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Various Artists

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

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

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

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

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


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

    The Charlatans

    A Head Full Of Ideas

      THE CHARLATANS proudly announce their (Covid) delayed release of their 30th Anniversary tour and a career spanning best of entitled “A Head Full of Ideas’ Released on Then Recordings through Republic Of Music. ‘A Head Full of Ideas’ sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour begins at Belfast, Limelight 22/11/21 and finishes in Aberdeen on 20/12/21.

      The band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums - three of them number ones - alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

      Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound - driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal - is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.

      As well as a very limited 6 Vinyl box set, there will also be Limited Coloured Triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus a bonus live album ‘Trust is For Believers’, and finally a CD or Double LP Vinyl of just the hits albums. 


      THEN1CD (CD)
      1) The Only One I Know
      2) Weirdo
      3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
      4) Jesus Hairdo
      5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
      6) North Country Boy
      7) Tellin’ Stories
      8) One To Another
      9) How High
      10) Forever (Edit)
      11) Impossible (Edit)
      12) Love Is The Key
      13) A Man Needs To Be Told
      14) Up At The Lake
      15) Blackened Blue Eyes
      16) Oh Vanity
      17) My Foolish Pride
      18) Come Home Baby
      19) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending (Edit)
      20) Plastic Machinery
      21) Totally Eclipsing

      THEN1CDX (2CD Deluxe)
      1) The Only One I Know
      2) Weirdo
      3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
      4) Jesus Hairdo
      5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
      6) North Country Boy
      7) Tellin’ Stories
      8) One To Another
      9) How High
      10) Forever (Edit)
      11) Impossible (Edit)
      12) Love Is The Key
      13) A Man Needs To Be Told
      14) Up At The Lake
      15) Blackened Blue Eyes
      16) Oh Vanity
      17) My Foolish Pride
      18) Come Home Baby
      19) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending (Edit)
      20) Plastic Machinery
      21) Totally Eclipsing
      1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
      2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
      3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
      4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
      5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
      6) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1) 7) Tootache (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997). ***Exclusive To 2CD Deluxe***
      8) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
      9) Just Lookin’ (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997) ***Exclsuive To 2CD Deluxe***
      10) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
      11) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
      12) Trouble Understanding (The Church Studios, London) ***Exclusive To 2CD Deluxe***
      13) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

      THEN1LP (2LP)
      A1) The Only One I Know
      A2) Weirdo
      A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
      A4) Jesus Hairdo
      A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
      A6) North Country Boy
      B1) Tellin’ Stories
      B2) One To Another
      B3) How High
      B4) Forever
      B5) Impossible
      C1) Love Is The Key
      C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
      C3) Up At The Lake
      C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
      C5) Oh Vanity
      D1) My Foolish Pride
      D2) Come Home Baby
      D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
      D4) Plastic Machinery
      D5) Totally Eclipsing

      THEN1LPX (3LP)
      A1) The Only One I Know
      A2) Weirdo
      A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
      A4) Jesus Hairdo
      A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
      A6) North Country Boy
      B1) Tellin’ Stories
      B2) One To Another
      B3) How High
      B4) Forever
      B5) Impossible
      C1) Love Is The Key
      C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
      C3) Up At The Lake
      C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
      C5) Oh Vanity
      D1) My Foolish Pride
      D2) Come Home Baby
      D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
      D4) Plastic Machinery
      D5) Totally Eclipsing
      E1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
      E2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
      E3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
      E4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
      E5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
      F1) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1)
      F2) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
      F3) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
      F4) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
      F5) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

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

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


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

      The Avalanches

      Since I Left You - 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

        The Avalanches’ era defining debut album ‘Since I Left You’ has finally come of age. Now 20 years old, ‘Since I Left You’ gets a timely reissue along with an additional record of fifteen remixes from the likes of MF DOOM, Stereolab and Carl Craig. The Avalanches made ‘Since I Left You’ out of hundreds of vinyl samples, the grand finale and biggest climactic triumph of the Sampladelic Decade. Containing classic singles ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ and ’Since I Left You’, the reissue’s remixes give each track a new lease of life, while still maintaining the sunny disposition of the originals.


        Disc 1
        Since I Left You
        Stay Another Season
        Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
        Avalanche Rock
        Flight Tonight
        Close To You
        Diners Only
        A Different Feeling

        Disc 2
        Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life
        Pablo's Cruise
        Frontier Psychiatrist
        Summer Crane
        Little Journey
        Live At Dominoes
        Extra Kings

        Disc 3
        Since I Left You (Cornelius Remix)
        Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Edan Remix)
        Frontier Psychiatrist (Mario Caldato Jr's 85% Remix)
        Close To You (Sun Araw Remix)
        Since I Left You (Stereolab Remix)
        Flight Tonight (Canyons Travel Agent Dub)
        Radio (Sinkane Remix)

        Disc 4
        Since I Left You (Prince Paul Remix)
        Electricity (Harvey's Nightclub Re-edit)
        Summer Crane (Black Dice Remix)
        Extra Kings (Deakin Remix)
        Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (MF DOOM Remix)
        Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Dragged By Leon Vynehall)
        A Different Feeling (Carl Craig's Paperclip People Remix)
        Thank You Caroline (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)

        Disc 1
        Since I Left You
        Stay Another Season
        Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
        Avalanche Rock
        Flight Tonight
        Close To You
        Diners Only
        A Different Feeling
        Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life
        Pablo's Cruise
        Frontier Psychiatrist
        Summer Crane
        Little Journey
        Live At Dominoes
        Extra Kings

        Disc 2
        Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (MF DOOM Remix)
        Summer Crane (Black Dice Remix)
        Frontier Psychiatrist (Mario Caldato Jr's 85% Remix)
        Electricity (Dr. Rockit's Dirty Kiss Remix)
        Electricity (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)
        Thank You Caroline (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)
        Thank You Caroline (Andy Votel Remix)
        So Why So Sad (The Avalanches Sean Penn Mix) – Manic Street Preachers
        The Shining (The Avalanches Good Word For The Weekend Mix) – Badly Drawn Boy
        Pablo's Cruise (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)
        I'm A Cuckoo (The Avalanches Remix - DJ Edit) – Belle And Sebastian
        Chico (The Avalanches Wernham Hogg Mix) – The Concretes
        Fade Together (The Avalanches Remix) – Franz Ferdinand
        Since I Left You (Stereolab Remix)
        Flight Tonight (Canyons Travel Agent Dub)
        Radio (Sinkane Remix)
        A Different Feeling (Ernest Saint Laurent Remix)
        A Different Feeling (Carl Craig's Paperclip People Remix)
        Two Hearts In 3/4 Time (Jackson & His Computer Band Remix)
        Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Dragged By Leon Vynehall)
        Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Edan Remix)

        John Grant

        Boy From Michigan

          Produced by longtime friend Cate Le Bon, ‘Boy from Michigan’ is Grant’s most autobiographical and melodic work to date. Grant stopped being a boy in Michigan aged twelve, when his family moved to Denver, Colorado, shifting rust to bible belt, a further vantage point to watch collective dreams unravel. Across 12 tracks, Grant lays out his past for careful cross-examination. In a decade of making records by himself, he has playfully experimented with mood, texture and sound, all the better for actualizing the seriousness of his thoughts. At one end of his musical rainbow, he is the battle-scarred piano-man, at the other, a robust electronic auteur. ‘Boy from Michigan’ seamlessly marries both.

          With Le Bon at the helm, Grant pared back his zingers, maximizing the emotional impact of the melodies. A clarinet forms the bedrock of a song. One pre-chorus feels lifted from vintage Human League. There is a saxophone solo. ‘Boy from Michigan’ ultimately swings between ambient and progressive, calm and livid. The album’s narrative journey opens with Grant at his artistic prettiest, three songs drawn from his pre-Denver life (the Michigan Trilogy, as Grant calls them): the title track, “The Rusty Bull,” and “County Fair.” Each draws the listener in to a specific sense of place, before untangling its significance with a rich cast-list of local characters, often symbolizing the uncultivated faith of childhood.

          Elsewhere, tracks like “Mike and Julie” and “The Cruise Room” offer an affecting plunge deep into Grant’s late teenage years in Denver, while the midpoint of the album is highlighted by “Best in Me” and “Rhetorical Figure,” a pair of skittish, scholarly dance tunes that build on the lineage of Grant’s electropop heroes, Devo. Childhood as a horror narrative is the theme of “Dandy Star,” which observes a tiny Grant watching the Mia Farrow horror movie ‘See No Evil’ on an old family TV set, and finally on “The Only Baby” (released this January) Grant removes his razor blade from a pocket to cleanly slit the throat of Trump’s America, authoring a scathing epitaph to an era of acute national exposition.

          Though he has lived in Iceland since 2011 – the same year he was also diagnosed HIV-positive – Grant spent his childhood and formative years in the US and maintains US citizenship. Growing up, Grant was subjected to a deeply ingrained hatred of anyone perceived as homosexual at school. Following the demise of his first band The Czars, Grant left music entirely for over five years, only to achieve greater success as a solo artist (his acclaimed 2015 solo LP ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ went Top Five in the UK). Grant has sold out Royal Albert Hall, performed at Glastonbury, Latitude + more, and his song “Snug Snacks” was featured on Pitchfork's 'Songs That Define LGBTQ Pride'. BBC Radio 6 host Mary Anne Hobbs described Grant’s music: "Most songwriting, even if it's based on a true story ... is embellished in some way. But John's lyrics — they're so true they might as well be written in blood."


          1. Boy From Michigan
          2. County Fair
          3. The Rusty Bull
          4. The Cruise Room
          5. Mike And Julie
          6. Best In Me
          7. Rhetorical Figure
          8. Just So You Know
          9. Dandy Star
          10. Your Portfolio
          11. The Only Baby
          12. Billy


          Rainbow Islands (NG+)

            Next up on Polytechnic Youth, comes the long planned and completely fabulous debut full length from Manchester based solo artist APTA. The wonderful “Rainbow Islands” follows its initial cassette only release from last year on “With Bells Records” which piqued the interest of PY head, Dom- via pointers from mutual friends….

            The album comprises 8 killer tracks of crystal clean, melodic electronica- rich in subtle layers, seemingly simple and precise yet with hooks aplenty and incredibly rewarding. In Barry APTA’s own words: “'There’s something that triggers when we see or hear something that held an important place in our childhood; and a recent article about arcade games like ‘Bubble Bobble’ reminded me of the playing Rainbow Islands on the Atari ST in the 90’s. The clash of colour and sound, the shape of the character models and the enemies and the overall feel of the experience is something that came out easily in the studio. Rainbow Islands (NG+) isn't a re-soundtracking, it's a representation of the ‘feel’ I get when I think about it. Calming and synthetic, upbeat but with moments of frenetic activity. It's a wistful, musical representation of my childlike patience and rose-tinted memories."

            Following last year’s 5” lathe cut 45 on PY, and releases / appearances on offerings from the likes of Woodford Halse, Black Beacon Sound, Castles in Space; The LP is expanded (by one track) from the cassette version and is released on yellow vinyl in a pressing of 300 whilst APTA himself handle digital via the bandcamp page. Strongly recommended!

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Loading
            2. Act One
            3. Putty's Party Video
            4. Simulated Space Video
            5. Reloading
            6. Retry?
            7. 10CC
            8. Putty's Party (Slumber)

            Gruff Rhys

            Seeking New Gods

              Gruff Rhys is releasing his new album “Seeking New Gods” through Rough Trade Records on 21st May. This will be Gruff’s seventh solo album. “Seeking New Gods” was recorded following a US tour with his band and mixed in LA with superstar producer Mario C (Beastie Boys).

              The album concept was originally driven to be the biography of a mountain, Mount Paektu (an East Asian active volcano). However, as Gruff’s writing began to reflect on the inhuman timescale of a peak’s existence and the intimate features that bring it to mythological life, both the songs and the mountain became more and more personal.

              “The album is about people and the civilisations, and the spaces people inhabit over periods of time. How people come and go but the geology sticks around and changes more slowly. I think it’s about memory and time,” he suggests of Seeking New Gods’ meaning. “It’s still a biography of a mountain, but now it’s a Mount Paektu of the mind. You won’t learn much about the real mountain from listening to this record but you will feel something, hopefully.” - Gruff Rhys.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              1. Mausoleum Of My Former Self
              2. Can’t Carry On
              3. Loan Your Loneliness
              4. Seeking New Gods
              5. Hiking In Lightning
              Side B
              1. Holiest Of The Holy Of The Holy Men
              2. The Keep
              3. Everlasting Joy
              4. Distant Snowy Peaks

              Dinked Edition Flexi Disc
              Tropical Messiah

              Arthur Russell

              Another Thought - 2021 Reissue

                Another Thought was the first collection of Arthur Russell’s music to be released after his death in 1992. Released in 1993 on Point Music it marked the beginning of nearly 30 years of work to let the world hear the enormous archive of unreleased recordings Arthur left behind. Be With revisits this first compilation for a new gatefold double vinyl version and a triple-fold digipak CD reissue.

                Both versions of Be With’s 2021 reissue of Another Thought have been mastered by Simon Francis and the vinyl cut by Pete Norman. The original artwork has been restored and tweaked at Be With HQ for the gatefold sleeve and the triple-fold digipak, with the essential help of Janette Beckman. Each version comes with an insert reproducing the liner notes and lyrics from the original CD release.

                Together with Calling Out Of Context, Soul Jazz’s World of Arthur Russell, and much of the ongoing work of Audika, Another Thought is absolutely essential for even the most casual Arthur Russell collection. In fact we’d argue it’s essential for any fan of non-obvious pop music. This is the only place where you can hear some of Arthur’s most recognisable tunes and it’s an album that absolutely deserves to be kept in press.

                We’ll assume that by now you’re all at least a little familiar with the story of Arthur Russell, the farm boy from Iowa who moved to 1970s New York. Arthur Russell the genuine musical genius who died just 40 years old, leaving behind a wealth of music that dwarfed the few 12"s and LPs that were released during his short life.

                Although Arthur had been working on an album for Rough Trade during his last years, with the label no-longer operating it was Point Music (Philip Glass and Michael Riesman’s label set up together with Philips) who stepped in to help Arthur’s partner Tom Lee start working out exactly what Arthur had left behind.

                Tom suggested that Arthur’s friend Mikel Rouse was the right person to make the first catalogue. Working in Tom and Arthur’s apartment he had only two weeks to go through what turned out to be around 800 tapes.

                As Tom explained “at the end of each day he would generally wait for me to come home and I would, to the best of my knowledge, name and identify pieces in question from that day’s work. As he worked Mikel compiled about a dozen cassettes that he thought would present the most finished sounding songs for Don/Point to use. As Don listened he would then suggest and ask me and thus we collaborated on the choices.”

                Don is Don Christensen, Another Thought’s producer. With a final selection of songs from recordings made between 1982 and 1990, including sessions with some of Arthur’s regular collaborators Peter Zummo, Steven Hall, Mustafa Ahmed, Elodie Lauten, Julius Eastman, Jennifer Warnes and Joyce Bowden, it was then Don’s job to turn these into a finished album.

                Another Thought is a little different from the compilations of Arthur’s music that came out since. In our conversations with Steve Knutson (who founded Audika Records and who manages Arthur’s estate together with Tom), he explained that “more than any project released by Arthur during his lifetime or posthumously by Audika, ‘Another Thought’ is the most worked over. The material was significantly edited and rearranged from the original source tapes”.

                If the aim was to release a comprehensive exploration of every facet of Arthur’s music, from the most avant-garde of his avant-garde compositions through to the most disco-not-disco of his disco-not-disco tunes then the project was a spectacular failure. But as a coherent album of non-obvious pop music Another Thought is wonderful.

                Starting with the sparse voice-and-cello of the title track, A Little Lost adds some guitar along with the sneaking suspicion that we’re listening to something nowhere near as simple as it first sounds. By the time we get to This Is How We Walk On The Moon - it could be the moment you notice the congas, or the percussion that’s been building behind them, or maybe it’s that blast of trumpet and trombone - we realise we’ve gone from splashing around to being completely submerged in the musical world of Arthur Russell.

                From here the album heads off on its journey around the sounds of the left-field contemporary classical music of the time, re-directed towards pop ears, with minor detours through the swirling woozy disco of the half-remembered night before on In The Light Of The Miracle and My Tiger, My Timing. Whether it’s just Arthur, his cello and some bleeps on Just A Blip, or whether he has some vocal help as he does on the bounding Keeping Up, this is difficult music made so, so easy. And through it all is Arthur’s voice and cello. Sometimes drowned in distortion and sometimes clear as a bell, but always there somewhere.

                A Sudden Chill finally returns us to the calmer waters we started in and this last track closes the album with a melancholy that’s not surprising given how soon after Arthur’s death the album was put together.

                Whilst Another Thought holds together with the consistency of a proper album, there’s still no getting away from the fact that this was put together from audio recorded in different ways, in different places, with different people at different times. Those with keen ears will hear traces of tape hiss, the occasional blown-out note and some digital fuzz, all fingerprints of those original recordings as well as of the 1990s digital equipment that was used to piece Another Thought together.

                Add to this Arthur’s obvious pleasure in making music from the sort of sounds that can make microphones, speakers and ears uncomfortable, it’s no surprise that Another Thought isn’t glossy and pristine. Don Christensen’s productions have been careful to not scrub up those original recordings so much that they lose their original vibe, understandable given that Arthur wasn’t around as a guide. We’ve applied a similarly light touch with the mastering for these Be With versions, just working to make sure they sound like they should on both the vinyl and the CD.

                Despite the Discogs rumours, Another Thought was never originally released as an LP. So when it came to the sleeve for this Be With vinyl version we took the original CD artwork as a starting point to come up with something that looks like it could have been in the record racks back in 1993.

                We have to thank Janette Beckman for helping us reproduce her iconic photograph of Arthur in his newspaper boat hat. One of many photographs she took of Arthur, Janette shot this in her New York studio back in 1986 for a short article in the January ’87 issue of The Face Magazine. Those with eagle-eyes will notice we’ve used an ever-so-slightly different shot from the one that appeared in The Face and then again on the original cover of Another Thought. The original has long since been lost so we’ve worked with what is left in Janette’s archives. And we also have to thank Tom Lee for giving us permission to reproduce his liner notes from the original CD booklet, together with Arthur’s lyrics.

                TRACK LISTING

                01 : A1 : Another Thought (02:16)
                02 : A2 : A Little Lost (03:18)
                03 : A3 : Home Away From Home (05:12)
                04 : A4 : Lucky Cloud (02:16)

                05 : B1 : This Is How We Walk On The Moon (04:42)
                06 : B2 : Hollow Tree (02:30)
                07 : B3 : See Through Love (04:46)

                08 : C1 : Keeping Up (06:20)
                09 : C2 : In The Light Of The Miracle (06:05)
                10 : C3 : Lucky Cloud (Return) (03:00)
                11 : C4 : Just A Blip (03:42)

                12 : D1 : Me For Real (04:55)
                13 : D2 : Losing My Taste For The Night Life (04:34)
                14 : D3 : My Tiger, My Timing (05:41)
                15 : D4 : A Sudden Chill (02:45)



                  Kurt Wagner's signature brittle baritone is back, but that doesn't mean we're going to get a nostalgic Alt Country album. Showtunes is a continuation of Lambchop's explorations of new sound worlds and opens up another chapter. Each track is an exciting journey with an uncertain destination.

                  With Showtunes, as he has done so many times throughout his varied and fascinating career, Kurt in late 2019 was experimenting with something new. He took simple guitar tracks and converted them into midi piano tracks. It was a revelation that from those conversions he was able to manipulate each note and add, subtract, arrange the chords and melody into a form that didn't have any of the limitations he had with his previous methods of writing with a guitar.

                  Removing these limitations led to a surprising new sound, something akin to showtunes but with edges sanded down and viewed through Kurt's own specific lens. it's a genre he was none too fond of with the exceptions of a few Great American Songbook type of stuff or some of the works of artists like Tom Waits, early Randy Newman or even Gershwin or Carmichael. “I’d always wanted to make songs with a similar feel but my skills were limited until now” says Wagner.

                  “Anyone can be in Lambchop (so long as they behave themselves)” - Kurt Wagner.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. A Chef's Kiss
                  A2. Drop C
                  A3. Papa Was A Rolling Stone Journalist
                  A4. Fuku
                  B5. Unknown Man
                  B6. Blue Leo
                  B7. Impossible Meatballs
                  B8. The Last Benedict


                  Path Of Wellness

                    Sleater-Kinney's 10th studio album was recorded in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2020 ' against a backdrop of social unrest, devastating wildfires, and a raging pandemic. It's music for an imagined togetherness. This marks the first Sleater-Kinney album produced by the band members themselves.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Path Of Wellness
                    High In The Grass
                    Worry With You
                    Shadow Town
                    Favorite Neighbor
                    Tomorrow’s Grave
                    No Knives
                    Complex Female Characters
                    Down The Line
                    Bring Mercy

                    The Lovely Eggs Featuring Iggy Pop

                    I Moron

                      The Lovely Eggs will release their brand new single “I, Moron” featuring Iggy Pop on Friday July 9 on Egg Records. The collaboration will be released on ltd edition yellow 7” vinyl with eye watering art-work by illustrator Casey Raymond. Backed by a B Side cover of Iggy Pop’s “Dum Dum Boys” from his 1977 album ‘The Idiot’ and limited to 1200 copies this is one not to be missed!

                      “Being in The Lovely Eggs we’re kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit,” exclaims singer/guitarist Holly Ross. “It’s actually unbelievable. For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just GOT it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron.”

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A: I, Moron
                      B: Dum Dum Boys



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        TRACK LISTING

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

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

                        Moctar Mdou

                        Afrique Victime

                          On 21st May, Matador Records will release Afrique Victime, the long-awaited new album by Mdou Moctar.

                          With Afrique Victime the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky ­– boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

                          The music listeners are the beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar – the man and the band – who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Ya Habibti
                          Tala Tannam
                          Asdikte Akal
                          Afrique Victime
                          Bismilahi Atagah


                          Electronic Music Improvisations Vol. 1

                            Electronic Music Improvisations Volume 1 is a collection of eight improvised modular pieces recorded in various studio spaces across London in the spring and summer of 2019 by Sunroof, aka Daniel Miller, the Founder and Chairman of Mute and Gareth Jones, a producer and engineer, notable for working with Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, Erasure and Yann Tiersen.

                            Shire T

                            Tomorrow's People

                              Shire T (AKA Chris Davids, one half of celebrated electronic duo Maribou State, who released their latest album ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ to widespread acclaim in 2018) is set to release his debut solo album ‘Tomorrow’s People’ on 20th August, arriving as the inaugural long-player on Maribou’s own Dama Dama imprint. As Shire T, Davids draws on darker, more club-ready sounds, citing a broad range of influences which manifest in a record he describes as “a celebration of British dance music culture, pulled from all the experiences and memories I’ve had in that world over the years.”

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

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

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

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

                              Shire T will release ‘Tomorrow’s People’ on 20th August on Dama Dama. Artwork is by Alexander Brown.

                              TRACK LISTING

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

                              Billie Marten

                              Flora Fauna

                                Flora Fauna is the forthcoming third album from Billie Marten.

                                Raised in the rolling hills of North Yorkshire on artists such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, and Kate Bush, Marten’s critically acclaimed debut album Writing of Blues and Yellows, was released in 2016 when she was still just 17, while its follow-up Feeding Seahorses By Hand was similarly lauded in 2019 (# 53 in UK album chart).

                                Flora Fauna, was recorded with Rich Cooper in London. Marten’s new material blends those signature hushed, resonant vocals with a rapid pulse and rich instrumentation, her inspirations now stretching from krautrockers Can, to Broadcast, Arthur Russell, and Fiona Apple.

                                Built on the minimalist acoustic folk foundations she made a name for herself with, Flora Fauna is a more mature, embodied album fostered around a strong backbone of bass and rhythm. Shedding the timidity of previous work in favour of a more urgent sound, the songs mark a period of personal independence for Marten as she learned to nurture herself and break free from toxic relationships - and a big part of that was returning to nature.

                                “I wasn’t really treating myself very well, it was a bit of a disruptive time. All these songs are about getting myself out of that hole - they’re quite strong affirmations. The name Flora Fauna is like a green bath for my eyes. If the album was a painting, it would look like flora and fauna - it encompasses every organism, every corner of Earth, and a feeling of total abundance.”

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Garden Of Eden
                                2. Creature Of Mine
                                3. Human Replacement
                                4. Liquid Love
                                5. Heaven
                                6. Ruin
                                7. Pigeon
                                8. Kill The Clown
                                9. Walnut
                                10. Aquarium

                                Czarface & MF Doom

                                Super What?

                                  Superhero? Supervillain? Super WHAT? CZARFACE & MF DOOM's newest team-up record Super What? is, much like the Avengers' arch-enemy Thanos...inevitable (and all-powerful!).

                                  The icon MF DOOM unleashes his wizardry and wordplay throughout the record, while CZARFACE (bolstered by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck and Esoteric) slash through each of the Czar-Keys' produced tracks as the team raises the bar on their previous LP, Czarface meets Metalface (2018). Featuring golden-age superhero DMC (of RUN-DMC) and Hieroglyphics' leader Del The Funky Homosapien, with art by longtime CZARFACE co-creator Lamour Supreme, this album will bring all the thrills of a cosmic summer blockbuster.

                                  Recorded and slated for an early 2020 release, and paused while COVID raged, this collaboration of masked men is finally finding its way to you on all formats.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  DOOM SIDE:
                                  A1. The King And Eye (feat. DMC Of Run DMC)
                                  A2. Czarwyn's Theory Of People Getting Loose (feat. Kendra Morris)
                                  A3. Mando Calrissian
                                  A4. DOOM Unto Others

                                  CZAR SIDE:
                                  B1. Jason & The Czargonauts (feat. Del The Funky Homosapien)
                                  B2. Break In The Action
                                  B3. A Name To The Face
                                  B4. This Is Canon Now
                                  B5. So Strange (feat. Godforbid)
                                  B6. Young World

                                  The Charlatans

                                  A Head Full Of Ideas - Limited Vinyl Box Set Edition

                                    THE CHARLATANS proudly announce their (Covid) delayed release of their 30th Anniversary tour and a 6 vinyl LP Box Set. Released on Then Recordings through Republic Of Music, ‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ is a five album, and exclusive 7”, career-spanning box set that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour begins at Belfast, Limelight 22/11/21 and finishes in Aberdeen on 20/12/21.

                                    The band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums - three of them number ones - alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

                                    Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound - driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal - is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.

                                    This limited box set, is a diverse collection portrayed over five Transparent blue vinyl LP’s, spanning their hits, classic live performances, unheard demo’s and rarities and remixes. Within the box will also be an exclusive Original Demo’s 7” featuring ‘Indian Rope’/’The Only One I Know’, as well as a signed print of a tour poster from the early 90’s, a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. There will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a cd or vinyl of just the hits albums.

                                    Their iconic and hugely adored live track One To Another (circa 1997) provides the titles for the individual vinyl collection within the box set. Each piece of vinyl is named after a lyric from the song.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    THEN1LPXX (6x Vinyl Set Box Set)
                                    A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF) (2LP)
                                    A1) The Only One I Know
                                    A2) Weirdo
                                    A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                                    A4) Jesus Hairdo
                                    A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                                    A6) North Country Boy
                                    B1) Tellin’ Stories
                                    B2) One To Another
                                    B3) How High
                                    B4) Impossible
                                    B5) Forever
                                    C1) Love Is The Key
                                    C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
                                    C3) Up At The Lake
                                    C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
                                    C5) Oh Vanity
                                    D1) My Foolish Pride
                                    D2) Come Home Baby
                                    D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
                                    D4) Plastic Machinery
                                    D5) Totally Eclipsing

                                    TRUST IS FOR BELIEVERS (LIVE)
                                    A1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
                                    A2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                                    A3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                                    A4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                                    A5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                                    B1) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1)
                                    B2) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
                                    B3) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                                    B4) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                                    B5) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

                                    PLEASED TO MEET YOU (DEMOS) (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
                                    A1) C’mon C’Mon (Demo Version)
                                    A2) Sleepy Little Sunshine Boy (Desk Mix Version)
                                    A3) Dardanella (Demo Version)
                                    A4) So Oh (Demo Version)
                                    A5) Always On My Mind (Demo Version)
                                    B1) Everybody Ha Ha (Demo Version)
                                    B2) Commuter Computer (Demo Version)
                                    B3) Crystal Eyes (Demo Version)
                                    B4) Polar Bear (Demo Version)
                                    B5) I Need You To Know (Demo Version)

                                    ONE TO ANOTHER (REMIXES) (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
                                    A1) Plastic Machinery (Sleaford Mods Remix)
                                    A2) Nine Acre Dust (Chemical Brothers Remix)
                                    A3) So Oh (Brian Jonestown Massacre Remix)
                                    A4) Tellin’ Stories (The Go! Team Remix) **unreleased**
                                    B1) Trouble Understanding (Norman Cook Remix)
                                    B2) My Beautiful Friend (Jagz Kooner Remix)
                                    B3) Hey Sunrise (The Orb Remix) **unreleased**
                                    B4) You’re So Pretty, We’re So Pretty (Lo Fidelity Allstars Remix)

                                    BONUS DEMOS 7” (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
                                    A1) Indian Rope (Demo)
                                    AA1) The Only One I Know (Demo)

                                    Richard Norris

                                    Hypnotic Response

                                      After a host of well received ambient releases, Richard Norris is back with the motorik, trance inducing electronic groove of 'Hypnotic Response'.

                                      Influenced by German 70's music, psychedelia, hypnotic repetition and an old Korg 55 drum machine, these tracks veer from the expansive eleven minute workout 'Arca' to the mesmeric sequences of 'In Flight', from the propulsive Kosmishe rhythm of 'Free Ride' to the electronic lullaby 'La Lune'.

                                      A widescreen and mesmerising set, with accompanying retina altering artwork and vinyl. Dive in deep.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Side A
                                      1. In Flight
                                      2. Arca
                                      3. Free Ride

                                      Side B
                                      4. Gamma & Delta
                                      5. Reflections Of Kyoto
                                      6. La Lune

                                      Flying Lotus


                                        Three years in the making, Netflix’s Yasuke is a six-episode anime series created by Bronx-bred and Japan-based television animation creator, producer, and director LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters, Children of Ether, The Boondocks) and starring actor / executive producer LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry To Bother You) as the voice of the title character. Yasuke tells the story of a samurai warrior of African descent in a fantastical alternate universe version of feudal Japan full of magic, mechs, and of course, swordplay.

                                        A dream project for the producer, Flying Lotus consulted on the story, working alongside renowned anime creators Studio MAPPA as an executive producer on the project. The skillset of the GRAMMY AWARD winning producer is on complete display on the album, hybridizing synth melodies, bass lines and machine generated drum patterns while exploring new sonic territory -- traditional Japanese percussion instruments like the taiko and hyōshigi and west African percussion — a nod to the Afro-Japanese, feudal yet futuristic world Yasuke inhabits.

                                        "You haven't really heard an anime score do a "Blade Runner" thing, he says, "I was like, ‘let me try and get into the headspace of that' but also there were several things that were part of the recipe for me. I thought about when Dilla would sample [Isao] Tomita and people like Vangelis, and how he had a [signature] sound when he did that sort of thing."

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        LP Tracklisting
                                        A1. War At The Door
                                        A2. Black Gold (feat. Thundercat)
                                        A3. Your Lord
                                        A4. Shoreline Sus
                                        A5. Hiding In The Shadows (feat. Niki Randa)
                                        A6. Crust
                                        A7. Fighting Without Honor
                                        A8. Pain And Blood
                                        A9. War Lords
                                        A10. Sachi
                                        A11. Your Screams
                                        A12. Using What You Got
                                        B1. African Samurai (feat. Denzel Curry)
                                        B2. Where’s The Girl?
                                        B3. Kurosaka Strikes!
                                        B4. This Cursed Life
                                        B5. RoBomb
                                        B6. Taiko Time // Sacrifice
                                        B7. Your Day Off
                                        B8. Your Armour
                                        B9. Enchanted
                                        B10. Mind Flight
                                        B11. Survivors
                                        B12. Your Head // We Won
                                        B13. The Eyes Of Vengeance
                                        B14. Between Memories (feat. Niki Randa)

                                        CD Tracklisting
                                        1. War At The Door
                                        2. Black Gold (feat. Thundercat)
                                        3. Your Lord
                                        4. Shoreline Sus
                                        5. Hiding In The Shadows (feat. Niki Randa)
                                        6. Crust
                                        7. Fighting Without Honor
                                        8. Pain And Blood
                                        9. War Lords
                                        10. Sachi
                                        11. Your Screams
                                        12. Using What You Got
                                        13. African Samurai (feat. Denzel Curry)
                                        14. Where’s The Girl?
                                        15. Kurosaka Strikes!
                                        16. This Cursed Life
                                        17. RoBomb
                                        18. Taiko Time // Sacrifice
                                        19. Your Day Off
                                        20. Your Armour
                                        21. Enchanted
                                        22. Mind Flight
                                        23. Survivors
                                        24. Your Head // We Won
                                        25. The Eyes Of Vengeance
                                        26. Between Memories (feat. Niki Randa)

                                        New Order

                                        Be A Rebel - Remixed

                                          ‘Be a Rebel Remixed’ collects all the official versions of this track on physical formats for the first time and includes brand new remixes from Arthur Baker, JakoJako, Mark Reeder and Melawati. Also includes mixes from the band’s own Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris plus club mixes from Maceo Plex and Paul Woolford.

                                          New Order’s single ‘Be a Rebel’ was the first brand new music from the band since the release of the critically acclaimed album ‘Music Complete’ In 2015. ‘Be a Rebel Remixed’ is available on double clear vinyl and on CD. 

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          VINYL TRACKLIST
                                          Be A Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
                                          Be A Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Melawati Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Bernard's Outlaw Mix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit)
                                          Be A Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Mark Reeder's Dirty Devil Remix)

                                          CD TRACKLIST
                                          Be A Rebel
                                          Be A Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Mix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Stephen’s T34 Mix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Instrumental Mix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
                                          Be A Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Melawati Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Bernard's Outlaw Mix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Mark Reeder's Dirty Devil Remix)
                                          Be A Rebel (Edit)
                                          Be A Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit)

                                          Durand Jones & The Indications

                                          Private Space

                                            Pre-order the album for exclusive access to the band's virtual instore on Friday 30 July.

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

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

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

                                            TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                            Molly Burch

                                            Romantic Images

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

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

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

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

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

                                              TRACK LISTING

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

                                              Kings Of Convenience

                                              Peace Or Love

                                                Returning with their first new music in a decade, Kings of Convenience today announce their forthcoming album, ‘Peace or Love’, out 18th June on EMI Records.

                                                To celebrate, they’ve also released the first single from the album, ‘Rocky Trail’, out now. The gentle power of ‘Rocky Trail’ makes it clear that the band have lost none of their skill or emotional eloquence since they last recorded together. Lilting acoustic melodies are accompanied by violin and the pair’s distinctive dual-vocal approach to create something both subtle yet evocative. The contemplative lyrics deal with ideas of perception and regret.

                                                “Another classic Eirik composition that skilfully ignores the verse-chorus-verse blueprint” explains Erlend on the origins of the song. “It’s pop music, but not as we know it”

                                                ‘Peace or Love’ is the sound of two old friends exploring the latest phase of their lives together and finding new ways to capture that elusive magic. recorded across five years in five different cities, the album sounds as fresh as spring: 11 songs about life and love with the alluring beauty, purity and emotional clarity that you would expect from Kings of Convenience.
                                                Eirik Glambeck BoE and Erlend Oye met at school in Bergen, Norway and first performed together in the rock band Skog before breaking off and forming a duo in 1999. The pair established themselves as inadvertent trailblazers of a new wave of intimate, acoustic music. They’ve released 3 critically acclaimed albums, toured all around the world and cultivated a dedicated fanbase.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                01. Rumours
                                                02. Rocky Trail
                                                03. Comb My Hair
                                                04. Angel
                                                05. Love Is A Lonely Thing
                                                06. Fever
                                                07. Killers
                                                08. Ask For Help
                                                09. Catholic Country
                                                10. Song About It
                                                11. Washing Machine

                                                Little Simz

                                                Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

                                                  Over the course of her lush, expansive, defiantly sprawling new album, “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert”, released on Age 101, the Ivor Novello award-winning, Mercury nominated Little Simz delivers an undeniable modern classic, effortlessly condensing any number of disparate styles and genres into music which thrillingly broaches the gap between urgent modern treatise and hip hop. A bold, quantum leap forward from the critically beloved “Grey Area”, this is hardly music aiming simply for the pop charts; rather, it is turbo charged with the kind of fury and potency, confusion and anxiety that make up the modern experience of being Black, British and female at this particular point in time. This is no mere philosophical exercise, however - the result is her most ambitious and soaring body of work to date, one which operates at the very heights of what rap can be.

                                                  Without wasting any time at all, the album opens with the heart stopping clarion call of “Introvert”, a visceral essay about lives lived in the cross-hairs of society, fuelled by fear, exhaustion, frustration, but also a kind of white hot political awakening. It’s a full-bore, high-stakes, facing up to death riposte, as urgent as it is compelling, complete with a stunning video by Salomon Lightelm which is by turns majestic and terrifying, with a chopped up, collaged structure perfectly mirroring the landscape it maps; a place of beauty and danger, of violence and dogged resistance. The centre, Simz is keen to remind us, will not hold (“man it’s like they can’t sleep until our spirit is crushed”) – and here she is driven to document every unsparing detail.

                                                  The ensuing tracks, produced by Inflo in LA and London, run into each other seamlessly and enlist the rapidly emergent likes of Cleo Sol, Obongjayar and even “The Crown” actress Emma Corrin, to create a kind of rangy, nimble storytelling which conjures up the febrile, strident world we live in with an unflinching energy and vividness. These songs are flash-lit Polaroids, ready framed and developing before our very eyes, and their creator is nowhere and everywhere, documenting a new natural history in which moments of tenderness (“Miss Understood”) coexist with shocking violence (“Little Q Pt 2”), and unabashed celebrations of femininity (“Woman”) sit alongside deeply personal glimpses of introspection (“I See You”).

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

                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

                                                  The Wedding Present

                                                  Seamonsters - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                                    It is the third studio album by the British band and was recorded in 10 days in America with producer Steve Albini, which gave the album a rougher, harsher overall sound than the group's earlier albums. It was well received on release and has continued to be featured in critics ‘Best Of’ lists such as The Guardian’s 1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die (“ one of the most excoriating, exhilarating British indie albums of (the 90s)”.

                                                    The 2LP package includes the studio album alongside the 3 Songs, Dalliance, and Lovenest EPs plus the John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session from 1991 featuring versions of four songs from the album.

                                                    The expanded artwork has been put together by Hitch, the original designer, and the whole project has been overseen by the band’s leader David Gedge.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    ORIGINAL ALBUM
                                                    SIDE A
                                                    1 Dalliance
                                                    2 Dare
                                                    3 Suck
                                                    4 Blonde
                                                    5 Rotterdam
                                                    SIDE B
                                                    1 Lovenest
                                                    2 Corduroy
                                                    3 Carolyn
                                                    4 Heather
                                                    5 Octopussy

                                                    EPs AND SESSION
                                                    SIDE C
                                                    1 Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
                                                    2 Crawl
                                                    3 Corduroy (Single Version)
                                                    4 She's My Best Friend
                                                    5 Niagara
                                                    6 Mothers
                                                    SIDE D
                                                    1 Dan Dare
                                                    2 Fleshworld
                                                    3 Dalliance (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session Version)
                                                    4 Heather (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session Version)
                                                    5 Blonde (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session Version)
                                                    6 Niagara (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session Version)

                                                    Billie Eilish

                                                    Happier Than Ever

                                                      Billie Eilish has revealed details on her highly anticipated sophomore album. The 16-track studio album, titled Happier Than Ever, will be released via Darkroom/Interscope Records on July, 30

                                                      Continuing the tradition on from her multi-GRAMMY Award, record-breaking debut album WHEN WE ALL GO TO SLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, Happier Than Ever features no outside songwriters or producers, and was written by 19-year-old Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS who produced the album in Los Angeles.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

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

                                                      She Drew The Gun

                                                      Behave Myself

                                                        She Drew The Gun are today announcing their return with new album Behave Myself. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Revolution Of Mind, which was named among BBC 6 Music’s Albums Of The Year, is produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, The Fall, The Kills, Working Men’s Club). The first music from the record is confirmed to arrive next month.

                                                        Under the moniker She Drew The Gun, songwriter Louisa Roach began by playing solo gigs around Liverpool, she quickly caught the attention of The Coral’s James Skelly who she began working with at Skeleton Key Records, recruiting band members along the way. At first glance Roach’s fuzzy psych-pop may suggest that the Wirral born songwriter is another ‘Cosmic Scouser’ but then you’re drawn into the spirit of rebellion, songs that rally against injustice and food banks and celebrate outsiderdom.

                                                        Roach was late to music, releasing her first LP ‘Memories of the future’ after a decade of motherhood and studying at college. The second LP ‘ Revolution of Mind’, released October 2018, again produced by James Skelly, continued the fine work laid out on her 2016 debut. Announced in the top 10 albums of 2018 by BBCRadio6 Music, the record was one of the runaway indie successes of the year. In 2019 the band completed a sold out UK tour and played a string of UK festivals including main stage performances at Glastonbury and Blue Dot among others. In 2020 the band played virtual gigs to help raise money for Greenpeace and the Music Venue Trust among others and look forward to a proper return to live music.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Origin Song
                                                        2. Next On The List
                                                        3. Behave Myself
                                                        4. Diamonds In Our Eyes
                                                        5. Cut Me Down
                                                        6. Class War
                                                        7. Innerspeak
                                                        8. Panopticon
                                                        9. All Roads To Nowhere
                                                        10. Roses Tale

                                                        Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                                                        Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1

                                                          Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) is a Best Of celebrating the first decade of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

                                                          This double album, curated and compiled entirely by Noel, includes tracks from the three Number One albums (‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’, ‘Chasing Yesterday’ and ‘Who Built The Moon?’) and the three acclaimed EPs (‘Black Star Dancing’, ‘This Is The Place’ and ‘Blue Moon Rising’) - plus 2 previously unreleased tracks including the brand new single ‘We’re On Our Way Now’.

                                                          The album is available on limited edition deluxe formats featuring a bonus disc including previously unreleased acoustic versions, remixes, instrumentals and an unheard demo.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Double Vinyl Tracklisting
                                                          Disc 1
                                                          Side A

                                                          1. Everybody’s On The Run
                                                          2. The Death Of You And Me
                                                          3. AKA … What A Life!
                                                          4. If I Had A Gun …
                                                          5. In The Heat Of The Moment
                                                          Side B
                                                          1. Riverman
                                                          2. Lock All The Doors
                                                          3. The Dying Of The Light
                                                          4. Ballad Of The Mighty I
                                                          Disc 2
                                                          Side A

                                                          1. We're On Our Way Now
                                                          2. Black Star Dancing
                                                          3. Holy Mountain (Remastered)
                                                          4. A Dream Is All I Need To Get By
                                                          5. This Is The Place
                                                          Side B
                                                          1. It's A Beautiful World
                                                          2. Blue Moon Rising
                                                          3. Dead In The Water (Live At RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)
                                                          4. Flying On The Ground

                                                          Double CD Tracklisting
                                                          Disc 1
                                                          1. Everybody’s On The Run
                                                          2. The Death Of You And Me
                                                          3. AKA … What A Life!
                                                          4. If I Had A Gun …
                                                          5. In The Heat Of The Moment
                                                          6. Riverman
                                                          7. Lock All The Doors
                                                          8. The Dying Of The Light
                                                          9. Ballad Of The Mighty I
                                                          10. We're On Our Way Now
                                                          Disc 2
                                                          1. Black Star Dancing
                                                          2. Holy Mountain (Remastered)
                                                          3. A Dream Is All I Need To Get By
                                                          4. This Is The Place
                                                          5. It's A Beautiful World
                                                          6. Blue Moon Rising
                                                          7. Dead In The Water (Live At RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)
                                                          8. Flying On The Ground

                                                          Deluxe 3CD Tracklisting
                                                          Disc 1

                                                          1. Everybody’s On The Run
                                                          2. The Death Of You And Me
                                                          3. AKA … What A Life!
                                                          4. If I Had A Gun …
                                                          5. In The Heat Of The Moment
                                                          6. Riverman
                                                          7. Lock All The Doors
                                                          8. The Dying Of The Light
                                                          9. Ballad Of The Mighty I
                                                          10. We're On Our Way Now
                                                          Disc 2
                                                          1. Black Star Dancing
                                                          2. Holy Mountain (Remastered)
                                                          3. A Dream Is All I Need To Get By
                                                          4. This Is The Place
                                                          5. It's A Beautiful World
                                                          6. Blue Moon Rising
                                                          7. Dead In The Water (Live At RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)
                                                          8. Flying On The Ground
                                                          Disc 3
                                                          1. It's A Beautiful World (Instrumental)
                                                          2. If I Had A Gun … (Acoustic Version)
                                                          3. Black Star Dancing (Skeleton Key Remix)
                                                          4. Black Star Dancing (12" Mix Instrumental)
                                                          5. The Man Who Built The Moon (Acoustic Version)
                                                          6. International Magic (Demo)
                                                          7. Blue Moon Rising (Sons Of The Desert Remix)
                                                          8. The Dying Of The Light (Acoustic Version)
                                                          9. This Is The Place (Skeleton Key Remix)
                                                          10. This Is The Place (Instrumental)
                                                          11. Black Star Dancing (The Reflex Revision)
                                                          12. Be Careful What You Wish For (Instrumental)

                                                          Deluxe Box Set Tracklisting
                                                          Standard LP

                                                          Disc 1
                                                          Side A

                                                          1. Everybody’s On The Run
                                                          2. The Death Of You And Me
                                                          3. AKA … What A Life!
                                                          4. If I Had A Gun …
                                                          5. In The Heat Of The Moment
                                                          Side B
                                                          1. Riverman
                                                          2. Lock All The Doors
                                                          3. The Dying Of The Light
                                                          4. Ballad Of The Mighty I
                                                          Disc 2
                                                          Side A

                                                          1. We're On Our Way Now
                                                          2. Black Star Dancing
                                                          3. Holy Mountain (Remastered)
                                                          4. A Dream Is All I Need To Get By
                                                          5. This Is The Place
                                                          Side B
                                                          1. It's A Beautiful World
                                                          2. Blue Moon Rising
                                                          3. Dead In The Water (Live At RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)
                                                          4. Flying On The Ground

                                                          Bonus LP
                                                          Disc 1
                                                          Side A

                                                          1. It's A Beautiful World (instrumental)
                                                          2. If I Had A Gun ... (acoustic Version)
                                                          3. Black Star Dancing (skeleton Key Remix)
                                                          Side B
                                                          1. Black Star Dancing (12" Mix Instrumental)
                                                          2. The Man Who Built The Moon (acoustic Version)
                                                          3. International Magic (demo)
                                                          Disc 2
                                                          Side A

                                                          1. Blue Moon Rising (sons Of The Desert Remix)
                                                          2. The Dying Of The Light (acoustic Version)
                                                          3. This Is The Place (skeleton Key Remix)
                                                          Side B
                                                          1. This Is The Place (instrumental)
                                                          2. Black Star Dancing (the Reflex Revision)
                                                          3. Be Careful What You Wish For (instrumental)

                                                          Etched 7"
                                                          1. She Taught Me How To Fly

                                                          Deluxe 3CD
                                                          Disc 1

                                                          1. Everybody’s On The Run
                                                          2. The Death Of You And Me
                                                          3. AKA … What A Life!
                                                          4. If I Had A Gun …
                                                          5. In The Heat Of The Moment
                                                          6. Riverman
                                                          7. Lock All The Doors
                                                          8. The Dying Of The Light
                                                          9. Ballad Of The Mighty I
                                                          10. We're On Our Way Now
                                                          Disc 2
                                                          1. Black Star Dancing
                                                          2. Holy Mountain (Remastered)
                                                          3. A Dream Is All I Need To Get By
                                                          4. This Is The Place
                                                          5. It's A Beautiful World
                                                          6. Blue Moon Rising
                                                          7. Dead In The Water (Live At RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)
                                                          8. Flying On The Ground
                                                          Disc 3
                                                          1. It's A Beautiful World (Instrumental)
                                                          2. If I Had A Gun … (Acoustic Version)
                                                          3. Black Star Dancing (Skeleton Key Remix)
                                                          4. Black Star Dancing (12" Mix Instrumental)
                                                          5. The Man Who Built The Moon (Acoustic Version)
                                                          6. International Magic (Demo)
                                                          7. Blue Moon Rising (Sons Of The Desert Remix)
                                                          8. The Dying Of The Light (Acoustic Version)
                                                          9. This Is The Place (Skeleton Key Remix)
                                                          10. This Is The Place (Instrumental)
                                                          11. Black Star Dancing (The Reflex Revision)
                                                          12. Be Careful What You Wish For (Instrumental)


                                                          Pure Phase - Reissue

                                                            Pure Phase is the second album by Spiritualized, released on 28 March 1995. The album was recorded in the Moles Studio in Bath, England and features contributions from The Balanescu Quartet.

                                                            At the time of release, Pierce had renamed the band as "Spiritualized Electric Mainline", the name that appears on the album cover, before reverting to the Spiritualized name shortly afterwards.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Medication
                                                            2. The Slide Song
                                                            3. Electric Phase
                                                            4. All Of My Tears
                                                            5. These Blues
                                                            6. Let It Flow
                                                            7. Take Good Care Of It
                                                            8. Born, Never Asked
                                                            9. Electric Mainline
                                                            10. Lay Back In The Sun
                                                            11. Good Times
                                                            12. Pure Phase
                                                            13. Spread Your Wings
                                                            14. Feel Like Goin' Home

                                                            PJ Harvey

                                                            White Chalk - Reissue

                                                              Reissue on vinyl of the seventh PJ Harvey studio album White Chalk. The album was produced by PJ Harvey, Flood and John Parish and originally released in September 2007. White Chalk features the singles ‘When Under Ether’, ‘The Piano’ and ‘The Devil’. Reissue is faithful to the original recording and package, with cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of original co-producer John Parish.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Side A
                                                              The Devil
                                                              Dear Darkness
                                                              Grow Grow Grow
                                                              When Under Ether
                                                              White Chalk

                                                              Side B
                                                              Broken Harp
                                                              To Talk To You
                                                              The Piano
                                                              Before Departure
                                                              The Mountain

                                                              PJ Harvey

                                                              White Chalk - Demos

                                                                Collection of unreleased demos written for the seventh PJ Harvey studio album White Chalk, including demos of ‘When Under Ether’, ‘The Piano’ and ‘The Devil’. Features brand new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz. Artwork is overseen by Maria with Rob Crane. Mastering by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, under the guidance of long time PJ Harvey producer John Parish.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side A
                                                                The Devil - Demo
                                                                Dear Darkness - Demo
                                                                Grow Grow Grow - Demo
                                                                When Under Ether - Demo
                                                                White Chalk - Demo
                                                                Side B
                                                                Broken Harp - Demo
                                                                Silence - Demo
                                                                To Talk To You - Demo
                                                                The Piano - Demo
                                                                Before Departure - Demo
                                                                The Mountain - Demo

                                                                The Devil - Demo
                                                                Dear Darkness - Grow Grow Grow - Demo
                                                                When Under Ether - Demo
                                                                White Chalk - Demo
                                                                Broken Harp - Demo
                                                                Silence - Demo
                                                                To Talk To You - Demo
                                                                The Piano - Demo
                                                                Before Departure - Demo
                                                                The Mountain – Demo

                                                                Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth

                                                                Utopian Ashes

                                                                  Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, alongside solo artist and Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth, presents this stunning debut solo project collection - exploring loss, miscommunication and emotional inarticulacy that a married couple experience as they realise that their relationship is breaking down.

                                                                  ‘Utopian Ashes’ draws on the tradition of country soul classics, such as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris’s ‘Grievous Angel’ and George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s ‘We Go Together’, to deal with the heavy realities of love turning sour. It’s an album for people who have dealt with the inevitable sadness that comes with age and acknowledged the realities of life. There is no sweetening of the pill, but it does achieve what should be the goal of all good art: to make us feel less alone. And while it’s not autobiographical, it channels heartfelt truth from the songwriters’ own experiences.

                                                                  In addition to Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, the album features Johnny Hostile (bass) alongside Primal Scream trio Andrew Innes (guitar), Martin Duffy (piano) and Darrin Mooney (drums).

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Chase It Down
                                                                  English Town
                                                                  Remember We Were Lovers
                                                                  Your Heart Will Always Be Broken
                                                                  Stones Of Silence
                                                                  You Don’t Know What Love Is
                                                                  You Can Trust Me Now
                                                                  Living A Lie
                                                                  Sunk In Reverie

                                                                  King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard


                                                                    The album follows the recent January 2021 release of single 'O.N.E.' and the band's sixteenth studio album K.G (the second volume in the band's previous explorations into microtonal tunings), as well as Live In S.F. '16 (ATO Records), a live album recorded during the band's 2016 U.S. tour stop at San Francisco venue The Independent. As the band enter their second decade – and their frontman still only thirty years old - the creative future of the band, as showcased on L.W., promises to be bolder, madder and more imaginative than ever.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    If Not Now, Then When?
                                                                    Supreme Ascendancy
                                                                    Static Electricity
                                                                    East West Link
                                                                    See Me

                                                                    Side 1
                                                                    If Not Now, Then When?
                                                                    Supreme Ascendancy
                                                                    Static Electricity

                                                                    Side 2
                                                                    East West Link
                                                                    See Me


                                                                    Levitation Sessions Vol. 1

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

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

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                      SIDE A

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


                                                                      Levitation Sessions Vol. II

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

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

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        DISC 1
                                                                        SIDE A

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

                                                                        DISC 2
                                                                        SIDE C

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


                                                                        Fever Dreams

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

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

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

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

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                          Part Chimp


                                                                            In the psychic wastelands of the 21st century, one particular sonic force looms large. Transcendental like the malignant force that fuels the zombie movies of lore, Part Chimp have made it their business to shake speaker-stacks, fry brains and induce jouissance and tinnitus alike all across the UK. Yet now Drool - their fifth and perhaps finest transmission to date - is set to launch forth triumphantly to a world beyond the vinyl racks and battered amps where they’ve already achieved godhead status.

                                                                            Guitarist and vocalist Tim Cedar sums up the raison d’être of Chimp as “the stupid amounts of fun you can have with very loud amps, stupid tunings, weird pedals and weird people. That inspires us. I think our joy at playing our tunes comes through the panic and chaos“.

                                                                            Echoes of their forebears - the ornery prehistoric lurch of Melvins and the droogy ur-clang of Sonic Youth among them - can be distantly discerned, Yet they’re now drowned out by an individual assault as pulverising as invigorating, nihilistic yet life-affirming. Smash together abandon and intent, and what you get is Drool - a fearsome testimony to a band with a skewed melodic skill to match their mighty potency. This band will demolish your house, but you’ll cheerfully thank them for it afterwards. Drool is where unwise decisions blossom into serendipity. It’s more joy through vacuum-tubed catharsis than you’re entitled to. It’s coming for the hearts and minds of heavy music dropouts everywhere whether they like it or not, so they’d be best advised to pay attention. 

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Back From The Dead
                                                                            2. Wallow
                                                                            3. One In The Eye
                                                                            4. Clever
                                                                            5. I Feel Fantastic
                                                                            6. Drool
                                                                            7. Up, With Notes
                                                                            8. No Sad Faces
                                                                            9. Dirty Birds
                                                                            10. It’s True Man
                                                                            11. USisA
                                                                            12. Worms

                                                                            Lucy Dacus

                                                                            Home Video

                                                                              This new gift from Dacus, her third album, was built on an interrogation of her coming-of-age years in Richmond, VA. Many songs start the way a memoir might—“In the summer of ’07 I was sure I’d go to heaven, but I was hedging my bets at VBS”—and all of them have the compassion, humour, and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. Most importantly and mysteriously, this album displays Dacus’s ability to use the personal as portal into the universal.

                                                                              “I can’t hide behind generalizations or fiction anymore,” Dacus says, though talking about these songs, she admits, makes her ache. That Home Video arrives at the end of this locked down, fearful era seems as preordained as the messages within. “I don’t necessarily think that I’m supposed to understand the songs just because I made them,” Dacus says, “I feel like there’s this person who has been in me my whole life and I’m doing my best to represent them.” After more than a year of being homebound, in a time when screens and video calls were sometimes our only form of contact, looking backward was a natural habit for many.

                                                                              If we haven’t learned it already, this album is a gorgeous example of the transformative power of vulnerability. Dacus’s voice, both audible and on the page, has a healer’s power to soothe and ground and reckon.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Hot & Heavy
                                                                              2. Christine
                                                                              3. First Time
                                                                              4. VBS
                                                                              5. Cartwheel
                                                                              6. Thumbs
                                                                              7. Going Going Gone
                                                                              8. Partner In Crime
                                                                              9. Brando
                                                                              10. Please Stay
                                                                              11. Triple Dog Dare

                                                                              Maple Glider

                                                                              To Enjoy Is The Only Thing

                                                                                Maple Glider is Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Tori Zietsch. On debut album To Enjoy is the Only Thing, Zietsch's vocals melt into layers of plucked acoustic guitar and lulling piano, drawing on the sombre styles of folk contemporaries with a stark tenderness and introspection that assumes the listener is inside her bedroom as she plays for herself. Striking emotionality is at the centre of this performance, leaning into an intimacy that is achieved by way of deeply personal reflections and velvety melodic compositions.

                                                                                In Tori's words: "To me, To Enjoy is the Only Thing feels like walking past tinsel-covered trees in mid-September, swimming along the calanques in the south of France, frost on the hood of a car, darkness at 4pm, lightness until 10pm, Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green, Devendra Banhart’s Ma, Adrianne Lenker’s a-sides, a muted feeling, the perpetual grey fog that swallows the Silver Coast in Portugal, an ugly green dress, the color red, red wine, red blood, red lips, the red of a cardinal’s robe, Switzerland, my mother’s diaries, a coroner’s report, the sun on my face, the end of love."

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Side A
                                                                                1 As Tradition
                                                                                2 Swimming
                                                                                3 View From This Side
                                                                                4 Friend
                                                                                5 Be Mean, It's Kinder Than Crying

                                                                                Side B
                                                                                6 Good Thing
                                                                                7 Baby Tiger
                                                                                8 Performer
                                                                                9 Mama It's Christmas

                                                                                Stephen Fretwell

                                                                                Busy Guy

                                                                                  After an absence of 13 years Stephen Fretwell has announced news of his long-awaited third album, Busy Guy, released via Speedy Wunderground. Described by Fretwell as “a song cycle of sorts,” the album examines the seasons of a life, exploring fatherhood, grief and rebirth, with Fretwell’s trademark eloquence and wit.

                                                                                  Busy Guy was produced by Fretwell’s close friend and Speedy Wunderground label boss, Dan Carey. They recorded the whole thing one hot July afternoon in just two hours. “I was so fired up, I just rattled off the songs,” Fretwell says. “I assumed it was the run-through, but Dan said he thought we’d got it.” The next day, Carey assembled “a palate of sound” involving keyboards and an electric guitar. “Dan said, ‘I’m just going to react to the songs over the next few hours’, and that’s the finished record, besides some cello.” The album title was also Carey’s idea. Fretwell explains: “Years ago, Dan asked why I always carried a copy of The Guardian, a notebook and a pen when all I did was go to the pub. I said: if you go to the pub at 11am with a newspaper, a notebook and pen, you look like a busy guy rather than a pisshead. It became a joke between us. The joke too is that I didn’t do any music for years.”

                                                                                  The album was recorded at Dean Street Studios in Soho, not far from where Fretwell now lives, and London looms large on the record, in titles like ‘Oval’ and ‘Embankment’: stops on the Tube, and urban images shimmer as Fretwell captures a city full of pride and secrets. He wrote most of the lyrics for Busy Guy sitting in the British Library, “taking the songs to pieces and reassembling them, refining the words, thinking about the stories.”

                                                                                  And what stories. From the album’s opener, ‘The Goshawk and the Gull’, a wintery lament shot through with foreboding, the album moves through characters and scenes, from shorelines to collapsing buildings, looping in its callbacks with panache. Fretwell is a seasoned craftsman, and this is an album that sneaks up on you; that hunts you in the listen. The themes of the record are heavyweight – the breakdown of a relationship, lost love, lost family, guilt, yearning – but there is boldness in the delivery that provides uplift to the emotional heft. Several of the songs have colours for their titles: ‘Orange’, ‘Green’, ‘Pink’, ‘Copper’. They hit like a series of fever dreams.

                                                                                  There are moments of visceral delight, of ripeness and fullness in nature – blood, milk and honey, peaches and almonds – all set against the backdrop of the slow-burn of long-term love. Fretwell is a true poet with his imagery – taking us on a tour of the universe as he tries to conflate the experience of loss and love on a major scale, yet never wanting to assume grandeur, always dancing that fine line between statement and question. He takes us right up into the cosmos, to “moon craters” and “crazed constellations” (‘Green’), to religion’s saints and angels, and right back slap-down down to earth again – in the grotesque detail of horseflies twitching in last night’s wine glasses, and the fridge-cold lagers the narrator of ‘Pink’ has brought for the beach: a peace offering, but also an opt-out.

                                                                                  Summer features heavily on the record, but also not-summer, a desire for summer, and, ultimately, a resignation to time passing, to the approach of spring. ‘Almond’ features Spanish guitar flares – hints of heat, of holidays past. The coast also plays a big part, no doubt due to it being the setting for much of Fretwell’s recent life in Brighton, and seabirds as well as sea animals duck and dive through the lyrics, offering levity in the album’s darker moments. There are wry takes on urban life, on white privilege, on satisfied songbirds, and never quite settling into middle-class family life.

                                                                                  These relaxed tones, combined with the bright energy of ‘Copper’ break into the harder beats of ‘Almond’, where “the sun tries, but it can’t get through” and summer starts to lose all its shine and expression itself seems under threat. “A love song is croaking,” he sings. ‘Almond’ tells the story of a relationship, from meet-cute to heartbreak, packed in a bittersweet little nutshell. “‘Almond’ dips in and out of a relationship I had over 20 years, from fumbling around in a doorway to having a child,” says Fretwell. Words weave and tangle in the album’s latter songs, a mind and life unravelling, a descent to the gut-punch moment, spelled out in the album’s final song, ‘Green’.

                                                                                  But it’s not an ending so much as the beginning of the cycle all over again. While Busy Guy acknowledges tragedy, it is also punctuated with hope. The narrator of ‘Embankment’ might beg for his body to be dragged from the water, but his heart is still beating. Busy Guy is a record that dips into darkness but ultimately shines in its own light. A record that symbolises a waking up. A fresh start. A newness that bears the weight of the past but uses it to great effect.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. The Goshawk And The Gull
                                                                                  2. Remember
                                                                                  3. Embankment
                                                                                  4. Oval
                                                                                  5. The Long Water
                                                                                  6. Orange
                                                                                  7. Pink
                                                                                  8. Copper
                                                                                  9. Almond
                                                                                  10. Green

                                                                                  Faye Webster

                                                                                  I Know I'm Funny Haha

                                                                                    I Know I’m Funny haha is Webster’s most realized manifestation yet of this emotional and musical alchemy. Continuing to bloom from her 2019 breakthrough and Secretly Canadian debut Atlanta Millionaires Club, Webster’s sound draws as much from the lap-steel singer-songwriter pop of the 1970s and teardrop country tunes as it does from the audacious personalities of her city’s rap and R&B community. The album began for Webster with the stirring ballad “In a Good Way,” as in “You make me want to cry in a good way”—an instantclassic Faye Webster one-liner. It’s beguilingly simple, the kind of melody and arrangement that seem to have existed forever. A sense of relief charges the neo-psychedelic pop of “Cheers,” where Webster experiments with an overdriven guitar tone.

                                                                                    She also collaborated, on “Overslept,” with the Japanese artist Mei Ehara, who she calls the biggest influence on her new music. Webster’s music is full of personality. Many of her songs contain bits of girl-group-esque talk-singing, which color her atypical storysongs. Webster says she’s in a growth mindset, pushing herself to learn more, to be more vulnerable. “Growth is really important to me,” she says. “I hope people will relate to my songs, and not just be like ‘this is a good record’ but ‘this makes me feel something. This is making me think differently, this is making me question things.’ I told myself a few years ago that I was going to be more honest in my songwriting, that honesty is the best route to take with music. If I have a voice and people are listening to me, I’m not going to waste it.”

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Better Distractions
                                                                                    2. Sometimes
                                                                                    3. I Know I’m Funny Haha
                                                                                    4. In A Good Way
                                                                                    5. Kind Of
                                                                                    6. Cheers
                                                                                    7. Both All The Time
                                                                                    8. A Stranger
                                                                                    9. A Dream With A Baseball Player
                                                                                    10. Overslept (feat. Mei Ehara)
                                                                                    11. Half Of Me

                                                                                    Liz Phair


                                                                                      Liz Phair is pleased to announce details of, Soberish, her highly-anticipated new album, and first collection of original material in eleven years. Produced by Phair’s longtime collaborator Brad Wood – known for helming Phair’s seminal albums Exile In Guyville, Whip-Smart, and whitechocolatespaceegg

                                                                                      Almost thirty years since her peerless debut album, Exile In Guyville, was released (voted #56 on Rolling Stone’s 2020 list of the 500 Greatest albums of All Time), Phair returns with a new record that will both intrigue and satisfy her long-standing fans, and introduce her to a smart young audience whose contemporary heroes have been reading from Phair’s playbook since they first picked up a guitar.

                                                                                      Liz Phair has achieved the kind of status in her industry rarely bestowed on recording artists. Her albums in the 1990s were central to the indie rock canon of the day. Her image was featured in countless magazines, early Apple commercials and Gap ads. Her eponymous album for Capitol Records in 2003 took Phair in a pop direction that ruffled some critics’ feathers but nonetheless went gold, galvanizing a host of new fans, particularly among young women who fell in love with hits like “Why Can’t I” and

                                                                                      “Extraordinary”, tracks that were featured in several major films and TV shows, including 13 going on 30, Raising Helen and How to Deal. Liz has picked up two Grammy nominations, and a spot in Pitchfork’s “Greatest Albums of the 90s” with over five million record sales to date (including three U.S. gold albums). She sang “God Bless America” at the opening game of the Chicago White Sox World Series victory in her hometown in 2005.

                                                                                      Her acclaimed memoir, Horror Stories, published by Random House in 2019, was an insightful, passionate and no-holds-barred look at the life of a singular woman who has been disrupting and influencing since she knew the meaning of the words. The New York Times, The Boston Globe, NPR and the Wall Street Journal championed her first foray into prose. She’s a guitar player who’s created her own voicings and structures; a feminist trailblazer; a composer for film and TV; a visual artist; a lyricist of brutal honesty and devil-may-care insouciance.

                                                                                      Soberish is a portrait of Phair in the present tense, taking all of the facets of her melodic output over the years and synthesizing them into a beautiful, perfect whole. She’s at the top of her game in the recording studio, drawing upon years of experience in television composition to weave through the songs daring and unexpected sound design. With Brad Wood’s exquisite engineering and masterful production, the result is a wholly fresh yet satisfyingly familiar sound that challenges on the first listen and seduces with each subsequent play through. The earworms are strong with this one!

                                                                                      Phair says, “I found my inspiration for Soberish by delving into an early era of my music development, my art school years spent listening to Art Rock and New Wave music non-stop on my Walkman. The English Beat, The Specials, Madness, R.E.M.s Automatic for the People, Yazoo, The Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, Laurie Anderson, and the Cars. The city came alive for me as a young person, the bands in my headphones lending me the courage to explore.”

                                                                                      None of the arrangements on Soberish are traditional songwriting standards, but the hooks are so catchy, the imagery so compelling, that the listener is drawn effortlessly along with the music. There are the off-kilter, unexpected guitar chords listeners will recognize as her signature style, a mainstay from her earliest work; the instantly knowable choruses of her most pop-friendly songs of the early 2000’s; the frank lyricism and storytelling that has opened doors for countless women picking up guitars and attempting to speak about their experiences.

                                                                                      To look forward, Phair has spent a little time looking back. Looking back at a career that has achieved so much, and with plenty more to come. The celebrated box set reissue of Guvyille and the Girly-Sound tapes back in 2018 acted as a catalyst for Liz to remember what teenage Liz felt when that music was putting her name up in lights. It was a dizzying blur of excitement, fueled by her innate knack for delivering straightforward but devastating, razor-sharp songs. Soberish arrives, shoulder to shoulder with her past work, full of world-weary experience but dancing with a breeziness and brashness that wouldn’t be out of place at any point in her career. From the record’s title track to “Spanish Doors,” “The Game,” ‘Ba Ba Ba,” “In There,” and “Hey Lou”, these hooks and melodies have never come easier for Phair, which is why Soberish is her best and most instantly enjoyable record in decades. Impactful, and with purpose.

                                                                                      Phair shares insight into the meaning of her title: “Soberish can be about partying. It can be about self-delusion. It can be a about chasing that first flush of love or, in fact, any state of mind that allows you to escape reality for a while and exist on a happier plane. It’s not self-destructive or out of control; it’s as simple as the cycle of dreaming and waking up. That’s why I chose to symbolize Soberish with a crossroads, with a street sign. It’s best described as a simple pivot of perspective. When you meet your ‘ish’ self again after a period of sobriety, there’s a deep recognition and emotional relief that floods you, reminding you that there is more to life, more to reality and to your own soul than you are consciously aware of. But if you reach for too much of a good thing, or starve yourself with too little, you’ll lose that critical balance.”

                                                                                      If Liz Phair’s career has had a governing philosophy, we might take it as this: hold to the centre, swing around. This return, this new collection of songs, shows her at her finest: playful, inquisitive, uncompromising, but anchored. The centre can still hold.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Spanish Doors
                                                                                      The Game
                                                                                      Hey Lou
                                                                                      In There
                                                                                      Good Side
                                                                                      Sheridan Side
                                                                                      Ba Ba Ba
                                                                                      Soul Sucker
                                                                                      Lonely Street
                                                                                      Bad Kitty
                                                                                      Rain Scene


                                                                                      England Is A Garden - Instrumentals Album

                                                                                        Cornershop under the bonnet of the album to deliver a double platter instrumental version on ‘Lozenge Clear’ vinyl only in order to see and hear more clearly what has become a sports classic. This instrumental version has a new take on the album’s artwork by long term Cornershop sleeve designer Nick Edwards

                                                                                        Cornershop’s ‘England Is A Garden’ - “the latest in a series of albums that have mirrored the exceptional story of the band itself” Rough Trade Shop NY.

                                                                                        It strides in a sunshine glow, to deliver a full listening experience, bringing songs of experience, empire, protest and humour, steeped in the way only Tjinder Singh would come with.

                                                                                        The new album has, at last, sparked off significant interest in the back catalogue of Cornershop, with some titles including ‘Judy Sucks A Lemon’ and ‘Hold On It’s Easy’ now out of stock. A first time on vinyl issue of the ‘Cornershop & The Double-O Groove Of’ album by Cornershop Featuring Bubbley Kaur, featuring the John Peel favourite ‘Topknot’ and BBC 6Music perennial ‘Natch’, is planned for later this year.


                                                                                        Welcome 2 America

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

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

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

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

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

                                                                                          Rose City Band

                                                                                          Earth Trip

                                                                                            Rose City Band is celebrated guitarist Ripley Johnson. A prolific songwriter, Johnson started Rose City Band to have an outlet to explore songwriting styles apart from Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo, where he is often not the lead songwriter. Rose City Band allowed him to follow his musical muses as they greet him and not be bound by the schedule of bandmates and demands of a touring group. Stepping out from behind the psychedelic haze that envelops his other output, Rose City Band’s lean yet richly textured arrangements lay bare the beauty of his songcraft. On Earth Trip, Johnson reveals more of himself than ever before, coloring the project’s country-rock twang with a melancholic, wistful undertone. It charts a journey of personal growth and introspection with surprising honesty, from pining for summers spent with friends to meditations on space, stillness and the splendor of the natural world. It continues Rose City Band’s celebration of summer warmth and the great outdoors, seen from a new vantage point, and with newfound appreciation for the freedom and joy that nature provides.

                                                                                            Earth Trip was written during a period of sudden shocks and drastic lifestyle changes for Johnson. Forced to cancel extensive touring plans for 2020, the guitarist found himself home for an extended period for the first time in years. No longer in constant motion, he was able to experience and enjoy the simple pleasures of home life, of being in one place: hikes in nature, bathing outside, and waking with the dawn. Forming new connections to his surroundings, from tending to a garden to sleeping out under the stars, Johnson found hope and healing in a more mindful relationship with the natural world.

                                                                                            Themes of recalibration and finding personal space are equally mirrored in Earth Trip’s lean production. Recorded at his home studio in Portland and mixed by Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas, Cave), Johnson makes deft use of space while experimenting with new sonics. Shimmering pedal steel, woozy harmonica melodies, and stately piano enhance the album’s introspective tone without ever clouding arrangements. Psychedelic elements that nod to Johnson’s other projects and influences still appear throughout, but hover at the edge of perception, a subtle halo adding colour and texture to Johnson’s songwriting rather than taking centrer-stage. He elaborates: “I told Cooper I was trying to capture that feeling when you take psychedelics and they just start coming on - maybe objects start buzzing in the edges of your vision, you start seeing slight trails, maybe the characteristics of sound change subtly. But you’re not fully tripping yet. He got the idea right away and his mix really captures that feeling.” Johnson’s lithe guitar playing throughout treads a fine line between country and cosmic, taut melodies spiralling out into long reverb trails or free-form solos buoyed by a breeze, radiating summer warmth.

                                                                                            Through its daring honesty and masteful arrangements, Earth Trip cements Johnson’s place as a singular songwriter of inimitable skill. It’s message of mindfulness and our interconnectedness to the environment expands on a long country and blues music tradition that draws a symbiotic relationship between storyteller and the land, capturing the beauty of the natural world while also emphasising our responsibility in preserving it for future generations.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Silver Roses
                                                                                            2. In The Rain
                                                                                            3. World Is Turning
                                                                                            4. Feel Of Love
                                                                                            5. Lonely Places
                                                                                            6. Ramblin’ With The Day
                                                                                            7. Rabbit
                                                                                            8. Dawn Patrol

                                                                                            Snapped Ankles

                                                                                            Forest Of Your Problems

                                                                                              Snapped Ankles return to the forest, but it’s not as they left it. Trees planted in neat rows. A well-ordered monoculture with access roads and heavy machinery. The smell of greenwashed money in the air. There’s no sign of the ancient woodland they emerged from on debut album, Come Play The Trees. And it’s far cry from the gentrified East London they found themselves hawking on Stunning Luxury. All is not well in the face of progress. Welcome to the Forest Of Your Problems.

                                                                                              Even among the famously close-knit woodwose community there are factions forming. Meet The Business Imp, The Cornucopian, The Nemophile and The Protester. Each with their own motivations and belief systems. Their own sense of injustice: contradictions, anxieties and guilt.

                                                                                              Forest Of Your Problems runs the gamut of modern woodwose emotions. In this neat human approximation of the forest, it’s an increasingly knotted affair. Despite all of this, Snapped Ankles haven’t lost their innate ability to make you want to move your feet - their Teutonic forest rhythms are still shot through with post-punk lightning. Whether they’re exploring those opportunities which might arise when a Nigerian prince emails out of the blue on ‘The Evidence’, or referencing the crooked woodwose attempting to go straight on ‘Rhythm Is Our Business’, this is music to lose your inhibitions to. The moments of pure elation on ‘Shifting Basslines Of The Cornucopians’ are worth the admission price alone - “It’s a great time to be alive!” …apparently.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. A1. Forest Of Your Problems
                                                                                              2. A2. The Evidence
                                                                                              3. A3. Shifting Basslines Of The Cornucopians
                                                                                              4. A4. Undilated Lovers
                                                                                              5. A5. Susurrations (In The Forest)
                                                                                              6. B1. Rhythm Is Our Business
                                                                                              7. B2. Psithurhythm
                                                                                              8. B3. The Prince Is Back
                                                                                              9. B4. Xylophobia
                                                                                              10. B5. Forest Of Your Problems (Outro)

                                                                                              John Coltrane

                                                                                              Another Side Of John Coltrane

                                                                                                This collection showcases some of Coltrane's best recordings as a side artist and features collaborations with such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor. Primarily focusing on Coltrane's recordings as side man from 1956 and 1957 on the Prestige, Riverside, and Jazzland labels, it also includes a guest appearance (and legendary tenor saxophone solo) with Miles Davis on the track "Someday My Prince Will Come" (from the 1961 Miles Davis Columbia album of the same title).

                                                                                                The 2-LP vinyl edition contains two extra tracks that are not available on the CD and digital editions: Nutty (Originally released on the album Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Jazzland JLP 46) and Birks' Works (Originally released on the Red Garland Quintet album Soul Junction featuring John Coltrane and Donald Byrd). The liner notes were written by Doug Ramsey, winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ramsey is the author of the award-winning biography Take Five, The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond. His other awards include two ASCAP Deems Taylors.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                1. SONNY ROLLINS QUARTET: Tenor Madness (12:08)
                                                                                                2. MILES DAVIS AND THE MODERN JAZZ GIANTS: 'Round Midnight (5:22)
                                                                                                3. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Oleo (6:17)
                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                1. THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET: Airegin (4:21)
                                                                                                2. TADD DAMERON WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Soultrane (5:22)
                                                                                                3. ART TAYLOR: C.T.A. (4:39)
                                                                                                4. THELONIOUS MONK: Monk's Mood (7:48)
                                                                                                Side C
                                                                                                1. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Epistrophy (Alternate Take) (3:07)
                                                                                                2. THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Trinkle, Tinkle (6:39)
                                                                                                3. *THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Nutty* (6:36)
                                                                                                4. *RED GARLAND QUINTET FEATURING JOHN COLTRANE AND DONALD BYRD: Birks' Works* (7:32)
                                                                                                Side D
                                                                                                1. THE RED GARLAND QUINTET WITH JOHN COLTRANE: Billie's Bounce (9:21)
                                                                                                2. MILES DAVIS: Someday My Prince Will Come (9:02) 

                                                                                                * Vinyl Bonus Tracks.

                                                                                                The Catenary Wires

                                                                                                Birling Gap

                                                                                                  Indie pop comes of age!

                                                                                                  Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey love pop songs, but pop songs with an edge. With their early bands Talulah Gosh and Heavenly, they were often dismissed by critics of the time as fey or ‘twee’, but this prejudice has since been revised: some of those sweet fizzy songs were about date-rape, and the band were an influential part of the movement that became riot grrrl.

                                                                                                  On their new album as The Catenary Wires, the songs are as strong as ever, full of sweet melody and rich with vocal harmonies. But the tunes are now vehicles for startlingly honest adult concerns: the fractured relationships, anxieties, passions and politics of people who live on an island that’s turning in on itself. Like the Go-Betweens and XTC before them, The Catenary Wires know that pop music can convey dark, sardonic, complex emotions, just as well as it can celebrate teenage angst.

                                                                                                  The album depicts England, not just in its lyrics, but in its music. The Catenary Wires have listened to the songs and stories England has comforted itself with over the decades, and re-imagined them. Canterbury Lanes presents a duetting couple, old now and worn down, but still aspiring to put their folk band back together, hoping to rekindle the idealistic flames of the early 1970s. Mirrorball, fizzy with syn-drums and Casio, presents another couple – middle-aged and unattached, who find unexpected love at a retro 80s disco. In the 70s-flavoured pop of Always on my Mind, love appears again, almost by surprise, conjured up by an old photo in a pile of memorabilia.

                                                                                                  The opening track, Face on the Rail Line, is a love song set in the now, full of emotion, but shot through with the paranoia that we all feel, living at a time when we are constantly in contact, but rarely communicate the truth. The last two songs on the album, Like the Rain, and The Overview Effect, are anxious romances, set in a fragile world.

                                                                                                  The Catenary Wires are now a five-piece band. The other members have impressive musical pedigrees of their own. Fay Hallam was in Makin’ Time, and now releases records in her own name. Andy Lewis played bass in the Weller Band, and has more recently worked with Louis Phillippe and Judy Dyble. Ian Button was in Thrashing Doves and Death in Vegas. These talented musicians elevate the songs, taking the arrangements onto another level.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Face On The Rail Line
                                                                                                  2. Alpine
                                                                                                  3. Always On My Mind
                                                                                                  4. Mirrorball
                                                                                                  5. Three Wheeled Car
                                                                                                  6. Liminal
                                                                                                  7. Canterbury Lanes
                                                                                                  8. Cinematic
                                                                                                  9. Like The Rain
                                                                                                  10. The Overview Effect

                                                                                                  Lanterns On The Lake

                                                                                                  Gracious Tide, Take Me Home - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                    Following last year’s Mercury nominated Spook The Herd album Lanterns On The Lake have announced news of a deluxe 10th Anniversary vinyl reissue of their acclaimed debut album, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home, via Bella Union. The band’s much-loved debut has been meticulously remastered at Abbey Road studios and will be released on double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with gold foil print. Additionally, the album comes with five previously unreleased tracks recorded during the original sessions, details of which can be found in the track-list below.

                                                                                                    Fusing the most fragile and graceful end of the folk music spectrum to the most luminous properties of cinemascope rock, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home used a smorgasbord of instruments (guitars, violin, mandolin, piano, synths, glockenspiels, even a kalimba) to paint a variety of beautiful vistas, from the ambient ‘Ships In The Rain’ to the galloping ‘A Kingdom’, from the six-minute layers of ‘The Places We Call Home’ to the skeletal 73-second finale ‘Not Going Back To The Harbour’. There’s always been a compelling drama to Lanterns On The Lake; the way the opening track ‘Lungs Quicken’ shifts from dreamy restraint to a full-blown crescendo indicated the true power at their fingertips.

                                                                                                    Lanterns On The Lake formed in 2008 combining a group of friends who had all played in various bands on the local music scene. Hazel Wilde (vocals, guitar), Paul Gregory (guitars, electronics) and Ol Ketteringham (drums, piano) still comprise the core of the band whilst previous members Adam Sykes (vocals, guitar) and Brendan Sykes (bass) departed prior to the second album.

                                                                                                    Hazel commented at the time that. “A lot of lyrics were inspired by me and Paul moving back to the coast [between Tynemouth and North Shields], where I grew up, after we’d been living near the city centre. They’re also memories of growing up here, the feeling of homesickness, and stories of people around us and of the sea. The title Gracious Tide, Take Me Home seemed to sum up all the themes.”

                                                                                                    There might be a vein of sadness through this music - ‘Ships In The Rain’ was inspired by a local fisherman who went missing at sea, and ‘A Kingdom’ was inspired by the book letters sent home by WW2 soldiers – but there is just as much hope in ‘Keep on Trying’ and ‘You’re Almost There’, where fear and insecurities are banished by self-belief; “the feeling that you’re going places,” as Hazel says. Mirroring the sentiment of the album title, ‘I Love You, Sleepyhead’ and ‘Places We Call Home’ draw on the comfort and security of home, friendship and memory.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Lungs Quicken
                                                                                                    2. If I've Been Unkind
                                                                                                    3. Keep On Trying
                                                                                                    4. Ships In The Rain
                                                                                                    5. A Kingdom
                                                                                                    6. The Places We Call Home
                                                                                                    7. Blanket Of Leaves
                                                                                                    8. Tricks
                                                                                                    9. You're Almost There
                                                                                                    10. I Love You, Sleepyhead
                                                                                                    11. Not Going Back To The Harbour
                                                                                                    12. The Watchhouse And The Daughter
                                                                                                    13. Sapsorrow
                                                                                                    14. You Need Better
                                                                                                    15. My Shield
                                                                                                    16. Not Going Back To The Harbour (High Tide Version)

                                                                                                    Willy Mason

                                                                                                    Already Dead

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                      My Bloody Valentine

                                                                                                      Isn't Anything - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                        With their debut album, Isn’t Anything (originally released in 1988), my bloody valentine revolutionised alternative music and heralded a new approach to guitar music for generations to come. The album birthed a sound which became a template for thousands of new subgenres, heralding a new approach to guitar music and studio production. Not only was it a new type of music, it paved the way for a new type of journalism; inciting comparisons to elemental phenomenon, tapping into how the music affected the psyche. Shields and Butcher frequently sang in a similar vocal range that allowed their voices to blend together. This had the effect of making their gender indistinguishable, to the point where their voices could be used as another melodic layer to complement the vertigo-inducing sounds made by Shields’ guitars.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)
                                                                                                        2. Lose My Breath
                                                                                                        3. Cupid Come
                                                                                                        4. (When You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream
                                                                                                        5. No More Sorry
                                                                                                        6. All I Need
                                                                                                        7. Feed Me With Your Kiss
                                                                                                        8. Sueisfine
                                                                                                        9. Several Girls Galore
                                                                                                        10. You Never Should
                                                                                                        11. Nothing Much To Lose
                                                                                                        12. I Can See It (But I Can’t Feel It)

                                                                                                        Nils Frahm


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

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

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

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

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                          The Surfing Magazines

                                                                                                          Badgers Of Wymeswold

                                                                                                            Garage rock supergroup The Surfing Magazines have announced Badgers of Wymeswold, out 29th March via Moshi Moshi Records.

                                                                                                            Consisting of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of The Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines’ primary influences are Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and all the great surf guitar music of the 1960s. They burst onto the scene with their eponymous debut album in 2017, a lauded LP described by Record Collector Mag as “a vintage-yet-modern rock’n’roll classic”.

                                                                                                            Mixing the noir surf textures of 1960s garage rock along with westcoast sun beaten harmony pop, the 17-track Badgers of Wymeswold follows the acclaimed debut and is to be released July this year. The London based foursome recorded the album at Ranscomb Studio in Rochester in February last year before the start of the first UK lockdown.

                                                                                                            Pushing their sound forward, the band utilise their garage rock ethic and have both Drummer Dominic Brider and Rhythm guitar player Charles Watso lead on vocals across multiple tracks. The album sees a return of free form saxophone parts, eerie violins and piano all appear, notably on tracks ‘Nostaw Boogie’ and ‘I’m Going Out Tonight To Play Some Pool’. The title track is drawn from David Tattersall’s nightmare vision about his home town's population of self governing people, the album artwork was also made by Tattersall and depicts a collage of his referenced dreams. The extensive LP showcases their characteristic sound at their brightest, from softer ballads such as ‘Poppies’ and ‘Silver Breasts’, surf guitar rock anthem ‘Locomotive Cheer’, and to the six bar blues ‘Pink Ice Cream’.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            SIDE A
                                                                                                            1. Joke
                                                                                                            2. Locomotive Cheer
                                                                                                            3. Pink Ice Cream
                                                                                                            4. I Dreamed When I Was Young
                                                                                                            SIDE B
                                                                                                            5. Ten Days Of Shiver
                                                                                                            6. Running Scared
                                                                                                            7. Bonsai Tree
                                                                                                            8. Century Breaks
                                                                                                            SIDE C
                                                                                                            9. Badgers Of Wymeswold
                                                                                                            10. Nostaw Boogie
                                                                                                            11. Sports Bar
                                                                                                            12. Hard Times
                                                                                                            SIDE D
                                                                                                            13. Silver Breasts
                                                                                                            14. Caribbean Ginger Cake
                                                                                                            15. I'm Going Out Tonight To Play Some Pool
                                                                                                            16. Poppies

                                                                                                            Johnny Flynn & Robert Macfarlane

                                                                                                            Lost In The Cedar Wood

                                                                                                              ‘Lost In The Cedar Wood’, Johnny Flynn’s much-anticipated fifth album, is co-written with his friend Robert Macfarlane.

                                                                                                              Johnny and Robert began work on the album in the first weeks of the pandemic, wanting to make music that sang of those dangerous, disorienting spring days; when birdsong was brighter –– and the sense of bewilderment more powerful –– than any of us had known before.

                                                                                                              They drew inspiration in part from The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest surviving work of world literature; an epic poem from Ancient Mesopotamia that contains the earliest version of the Flood Myth. To Johnny and Robert, Gilgamesh resonated eerily with the present moment –– and it catalysed their song-writing.

                                                                                                              For Gilgamesh is a story of friendship, love, loss, grief, bad governance and good dreaming; of natural disaster and environmental crisis. It also contains the first recorded act of human destruction of the natural world: when Gilgamesh and Enkidu travel to the Sacred Cedar Wood, slay the guardian spirit of the forest, and cut down the trees with their axes, thereby bringing catastrophe upon themselves.

                                                                                                              Johnny and Robert wrote the album between March 2020 and February 2021, during a year in which we all wandered unsure of our path, lost in the cedar wood. The songs were composed in large part as a correspondence, through a back-and-forth of notebook pages, voice-recordings and WhatsApp-messages, at a time when lockdowns made meeting in person impossible. The first eight songs were recorded in an off-grid cottage deep in a Hampshire forest, with the sounds of chainsaws felling trees drifting in through the windows along with the birdsong.

                                                                                                              The result is an album at once urgent and ancient, which fuses poetry, landscape, myth and music into something unique. These are songs that ring with hope, love and sadness –– and one need not know anything about The Epic of Gilgamesh to be touched by them.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                              1. Ten Degrees Of Strange - Johnny Flynn
                                                                                                              2. The World To Come - Johnny Flynn
                                                                                                              3. Gods And Monsters - Robert Macfarlane
                                                                                                              4. Bonedigger - Robert Macfarlane
                                                                                                              5. I Can’t Swim There - Robert Macfarlane

                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                              6. Nether - Robert Macfarlane
                                                                                                              7. Flood In The Desert - Johnny Flynn
                                                                                                              8. Tree Rings - Johnny Flynn
                                                                                                              9. Enkidu Walked - Robert Macfarlane
                                                                                                              10. Home And Dry - Robert Macfarlane
                                                                                                              11. Ferryman - Robert Macfarlane

                                                                                                              Black Midi


                                                                                                                black midi’s new album Cavalcade is to be released on 28th May. Cavalcade is a dynamic, hellacious, and inventive follow-up to 2019’s widely-praised Schlagenheim, “a labyrinth with hairpin-turn episodes and lyrics full of dourly corrosive observations” (New York Times, Best Albums of 2019).

                                                                                                                It scales beautiful new heights, pulling widely from a plethora of genres and influences, reaching ever upwards from an already lofty base of early achievements. 

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. John L
                                                                                                                2. Marlene Dietrich
                                                                                                                3. Chondromalacia Patella
                                                                                                                4. Slow
                                                                                                                5. Diamond Stuff
                                                                                                                6. Dethroned
                                                                                                                7. Hogwash And Balderdash
                                                                                                                8. Ascending Forth

                                                                                                                Cheval Sombre

                                                                                                                Days Go By

                                                                                                                  Cheval Sombre releases his fourth album, Days Go By, via Sonic Cathedral on May 28, 2021.

                                                                                                                  It is his second album this year, and a companion piece to Time Waits for No One, which came out at the end of February to great acclaim. Like that album, it has been produced and mixed by Sonic Boom and features guests including Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman Dean Wareham.

                                                                                                                  Cheval Sombre is the nome d’arte of Chris Porpora, a poet from upstate New York whose otherworldly psychedelic lullabies on his self-titled album from 2009 and its follow-up, Mad Love (2012), won him a cult following. Coming just three months after Time Waits for No One, Days Go By furthers the overarching theme of the inexorable and inevitable march of time and, musically, comes across like John Fahey sitting in with Spiritualized circa Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.

                                                                                                                  The title Days Go By is actually taken from the lyrics of the previous record’s title track – and this is just one way in which the records are inextricably linked, via a number of symmetries. Both have ten tracks, with eight originals, one instrumental and a closing cover version, which this time around is a take on Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts’ ‘The Calfless Cow’.

                                                                                                                  “Having the opportunity to release two full-length albums in the same year doesn’t come around too often,” explains Chris, “so I wanted to go to every length to make it special – meaningful. It was a privilege to realise this meticulous level of symmetry – it truly became another vital dimension in the craft of record making. Around each turn, there was a chance to be incredibly measured and thoughtful, not least with Craig Carry’s artwork.”

                                                                                                                  But, as the intersecting flight paths of the two birds on the respective covers show, there are also plenty of differences. Not least, the mood, which on Days Go By is lighter, airier, punctuated by strings which are even more beautiful. Chris likens it to Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, but in reverse order. “How wonderful to discover that on the other side of experience, there is an innocence which has endured,” he explains.

                                                                                                                  “Beyond politics, love affairs, worldly woes, even life and death, it’s true – there is a calm after the storm. “It’s strange, this life – isn’t it? You’ve got all these songs around conceptions of time, it’s over eight years since your last album, you decide to release twin records, and their release dates somehow fall perfectly in line with the unfolding present. When folks say that the stars conspire to make things happen, I tend to believe it. Time Waits for No One is a dark record, already reminiscent of the shadowy days of winter, of the trials of the pandemic. If Days Go By can coincide with the promise of springtime, bringing with it light, lifting spirits – then I know my work has been done.”

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. If It’s You
                                                                                                                  2. So Long For This
                                                                                                                  3. Well It’s Hard
                                                                                                                  4. He Was My Gang
                                                                                                                  5. Give Me Something
                                                                                                                  6. Are You Ready
                                                                                                                  7. Pneumonia Blues
                                                                                                                  8. Sunlight In My Room
                                                                                                                  9. Walking At Night
                                                                                                                  10. The Calfless Cow

                                                                                                                  Lucy Gooch

                                                                                                                  Rain's Break EP

                                                                                                                    An exploration of repression, longing and ‘otherness’ amidst illusory landscapes, ‘Rain’s Break’ EP is inspired by the early technicolour films of Powell and Pressburger. Lucy Gooch uses synthesisers and vocal layering to concentrate elements of each film’s score and narrative into songs which move through different moods of yearning and renewal:
                                                                                                                    “I first experienced their strange cinematic worlds in childhood, and they stayed with me, like waking dreams – their vibrancy seemed to capture the hidden emotional lives of everyday people. The films’ fantastical sets were often met with the complexities of the inner female experience, as portrayed by each heroine. People wrestling with post-war isolation, changing attitudes to women and sexual repression alongside their struggle to establish equality and autonomy of their own lives.”

                                                                                                                    So, it is amidst 1940’s austerity that these films were an escape, an over-rich backdrop of possibilities. A snatched piece of dialogue, the film’s score, the crackle of uncertainty all succumbs to the layered ambience of Lucy’s music as she traces moods of yearning and renewal on ‘Rain’s Break’ EP.

                                                                                                                    Originally from Norfolk, Lucy studied Fine Art and later moved to Bristol to join the emerging ambient scene there - gradually developing her writing and finally releasing her debut ‘Rushing’ EP in early 2020. Over the past year, she’s dipped into a wealth of long gone celluloid as the basis for a filmic journey, a five song EP that relives formative movies in her unique take on ecclesiastical pop.

                                                                                                                    ‘Ash and Orange’ emerged after listening to old recordings of women’s choirs from the 1930’s, their stoic sopranos circling churches and halls. In two parts, it touches on an everyday person’s hidden life that leads to an emotional breaking-down. A change from Lucy’s trademarked looping style it takes its inspiration from choral composition.

                                                                                                                    ‘Chained To A Woman’ by contrast, is more playful, nodding to ‘80s synth pop, a homage to some degree to Blue Nile, pop music tinged with melancholy.

                                                                                                                    “I sought to stick to that tradition of talk-singing the verses, and it seemed to fit in with the feeling of the song, which is more ambiguous. I wanted the words to be about being devoted to something, like family, a person or religion and all the things that come with that kind of devotion.”

                                                                                                                    Inspired by the monsoon scene at the end of Black Narcissus (1947), the title track ‘Rain’s Break’ takes its lead from the weather to reflect an emotional journey.

                                                                                                                    “That amazing tradition in early film of using weather to reflect the character’s emotional journey - it seems cliched now but at the time it was revolutionary. This is my attempt at trying to recreate the feeling of total surrender to drama, of something totally sensual.”

                                                                                                                    This is music that takes you places, shifts focus, paints large canvases.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                    1 Rain's Break
                                                                                                                    2 It Brings Me Back To You
                                                                                                                    3 Chained To A Woman

                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                    4 6AM
                                                                                                                    5 Ash And Orange


                                                                                                                    National Trust

                                                                                                                      With just a handful of singles under their belts, the Manchester band have already found support from the likes of Clash, DIY, Dork, The Forty-Five, The Line of Best Fit, NME and So Young, along with a Next Wave slot from Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1, New Names feature from Annie Mac, a Ones To Watch pick from Huw Stephens, a track of the week from Shaun Keaveny @ BBC 6 Music whilst further support from Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Marc Riley, plays from Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, as well as playlist spots at NME Radio and Amazing Radio.

                                                                                                                      Back in March 2020, the band’s debut single “Taking You With Me” marked the arrival of a band full of ideas, and cut a boundless, energetically pop edge that saw them likened to early Blur. Follow-up “Beach Body” dialed up the urgency and distilled a swift insistence, on top of which vocalist Adam Hopper masterminded a trove of indelible melodies, dedicated to the ailing Brit-abroad. The band wrapped up 2020 with “Harold”, which brought with it a thumping, wonky and rowdy execution and then saw in the new year with "Leave The South". On the back of 12 months that has seen much made about the divide between the north and south of England, "Leave The South" seeks not to pit the regions against one another, and instead offers a far more nuanced look at the way the grass can always appear greener on the other side. It also acts as something of a love-letter of absent friends and an admission that nothing is perfect. National Trust looks at themes of feeling trapped and anxious, but also the hopes held toward eventual liberation from that feeling.

                                                                                                                      Recent years have seen the band spearheading a burgeoning scene in Manchester as they gigged extensively throughout the city, performing their original brand of restless post-punk and cerebral indie-pop – all served with a sharper, more sardonic pop edge than many of their more po-faced peers. So sharp in fact that Steve Hanley, of The Fall and Brix Smith & Extricated, has performed live on stage with them a number of times already.

                                                                                                                      In a 12 months that has seen much made about the divide between the north and south of England, "Leave The South" seeks not to pit the regions against one another, and instead offers a far more nuanced look at the way the grass can always appear greener on the other side. It also acts as something of a love-letter of absent friends and an admission that nothing is perfect. Lead vocalist and guitarist Adam Hopper elaborates:

                                                                                                                      "The song harks back to five years ago when I was living in Reading while at uni. While not a bad place, I found my final year tough and was becoming disillusioned with what I was doing and where I was. I was in a rut mentally and my friends had stayed up north and I found myself feeling increasingly isolated and skint. I managed to convince myself that moving back up North would solve all my problems like it was some kind of utopia and started blaming where I was for said problems. I laugh at that now and that’s what the song is about. Although the water really does taste better up North..."

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Beach Body
                                                                                                                      Leave The South
                                                                                                                      Dogs Die In Hot Cars
                                                                                                                      Blue Funk
                                                                                                                      National Trust
                                                                                                                      The Tie

                                                                                                                      Gemma Cullingford (Sink Ya Teeth)

                                                                                                                      Let Me Speak

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                                                                        Nick Cave & Warren Elllis


                                                                                                                          Carnage is a new album by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, recorded over a period of weeks during lockdown.

                                                                                                                          Although the pair have composed & recorded many soundtracks together, and Ellis is a long-term member of The Bad Seeds, this is the first time they have released an entire album of songs as a duo.

                                                                                                                          Cave describes the album as "a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe."

                                                                                                                          "Making Carnage was an accelerated process of intense creativity," says Ellis, "the eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days."

                                                                                                                          Cave & Ellis' sonic and lyrical adventurism continues apace on Carnage, an album that emerged almost by accident out of the downtime created by the long, anxious, global emergency.

                                                                                                                          Carnage is a record for these uncertain times - one shot through with moments of distilled beauty and that resonates with an almost defiant sense of hope.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Hand Of God
                                                                                                                          Old Time
                                                                                                                          White Elephant
                                                                                                                          Lavender Fields
                                                                                                                          Shattered Ground
                                                                                                                          Balcony Man

                                                                                                                          Kevin Cummins

                                                                                                                          Joy Division : Juvenes

                                                                                                                            A new, expanded edition of the legendary book published more than a decade ago, now with added interviews and unpublished photographs.

                                                                                                                            The definitive collection of the Joy Division photographs of Kevin Cummins, including new interviews with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris.

                                                                                                                            Originally published in 2007 in an ultra-limited run of just 226 copies, Juvenes is a book with legendary status among Joy Division devotees. The book consists of Kevin's selection of pictures from his Joy Division archive accompanied by short personal essays and memories from the band's family, contemporaries and fans and from several writers including Ian Rankin, David Peace and Natalie Curtis. The foreword is by Ian Rankin. Now comprehensively updated with new material and images that have never been published in a book before, this new edition will allow the band's many die-hard fans to own it for the first time.

                                                                                                                            Bachelor (Jay Som + Palehound)

                                                                                                                            Doomin' Sun

                                                                                                                              Bachelor, the new project from Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and Ellen Kempner (Palehound), is not a band, it’s a friend-ship. After being mutual fans for years, they finally met when sharing the bill at a show in Sacramento in 2017. Keeping in touch over text and Instagram posts, Duterte and Kempner started recording together for fun in 2018, resulting with what would become "Sand Angel", the seductive slow-burner that convinced the pair to write an album together.

                                                                                                                              Reconvening in January 2020, the duo packed the entirety of Duterte’s recording equipment into two cars and headed to a rental house in Topanga, CA. In this space Kempner and Duterte hybridized their individual song-writing talents, producing a collection that slips between moods with ease and showcases their lyrical prowess. Arriving with almost no songs written and no solid plan, they finished the 10 songs that make up Doomin’ Sun after two short weeks. That much work in so little time may sound exhausting, but it wasn’t, it was blissful and freeing.

                                                                                                                              There was a lot of pain that went into the record, especially around themes of queerness and climate change inspired by the red skies and wildfires subsuming Australia at the time. However, when the duo did shed tears during the creative process, they weren’t tears of sadness, they were tears of laughter. When Kempner and Duterte look back on those weeks, what they remember first is shortness of breath and the inability to track vocal takes without falling to the floor howling. They couldn’t remember a time they’d ever been so delirious with creativity, so overwhelmed with joy.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                                              1. Back Of My Hand
                                                                                                                              2. Sand Angel
                                                                                                                              3. Stay In The Car
                                                                                                                              4. Went Out Without You
                                                                                                                              5. Spin Out

                                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                                              6. Anything At All
                                                                                                                              7. Moon
                                                                                                                              8. Sick Of Spiraling
                                                                                                                              9. Aurora
                                                                                                                              10. Doomin’ Sun

                                                                                                                              Andrew Hung


                                                                                                                                Stars collapse and new worlds arise in Devastations, the bold new album from Andrew Hung.

                                                                                                                                Andrew Hung is an artist known for his breakthrough debut Realisationship, film soundtracks (The Greasy Strangler, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn) and his collaborations (Fuck Buttons, Beth Orton and Aimée Osbourne)

                                                                                                                                His work as Fuck Buttons brought about three critically-acclaimed albums, headline slots at festivals such as Glastonbury, Green Man and All Tomorrow’s Parties. Their music sound tracked key moments in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

                                                                                                                                Hung went on to work with cult director Jim Hosking and his films “The Greasy Strangler” (winning best comedy at the Empire awards, “An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn” and “Tropical Cop Tales” for Adult Swim.

                                                                                                                                Hung continued his collaborative streak through writing and producing with artist Beth Orton on her career redefining album Kidsticks (described by The Skinny as “…an exceptional return to form.”) and daughter of a rock god, Aimée Osbourne on her incredible debut album Vacare Adamaré (Released under the name ARO).

                                                                                                                                Hung now returns his attention to his own expression.

                                                                                                                                Hung’s second album Devastations is the ecstatic cry of colour found between light and dark. The album documents a transitional period in Hung’s life; a stepping out from the shadows. Hung explores the deepest recesses of his psyche and in doing so finds himself reconciling the light and dark within. Underlying the propulsive bests and prisms of noise is a melodic tenderness that weaves throughout the album; an offering hand emerging from a turbulent sky. The deepening of inner space becomes an exploration of the universal; a new beginning from the Devastations of old worlds.

                                                                                                                                The artist wrote, performed, produced and mixed the whole album himself. He also painted the self-portrait that adorns the cover of the album. The oil painting further illuminates the artist’s intentions in his work; it depicts the artist stepping out of a shadowy world, partially lit by the bright light of the sun.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                1. Battle
                                                                                                                                2. Promises
                                                                                                                                3. Brother
                                                                                                                                4. Colour

                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                1. Light
                                                                                                                                2. Wave
                                                                                                                                3. Space
                                                                                                                                4. Goodbye 

                                                                                                                                Portico Quartet announce Terrain, a three-part suite drawing on American minimalism and ambient music alongside their own rich heritage as they explore new musical vistas

                                                                                                                                When Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie – the driving force behind Portico Quartet got together in their East London studio in May 2020 and started work on the music that would become their new album, the world, or most of it, was in the midst of the first lockdown. The unique impact of the events of 2020 became the backdrop to their time composing and recording; causing them to take stock, re-think, and plot a new musical path.

                                                                                                                                Indian novelist Arundhati Roy expressed the sense of grief and rupture from the pandemic as "a portal, a gateway between one world and the next", and as they created the music that would become Terrain they were drawn towards longer, slowly unfolding pieces, which are perhaps the most artistically free and also the most beautiful they have ever made.

                                                                                                                                These are compositions more in the lineage of Line and Shed Song (Isla/2009), Rubidium (Portico Quartet/2012) and Immediately Visible (Memory Streams/2019). Wyllie expands: "We've always had this side of the band in some form. The core of it is having a repeated pattern, around which other parts move in and out, and start to form a narrative. We used to do longer improvisations not dissimilar to this around the time of our second record Isla. On Terrain we've really dug into it and explored that form. I suppose there are obvious influences such as American minimalism, but I was particularly inspired by the work of Japanese composer Midori Takada. Her approach, particularly on 'Through the Looking Glass', where she moves through different worlds incorporating elements of minimalism with non-Western instruments and melodies were at the front of my mind when writing this music".

                                                                                                                                Terrain I, II & III are all subtly different, but a short rhythmic motif that repeats is the starting point in all three movements. There is a sense of a shared journey to all these pieces, they move through different worlds, with a sense of horizontal movement that lends the music real momentum. Terrain I was the first piece they worked on and it started with a hang drum pattern, improvised by Bellamy, who added cymbals and synthesiser. From there on it grew, Wyllie adding saxophone, another synthesiser section, strings. For Bellamy "It felt more like filmmaking than music making, a bricolage of conflicting, shifting signs, subtle tension and multiple narratives. Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Mirror' and British artist John Akomfrah's incredible 'Handsworth Songs' were pivotal points of reference for me." Wyllie expands the point. "There is a sense of conversation between us both, in that someone presents a musical idea, the other person responds to it with something else, which would then be responded to again... until it feels finished. These responses are often consonant with each other but there is also a dissonance to some of this work. The music slowly evolves through these shared conversations."

                                                                                                                                It is this sense of dialogue, both between the composers, and between tranquillity and a subtly unsettling melancholy, that makes Terrain such a powerful statement. One that speaks to both our interior and exterior worlds, to our own personal landscape, to our Terrain.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Terrain: I
                                                                                                                                2. Terrain: II
                                                                                                                                3. Terrain: III

                                                                                                                                The Go! Team

                                                                                                                                Get Up Sequences Part One

                                                                                                                                  The Go! Team return with their new album “Get Up Sequences Part One” out on 02 July 2021 via Memphis Industries featuring the singles Cookie Scene and World Remember Me Now.

                                                                                                                                  On “Get Up Sequences Part One” Ian, Ninja, Nia, Simone, Sam and Adam have created a musical world distinctly of their own making. A place where routine is outlawed and perfection is the enemy. Where Ennio Morricone meets the Monkees armed with flutes, glockenspiels, steel drums and a badass analogue attitude. We’re talking widescreen, four- track, channel hopping sounds that are instantly recognisable.

                                                                                                                                  In The Go! Team's world, old’s cool, the future's bright and melody is the star. Just check the second cut “Cookie Scene” with a bouncing flute and junk shop percussion it introduces guest rapper Indigo Yaj who delivers an old school vocal that continues this sonic trip. Pow channels Curtis Mayfield and enter stage centre, the inimitable Ninja in full flow and you don’t stop, you wont stop to this flute driven free for all.

                                                                                                                                  By way of demonstrating The Go! Team’s old school manifesto, comes the 'needle-in-the-red' “I Love You Better” a defiant message to an ex love, spelling out exactly how he’s fucked up – and then there’s those steel drums. Following that comes the soda fountain soul courtesy of “A Bee Without Its Sting”, a groovy protest song that makes its point with a tambourine – hey only The Go! Team.

                                                                                                                                  The musical wagon train then takes you into the wide screen, windswept western that is Tame the Great Plains heading off into a polyrhythmic panorama that’s full of hope. Slappin’ you back to reality comes “World Remember Me Now”, a timely reminder that when you’re lost in the routine of life, you can always count on The Go! Team.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Let The Seasons Work
                                                                                                                                  2. Cookie Scene
                                                                                                                                  3. A Memo For Maceo
                                                                                                                                  4. We Do It But Never Know Why
                                                                                                                                  5. Freedom Now
                                                                                                                                  6. Pow
                                                                                                                                  7. I Loved You Better
                                                                                                                                  8. A Bee Without Its Sting
                                                                                                                                  9. Tame The Great Plains
                                                                                                                                  10. World Remember Me Now

                                                                                                                                  Lou Barlow

                                                                                                                                  Reason To Live

                                                                                                                                    After decades on the road and the never-ending hustle of life as an artist, Lou Barlow has tapped into a new confidence in the chaos. In 2021, the concept of balance feels particularly intimidating. Now more than ever, it’s clear life isn’t just leveling out a pair of responsibilities. Instead, we’re chasing after a flock of different ideals with a butterfly net. On Barlow’s new solo album, Reason to Live, he has come to an understanding of that swirl rather than trying to contain it.

                                                                                                                                    As a long-time indie legend, Barlow has found a life akin to a middle-class musician. In recent years, he’s moved from Los Angeles back to Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and three kids. And yet rather than settle into a comfortable malaise or yearn for the open road, Barlow’s strengthened urgency finds a way to merge the two instincts. Reason to Live is shambolic and grand yet intimate and doting, warmly acoustic and crackling with grit. “I had been struggling for a way to connect both my home life and my recorded life, but this record is the first time I've integrated that,” Barlow says. By folding the many facets of his life into one package, Reason to Live radiates with a renewed balance and calm.

                                                                                                                                    That comfort in complexity shines through even in the recording process, with select songs having origins in decades past and others written in the early stages of 2020.

                                                                                                                                    The multitude of whirring messages of Reason to Live are united by Barlow’s roiling multilayered arrangements and the understanding that change is inevitable--and that it can bring you a new reason to live in the darkest times. “This album is me really opening up, and the album follows that through its many different themes,” he says. “Some of my other work could be almost claustrophobic in its insistence on being all tied together but there’s space for people to live inside these songs.”

                                                                                                                                    After albums with Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion, and under his own name, listeners may have felt they knew the construction of a Barlow song, even that they knew Barlow himself. “People have this vision of me as this heartbroken, depressed guy, but this record feels so true to who I am, to this rich life I now have full of people I love,” he says. “The songs culminated over the last five years to show that music has returned to its central comforting role in my life. Now I’m home.”

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1 In My Arms
                                                                                                                                    2 Reason To Live
                                                                                                                                    3 Why Can’t It Wait
                                                                                                                                    4 Love Intervene
                                                                                                                                    5 Privatize
                                                                                                                                    6 I Don’t Like Changes
                                                                                                                                    7 Clouded Age
                                                                                                                                    8 Over You
                                                                                                                                    9 How Do I Know
                                                                                                                                    10 Cold One
                                                                                                                                    11 Thirsty
                                                                                                                                    12 Maumee
                                                                                                                                    13 Lows And Highs
                                                                                                                                    14 Paws
                                                                                                                                    15 Tempted
                                                                                                                                    16 All You People Suck
                                                                                                                                    17 Act Of Faith

                                                                                                                                    After some inaugural heat from Hamburg, we catch up with our man from Saint-Ouen for Drum Chums Vol. 2!

                                                                                                                                    As far as Percussion Pals go, Plastic Bamboo has the highest credentials.
                                                                                                                                    Not only did he spend a decade behind the drum kit, but he was my flatmate for a few happy years in Manchester. Since relocating to Paris in 2012, he's played sets all over Europe, worked the scalpel with the Good Plus crew and secured a second dan black belt in digging.
                                                                                                                                    Let's see what the prince of Les Puces has in store for us...

                                                                                                                                    On the A1, Plastic Bamboo double doses an unknown new beat 7" extending the Arabic acid delight for a six minute soak. Properly peaking and packed with Middle Eastern flava, 'Ra Beat' is primed for dance floor demolition.
                                                                                                                                    The Frenchman swaps the Arabic coffee for an Italian cocktail on the A2's 'Bertini', sticking an extra large umbrella in the frothiest of disco winners.

                                                                                                                                    'Kamboja' offers a chance to catch your breath on the B1, bringing Balearic boogie with the upmost emotion and a melody you'll never forget.
                                                                                                                                    We end the set in a peak time mode via the mysterious 'Forest Dance', a witches brew of dark disco and new beat stomp with just a hint of that techno-tropical flavour the Talking Drums love.

                                                                                                                                    Bon soir et bisous.

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    says: YES. We get treated to a new outing from Talking Drums' offshoot and collaborative sideline, Drum Chums. This time sees the rolling slap bass and Gilmourish guitar screams of Ra Beat offset with more wistful synthy pieces, and silken 80's groove. 'Kamboja' is the pick for me here, but it's almost as if this has been tailored specifically for me. Every track a winner.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    A1. Ra Beat
                                                                                                                                    A2. Bertini
                                                                                                                                    B1. Kamboja
                                                                                                                                    B2. Forest Dance

                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                    Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years Of 4AD)

                                                                                                                                      In 2020, 4AD turned 40. Never one to be on time for a party, the label is commemorating that landmark this year with the release of Bills & Aches & Blues.

                                                                                                                                      The compilation features 18 of its current artists covering a song of their choosing from 4AD’s past: a creative experiment rooted in the spirit of collaboration and a snapshot of 4AD, 41 years after its inception.

                                                                                                                                      Bills & Aches & Blues will be released on double LP and double CD on 23rd July. The first 12 months’ profits from Bills & Aches & Blues will be donated to The Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based after-school programme for children from communities and schools that lack equitable access to studying the arts or music.

                                                                                                                                      Bills & Aches & Blues’ 18 recordings contain fascinating connections between artist and track. The earliest song chosen (by U.S. Girls) is The Birthday Party’s ‘Junkyard’, from 1981; the most recent are the two Grimes covers (‘Genesis’ and ‘Oblivion’, respectively by Spencer. and Dry Cleaning) from 2012. Suitably, for the one band that bridges 4AD past and present, The Breeders are all over Bills And Aches And Blues. They’re covered three times – ‘Cannonball’ by Tune-Yards, ‘Mountain Battles’ by Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and ‘Off You’ by Big Thief, whilst The Breeders cover ‘The Dirt Eaters’ by their ‘90s contemporaries His Name Is Alive.

                                                                                                                                      Landmark songs such as ‘Cannonball’, ‘Song To The Siren’ and Pixies’ ‘Where is My Mind?’, will feel comfortable to casual fans, however by contrast, much joy can be found in the album’s surprise choices, such as Air Miami’s ‘Seabird’ and the Lush B-side ‘Sunbathing’, covered respectively by new signings Maria Somerville and Jenny Hval.

                                                                                                                                      Bills & Aches & Blues is named, arguably (as Elizabeth Fraser never published the lyrics) after the opening line of Cocteau Twins ‘Cherry-Coloured Funk’. Perhaps too unique and uncoverable in their own right, their legendary take on Tim Buckley’s ‘Song To The Siren’, under the name This Mortal Coil (along with Buckley’s pre-Starsailor acoustic version) informs SOHN’s cover.

                                                                                                                                      Some tracks unearth hitherto hidden shared DNA, such as Future Islands’ and Colourbox’s ‘The Moon Is Blue’; other tracks are more akin to reinvention. Aldous Harding distils the melodic essence of Deerhunter’s ‘Revival’ and recasts it in her own uncanny image. U.S. Girls’ future-disco ‘Junkyard’ and Bing & Ruth’s neo-classical instrumental ‘Gigantic’ are even more radical interpretations. Leading off the album, Tkay Maidza brings both her Art Rap and R&B game, but also an unexpected ‘80s synth pop template, to Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind?’, a perfect title for these chaotic times.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      Side 1:
                                                                                                                                      01 Tkay Maidza Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)
                                                                                                                                      02 U.S. Girls Junkyard (The Birthday Party)
                                                                                                                                      03 Aldous Harding Revival (Deerhunter)
                                                                                                                                      04 The Breeders Dirt Eaters (His Name Is Alive)
                                                                                                                                      05 Maria Somerville Seabird (Air Miami)

                                                                                                                                      Side 2:
                                                                                                                                      06 Tune-Yards Cannonball (The Breeders)
                                                                                                                                      07 Spencer. Genesis (Grimes)
                                                                                                                                      08 Helado Negro Futurism (Deerhunter)
                                                                                                                                      09 Efterklang Postal (Piano Magic)
                                                                                                                                      10 Bing And Ruth Gigantic (Pixies)

                                                                                                                                      Side 3:
                                                                                                                                      11 Future Islands The Moon Is Blue (Colourbox)
                                                                                                                                      12 Jenny Hval Sunbathing (Lush)
                                                                                                                                      13 Dry Cleaning Oblivion (Grimes)
                                                                                                                                      14 Bradford Cox Mountain Battles (Breeders)

                                                                                                                                      Side 4:
                                                                                                                                      15 SOHN Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley)
                                                                                                                                      16 Becky And The Birds The Wolves Act I And II (Bon Iver)
                                                                                                                                      17 Ex:Re Misery Is A Butterfly (Blonde Redhead)
                                                                                                                                      18 Big Thief Off You (The Breeders)

                                                                                                                                      Hiss Golden Messenger

                                                                                                                                      Quietly Blowing It

                                                                                                                                        “I went looking for peace,” says songwriter M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger about his new album Quietly Blowing It, out March 26, 2021, on Merge Records. “It’s not exactly a record about the state of the world—or my world—in 2020, but more a retrospective of the past five years of my life, painted in sort of impressionistic hues. Maybe I had the presence of mind when I was writing Quietly Blowing It to know that this was the time to go as deep as I needed to in order to make a record like this. And I got the time required in order to do that.” He pauses and laughs ruefully. “I got way more time than I needed, actually.”

                                                                                                                                        Quietly Blowing It was written and arranged by Taylor in his home studio—his 8’ × 10’ sanctuary packed floor to ceiling with books, records, and old guitars—as he watched the chaotic world spin outside his window. “Writing became a daily routine,” he explains, “and that was a ballast for me. Having spent so much time on the road over the past ten years, where writing consistently with any kind of flow can be tricky, it felt refreshing. And being in my studio, which is both isolated from and totally connected to the life of my family, felt appropriate for these songs.” Between March and June, Taylor wrote and recorded upwards of two dozen songs—in most cases playing all of the instruments himself—before winnowing the collection down and bringing them to the Hiss band. In July, the group of musicians, with Taylor in the production seat, went into Overdub Lane in Durham, NC, for a week, where they recorded Quietly Blowing It as an organic unit honed to a fine edge from their years together on the road. “We all needed to be making that music together,” he recalls. “We’ve all spent so many years traveling all over the world, but in that moment, it felt cathartic to be recording those particular songs with each other in our own small hometown.”

                                                                                                                                        Throughout Quietly Blowing It, Taylor brings his keen eye to our “broken American moment”—as he first sang on Hiss Golden Messenger’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY®-nominated Terms of Surrender—in ways that feel devastatingly intimate and human. Beginning with the wanderer’s lament of “Way Back in the Way Back,” with its rallying cry of “Up with the mountains, down with the system,” Taylor carries the listener on a musical journey that continually returns to themes of growing up, loss, obligation, and labor with piercing clarity, and his musical influences—including classic Southern soul and gospel, renegade country, and spiritual jazz—have never felt more genuine. Indeed, Quietly Blowing It is a distillation of the rolling Hiss Golden Messenger groove, from the rollicking, Allman-esque “The Great Mystifier” to the chiming falsetto soul of “It Will If We Let It,” to the smoky, shuffling title track with its bittersweet guitar assist from Nashville legend Buddy Miller. The album ends with soulful lead single “Sanctuary,” a song about trying to reconcile tragedy and joy, with references to John Prine (“Handsome Johnny had to go, child…”), economic disparity, and the redemptive quality of hope. Indeed, when he sings, “Feeling bad, feeling blue, can’t get out of my own mind; but I know how to sing about it,” it feels like the album’s spiritual thesis. Throughout Quietly Blowing It, Taylor reckons with the tumultuous present in wholly personal terms, encouraging listeners to do the same. “These songs always circle back to the things that I feel like I have a handle on and the things that I’m not proud of about myself. When I think of the phrase ‘quietly blowing it,’ I think of all the ways that I’ve misstepped, misused my gifts, miscommunicated. ‘Born on the level, quietly blowing it.’ That’s what’s on my mind there. Always fuckin’ up in little ways.”

                                                                                                                                        Surrounding himself with a trusted cast of collaborators that includes Miller, songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, songwriter and Tony Award–winning playwright Anaïs Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman, Dawes’ brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, and his oldest musical confidant Scott Hirsch, Taylor has made his most audacious and hopeful work yet with Quietly Blowing It; it’s an album that speaks personal truth to this moment in which the old models of being feel broken and everything feels at stake. “I don’t know that the peace that I crave when I’m far from home exists, actually,” says Taylor. “It’s more complicated. I still don’t know what peace means for me, because I can be sitting on the couch watching a movie with my family and be completely tangled up in my head. But if I keep on doing my own personal work on myself—writing records like Quietly Blowing It—I have to think that I’m getting closer.”

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                                        1 Way Back In The Way Back
                                                                                                                                        2 The Great Mystifier
                                                                                                                                        3 Mighty Dollar
                                                                                                                                        4 Quietly Blowing It
                                                                                                                                        5 It Will If We Let It
                                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                                        6 Hardlytown
                                                                                                                                        7 If It Comes In The Morning
                                                                                                                                        8 Glory Strums (Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Runner)
                                                                                                                                        9 Painting Houses
                                                                                                                                        10 Angels In The Headlights
                                                                                                                                        11 Sanctuary

                                                                                                                                        Live At Leeds CD (Dinked Exclusive)
                                                                                                                                        There’s A New Day Coming
                                                                                                                                        Call Him Daylight
                                                                                                                                        Red Rose Nantahala
                                                                                                                                        My Wing
                                                                                                                                        Terms Of Surrender
                                                                                                                                        Blue Country Mystic
                                                                                                                                        Highland Grace
                                                                                                                                        Beat The Retreat
                                                                                                                                        Harder Rain

                                                                                                                                        Hiatus Kaiyote

                                                                                                                                        Mood Valiant

                                                                                                                                          Hiatus Kaiyote is comprised of Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums)

                                                                                                                                          The new album has been in the making for six years, but that interval reflects more hustle than hiatus. The result is an album that relaxes into a groove: sunlit, sublime, masterful. Behind everything is Hiatus’ familiar sense of musical adventure, their knack for making the complex sound simple.

                                                                                                                                          The six year journey of the album originally began on the road, as they began to add new material to their live sets in while touring in support of Choose Your Weapon. By the fall of 2018, backing tracks had largely been laid, ready for Nai’s vocals. Then, during a brief swing through the U.S., Hiatus’s frontwoman was diagnosed with breast cancer. “That was a massive scare,” recalls Nai. Her mother’s death from the same disease was never far from her mind. Nai rushed back to Australia and into the hospital, where she underwent a life-saving mastectomy. As Nai recovered, the band turned back to their work with altered perspectives. Her lyrics, even those written before her illness, took on a prescient quality. It wasn't until a trip to Rio de Janeiro in late-2019 to work with legendary Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai on "Get Sun" that the vibe of the entire album shifted.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Side A

                                                                                                                                          1. Flight Of The Tiger Lily
                                                                                                                                          2. Sip Into Something Soft
                                                                                                                                          3. Chivalry Is Not Dead
                                                                                                                                          4. And We Go Gentle
                                                                                                                                          5. Get Sun (feat. Arthur Verocai)
                                                                                                                                          6. All The Words We Don’t Say

                                                                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                                                                          1. Hush Rattle
                                                                                                                                          2. Rose Water
                                                                                                                                          3. Red Room
                                                                                                                                          4. Sparkle Tape Break Up
                                                                                                                                          5. Stone Or Lavender
                                                                                                                                          6. Blood And Marrow


                                                                                                                                          1. Flight Of The Tiger Lily
                                                                                                                                          2. Sip Into Something Soft
                                                                                                                                          3. Chivalry Is Not Dead
                                                                                                                                          4. And We Go Gentle
                                                                                                                                          5. Get Sun (feat. Arthur Verocai)
                                                                                                                                          6. All The Words We Don't Say
                                                                                                                                          7. Hush Rattle
                                                                                                                                          8. Rose Water
                                                                                                                                          9. Red Room
                                                                                                                                          10. Sparkle Tape Break Up
                                                                                                                                          11. Stone Or Lavender
                                                                                                                                          12. Blood And Marrow

                                                                                                                                          Sharon Van Etten

                                                                                                                                          Epic Ten - Reissue

                                                                                                                                            Sharon Van Etten’s career since the release of her second album, 2010’s epic is well-known; critically lauded albums, films, and television shows have continually displayed her expanding artistry. Upon its release, epic laid a romantic melancholy over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak without one honest thought or feeling spared. Her songs covered betrayal, obsession, egotism, and all the other emotions we dislike in others and recognize in ourselves. Van Etten's grounded and clenched vocals conveyed a sense of hope--the notion that beauty can arise from the worst of circumstances.

                                                                                                                                            To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this special album’s release, and to acknowledge the convergence of Van Etten’s present and past work, she asked fellow artists she admired to participate in an expanded reissue, where each artist would cover one different song from epic in their own style. Some are musicians Van Etten herself admired in her early days (Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, and Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon of Big Red Machine), some are peers (Courtney Barnett, IDLES), and others are part of a younger generation of innovators (Shamir, St. Panther). What they all share is embodied by epic--a musician frankly communicating themself through the power of music.

                                                                                                                                            The resulting epic Ten is a double LP featuring the original album plus the new album of epic covers and reimagined artwork.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            Album 1
                                                                                                                                            1. A Crime
                                                                                                                                            2. Peace Signs
                                                                                                                                            3. Save Yourself
                                                                                                                                            4. DsharpG
                                                                                                                                            5. Don’t Do It
                                                                                                                                            6. One Day
                                                                                                                                            7. Love More

                                                                                                                                            Album 2
                                                                                                                                            1. A Crime (Big Red Machine)
                                                                                                                                            2. Peace Signs (IDLES)
                                                                                                                                            3. Save Yourself (Lucinda Williams)
                                                                                                                                            4. DsharpG (Shamir)
                                                                                                                                            5. Don’t Do It (Courtney Barnett Ft. Vagabon)
                                                                                                                                            6. One Day (St Panther)
                                                                                                                                            7. Love More (Fiona Apple)

                                                                                                                                            Francis Lung


                                                                                                                                              “For me, [Miracle] is about the struggle between my selfdestructive side and my problem-solving, constructive side,” says Francis. “I suppose through a lot of these songs I’m dealing with these emotional problems, acknowledging the negative aspects of my behaviour instead of burying them, and providing an alternative point of view for myself”. Despite its serious subject matter, Miracle is far from austere in sound, marrying the cinematic, dreamlike quality of Francis’s earlier music with the pared-back charm of great singer-songwriters like Judee Sill, Jeff Tweedy and Elliott Smith.

                                                                                                                                              The album opens with ‘Bad Hair Day’, a relentlessly catchy—and deceptively upbeat—ode to hangovers and missed connections. “I’ve been calling on you all night /But I never get through, I just get in the way” Francis laments; “I am a cloud in the sun’s light/Whatever I do, whatever I say.” Elsewhere, the title track finds him pondering the fickle nature of the music industry: “I think of [Miracle] as acknowledging and even encouraging the feelings we’re not supposed to succumb to - giving up, giving in - just because it can be comforting to hear it from someone else. ‘Why am I climbing these social ladders and jumping through the hoops of this creative industry? Does this make me happy?’”

                                                                                                                                              These themes of longing, and lacking, missing and being missed, reoccur throughout Miracle. “When I die/Will I be missed/Or am I missing the point?” asks ‘Say So’; while ‘Lonesome No More’, inspired by the Kurt Vonnegut book of the same name, begs the question: if loneliness was eradicated, would we miss it? By confronting these feelings, Francis is able to move forward, as triumphant album closer ‘The Let Down’ proves. Its lyrics serve as a call to action, as Francis wills himself (and the listener) to ‘Get up/Get something going/Do something, do it/Do it now’

                                                                                                                                              Miracle was produced by Francis in collaboration with Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, Matthew Halsall, Kiran Leonard) and Robin Koob (who co-arranged and performed strings). The opportunity to take creative control was one Francis relished. “I’m quite bad at delegating” he admits, noting that he played every instrument except strings on Miracle. The result is a cohesive, deeply personal record, which is as vital as it is vulnerable. “I don’t want to be defined by my anxiety, my depression or any history of substance abuse,” Francis says, “but I do want to reach out to other people who have had similar experiences, especially if it’s in a way that helps them feel a little better. To me, this music is celebrating healing as much as it focuses on the darker sides of the human psyche.”

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. Intro
                                                                                                                                              2. Bad Hair Day
                                                                                                                                              3. Blondes Have More Fun
                                                                                                                                              4. Miracle
                                                                                                                                              5. Empty Playgrounds, Broken Swings (Demo)
                                                                                                                                              6. Don't Call Me Baby
                                                                                                                                              7. Say So
                                                                                                                                              8. Southern Skies
                                                                                                                                              9. Want 2 Want U
                                                                                                                                              10. Comedown (Again)
                                                                                                                                              11. Uncommon
                                                                                                                                              12. Lonesome No More
                                                                                                                                              13. The Let Down

                                                                                                                                              Acid Dad

                                                                                                                                              Take It From The Dead

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

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

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                Hattie Cooke

                                                                                                                                                Bliss Land

                                                                                                                                                  “It's about the in-between moments.” - Hattie Cooke “Bliss Land” is the new LP from Brighton born artist Hattie Cooke. Her third album and debut release for Castles In Space opens up her sound by managing to find a balance between the introspective and the communal. It is an album that looks forward whilst acknowledging the creators past creating a work full of a nostalgia that also feels vitally current. Initially conceived as a soundtrack album, during its creation, “Bliss Land” morphed into a beautiful set of personal songs born out of anticipation, excitement and anxiety.

                                                                                                                                                  Speaking about the themes of the albums, Hattie says: "It wasn’t until the album was finished that I realised what it was about. I had recently graduated from university and people were beginning to take more notice of my music. I was excited about the possibilities of the future, but at the same time the immediate future had been put on hold due to the pandemic, so I was frustrated and anxious. And then whenever I think about the future, I can’t help but think about the past and where I’ve come from and what I’ve been through to get to that point. So in some ways it’s a reflective record and in other ways it’s a record full of anticipation. “One Foot Out The Door” is a track that really resonates with me - it’s about that liminal space between the past and the future when you’re on the threshold of something. I think that’s what the album is about, it’s about the in-between moments. "I grew up on a small council estate on the outskirts of Brighton in a house that was full of music. Both my parents played guitar and my dad also bought and sold records for a living. I taught myself the guitar when I was twelve and made plenty of music throughout my teens. At 17, I won a scholarship to study at the British Institute Of Modern Music and continued writing and playing local shows. I also started to learn how to record and produce my own music on GarageBand as a necessary alternative to going into an expensive recording studio. GarageBand has some fantastic synth and electronic drum sounds and that’s when I became more interested in electronic music and music production. In 2015, Third Kind Records approached me after hearing my songs on a homemade demo CD that a friend had passed on. We released my debut album in 2016 and I’ve been making and releasing music ever since.”

                                                                                                                                                  Hattie writes, records and produces all her own albums, however she is keen to express how others have helped shaped parts of Bliss Land: “The record isn’t a completely solo effort, I had people along the way to help shape this album into what it became, although I had complete artistic freedom to let the album grow into what it wanted to be. I had invaluable help from Dom Keen who helped me mix the album. We spent a good number of nights in his studio drinking gin and trying to get everything just right. He did things to the music that I would never have even considered doing. I had no idea what compression really was until the making of this record, which probably sounds mad considering I’ve produced three records but when you’re self-taught you can miss out learning about so much! Antony Ryan’s mastering added a whole new dimension to the record as well.”

                                                                                                                                                  “Bliss Land” is an album soaked in the outer edges of pop music making it a cohesive and beautiful album full of dense textures held together by Hattie's unique voice. It’s an album that will undoubtedly chime with a cross section of audiences. So where does Hattie see her music in the landscape of the current UK electronic scene? "There’s a lot of instrumental/soundtrack music coming out of the scene, a lot of synthwave music which seems to be a real throwback to the 70s and early 80s. I think that’s because so much of the music coming out of the scene is made by those who grew up during those decades. So I think I’m a bit of an outlier when it comes to the UK electronic scene for two reasons. Firstly, I’m at the lower end of the age range and secondly, I’m a woman in an extremely male dominated scene. “Bliss Land” is intentionally quite poppy, which seems to be less in fashion at the moment whereas my other instrumental stuff is more inspired by classical music than by IDM or ambient music, so I think I’m coming at writing and producing from a slightly different angle. However, I still definitely feel part of the scene. There’s a particularly strong sense of community within the UK electronic scene on Twitter and I’ve been nothing but welcomed and supported by the artists, fans and labels. It’s like being part of a strange and wonderful family.”

                                                                                                                                                  You’ve made a video for the track “Youth” with Chris Standley from Rogue Robot which is both funny and shot through with real melancholy. “Youth" is about reflecting on the past. I turned thirty this year and sometimes (more than I'd like to admit) I worry that I've gotten more boring as I've gotten older. I was pretty wild and unhinged when I was younger and sometimes I miss those mad nights out where it felt like absolutely anything could happen - although saying that I just don't have the energy to stay up for three days or the stomach to cope with the hangovers anymore. Still, there are days when I miss the way that everything feels new and exciting when you're in your late teens/early twenties - everything is more intense when you're younger and the world around you seems bright and buzzing with life. I've been thinking about it a lot this past year. I've not had much to do for the last twelve months besides walk around on my own and reflect on the past, since the future has basically been put on indefinite hold, so that has almost certainly fed into some of the lyrics and maybe even the feel of the music.”

                                                                                                                                                  The album is already garnering a lot of attention and praise. What’s next for Hattie after the album is released? "Who knows what’s next! I have plans to tour the album when the world opens up again. I’d also love to have the chance to score a film or to work with some other artists doing guest vocals or some remixes. And I’d like to get back to doing some music-related charity work again as my family were supported by a number of charities when I was growing up and think it’s important to give back when you can."

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                                  1. I Get By
                                                                                                                                                  2. Mistaken
                                                                                                                                                  3. Cars
                                                                                                                                                  4. One Foot Out The Door
                                                                                                                                                  5. Youth

                                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                                  6. Don’t Wanna Talk
                                                                                                                                                  7. Invisible Lines
                                                                                                                                                  8. Fantasies
                                                                                                                                                  9. Lovers Game
                                                                                                                                                  10. Summer Time

                                                                                                                                                  Dinked Edition Bonus 7”
                                                                                                                                                  1. One Foot Out The Door (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                  2. Above My Bed

                                                                                                                                                  Sports Team

                                                                                                                                                  Plant Test: Indie Exclusive Black Vinyl

                                                                                                                                                    Sports Team will release a special, limited edition B-sides & Rarities Vinyl, Plant Test, available only at Independent retailers in the UK. Independent retail has been at the heart of Sports Team’s output, having had the biggest vinyl sales for a debut British artist in 2020, and number 1 on official vinyl chart week of release. This release is the first since their debut album ‘Deep Down Happy’ described as “a debut as wry, energetic and charismatic as their inexhaustible live presence has always promised”(L&Q) and “an album soaked in teen spirit, Sports Team are the complete package” (DORK), the record went on to become the biggest selling album of the week in Independent Retail, and was nominated for the prestigious Hyundai Mercury Prize, alongside Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Laura Marling, and winner Michael Kiwanuka. 

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                                    1. Happy [Tracking Demo]  
                                                                                                                                                    2. Jane [LP 2, Monkton Combe]         
                                                                                                                                                    3. Plastic, Plastic! [Propagations Studios, Devon, March 2020]  
                                                                                                                                                    4. Sleeping Every Night [Home Demo, 2019] 
                                                                                                                                                    5. The Races [Lamacq Live Recording, 2019]   
                                                                                                                                                    6. Give It A Day [Home Demo, 20??]
                                                                                                                                                    7. Rome [Home Demo, 2019]

                                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                                    1. High Brow [Westbourne Recording Phone]
                                                                                                                                                    2. Elvis, ‘54 [Going Soft Bedroom Demo]         
                                                                                                                                                    3. Beverly Rose [Live At Moth Club] 
                                                                                                                                                    4. Back To The Point [Live At Moth Club]           
                                                                                                                                                    5. On My Mind [Phone Recording Ft. Dave McCracken]
                                                                                                                                                    6. Ski Lifts [Live Phone Demo]             
                                                                                                                                                    7. Fishing [Lamacq Live Recording, 2019] 

                                                                                                                                                    Japanese Breakfast


                                                                                                                                                      From the moment she began writing her new album, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner knew that she wanted to call it Jubilee. After all, a jubilee is a celebration of the passage of time—a festival to usher in the hope of a new era in brilliant technicolor. Zauner’s first two albums garnered acclaim for the way they grappled with anguish; Psychopomp was written as her mother underwent cancer treatment, while Soft Sounds From Another Planet took the grief she held from her mother‘s death and used it as a conduit to explore the cosmos. Now, at the start of a new decade, Japanese Breakfast is ready to fight for happiness, an all-too-scarce resource in our seemingly crumbling world.

                                                                                                                                                      Jubilee finds Michelle Zauner embracing ambition and, with it, her boldest ideas and songs yet. Inspired by records like Bjork’s Homogenic, Zauner delivers bigness throughout -- big ideas, big textures, colors, sounds and feelings. At a time when virtually everything feels extreme, Jubilee sets its sights on maximal joy, imagination, and exhilaration.

                                                                                                                                                      It is, in Michelle Zauner’s words, “a record about fighting to feel. I wanted to re-experience the pure, unadulterated joy of creation…The songs are about recalling the optimism of youth and applying it to adulthood. They’re about making difficult choices, fighting ignominious impulses and honoring commitments, confronting the constant struggle we have with ourselves to be better people.”

                                                                                                                                                      Throughout Jubilee, Zauner pours her own life into the universe of each song to tell real stories, and allowing those universes, in turn, to fill in the details. Joy, change, evolution—these things take real time, and real effort. And Japanese Breakfast is here for it.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      1. Paprika
                                                                                                                                                      2. Be Sweet
                                                                                                                                                      3. Kokomo, IN
                                                                                                                                                      4. Slide Tackle
                                                                                                                                                      5. Posing In Bondage
                                                                                                                                                      6. Sit
                                                                                                                                                      7. Savage Good Boy
                                                                                                                                                      8. In Hell
                                                                                                                                                      9. Tactics
                                                                                                                                                      10. Posing For Cars


                                                                                                                                                      Live In Stuttgart 1975

                                                                                                                                                        Live in Stuttgart 1975 is the first of a curated series of Can live concerts available in full for the first time on vinyl, CD and digitally. Originally recorded on tape, these carefully restored live albums will comprise the entirety of each show in the format of a story with a beginning, middle and end, with Can’s performances taking on a life of their own.
                                                                                                                                                        Available on triple vinyl and double CD. 

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        A1 Stuttgart 75 Eins
                                                                                                                                                        A2 Stuttgart 75 Zwei
                                                                                                                                                        B1 Stuttgart 75 Drei (Part 1)
                                                                                                                                                        B2 Stuttgart 75 Drei (Part 2)
                                                                                                                                                        C1 Stuttgart 75 Drei (Part 3)
                                                                                                                                                        C2 Stuttgart 75 Vier
                                                                                                                                                        C3 Stuttgart 75 Fünf

                                                                                                                                                        CD TRACKLIST
                                                                                                                                                        1 Stuttgart 75 Eins
                                                                                                                                                        2 Stuttgart 75 Zwei
                                                                                                                                                        3 Stuttgart 75 Drei
                                                                                                                                                        4 Stuttgart 75 Vier
                                                                                                                                                        5 Stuttgart 75 Fünf

                                                                                                                                                        Laura Mvula

                                                                                                                                                        Pink Noise

                                                                                                                                                          Laura Mvula’s new album ‘Pink Noise’ is set for release on July 2nd. ‘Pink Noise’ explores a side of Laura previously uncharted. As triumphant as ever, the album is a battle cry and stark reminder of the sheer talent of the critically acclaimed artist. This is Laura in a new found light - still reflecting her distinctive signature sound but showing the progression of an artist who has come into her own.

                                                                                                                                                          Contrasting confessional lyricism with compelling and infectious synth pop, ‘Pink Noise’ feels completely and uniquely Laura. Her artistic prowess knows no limits - take the neo-soul meets art pop of ‘Remedy’ for example, or the darker, pulsating ‘Conditional’ that injects bombastic funk into indietronica. She feels rejuvenated too, especially on electro pop stunners ‘Magical’ and ‘Before The Dawn’. This is Laura Mvula at her most ambitious to date, leaving no stone left unturned in this cosmic new realm.

                                                                                                                                                          As one of the most exciting musical talents to come out of the UK, Laura has previously won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Album, has been nominated for the Mercury Prize (not once but twice), BBC Sound Poll, the BRITs Critics Choice Award, two BRIT Awards in 2014 (British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act) and won an incredible two MOBO’s in 2013 (Best Female and Best R&B/Soul).

                                                                                                                                                          Having caught the attention of her musical hero Prince while performing for the first of two times on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, Laura has gone on to travel the world, selling out shows and captivating crowds at every destination. Crowned “Queen of the Prom” and given a five star review from the Evening Standard for her Proms 2014 Late Night performance at the Royal Albert Hall, Laura’s critically acclaimed career has led her to work with real-life inspirations Nile Rodgers and touring with David Byrne.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          Safe Passage
                                                                                                                                                          Church Girl
                                                                                                                                                          Pink Noise
                                                                                                                                                          Golden Ashes
                                                                                                                                                          What Matters
                                                                                                                                                          Got Me
                                                                                                                                                          Before The Dawn


                                                                                                                                                          Present Tense

                                                                                                                                                            Chicago trio’s fourth album in four years (ex-Disappears).

                                                                                                                                                            Recorded at Electrical Audio by Sanford Parker

                                                                                                                                                            Chicago trio FACS never stop pushing forward; they’ve honed and refined their stark, minimal scrape and clatter for four years and counting, having risen out of the ashes of beloved Chicago band Disappears in 2018 with the bone-rattling intensity of Negative Houses. The trio return in 2021 with Present Tense, their fourth album and perhaps their sharpest statement as a band.

                                                                                                                                                            Opener “XOUT” barrels forward like a tank, with Case’s guitar chiming like warning bells, until the climax comes crashing down, glitching out near the close. “Strawberry Cough” comes next, its fusion of corporeal playing and stately, electronic heartbeats punctured by random bursts of noise or backwards masked sounds. “Alone Without”, a track originally recorded for Adult Swim’s 2020 singles

                                                                                                                                                            series appears next in different form; more menacing and serpentine. Side two opens with “General Public”, taking the loud/quiet dynamic as a jumping off point for the song’s unsettling seasick vibe. ‘How To See In the Dark” offers a brief respite, with its persistent, dark quietude that lingers until the song’s end. “Present Tense”, the album’s title track, offers up its first truly weird moment mid-song when the song changes mood distinctly, and the music drops out save for Case’s guitar and vocals. The album’s final track, the densely packed “Mirrored”, begins with a restrained, post-rock shuffle. The mind-scrambling cacophony that comes next takes its time to roll in, but once it does, it comes in waves, flipping back onto itself multiple times until it’s folded into oblivion.

                                                                                                                                                            FACS once again shuttered themselves into Electrical Audio with lauded engineer Sanford Parker to lay down the basic tracks and overdubs for Present Tense. This time, the band approached their songwriting from a different angle “Alone Without was the first song we recorded and we really built it in the studio” Case says, “Alianna and I played different instruments, and I think that freedom

                                                                                                                                                            informed how the other songs developed. All the lyrics were random phrases on a big sheet and were put together as the songs took shape, so I feel like I was collecting these thoughts and trying to figure out how to process them as a big picture vs making complete ideas in individual songs.” Case adds ”...letting the songs go where they wanted, without steering them into what we all think a FACS

                                                                                                                                                            album should be.” The change is palpable from last year’s claustrophobic and fried Void Moments, but Present Tense is still ALL FACS, albeit draped in a layer of haze. Paranoia in soft focus, perhaps?

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. XOUT
                                                                                                                                                            2. Strawberry Cough
                                                                                                                                                            3. Alone Without
                                                                                                                                                            4. General Public
                                                                                                                                                            5. How To See In The Dark
                                                                                                                                                            6. Present Tense
                                                                                                                                                            7. Mirrored

                                                                                                                                                            Andy Bell

                                                                                                                                                            All On You EP

                                                                                                                                                              Four tracks recorded by Ride guitarist and singer Andy Bell for radio sessions, including a cover of Paris Angels’ 1990 cult classic ‘Perfume’.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. Love Comes In Waves (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                              2. Cherry Cola (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                              3. Skywalker (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                              4. Perfume (Acoustic Version)

                                                                                                                                                              Andy Bell

                                                                                                                                                              Another View

                                                                                                                                                                Compilation album featuring Pye Corner Audio remixed tracks from 2020’s “the view from halfway down” Andy Bell’s critically acclaimed album + some unreleased acoustic versions. 

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                1.Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                2.Skywalker (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                3.Cherry Cola (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                4.Love Comes In Waves (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                5.I Was Alone (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                6.Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix – GLOK Re-edit)
                                                                                                                                                                7.The Commune (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                8.Plastic Bag (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                9.The Commune
                                                                                                                                                                10.Plastic Bag
                                                                                                                                                                11.Love Comes In Waves (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                                12.Cherry Cola (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                                13.Skywalker (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                                14.Perfume (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                                                                                                15.The Commune (Acoustic Version)

                                                                                                                                                                The Lounge Society

                                                                                                                                                                Silk For The Starving EP

                                                                                                                                                                  Pre-order this EP to be in with a chance of winning an exclusive signed test-pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                  With their first two singles under their belts – "Generation Game", the fastest selling 7" for the award-winning label, and "Burn The Heather" – plus a raft of Ones To Watch accolades for 2021, there is much anticipation for what lies next for the band.

                                                                                                                                                                  In early 2020, "Generation Game" announced the band as artists shaping powerful narratives around a fast-fragmenting society. With the lyric “what will the US do?” they served up a painfully prescient prediction of American unrest.

                                                                                                                                                                  Follow-up single "Burn The Heather" made a left-hand turn for the more punk-funk, sneering at culture wars and the damaging impact of a class divide.

                                                                                                                                                                  New single "Cain’s Heresy" shakes with the propulsion of a nimble rhythm section, full of bite and scorn, simultaneously swinging angrily at a negligent political class ("The death of four souls is less than a kick in the teeth, for them"), the threat of misinformation ("Poisonous ideals on the screen breed a vicious way of thinking, off the screen") and the noxious follow-the-leader march of celebrity culture ("They’re servants to fame"). The EP title “Silk For The Starving” in itself probes at a society that routinely neglects the needs of the have-nots.

                                                                                                                                                                  The Lounge Society sing about what they know then. Make no mistake, this is the sound of young England: articulate, enraged and energised. And – perhaps crucially - highly danceable too. It should give hope to anyone who has lost faith in the future, because here the future is in safe hands.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  Burn The Heather
                                                                                                                                                                  Cain’s Heresy
                                                                                                                                                                  Valley Bottom Fever


                                                                                                                                                                  Shattered Faith / Desire (Live)

                                                                                                                                                                    Buzzing new Glasgow five-piece VLURE will release their hotly anticipated debut 7” ‘Shattered Faith / Desire (Live)’ via London-based label Permanent Creeps Records on May 14th .

                                                                                                                                                                    Bursting onto the scene at the dawn of 2020, VLURE introduced themselves to the world with a live audio/visual performance of their phenomenal track ‘Desire’, captured in beautiful cinematography from the loading bay of their Glasgow studio space. Blurring the lines between live electronics, jarring guitars and the performance sensibilities of their post-punk contemporaries, the video offered a keyhole view into their captivating live shows. Combining synth laden hooks, heavy club influenced rhythms and emotionally confronting lyrics, VLURE have already seen support from the likes of So Young and Wax Music praising their life affirming, intense and enigmatic live performances.

                                                                                                                                                                    Recorded between the halls of a deconsecrated church in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the self-produced ‘Shattered Faith’ is an indulgent, genre bending coming of age anthem influenced by the rhythms, repetitions and euphoric hooks of Glasgow’s thriving afterparty and club scene with an angular post-punk foundation. Speaking on the track the band explain: “We wanted to create something that felt at home on the dancefloors that we all found ourselves on growing up, yet still equally at home in the sweat-filled venues that the band was conceived in. At its crux, “Shattered Faith’ is about self-empowerment. It’s the disillusionment with where you are and what you’ve been given. It’s lying on your kitchen floor at 3am realising who you truly are and finding power in that - it’s a new lease of life. We believe that, if they want to find it, there is something for everyone in this song.”

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    A. Shattered Faith
                                                                                                                                                                    B. Desire (Live)

                                                                                                                                                                    Johanna Samuels


                                                                                                                                                                      With a special knack for balancing bright pop melodies with a drifting sense of melancholy, LA based Johanna Samuels new album Excelsior! is a tender, honest document of the importance of companionship above all else. Named after Dylan’s “Visions of Johanna”, Samuels grew up on the classic songwriters of yesteryear (George Harrison, Tom Petty, Neil Young) and after a healthy dose of Elliott Smith and Jon Brion, has spent the best part of the last decade honing her craft.

                                                                                                                                                                      'Excelsior! was recorded in a small cabin in West Shokan in NY State, in the middle of the winter with her band and producer Sam Evian but it's songs are full of West Coast sunshine. It's Evian's first full album production at his own Flying Cloud Studios. Recorded mostly to tape, the album is as a gorgeous combination of vintage instrumentation, strong melodic hooks, killer harmonies and Samuels’ elegant voice.

                                                                                                                                                                      Samuels seeks those answers through companionship, exploring the depths of her relationships and then calling upon a handful of womxn to provide the album’s backing vocals - a task she’d always performed herself until now. As such, Excelsior! makes a space for the voices of Courtney Marie Andrews, Hannah Cohen, Lomelda’s Hannah Read, A.O. Gerber, Louise Florence and Olivia Kaplan.

                                                                                                                                                                      The album takes its name from the signature that Samuels’ grandpa would use before he sadly passed away last December. “He was a very important person to me and he helped raise me,” Johanna explains. “He signed all of his letters and emails ‘Excelsior!’, including the exclamation point. It means ‘ever upward’ and that’s what I wish for everyone: to grow from listening with more empathy and from hearing each other out. I hope this record makes people want to be gentler with each other and themselves.”

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Sonny
                                                                                                                                                                      2. Nature’s Way
                                                                                                                                                                      3. High Tide For One
                                                                                                                                                                      4. All Is Fine
                                                                                                                                                                      5. The Middle
                                                                                                                                                                      6. Close To The Vest
                                                                                                                                                                      7. Song For Sid
                                                                                                                                                                      8. Julie
                                                                                                                                                                      9. Less Of You
                                                                                                                                                                      10. Cathy


                                                                                                                                                                      Loving In Stereo

                                                                                                                                                                        Jungle’s new album ‘Loving In Stereo’ is the soundtrack for a summer quite unlike any other.

                                                                                                                                                                        The British producer duo have created a huge disco record for the post-social distancing age, with a life-affirming, dancefloor-igniting, sun-kissed celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly joyful.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                                        White Flowers

                                                                                                                                                                        Day By Day

                                                                                                                                                                          RIYL: Beach House, Cocteau Twins, Cigarettes After Sex, Slowdive.

                                                                                                                                                                          For songwriting duo Joey Cobb and Katie Drew of White Flowers, one of the most exciting young bands in the UK right now, it was only on leaving London to return to their native Preston that the dark-hued dreampop of their debut album, Day By Day, began to crystalize.

                                                                                                                                                                          "There’s something uniquely bleak about the North,” says Joey, speaking from the abandoned textile mill that White Flowers call home, “but in that bleakness there’s a certain beauty.”

                                                                                                                                                                          The pair had left Preston for London to study at art college, and it was there that they first began to explore the nascent psych scene bubbling under in the few remaining arts-orientated spaces in the east of the city. It soon inspired them to begin work on music of their own.

                                                                                                                                                                          “We didn’t want to be a psych band,” explains Katie, "but discovering that music gave us both energy and focus. We’ve spent so many years developing these songs, because I think it was important we waited until White Flowers became its own defined thing."

                                                                                                                                                                          The pair found that by using equipment they barely understood, they produced their most innovative work. Beginning on GarageBand, they crafted loops that turned into songs, and by the time they’d worked out how to use it, they’d graduated to a drum machine.

                                                                                                                                                                          Now very much in control, and with a clear and determined focus, the pair began producing music that, whilst leaning into the North’s post-punk past, possessed a vision and depth informed by their own post-industrial Preston experiences. Creating all of their artwork, visuals and overall aesthetic, they began building a world that stretched beyond the music alone – in an unusual circular fashion, this auteurist-like approach became a way of translating their environment and experiences into a form of escapism from the very place that inspired them.

                                                                                                                                                                          “We’ve always taken care to control every aspect of the White Flowers ‘world’, and because we’ve developed this over time, it feels to us like there’s a separate realm for White Flowers music to exist in,” observes Joey. “More than anything, the isolation that a place like Preston provides means that what we do is very much its own, separate thing”.

                                                                                                                                                                          That ‘thing’ is the sound of the North at night; the unglamorous North, caught in the hinterlands that divide the main cities, a monochrome psychedelia formed in Preston and the imposing Lancashire hills that envelop them. As if always waiting there for them, in returning to their roots, White Flowers found themselves.

                                                                                                                                                                          Nonetheless, it was shortly before leaving London that another creative breakthrough occurred. While performing a small show as a support act, a fan in the audience, impressed by the wall of noise that would frequently extend for minutes at the end of tracks, suggested they work with a like-minded friend. Within weeks, the pair were recording at the Manchester studio of Jez Williams, erstwhile member of Doves.

                                                                                                                                                                          Williams and Manchester immediately made sense, and it’s that industrial gothic that White Flowers were able to tap into as they built the album during on-off sessions across two years – sometimes leaving the studio for a couple of months to work on ideas, other times crafting the minutiae of details across all-night studio sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                          The access to flexible studio time was telling, and the band were able to develop an aesthetic that, whilst indebted to the various sounds that defined their youth, also leaned heavily into Kevin Shields’ droning wall of noise guitars, the palimpsestic hauntology of early Burial, and the ghost box sampleadelia of Boards of Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                          “We like the more alien sounds” explains Joey, “where the focus is on creating atmosphere.” This is perhaps most obvious on the album title track, one of the more sonically enticing tracks on the record with its pulsing drone and Portishead-esque rhythm, or even ‘Night Drive’, a live favourite that the pair take pride in building into a monstrous wall of sound.

                                                                                                                                                                          ‘Daylight’ pushes forward with a prettiness matched by Katie’s oblique, near-glossolalia vocal. “We don’t like it when things are clean or overproduced” explains Katie, “and there’s something interesting in the instinctive nature of the first thing you sing, because you don’t really know what you’re singing until it comes out and it makes sense.” That psychographic-style process to writing informs a collection of songs that are at once both intuitive and fully-formed.

                                                                                                                                                                          The oldest song on the record, ‘Help Me Help Myself’, bears witness to this approach. Perhaps their most direct and perfect ‘pop’ song to date, it suggests these songs were always there within, just waiting to be divined. "We’d just started using drum machines and there’s something of a naïve quality to it,” explains Katie, though its naivety has now been augmented by Jez Williams’ impossibly diaphanous production.

                                                                                                                                                                          The constant upheaval of, well, everything has fed directly into Day By Day. “The songs on the album were written from when we were teenagers up to our early 20s, so it’s come of age in this weird apocalyptic time,” says Katie.

                                                                                                                                                                          “Everything’s surrounded by uncertainty” notes Joey, "but it isn’t all doom and gloom, there are positives, rules are out the window and you can do what you want. There’s some hope in there.”

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Intro - (02:25)
                                                                                                                                                                          2. Night Drive - (04:57)
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Daylight - (03:45)
                                                                                                                                                                          4. Stars - (03:35)
                                                                                                                                                                          5. Tried To Call - (04:26)
                                                                                                                                                                          6. Help Me Help Myself - (04:43)
                                                                                                                                                                          7. Day By Day - (06:07)
                                                                                                                                                                          8. Different Time, Different Place - (04:16)
                                                                                                                                                                          9. Portra - (04:03)
                                                                                                                                                                          10. Nightfall - (03:23)


                                                                                                                                                                          All The Colours Of You

                                                                                                                                                                            16th studio album by the British rock band, which follows the release of 'LIVE In Extraordinary Times', a live recorded version of their 2017 studio album 'Living in Extraordinary Times', which peaked at #1 in the UK midweek album charts.

                                                                                                                                                                            Recorded in part before the Covid pandemic struck, the album was produced by the Grammy award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, Taylor Swift, Snow Patrol, The Killers). On production duties with James for the first time, he bought a fresh approach to their sound, working remotely from his studio liaising with Tim (his Topanga Canyon neighbour) liaising with Jim in a daisy chain, reimagining their demos, and capturing the band in all their virtual glory.

                                                                                                                                                                            The result is a record with the most fresh and festival ready tracks of their 38-year career, the sound of one of Britain’s best bands, deconstructed and reassembled by one of the world’s most renowned producers. 

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            1. ZERO
                                                                                                                                                                            2. All The Colours Of You
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Recover
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Beautiful Beaches
                                                                                                                                                                            5. Wherever It Takes Us
                                                                                                                                                                            6. Hush
                                                                                                                                                                            7. Miss America
                                                                                                                                                                            8. Getting Myself Into
                                                                                                                                                                            9. Magic Bus
                                                                                                                                                                            10. Isabella
                                                                                                                                                                            11. XYST

                                                                                                                                                                            Wolf Alice

                                                                                                                                                                            Blue Weekend

                                                                                                                                                                              “Blue Weekend", the brand new album from Wolf Alice, released 11th June 2021. 

                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                              1. The Beach
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Delicious Things
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Lipstick On The Glass
                                                                                                                                                                              4. Smile
                                                                                                                                                                              5. Safe From Heartbreak (if You Never Fall In Love)
                                                                                                                                                                              6. How Can Make It OK?
                                                                                                                                                                              7. Play The Greatest Hits
                                                                                                                                                                              8. Feeling Myself
                                                                                                                                                                              9. The Last Man On Earth
                                                                                                                                                                              10. No Hard Feelings
                                                                                                                                                                              11. The Beach II

                                                                                                                                                                              Black Pumas

                                                                                                                                                                              Capitol Cuts

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

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                A Side
                                                                                                                                                                                Black Moon
                                                                                                                                                                                Stay Gold

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

                                                                                                                                                                                Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy


                                                                                                                                                                                  Where once was Superwolf, now roam Superwolves, the new album and demon spawn of Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

                                                                                                                                                                                  The songs that make up Superwolves, the duo’s second album and first since 2005’s Superwolf, go boldly into undreamed-of places, and go deep, as Matt and Bonny take all the musics they know to make songs that penetrate. In classic Garcia-Hunter style, Sweeney and the ‘Prince’ first work separately, finding a path to each other in their solitary imaginings. Bonnie lyric sets delivered to Matt spark Sweeney’s guitar brain; chords and a melody are shaped, recorded fast and loose and sent back to the Prince, then the two parties meet up to sing, stitch, strengthen and finally perform them together in front of a small unsuspecting audience. Then new sets of lyrics are sent, animated and played in a high wire style until the shared songs and experiences are ready to commit to record. This is just the beginning of their fusion process, as words imply vocalizations to counter and support, and guitar lines suggest harmonic fields to subtly push into. In this process, a new creature grows out of the old one. In this name of this partnership, the guitar shares an open and fluid space with the vocals, the voices sing with the guitars—every moment in the life of Superwolves is an extravaganza, guided only by its need.

                                                                                                                                                                                  “The chemistry comes from lives, lived separately, in which music is crucial sustenance. We listen with gratitude and awe, knowing that we belong in there. We construct our dream selves with the faith that these selves will have their chance at life. We know what we are capable of doing and just need each other’s support to bring the imagined languages to life.” — Will Oldham

                                                                                                                                                                                  “I love the challenge to write melodies for Will to sing. Struggle with that challenge too. Knowing that Will’s voice will elevate the melody makes me reach higher and dig deeper for the tune. Makes me want to match it with a guitar part that holds his voice like a chalice holds wine (or blood, or whatever is needed to live the best life). I also love singing harmonies and responses to this voice of his.” — Matt Sweeney

                                                                                                                                                                                  As far as this record, as in when and how it came together, the two man crew started working on it five years ago. The first actual session, however, went down about a year ago at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather and the next took place at the Butcher Shoppe in Nashville. Sweeney oversaw the mixing of the Brooklyn sessions with Oldham overseeing the Nashville mixes. On the album, Sweeney sings harmonies along, with, and around his favorite singer, and plays all electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, joined in places by David Ferguson on stand-up bass, Mike Coltun on electric bass, Mdou Moctar on electric lead, Ahmoudou Madassane on rhythm guitar, Souleyman Ibrahim, Ryan Sawyer and Peter Townsend on drums and Mike Rojas on keys. The Bonnie ‘Prince’ sings. Does he ever. And Superwolves rules over all.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Make Worry For Me
                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Good To My Girls
                                                                                                                                                                                  3. God Is Waiting
                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Hall Of Death
                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Shorty’s Ark
                                                                                                                                                                                  6. I Am A Youth Inclined To Ramble
                                                                                                                                                                                  7. My Popsicle
                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Watch What Happens
                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Resist The Urge
                                                                                                                                                                                  10. There Must Be A Someone
                                                                                                                                                                                  11. My Blue Suit
                                                                                                                                                                                  12. My Body Is My Own
                                                                                                                                                                                  13. You Can Regret What You Have Done
                                                                                                                                                                                  14. Not Fooling


                                                                                                                                                                                  The Tunnel And The Clearing

                                                                                                                                                                                    Colleen is an aboundingly inventive composer and artist. For two decades Cécile Schott, as Colleen, has crafted welcoming, enchanting, and bewildering music. The multiinstrumentalist and vocalist’s timeless compositions make use of carefully selected tools to mold memories into transcendent splendor. The Tunnel and the Clearing finds Schott at her most vulnerable and confident, invoking contemplative and swirling organ processed through analog electronics, steady drum machine syncopations and her distinctive voice. On an album centered on processing the complicated washes of emotion through tribulations and revelations Colleen presents a vision of breathless clarity.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The Tunnel and the Clearing was developed over a period of transformative change. Colleen began work on the album in 2018 but was all but halted by extreme fatigue from a previously undiagnosed illness. Years of treatment and adjustment eventually led to relocating to Barcelona, soon followed by lockdowns and then the dissolution of her longtime partnership. Reflecting on these cumulative experiences she reimagined her compositional practices, spending months in near complete silence. Says Schott, “Never before had I felt so profoundly the power that music has, through harmony, melody, rhythm and sound itself, to express the whole range of human emotions.” The resulting seven pieces investigate the complex, at times contradictory relationship between excitement and fear, anger and understanding, struggle and triumph, all focused on a reconstruction of the self.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Colleen’s albums are unified by distinct and personal instrumentation, built around music boxes, viola da gamba, or electronics, they somehow all remarkably share a dreamlike modern quality. For The Tunnel and the Clearing Schott restricted herself to using analog electronic instruments including the Elka Drummer One, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo and Moog Grandmother synth, coupled with Yamaha organ keyboard. Stunningly, Colleen achieves the rich emotional intricacy and the lush density of textures on The Tunnel and the Clearing through almost entirely live performance and processing. These detailed and affecting compositions mirror Colleen’s grappling with her own psyche. Schott elaborates “I found direct correspondences between my internal discourse, its obsessive, frantic attempts at making sense of what I could not understand, and the music I was making, with motifs functioning as questions and answers, doubts and assertions.” Clicks, hums, warbles and throbs emulating our evolving internal worlds, an “emotional noise.” A musical journey through the tunnel toward the clearing at its end. The Tunnel and the Clearing is a work of lucid reverence, a constellation of marvels suspended in air.

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Crossing
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Revelation
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Implosion-Explosion
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. The Tunnel And The Clearing
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Gazing At Taurus - Santa Eulalia
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Gazing At Taurus - Night Sky Rumba
                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Hidden In The Current

                                                                                                                                                                                    Gary Numan


                                                                                                                                                                                      Intruder is the first new music from the iconic and influential Gary Numan since 2017’s album Savage: Songs From a Broken World, which charted at #2 in the UK.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The forthcoming album, also titled Intruder, will be released in May 2021 - his 21st solo album. Intruder sees Gary reunite with producer Ade Fenton, who previously produced four critically acclaimed albums for Numan: Jagged, Dead Son Rising, Splinter and Savage.

                                                                                                                                                                                      With a career that has spanned nearly four decades, his approach to electronic music remains an inspiration to artists across genres and eras, from stadium goliaths such as Depeche Mode, Prince and Nine Inch Nails to alternative heroes such as Beck, Damon Albarn and Marilyn Manson. Even Kanye West owes him a debt, and David Bowie once credited him with “writing two of the finest songs” in British music.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Gary has had 23 top 40 singles and 15 top 40 albums in the UK. The British electro pioneer was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos in 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2020 saw Gary release his critically acclaimed rollercoaster of an autobiography, (R)evolution.

                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Gift
                                                                                                                                                                                      I Am Screaming
                                                                                                                                                                                      Is This World Not Enough
                                                                                                                                                                                      A Black Sun
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Chosen
                                                                                                                                                                                      And It Breaks Me Again
                                                                                                                                                                                      Saints And Liars
                                                                                                                                                                                      Now And Forever
                                                                                                                                                                                      The End Of Dragons

                                                                                                                                                                                      Deluxe CD
                                                                                                                                                                                      Includes Bonus Track When You Fall (12 Tracks Total)

                                                                                                                                                                                      Vinyl 2LP
                                                                                                                                                                                      Includes Bonus Tracks When You Fall And The End Of Dragons (Alt) (13 Tracks Total)

                                                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four is a double album of tracks written by Andy Gill and Gang of Four, all newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose own unique contributions to music were enriched by listening to Gang of Four.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The album features songs from across Gang of Four’s 40-plus year career, each individually chosen by the artists who covered them.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Andy Gill originally conceived of the album to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Entertainment! in 2019.

                                                                                                                                                                                        His widow, Catherine Mayer, explains that this plan had already changed by the time of Andy’s death in 2020, after some artists chose tracks from different albums and periods.

                                                                                                                                                                                        “Andy was massively excited about this project,” Mayer says. “It wasn’t of course conceived as a tribute album, but it’s comforting to me that he lived to see artists he hugely admired enthusiastically agreeing to participate, signalling that the admiration was mutual.”

                                                                                                                                                                                        The album artwork has been created by English artist Damien Hirst, a long-time friend of Andy’s.

                                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                        Idles - Damaged Goods
                                                                                                                                                                                        Tom Morello & Serj Tankian - Natural’s Not In It
                                                                                                                                                                                        Helmet - In The Ditch
                                                                                                                                                                                        3D X Gang Of Four Feat. Nova Twins - Where The Nightingale Sings
                                                                                                                                                                                        Hotei - To Hell With Poverty
                                                                                                                                                                                        Gary Numan - Love Like Anthrax
                                                                                                                                                                                        Gail Ann Dorsey - We Live As We Dream Alone
                                                                                                                                                                                        Herbert Grönemeyer Feat. Alex Silva - I Love A Man In A Uniform
                                                                                                                                                                                        LoneLady - Not Great Men
                                                                                                                                                                                        JJ Sterry - 5.45
                                                                                                                                                                                        La Roux - Damaged Goods
                                                                                                                                                                                        Everything Everything - Natural’s Not In It
                                                                                                                                                                                        Dado Villa-Lobos - Return The Gift
                                                                                                                                                                                        The Dandy Warhols - What We All Want
                                                                                                                                                                                        Warpaint - Paralysed
                                                                                                                                                                                        Flea & John Frusciante - Not Great Men
                                                                                                                                                                                        The Sounds - I Love A Man In Uniform
                                                                                                                                                                                        Hardcore Raver In Tears - Last Mile
                                                                                                                                                                                        Killing Joke X Gang Of Four - Forever Starts Now (Killing Joke Dub)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sekar Melati - Not Great Men (live Version)

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