fire consummates Dave W’s prototype for the 2007 release on Rocket Recordings, Heads on Fire, later picked up by Thrill Jockey. Six rediscovered songs accompany re-mixed versions of the original material, fulfilling the master arch of the pyre lit long ago. Recorded during the band’s tumultuous early years, the music vibrates with the energy and volatility of a sonic boom. 

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. The Instrumental Head
                                                                                                                              2. Radiate
                                                                                                                              3. Inoke Tupo
                                                                                                                              4. Oceans Of Sound
                                                                                                                              5. Speed Toilet
                                                                                                                              6. Is This The Road
                                                                                                                              7. VTDS
                                                                                                                              8. Don’t Be Afraid
                                                                                                                              9. Vision Of The Past, Present & Future
                                                                                                                              10. Silent Violence
                                                                                                                              11. Eternity

                                                                                                                              The House Of Love

                                                                                                                              A State Of Grace

                                                                                                                                • Long awaited new album from The House Of Love .

                                                                                                                                • The sequel to 2013’s ‘She Paints Words In Red’, ‘A State Of Grace’ was written and recorded by the band’s lynchpin Guy Chadwick between COVID lockdowns.

                                                                                                                                • Following hot on the heels of the 8CD Box Set of The House Of Love’s Fontana recordings from the early 90s, ‘Burn Down The World'.

                                                                                                                                Guy says: “It is the best set of songs I have written for years and the pandemic ironically gave me the time and space to develop and arrange the songs.” The album was recorded with a new line - up, originally put together for an American 30th Anniversary to ur, now rescheduled for October. In the current line - up, Guy (lead vocals/guitar) is joined by Keith Osborne (lead guitar), Hugo Degenhardt (drums) and Harry Osborne (bass).

                                                                                                                                ‘A State Of Grace’ is an eclectic collection of tracks, from the driving, grungy ‘Clouds’ to the eerie, atmospheric groove of ‘Sweet Loser’, the riffy powerful ballad ‘In My Mind’ and the folksy finale, ‘Just One More Song’. This is the first time the band’s recordings have featured instruments such as harp, pedal and lap steel guitar, banjo and violin, all adding to the unique guitar sounds we’ve come to know and love from The House of Love.

                                                                                                                                The album was recorded at Pett Sounds and mixed by Babe Rainbow ’s Warne Livesey . Keeping it in the family, a promo 16mm video has been filmed by Guy’s nephew and Godson, George Moore - Chadwick. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Sweet Loser
                                                                                                                                Light Of The Morning
                                                                                                                                Melody Rose
                                                                                                                                Into The Laughter
                                                                                                                                Hey Babe
                                                                                                                                Sweet Water
                                                                                                                                Queen Of Song
                                                                                                                                In My Mind
                                                                                                                                A State Of Grace
                                                                                                                                Dice Are Rolling
                                                                                                                                Just One More Song

                                                                                                                                Marina Allen


                                                                                                                                  LA-based musician Marina Allen’s spectacular debut proper, and follow up to last years acclaimed 18 minute mini-opus, ‘Candlepower’.

                                                                                                                                  ‘Centrifics’ is a joyful collection of observations and questions about the self, the world, and how they interact. Awe-inspiring reflections accompany mesmerizing melodies while Allen’s extraordinary range and depth of singing showcases a wide array of influences from Karen Carpenter to Karen Dalton, from Joanna Newsom to Fiona Apple, from Cate Le Bon to Waxahatchee, via Meredith Monk and the New York avant-garde.

                                                                                                                                  Produced, engineered and mixed by Chris Cohen. Co-engineered by Jonny Kosmo.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                  A1 Celadon
                                                                                                                                  A2 Getting Better
                                                                                                                                  A3 Or Else
                                                                                                                                  A4 Smoke Bush
                                                                                                                                  A5 Superreality
                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                  B1 New Song Rising
                                                                                                                                  B2 Halfway Home
                                                                                                                                  B3 My Stranger
                                                                                                                                  B4 Foul Weather Jacket Drawing
                                                                                                                                  B5 Gardiner's Island

                                                                                                                                  Gloria De Oliveira & Dean Hurley

                                                                                                                                  Oceans Of Time

                                                                                                                                    Time is a beguiling, indistinct entity...sometimes standing still, sometimes bending back upon itself with premonitions or memories of the future. Growing out of a pen pal style correspondence that took place over the course of a year, separated by the Atlantic Ocean, Gloria de Oliveira and Dean Hurley passed thoughts and music back and forth that would eventually form their collaborative album, Oceans of Time. The result is an aural tapestry of that exchange: woven from conceptual threads of the celestial within, mortality and the realm beyond stars.

                                                                                                                                    The duo’s partnership is an effortless merge, yet it’s the steady presence of de Oliveira’s vocals that endows the record with itssense of potency. Throughout the album, there is an innate understanding of how a lyric across a chordal color can sharpen an emotional truth. Much like a sunbeam that pierces a spiderweb to reveal its intricacy, her lyric and melody are purposely aimed in order to illuminate the truths deep within oneself... a process that ties us all to the universal. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, a professed influence, wrote about the truth as something that was inherently subjective, less about the concrete reality of what is believed and more about how it is experienced by the believer.

                                                                                                                                    Frequent David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley sets the tonal and sonic landscape of each track on the album, lending a layered ether that envelops, frames and holds de Oliveira’s vocals. With its impressionistic synths, shimmering guitars, and ethereal sonics, Oceans of Time at moments recalls the foundational dreampop of 4AD acts like Cocteau Twins and Lush. The album feels especially attuned to the connections between the physical and transcendental realms, and the best dreampop has a way of making the veil between two worlds feel just a little bit thinner.

                                                                                                                                    Oceans of Time is a key that has the power to release its listener from the handcuffs of reality, however briefly...

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Intro
                                                                                                                                    2. I’m Nebel
                                                                                                                                    3. Ashore Of The Cosmic
                                                                                                                                    4. Seven Summits
                                                                                                                                    5. Something To Behold
                                                                                                                                    6. Hanging Gardens
                                                                                                                                    7. Eyes Within
                                                                                                                                    8. All Flowers In Time
                                                                                                                                    9. Astral Bodies
                                                                                                                                    10. In The Tenth Year Of
                                                                                                                                    11. Picture Of A Picture
                                                                                                                                    12. Further Than The Stars

                                                                                                                                    Bent Arcana

                                                                                                                                    Live Zebulon

                                                                                                                                      “Recorded at Zebulon in Los Angeles as a warm-up show for a show I had booked in Holland. What was meant to be a jumping point for the ‘first show’ ended up being a real burning set. A slightly more stripped-down version on the ten piece band [Bent Arcana] (for sake of ease) keeps it nice and concise. Nerves sometimes bring out these little lost jewels of which this recording is full of…gotta love improvisation for fleeting moments.

                                                                                                                                      “Recorded super-hot by none other than our sound person Liza Boldyreva. Selections of songs from Bent Arcana and Moon-Drenched-cockpit stoned space jazz here you come. Mixed by John Dwyer and mastered by JJ Golden. This hunky double disk sports a zoetropic screen-printed animation of the Death’s Head moth circling on its D side that works with a strobe light off yer phone...fucking cool. Fucking hot. Dig in and be well. ” - John Dwyer.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. The Gate
                                                                                                                                      2. Misanthrope Gets Lunch
                                                                                                                                      3. Oblivion Sigil
                                                                                                                                      4. The War Clock
                                                                                                                                      5. Psychic Liberation

                                                                                                                                      The Murlocs


                                                                                                                                        Hailing from Melbourne, 60’s tinged psych-rock punks The Murlocs  announce their brand new studio album, Rapscallion. Strapped with fuzzy guitar licks, feverish bass and psychedelic brightness, the 12-track collection is a coming-of-age novel in an album form. The wildly squalid odyssey populated by an outrageous cast of misfit characters — teenage vagabonds and small-time criminals, junkyard dwellers and truck-stop transients — is partly inspired by frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s own adolescence as a nomadic skate kid. Their most magnificently heavy work yet, the result is an endlessly enthralling album equally steeped in danger and delirium and the wide-eyed romanticism of youth.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Subsidiary
                                                                                                                                        2. Bellarine Ballerina
                                                                                                                                        3. Living Under A Rock
                                                                                                                                        4. Bobbing And Weaving
                                                                                                                                        5. Farewell To Clemency
                                                                                                                                        6. Compos Mentis
                                                                                                                                        7. The Royal Vagabond
                                                                                                                                        8. Virgin Criminal
                                                                                                                                        9. Bowlegged Beautiful
                                                                                                                                        10. Wickr Man
                                                                                                                                        11. The Ballad Of Peggy Mae
                                                                                                                                        12. Growing Pains

                                                                                                                                        Altered Images

                                                                                                                                        Mascara Streakz

                                                                                                                                          In their first incarnation, Altered Images enjoyed an intense burst of success that made them the brightest emerging stars of the new wave scene as well as the Best New Act at the NME Awards. In just two years, they released three studio albums and a catalogue of Top 10 classics - ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘I Could Be Happy’ and ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Love’ - that are still being discovered today. Altered Images have been touring on-and-off for the past two decades, recently returning to arenas as guests of The Human League and playing UK summer festival shows - but new music was never on the cards… until now.

                                                                                                                                          How does an artist approach writing and recording new music after 39 years away? For Altered Images, the process was as much about the here-and-now rather than pure nostalgia - drawing upon the things that fans adored the first time around, but also respecting just how much everyone has changed in the intervening years. Matched by lyrics which explore the highs and lows of life’s rich tapestry, it’s an approach which makes new album ‘Mascara Streakz’ such an intriguing prospect. Lead single ‘Mascara Streakz’ captures the essence of what Altered Images aimed to achieve with the album. Like their big hits and fan favourites, it is instantly immediate but its synth-pop melody and contemporary beats are an evolution from the band’s original spiky guitar pop style. The result respects everything that Altered Images were the first time around, but also sounds like a very organic next step and was produced by Clare’s husband, Altered Images alumni Stephen Lironi.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. Mascara Streakz
                                                                                                                                          2. Red Startles The Sky
                                                                                                                                          3. Colour Of My Dreams
                                                                                                                                          4. Glitter Ball
                                                                                                                                          5. Your Life Is Mine
                                                                                                                                          6. Home
                                                                                                                                          7. Beautiful Thing
                                                                                                                                          8. Changing My Luck
                                                                                                                                          9. Lost Of Love
                                                                                                                                          10. Double Reflection
                                                                                                                                          11. The Flame
                                                                                                                                          12. Sleep

                                                                                                                                          Death Cab For Cutie

                                                                                                                                          Asphalt Meadows

                                                                                                                                            Formed in Bellingham, WA in 1997, Death Cab for Cutie almost immediately entered the ranks of the era’s definitive bands, fueled in large part by the remarkable power of co-founder, vocalist, guitarist, and lead songwriter Benjamin Gibbard’s complex, often bittersweet songcraft. The band made their worldwide popular breakthrough with 2003’s RIAA gold certified Transatlanticism, later named by NPR as one of “The Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings.” Plans, their 2005 Atlantic Records debut release, saw Death Cab for Cutie ascending to even greater heights, earning RIAA platinum certification and a GRAMMY® Award nomination for “Best Alternative Album” while spawning the chart-topping singles, “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You into the Dark,” the latter of which was honored with a GRAMMY® nod for “Best Pop Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocals.” Their following albums – including Narrow Stairs (2008), The Open Door (2009), Codes and Keys (2011), and Kintsugi (2015) – all received various GRAMMY® Award nominations, bringing their total career nominations to eight overall. 

                                                                                                                                            Born from the collective mind of producer Morgan Geist (Storm Queen, Metro Area) and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kelley Polar, Au Suisse is a new project that promises to stake a milestone in both its members' already storied careers. Crafting immersive soundscapes using a patchwork of electro, synthpop, funk and disco, Au Suisse's self-titled debut album evokes both a post-rave comedown on a tropical beach and a weekend alone in an icy chalet, ruminating on life and love.

                                                                                                                                            Guest players include friends and labelmates Dan Snaith (Caribou) and Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys). Having met in college in the early '90s and continued to forge a close friendship throughout the years, Au Suisse is the first time Geist and Polar have set out to gel their creative relationship into its own musical project. But this is no bashed-together collection of random tunes - this is a band, through and through, and Geist and Polar's shared expertise give the album its own indelible identity.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            Side A:
                                                                                                                                            1. Control
                                                                                                                                            2. Thing
                                                                                                                                            3. GC
                                                                                                                                            4. Pain & Regret
                                                                                                                                            5. Savage
                                                                                                                                            Side B:
                                                                                                                                            6. Vesna
                                                                                                                                            7. Eely
                                                                                                                                            8. Plans
                                                                                                                                            9. AG

                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                            Paul Hillery Presents Folk Funk & Trippy Troubadours Vol. 1

                                                                                                                                              For volume one in the series, Paul has compiled nineteen tracks that represent the journey he’s been on with the Folk Funk and Trippy Troubadours sound to date. There’s music here that has never seen the light of day, demo versions that never made the cut, new exclusive material and beloved classics from the FFTT vaults. The compilation is a sonic landscape of canyon rock, hot tub soul, Frisco folk, Balearic breeze and trippy troubadourial treasures, all lovingly handpicked for the series.

                                                                                                                                              To whet people's appetites for this alluring funky, psychedelic collection, do listen to a first single in form of 'Sweet Sweet Stay A While' by American singer songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols above. Dubbed ‘The high priest of country cool’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, Nichols was raised on bluegrass and country in Missouri, lived in New York in the late 70s during the birth of hip hop and rap and shared a squat in the early '80s with The Slits' Ari Up, Adrian Sherwood and Neneh Cherry in post punk London. All meaning that his complete disregard for genre purity have been one of Nichols biggest influences, which is there in great abundance on the soulful 'Sweet Sweet Stay A While'.

                                                                                                                                              More about dj and curator Paul Hillery
                                                                                                                                              Paul has carried his record boxes to many a venue and played alongside The Polyphonic Spree, Arthur Lee and Love, Bonnie Dobson, Spiritualized, 4 Hero, Happy Mondays, Simian, The Bees, Julian Cope, Courtney Pine and many, many more. He has also graced the turntables at Spiritland, Refuge, Festival No.6, Lunar Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Psychemagik’s Magik Forest to name a few and has supplied guest mixes for radio stations in South America, the USA, Europe and all over the UK.

                                                                                                                                              Over to Paul to talk more about the compilation here:
                                                                                                                                              “So, what is this ‘Folk Funk & Trippy Troubadours’ thing anyway? Well, it’s tricky to put a finger on. Folk-funk had been around for a while, so I added ‘and Trippy Troubadours’ to give me a little wiggle room from the genre police. To me, the folk- funk groove sounds like it has one leg shorter than the other; let’s call it a funky limp. ‘Feel the Spirit’ by Heaven & Earth, ‘Taking So Long’ by Kathy Smith, ‘Mountain Song’ by Penny Nichols, and ‘Wooden Ships’ by Christine Harwood are all great places to start.”

                                                                                                                                              Folk Funk and Trippy Troubadours is series of releases that both Paul and all at RE:WARM hope you will come to treasure and hold dear: a heartfelt compilation released with the full support of all featured artists. Tune in, turn on and drop the needle on four sides of the compilation and join us as we travel deep into a vast and wonderful musical universe...

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              Side One
                                                                                                                                              A1. Duncan Pryce Kirk - 'Space Out'
                                                                                                                                              A2. Eik - 'Mr Sadness'
                                                                                                                                              A3. Joe Hall And Eyeball Wine Company - 'Movable Feast'
                                                                                                                                              A4. Christian Besa Wright - 'Cherry Blossom Oak'
                                                                                                                                              A5. Wendy Grose - 'Blue Sunny Sky Day'
                                                                                                                                              A6. Ruth Finlay - 'Deep Calls To Deep' ^
                                                                                                                                              Side Two
                                                                                                                                              B1. Will And James Ragar - 'Clouds Lift' §
                                                                                                                                              B2. Scott Seskind - 'I Wonder'
                                                                                                                                              B3. Tim McKenna - 'Where Are You?' ∞
                                                                                                                                              B4. Jeb Loy Nichols - 'Sweet Sweet Stay Awhile'
                                                                                                                                              B5. Gary Boyle - 'So Many Times Before'
                                                                                                                                              Side Three
                                                                                                                                              C1. Peter Wale - 'One Quiet Sultry Sunday'
                                                                                                                                              C2. Sorahan - 'With His Siller In His Hand'
                                                                                                                                              C3. Cindi Titzer - 'All For You' ∞
                                                                                                                                              Side Four
                                                                                                                                              D1. Smokey - 'Topaz'
                                                                                                                                              D2. Geoff Bartley - 'Don’t Want To Know About Evil'
                                                                                                                                              D3. Robin Woodland - 'One Golden Moment'
                                                                                                                                              D4. Richard Pass - 'We’ll Find Love'
                                                                                                                                              D5. Kip Carmen - 'That’s Enough For Me' §

                                                                                                                                              ^ First Time On Vinyl
                                                                                                                                              § Previously Unreleased, Or Unreleased Version
                                                                                                                                              ∞ Remastered

                                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                                              Revenge Of The She-Punks: A Feminist Music History - Compilation Inspired By The Book By Vivien Goldman

                                                                                                                                                Since the historiography of punk is a male-dominated one, a "Revenge of the She-Punks" was long overdue. This feminist reckoning was written by none other than post-punk pioneer Vivien Goldman, who has an insider's perspective due to her work as a musician and one of Britain's first female music writers. Along four themes - Identity, Money, Love and Protest - the "punk professor" traces empowering moments that punk holds especially for women. This Compilation is inspired by the book, which was originally released by University of Texas Press in 2019.

                                                                                                                                                Compiled and with liner notes by Vivien Goldman. “We're not talking a mean-spirited gotcha! revenge here. As both my book that inspired it and this recording prove, us She-Punks' revenge is about our complex survival in an all too often hostile environment.The book offers a template to finding a way through the patriarchal labyrinth of the music industry by telling the back- stories of thirty-eight songs by women from not only the Anglophone countries, but Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Eastern and Continental Europe. Together, they demonstrate how girls around the world, with no or few role models, found ways to thwart blockages and become self-expressive musicians, breaking traditions and expectations, setting new standards with every chord. Alas, for a raft of factors it was impossible to include them all; but herein lies a stirring and representative selection. Cumulatively, we hear how female artists everywhere are moved to sing about the common issues that I distilled down to be the core themes of the book: the bare-bones of living that connect us, wherever we are. We open with Identity featuring Fea, Big Joanie, The Raincoats, Blondie and Poly Styrene with X-Ray Spex. Then comes Money with Patti Smith, Shonen Knife, Malaria! and the Slits; followed by Love/Unlove: Crass, Cherry Vanilla, Grace Jones, Rhoda Dakar with the Special AKA, Alice Bag (The Bags), Tribe 8 and the Au Pairs, the Mo-dettes, Neneh Cherry from the UK/Sweden/US and this writer/musician. The closing chapter, Protest, features Sleater-Kinney, Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters Skinny Girl Diet, Vi Subversa and the Poison Girls, the Czech Republic's Zuby Nehty, Colombia's Fertil Miseria and Jamaica's Tanya Stephens. Many people have questioned how I arrived at those four themes (answer: thinking,) and so far, no-one has disagreed.However, in sequencing this compilation, the important thing was to sonically flow through the breadth of our creativity, led by the rhythms and sound, rather than the lyrics; they, I already knew, formed a compelling whole, an implacable critique. My perspective on punk is based on spirit rather than adherence to the venerated concept of the genre as only a frenetic full-frontal sonic attack (though that is also represented here). Having been involved with the movement at the start in mid-1970s London, as Features Editor of the punk rock weekly, Sounds, I understood it to be a front line, inclusionary genre, with DIY at its core, which is why it was the first genre to give anything approaching an equal platform to women musicians.

                                                                                                                                                Especially for the less conventional, all too often the path for women artists is still steeper than that of male peers. Despite the massive success of today's female superstars, there remains a quota perception in an industry that still largely lives in boystown (though always factor in that it's not the men, it's the mentality,) who are less receptive to forceful females; like the sort of bookers who say, Well, we've done our bit, we've booked our female artist - as if booking women were some grim post-MeToo duty.But as heard in these tracks, in all its forms, whether sounding strident or soft, punk is a music of resistance; women's punk specially so. We continue to rail at and use our music to shift a system which, in America as this release comes out - let alone in countries long known to be suppressive of women - our basic human agency is under attack on more than one front, notably where equal pay and abortion are concerned. Welcome to some very necessary and in many cases, too little heard voices of women whose creativity could not be stopped, and who managed to use music to mould their environment, create their own space, and live as self-actualized artists.”

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                LP 1
                                                                                                                                                A1) Tanya Stephens – Welcome To The Rebelution
                                                                                                                                                A2) Au Pairs – It’s Obvious
                                                                                                                                                A3) X-Ray Spex – Identity
                                                                                                                                                A4) Fea – Mujer Moderna
                                                                                                                                                A5) The Bags – Babylonian Gorgon
                                                                                                                                                A6) Fértil Miseria – Visiones De La Muerte
                                                                                                                                                A7) Crass – Smother Love
                                                                                                                                                A8) Rhoda With The Special AKA – The Boiler
                                                                                                                                                B9) Jayne Cortez And The Firespitters – Maintain Control
                                                                                                                                                B10) Skinny Girl Diet – Silver Spoons
                                                                                                                                                B11) Big Joanie – Dream No 9
                                                                                                                                                B12) Malaria! – Geld
                                                                                                                                                B13) The Slits – Spend, Spend, Spend
                                                                                                                                                B14) Poison Girls – Persons Unknown
                                                                                                                                                LP 3
                                                                                                                                                C1) Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps
                                                                                                                                                C2) Grace Jones – My Jamaican Guy
                                                                                                                                                C3) Patti Smith – Free Money
                                                                                                                                                C4) Tribe 8 – Checking Out Your Babe
                                                                                                                                                C5) Cherry Vanilla – The Punk
                                                                                                                                                C6) Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds
                                                                                                                                                C7) Sleater-Kinney – Little Babies
                                                                                                                                                C8) The Selecter – On My Radio
                                                                                                                                                D9) Mo-Dettes– White Mice
                                                                                                                                                D10) Shonen Knife – It’s A New Find
                                                                                                                                                D11) The Raincoats – No One’s Little Girl
                                                                                                                                                D12) Vivien Goldman – Launderette
                                                                                                                                                D13) Zuby Nehty – Sokol
                                                                                                                                                D14) Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance

                                                                                                                                                So after a an unfortunate dispute on the Sonia track, we decided to repress this with a .1 to be sure and distinguish the releases as well as a rather nice replacement track from Byron Walker & Sandra Edwards

                                                                                                                                                We enjoyed comping Volume one so much and had such a positive response, we went right onto producing For the Love Of You Volume 2.1

                                                                                                                                                Having bumped this in the car for months I can assure you Sam's selection here probably betters the first. Again it is strictly soul covers featuring interpretations of Grover Washington Jr., Midnight Star, Meli'sa Morgan and Simply Red and loads more.

                                                                                                                                                Its been great working with Sam brining attention to such a wonderful UK music scene and we both would like to thank all the artists and producers who went the extra mile to make this happen…

                                                                                                                                                …The end of 2022 just got a bit sweeter.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Lorna Fletcher - Just The Two Of Us
                                                                                                                                                2. Byron Walker & Sandra Edwards - Don't Look Any Further
                                                                                                                                                3. Dave Barker - I'm Curious
                                                                                                                                                4. Valerie Harrison - Fools Paradise
                                                                                                                                                5. Chosen Few - Dont Keep Me Waiting
                                                                                                                                                6. Sylvia Tella - You Might Need Somebody
                                                                                                                                                7. Fallon Jennings - All Night Long
                                                                                                                                                8. Pete Campbell - Holding Back The Years
                                                                                                                                                9. Toyin Adekale - Smile
                                                                                                                                                10. Derrick Cross - Never Too Much
                                                                                                                                                11. Carl Johnson - I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much
                                                                                                                                                12. Trevor Walters - Blood Is Thicker Than Water

                                                                                                                                                Oliver Sim

                                                                                                                                                Hideous Bastard

                                                                                                                                                  The debut solo album from Oliver Sim - vocalist and bassist of The xx, Hideous Bastard is a deeply self-confessional journey of fear and shame inspired by the queer horror films he loves. Oliver is joined by Jamie xx, who produces Hideous Bastard with an elegant touch, and Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat/Communards), an angel, who takes us to the heavens. Full of surreal pop sounds that escape into the ether and break free, Hideous Bastard is a bold and ambitious debut that sees Oliver explore his voice and his capacity to evoke emotion, melding masculinity and tenderness, beauty with a baritone.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. Hideous
                                                                                                                                                  2. Romance With A Memory
                                                                                                                                                  3. Sensitive Child
                                                                                                                                                  4. Never Here
                                                                                                                                                  5. Unreliable Narrator
                                                                                                                                                  6. Saccharine
                                                                                                                                                  7. Confident Man
                                                                                                                                                  8. GMT
                                                                                                                                                  9. Fruit
                                                                                                                                                  10. Run The Credits

                                                                                                                                                  Stella Donnelly


                                                                                                                                                    Like the many Banded Stilts that spread across the cover of her newest album Flood, Stella Donnelly is wading into uncharted territory. Here, she finds herself discovering who she is as an artist among the flock, and how abundant one individual can be. Flood is Donnelly’s record of this rediscovery: the product of months of risky experimentation, hard moments of introspection, and a lot of moving around.

                                                                                                                                                    Donnelly’s early reflections on the relationship between the individual and the many can be traced back to her time in the rainforests of Bellingen, where she took to birdwatching as both a hobby and an escape in a border-restricted world. By paying closer attention to the natural world around her, Donnelly recalls “I was able to lose that feeling of anyone’s reaction to me. I forgot who I was as a musician, which was a humbling experience of just being; being my small self.”

                                                                                                                                                    Reconnecting with this ‘small self’ allowed Donnelly to tap into creative wells she didn’t know existed. Soon songs were coming to her in a way she could not control and over the coming months, Donnelly accumulated 43 tracks as she moved out of Bellingen and around the country, often finding herself displaced due to border restrictions and a tough rental market.

                                                                                                                                                    Though the writing of Flood was an intensely personal undertaking, Donnelly still saw the recording process as one of her most collaborative projects yet. Along with her band members, co-producing the record beside Anna Laverty and Methyl Ethyl’s Jake Webb helped to foster an important spontaneity in the studio. With Webb, Donnelly could “dig in” and discover a “forward-leaning sound” she’d been searching for, while Laverty’s ability to “capture the piano” and discern the “perfect take” allowed the songwriter to take risks, many of which have clearly paid off.

                                                                                                                                                    Looking back at the Banded Stilt, Donnelly ultimately appreciates how when “seen in a crowd they create an optical illusion, but on its own it’s this singular piece of art.” While each song in Flood is a singular artwork unto itself, the collective shares all of Stella Donnelly in abundance: her inner child, her nurturing self, her nightmare self; all of herself has gone into the making of this record, and although it would take an ocean to fathom everything she feels, it’s well worth diving in.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                                    1) Lungs (03:31)
                                                                                                                                                    2) How Was Your Day? (02:32)
                                                                                                                                                    3) Restricted Account (04:08)
                                                                                                                                                    4) Underwater (04:57)
                                                                                                                                                    5) Medals (04:05)

                                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                                    6) Move Me (03:07)
                                                                                                                                                    7) Flood (03:43)
                                                                                                                                                    8) This Week (02:52)
                                                                                                                                                    9) Oh My My My (03:13)
                                                                                                                                                    10) Morning Silence (02:10)

                                                                                                                                                    11) Cold (04:36)

                                                                                                                                                    Charles Stepney

                                                                                                                                                    Step On Step

                                                                                                                                                      International Anthem proudly presents Step on Step, a double LP collection of newly unearthed solo home recordings created by enigmatic producer, arranger, and composer Charles Stepney in the basement of his home on the Southside of Chicago during the years before his untimely death in 1976. Stepney’s signature “baroque soul” sound is known to many as it’s heard in his prismatic orchestral arrangements for Rotary Connection, Minnie Riperton, Howlin Wolf, Terry Callier, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many more. His sound has been used by countless samplers in the hip-hop world including Kanye West, The Fugees, and MF Doom. But in comparison to the post-mortem renown of his sound, or the artists he supported while he was alive, Stepney is a greatly underappreciated figure… a genius relegated to the shadows.

                                                                                                                                                      Step on Step is Stepney’s eponymous debut album, featuring 23 bare-bones, demo-style home recordings, most of which are Stepney originals that were never again recorded by him or any other artist. Highlights from those original works include “Denim Groove,” which hears Stepney on piano and congas alongside his first instrument (the vibraphone), and “Look B4U Leap,” one of several kinetic lo-fi dance numbers that feature Stepney having fun with an early-gen Moog synthesizer. It also features prototypical, seedling-style demos of Stepney compositions for Earth, Wind & Fire, including “That’s The Way of The World,” “Imagination,” and “On Your Face,” as well as the original version of “Black Gold,” which would eventually be recorded by Rotary Connection (as “I Am The Black Gold of The Sun”).

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      A1. Roll Tape
                                                                                                                                                      A2. Gimme Some Sugar
                                                                                                                                                      A3. Gotta Dig It To Dig It
                                                                                                                                                      A4. No Credit For This
                                                                                                                                                      A5. Roadtrip
                                                                                                                                                      A6. On Your Face

                                                                                                                                                      B1. That's The Way Of The World
                                                                                                                                                      B2. Imagination
                                                                                                                                                      B3. In The Basement
                                                                                                                                                      B4. Business

                                                                                                                                                      C1. Look B4U Leap
                                                                                                                                                      C2. Around The House
                                                                                                                                                      C3. Funky Sci Fi
                                                                                                                                                      C4. Mini Mugg
                                                                                                                                                      C5. Chicago Independent

                                                                                                                                                      D1. Surround Stereo
                                                                                                                                                      D2. Black Gold
                                                                                                                                                      D3. Notes From Dad
                                                                                                                                                      D4. Rubie & Charles
                                                                                                                                                      D5. Greatness
                                                                                                                                                      D6. Step On Step

                                                                                                                                                      The Afghan Whigs

                                                                                                                                                      How Do You Burn

                                                                                                                                                        The Afghan Whigs are set to release their first studio album in five years, How Do You Burn?, on 9 September. How Do You Burn?, the ninth studio album from The Afghan Whigs, finds the band in peak form, making the most vaulting and thrilling music of their lives. The album is virile, ready-for-action, and finds frontman Greg Dulli as swaggering, enigmatic and darkly charismatic as ever, and singing up a storm.

                                                                                                                                                        The album reaches corners of sound that, twenty-six years after the band's inception, find them at an apex. Referencing Warren Zevon, Prince, and Zeppelin all while plugging in to the soul and R&B influences that have always set them apart, The Afghan Whigs are at a precipice of greatness. Says Dulli, “I’m beginning to see there are a million places we can go. I feel virile, ready for action, and I want to keep stalking greatness.” 

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        I’ll Make You See God
                                                                                                                                                        The Getaway
                                                                                                                                                        Catch A Colt
                                                                                                                                                        Please, Baby, Please
                                                                                                                                                        A Line Of Shots
                                                                                                                                                        Domino And Jimmy
                                                                                                                                                        Take Me There
                                                                                                                                                        In Flames

                                                                                                                                                        Sudan Archives

                                                                                                                                                        Natural Brown Prom Queen

                                                                                                                                                          Natural Brown Prom Queen is Sudan Archives’ second album following her widely celebrated 2019 debut Athena. Over its 18 epic and ambitious tracks, Natural Brown Prom Queen shows a new side to Sudan Archives: Brittney Parks or Britt, the girl-next-door. On this album, Sudan explores themes of race, womanhood and family.

                                                                                                                                                          Natural Brown Prom Queen features the singles “Home Maker” and “Selfish Soul”, released in Spring 2022 to great acclaim. Available on standard black vinyl, indies Orange Dream vinyl and CD.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Home Maker
                                                                                                                                                          2. NBPQ (Topless)
                                                                                                                                                          3. Is This Real? (Can You Hear Yourself?)
                                                                                                                                                          4. Ciara
                                                                                                                                                          5. Selfish Soul
                                                                                                                                                          6. Loyal (EDD)
                                                                                                                                                          7. OMG BRITT
                                                                                                                                                          8. ChevyS10
                                                                                                                                                          9. Copycat (Broken Notions)
                                                                                                                                                          10. It’s Already Done
                                                                                                                                                          11. FLUE
                                                                                                                                                          12. TDLY (Homegrown Land)
                                                                                                                                                          13. Do Your Thing (Refreshing Springs)
                                                                                                                                                          14. Freakalizer
                                                                                                                                                          15. Homesick €


                                                                                                                                                          I Love You Jennifer B

                                                                                                                                                            London-based duo Jockstrap (Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye) will release their hotly-anticipated debut full-length record I Love You Jennifer B via Rough Trade Records.

                                                                                                                                                            Commenting on the album release, Jockstrap’s Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye said: “I Love You Jennifer B is a collection of Jockstrap tracks that have been 3 years in the making. Everything on it is pretty singular sounding so we hope there is a track on there for everyone and something that speaks to you and says ‘I’m a banger.’” Skye added of ‘Glasgow’ (their new single): “‘Glasgow’ is our coming of age, moving forward, long-distance, travelling, beautiful bosk, wonderful thicket song.” And Ellery said of the song’s subject: “Glasgow is a great city, perhaps my favourite in the UK! Only downside is that it’s so damn cold all the time.”

                                                                                                                                                            When Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye make music as Jockstrap, the process and result has one definition: pure modern pop alchemy. With their debut album I Love You Jennifer B, Jockstrap will cement themselves as one of the most vital young groups to emerge from London’s melting pot of musical cultures in years.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            Jennifer B
                                                                                                                                                            Greatest Hits
                                                                                                                                                            What’s It All About?
                                                                                                                                                            Concrete Over Water
                                                                                                                                                            Lancaster Court
                                                                                                                                                            50/50 (Extended)

                                                                                                                                                            Phantasy and Factory Floor's celebrated synth molester, Gabe Gurnsey returns with a new album entitled "Diablo". Reveling in the energy surrounding spontaneous connections, the album takes you on myriad twists and turns; all the while nurturing lustful, good time feelings.

                                                                                                                                                            Opening with a typically electronic, lyrically strong post-acid-house jerker: "Push", the album quickly deploys giddy echoes, teasing 808 boings and more vocals that are both sexy and menacing and suited to darkly lit areas of large warehouses and industrial spaces; injecting lascivious energies into environments once baron of human feeling.

                                                                                                                                                            The album unashamedly makes us of Gurnsey’s girlfriend, Tilly Morris, whose role is that of both muse and collaborator. 'I wanted Tilly to dominate on "Diablo",' Gurnsey explains. Morris (who was also featured on "Physical") sings on most of "Diablo"s tracks as well as contributing to the lyrics, melodies and synths, and her image is the album artwork. An album with such a level of collaboration only feels this good when you can really trust somebody. “This record is formed out of a lot of trust and lust,” Gurnsey says. “And I think it's very honest in a lot of ways, in terms of letting go, in terms of exploring, just in terms of being a bit fucking happy.”

                                                                                                                                                            Keeping to a role of 'rhythm section first' - Gabe's previous roll as drummer has led to a very rhythmic-centric way of songwriting. That being said; we find most of the beats across the LP sequenced and programmed rather than played live.

                                                                                                                                                            Title track “Diablo” sees Gabe and Tilly deliver a disembodied duet, love-sparring like a postapocalyptic Donny & Marie Osmond - they reprise this routine on “So Sweet” (which is anything but): ‘I’m breaking at the thought of your love, I’m shaking at the thought of your mind.’ “Power Passion” has a touch of wine bar and a hint of Daft Punk and “You Remind Me” is all sharp little squelches, stutters, and swooning sunrise vocals. “Give Me” shifts from demand to begging in the sweetest and sexiest way, really highlighting the subtle but proficient lyrical urgency coursing through the LP. “To The Room” closes the record with a sinister softness, glimpses through a doorway into other possibilities.

                                                                                                                                                            You’ll hear all sorts of influences here, from Peaches, Detroit techno, deep house, electro, Suicide and Eurythmics. It’s a generous stew which shows its appreciation for his forebears without ever being overshadowed by them. Let’s face it, most of the best dance music has that minor-key sadness, channeled to perfection by Gurnsey and Morris.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1 Push
                                                                                                                                                            2 Hey Diablo
                                                                                                                                                            3 Power Passion
                                                                                                                                                            4 You Remind Me
                                                                                                                                                            5 I Love A Sea On Fire
                                                                                                                                                            6 Give Me
                                                                                                                                                            7 Blessings
                                                                                                                                                            8 Higher Estates
                                                                                                                                                            9 So Sweet
                                                                                                                                                            10 To The Room

                                                                                                                                                            Saxophonist, flautist Chip Wickham takes us to Cloud 10 with his most soulful and lyrical album to date

                                                                                                                                                            Chip Wickham is a jazz musician and producer who divides his time between Spain, UK and the Middle-East and who has made a name for himself with a series of beautifully crafted solo albums that draw equally on the hard swinging spiritual jazz of Roland Kirk, Yusef Lateef and Sahih Shihab, alongside the music of British jazz legends such as Tubby Hayes and Harold McNair and the more contemporary sounds of Jazzanova, Kyoto Jazz Massive and Robert Glasper.

                                                                                                                                                            Originally from Brighton, Chip studied in Manchester and became involved in the 00's UK jazz, soul. trip-hop and funk scenes, working with the likes of The Pharcyde, The New Mastersounds and Nightmares On Wax as well as playing with Matthew Halsall's Gondwana Orchestra. And his relationship with Gondwana Records goes right back to the very beginning as he played on Halsall's 2008 debut Sending My Love.

                                                                                                                                                            Cloud 10 is his debut album for Gondwana Records (following a 12" of Lonnie Liston Smith covers in May) and it is a wonderful, timeless, lyrical, slice of hard-hitting, soulful, spiritual jazz and modal hard-bop with a distinctly UK flavour - driven by Chip's deftly funky flute work and hard-hitting tenor. Underpinned by Chip's restless energy and driven by his desire to connect with the listener on a deeper level.

                                                                                                                                                            "My albums are my legacy. Each one is a statement to the world of music and my contribution to its growth, its energy and ultimately its history."

                                                                                                                                                            Cloud 10 features pianist Phil Wilkinson, vibes player Ton Risco, bassist Sneaky and drummer Jon Scott (all veterans of previous albums) together with harpist Amanda Whiting and percussionist Jack McCarthy whom Chip met touring in the Gondwana Orchestra, and rising star Irish trumpeter Eoin Grace who also doubles on flugel horn. The album was recorded at the legendary all analogue Estudios Brazil in Madrid, with the band spending a week at Chip's house in the mountains just outside the city, eating and drinking together, listening to music till the small hours and recording all day. It was a magical time and the positivity seeped into the recording.

                                                                                                                                                            "It was a beautiful week of pure music and joy, I think you can hear it in the recording and that's the inspiration for the title: Cloud 10 is a place of a great happiness, way out beyond Cloud 9!"

                                                                                                                                                            And it is that purity, energy and joy, that makes Cloud 10 such a life-affirming recording and makes Chip the perfect addition to the Gondwana Records family. Lean in, you'll be on Cloud 10 too!

                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                            Millie says: Beautifully ambient jazz which encapsulates pure emotion and is a perfect fit that just slots into the Gondwana library. Cloud 10 is very moving, peaceful and brimming with optimism (which we could all use a little bit of about now). Perfect weekend listening.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. Cloud 10
                                                                                                                                                            2. Stratospheric
                                                                                                                                                            3. Lower East Side
                                                                                                                                                            4. Winter
                                                                                                                                                            5. Tubby Chaser
                                                                                                                                                            6. Dark Eyes
                                                                                                                                                            7. The Hit
                                                                                                                                                            8. Before I Go

                                                                                                                                                            Marlon Williams

                                                                                                                                                            My Boy

                                                                                                                                                              My Boy, the third solo record from New Zealand singer/ songwriter Marlon Williams, announces an artist emerging anew. Gone is the solemn, country-indebted crooner with the velvet voice – in his place comes a playful, shapeshifting creature. Following the release of his second album, 2018’s Make Way For Love, Williams’ toured the world, playing major festivals and collaborating with Lorde, Yo-Yo Ma and Florence Welch.

                                                                                                                                                              He also forged a fledgling acting career with roles in films The True History of the Kelly Gang and Netflix series Sweet Tooth, as well as a cameo in Oscar winning film A Star Is Born. My Boy parlays this flush of worldly experience into a vivid record as spirited and kinetic as the unfolding life of its performer. “I’ve always explored different character elements in my music,” says Williams. “And the more I get into acting, the more tricks I’m learning about representation and presentation. To get braver and bolder with exploring shifting contexts and new ways of doing things.”

                                                                                                                                                              As the pandemic paused global travel, Williams found himself at home in New Zealand, reconnecting with family and friends. Soon new demos and lyrical themes emerged: of self-identity and escapism; tribalism and a gnarled family tree; and ruminations on the role of masculinity and mateship. Co-produced with Tom Healy and recorded at Roundhead Studios in New Zealand, My Boy finds Williams’ leading a new band through a set of genre-hopping tunes: from the cheery sway of ‘My Boy’ and chugging ‘80s noir sheen of ‘Thinking Of Nina’, to the charging synth of ‘River Rival’, and the sultry pop jam ‘Don’t Go Back.’ All this sonic and emotional whiplash is intentional, and ultimately My Boy sees Williams having fun, even while interrogating the behaviors of himself and those around him.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. My Boy
                                                                                                                                                              2. Easy Does It
                                                                                                                                                              3. River Rival
                                                                                                                                                              4. My Heart The Wormhole
                                                                                                                                                              5. Princes Walk
                                                                                                                                                              6. Don’t Go Back
                                                                                                                                                              7. Soft Boys Make The Grade
                                                                                                                                                              8. Thinking Of Nina
                                                                                                                                                              9. Morning Crystals
                                                                                                                                                              10. Trips
                                                                                                                                                              11. Promises

                                                                                                                                                              "Spirituals", Santigold’s first full-length album since 2016’s "99¢" was recorded mainly during the 2020 lockdown. Facing the time constraints and physical exertion involved in bringing up three children, Santigold managed to re-channel her creative Muse, working remotely with producers Rostam, Boys Noize, Dre Skull, P2J, Nick Zinner, SBTRKT, JakeOne, Illangelo, Doc McKinney, Psymun, Ricky Blaze, Lido, Ray Brady, and Ryan Olson (phew!) to create an album of forward-gazing future hope. An album that looks to readdress the misery and difficulties that we as a global nation have faced during the last two and half years.

                                                                                                                                                              It's unapologetically Santigold throughout - merging sharp beat production with her child like choruses, earworm hooks and beautifully detailed arrangements. Blending ragga, dancehall and trap styles with unashamed pop prowess; it's a beguiling but intoxicating formula Santi White has championed throughout her career.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. My Horror
                                                                                                                                                              2. Nothing
                                                                                                                                                              3. High Priestess
                                                                                                                                                              4. Ushers Of The New World
                                                                                                                                                              5. Witness
                                                                                                                                                              6. Shake
                                                                                                                                                              7. The Lasty
                                                                                                                                                              8. No Paradise
                                                                                                                                                              9. Ain’t Ready
                                                                                                                                                              10. Fall First

                                                                                                                                                              A Certain Ratio


                                                                                                                                                                A Certain Ratio presents ‘EP:ACR’, the unity of their EP trilogy series on CD. This includes ‘ACR:EPA’, ‘ACR:EPC’ and ‘ACR:EPR’, and will be the first time that these 2021 titles are made available on CD.

                                                                                                                                                                The first part is ‘EPA’, dedicated to Denise Johnson. It features the band’s final recordings with Denise and came about when they used up some remaining time booked in the studio for a day jam with no fixed agenda, and the result is something very special.

                                                                                                                                                                Next up is ‘EPC’, a collaboration EP with Andy Meecham (Emperor Machine), Maria Uzor from Sink Ya Teeth, Jacknife Lee, and Chris Massey (who remixed their song ‘Dirty Boy’ back in 2019). The whole EP is dedicated to longtime ACR friend Andrew Weatherall, the inspiration for the song ‘Guv’nor’, which the band describe as “a collaboration in spirit.”

                                                                                                                                                                The final piece of the trilogy is ‘EPR’, which was recorded with the internal brief that ‘anything goes’. EPR includes Part 2 and Part 1 (in that order!) of the mesmerising ‘$ouls In The City’, followed by the insanely catchy ‘Night People’, ‘Big Boy Pants’ and the final track ‘Downtime Vibes’, a hypnotic piece of repetitive rhythms built up around a set of chimes that Jez found in the back of his car.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                Wonderland (Jam 6)
                                                                                                                                                                Keep It Together (Jam 5)
                                                                                                                                                                Down And Dirty (Jam 2)
                                                                                                                                                                Feel No Fear (Jam 1)
                                                                                                                                                                Emperor Machine (ACR Vs
                                                                                                                                                                The Emperor Machine)
                                                                                                                                                                The Guv’nor
                                                                                                                                                                YOYOGRIP (Long)
                                                                                                                                                                Musik Kontrol (ACR Vs
                                                                                                                                                                $ouls In The City Part 2 & 1
                                                                                                                                                                Night People
                                                                                                                                                                Big Boy Pants
                                                                                                                                                                Downtime Vibes

                                                                                                                                                                A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                                                                                Loco Live At Hope Mills Studios

                                                                                                                                                                  A Certain Ratio present their recording of the ‘Loco Live at Hope Mill Studios’ session, originally a live stream of the band’s sensational 2020 album ‘ACR Loco’.

                                                                                                                                                                  After a 12-year hiatus releasing albums, ‘ACR Loco’ was created by a confident and revitalised ACR. The band had jumped back into the studio after their most successful tour in over 20 years to record ‘ACR Loco’, and in the lead up to the release, they filmed and recorded this live session at the heart of the Manchester music scene - Hope Mill Studios. The session featured Maria Uzor of Sink Ya Teeth on vocals and the recorded vocals of the much-missed Denise Johnson.

                                                                                                                                                                  “‘ACR Loco’ feels more than anything like a celebration - the long awaited re-arrival of one of the best bands to ever bring post-punk to the dancefloor.” - Treble

                                                                                                                                                                  “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to ‘ACR:Loco’, a forward-looking genre-defying slice of musical majesty.” - Narc

                                                                                                                                                                  “On their first new album in over a decade, Manchester’s funkiest post-punk band offer an imperfect distillation of their 40-year legacy, updating their classic sound with nods to contemporary beat-driven music and political strife.” - Pop Matters

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  Friends Around Us (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  Bouncy Bouncy (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  Yo Yo Gi (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  Supafreak (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  Always In Love (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  Family (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  Get A Grip (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  Berlin (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  What’s Wrong (Live At Hope Mill Studios)
                                                                                                                                                                  Taxi Guy (Live At Hope Mill Studios)

                                                                                                                                                                  LESKY and Waywell unite again. The German Lofi heavyweight and the UK guitarist are back with the sequel to their 2021 EP "Whitecaps". A perfect soundtrack to pool parties, imaginary beach cruises and late-night bonfires. Their album is called "Mesame", which is Georgian for "the third". The title draws on the Indian concept of the third eye chakra that provides higher consciousness and perception beyond ordinary sight and refers to the psychedelic influences surrounding the album sound. "Mesame" will be released September 9th digitally and on LP, consisting of 6 brand new tracks and all tracks from the "Whitecaps" EP. The album artwork created Tim Paschedag.

                                                                                                                                                                  The two expats LESKY and Waywell met in Tbilisi, Georgia where they shared a studio space. Waywell's deeply soothing guitar riffs and LESKY's crisp production make for a perfect hybrid sound of cosmic lofi paired with a subliminal yacht rock vibe, called Lofi Yacht Pop. LESKY was born in Leipzig but moved to Georgia beginning of 2021 to pursue music full-time. Creating his own soundscape fusing mellow neo soul keys, trap infused drums and samples flipped beyond recognition, he has released three EPs and the full-length album "Meraki" on Melting Pot Music. Furthermore several projects on renowned labels like Blue Note Records/Astralwerks and Lofi Girl. Waywell has been self-releasing singles and one EP since 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                  Millie says: It's been a while since an instrumental hip hop really got my attention but this one hits different, incredibly chilled with piano heavy parts which life to to a higher place. Very much enjoying the track Dolphin Dance...

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Carombola
                                                                                                                                                                  2. Águia
                                                                                                                                                                  3. Glissade
                                                                                                                                                                  4. Daynight
                                                                                                                                                                  5. Counterfeit
                                                                                                                                                                  6. Granadero (feat. DYVN)
                                                                                                                                                                  7. Shmokey
                                                                                                                                                                  8. Fettuccine
                                                                                                                                                                  9. Batumi
                                                                                                                                                                  10. Dolphin Dance (feat. Monma)
                                                                                                                                                                  11. Maelstrom
                                                                                                                                                                  12. Drowning
                                                                                                                                                                  13. Loggia
                                                                                                                                                                  14. Alicante
                                                                                                                                                                  15. Undercurrent

                                                                                                                                                                  Sarah Davachi

                                                                                                                                                                  Two Sisters

                                                                                                                                                                    The new album from Sarah Davachi on her own Late Music imprint is a collection of nine extended compositions for chamber ensemble and solo pipe organ. The expanded instrumentation on this album includes carillon (a keyboard instrument comprised of very large cast-iron bells), choir, string quartet, low woodwinds, and trombone quartet, alongside sine tones and electronic drones. Among the pipe organs featured on the album is an extremely rare Italian tracker organ from 1742, housed now in the Southwest desert region of the United States. Davachi is accompanied in these recordings by a formidable group of musicians and interpreters, including the Apartment House ensemble.

                                                                                                                                                                    The carillon that sounds on the piece ‘Hall of Mirrors’ is the third largest in the world, with its heaviest bell weighing approximately twelve Imperial tons. Conceptually, there is a loose thread that runs through the compositional methods of Two Sisters, influenced by the allegory of ‘temperance’ in a minimalist aesthetic sense: “one foot on land, one foot in the water”, as it were, caught in the perpetual balance of restraint as delight and necessity. There are mirrored sonic and structural images throughout the album, also reflected in the iconography of the cover: the satyr and the subject, the shared gaze between head and body, the dialogue between cerebral and physical response, as above so below. It’s like there’s two sisters of faith and chance.

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    A1. Hall Of Mirrors
                                                                                                                                                                    A2. Alas, Departing
                                                                                                                                                                    A3. Vanity Of Ages
                                                                                                                                                                    B1. Icon Studies I
                                                                                                                                                                    B2. Harmonies In Bronze
                                                                                                                                                                    C1. Harmonies In Green
                                                                                                                                                                    C2. Icon Studies II
                                                                                                                                                                    D1. En Bas Tu Vois
                                                                                                                                                                    D2. O World And The Clear Song

                                                                                                                                                                    The Paranoyds

                                                                                                                                                                    Talk Talk Talk

                                                                                                                                                                      The Paranoyds are Southern California DIY rock royalty. Fueled by the fiery energy of their live shows paired with raw lyricism and subtle societal commentary, The Paranoyds are unafraid and unapologetically in perpetual pursuit of a good time. The four-piece is made up of Laila Hashemi (keyboardist-vocals), Lexi Funston (guitars/vocals), Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and David Ruiz (drums, vocals) who together masterfully blend light-hearted playfulness with sharp sincerity over fuzzy guitar, dreamy vocals and punchy, punky rock-n-roll.

                                                                                                                                                                      Talk, Talk, Talk, the sophomore album from The Paranoyds gives the band space to expand, evolve and above all, have fun. Over 11 tracks, the band experiments with sounds that span an eclectic array of genres–from jazz, to lo-fi punk-rock, to groovy R&B–that melt together showcasing the innovative range of The Paranoyds.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      SIDE 1
                                                                                                                                                                      1. BWP
                                                                                                                                                                      2. Lizzie
                                                                                                                                                                      3. Nissan Overdrive
                                                                                                                                                                      4. Typing
                                                                                                                                                                      5. Single Origin Experience
                                                                                                                                                                      6. Freak Out
                                                                                                                                                                      SIDE 2
                                                                                                                                                                      1. Andrew
                                                                                                                                                                      2. Over And Done
                                                                                                                                                                      3. 6th Street Bridge
                                                                                                                                                                      4. LA 2032
                                                                                                                                                                      5. Sunburn



                                                                                                                                                                        For Fans Of : The Black Keys, Otis Rush, J.B. Lenoir, The Ramones, Hound Dog Taylor, Christone Kingfish Ingram, Magic Sam.

                                                                                                                                                                        GA-20 clearly is on to something big. It’s a movement, a new traditional blues revival. The dynamic, throwback blues trio are disciples of the place where traditional blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll intersect. “We make records that we would want to listen to,” says guitarist Matt Stubbs. “It’s our take on the song-based traditional electric blues we love.” Stubbs, guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman have been at the forefront of this traditional blues revival since they first formed in 2018.

                                                                                                                                                                        It’s no wonder they skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart. According to Stubbs, “Since we started the band we’ve focused on the story, the melody, and on creating a mood. Playing live as much as we do, we’re finding more and more that people are discovering how cool it all is. Traditional country, soul and funk music have all had these massive recent revivals, but traditional blues so far has not.” With their new Colemine album, Crackdown, and an intensive tour schedule, that’s all about to change.

                                                                                                                                                                        On Crackdown, GA-20’s third full-length release, the band creates an unvarnished, ramshackle blues that is at once traditional and refreshingly modern. Expanding on their previous releases (2019’s Lonely Soul and 2021’s Try It…You Might Like It! GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor) GA-20 finds inspiration on the edges of the genre, where early electric blues first converged with country and rock ‘n’ roll. The album’s nine original songs include the loping, Louisiana-flavored Dry Run, the dirty, and bare-bones Easy On The Eyes and the melodic, garage-tinged Fairweather Friend. With tight, propulsive performances and a brevity and punk energy reminiscent of The Ramones, Crackdown is rowdy and fun, filled with instantly memorable, and well-crafted songs.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Fairweather Friend
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Dry Run
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Easy On The Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Crackdown
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Just Because
                                                                                                                                                                        6. By My Lonesome
                                                                                                                                                                        7. I Let Someone In
                                                                                                                                                                        8. Double Gettin'
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Gone For Good
                                                                                                                                                                        10. Fairweather Friend (Final Goodbye)

                                                                                                                                                                        Manic Street Preachers

                                                                                                                                                                        Know Your Enemy

                                                                                                                                                                          Manic Street Preachers release a radically reimagined version of their 6th album ‘Know Your Enemy’. The new version of the album has been entirely remixed and reconstructed to form two separate albums as originally planned. 

                                                                                                                                                                          This deluxe release includes two previously unheard ‘forgotten’ tracks: ‘Studies in Paralysis’ and ‘Rosebud’.

                                                                                                                                                                          Following the success of 1998’s’ This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’, Manic Street Preachers planned an ambitious follow-up to be released as two distinct albums: an aggressive, rapid fire return to their roots called ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Door To The River’, a more conciliatory, reflective collection. During the recording sessions, the trio got cold feet and settled on a single album that forced often conflicting ideas to sit side by side on the same record. ‘Know Your Enemy’ was launched in February 2001 with a show at Teatro Karl Marx in Havana in front of the Cuban leader and charted at No.2 in the UK the following week, going on to see over half a million copies worldwide. The singles taken from the album: ‘So Why So Sad’, ‘Found That Soul’, ‘Ocean Spray’ and ‘Let Robeson Sing’ all reached the Top 20.

                                                                                                                                                                          Whilst going through the band’s archive to put together an anniversary version of ‘Know Your Enemy’, Nicky Wire found the original tapes of ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Door To The River’ that he’d made up in the studio during recording. When he put forward the idea of recreating those records, James Dean Bradfield agreed on the condition that he could remix the entire record with the band’s longtime studio partner Dave Eringa. The new mixes would bring a clarity to each record, losing extraneous studio effects and digital noise from the ‘Solidarity’ songs and stripping away unnecessary orchestration and embellishment from the tracks that made up ‘Door To The River’.

                                                                                                                                                                          Author and long-term band collaborator Robin Turner explains in his expansive sleeve notes that this release is “the Director’s Cut of ‘Know Your Enemy’. The picture has been painstakingly restored, cleaned up, brightened. Although it doesn’t aim to replace the original, it most certainly enhances it.”

                                                                                                                                                                          The vinyl edition ‘Know Your Enemy’ presents ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Door To The River’ in the same order as originally planned in 2000. Each of the CD packages features those records in full plus outtakes, unused mixes by Tom Lord-Alge and tracks featured on the original ‘Know Your Enemy’ that aren’t on the two restructured albums. All formats feature previously unseen photos from the recording sessions taken by regular collaborator Mitch Ikeda.

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          DISC 1 - DOOR TO THE RIVER
                                                                                                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Year Of Purification
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ocean Spray
                                                                                                                                                                          3. So Why So Sad (Avalanches Sean Penn Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Door To The River
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Rosebud
                                                                                                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Just A Kid
                                                                                                                                                                          7. His Last Painting
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Let Robeson Sing
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Groundhog Days
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Epicentre
                                                                                                                                                                          DISC 2 - SOLIDARITY
                                                                                                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                          1. Intravenous Agnostic
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Found That Soul (TLA Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          3. We Are All Bourgeois Now
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Freedom Of Speech Won't Feed My Children
                                                                                                                                                                          5. The Convalescent
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Baby Elian
                                                                                                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Masses Against The Classes
                                                                                                                                                                          8. My Guernica
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Studies In Paralysis
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Dead Martyrs
                                                                                                                                                                          11. Wattsville Blues
                                                                                                                                                                          12. Miss Europa Disco Dancer

                                                                                                                                                                          DELUXE 3 X CD VERSION
                                                                                                                                                                          DISC 1 - DOOR TO THE RIVER
                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Year Of Purification
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ocean Spray
                                                                                                                                                                          3. So Why So Sad (Avalanches Sean Penn Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Door To The River
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Rosebud
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Just A Kid
                                                                                                                                                                          7. His Last Painting
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Let Robeson Sing
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Groundhog Days
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Epicentre
                                                                                                                                                                          11. His Last Painting (LA Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          12. Epicentre (TLA Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          13. So Why So Sad (Original KYE Version)
                                                                                                                                                                          14. Royal Correspondent
                                                                                                                                                                          DISC 2 – SOLIDARITY
                                                                                                                                                                          1. Intravenous Agnostic
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Found That Soul (TLA Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          3. We Are All Bourgeois Now
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Freedom Of Speech Won't Feed My Children
                                                                                                                                                                          5. The Convalescent
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Baby Elian
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Masses Against The Classes
                                                                                                                                                                          8. My Guernica
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Studies In Paralysis
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Dead Martyrs
                                                                                                                                                                          11. Wattsville Blues
                                                                                                                                                                          12. Miss Europa Disco Dancer
                                                                                                                                                                          13. Fear Of Motion
                                                                                                                                                                          14. Pedestal
                                                                                                                                                                          15. Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel
                                                                                                                                                                          16. Locust Valley
                                                                                                                                                                          17. Masking Tape
                                                                                                                                                                          18. Ballad Of The Bangkok Novotel
                                                                                                                                                                          DISC 3 – DEMOS
                                                                                                                                                                          1. Ocean Spray (Studio Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          2. So Why So Sad (Cassette Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Door To The River (Cassette Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          4. His Last Painting (Air Version Home Cassette Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Let Robeson Sing (Home Cassette Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Groundhog Days (Home Cassette Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Epicentre (Cassette Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Intravenous Agnostic (Home Cassette Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Freedom Of Speech Won’t Feed My Children (Studio Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          10. The Convalescent (Studio Rehearsal Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          11. His Last Painting Baby Elian (Studio Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          12. Masses Against The Classes (Studio Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          13. My Guernica No 1 (Home Acoustic Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          14. My Guernica (Studio Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          15. Dead Martyrs (Home Cassette Demo)
                                                                                                                                                                          16. Wattsville Blues (Home Cassette Demo)

                                                                                                                                                                          2 X CD VERSION
                                                                                                                                                                          DISC 1 - DOOR TO THE RIVER
                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Year Of Purification
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ocean Spray
                                                                                                                                                                          3. So Why So Sad (Avalanches Sean Penn Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Door To The River
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Rosebud
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Just A Kid
                                                                                                                                                                          7. His Last Painting
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Let Robeson Sing
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Groundhog Days
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Epicentre
                                                                                                                                                                          11. His Last Painting (LA Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          12. Epicentre (TLA Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          13. So Why So Sad (Original KYE Version)
                                                                                                                                                                          14. Royal Correspondent
                                                                                                                                                                          DISC 2 - SOLIDARITY
                                                                                                                                                                          1. Intravenous Agnostic
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Found That Soul (TLA Mix)
                                                                                                                                                                          3. We Are All Bourgeois Now
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Freedom Of Speech Won't Feed My Children
                                                                                                                                                                          5. The Convalescent
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Baby Elian
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Masses Against The Classes
                                                                                                                                                                          8. My Guernica
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Studies In Paralysis
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Dead Martyrs
                                                                                                                                                                          11. Wattsville Blues
                                                                                                                                                                          12. Miss Europa Disco Dancer
                                                                                                                                                                          13. Fear Of Motion
                                                                                                                                                                          14. Pedestal
                                                                                                                                                                          15. Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel
                                                                                                                                                                          16. Locust Valley
                                                                                                                                                                          17. Masking Tape
                                                                                                                                                                          18. Ballad Of The Bangkok Novotel

                                                                                                                                                                          Built To Spill

                                                                                                                                                                          When The Wind Forgets Your Name

                                                                                                                                                                            Since its inception in 1992, Built to Spill founder Doug Martsch intended his beloved band to be a collaborative project, an ever-evolving group of incredible musicians making music and playing live together. “I wanted to switch the line-up for many reasons. Each time we finish a record I want the next one to sound totally different. It’s fun to play with people who bring in new styles and ideas,” says Martsch. “And it’s nice to be in a band with people who aren’t sick of me yet.”

                                                                                                                                                                            Following several albums and EPs on Pacific Northwest independent labels, including the unmistakably canonical indie rock classic, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, released on Sub Pop offshoot Up Records in 1994, Martsch signed with Warner Brothers from 1995 to 2016. He and his rotating cast of cohorts recorded six more, inarguably great albums during that time – Perfect From Now On, Keep It Like a Secret, Ancient Melodies of the Future, You In Reverse, Untethered Moon, There Is No Enemy. There was also a live album, and a solo record, Now You Know. While the band’s impeccable recorded catalogue is the entry point, Built to Spill live is an essential FORCE of its own: heavy, psychedelic, melodic and visceral tunes blaring from amps that sound as if they’re powered by Mack trucks.

                                                                                                                                                                            Now in 2022, Built to Spill returns with When the Wind Forgets Your Name, Martsch’s unbelievably great new album (and also his eighth full-length)... with a fresh new label. “I’m psyched: I’ve wanted to be on Sub Pop since I was a teenager. And I think I’m the first fifty year-old they’ve ever signed.” (The rumours' are true, we love quinquagenarians…)

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Gonna Lose
                                                                                                                                                                            2. Fool’s Gold
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Understood
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Elements
                                                                                                                                                                            5. Rock Steady
                                                                                                                                                                            6. Spiderweb
                                                                                                                                                                            7. Never Alright
                                                                                                                                                                            8. Alright
                                                                                                                                                                            9. Comes A Day

                                                                                                                                                                            The Midnight


                                                                                                                                                                              On their new album, ‘Heroes’, The Midnight fuse cinematic synths, arena rock chords and euphoric pop hooks with slivers of Springsteen. It’s an album that celebrates our connected nature, the way we overcome loss by coming together under one sky and singing songs at the top of our lungs.

                                                                                                                                                                              Launched by the propulsive jolt of guitar-laden singles like ‘Change Your Heart or Die’ and lauded as “one of the next iconic rock acts of the generation,” having sold out O2 Brixton Academy in May of this year, The Midnight’s new era is their biggest and boldest yet.

                                                                                                                                                                              For fans of The War On Drugs, CHVRCHES, DON BROCO, Bruce Springsteen, Muse, ‘Stranger Things’ OST.

                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Golden Gate
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Brooklyn. Friday. Love.
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Heartbeat
                                                                                                                                                                              4. A Place Of Her Own
                                                                                                                                                                              5. Heroes
                                                                                                                                                                              6. Heart Worth Breaking
                                                                                                                                                                              7. Loved By You
                                                                                                                                                                              8. Aerostar
                                                                                                                                                                              9. Change Your Heart Or Die
                                                                                                                                                                              10. Avalanche
                                                                                                                                                                              11. Souvenir
                                                                                                                                                                              12. Photograph
                                                                                                                                                                              13. Energy Never Dies, It Just Transforms

                                                                                                                                                                              Of Montreal

                                                                                                                                                                              Freewave Lucifer Fck Fck Fck

                                                                                                                                                                                Over the course of the last two decades, of Montreal’s creative force, Kevin Barnes, has been wowing fans with their vast catalog of endlessly fascinating pop and mesmerizing live shows. Barnes’ songwriting and production aesthetic has since become iconic in the industry and has garnered massive critical acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork, who described the band’s album, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? as “ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable,” as well as ranking it as the #5 album of the year. Barnes’ influence on pop music is undeniable, with multiple late night TV appearances, including The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as brilliant collaborations with the likes of Solange, Janelle Monáe, Jon Brion, and others. The band has also performed across the globe, with festival appearances at Coachella, Sasquatch!, Pitchfork Music Festival and others, as well as hundreds of millions of streams worldwide.

                                                                                                                                                                                On of Montreal’s latest album, Freewave Lucifer fck, Barnes continues to push the boundaries of what pop music can be. On songs like “Marijuana’s A Working Woman,” Barnes revisits themes of psychedelia using pulsating synths over their instantly recognizable bass playing. The album also touches on aspects of gender fluidity and is a fascinating look at what makes Barnes one of the most prolific and creative songwriters making music today. "...every year or so of Montreal is going to release a new full-length of mind-bending glam-punk decadence that sort of blows everything else away." - Paste

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Marijuana's A Working Woman
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Ofrenda-Flanger-Ego-à Gogo
                                                                                                                                                                                3. Blab Sabbath Lathe Of Maiden
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Après Thee Dèclassè
                                                                                                                                                                                5. Modern Art Bewilders
                                                                                                                                                                                6. Nightsift
                                                                                                                                                                                7. Hmmm

                                                                                                                                                                                Air Waves

                                                                                                                                                                                The Dance

                                                                                                                                                                                  Heady with hooks and unforgettable melodies, gliding on deeply danceable grooves, always with Air Waves’ innate compassion, concision and uncanny pop sense shining throughout. A masterpiece that’s beautifully simple, instantly accessible and entirely addictive. Featuring Cass Mccombs, Skyler Skjelset (Fleet Foxes, Beach House), Luke Temple, Brian Betancourt (Hospitality, Sam Evian), Rina Mushonga, Frankie Cosmos, Lispector, David Christian, Ethan Sass, and Ben Florencio.

                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘The Dance’ has waited three years to see the light of day and it comes to us now, blinking, smiling in the widening light of 2022 feeling more needed and necessary but also more joyous than ever before. It’s both a snapshot of these songs as they were recorded but crucially, in the intervening time those songs have had additional arrangements crafted by Nicole, created remotely and virtually, with a few like-minded collaborators. The result is simultaneously Air Waves freshest, most spontaneous yet finessed album yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Nicole Schneit released their first independent album in 2009 under the Air Waves moniker, a name inspired by a Guided By Voices song - subsequent albums like 2010’s ‘Dungeon Dots’ (which featured a guest vocal from fellow Brooklynite Sharon Van Etten), 2015’s ‘Parting Glances’ and 2017’s stunning ‘Warrior’ crystallised Schneit’s vision of loose-but-focused, convivial but startling pop. ‘The Dance’ continues that trajectory but finds Schneit opening up their music to a more fluid sense of space and movement, while keeping their lyrical eye between the personal and the political, from the specific to the universal with a haiku-like directness and suggestion.

                                                                                                                                                                                  You won’t find a better soundtrack for the solidarity, strength, romance and movement we all need right now than ‘The Dance’ - Air Waves’ best album yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  A1. The Roof (feat. Luke Temple & Rina Mushonga)
                                                                                                                                                                                  A2. The Dance
                                                                                                                                                                                  A3. Star Earring (feat. Lispector)
                                                                                                                                                                                  A4. Alien (feat. Cass McCombs)
                                                                                                                                                                                  B1. Black Metal Demon (feat. Frankie Cosmos & Merce Lemon)
                                                                                                                                                                                  B2. Treehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                  B3. Wait
                                                                                                                                                                                  B4. The Light
                                                                                                                                                                                  B5. Peer Peer

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Amazons

                                                                                                                                                                                  How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me


                                                                                                                                                                                    Matt here. Just wanted to reach out and let you know a few things about the record you’re about to, or are already listening to!

                                                                                                                                                                                    How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me is a record largely inspired by the long distance relationship I’ve been in over the last couple years, and more specifically, the 7 months spent apart in 2020. The album was largely written in the converted attic I live in, in the centre of Brighton.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The songs that went on to make up this record were originally only to be shared between me and my girlfriend. You can imagine, after a few months, that phone calls and Whatsapp and FaceTime begin to wear a little thin, especially in the face of not knowing when we’d be reunited. Writing and sharing music became a way for me to feel like I retained some kind of power, to bridge the distance between us.

                                                                                                                                                                                    As a band we were already halfway through writing a very different record, but it became apparent, the more and more I shared these songs with the boys, that this was the story we wanted to tell.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sonically, we wanted to make a record that kicked back against the confines of our houses and bedrooms. We wanted to make music powerful enough blow the roof off and transport us somewhere else. Lots of artists made records to match the slower pace of life over the last couple years which was cool, but we never stopped dreaming about festivals and life and energy and community. I hope that’s reflected in the music.

                                                                                                                                                                                    We’ve been incredibly lucky to work with some of our heroes on this album. I expressed to Jim Abbiss (who produced the record) and Craig Silvey (who mixed it) that The Amazons wouldn’t exist without their work, so many times, I’m sure it became slightly irritating. But it’s true and it feels kind of full circle for us.

                                                                                                                                                                                    We’ve been in the Fiction and Universal family now for nearly 7 years. We’ve worked with a lot of incredible minds and huge hearts and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to grow as artists. Each of the last 2 records we’ve released up to this point have been unique adventures and we’ve learnt so much. For us, this record represents the accumulation of all that work and experience, but also the start of a new adventure, that we hope will be the best yet. We’re so excited to have you on the journey and we hope you like the record!

                                                                                                                                                                                    See you soon.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Matt, Joe, Chris and Elliot. 

                                                                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                    Too Slow To Disco Vol. 4

                                                                                                                                                                                      After smooth detours into Soul covers, French Neo-Disco, modern Sunset Disco and Brazilian AOR, in 2022 DJ Supermarkt’s Too Slow to Disco series makes a joyous return to its original Westcoast AOR/Yacht roots. Celebrating the 10th TSTD compilation. Who would have thought….

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Berlin curator releases a killer 4th edition of the original compilation art form, “Too Slow to Disco”, featuring forgotten and overseen gems from the mid 70s to the early 80s from a global world of smooth, brilliant lost and overproduced tracks from Finland via London and L.A. to Trinidad and beyond.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The great ‘un-vanisher’ of lost lazy classics, DJ Supermarkt once again unearthed some incredible music that labels, publishers (in many cases also those, who actually own the rights to those tracks…) and streaming services have often long overlooked. You’re welcome, world! 

                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. The Dukes – Mystery Girl
                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Prime Time Band - Fall In Love In Outer Space
                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Kenny Nolan – You’Re So Beautiful Tonight
                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Peter Skellern – Now That I Need You
                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Marc Jordan – Generalities
                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Severin Browne – Stay
                                                                                                                                                                                      7. The Faragher Brothers – Stay The Night
                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Alan Price – Groovy Times
                                                                                                                                                                                      9. James Felix – Open Up
                                                                                                                                                                                      10. Hirth Martinez – Altogether Alone
                                                                                                                                                                                      11. Max Leake – Tell Me The Reasons Why
                                                                                                                                                                                      12. Stpehen Encinas – Music In Me
                                                                                                                                                                                      13. Eric Andersen - Can'T Get You Out Of My Life
                                                                                                                                                                                      14. Jimmie Spheeris – Beautiful News
                                                                                                                                                                                      15. Jeannine Otis & Heikki Sarmanto – Magic Song
                                                                                                                                                                                      16. Pleasure – Nothin’ To It 

                                                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                      Music For The Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979)

                                                                                                                                                                                        "Music For The Stars is a collection of songs that may lend themselves to the end of the night in headphones, for me it’s an Ode to Horsenden Hill in West London, where we used to gather of an evening with the compilation tapes we had made introducing each other to new songs which we found; songs some of which would remain with us forever, we would sit there till late overlooking the West End’s City Lights but could lay back and watch the stars." - Ruben Windflower

                                                                                                                                                                                        From the Two-Piers label that brought you the acclaimed ‘Pop Psychédeliqué (The Best of French Pop 1964-2019) comes new compilation ‘Music for the Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979), a collection of laid back, late night songs perfect for lying back, losing yourself in the moment and just staring at the stars. Includes tracks from legends such as Willie Nelson, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Nina Simone, the English folk sound of Bill Fay and Kevin Ayres, the tortured genius of Tim Buckley, from the 60’s West Coast scene The Electric Prunes, to the sonic sounds of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, and the soulful beauty of Shuggie Otis.

                                                                                                                                                                                        From the beginning of the evening with Alexander “Skip” Spence, until later that night when Willie Nelson may end a tape and it’s time to walk home - sit back and lose yourselves in Music for The Stars.

                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Laura says: As we drift from Summer to Autumn, and the nights draw in, this compilation provides a perfect soundtrack. Pour yourself a glass of something nice and lie back and watch the stars....

                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                        A1. Alexander 'Skip' Spence - Broken Heart
                                                                                                                                                                                        A2. Fred Neil - I've Got A Secret (Didn't We Shake Sugaree)
                                                                                                                                                                                        A3. John Fahey - Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                        A4. Bert Jansch - Poison
                                                                                                                                                                                        B1. Roedelius - Balsam
                                                                                                                                                                                        B2. Shuggie Otis - Jennie Lee
                                                                                                                                                                                        B3. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Observatory Crest
                                                                                                                                                                                        B4. Kevin Ayres - May I?
                                                                                                                                                                                        B5. The Electric Prunes - Holy Are You
                                                                                                                                                                                        C1. Eden Ahbez - Edens Island
                                                                                                                                                                                        C2. Nina Simone - Come Ye
                                                                                                                                                                                        C3. Damon - The Night
                                                                                                                                                                                        C4. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Sais (Egypt)
                                                                                                                                                                                        D1. Kathy Smith – It’s Taking So Long
                                                                                                                                                                                        D2. Tim Buckley - Buzzin' Fly
                                                                                                                                                                                        D3. Bill Fay - I Hear You Calling
                                                                                                                                                                                        D4. Gene Clark - With Tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                                                        D5.Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

                                                                                                                                                                                        Gemma Cullingford

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tongue Tied

                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘Tongue Tied’ is the sophomore album from Gemma Cullingford (Sink Ya Teeth). Written and produced from Gemma's humble home studio in Norfolk, ‘Tongue Tied’ blends many styles of electronica from 70's experimental and new wave, early 80's electro, acid house and techno to noughties electro clash, topped with her own vocal style to produce a unique and fresh sound. It explores relationships and the different emotions they can bring, from paranoia, yearning and helplessness to lust, shyness and just downright wanting to dance.

                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘Tongue Tied’ is a progressive follow up to her debut ‘Let Me Speak’ which garnered support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Amy Lame, Nemone, Chris Hawkins, Jamz Supernova, John Kennedy and James Endeacott, plus glowing reviews in Mojo, Uncut and Electronic Sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                          For the cover artwork on ‘Tongue Tied’, Gemma has collaborated with visual artist Kelda Storm who shares Gemma's love for bright, contrasting neon colours and minimal bold designs. She uses the iconography of feminine lips across her work as a symbol of speech and voice.

                                                                                                                                                                                          RIYL: Sink Ya Teeth, Lonelady, A Certain Ratio.

                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                          Side A
                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Accessory
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tongue Tied
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Bass Face
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Holding Dreams
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Mechanical
                                                                                                                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                                                                                                                          6. New Day
                                                                                                                                                                                          7. No Fail
                                                                                                                                                                                          8. Chronicle Of Sound
                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Red Room
                                                                                                                                                                                          10. Daisy

                                                                                                                                                                                          The mysteriously intriguing group, no; veiled cult-adored collective Sault return with album number six. Although we know now that the band are headed by Dean Cover aka Inflo, and count Cleo Sol, Michael Kiwanuka and Little Simz as collaborators / infrequent members; there's still very little info on the rest of the band.

                                                                                                                                                                                          We don't care though, and delving into "Air" we find the longer, double LP format as captivating as ever. Beginning with choral and orchestral interludes, it's a majestic introduction for a group that have already captured our hearts across the previous five excursions and are unhurried to deliver their latest message. Said pieces unravel into a sumptuous decadence, occupying much of side A before the first utterances of vocal slowly draw in. It's a luxurious and relaxed opening side which hints at the confidence possessed by all involved. There's no need to just jump right in with a opening radio single - we're of course gonna listen from start to finish!

                                                                                                                                                                                          But the mystery does, indeed, continue. The orchestral instrumental and choral work continues throughout - "Air" is a divine piece of enchanted garden ambience and ambrosial relaxation. There's no lyrics, no guitars, no drums. It's as if Inflo told the rest of the band to have a break whilst he enlists a full orchestra for the project.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not complaining, and talk about keeping us on our toes. It's a heavenly piece of music, make no mistake; but if you were expecting them to continue their political musings, heart-worn love songs and incendiary punk-funk fun; then you'll have to resort to previous albums I'm afraid. Instead, we get strings aplenty (including some phenomenal harp work), female vocal choir and smatterings of romantic brass.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Will the public dig it? I hope so. It's adventurous, almost to the point of giving-no-fucks. But thankfully, as I keep reiterating; the music (I'd call it more of a score actually), is nothing short of breathtaking. Is Inflo looking to switch career and become a film score composer? Maybe he has been all along... Like I say, the mystery continues... 

                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                          1 - Reality
                                                                                                                                                                                          2 - Air
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 - Heart
                                                                                                                                                                                          4 - Solar
                                                                                                                                                                                          5 - Time Is Precious
                                                                                                                                                                                          6 - June 55
                                                                                                                                                                                          7 - Luos Higher


                                                                                                                                                                                          Pulse Of The Early Brain (Switched On Volume 5)

                                                                                                                                                                                            Stereolab announce the fifth in their ‘Switched On’ series of compilation albums, ‘Pulse Of The Early Brain [Switched On Volume 5]’ with the track ‘Robot Riot’.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Robot Riot was originally written for a sculpture made by Charles Long - an artist that Stereolab had previously collaborated with on 1995s ‘Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center’ project.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Track info:
                                                                                                                                                                                            Simple Headphone Mind’ b/w ‘Trippin’ With The Birds’ was the second collaboration between Nurse With Wound and Stereolab.
                                                                                                                                                                                            A 12” disk released on yellow vinyl [1000 copies] and black vinyl [4996 copies] The sleeve was made from a 'Mylar style’, aluminium coloured, material that was glued and sealed – each purchaser had to open the sleeve to discover which colour vinyl they had bought.
                                                                                                                                                                                            The CDs were also released in a sealed sleeve.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Originally released 28th April 1997 via Duophonic Super 45s. Catalogue numbers DS33-11 / DS45CD-11.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The ‘Low Fi’ EP - ‘Low Fi’, ‘[Varoom!]’, ‘Laisser-Faire’ and ‘Elektro [he held the world in his iron grip]’ was originally released as a limited edition clear vinyl 10” [approx 500 copies], black vinyl 10” and CD.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Released 28th September 1992 by Too Pure. Catalogue numbers Pure 14 / Pure CD14.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Robot Riot’ and ‘Unity Purity Occasional’ were both written for sculptures made by Charles Long - an artist that we had previously collaborated with on the ‘Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center’ project. ‘Unity Purity Occasional’ was used in 2000 for Charles' sculpture of the same name -
                                                                                                                                                                                            "Unity Purity Occasional is a sculpture with six hand-blown, tear-shaped glass cups filled with antibacterial hand gel that the visitor can pump out and disinfect their hands with. The song is channeled through three tubes that simultaneously blow the visitors’ hands dry with warm jets of air." [Text by Niki Kralli Anell].
                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Robot Riot’ is previously unreleased.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Spool of Collusion’ and ‘Forensic Itch’ were originally released on August 18th 2008 as a black vinyl 7” that was given away with the initial pressing [5000 copies] of the ‘Chemical Chords’ LP. Released via Duophonic UHF Disks / 4AD. Catalogue number AD2820.
                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Spool of Collusion’ was also added, as a bonus track, to the Japanese CD release of ‘Chemical Chords’.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Symbolic Logic Of Now!’ was one side of a split 7” with Soi-Disant. 100 copies on blue vinyl and 2000 copies on black vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Originally released in 1998 by Luke Warm Music. Catalogue number LWM001.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Ronco Symphony’ [Demo] – a demo version of the track from 1993’s 'The Groop Played "Space Age Batchelor Pad Music"’ album. Previously unreleased.

                                                                                                                                                                                            A cover of the track ‘ABC’ by The Multitude from The Godz album ‘The Third Testament’. The track was originally recorded for a Godz tribute album called ‘Godz Is Not A Put On’ and released in an edition of 500 copies by Lissy’s Records in 1996.
                                                                                                                                                                                            The track was later released as one side of a yellow glitter 7” that was part of an exclusive Japanese box set edition of ‘Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3]’.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Yellow glitter 7” – approximately 3000 copies. Catalogue number D-UHF-D21.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Magne-Music’ and ‘The Nth Degrees’ were added as bonus tracks to the UK limited edition CD of ‘Chemical Chords’ released 18th August 2008 via Duophonic UHF Disks / 4AD. Catalogue number CADD2815CD.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Both tracks also appear on the Japanese edition of ‘Chemical Chords’.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Blaue Milch’ was recorded for a Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra compilation album – each artist on the album was sent a Peter Thomas audio track and was asked to build it into a new track.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Originally released in 1998 by the Bungalow record label. Catalogue number Bung 048.2.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The original recording of ‘Plastic Mile’. The re-recording was released as a 7” b/w ‘I Was A Sunny Rainphase’ and subsequently compiled onto Stereolab’s ‘Fab Four Suture’ album.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Previously unreleased.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Yes Sir! I Can Moogie’ was originally released in 1995 as part of a single sided 3 track 7” flexi-disk via Wurlitzer Jukebox. Catalogue number WJ03 - 1000 copies were pressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Refractions In The Plastic Pulse’, a track from the ‘Dots And Loops’ album remixed by Autechre.
                                                                                                                                                                                            A 12” disk released on 20th April 1998 via Duophonic UHF Disks. Catalogue number D-UHF-D19. 500 copies pressed on translucent yellow vinyl and 2972 copies on black vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘XXXOOO’ was originally released in 1992 as part of a single sided 3 track 7” flexi-disk via the Encore! label. The flexi-disk was given away with edition #6 of the 'Tea Time' fanzine. Catalogue number Encore 001.

                                                                                                                                                                                            A live version of the ‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ album track ‘Cybele's Reverie’. Recorded 26th September 2004 when Stereolab supported Air at The Hollywood Bowl, CA. USA.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Previously unreleased.

                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                            Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                                                                            A1. Stereolab / Nurse With Wound - Simple Headphone Mind
                                                                                                                                                                                            B1. Stereolab / Nurse With Wound - Trippin' With The Birds
                                                                                                                                                                                            C1. Low Fi
                                                                                                                                                                                            C2. [Varoom!]
                                                                                                                                                                                            C3. Laisser-Faire
                                                                                                                                                                                            D1 - Elektro [he Held The World In His Iron Grip]
                                                                                                                                                                                            D2 - Robot Riot
                                                                                                                                                                                            D3 - Spool Of Collusion
                                                                                                                                                                                            D4 - Symbolic Logic Of Now!
                                                                                                                                                                                            D5 - Forensic Itch
                                                                                                                                                                                            D6 - Ronco Symphony [Demo]
                                                                                                                                                                                            E1. ABC
                                                                                                                                                                                            E2. Magne-Music
                                                                                                                                                                                            E3. Blaue Milch
                                                                                                                                                                                            E4. Yes Sir! I Can Moogie
                                                                                                                                                                                            E5. Plastic Mile [Original Version]
                                                                                                                                                                                            F1. Refractions In The Plastic Pulse [Feebate Mix] - Autechre Remix
                                                                                                                                                                                            F2. Unity Purity Occasional
                                                                                                                                                                                            F3. The Nth Degrees
                                                                                                                                                                                            F4. XXXOOO
                                                                                                                                                                                            F5. Cybele’s Reverie [Live At The Hollywood Bowl]

                                                                                                                                                                                            CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 1
                                                                                                                                                                                            01. Stereolab / Nurse With Wound - Simple Headphone Mind
                                                                                                                                                                                            02. Stereolab / Nurse With Wound - Trippin' With The Birds
                                                                                                                                                                                            03. Low Fi
                                                                                                                                                                                            04. [Varoom!]
                                                                                                                                                                                            05. Laisser-Faire
                                                                                                                                                                                            06. Elektro [he Held The World In His Iron Grip]
                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 2
                                                                                                                                                                                            01. Robot Riot
                                                                                                                                                                                            02. Spool Of Collusion
                                                                                                                                                                                            03. Symbolic Logic Of Now!
                                                                                                                                                                                            04. Forensic Itch
                                                                                                                                                                                            05. Ronco Symphony [Demo]
                                                                                                                                                                                            06. ABC
                                                                                                                                                                                            07. Magne-Music
                                                                                                                                                                                            08. Blaue Milch
                                                                                                                                                                                            09. Yes Sir! I Can Moogie
                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Plastic Mile [Original Version]
                                                                                                                                                                                            11. Refractions In The Plastic Pulse [Feebate Mix] - Autechre Remix
                                                                                                                                                                                            12. Unity Purity Occasional
                                                                                                                                                                                            13. The Nth Degrees
                                                                                                                                                                                            14. XXXOOO
                                                                                                                                                                                            15. Cybele’s Reverie [Live At The Hollywood Bowl]

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bitchin Bajas


                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Amorpha’, a side-long shower of synthetic bells and bass, as patterns interlock and repeat and the beat within the bar lines shifts constantly, forms a new, latest miniature of infinity. You flip it, and ‘Geomancy’ resets you, starting anew, with heavy drift and drone leading into a space of shorter broken lines and Middle Eastern tonalities, that roll back into ether again - new spaces, but mysteriously consonant with the vibe.

                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Bajascillators’ arrives almost five years since their last official fulllength, 2017’s ‘Bajas Fresh’. In the eight years prior to ‘Bajas Fresh’, Bitchin Bajas issued seven albums, plus cassettes, EPs, singles… wave after wave of analogue synth tones and zones extending into a stratospheric arc. Each release its own headspace, shape and timbre, each one sliding naturally into their implacable, eternal gene pool.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Following the flow, always, the Bajas went ever-deeper-and-higher on these records, whether making soundtracks or collaborating with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, using only fortune cookie fortunes as a libretto. Plus engagement, with a steady stream of shows and tours around the world; live re-airings and expansions of the space captured in their records as they continued to grow and flow - all the way through, really, to the present moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Plus, there have been releases since 2017 - a split 12”, a 7” single, digital track release and two ‘Cuts’ cassettes, plus the allcovers cassette release ‘Switched On Ra’. But the overall number of releases, plus the five years between long players, implies a potential distance between phases, a new line in the sand. The sound of Bajascillators bear this out. How couldn’t it? Compared to 2017, this is a different world.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Mastered directly from half-inch analogue tape, ‘Bajascillators’ floats transparently from the speakers, its expansive grooves gathering resonance and building momentum over the four sides, from genesis to re-conclusion, cascading ecstatically. The elastic magic of time at its brightest. As the world keeps turning, so too do Bitchin Bajas, in the same unknowable way. You can’t explain it - just keep turning.

                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                              World B. Free

                                                                                                                                                                                              Troels Hammer

                                                                                                                                                                                              An Introduction

                                                                                                                                                                                                Danish Artist Troels Hammer has released 5 albums to date, with his sixth House of Memories due out later this year. As yet there has only been a sampler 12” on vinyl. Therefore ‘An introduction’ LP is a compilation of tracks exclusive to Vinyl for fans and new listeners to enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Troels was discovered by the Danish producer Kenneth Bager in 2012 and has already gained great recognition for his music on both the Danish and the international scene

                                                                                                                                                                                                The style is instrumental and moving in the area between nu-classical, lounge, dance, ambience and electronica. When Troels Hammer sits down at the piano, the music flows through him and brings the audience in a mood that is both relaxed and intense. He himself says that he creates music you can go in and out of –and get carried away by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Intermediation has been the centre of Troels Hammer’s entire professional life and also musically he is driven to set the tone for stories and touch elements recognizable to the audience. He can be experienced on stage alone, plays brilliantly with others and shares gladly stories about the music as a part of his performance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                A1 Diário De Silêncio
                                                                                                                                                                                                A2 Cold Hawaii
                                                                                                                                                                                                A3 Fly Salmon Fly
                                                                                                                                                                                                A4 Bogotá
                                                                                                                                                                                                A5 Infinita Feat. Clara Valente
                                                                                                                                                                                                A6 View Of Wisdom
                                                                                                                                                                                                B1 Azur
                                                                                                                                                                                                B2 Unika 4 Feat. Rodrigo Sha
                                                                                                                                                                                                B3 Theme Frm Ngong Hills
                                                                                                                                                                                                B4 Run King - Piano Forte
                                                                                                                                                                                                B5 Father Sky
                                                                                                                                                                                                B6 Letters From Uhuru 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                Archive 81 (Soundtrack From The Netflix Series)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow are known for their scores for the Ivor Novello Award winning ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Devs’, along with their work on ‘Annihilation’, ‘Free Fire’, ‘HANNA’ and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Inspired by the popular podcast of the same name, ‘Archive 81’ depicts the life of a man who comes across videotapes full of a mysterious woman’s adventures in an even more mysterious apartment building. What seemed to be an ordinary job turns into a nightmare as the strange creature that took the woman’s life in the past seems to have found a way back to him 25 years in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Archive 81 - Titles
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Visser Ritual
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tape Cleaning
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Losing Track Of Time
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jess Opens Up
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Journey To The Compound
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ghost Story / Cracking The Code
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Someone In There
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Greenstone Totem
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dan’s Theme
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I’m A Spirit Receiver
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Church Seizure / The Compound
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Cult Of Kaelego
                                                                                                                                                                                                  A Connection Through Time
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tamara’s Opera
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dan’s First Lucid Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I Need To Find Her
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pep Talk
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Going Rogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fucking Smothering Me
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Ritual Space Recreated
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Song Of The Otherworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                  What Are You Playing?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stay Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Archive 81 - Credits

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Archive 81 - Titles
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Visser Ritual
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tape Cleaning
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Losing Track Of Time
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jess Opens Up
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Journey To The Compound
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Greenstone Totem
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dan’s First Lucid Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Song Of The Otherworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Someone In There
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dan’s Theme
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tamara’s Opera
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I Need To Find Her
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Ritual Space Recreated
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stay Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Archive 81 - Credits

                                                                                                                                                                                                  George FitzGerald

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stellar Drifting

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stellar Drifting is 10 tracks of widescreen, futuristic electronic music. With features from the likes of SOAK, London Grammar and Domino’s own Panda Bear, Stellar Drifting is George’s most ambitious project to date. George keeps his roots deep within the electronic music scene, bringing in pop melodies, club rhythms and other UK dance music elements whilst pushing the boundaries of his sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thematically the record incorporates intergalactic utopian narratives; escapism, outer space and utopian vision of the future feature. The term ‘stellar drift’ refers to the movement of stars - far from being static and eternal, space is constantly in motion, and celestial bodies are changing over time. The album title hints at an otherworldly serenity that might be found within this continual flux.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The visual elements for Stellar Drifting have been created by designer, David Rudnick in collaboration with digital developer, Chris Shier. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flowers Rot, Bring Me Stones

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some of the most striking ancient structures in Ireland are not its standing stones but the country’s neolithic “passage tombs” constructed between five and six thousand years ago. As this modern name suggests, they were in all likelihood actual liminal zones bridging this world and the next; charnel houses, stone age reliquaries, bone gardens, cairns vibrating between planes and states of being. One of the most interesting of these graves is Knowth at Brú na Bóinne. Its huge, many-passaged central burial chamber is surrounded by 17 small barrows, and among these constructions is over one third of all the rediscovered megalithic art in Western Europe. Kerbstones and pillars are carved with a hypnotising array of spiral, serpentiform and lozenge-shaped patterns; alongside is chiselled the oldest known representation of the moon made by man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Moundabout is the new folk project of Paddy Shine of GNOD, recorded with Phil Masterson in Ireland, but the words ‘new’ and ‘folk’ need to be treated with care here. Listening to Flowers Rot, Bring Me Stonesis like entering a trance state while staring at one of the Knowth spiral carvings. Like following a ridged epidermal loop inwards, tracing the spiral of an ammonite towards the centre or peeling back the layers of an onion, immersion in this great album sees you travelling both temporally backwards and spatially inwards simultaneously. The listener is invited to see folk – orally transmitted music often concerning national identity and culture played on traditional instruments – as a glowing helix of a continuum stretching way back beyond the revival of the 1950s and 1960s to an eternal vibrancy that predates classical antiquity and Irish civilisation itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      As the album moves the listener, they are taken on a geographical and geological journey as well as psychological and spiritual, traveling inwards from the coast (‘The Sea’), as well as down beneath the strata (“How many bog bodies are waiting to be found?”) And when you have been primed, they take you all the way back to commune with older gods on the album’s epic centrepiece, ‘Dick Dalys Dance’, creating the kind of prehistoric drones and trance-inducing rhythms that the echoing, celestially aligned corridors of the Brú na Bóinne were built to amplify. This is not new music but the deep sensations it provokes will be new to most listeners. Imagine for a few minutes something as glorious as a Nurse With Wound List for the 21st Century… were I given such a formidable task as to organise such a collection of mind-bending music, Flowers Rot, Bring Me Stones by Moundabout would be one of the first records I would include.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      John Doran, Wiltshire, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                      01. The Sea
                                                                                                                                                                                                      02. Bog Bodies
                                                                                                                                                                                                      03. Waste Of Peace
                                                                                                                                                                                                      04. Lonely
                                                                                                                                                                                                      05. Bring My Stones
                                                                                                                                                                                                      06. Dick Dalys Dance
                                                                                                                                                                                                      07. Cold River

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pale Blue Eyes


                                                                                                                                                                                                        The PBE album is called Souvenirs because, as Lucy explains, “The songs encapsulate a few years’ worth of memories and experiences – times of change and personal sadness. The songs were an outlet for us and they now serve as souvenirs of all those times”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        As Pale Blue Eyes worked toward the album, Matt’s father died – the album is dedicated to the late Danny Board. Matt has endless fond memories of his father, including “when I’d wake up on a summer’s morning to the sound of dad playing a Cocteau Twins album – really loud with all the windows and doors open”. PBE built their studio adjacent to Matt’s old family home – so they could be there to help Matt’s mum through long-term illness. The album includes reflection on death and despondent times, as on the former single TV Flicker, which, perhaps surprisingly given the subject matter, became a playlisted radio smash. But Pale Blue Eyes accentuate the positive – reacting to difficult times by making an album that pulses with exhilaration, beauty and joy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The album brims with a kind of elective positivity, as made clear when Matt lists the album’s themes: “Embracing good times, escapism, losing yourself in a moment of bliss when the world around you is going to shit… Processing and understanding loss and grief and using our music as a vehicle to move on… Fighting against the mundane and not giving up on dreams… The pure joy of a good night out or a moment of being moved by a band or a piece of artwork or a great film… Making the most of the time you have…” The tracks Little Gem and Globe, in particular, beam with positivity – alighting on optimism, gardening and hedonistic days in a shared student house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Globe
                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. TV Flicker
                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Little Gem
                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Dr Pong
                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Honeybear
                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Star Vehicle
                                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Champagne
                                                                                                                                                                                                        8. Sing It Like We Used To
                                                                                                                                                                                                        9. Under Northern Sky
                                                                                                                                                                                                        10. Chelsea

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve Earle & The Dukes

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jerry Jeff

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steve Earle has been creating intimate and personal music for well over four decades now. His songwriting has wound itself along a path from Texas to Tennessee and his education came in the form of learning from the best. 2009"s Grammy-nominated record, Townes was a tribute to his dear friend and mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Ten years later Earle released, Guy. An album concentrated on paying homage to the late Guy Clark and the indelible friendship that they had formed in stories told through song. 2022 welcomes the release of Jerry Jeff. A 10-song collection of songs written by the gypsy songman, Jerry Jeff Walker. Featuring hits like, 'Mr Bojangles' and 'Gettin' By', Earle and The Dukes honor the late Texan by amplifying the concept and sound of each song with a full-band recording.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Gettin' By
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Gypsy Songman
                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Little Bird
                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. I Makes Money (Money Don't Make Me)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Mr Bojangles
                                                                                                                                                                                                          6. Hill Country Rain
                                                                                                                                                                                                          7. Charlie Dunn
                                                                                                                                                                                                          8. My Old Man
                                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Wheel
                                                                                                                                                                                                          10. Old Road

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lean Year


                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alverson has released five records as Spokane, and four as Drunk on the label Jagjaguwar. There is a moment on Sides, the new album from Richmond, Virginia-based duo Lean Year, in which a hospital room floor is filled with white chrysanthemums. This imagery, based on an opiate-induced hallucination experienced by vocalist Emilie Rex’s mother as she recovered from surgery, is a perfect encapsulation of the band’s second album: dreamlike and beautiful, yet burdened with cold, stark reality. Sides is a harrowing journey through realms of grief and memory, a meditation woven into a tapestry of synth pads, woodwinds, and Rex’s instantly recognizable voice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The duo of Rex and Rick Alverson who also works as a film director (The Mountain, Entertainment, The Comedy) originally set out to write an album about conflict, but during the writing and recording process, they were confronted with a number of personal tragedies. Alverson lost both of his parents in rapid succession, Rex’s mother received a cancer diagnosis, and the couple’s beloved family dog, Orca, died. These events transformed the album into an exploration of loss an attempt at processing the painful, complex, and private emotions that bubble to the surface when confronted with death. “We thought we’d do a concept album called Sides where we could reflect on all of the division in the world, and some in our own families, but then COVID transformed everything / everyone, and we suffered our own specific losses. The record became about loss and grief,” Rex explains. “In this way, the title Sides was still appropriate: our individual grief and collective grief, the margins of before and after, the act and feeling of during and enduring. It felt like straddling a threshold between two opposing sides the moment before conflict and the moment after it passes, life and death, the act of living and the memory of the act. Grief feels like a contention between what you knew and what you now know, and often both feel real and unreal at once.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sides produced by Alverson alongside Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings) and featuring contributions from Elliot Bergman (Nomo, Wild Belle) and Joseph Shabason (Destroyer, The War on Drugs) has a distinctly cinematic quality, perhaps due in part to Alverson’s other career.Moments of jazz, slowcore, and dirgelike R&B find their way into the sorrowful, ambient suite, lulling the listener into a state of calm while the lyrics speak of ghosts, childhood, and mortality. Despite the gravity of the subject matter, Sides succeeds in mastering a balancing act between pathos and pop. Each song is indelible and haunting, with melodies that have the kind of broad appeal reminiscent of Karen Dalton, Aldous Harding, and FKA twigs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                            01 Legs
                                                                                                                                                                                                            02 Nitetime
                                                                                                                                                                                                            03 End
                                                                                                                                                                                                            04 Trouble With Being Warm
                                                                                                                                                                                                            05 Panes
                                                                                                                                                                                                            06 Bend
                                                                                                                                                                                                            07 Bad Woman
                                                                                                                                                                                                            08 Marriage Of Heaven And Hell
                                                                                                                                                                                                            09 Home


                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dumb E.P.s

                                                                                                                                                                                                              LA five-piece Dummy follow last year’s acclaimed debut album ‘Mandatory Enjoyment’ (released by Trouble In Mind) and their recent single for Sub Pop with ‘Dumb EPs’, a compilation of their first two EPs from 2020, remastered especially for vinyl by Simon Scott from Slowdive.‘EP1’ was recorded from late 2019 and released in May 2020, both digitally and on a tape by Maryland punk label Pop Wig. It became a lockdown essential, and despite the pandemic the band managed to record the follow-up, ‘EP2’, remotely using smart phones. It was released in November 2020 by the Chicago label Born Yesterday. Together, the ten tracks that comprise the EPs manage to show off all of the band’s broad range of influences – from Stereolab-style drone-pop to baroque psych, chamber folk, noisy shoegaze and Japanese ambient and new age – which have made them one of the most exciting new bands to come out of the US for years

                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Angel’s Gear
                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Avant Garde Gas Station
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Slacker Mask
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Folk Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Touch The Chimes
                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Thursday Morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Pool Dizzy
                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Nuages
                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Mediocre Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Second Contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Prime Mover Unmoved

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Franc Moody

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Into The Ether

                                                                                                                                                                                                                All the tunes on 'Into The Ether' deal with searching for something, the idea of reaching a promised land, leaving the wind and the rain to head off to sunnier climes and escape from the norm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The idea of something unattainable. Setting oneself free, and entering into the unknown and the journey that that entails.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's a journey many of us live day to day in a transient bubble. We visit new and alien lands everyday, meeting strange and surreal characters along the way. We have amazing, intense experiences on the way, like modern day explorers, frontiersmen, space explorers venturing out into the unknown. The longer we stay on the road the more our memory of home slowly fades. This is a metaphor for our mental/spiritual journey; it's not always easy, it's nerve wracking venturing into the unknown but there is growth to be gained from the excitement of new experiences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We as a group are a disparate set of characters drawn together by a collective aim. Our shared experiences forges a strong bond that overrides any differences we may have on the surface. That collective unity epitomises Franc Moody and we hope is the experience one gets at our live shows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The landscape we're trying to capture sonically is hugely influenced by the vast expanse of the desert. The scale of our orchestration will mirror this, think Lawrence of Arabia, Paris, Texas, Ennio Morricone. There's a scale to the orchestration that we're desperate to bring to this record, to bring an energy, a show that transcends boundaries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Romanticising tour life and putting it in glorious technicolour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Into The Ether
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mass Appeal 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                I’m In A Funk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raining In LA (Intro)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raining In LA 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The 7 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here Comes The Drop 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Suspended Animation 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Something's Got Me / In Transit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Horace Tapscott Quartet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Quintet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This previously unreleased album by the Horace Tapscott Quintet was unearthed from master tapes in the Flying Dutchman archives. Recorded in 1969 it was intended to be a follow-up album to the classic 'The Giant Is Awakened' which was released that year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The iconic pianist and composer Horace Tapscott was one of the most unique and important figures in LA's jazz world. This lost recording was produced by one of the pivotal figures in jazz, Bob Thiele, a leading behind-the- scenes star who worked with many of the greats in jazz, such as Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Della Reese, Shirley Scott, Gil Scott-Heron, the list goes on. His name can be seen gracing, arguably the best, Impulse! releases and those released on his own Flying Dutchman imprint set up in 1969.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joining Horace for this three-track, deep, heavy, avant-garde session is the same stellar cast featured on 'The Giant Is Awakened'; Arthur Blythe on Alto Sax, Everett Brown Jr on Drums, with David Bryant and Walter Savage Jr. on Bass. Kicking things off we have 'World Peace', which starts with an almost baroque- esque melody, leading to an eruption in sound, it then ends in the same manner it began. The beautiful 'Your Child' is the jewel in the crown, skirting modal, deep jazz and introducing elements of free jazz. 'For Fats' with its bow bass and piano intro takes you on a journey, dropping into, at times dark, stormy melodies and developing a driving energy as the composition progresses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. World Peace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Your Child
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. For Fats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A Crushing Glow Volume 2 - Compiled By Matt Sewell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Celebrated UK illustrator & discerning musical globetrotter Matt Sewell has curated & beautifully illustrated this second musical volume. 14 Tracks which take us on an alchemic & singular cosmic journey through sound & vision!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Obscure pastoral 60s psyche opens proceedings via Philamore Lincoln and Alameda, the perfect tracks for lying in meadows looking up at blue skies whilst tripping on LSD. Juggy D quickly injects some Punjabi rainbows into the mix; accentuating our trip and taking our minds across the globe before esteemed ambient guitarist Mark McGuire deploys a perfectly timed bliss-out for the first part of our journey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side B sees the first forays into electronic rhythms, Manchester hero Ruf Dug getting all 4:20 with the stoned grooves of "Elephant Skank". Four Trees continue the electronic revelry with an out-there piece of kraut sequences supplemented by live drums. Then it's the turn of downbeat legends Prefuse 73 to stimulate us with highly advanced synthesis, glitches and mellifluous songwriting. The sequencing and curation by Matt already perfectly highlighted across this first disc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  More spiritual Indian vibes return on disc 2: the Ganesh-inspired, Sitar-accompanied hymn "Devinamam" by Amme Bhaghavathi-Devalakshmi alligning our chakras in time and taking us ever closer to Samadhi. Again, the symbiosis of human and machine is celebrated, with Farbror Resande Mac becoming one with his synthesizers on "Monoverse" before Allesandro Allesandroni provides a brief but captivating interlude of plucked devine sensuality via their track "Aliante Giallo". Broadcast's "Echo's Answer" is a deeply personal lullaby that whisper into our ears the closure of side C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  David Darling channels African township vocals on "Pis Lai" - mixing the melancholic with the uplifting in ways that only tribes from the Great Continent seem to muster. Bruice Langhorne sends out signals from the lighthouse, slowly pulling us out of our psychedelic revelry as penultimate track "Ending" signifies; before Phil France gently caresses our ears into a post-peak-experience slumber; the trip complete; we're both mentally rejuvenated yet physically tired. A good sleep on the cards with New Beginnings that follow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A truly healing and transportive compilation, incredibly well sequenced and the ultimate companion for astral travelling. You won't want to get up and flip the records over! Highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side A:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Philamore Lincoln - Plains Of Delight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Laurel - Alameda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 Akheer-Juggy D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 Mark McGuire - In Search Of The Miraculous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Ruf Dug-Elephant Skank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Four Trees-Telemetry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 Prefuse 73-It Never Entered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Amme Bhaghavathi-Devalakshmi - Devinamam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Monoverse-Farbror Resande Mac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 Allesandro Allesandroni-Aliante Giallo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 Broadcast-Echo's Answer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 David Darling-Pis Lai
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Bruce Langhorne-Ending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 Phil France-Phil France 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are They Hostile? Croydon Punk, New Wave & Indie Bands 1977-1985

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    An 18 track compilation featuring the best of Croydon's punk and post punk scene! Are They Hostile? Is a new documentary film about the Punk, New Wave and Indie scene in Croydon in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. It takes its name from the first single by Croydon band Bad Actors. To coincide with the film’s release Damaged Goods Records are releasing a compilation vinyl LP and CD featuring bands from in the film including Johnny Moped, The Marines, The Daleks, Case, Fanatics and also bands such as The Straps who played Croydon many times usually at The Star Pub in West Croydon. The CD version also features a specially recorded introduction by the legendary ex-Croydon Greyhound DJ Peter Fox. It’s been argued that Croydon was the birthplace of Punk in the UK, largely due to The Damned and Johnny Moped.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But there was a group of other, less well-known bands who were part of that scene, or who came just after, but who didn’t achieve the same success or recognition. The film and album attempt to set the record straight by shining a light on bands such as Bad Actors, Case, The Daleks, The Heroes and Fanatics. the music still fizzes with the energy and enthusiasm of youth and the punk ethos of just doing it. And the participants, if a bit older and slightly less slim than forty years ago, come alive in the current interviews as if connected to the mains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As the saying goes, “old punks don’t die”, but they do remember. The documentary film takes us through the history of these bands, the people in them, the places they played and, through current interviews with “a bunch of old punks”, what they did next, and how formative and important being in a band was for them growing up. The film is the brainchild of Bad Actor Griff Griffiths and Mark Williams and will premier at the David Lean Cinema in Croydon on 2nd September with a Q & A afterwards by Griff and Mark, and an aftershow party nearby with special celebrity guests TBC. Griff explains: “It’s also a film about being young, being passionate, being part of something.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 - Bad Actors - Are The Hostile?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 - Johnny Moped - Groovy Ruby (Live At The Roxy)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 - The Marines - Step This Way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 - Slime - Controversial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 - Case - Smiling My Life Away
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6 - The Daleks - Tiny Town
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7 - Fanatics - Total Confusion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8 - The Straps - New Age
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9 - The Heroes - Tarzan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10 - Bad Actors - One Of Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    11 - Johnny Moped - Incendiary Device (Live At The Roxy)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12 -The Marines - Pleasure Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    13 - Slime - Loony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    14 - Case - I Don't Wanna Kill The Whales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15 - The Daleks - Rejected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16 - Fanatics - When The Sun Goes Down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17 - The Straps - Brixton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18 - The Heroes - Russia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Earl's Closet: The Lost Archive Of Earl McGrath 1970-1980

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Earl McGrath was the ultimate ’70s jet setter, an art collector and comic bon vivant who stumbled into the record business between legendary parties in New York and LA and discovered Daryl Hall and John Oates and then Jim Carroll. Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun gave Earl his own label, Clean Records, in 1970; Mick Jagger hired him to run Rolling Stones Records in 1977.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Friend to Joan Didion, Andy Warhol, and a galaxy of luminaries, Earl was an inveterate tastemaker. Actor Harrison Ford, who before Star Wars fame was Earl’s handyman and pot dealer, called him “the last of a breed, one of the last great gentlemen and bohemians.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After Earl died in 2016, journalist Joe Hagan, author of the critically-acclaimed Sticky Fingers, the biography of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, discovered a trove of rare and unheard tapes in Earl’s apartment in New York—literally inside his closet. “I asked for a step ladder and the first box I pulled off the shelf was a master tape of Some Girls, the Stones album,” says Hagan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now Light in the Attic Records proudly presents Earl’s Closet, a double album of the treasures discovered inside, including unheard music by Daryl Hall and John Oates, David Johansen, Terry Allen, Delbert McClinton, Warhol “Superstar” Ultra Violet, Detroit sax legend Norma Jean Bell, Jim Carroll and an eclectic cast of undiscovered artists who once vied for fame and glory—folk, rock, country, funk and R&B gems that virtually no one has heard in decades. Whether it’s the almost-famous power pop of Shadow from Detroit, or the Delfonics-style soul of the Blood Brothers Six, Earl’s Closet retraces the dreams of artists who once sent demos to Earl McGrath. Longtime Light in the Attic-affiliated reissue producer Pat Thomas assisted Hagan in tracking down the artists and finalizing the paperwork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At once an archival mixtape, a secret history and a journey into the heart of an era, Earl’s Closet features a deep booklet of documents, images and ephemera from Earl’s archive, expansive liner notes by Joe Hagan, who tracked down and interviewed the artists, and astonishing photographs by Earl’s late wife, the Italian countess Camilla Pecci-Blunt McGrath.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two More Bottles Of Wine – Delbert & Glen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Baby Come Closer – Daryl Hall And John Oates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gonna California – Terry Allen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Only Yourself To Lose - Kazoo Singers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christopher – Michael Mccarty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dixie Darling – Jim Hurt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      California – Mark Rodney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Killer - Country (fondiler & Snow)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dry In The Sun – Daryl Hall And John Oates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh La La - Shadow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cocaine Cowboy – Terry Allen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How Do You Do (children Of The Most High) – Ultra Violet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Invisible Lady – Johnny Angel (johnny Angelino)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I See My Days Go By - Shadow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where Have All The Flowers Gone? – Blood Brothers Six
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Salt Showers – Len And Betsy Greene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Holy Commotion – Paul Potash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sail Away - Jabor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Funky But Chic – David Johansen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just Look-ah What You'll Be Missing – Norma Jean Bell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tension – The Jim Carroll Band
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Waiting For Me – Little Whisper And The Rumors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lefto Early Bird Presents The Beauty Is Inside

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Belgian DJ and tastemaker Lefto announces his latest compilation album, entitled ‘The Beauty is Inside’, on BBE Music. Eclectic sounds ranging across genres and continents make up the 19 gems contained on ‘The Beauty is Inside’, all deftly linked together by Lefto’s unrivalled taste and deep musical knowledge. “You can’t sleep on Lefto! He’s always on it...” - Gilles Peterson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As well as showing respect for some somewhat unsung heroes from the past like Ethiopian singer Alemayehu Eshete, South African singer and actress Patience Africa and Spanish composer Pedro Ruy-Blas of seventies fusion band Dolores, Lefto looks to the future, showcasing young soul and electronic artists, including D.C.’s Dreamcastmoe, Pasadena’s Qur'an Shaheed, Regal86 from Monterrey, Antwerp’s abrahamblue and Elisa Bee from Milan, to name just a few.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The album also features an appearance from paladin of the current jazz renaissance Makaya McCraven, and even a track from Lefto himself. “‘The Beauty is Inside’ is a compilation of original tracks (I personally really like) and tracks from friends who happen to be great artists as well” says Lefto. “They are all pretty much up-and-coming, and deserve more exposure. It has always been my job as a radio man to shine a light on the talented artists who need it the most. We all know how the music industry works, and how hard it is to find your way in that world, so I hope this collection of tracks will give these artists the shine they deserve.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A1. Aint About Me – Watching Tarot Card XVI Come To Life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A2. Dreamcastmoe & Shungu – Don’t Let Me Down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A.3 Iman Houssein – Their Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A4. Qur’an Shaheed – Thrive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        B1. Makaya McCraven – Crash Course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        B2. CōS – Ayy Thank Full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        B3. Trian Kayhatu – OK Dan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        B4. Regal86 – Parado En La Esquina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        C1. Abrahamblue – Joanna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        C2. DJ Spinn – Synthshot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        C3. Igor Jadranin – NUB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        C4. Shlundee – Acid 2 Acid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        D1. LB Aka Labat – Ca Chauffe Tonton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        D2. Elisa Bee – A Sun That Never Goes Down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        D3. Pippin – Ro



                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After the worldwide success of her debut album ‘Believer’, LAU’s long awaited sophomore album ‘Circumstance’ is finally here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LAU (AKA Laura Fares), a prominent figure in the Synthwave and Retrowave scenes has finally gone solo after over a decade of writing Synthwave hits for other artists.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What is it like to fall in love in these crazy pandemic times? What about falling for someone miles away that we’ve never met? Is it real love or just a fantasy?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In this new album, LAU talks about the challenges, the uncertainty, the crazy circumstance she has found herself in, the ups and downs of “virtual romancing” in the distance, and falling in love with a complete stranger that she’s never met (yet). LAU explores the bittersweet feelings of happiness (to finally fall in love again), mixed with the anxiety and the uncertainty of longing for someone that we’ve only seen on a screen, added to the frustration of not being able to travel to meet them in person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LAU recorded most of this album in her new home in Barcelona (Spain) throughout 2021 and finished recording the album in her hometown (Buenos Aires, Argentina), creating ten fantastic Synthpop / Retrowave tracks (and a couple of Disco-Pop songs) produced by international producers like Brian Skeel (USA), Zak Vortex (UK), Ends 84 (France), Saint Innocent (France), Popcorn Kid (India), Adam Siana (Sweden) and TAKTA (Norway).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is a truly global album, which includes LAU’s popular cover version of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors released last year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          01 Undecided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          02 Give Her Your Love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          03 What To Do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          04 Broken Hearts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          05 Circumstance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          06 If You Could Know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          07 The Fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          08 Different
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          09 Instant Sunshine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10 True Colors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Julia Jacklin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pre Pleasure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            'Pre Pleasure' is the breath-taking third album from Australian singer-songwriter, Julia Jacklin. Co-produced with Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The National), 'Pre Pleasure' sees Jacklin as her most authentic self, delivering the most intimate, raw and devastating ten songs of her career to date. An uncompromising and masterful lyricist, always willing to mine the depths of her own life experience, and singular in translating it into deeply personal, timeless songs. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Lydia Wears A Cross
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Love, Try Not To Let Go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Ignore Tenderness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. I Was Neon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Too In Love To Die
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Less Of A Stranger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7. Moviegoers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8. Magic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Be Careful With Yourself
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. End Of A Friendship

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Lounge Society

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tired Of Liberty - Postcard Set Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Returning for the third time to the studio of Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey, Hebden Bridge’s The Lounge Society are back; this time, with the mindset of crafting a debut album conceived out of desire, raised by collaborative muscle-memory, and kept beating, by the sacred-heart of emotional-spirit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Recorded over two weeks in November 2021, ‘Tired of Liberty’ is a stunningly ubiquitous snapshot of instrumental meltdown, and timeless adolescence. Keen to uphold the manipulated elasticity of a recorded event, the majority of the eleven tracks that make up the record (with the exception of ‘Generation Game’, which saw its beginnings as part of the Speedy Wunderground 7” series, and was subsequently re-recorded), were written either just before, or throughout the duration of those fortnight sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A rarity for most bands, The Lounge Society functions best as a collective entity. With no core-leader, everything from the sources of inspiration, to the lyrics themselves, is handled collaboratively, and with equal merit; as they strive to create a self-sufficient creative unit, larger than the individual. Far from a documentation of disenfranchised youth, ‘Tired of Liberty’ seeks to overthrow with striking articulation. Stirringly fearless, it masterfully combines archetypal storytelling, with as many disparate principles as introspectively possible; capturing the aural shifts in time and attitudes between ‘Generation Game’, and where we join The Lounge Society now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brimming with anthemic-myriad, this is the real deal. Genuine urgency from a group of young creatives living and breathing their inaugurated prime, with breath-taking, anarchic-proficiency. Whether it’s “lies drenched in sarcasm” (‘Blood Money’), or, the clattering, riff-screaming irony of ‘Remains’, The Lounge Society’s deep-rooted inversion towards our “culture of anti-freedom”- the ludicrous excuses man makes for the ceasing of mankind, is one which is both culturally-associative, and, counter-culturally embracing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Periodically awakening the living rebel running skin deep in us all, ‘No Driver’ is a heart-wrenching masterpiece. With every guitar-laden growl, it intricately sheds and unveils each layer of humanity until all that remains is skeletal distress, and intervening frequencies of invigorating-abandon. “The sun is sleeping, all of the time” yet The Lounge Society are awake and desirous; insatiably hellbent on tearing down failing social-structures, before the new-dawn seeks to counterattack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Be it the self-prophesying hum of the studios ‘Lounge’ recording-light, or, the re-configuration of the entire room so the mics moved away from the instruments with each song, (“we wanted to start with a hard focus and end chaotically”- notes Carey), every possible attention to detail was considered in order to honour the core ethos of fulfilled direction. Fervently striving to build an environment that grows bigger with sound and time, in ‘Tired of Liberty’ the creative process itself holds as much experimental value, as the conceptual journey as a whole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whether its personal growth, banded maturity, or a hearty combination of the two, ‘Tired of Liberty’ is an expertly captured documentation of four young-adults, at the baptism of their cultural-ignition. After all, you only get one opportunity at a debut record. “Anything that follows, is just an evolution from that.”- The Lounge Society.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 People Are Scary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 Blood Money
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 No Driver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4 Beneath The Screen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5 North Is Your Heart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 Last Breath
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7 Remains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8 Boredom Is A Drug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9 It's Just A Ride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10 Upheaval
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11 Generation Game


                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No Words

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Zaya is a nomadic traveler currently residing in the Arab Emirates. ‘No Words’ is a collection of ideas worked on over a three year period with the occasional swapping of ideas with his best friend in rainy Manchester. A sun-kissed collage of hazy bedroom guitar instrumentals and blissed-out passages of psychedelic? rock..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Andy says: If only Whyte Horses, with their beautiful way with melody, were to ever release an instrumental LP......waiiiiit a minute!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Lost Souvenir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Triangular Dreams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Interlude 01
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. We Made It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Interlude 02
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Long Way To Get There
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Tripoli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Lonely Jewel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Interlude 03
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Taste Of Gold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Interlude 04
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Thought I Told You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Had To Go

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Charlatans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Live At Reading Festival 1992

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  30 Years on from The Charlatans debut appearance at the Reading Festival comes a special limited pressing of the bands seminal live set from Reading Festival 1992 recorded by the BBC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Includes early singles Indian Rope, The Only One I Know, Then and Weirdo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1) Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2) You’re Not Very Well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3) Weirdo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4) Tremelo Song
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5) Then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6) Can’t Even Be Bothered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7) I Don’t Want To See The Sights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8) The Only One I Know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  9) Ignition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10) Indian Rope
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11) Sproston Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stealing Sheep

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow Machine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow Machine is a special commission album inspired by electronic music’s female pioneers that takes a deep dive into the realms of electronics, sampling, splicing , looping and reversing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This conceptual work takes the listener on a journey through serene feels, doomy landscapes, feminist sci-fi themes and robotic vocals with a contrasting mixture of analogue studio setups and modern software synths. The Sheep fluctuate between ambient flows and techno flavours in celebration of unsung women in music using the sinister sound-effects made by Delia Derbyshire during her time at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Due to the method's they have used to compose the music, the album is entirely self-produced, creating a visceral style with automatic and instinctive movements. The music features leitmotifs akin to 70’s TV themes, with eerie hooks reminiscent of Japanese dystopian Anime ‘Akira’ and the band site Delia Derbyshire, Laurie Anderson, Daphne Oram and Suzanne Ciani as key influences, as well as modern electronic pioneers SOPHIE and Planning to Rock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The album will be released on Both Sides Records as a special commission. Both Sides Records is a new label, which grew out of the work of the Manchester based charity, Brighter Sound and their innovative Both Sides Now programme, a ground-breaking gender equality initiative. Both Sides records continue to create opportunities for women and marginalised genders and celebrate music coming out of the North of England.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ezra Furman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All Of Us Flames

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A singer, songwriter, and author whose incendiary music has soundtracked all three seasons of the Netflix show Sex Education, Ezra Furman has for years woven together stories of queer discontent and unlikely, fragile intimacies. Her new album ‘All of Us Flames’ widens that focus to a communal scope, painting transformative connections among people who unsettle the stories power tells to sustain itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Produced by John Congleton in L.A., ‘All of Us Flames’ unleashes Furman's songwriting in an open, vivid sound world whose boldness heightens the music's urgency. The record arrives as the third instalment in a trilogy of albums, beginning with 2018's Springsteen-inflected road saga Transangelic Exodus and continuing with the punk rock fury of 2019's Twelve Nudes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "This is a first person plural album," Furman says. "It's a queer album for the stage of life when you start to understand that you are not a lone wolf, but depend on finding your family, your people, how you work as part of a larger whole. I wanted to make songs for use by threatened communities, and particularly the ones I belong to: trans people and Jews."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Train Comes Through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dressed In Black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Forever In Sunset
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Book Of Our Names
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Point Me Toward The Real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lilac And Black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ally Sheedy In The Breakfast Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Poor Girl A Long Way From Heaven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Temple Of Broken Dreams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I Saw The Truth Undressing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Come Close

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kendrick Lamar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kendrick Lamar releases his first album in 5 years, 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers'. The prolific and political rapper has fast become a spokesperson for an entire generation; highlighting injustice, institutional racism, misogyny and a whole lot more whilst also reflecting on his own failures, weaknesses and insecurities - a poignant bard who searches for truth and change with almost every lyric.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Adorned in a diamond crown of thorns, Kendrick's reference to Jesus is supposedly a challenge for us all to live better, more moralistic lives. You could argue Lamar is dangerously idolized; his cult fan base taking every word as (excuse me) Gospel. But you feel, as we traverse an age of discontentment, that his timing and relevance couldn't be greater. They might cut deep, but Kendrick's messages NEED to be heard, more urgently than ever. As much as his scathing political dissections; his self musings on sex addiction, fake feminism, man's exploitation of woman & the exploitation of Black culture are painfully stark and honest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Numero said that the album is comparable to a Greek tragedy. And by the end of the second disc you'll feel your psyche has certainly been tested. A mental cross country run navigating the failings and entrappings of modern society. Thankfully the rapper's unique drawl / flow and razor sharp production offer enough mellifluous elements as to save it being a chore to listen to. The unease is juxtaposed by some hefty, Jeep-bumpin beats and luxurious musical passages which I have to say, equal Little Simz recent (and as-imperative) album also released this year. A masterpiece. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matt says: The prolific and political rapper has fast become a spokesperson for an entire generation; highlighting injustice, institutional racism, misogyny and a whole lot more whilst also reflecting on his own failures, weaknesses and insecurities - a poignant bard who searches for truth and change with almost every lyric.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Big Steppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. United In Grief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. N95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Worldwide Steppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Die Hard Ft. Blxst & Amanda Reifer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Father Time Ft. Sampha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Rich (Interlude)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Rich Spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8. We Cry Together Ft. Taylour Paige
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        9. Purple Hearts Ft. Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Morale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Count Me Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Crown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Silent Hill Ft. Kodak Black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Savior (Interlude)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Savior Ft. Baby Keem & Sam Dew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Auntie Diaries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7. Mr. Morale Ft. Tanna Leone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8. Mother I Sober Ft. Beth Gibbons Of Portishead
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        9. Mirror

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bret McKenzie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Songs Without Jokes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Solo debut by Bret McKenzie, one half of New Zealand’s most popular comedy folk duo, Flight of the Conchords.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘Songs Without Jokes’ harkens back to the greats of the 1970s singer- songwriter era, with songs reminiscent of the finest work of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and even a touch of Elvis Costello.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Conchords landed McKenzie and Jemaine Clement a hit HBO TV show, a BBC Radio series, chart-topping records, world tours, a Best Comedy Album Grammy, and a 2018 ‘reunion’ special. McKenzie transitioned to Hollywood, writing songs for 2011’s ‘The Muppets’ (winning a Best Original Song Oscar for ‘Man or Muppet’), 2014’s ‘Muppets Most Wanted’, and films in the ‘Pirates!’ and ‘Dora’ canons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While he enjoyed and excelled at the work, he wondered where his songs might go if set free of all that plot-bound specificity. And so, while in Los Angeles a few years back, recording movie music with a crack assemblage of legendary session musicians, McKenzie started playing around with a tune or two he had written simply as songs - songs without any external direction, songs without plot-pushing concerns, songs without jokes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The results reveal McKenzie’s talents on multiple instruments (he’s a veteran of several non-comedy bands in New Zealand back in the day, most notably the reggae-based fusion group The Black Seeds), and his affinity for wry, literate artists like Harry Nilsson, Steely Dan, Randy Newman and Dire Straits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While the album may be free of traditional punch lines, it doesn’t lack a sense of humour. It showcases a new stage of McKenzie’s career, to be sure, but one that isn’t so far removed from his past work and true artistic self. Like Jim Henson before him, who made a career of blending the silly with the sincere and the playful with the profound, McKenzie also aims to connect rainbows to the ridiculous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If You Wanna Go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dave’s Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here For You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That’s L.A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Up In Smoke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carry On
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A Little Tune
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          America Goodbye
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tomorrow Today
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crazy Times


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Will Of The People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of the album, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy says, “Will Of The People was created in Los Angeles and London and is influenced by the increasing uncertainty and instability in the world. A pandemic, new wars in Europe, massive protests & riots, an attempted insurrection, Western democracy wavering, rising authoritarianism, wildfires and natural disasters and the destabilization of the global order all informed Will Of The People. It has been a worrying and scary time for all of us as the Western empire and the natural world, which have cradled us for so long are genuinely threatened. This album is a personal navigation through those fears and preparation for what comes next.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With Muse being Muse, there is NO bowing to any singular genre. The album’s title track “Will Of The People” brings playful provocation to a dystopian glam-rocker while there is an innocence and a purity to the nostalgic electronic textures of “Verona.” From the visceral thrill of “Won’t Stand Down,” to the industrial-tinged, granite heavy riffs of “Kill Or Be Killed,” or the lightning-bolt rush of “Euphoria,” the album concludes with the frenetic finale of the brutally honest “We Are Fucking Fucked.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On the band’s new single “Compliance,” Bellamy says, “‘Compliance’ is about submission to authoritarian rules and reassuring untruths to be accepted to an in-group. Gangs, governments, demagogues, social media algorithms & religions seduce us during times of vulnerability, creating arbitrary rules and distorted ideas for us to comply with. They sell us comforting myths, telling us only they can explain reality while simultaneously diminishing our freedom, autonomy and independent thought. We are not just coerced, we are herded, frightened and corralled to produce a daily ‘2 minutes of hate’ against an out-group of their choosing and to turn a blind eye to our own internal voice of reason & compassion. They just need our Compliance.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Compliance” is immediately addictive, embellished with sleek synths and elements of off-kilter alt-pop. As Bellamy sings, “We just need your compliance / You will feel no pain anymore / No more defiance / Just give us your compliance,” the crashing of the drums and intermittent bass cause the song to swell with power. The accompanying video (directed by Jeremi Durand and shot in Poland) was inspired by the film ‘Looper’ and follows three children wearing masks destroying their future selves in order to escape a dystopian and oppressive world. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Will Of The People
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Won’t Stand Down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ghosts (How Can I Move On)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kill Or Be Killed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We Are Fucking Fucked

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists / Lee 'Scratch' Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            King Scratch (Musical Masterpieces From The Upsetter Ark-ive)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arguably the greatest Jamaican record producer of all time, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry was instrumental in transforming the island’s national sound throughout the Sixties and Seventies, with his unique approach to music making pushing the music beyond previously perceived boundaries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To mark the first anniversary of his passing, the very best of his work is showcased across a number of products, all of which effectively demonstrate why Perry was widely venerated figure for so long..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt says: Where to begin? If you need educating on one of the most important, revolutionary and innovative artists ever to have walked the Earth, then this is a great place to start. Credited as the forefather of dub - Perry's influence stretches far wider than Jamaica with much of dance music's techniques and technologies emerging and evolving from this maverick sound sorcerer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Box Set Track List
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP1, Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. People Funny Boy - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Tighten Up - The Inspirations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Return Of Django - The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Shocks Of Mighty – Dave Barker & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Place Called Africa Aka A Place Called Africa - Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. All Africans Aka Don’t Cross The Nation (7” Mix) – Little Roy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Beat Down Babylon - Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP1, Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Words Of My Mouth - The Gatherers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Hot Tip - Prince Django
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Jungle Lion (7” Mix) – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Curly Locks - Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Hurt So Good (7” Mix) - Susan Cadogan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Bushweed Corntrash –Bunny & Ricky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP2, Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Three Blind Mice – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Three Times Three - King Tubby & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Sufferers Time – The Heptones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Sufferers Heights – Junior Dread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Roast Fish And Corn Bread (Jamaican Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Sipple Out Deh Aka War In A Babylon (Jamaican Mix) – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP2, Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. One Step Forward (12" Mix) – Max Romeo & Prince Jazzbo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Rise And Shine —Watty & Tony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Police And Thieves (12” Mix) – Junior Murvin & Jah Lion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP3, Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Ethiopia Land – Peter & Paul Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Chase The Devil / Disco Devil – Max Romeo & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry With The Full Experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. City Too Hot (7” Mix)- Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Vibrate Onn (12” Mix) – Augustus Pablo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP3, Side 2. Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Rainy Night In Portland (12" Mx) - Watty Burnett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Garden Of Life – Leroy Sibbles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Sons Of Slaves (12” Mix) – Junior Delgado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP4, Side 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Roots Train (7” Mix) - Junior Murvin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. History (7” Mix) - Carlton Jackson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Neckodememus Aka Nicodemus (7” Mix) – The Congos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Soul Fire (Jamaican Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP4, Side 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. One Drop – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I Am A Madman (LP Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Exodus (12” Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Jamaican E.T. (7” Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CD1. THE EARLY YEARS, 1968 - 1973
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. None Such Busted Me Bet (aka Sufferation – The Mellotones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. A Place In The Sun – David Isaacs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Stanger On The Shore— Val Bennett & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Dollar In The Teeth - The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Check Him Out – The Bleechers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Live Injection – The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Prisoner Of Love – Dave Barker & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Clint Eastwood (7” Mix) – The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Babyloose Burning Aka Babylon’s Burning – Maxie, Niney & Scratch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Give Me Power – The Stingers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. This World - Milton Henry As King Medious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. Lick The Pipe Peter Part 4 - Jah T
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. French Connection - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14. Da Da - Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15. Rasta Bandwagon - Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              16. Blackman Time - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17. Bucky Skank – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18. Cow Thief Skank – Charlie Ace & Lee Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19. Black IPA Aka Green Island - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20. Dub Organizer – Dillinger & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              21. News Flash - Leo Graham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              22. Better Days – Carlton & The Shoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              23. Sick And Tired – Neville Grant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              24. Rasta No Pickpocket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              25. Black Candle - Leo Graham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CD2. BLACK ARK ADVENTURES PART 1 (1974 - 1976)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Doctor Demand – Leo Graham & Prince Jazzbo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Stay Dread – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Herb Vendor – Leroy ’Horsemouth’ Wallace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Lady Lady – Cynty & The Monkees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Enter The Dragon (7” Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Public Jestering – Judge Winchester
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Cane River Rock – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Do It Baby (aka Nice And Easy) (7” Mix) – Susan Cadogan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. The Long Way (7” Mix) – Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Many Are Called Aka Yagga Yagga – The Unforgettables
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Be Thankful (For What You’ve Got) – Bunny Scott
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. I Man Free – Watty Burnett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. I Man Stand Still - Jimmy Riley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14. To Love Somebody – Bunny Scott
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15. Sons Of Negus - Jimmy Riley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              16. Down Here In Babylon – Brent Dowe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17. Big May – Bunny Scott
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18. Babylon Deh Pon Fire –Truth, Fact & Correct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              19. Natty Pass Through Rome - Prince Jazzbo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              20. Back Wey – Fay Bennett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              21. Fever / Influenza Version– Susan Cadogan & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              22. White Belly Rat – Lee Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              23. Fire Fe The Vatican – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              24. Stop The War In A Babylon –James Boom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CD3. BLACK ARK ADVENTURES PART 2 (1976 - 1977)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I Shall Be Released – The Heptones & Jah Lion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. A Wah Dat – Junior Dread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Take Warning - Ralph Haughton & Ebony Sisters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Four And Twenty Dreadlocks (7” Mix) - Evan Jones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Groovy Situation () – Keith Rowe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. I Forgot To Be Your Lover (7” Mix) – George Faith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Voodooism – Leo Graham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. At The Feast (Of The Passover) —The Congos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Wolf Out Deh – Shaumark & Robinson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Reggae Music - Hugo Blackwood & Alimantado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Open The Gate (7” Mix) – Watty Burnett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. Vampire (7” Mix) – Devon Irons & Alimantado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. Rasta Train - Raphael Green & Alimantado

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CD4. BLACK ARK & BEYOND (1977 - 2002)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Bad Weed (12” Mix) - Junior Murvin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Bionic Rats (12” Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Know Love (12” Mix) - Twin Roots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Forward With The Orthodox - Mistic I

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Big Neck Police - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Green Bay Inquest - Lord Sassafrass & Debra Keese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Free Up The Prisoners (7” Mix) - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Home Guard - Michael Campbell (aka Mikey Dread)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Cross Over (7” Mix) - Junior Murvin +

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Bafflin' Smoke Signal (7” Mix) - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Introducing Myself - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. For Whom The Bell Tolls (7” Mix) - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. I’ll Take You There (7” Mix) - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2CD Track List
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CD 1: THE EARLY YEARS, 1968 - 1976
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. People Funny Boy - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Tighten Up - The Inspirations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Return Of Django - The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Shocks Of Mighty – Dave Barker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Place Called Africa – Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. All Africans (7” Mix) – Little Roy +
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Beat Down Babylon - Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Words Of My Mouth - The Gatherers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Bucky Skank – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Jungle Lion (7” Mix) – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Hurt So Good (7” Mix) - Susan Cadogan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. Curly Locks - Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. Three Blind Mice – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14. Three Times Three - King Tubby & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15. Sipple Out Deh (Ja. Mix) – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              16. Roast Fish And Corn Bread (Ja. Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CD 2: THE EARLY YEARS, 1976 & BEYOND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. One Step Forward (Jamaican Mix) – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Ital Corner - Prince Jazzbo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Police And Thieves (12” Mix) – Junior Murvin & Jah Lion *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Chase The Devil / Disco Devil – Max Romeo & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry With The Full Experience *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Vibrate Onn – Augustus Pablo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Natty Pass Through Rome - Prince Jazzbo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Fire Fe The Vatican (7” Mix) – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Roots Train (7” Mix) - Junior Murvin +
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Open The Gate – Watty Burnett +
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Soul Fire (Jamaican Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Neckodememus (7” Mix) – The Congos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. Sons Of Slaves (7” Mix) – Junior Delgado +
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. Bafflin' Smoke Signal (7” Mix) - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14. Stay Dread – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15. One Drop – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              16. I Am A Madman – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              17. Exodus (7” Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry +
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              18. Jamaican E.T. (7” Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry +

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2LP Tracklist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LP 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Side 1:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. People Funny Boy - Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Tighten Up - The Inspirations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Return Of Django - The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Shocks Of Mighty – Dave Barker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Place Called Africa – Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. All Africans (7” Mix) – Little Roy +
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Beat Down Babylon - Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Side 2:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Words Of My Mouth - The Gatherers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Hot Tip - Prince Django
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Jungle Lion (7” Mix) – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Curly Locks - Junior Byles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Hurt So Good (7” Mix) - Susan Cadogan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Stay Dread – Lee “Scratch” Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. Sipple Out Deh – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Side 1:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. One Step Forward (Jamaican Mix) – Max Romeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Police And Thieves (12” Mix) – Junior Murvin & Jah Lion *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Sons Of Slaves – Junior Delgado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Side 2:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Chase The Devil / Disco Devil – Max Romeo & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry With The Full Experience *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Soul Fire (Jamaican Mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. I Am Madman – Lee “Scratch” Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Exodus - Lee “Scratch” Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Jamaican ET - Lee “Scratch” Perry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              * Previously Unreleased
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              + Previously Unreleased Digitally

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Let's Turn It Into Sound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Acclaimed composer, artist, and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith returns to Ghostly International with Let’s Turn it Into Sound, her most ambitious, intuitive, and inviting work to date. Though ambient and modern new age circles have embraced Smith’s catalog, Let’s Turn it Into Sound favors a more baroque and robust form of avant-pop. The music bursts with vertiginous vocal harmonies and detailed sound design, forming a truly unique sonic vision.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Art is awe, art is mystery expressed,” writes Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. “Art is somatic, even if it is experienced cerebrally. It is felt.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The central mysteries of Smith’s ninth studio album, Let’s Turn it Into Sound, have to do with perception, expression, and communication: How can we communicate when spoken language is inadequate? How do we understand what it is we’re feeling? How do we translate our experience of the world into something that someone else can understand?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For Smith, a self-described “feeler,” the answers are inspired by compound words in non-English languages, translation, sculptural fashion, dance, butoh, wushu shaolin, and other forms of sensory and somatic experience. Just like fashion uses lines, shapes, colors, textures, and silhouettes to communicate on a sensual level separate from the conscious mind, Let’s Turn it Into Sound strives to use sound to communicate what words alone cannot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “The album is a puzzle,” Smith says. “[It] is a symbol of receiving a compound of a ton of feelings from going out into a situation, and the song titles are instructions to breaking apart the feelings and understanding them.” The energized “Is it Me or Is it You” comes from traversing the gaps between how you see yourself and how another might see you, through a filter of their own projections. The hushed sense of revelation that brackets “There is Something” refers to the feeling of walking into a room and being subconsciously aware of the dynamic present. All the while, Smith interprets these feelings through sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This auditory interpretation process, driven by earnest curiosity, led Smith to record some thoughts and questions that popped up along the journey in Somatic Hearing—a booklet which accompanies the album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Over three frenzied months, recording alone in her home studio, Smith allowed herself to pursue new experiments to accompany her usual toolkit of modular, analogue, and rare synthesizers (including her signature Buchla), orchestral sounds, and the voice. She created a new vocal processing technique, and gave herself permission to pursue a pacing that felt intuitive, rather one that followed typical song structures. She walked around in the windiest season with a subwoofer backpack and an umbrella, listening to the low end of the album amidst 60mph gusts. She listened to herself, and, in doing so, to an inner community which suddenly opened to her. Underlying the album is a dynamic relationship between what Smith describes as six distinct voices, each a multifaceted storyteller. By acknowledging these characters, she was acknowledging her whole being: the woven plurality of self, the complex process of noticing and resolving inner conflicts, and the joy of finding harmony in flux. “I started to feel so embodied by all of these characters. This is all the felt, unsaid stuff [my inner community] wants to communicate but it doesn’t have the English language as its form of communication, and so [this album was a form of] giving space to let it talk and not judge it and just let it play.” By not adhering to expected song structures, each song feels even more like a conversation, with each character getting to express themselves in full.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Have You Felt Lately?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Locate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Let It Fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Is It Me Or Is It You?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Check Your Translation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Pivot Signal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Unbraid: The Merge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8. Then The Wind Came
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9. There Is Something
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                10. Give To The Water