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Radiohead

KID A MNESIA

    Radiohead announces KID A MNESIA, a multiple format triple-album release marking the 21st anniversary of Kid A and Amnesiac, out via XL Recordings.

    KID A MNESIA collects Radiohead’s fourth and fifth albums alongside the debut of a newly compiled third disc titled Kid Amnesiae. Exclusive to this release, Kid Amnesiae is comprised of unearthed material culled from the Kid A / Amnesiac sessions. Along with alternate versions and elements of Kid A and Amnesiac album tracks and B-Sides, Kid Amnesiae features the never-before-heard "If You Say the Word” and a previously unreleased studio recording of "Follow Me Around." 

    TRACK LISTING

    Vinyl Tracklisting:
    Kid A:
    Side A:
    1. Everything In Its Right Place
    2. Kid A
    3. The National Anthem
    4. How To Disappear Completely
    5. Treefingers
    Side B:
    1. Optimistic
    2. In Limbo
    3. Idioteque
    4. Morning Bell
    5. Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Amnesiac:
    Side C:
    1. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
    2. Pyramid Song
    3. Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
    4. You And Whose Army?
    5. I Might Be Wrong
    Side D:
    1. Knives Out
    2. Morning Bell/Amnesiac
    3. Dollars And Cents
    4. Hunting Bears
    5. Like Spinning Plates
    6. Life In A Glasshouse

    Kid Amnesiae:
    Side E:
    1. Like Spinning Plates (‘Why Us?’ Version)
    2. Untitled V1
    3. Fog (Again Again Version)
    4. If You Say The Word
    5. Follow Me Around
    Side F:
    1. Pulk/Pull (True Love Waits Version)
    2. Untitled V2
    3. The Morning Bell (In The Dark Version)
    4. Pyramid Strings
    5. Alt. Fast Track
    6. Untitled V3
    7. How To Disappear Into Strings

    CD Tracklisting:
    CD1 Kid A:
    1. Everything In Its Right Place
    2. Kid A
    3. The National Anthem
    4. How To Disappear Completely
    5. Treefingers
    6. Optimistic
    7. In Limbo
    8. Idioteque
    9. Morning Bell
    10. Motion Picture Soundtrack

    CD2 Amnesiac:
    1. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
    2. Pyramid Song
    3. Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
    4. You And Whose Army?
    5. I Might Be Wrong
    6. Knives Out
    7. Morning Bell/Amnesiac
    8. Dollars And Cents
    9. Hunting Bears
    10. Like Spinning Plates
    11. Life In A Glasshouse

    CD3 Kid Amnesiae:
    1. Like Spinning Plates (‘Why Us?’ Version)
    2. Untitled V1
    3. Fog (Again Again Version)
    4. If You Say The Word
    5. Follow Me Around
    6. Pulk/Pull (True Love Waits Version)
    7. Untitled V2
    8. The Morning Bell (In The Dark Version)
    9. Pyramid Strings
    10. Alt. Fast Track
    11. Untitled V3
    12. How To Disappear Into Strings 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    TRACK LISTING

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

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

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

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

    Yard Act

    The Overload

      Formed in 2019, Yard Act began life when friends Ryan Needham (Bass) and James Smith (Vocals) started creating minimalist rock tracks using a primitive drum machine and borrowed bass guitar. Later drafting in George Townend on drums, and Sammy Robinson on guitars whom they met at their spiritual home The Brudenell Social Club / Leeds

      The quartet have only played three gigs but have already released two superb singles, pulsing with post-punk indie dance, their creativity thriving despite reduced circumstances this last year.

      In a world of great polarity, nuance is normally the answer. We may shame and bicker and amplify our outrage, but at the core of it all, we’re all still inhabitants of the same ecosystem, most of us trying to tow the delicate line between empathy and self-preservation. If nothing and no-one is purely good nor evil, true societal improvement can only come from recognizing some kind of middle ground.

      In many ways, Yard Act is a project that exists through the fusion of seemingly opposing entities. Old friends in a new band, they seek out shades of socio-political grey, imbibing their stories with sharp, satirical spoken-word humour. Spearheaded by James Smith (vocals) and Ryan Needham (bass), the now four-piece, completed by Sam Shjipstone (guitar) and Jay Russell (drums), have built a sound that speaks inherently to their birthplace of Leeds, West Yorkshire, and yet ties together observations from all walks of modern British life – the small-town bloke in the local pub, the anti-capitalist stuck at a desk job, the tired activist in all of us torn between easy complicity and the desire to fight. Their sound and ethos might be progressive, but it’s not about pointing fingers so much as opening eyes.

      “Lyrically, I think it’s a record about the things that we all do - we're all so wired into the system of day to day that we don't really stop and think about the constructs that define us,” says Smith. “But also beyond that, it's kind of exciting, because there’s still so much we don’t understand; how a hive mindset is forged, how information spreads, how we agree and presume things without thinking. Some people think more than others, but a lot of this sloganeering - 'I'm on the left, I'm not wrong' - doesn't achieve anything. Gammons, Karens, Snowflakes, whatever – I find it all so boring. I'm just not into that.”

      What Yard Act are into is ideas. Having grown from relatively casual pub acquaintances to housemates, Smith and Needham found living together to be conducive to a high work rate, racking up demos in quick succession. Settling into a system of programming, looping and layering, the alchemy between the two created a base from which to build their narrative world. “Ryan is a vibe guy, whereas I overthink everything,” laughs Smith. “It’s been the greatest creative partnership I've ever had. When you find a groove that works, it just kind of looks after itself.”

      With just three hometown shows under their belt, world events intervened. But rather than letting the pandemic derail them Yard Act set up their own imprint, Zen F.C. and across the course of 2020 and into early 2021 released four increasingly coruscating, hilariously dark singles with ‘The Trapper’s Pelts’, ‘Fixer Upper’, ‘Peanuts’ and Dark Days’ all securing BBC 6Music play, and despite the circumstances developing a remarkable, ever increasing fanbase.

      “One of the first reasons we started the band, before anything even took off, was to play live because we had fun playing live,” says Smith. “but very quickly, we realised that we just loved writing songs, and writing songs isn't just about jamming in a room and writing those long noodly songs. It’s a massive cliché, but we've always been influenced by pop music, and finding a way to present it in a way that feels like ‘us’. The more people reacted to the spoken word thing, the more we felt encouraged; you can kind of hear how it gets more and more ridiculous as the singles came out. Positive reinforcement is how you explore and push the strongest bits to the extreme. And our extreme is just me talking loads — I'll talk until the track runs out!

      Far from the self-indulgent bluster that Smith jokes about, ‘The Overload’ is a record of great dexterity and curation, the output of a band who were raised on a 00s digital-revolution buffet of wide musical influences. Growing up on US MTV Hip-Hop, minimal 70s No-Wave and sharp-witted British indie, Yard Act benefit from this rich tapestry of musical near-history, using it to create something that feels like more than a trendy pastiche. “There are generations of digital crate-diggers now that just absolutely love music and know how to navigate it,” says Smith. “Old music becomes new music. It's made everyone less worried about the now I think.”

      While time-travelling in parts sonically, ‘The Overload’ weaves a very-2021 storyline. The group made the decision early on to leave ‘Fixer Upper’ and ‘Dark Days’ off their album debut (“it sounds arrogant, but we felt we had enough good songs without ‘em”), but the joyous specificity of their early lyrical observation is still in fine evidence, plotting a visceral, satirical journey through capitalism and greed. Across the album’s 11 tracks, an unnamed character – a bricolage of characters that Smith has met, imagined, or himself been – finds himself in quite the financial pickle, ricocheting from desk job to desperate illicit activity to police investigation, before culminating in the kind of half-cut personal epiphany that even the most law-abiding among us could relate to. Bookended by cheeky cameo’s from ‘Fixer Upper’s' Graeme and a clear structure of four parts, there is no getting around it — Yard Act have written a soap opera.

      “At Ryan's insistence, the record was actually called ‘Yard Act The Musical’ for a long time, but I've got a really weird relationship with musicals, as in I fucking hate them,” deadpans Smith. “I don’t want to overthink it, but I do like concept albums, and I do think stuff works better when it's given time to be gestated and let people pick at lyrics and think what they mean.”

      “We had about six standout tracks when we started thinking about an album, and from those, I saw a theme of money and capitalism, a sort of mockery of it. It's basically just a man in their late 20s, early 30s, who's always tried to fight against the system, stood up for things that they believe in and had a very strong moral compass. But it kind of crushes them in as many ways as it makes them happy – you sacrifice your beliefs for a life of comfortability, and still have to carry the burden of that decision.”

      For a record of some potential heaviness, a dark sense of humour is integral. The record’s title track – its opener — plays like a raucous spaghetti western-themed night at the Hacienda, while ‘Land Of The Blind’s loose-swinging bass and jabbing guitars gives acerbic pace to its sordid tale of financial exploitation. The influence of post-punk is apparent, but the shackles of ‘authenticity’ have been shaken loose - “I think we could all feel that this post-punk thing was getting tired; ‘Land Of The Blind’ felt like quite a pivotal song in switching us away from what people thought we were.”

      Even through Smith’s openly cynical lens, the world isn’t an entirely cruel and hopeless place. As our character finds themselves in the reflective epitaph of the final three songs, they explore how they might have come to be; the narcissistic peers they grew up with (‘Tall Poppies’), the Friday nights setting the world to intoxicated rights (synth-tinged “Pour Another’), and then ‘100% Endurance’, a poignant, emotional release which finds some kind of freedom in the futility of it all, an opportunity rather than an oppression; “It’s all so pointless/ But it’s not though is it?” As a closer, it’s entirely pivotal for the juxtaposition they’re trying to achieve.

      “When that came right at the end of the record, it felt like it really completed it by sounding different to the rest .” says Smith. “It’s a little bit like a slip of the mask, which felt really important after a record of me being quite sarcastic, which I’m quite good at. It feels a bit like a gateway to where we can go.”

      Pulling off a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but somehow, Yard Act have made it work. Recording with Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) at his Bristol studio, those prolific demos have been sharpened down into something that speaks to the times we live in, creating a statement of intent that survives on nuance – a record of retro influences, recorded in a modern way, that manages to poke fun at society without punching down from a place of lefty superiority. ‘The Overload’ is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.

      “I just hope it makes people laugh at the peculiarities of human nature,” says Smith. “The world feels very heavy at the moment; it has done for a while, and when bad things happen, the weight of the world makes you panic, you want to change everything like flipping a switch. But that's not how it works. All you can do is plant seeds. I don’t think good and bad really exists, and I don't think you can change people's minds any other way.

      “So that's what I hope, but I also just hope people can just enjoy it. And I hope it lasts. I hope people like the detail - I think we can learn a lot about each other through an observational smirk. Jenessa Williams



      TRACK LISTING

      Vinyl Tracklist:
      Side A
      A 1. The Overload
      2. Dead Horse
      3. Payday
      4. Rich
      5. The Incident
      6. Witness (Can I Get A?)
      Side B
      7. Land Of The Blind
      8. Quarantine The Sticks
      9. Tall Poppies
      10. Pour Another
      11. 100% Endurance

      CD Tracklist:
      1. The Overload
      2. Dead Horse
      3. Payday
      4. Rich
      5. The Incident
      6. Witness (Can I Get A?)
      7. Land Of The Blind
      8. Quarantine The Sticks
      9. Tall Poppies
      10. Pour Another
      11. 100% Endurance

      Various Artists

      DJ Kicks: Disclosure

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

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

        TRACK LISTING

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

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

        Snail Mail

        Valentine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          - Katie Crutchfield

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          Valentine
          Ben Franklin
          Headlock
          Light Blue
          Forever (Sailing)

          Side B
          Madonna
          C. Et Al.
          Glory
          Automate
          Mia





          Gnod

          La Mort Du Sens

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

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

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

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

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

            “Got No Obvious Destination, innit”.

            TRACK LISTING

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

            Lana Del Rey

            Blue Banisters

              Lana Del Rey’s highly anticipated eighth studio album, Blue Banisters, set for release on 22nd October and featuring the previously released songs 'Blue Banisters,' 'Wildflower Wildfire' and 'Text Book.'

              TRACK LISTING

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

              Various Artists

              Late Night Tales Presents Version Excursion Selected By Don Letts

                Cultural polymath - pop star, filmmaker, radio broadcaster, commentator, Grammy winner. Oh and DJ, too. Take your pick from the many coats worn by our selector, Don Letts aka The Rebel Dread.

                Born in Brixton, a child of the Windrush Generation, Letts’ slippery and unorthodox career is somewhat hard to define, without taking a few detours around London, New York and Jamaica. He began his working life managing the dauntingly hip Acme Attractions on Chelsea’s Kings Road, where he made a mark with his attitude, dress and, especially, the pounding dub reggae that vibrated the shop’s walls. His first gig as a DJ at the short-lived Roxy in Neal Street, became mythical for turning a generation of punks on to reggae. They in turn hipped him to their DIY ethos resulting in his reinvention as a filmmaker. This led to a shed-load of music videos (Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Clash, Bob Marley) not to mention documentaries on the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, George Clinton and Sun Ra.

                In the ’80s, he was part of Mick Jones’ new venture, Big Audio Dynamite and his innovative use of samples were a core part of their sound. Listeners of his weekly 6 Music radio show are taken on a musical safari that moves seamlessly between time, space and genre. It’s not called Culture Clash Radio for nothing. So this latest bulletin from Letts HQ is merely one angle of a multifaceted personality, his take on the JA tradition of the cover version.

                The history of Caribbean music owes a debt to R&B as many of the early island releases were cover versions of US 45s. Ska’s breakthrough commercially, Millie Small’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’, was originally recorded by Barbie Gaye in ’50s New York. Cover versions became quite a thing in Jamaica and Don, following in that tradition, has dug deep with a selection of interesting dubbed out covers including thirteen exclusives.

                “A disciple of sound system, raised on reggae n’ bass culture my go to sound was dub. Besides being spacious and sonically adventurous at the same time, its most appealing aspect was the space it left to put yourself ‘in the mix’ underpinned by Jamaica’s gift to the world - bass. But that’s only half the story as the duality of my existence meant I was also checking what the Caucasian crew were up to not to mention the explosion of black music coming in from the States. That’s why this version excursion crosses time space and genre, from The Beach Boys to The Beatles, Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees to Kool & The Gang, The Clash to Joy Division and beyond. You’d think it impossible to draw a line between ‘em but not in my world. Fortunately, the ‘cover version’ has played an integral part in the evolution of Jamaican music and dub covers were just a natural extension.”

                There’s a diverse mix of classic and new, with legendary figures like John Holt, The Tamlins and Cornell Campbell, mixed in with British veterans Mad Professor and the irrepressible Dennis Bovell, while (relatively) young striplings Kiko Bun, Emily Capell and Prince Fatty deliver the goods, with laidback Texan groovers Khruangbin also offering an exclusive bass heavy-delight.

                The song choices are diverse, from French dubsters’ OBF’s renditions of ‘Sixteen Tons’, the miners’ paean popularised by Tennessee Ernie Ford in the 1950s, to Ash Walker’s refix of Omar’s ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ and ‘All I Do Is Think About You’, immortalised by the ill-fated Tammi Terrell and preserved here by Quantic (the latter two both exclusives). Being a Rebel Dread compilation, there’s a cover (by Wrongtom Meets The Rockers) of The Clash’s ‘Lost In The Supermarket’ while Don’s exclusive, naturally, is a rendition of Big Audio Dynamite’s debut hit, ‘E = MC2’.

                “Truth be told I’ve wanted to work with the Late Night Tales crew from the get go. We’re talking nearly two decades such was the allure of their musical aesthetic typified by curators like Nightmares on Wax, The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Trentemoller, Khruangbin and countless others. Now being as old as rock n’ roll (born in ‘56) and having nearly 20 years of Culture Clash Radio under my belt I figured I was tooled up to musically juggle with the best of ‘em. But I wanted to carve out a space that was distinctly my own - something that reflected my musical journey and the culture clash that’s made me the man I am today.”

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Ghetto Priest - Hercules (North Street West 'Late Night Tales' Dub) *Exclusive Remix
                A2. Prince Fatty & Shniece McMenamin - Black Rabbit
                A3. Wrongtom Meets The Rockers - Dub In The Supermarket *Exclusive Remix
                A4. Gaudi Meets The Rebel Dread Ft. Emily Capell - E = MC2 *Exclusive Track
                A5. Rude Boy - Superstylin' *Exclusive Remix
                B6. Capitol 1212 Ft. Earl 16 - Love Will Tear Us Apart (Full Vocal Dub) *Exclusive Remix
                B7. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - All I Do Is Think About You (Far East Dub) *Exclusive Remix
                B8. Zoe Devlin Love Ft. Tim Hutton - Caroline No
                B9. John Holt - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Mad Professor 2021 Dub) *Exclusive Remix
                B10. Cornell Campbell - Ital City Dub *Exclusive Remix
                B11. Matumbi - (I Can't Get Enough Of) That Reggae Stuff (Dennis Bovell Remix) *Exclusive Remix
                C12. Gentleman's Dub Club Ft. Kiko Bun - Use Me (Ben McKone Dub)
                C13. Black Box Recorder - Uptown Top Ranking
                C14. OBF - Sixteen Tons Of Dub
                C15. Yasushi Ide - Ain't No Sunshine (Space Dub Mix) *Exclusive Remix
                D16. The Tamlins - Baltimore
                D17. 15 16 17 - Emotion (Dennis Bovell Remix) *Exclusive Remix
                D18. Ash Walker - There's Nothing Like This *Exclusive Track
                D19. The Senior Allstars - Slipping Into Darkness
                D20. Easy Star All-Stars - Within You Without You
                D21. Khruangbin - Dern Kala (Khruangbin Dub Mix) *Exclusive Remix

                The Coral

                The Coral - 20th Anniversary Edition

                  With time as fluid as The Coral’s journey through sound, the band cut short the party to celebrate this year’s universally acclaimed, Number 2 album, Coral Island and visit the strange world where it all started. The Coral, released on Monday 29 July 2002 with the singles Dreaming Of You and Goodbye, catapulted the band to mainstream success as teenagers, landing a Mercury Prize-nomination and Platinum-certification.

                  Now remastered from the original mixes, the album will be reissued with Run On Records in association with Modern Sky UK. Two, unreleased, never-before-heard-tracks, She’s The Girl For Me and Tumble Graves, produced by Ian Broudie, but shelved after the 2001 album sessions are included in the track-listing. The rarities appear on an all-formats bonus disc, alongside a complete singles B-sides collection and the band’s pre-album EP The Oldest Path.


                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A
                  Spanish Main – Remastered 2021
                  I Remember When - Remastered 2021
                  Shadows Fall - Remastered 2021
                  Dreaming Of You - Remastered 2021
                  Simon Diamond - Remastered 2021
                  Goodbye - Remastered 2021

                  Side B
                  Waiting For The Heartaches - Remastered 2021
                  Skeleton Key - Remastered 2021
                  Wildfire - Remastered 2021
                  Badman - Remastered 2021
                  Calendars And Clocks - Remastered 2021

                  Side C
                  The Oldest Path - Remastered 2021
                  God Knows - Remastered 2021
                  Short Ballad - Remastered 2021
                  Flies - Remastered 2021
                  Dressed Like A Cow - Remastered 2021
                  Darkness - Remastered 2021
                  Sheriff John Brown - Remastered 2021

                  Side D
                  Good Fortune - Remastered 2021
                  Answer Me - Remastered 2021
                  Follow The Sun - Remastered 2021
                  Travelling Circus - Remastered 2021
                  Sweet Sue - Remastered 2021
                  Another Turn In The Lock - Remastered 2021
                  She’s The Girl For Me - Remastered 2021 (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
                  Tumble Graves - Remastered 2021 (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)

                  Dinked Bonus 7” Tracklist
                  (a) Shadow Falls
                  (b) Tbc

                  Dinked Bonus Flexi Tracklist
                  (a) Simian Technology

                  Elbow

                  Flying Dream 1

                    Elbow release their ninth studio album, ‘Flying Dream 1’, on 19th November 2021. The band wrote ‘Flying Dream 1’ remotely in their home studios before coming together at the empty Brighton Theatre Royal to perfect, perform, and record the songs.

                    The album is produced by Craig Potter. Long term collaborator Alex Reeves returns on drums and percussion with Sarah Field on clarinets and saxophones. Backing vocalists were Wilson Atie, Adeleye Omotayo, and Marit Røkeberg from London Contemporary Voices and old friend and long-time collaborator Jesca Hoop.

                    TRACK LISTING

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

                    Parquet Courts

                    Sympathy For Life

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

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

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

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Walking At A Downtown Pace
                      Black Widow Spider
                      Marathon Of Anger
                      Just Shadows
                      Plant Life
                      Application/Apparatus
                      Homo Sapien
                      Sympathy For Life
                      Zoom Out
                      Trullo
                      Pulcinella

                      Nightmares On Wax

                      Shout Out! To Freedom....

                        Shout Out! To Freedom… is the new album from Nightmares on Wax featuring Shabaka Hutchings, Greentea Peng, Haile Supreme, Mara TK, Sabrina Mahfouz + Pip Millett

                        “I feel like I've been set free of something and I am now becoming who I really am,” says George Evelyn. As Nightmares on Wax Evelyn has - for the last 30 years, as Warp’s longest serving signing - been consistently at the forefront of contemporary music, creating a unique blend of electronica, jazz, hip-hop, techno, dub, funk, soul and techno.

                        Although 9 albums in, he may have only just truly stepped into his own groove. Lockdown forced a change of pace and offered some time for meaningful reflection and introspection. “I've been gigging non-stop for 10 years,” he says. “And that experience has been beautiful but it also drained me emotionally.”

                        He began to reassess some things. “As a creative you're always questioning everything,” he says. “So having the time and the space has meant that I could do a proper deep dive into this stuff. So it was all about this journey of going back to myself, and realising being at home with my wife and my daughter that I’ve not really been here properly. It’s like I've just woken back up to what I actually have - and it's already here.”

                        “I wanted to ask: what is freedom?” he says. “Everybody's got a different idea of it, everybody's got a different concept of it. I realised that internally, we all want to be free of our shit and it doesn't matter what it is. Everybody wants to be free of something. So there are shout outs to freedom in each song. They're all different cries and different calls but there's a coherent feeling through it.”

                        When all the guest’s contributions were complete and the album was meticulously assembled to what we hear now, Evelyn picked up one last powerful and potent theme that came oozing out of the grooves. “I think it's the story of the human spirit,” he says.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Tracklist CD :

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

                        Tracklist LP’s :

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

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

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

                        1 Isolated
                        2 Trillion
                        3 Up To Us

                        Courtney Barnett

                        Things Take Time, Take Time

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

                          TRACK LISTING

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

                          Johnny Marr

                          Fever Dreams Pt. 1

                            Informed by the kind of powerful, anthemic and direct approach to words instantly present in ‘Spirit, Power And Soul’, the songs on the ‘Fever Dreams Pt 1’ EP arrive with an emotional potency. Fusing the language of soul music with his roots as a “Mancunian glam rocker”, lyrics that could be simultaneously personal, universal, and subtly political, with a fantastically expansive sound. The new EP reflects Johnny’s multifaceted past, but takes his music somewhere startlingly new.

                            Looking to 2022, Johnny was recently announced as the special guest on The Killers’ headline US arena tour, set to begin in August through to October 2022.

                            Marr’s solo career has given rise to three critically acclaimed UK Top Ten albums - The Messenger (2013), Playland (2014) and 2018’s Call The Comet. His continued creative journey has seen him at the heart of The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as working with The Pretenders, Talking Heads, The Avalanches, and most recently Billie Eilish, recording the score and soundtrack for the forthcoming James Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’ with Hans Zimmer.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Spirit Power And Soul
                            2. Receiver
                            3. All These Days
                            4. ArieL

                            Tasha

                            Tell Me What You Miss The Most

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

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

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

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

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


                              TRACK LISTING

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

                              Ducks Ltd.

                              Modern Fiction

                                Toronto’s Ducks Ltd. (formerly Ducks Unlimited), the bright jangle-pop duo of Tom McGreevy (lead vocal, guitar, bass, keyboards) and Evan Lewis (guitar, bass, drum programming), accomplish the impossible. The pair craft songs that play to very specific inspirations without drowning underneath them—immediately evidenced on their critically acclaimed EP, Get Bleak, and sharpened on Modern Fiction, their debut LP. “The Servants, The Clean, The Chills, The Bats, Television Personalities, Felt,” Evan rattles off. “Look Blue Go Purple is one I reference a lot with our production.” Echoes of ‘80s indiepop abound, but they never overwhelm. This is not a nostalgic record, after all, nor is it a derivative one. Instead, across 10 cheery-sounding songs, Ducks Ltd. explore contemporary society in decline, examining large scale human disaster through personal turmoil (hence the title, taken from a university course called Gnosticism and Nihilism in Modern Fiction, influenced by Graham Greene novels. Bookish indie fans, look no further.)

                                Writing the album was intimate. Tom drafted the nucleus of a song on an unplugged electric guitar and brought it over to Evan’s apartment, where the pair sat in his bedroom, placing percussive beats from a drum machine under nascent melodies, passing a bass back and forth, adding organs and bridges where necessary. “It’s computer music trying extremely hard not to sound like computer music,” Tom jokes. Fearful that limited and expensive studio time would kneecap the project creatively, eroding their charming naivete, the pair re-recorded the album in a storage space owned by Evan’s boss. Ornamentation through collaboration followed: there’s Aaron Goldstein on Pedal Steel in the Go-Betweens’ “Cattle and Cane”-channeling interlude “Patience Wearing Thin,” Eliza Niemi on cello (“18 Cigarettes,” a song loosely inspired by a 1997 Oasis performance of “Don’t Go Away”), and backing harmonies from Carpark labelmates The Beths (on an ode to friendship at a distance, “How Lonely Are You?,” “Always There,” and on the sped-up Syd Barrett stylings of “Under The Rolling Moon.”) While in his native Australia due to covid-19, Evan worked closely with producer James Cecil (The Goon Sax, Architecture in Helsinki) on Modern Fiction’s finishing touches—at one point, in the mountains of the Macedon Ranges in Victoria, recorded a string quartet (featured on “Fit to Burst,” “Always There,” “Sullen Leering Hope,” “Twere Ever Thus,” “Grand Final Day.”)

                                It’s danceable, depressive fun, with some relief: in “Always There” and “Sullen Leering Hope,” Modern Fiction’s faithful heart. “There’s a tendency in my writing, because of my world view, to be very bleak.” Tom explains. “A quality I don’t always see in myself and really appreciate in others is the courage to go on.” And yet, the record manages resiliency—enough for pop fans to fall in love with. 


                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Laura says: Absolutely loving this! For fans of McCarthy, Flying Nun Records, RBCF, Horsebeach, Goon Sax.... perfect sun-kissed jangle pop.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. How Lonely Are You?
                                2. Old Times
                                3. 18 Cigarettes
                                4. Under The Rolling Moon
                                5. Fit To Burst
                                6. Patience Wearing Thin
                                7. Always There
                                8. Sullen Leering Hope
                                9. 'Twere Ever Thus
                                10. Grand Final Day

                                Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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

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

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

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

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

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  PART I LP1

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

                                  PART I LP2

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

                                  PART I LP3

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

                                  PART I LP4

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

                                  PART I LP5

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

                                  PART II LP6


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

                                  PART II LP7

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

                                  John

                                  Nocturnal Manoeuvres

                                    Nocturnal Manoeuvres – the new album from JOHN - finds the duo expanding upon their celebrated idiosyncrasies once more. It sees them returning to their trusted producer Wayne Adams (who was behind the boards for both of their previous albums) knowing his success in capturing their presence as a live band. Realising the expansive quality of the resulting recordings, they then enlisted mastering engineer Sarah Register (Protomartyr, Future Islands, Chastity Belt) in order to deliver the sense of space that the varied track-list deserved. The result is a towering, titanic body of work – one that moves easily between cinematic post-rock, elastic post-hardcore and pummelling noise rock.

                                    The new record is the follow-up to their second LP, 2019's Out Here On The Fringes, which catapulted them into the Top 40 of the UK Independent Vinyl Chart, was featured as an Album of the Day on BBC 6Music with three successive playlisted singles, and saw the band hit the road with the likes of IDLES, METZ and Mclusky.

                                    Having established an international presence with a blistering KEXP live session and a month-long journey through Europe in support of Out Here On The Fringes, JOHN return to the live stage in 2021 with a mammoth run of UK and Irish dates throughout the autumn of this. As venues continue to reopen, it offers a captivating chance to catch a band who've built a devoted following through the sheer energy of their live show: a celebration of the primal intensity of the guitar-drums duo as a format and a monument to idiosyncrasy, which is exactly the sort of manifesto you could attach to Nocturnal Manoeuvres as a whole.


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Return To Capital
                                    2. Šibensko Powerhouse
                                    3. A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas
                                    4. Haneke'd
                                    5. Austere Isle
                                    6. Jargoncutter
                                    7. Stadium Of No
                                    8. Power Out For The Kingdom
                                    9. Northwood Turret
                                    10. Nonessential Hymn

                                    Stereophonics

                                    Oochya!

                                      As Stereophonics celebrate 25 years as one of the UK’s most loved bands, with ‘Oochya!’ Kelly Jones continues to cement his place amongst the great British songwriters.

                                      Flying Lotus

                                      Yasuke

                                        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)

                                        W.H. Lung

                                        Vanities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                          TRACK LISTING

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

                                          Jon Hopkins

                                          Music For Psychedelic Therapy

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

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

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

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

                                            TRACK LISTING

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

                                            The Specials

                                            Protest Songs 1924 - 2012

                                              The Specials who enjoyed a triumphant 2019 with the release of the critically acclaimed “Encore”, their first ever number 1 album, coming 40 years after they exploded onto the music scene and launched the 2 Tone movement, make a very timely return with the release of their brand new album “Protest Songs – 1924 -2012”. Released on August 27th through their new label Island Records, the album features twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off!

                                              The Specials emerged in the late 1970s as the multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, and sang of racism, unemployment and injustice making a very clear political statement every time they stepped on stage. It's fitting, then, that in 2021, at a time when the world is riven with social, racial and political unrest, that the Specials have made this album of Protest Songs and are once again reflecting the society we live in and taking a stand against all forms of injustice. A typically unpredictable collection of unique takes from folk to post-punk, righteous uplift to biting satire, and from Kingston to Alabama, the album is a powerful reminder that there are no fixed rules to what makes a protest song. All that’s required is the combination of something that needs to be said with music that needs to be heard. “People have been using music as a vehicle for protest since time immemorial,” says bass-player Horace Panter. “Injustice is timeless.”

                                              In February 2020, Horace, Terry, Lynval and co-producer Nikolaj Torp Larsen gathered to begin work on a reggae record, the follow up to Encore. Then Covid hit and plans were put on hold. During the first lockdown and following the murder of George Floyd and the waves of protest that grew around the world, Terry suggested that they make a different kind of record as a response to recent events.

                                              The trio started by picking some personal favourites. The Mothers of Invention’s Trouble Every Day (Horace), Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows (Terry) while Lynval was keen to sing Bob Marley’s classic rebel song Get Up, Stand Up. Other favourites included Talking Heads’ Listening Wind and “Trouble Every Day” which was about the Watts riots in 1965. Spending months combing YouTube and books for songs they had never heard before, they discovered or rediscovered Big Bill Broonzy’s angry 1938 blues Black, Brown and White and the Staple Singers’ stirring Freedom Highway, written for the marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The Dixie Jubilee Singers first recorded the spiritual Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around in 1924 but it was the civil rights movement that tweaked the lyrics and made it an anthem. Soldiers Who Want to Be Heroes is another example of a song that found its true calling after the fact. Written by the poet Rod McKuen in 1963, it was rerecorded three years later, during the dog days of the Vietnam war.

                                              Folk singer Malvina Reynolds, best known for Little Boxes, provides two spiky odes to the contributions of ordinary people: I Live in a City and I Don’t Mind Failing in This World: And because the Specials have always had a taste for black comedy, they’ve chosen two songs by bluesman Jerry McCain (My Next Door Neighbor) and Wild Thing writer Chip Taylor (Fuck All the Perfect People). “Terry said, ‘I’ve found this song, listen to this,’” Horace remembers. “We all sat there open-mouthed.”

                                              The album was recorded in a studio in West London in May of this year with regular bandmates Nikolaj Torp Larsen on keyboards, Kenrick Rowe on drums and Steve Cradock on guitar. Hannah Hu, a young singer from Bradford, fronts Listening Wind and sings back-up on Freedom Highway and Everybody Knows.

                                              The Specials remain one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time and this new record and the success of Encore proves that they are every bit as relevant and vital as they were in 1979.

                                              Witch Fever

                                              Reincarnate EP - Signed Print Edition

                                                Concocting a potent sonic assault that recalls the foreboding darkness of Black Sabbath, Savages’ monochrome post-punk and the dirty breathlessness of Bleach-era Nirvana, the Manchester quartet create a confrontational racket that takes no prisoners. The band’s name is inspired by the hysteria which accompanied the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, and Europe, which the band have long considered were a means to belittle, suppress and diminish women.

                                                “There’s a big emphasis on female empowerment and female anger,” says bassist Alex of the message raging behind the band’s music. “It’s about celebrating yourself and self-expression. Not being stifled and held back.”

                                                Reincarnate, which was recorded at Orgone Studios in Woburn, with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, explores those incendiary topics. Lead single Reincarnate is an anthem of post-breakup independence, set to Sabbath-esque graveyard doom. In The Resurrect is a visceral squall about celebrating identity and being a “bad ass bitch”. Abject tackles sexism the band have encountered during live shows, while Bully Boy is a steel toe-capped boot to abuse of male power, which considers the concept of God within a patriarchal system.

                                                “Growing up I went to a church and it was orthodox, shitty and a bit of a weird place,” explains Amy. “When I was 16, I left and then my family left after me. Some of my lyrics are about that, it’s about coming away from a trauma and knowing that you’re powerful despite that.”

                                                “She takes biblical sayings and turns them on their heads,” says Alex of her bandmate’s lyrical approach.” It’s playing around with power constructs in society, religion and life and flipping it on its head.”

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Reincarnate
                                                In The Resurrect
                                                Abject
                                                In Birth
                                                Initiation
                                                Bully Boy

                                                Angel Olsen

                                                Aisles

                                                  While spending time trying to conquer the audio of live-stream athome performances, I got better acquainted with my friend Adam McDaniel, an engineer and producer in Asheville, NC. Adam and I had known each other for years. When the band was a bit smaller I’d often rent his studio, Drop of Sun, for pre-recording / pre tour rehearsals. Summer 2020 was tough for many reasons. But Adam and his wife Emily opened their home to me and made it a safe space to create and let go. I had an idea to record some covers and bring some of the band into the mix, or add other players. I wanted to record 80’s songs that I’d overheard walking the aisles at the grocery store, and I needed to laugh and have fun and be a little less serious about the recording process in general. I thought about completely changing some of the songs and turning them inside out.

                                                  I’d heard “Gloria” by Laura Branigan for the first time at a family Christmas gathering and I was amazed at all the aunts who got up to dance. I imagined them all dancing and laughing in slow motion, and that’s when I got the idea to slow the entire song down and try it out in this way. I felt that “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats could be reinterpreted to be about this time of quarantine and the fear of being around anyone or having too much fun. It made me wonder, is it safe to laugh or dance or be free of it all for just a moment?

                                                  I know it’s not really in my history to do something unintentional or just for the hell of it but my connection to these songs is pretty straightforward, I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous, and I think I needed to remember that I could!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Gloria
                                                  2. Eyes Without A Face
                                                  3. Safety Dance
                                                  4. If You Leave
                                                  5. Forever Young

                                                  Oasis

                                                  Knebworth 1996

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

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

                                                    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

                                                    Raise The Roof

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

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

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

                                                      TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                      B-Sides & Rarities: Part I

                                                        B-Side & Rarities Part I contains material from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 30-plus year career. This collection features 56 tracks including rarities, out-takes, covers & B-sides from 1988-2005 across 3 volumes, compiled by Mick Harvey.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        PART I CD1

                                                        1. Deanna (Acoustic Version)
                                                        2. The Mercy Seat (Acoustic Version)
                                                        3. City Of Refuge (Acoustic Version)
                                                        4. The Moon Is In The Gutter
                                                        5. The Six Strings That Drew Blood
                                                        6. Rye Whiskey
                                                        7. Running Scared
                                                        8. Black Betty
                                                        9. Scum
                                                        10. The Girl At The Bottom Of My Glass
                                                        11. The Train Song
                                                        12. Cocks 'n' Asses
                                                        13. Blue Bird
                                                        14. Helpless
                                                        15. God's Hotel
                                                        16. (I'll Love You) Till The End Of The World
                                                        17. Cassiel's Song
                                                        18. Tower Of Song
                                                        19. What Can I Give You?

                                                        PART I CD2

                                                        1. What A Wonderful World
                                                        2. Rainy Night In Soho
                                                        3. Lucy (Version #2)
                                                        4. Jack The Ripper (Acoustic Version)
                                                        5. Sail Away
                                                        6. There's No Night Out In The Jail
                                                        7. That's What Jazz Is To Me
                                                        8. The Willow Garden
                                                        9. The Ballad Of Robert Moore And Betty Coltrane
                                                        10. King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O
                                                        11. Knoxville Girl
                                                        12. Where The Wild Roses Grow (Original Guide Vocal Version)
                                                        13. O'Malley's Bar Pt. 1
                                                        14. O'Malley's Bar Pt. 2
                                                        15. O'Malley's Bar Pt. 3
                                                        16. Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum
                                                        17. O'Malley's Bar Reprise
                                                        18. Red Right Hand (Scream 3 Version)


                                                        PART I CD3

                                                        1. Little Empty Boat
                                                        2. Right Now I'm A-Roaming
                                                        3. Come Into My Sleep
                                                        4. Black Hair Band Version
                                                        5. Babe, I Got You Bad
                                                        6. Sheep May Safely Graze
                                                        7. Opium Tea
                                                        8. Grief Came Riding
                                                        9. Bless His Ever Loving Heart
                                                        10. Good Good Day
                                                        11. Little Janey's Gone
                                                        12. I Feel So Good
                                                        13. Shoot Me Down
                                                        14. Swing Low
                                                        15. Little Ghost Song
                                                        16. Everything Must Converge
                                                        17. Nocturama
                                                        18. She's Leaving You
                                                        19. Under This Moon

                                                        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                                        B-Sides & Rarities: Part II

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

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          PART II LP1 & CD1

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

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

                                                          PART II LP2 & CD2

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

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

                                                          *previously Unreleased

                                                          Brigid Mae Power

                                                          Burning Your Light EP

                                                            ‘Burning Your Light’ is a new six-track EP of covers from the remarkable Brigid Mae Power, it follows ‘Head Above the Water’ (2020) which saw her unique vocal style and music heralded in all corners. Power’s ability to interpret songs is unquestionable, as is her love of the art of songwriting. She skilfully brings joy from pain which is perfectly illustrated on this new EP.

                                                            Ranging from the brittle collapse of ‘Didn’t It Rain’ (Songs: Ohia) through to the slings and blows of Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Patsy Cline, she brings hope and reverence to these classic songs.

                                                            The EP features ‘I’ll Be Here In The Morning’ from the late great pioneer of alt-country Townes Van Zandt’s essential album ‘For The Sake Of The Song’ (1968), ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’ hails from Bob Dylan’s ‘Desire’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘It Ain’t Fair’ from her 1970 album ‘This Girl’s In Love With You’, Songs: Ohia’s ‘Didn’t It Rain’ to ‘Leavin’ On Your Mind’, a country standard by Patsy Cline from 1963, that’s now taken to new depths of despair.

                                                            Also reworked is ‘May Morning Dew’ an Irish ballad that allows Brigid’s voice to ululate in the best tradition of the genre; the traditional sound is brought into a new decade with its chilling ambience.

                                                            "A remarkable Irish singer emerges from filigree and shadow" Mojo.

                                                            “The magic is in the folk singer’s extraordinary voice” Sunday Times.

                                                            "A remarkable Irish singer emerges from filigree and shadow" Mojo.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1. I’ll Be Here In The Morning
                                                            A2. One More Cup Of Coffee
                                                            A3. It Ain't Fair
                                                            B1. Didn't It Rain
                                                            B2. May Morning Dew
                                                            B3. Leavin' On Your Mind

                                                            Good Morning

                                                            Barnyard

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

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

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

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


                                                              TRACK LISTING

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

                                                              Ty Segall

                                                              Harmonizer

                                                                His first album in forever (two years)! Ty glides smoothly into a wild area with a synthtasm of production redesign, dialing up a wealth of new guitar and keyboard settings. A seething statement of emotional austerity, Harmonizer enraptures the ear, while enabling Ty to cut through dense undergrowth, making groove moves for the body, mind and soul.

                                                                Rolling out of the mist and dust and silence of time, Ty Segall is behind the wheel of a sleek new ride, a confetti of pages torn from his ongoing saga blizzarding into the air behind him.

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

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

                                                                The first recording to be released from Ty’s just-completed Harmonizer Studios, Harmonizer benefits from a collaboration with Cooper Crain, who co-produced the album with Ty. The Venn diagram of these guys unites them in DIY/punk dyed-in-the-wooldom; Ty’s propers you know, but Cooper’s own unique journey in rhythm, minimalism and DIY (as heard on his productions with CAVE, Bitchin Bajas and Jackie Lynn) mines the depths around Ty’s peerless vocal attack and aid in the latest chapter of his never-ending search for unfathomably corrosive guitar sounds. Spoiler alert: they found some more!

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

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side A
                                                                Learning
                                                                Whisper
                                                                Erased
                                                                Harmonizer
                                                                Pictures

                                                                Side B
                                                                Ride
                                                                Waxman
                                                                Play
                                                                Feel Good
                                                                Changing Contours

                                                                Penelope Isles

                                                                Which Way To Happy

                                                                  When you’re trying to make it through tough times, you need a little light to find your way. That light blazes brightly on the alchemical second album from Penelope Isles, an album forged amid emotional upheaval and band changes. Setting the uncertainties of twentysomething life to alt-rock and psychedelic songs brimming with life, colour and feeling, Which Way to Happy emerges as a luminous victory for Jack and Lily Wolter, the siblings whose bond holds the band tight at its core.

                                                                  Produced by Jack and mixed by US alt-rock legend Dave Fridmann, the result is an intoxicating leap forward for the Brighton-based band, following the calling-card DIY smarts of their 2019 debut, Until the Tide Creeps In. Sometimes it swoons, sometimes it soars. Sometimes it says it’s OK to not be OK. And sometimes it says it’s OK to look for the way to happy, too. Pitched between fertile coastal metaphors and winged melodies, intimate confessionals and expansive cosmic pop, deep sorrows and serene soul-pop pick-you-ups, it transforms “difficult second album” clichés into a thing of glorious contrasts: a second-album surge of up-close, heartfelt intimacies and expansive, experimental vision.

                                                                  These extremes come into sharp focus on ‘Terrified,’ a reflection on anxiety set to a dreamy sunburst of psychedelic jangle-pop. As Jack explains, “I love that juxtaposition. It reminds me of when you’re feeling a bit delicate or not ready to socialise but you have to go out because you need milk for tea. Then you go to the supermarket and you bump into someone you kind of know and you have to pretend that everything’s OK when, really, you’re dying inside.”

                                                                  With the album’s almost prog-psych ambitions on fulsome display, ‘Rocking at the Bottom’ taps coastal motifs for a call to embrace open possibility, twinkling with hope over a deep space-rock bass line and a phased Hammond. In an album of fluent dynamism, ‘Play It Cool’ offers a swift tonal about-turn, emerging from Lily’s gloriously in-character vocal as a sweet soul-pop message to the troubled self amid rousing drums, lush glockenspiels, creamy harmonies and wonky guitars. Warm and rippling, ‘Iced Gems’ is a sorrowed lament, played out over the gentlest of fluttery keyboards and experimental electronic sounds – plus, samples of carrot crunches. Written over a couple of years, Lily’s ‘Sailing Still’ charts the life of a relationship to a slow-burn and sorrowed soundscape of dulcitones, cello, violin and more: building in increments to a climax of measured grandeur, it sustains a sense of intimacy in a framework of great scope.

                                                                  The album swerves into Mercury Rev and MGMT’s cosmic slipstream with ‘Miss Moon,’ a galloping centrepiece with an irresistible call to dream: “Hey, kids – look up!” As Jack says, “We wanted it to seem like lift-off.” After its exclamatory explosion, the psychedelic dream-pop of ‘Sudoku’ offers a mellowed invitation to turn off your mind, relax, float downstream. Steering the album through further contrasts, ‘Have You Heard’ is a feelgood flurry of insistent, pulsing space-rock; ‘Pink Lemonade,’ meanwhile, is a song of sweet, sharp beauty, touching on fading childhood memories and lifted by Fiona Brice’s strings. ‘11 11’ hosts Lily’s most tender vocal yet: recorded in one take through tears, it finds Penelope Isles at their most exposed, with Brice’s strings weeping in sympathy. Finally, ‘In a Cage’ cogitates on confinement yet finds solace in field recordings of happy, high times – a judicious note of meditative reflection after a giddy ride.


                                                                  More field recordings were made during a stay at a small cottage in Cornwall, where Penelope Isles began work on the album. With romantic heartache already in the air, things swiftly got worse: lockdown began, claustrophobia kicked in and emotions ran high. As Jack puts it, “We were there for about two or three months. It was a tiny cottage with four of us in and we all went a bit bonkers, and we drank far too much, and it spiralled a bit out of control. There were a lot of emotional evenings and realisations, which I think reflects in the songs.”

                                                                  At different point along the way, Jack Sowton and Becky Redford left the Isles. An old friend, multi-instrumentalist Henry Nicholson, stepped in swiftly – “A godsend after a low time,” says Lily. Another friend, Hannah Feenstra, contributed drum parts; now, Joe Taylor is the band’s drummer. After Cornwall, the band redid many of the rhythm tracks, recorded a little in Brighton, then recorded more in Cornwall at their parents’ house. “It was,” says Jack, “a proper rollercoaster ride.”

                                                                  The ride continued with Fridmann, whose recent credits include Isles’ favourites Mogwai’s No 1 album, As the Love Continues. As Lily puts it, the process of sending Fridmann a mix, receiving it back in the morning and then having five hours to make decisions on it resulted first in stress, then in something sublime. “I love everything he’s touched – MGMT, Mogwai, Mercury Rev. He would turn our mix into this electric, fiery thing. There were some moments that were initially hard, like on ‘Miss Moon,’ where he took out the bass when it gets to the chorus. But now it’s my favourite bit on the record. He made everything so colourful. It’s an intense-sounding record – a hot record. It was so refreshing to have that blast of energy from Dave – it’s like he framed our pictures.”

                                                                  Away from the confines of the cottage, the Wolters also opened the door to a collaboration with storied composer Fiona Brice, whose credits include John Grant, Lost Horizons and Placebo. A “big bucket-list tick” for Jack and Lily, the team-up results in glorious arrangements across the album: for Lily, ‘11 11’ stood out. “I was in absolute tears when she sent back the strings for ‘11 11’. It was like, oh my goodness, she’s nailed it.”

                                                                  Flushed with resourceful detail, Which Way to Happy adds extra strands to the Isles’ ever-tightening core DNA. Born in Devon and raised on the Isle of Man, the Wolters’ bonds were already strengthened by separation when Jack (six years Lily’s senior) moved away to university at 19. As Lily grew older, they rediscovered their connection and formed a band called Your Gold Teeth. When both moved to Brighton, Penelope Isles came to being, fuelled by a passion for DIY alt-rock and all who sail its seas.

                                                                  On its release, Until the Tide Creeps In received rave reviews from Q, DIY, The Line of Best Fit and many others, while finding champions in Steve Lamacq and Shaun Keaveny. It also become part of a lifeline for music fans during the 2020 lockdown when the band participated in Tim Burgess’s Twitter Listening Party. Meanwhile, extensive touring saw the Isles develop into a formidable live force, with ‘Gnarbone’ emerging as a sure-fire show-stopper.

                                                                  Now, the Isles have 11 more show-stoppers to add to the mix. At the album’s heart, the band’s core traits have never been stronger: the bond between the Wolters, a sensitivity towards complex feelings, a desire to celebrate life in all its facets and an ambitious reach combine to create an album that feels utterly, emphatically present on every front, rich in depth and uplift.

                                                                  “There’s so much love between me and Jack, we couldn’t do it without each other,” says Lily. “And even in that chaotic, tiny bubble of a cottage that sent us all mad, we had some really funny, stupid, lovely times together. There’s a lot of emotion in the album.” Wherever Penelope Isles go from here, that guiding emotional compass couldn’t be more finely attuned.


                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Terrified
                                                                  2. Rocking At The Bottom
                                                                  3. Play It Cool
                                                                  4. Iced Gems
                                                                  5. Sailing Still
                                                                  6. Miss Moon
                                                                  7. Sudoku
                                                                  8. Have You Heard
                                                                  9. Pink Lemonade
                                                                  10. 11 11
                                                                  11. In A Cage

                                                                  Primal Scream

                                                                  Demodelica

                                                                    Across 2LPs, ‘Demodelica’ will take fans on the journey of the creation of the album, through demos and work in progress mixes, allowing them an insight into the creative process that went into the finished album. ‘Demodelica’ will also be released on CD and digitally and will feature liner notes from acclaimed British music journalist and cultural historian Jon Savage.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    SIDE A
                                                                    1. Come Together (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                    2. Damaged (Hackney Studio Demo)
                                                                    3. Movin’ On Up (Hackney Studio Demo)
                                                                    SIDE B
                                                                    1. Higher Than The Sun (Isle Of Dogs Home Studio)
                                                                    2. Higher Than The Sun (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                    3. I’m Coming Down (Isle Of Dogs Home Studio)
                                                                    4. I’m Coming Down (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                    SIDE C
                                                                    1. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Isle Of Dogs Home Studio)
                                                                    2. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Isle Of Dogs Hypnotone Mix)
                                                                    3. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (EMI Publishing Studio Mix)
                                                                    4. Inner Flight (Hackney Studio Vocal Mix)
                                                                    5. Inner Flight (Henry Accapella Jam Studio)
                                                                    6. Inner Flight (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                    SIDE D
                                                                    1. Shine Like Stars (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                    2. Shine Like Stars (Eden Studios Demo)
                                                                    3. Screamadelica (Eden Studios Demo)

                                                                    Primal Scream

                                                                    The Screamadelica 12" Singles

                                                                      The 12” singles box features nine replicas of the singles from the original campaign, all pressed on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl – as well as a tenth disc, which consists of a previously unheard remix (and accompanying instrumental) of ‘Shine Like Stars’ by the album’s late and beloved producer Andrew Weatherall. The box also features three art prints by the album’s cover artist Paul Cannell and a download code.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Disc 1: Loaded EP
                                                                      A. Loaded
                                                                      B. I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have / Ramblin’ Rose (Live In NYC)

                                                                      Disc 2: Loaded EP
                                                                      A. Loaded (Terry Farley Remix)
                                                                      B. I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have / Ramblin’ Rose (Live In NYC)

                                                                      Disc 3: Come Together
                                                                      A. Come Together (Terry Farley Extended Mix)
                                                                      B. Come Together (Andy Weatherall Extended Mix)

                                                                      Disc 4: Come Together
                                                                      A. Come Together (The Hypno Tone Brain Machine Mix)
                                                                      B. Come Together (BBG Mix)

                                                                      Disc 5: Higher Than The Sun
                                                                      A. Higher Than The Sun (12” Mix)
                                                                      B. Higher Than The Sun (American Spring Mix)

                                                                      Disc 6: Higher Than The Sun
                                                                      A. Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)
                                                                      B. Higher Than The Orb

                                                                      Disc 7: Don’t Fight It, Feel It
                                                                      A. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (12” Version)
                                                                      B. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Scat Mix)

                                                                      Disc 8: Don’t Fight It, Feel It
                                                                      A. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Graham Massey Mix)
                                                                      B. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Instrumental)

                                                                      Disc 9: Dixie Narco EP
                                                                      A. Movin’ On Up / Stone My Soul
                                                                      B. Carry Me Home / Screamadelica

                                                                      Disc 10: Shine Like Stars
                                                                      A. Shine Like Stars (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
                                                                      B. Shine Like Stars (Instrumental)

                                                                      Primal Scream

                                                                      Live At Levitation

                                                                        Primal Scream’s fusion of indie pop and dance broke down musical boundaries and changed the face of British pop music in the '90s, helping to push dance and techno into the rock mainstream. Their lasting influence is crystallized across nine tracks, on Primal Scream - Live At Levitation. Recorded in 2015 at Levitation in front of underground rock fans from around the world, the LP marks the next release in The Reverberation Appreciation Society’s Live at Levitation series, which captures key moments in psychedelic rock history and live music in Austin, Texas--pulled from Levitation’s extensive archives. Amongst a lineup of classic Levitation bands--Thee Oh Sees, Night Beats, and frontman Bobby Gillespie’s old band, The Jesus And Mary Chain--The Primal Scream set shows the band’s undeniable creativity and unique place in the psych-rock canon, combining psychedelic garage rock, kaleidoscopic pop, and acid house to create a sound that’s simultaneously of its time and ahead of it. Known for their explosive live sets, the recordings show why Primal Scream is still considered one of the preeminent Scottish rock groups, with the Mercury-prize winning band blasting through tracks off of 1991’s touchstone album, Screamadelica, its boogieblues- influenced follow-up Give Out But Don’t Give Up, and the heavily electro-influenced cult favorite XTRMNTR. Making it an essential collection for any Primal Scream or psychrock aficionado.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        SIDE A
                                                                        1. Jailbird
                                                                        2. Accelerator
                                                                        3. Kill All Hippies
                                                                        4. Burning Wheel
                                                                        5. Shoot Speed / Kill Light

                                                                        SIDE B
                                                                        1. Higher Than The Sun
                                                                        2. Country Girl
                                                                        3. Loaded
                                                                        4. Movin' On Up

                                                                        Clinic

                                                                        Fantasy Island

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

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

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

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

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                          Ada Lea

                                                                          One Hand On The Steering Wheel The Other Sewing A Garden

                                                                            one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden is the name of the second album by Canadian songwriter Alexandra Levy, publicly known by the moniker Ada Lea. On one hand, it’s a collection of walking-paced, cathartic pop/folk songs, on the other it’s a book of heart-twisting, rear-view stories of city life. Ada Lea has followed up the creative, indie-rock songcraft of her debut what we say in private with surprising arrangements and new perspectives. The album is set in Montreal and each song exists as a dot on a personal history map of the city where Levy grew up. Due on September 24th from Saddle Creek and Next Door Records in Canada, the physical record will be released alongside a map of song locations and a songbook with chords and lyrics, inspired by Levy’s love of real book standards.

                                                                            Levy penned and demoed this batch of songs in an artist residency in Banff, Alberta. After sorting and editing she made her way to Los Angeles to record with producer/engineer Marshall Vore (Phoebe Bridgers) who had previously worked on 2020’s woman, here E.P. After a long walk to the studio each morning, Levy spent her session days diving into the arrangements, playfully letting everything fall in place with complete trust for her collaborators. She notes “Marshall’s expertise and experience with drumming and songwriting was the perfect blend for what the songs needed. He was able to support me in a harmonic, lyrical, and rhythmic sense.” Other contributors that left a notable fingerprint on the soundscape include drummer Tasy Hudson, guitarist Harrison Whitford (of Phoebe Bridgers band), and mixing engineer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett). Many songs came together with a blend of studio tracks and elements from the pre-recorded demos.

                                                                            The resulting sounds range from classic, soft-rock beauty to intimate finger-picked folk passages and night-drive art-pop. And the textures are frequently surprising due to the collage of lo-fi and hi-fi sounds that tastefully decorate the album without ever clouding the heart-center of the song. Tracks like “damn” and “oranges” feel timeless with their AM gold groove and 70’s studio sheen, while songs like “my love 4 u is real '', “salt spring” and “can’t stop me from dying” sound completely modern in their use of electronics, sound effects, and pitched vocals. In their subtle, sonic variety, all of the album’s songs flow together with ease into one big, romantic dream for Levy’s silken vocals to float above.

                                                                            Inspired by personal experience, daydreams, and Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, the lyrics of one hand... center storytelling on a bigger scale. The experience and emotions of a year are communicated through Levy’s vignettes of city life. Her prose is centered in its setting of the St Denis area of Montreal as it draws up memories from local haunts like Fameux, La Rockette, and Quai des Brumes in rearview reverie. Levy creates a balance through the album’s year by splitting her songs evenly into four seasons. Opening track “damn”, as a song of winter, kicks off the narrative with the events of a cursed New Year’s Eve party. Immediately this timeline becomes jumbled into a Proustian haziness. The listener is then led through the heat-stricken, brain fog of Summer song, “can’t stop me from dying” and then into the autumnal romanticism of “oranges” before returning back to New Year’s on “partner,” which Levy describes as “a woozy late-night taxi blues reflection on moments when timing can be so right, yet so wrong…”. These collected stories as a whole chart the unavoidable growth that comes with experience. “All is forgiven in time. All is forgotten in time. And when the music stopped, I heard an answer” (from “my love 4 u is real”).

                                                                            Whether to consider these songs fiction or memoir remains unknown. On one hand, Levy says “Why would I try to write a story that’s not my own? What good would that do?” but on the other hand, she is quick to note the ways that language fails to describe reality, and how difficult this makes it to tell an actually true story. The poetic misuse of the word “sewing” in the album’s title serves as a nod to the limitations words provide. What does it mean to sew the garden? And how can we appreciate its carefully knit blooms when the rearview mirror is so full of car exhaust?

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            01. Damn 4:21
                                                                            02. Can't Stop Me From Dying 3:09
                                                                            03. Oranges 4:54
                                                                            04. Partner 3:45
                                                                            05. Saltspring 4:23
                                                                            06. And My Newness Spoke To Your Newness And It Was A Thing Of Endless 0:56
                                                                            07. My Love 4 U Is Real 4:31
                                                                            08. Backyard 2:56
                                                                            09. Writer In Ny 3:19
                                                                            10. Violence 4:26
                                                                            11. Hurt 3:31

                                                                            La Luz

                                                                            La Luz

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

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

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                              Sex Pistols

                                                                              76-77

                                                                                If at first you don’t succeed, try again…

                                                                                Sex Pistols 76/77, features no less than 80 alternate versions of tracks recorded between May 1976 and Sept 1977 that would help form the legendary album NMTB’s. This set includes 8 previously unreleased versions and 30 tracks available for the first time digitally.

                                                                                Background:

                                                                                The Sex Pistols as we know them, John, Paul, Steve and Glen, got together in the summer of 1975. It would be some 10 months before they first ventured into a recording studio with Chris Spedding, on May 15th 1976 at Majestic in London. Later that July they’d record first at Decibel and then at Riverside with Dave Goodman and subsequently at Landsdown and Wessex later that October. All these early recording sessions are included here, giving listeners the opportunity to hear just how the songs and the band’s sound evolved from the start.

                                                                                During this period the band signed to EMI and also undertook sessions at their Manchester Square studio. Again these recordings are included on this set.

                                                                                After issuing Anarchy In The UK, the adverse publicity around it and the band’s TV appearance (in place of Queen) on Bill Grundy’s ITV show on Dec 1st 1976, EMI would drop them on Jan 6th1977. The band kept the record company advance of £40K and promptly got together again with Dave Goodman at Eden and Gooseberry studios and carried on recording. Glen would depart in February and be replaced by Sid Vicious.

                                                                                They then signed to A&M on March 9th (£150K), re-staging the signing outside Buckingham Palace the following day for the press. A&M quickly began pressing the single God Save The Queen for a March 25th release. 25K units were created but on release day A&M announced they’d pulled the single and dropped the band and would destroy the records. Meanwhile the band kept £75K in compensation and recording sessions continued.

                                                                                Friday the 13th…..lucky for some? On Friday May 13 they signed to Virgin records and would continue recording right up until Sept 1977, with NMTB’s being released the following month.

                                                                                76/77 shows just how NMTB’s came to be. There was no luck, instead inspiration, creativity and hard graft.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                CD1
                                                                                Problems
                                                                                Pretty Vacant
                                                                                No Feelings (Take 1)
                                                                                No Feelings (Unreleased Take 2)
                                                                                No Feelings (Unreleased Take 3)
                                                                                Submission
                                                                                Seventeen
                                                                                Satellite
                                                                                I Wanna Be Me
                                                                                Pretty Vacant
                                                                                Arnarch In The UK
                                                                                No Feelings
                                                                                Anarchy Un The UK
                                                                                Substitue
                                                                                (Don't Gove Me) No Lip
                                                                                (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
                                                                                Johnny B Goode
                                                                                Road Runner
                                                                                Watcha Gonna Do About It?
                                                                                Through My Eyes
                                                                                No Fun (Full 7 Minute Version)

                                                                                CD2
                                                                                Anarchy In The UK (Instrumental (Manchester Square Backing Track)) [Mike Thorne Machester Square Studio Session Dec 11th 1976]
                                                                                No Future (aka GSTQ) [Mike Thorne Machester Square Studio Session Dec 11th 1977]
                                                                                Liar [Mike Thorne Machester Square Studio Session Dec 11th 1978]
                                                                                Problems (Manchester Square Demos)) [Mike Thorne Machester Square Studio Session Dec 11th 1979]
                                                                                God Save The Queen (Instrumental) [Mike Thorne Machester Square Studio Session Dec 11th 1980]
                                                                                Pretty Vacant (Instrumental) [Mike Thorne Machester Square Studio Session Dec 11th 1981]
                                                                                No Feelings (Instrumental (EMI Backing Tracks For TV)) [Mike Thorne Machester Square Studio Session Dec 11th 1982]
                                                                                New York [Dave Goodman Eden Studio Mixes January 28th 1977 (recorded At Gooseberry Studios Jan 1977)]
                                                                                Unlimited Edition (aka EMI) [Dave Goodman Eden Studio Mixes January 28th 1977 (recorded At Gooseberry Studios Jan 1977)]
                                                                                Liar [Dave Goodman Eden Studio Mixes January 28th 1977 (recorded At Gooseberry Studios Jan 1977)]
                                                                                Pretty Vacant [Dave Goodman Eden Studio Mixes January 28th 1977 (recorded At Gooseberry Studios Jan 1977)]
                                                                                Problems [Dave Goodman Eden Studio Mixes January 28th 1977 (recorded At Gooseberry Studios Jan 1977)]
                                                                                No Future (aka GSTQ) [Dave Goodman Eden Studio Mixes January 28th 1977 (recorded At Gooseberry Studios Jan 1977)]
                                                                                God Save The Queen (Unreleased Instrumental ) [Dave Goodman Eden Studio Mixes January 28th 1977 (recorded At Gooseberry Studios Jan 1977)]
                                                                                Pretty Vacant [Dave Goodman Riverside Studio Mixes 31/5/77 (Recorded At Denmark Street July 1976 But Mixed 1977)]
                                                                                Seventeen [Dave Goodman Riverside Studio Mixes 31/5/77 (Recorded At Denmark Street July 1976 But Mixed 1977)]
                                                                                Satellite [Dave Goodman Riverside Studio Mixes 31/5/77 (Recorded At Denmark Street July 1976 But Mixed 1977)]
                                                                                No Feelings [Dave Goodman Riverside Studio Mixes 31/5/77 (Recorded At Denmark Street July 1976 But Mixed 1977)]
                                                                                I Wanna Be Me [Dave Goodman Riverside Studio Mixes 31/5/77 (Recorded At Denmark Street July 1976 But Mixed 1977)]
                                                                                Submission [Dave Goodman Riverside Studio Mixes 31/5/77 (Recorded At Denmark Street July 1976 But Mixed 1977)]
                                                                                Anarchy In The UK [Dave Goodman Riverside Studio Mixes 31/5/77 (Recorded At Denmark Street July 1976 But Mixed 1977)]

                                                                                CD3
                                                                                Anarchy In The UK (Wessex Studios Rejected Version Oct. 1976) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                Did You Know Wrong (Alternative Vocal March 3rd 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                17 (Alternative Vocal March April 21st 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                Satellite (Rough Mix April 22 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                Submission (Rough Mix April 22 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                Holidays In The Sun (Rough Mix April 22 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                EMI (Rough Mix April 22 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                17 (Rough Mix May 16 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                Holidays In The Sun (Alterntive Mix June 11 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                Body (Demo & The Banter June 11 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                Submission (Alternative Mix August 12 1977) [Wessex Studio]
                                                                                EMI (Outtake - March 3rd 1977 ) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1977]
                                                                                God Save The Queen (Outtake - March 3rd 1977 ) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1978]
                                                                                Bodies (Outtake - Instrumental June 18th 1977 ) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1979]
                                                                                EMI (Outtake - August 12th 1977 ) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1980]
                                                                                Satellite (Outtake - August 12th 1977 ) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1981]
                                                                                Submission (Version 1 - Alternative Mix - August 12th 1977) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1982]
                                                                                EMI (Alternative Mix - April 22nd 1977) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1983]
                                                                                Seventeen (Alternative Mix - April 21st 1977) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1984]
                                                                                No Feelings (Alternative Mix - April 14th 1977) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1985]
                                                                                Submission (Version 2 - Alternative Mix - August 12th 1977) [Chris Thomas NMTB Sessions, Wessex Studios March - August 1986]
                                                                                Belson Was A Gas (Demo) [John Boogie Tiberi Denmark Street Rehearsal Room, London, Sept 20th 1977]
                                                                                Belson Was A Gas (Demo 2) [John Boogie Tiberi Denmark Street Rehearsal Room, London, Sept 20th 1978]

                                                                                CD4
                                                                                Seventeen (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Satellite (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Feelings (aka No Feelings) (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Just Me (aka I Wanna Be Me) (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Submission (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Nookie (aka Anarchy In The UK (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                No Future (aka God Save The Queen) (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Problems (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Lots Of Fun (aka Pretty Vacant) (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Liar (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Who Was It (aka EMI) (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                New York (aka Looking For A Kiss) (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Anarchy In The UK (Denmark Street Demo July 76) (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                Pretty Vacant (Denmark Street Demo July 76) (Spunk Version) [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]
                                                                                No Fun (Unedited Version) (Spunk Version [Spunk - Bootleg - Bonus Disc]

                                                                                Neil Young

                                                                                Carnegie Hall 1970

                                                                                  Young has selected this concert he played at New York’s Carnegie Hall on December 4th, 1970 as the inaugural release from his Official Bootleg series.

                                                                                  The show rounded off a seminal year for Young who had released the ‘After The Gold Rush’ record just 3 months earlier in September which followed on from the ‘Déjà Vu’ album he recorded as part of Crosby, Still, Nash & Young in March of the same year.

                                                                                  This show is a never before heard recording with Young playing solo on vocals, acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica. Young played two solo acoustic shows at Carnegie Hall that week. “Listening to existing bootlegs, it seems that all the bootleggers got the second Carnegie Hall show,” Young writes on the Neil Young Archives. “There was one at 8:00 pm and one at midnight [about 27 hours later]. No one got that first one — the first time I walked onstage at Carnegie Hall, blowing my own 25-year-old mind.”

                                                                                  Change happens fast. At Carnegie Hall, I hear myself doing a new song, one about my ranch I had just moved to – ‘Old Man.’ Time flies.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  2LP
                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                  01 Down By The River
                                                                                  02 Cinnamon Girl
                                                                                  03 I Am A Child
                                                                                  04 Expecting To Fly
                                                                                  05 The Loner
                                                                                  06 Wonderin’

                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                  01 Helpless
                                                                                  02 Southern Man
                                                                                  03 Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
                                                                                  04 Sugar Mountain

                                                                                  Side C
                                                                                  01 On The Way Home
                                                                                  02 Tell Me Why
                                                                                  03 Only Love Can Break Your Heart
                                                                                  04 Old Man
                                                                                  05 After The Gold Rush
                                                                                  06 Flying On The Ground Is Wrong

                                                                                  Side D
                                                                                  01 Cowgirl In The Sand
                                                                                  02 Don’t Let It Bring You Down
                                                                                  03 Birds
                                                                                  04 Bad Fog Of Loneliness
                                                                                  05 Ohio
                                                                                  06 See The Sky About To Rain
                                                                                  07 Dance Dance Dance

                                                                                  2CD
                                                                                  Disc 1
                                                                                  01 Down By The River
                                                                                  02 Cinnamon Girl
                                                                                  03 I Am A Child
                                                                                  04 Expecting To Fly
                                                                                  05 The Loner
                                                                                  06 Wonderin’
                                                                                  07 Helpless
                                                                                  08 Southern Man
                                                                                  09 Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
                                                                                  10 Sugar Mountain

                                                                                  Disc 2
                                                                                  11 On The Way Home
                                                                                  12 Tell Me Why
                                                                                  13 Only Love Can Break Your Heart
                                                                                  14 Old Man
                                                                                  15 After The Gold Rush
                                                                                  16 Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
                                                                                  17 Cowgirl In The Sand
                                                                                  18 Don’t Let It Bring You Down
                                                                                  19 Birds
                                                                                  20 Bad Fog Of Loneliness
                                                                                  21 Ohio
                                                                                  22 See The Sky About To Rain
                                                                                  23 Dance Dance Dance

                                                                                  BADBADNOTGOOD

                                                                                  Talk Memory

                                                                                    BADBADNOTGOOD return with their highly anticipated new album, Talk Memory, a psychedelic jazz record that explores balance and harmony through musical improvisation. Collaborators include legendary composer Arthur Verocai and contemporary icons such as Terrace Martin, Karriem Riggins and Laraaji.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Signal From The Noise
                                                                                    2. Unfolding (Momentum 73) Featuring Laraajii
                                                                                    3. City Of Mirrors Featuring Arthur Verocai
                                                                                    4. Beside April Featuring Karriem Riggins, Arthur Verocai
                                                                                    5. Love Proceeding Featuring Arthur Verocai
                                                                                    6. Open Channels (physical Only)
                                                                                    7. Timid, Intimidating
                                                                                    8. Beside April (Reprise) Featuring Arthur Verocai
                                                                                    9. Talk Meaning Featuring Arthur Verocai, Terrace Martin And Brandee Younger

                                                                                    Black Sabbath

                                                                                    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                      Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. The album marked the band's fifth consecutive platinum selling album in the United States. It reached number four on the UK charts, number eleven in the US. In the UK, it was the first Black Sabbath album to attain Silver certification. The album would go on to be regarded in high esteem by the band members themselves. 

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                      1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
                                                                                      2. A National Acrobat
                                                                                      3. Fluff
                                                                                      4. Sabbra Cadabra

                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                      1. Killing Yourself To Live
                                                                                      2. Who Are You?
                                                                                      3. Looking For Today
                                                                                      4. Spiral Architect 

                                                                                      Anna Meredith

                                                                                      Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies For Dodgems

                                                                                        Bumps Per Minute is a full-throttle reinvention of the traditional fairground dodgems, from Mercury Award-shortlisted composer, producer and musician Anna Meredith. The music is part of the DODGE installation, which can be experienced until 22nd August at Somerset House.

                                                                                        For Bumps Per Minute, Meredith has collaborated with BAFTA-winning sound artist Nick Ryan to design a bespoke tracking technology so that every thump, bump and swerve of the 18 dodgems around the track can trigger a separate composition. This results in a kind of ultimate shuffle where high octane music and ideas compete for airtime and each performance is unique. The installation will occur approximately every hour at DODGE through the day/evening.

                                                                                        The idea for Bumps Per Minute came about when the composer was thinking about what might be a more pandemic friendly replacement for the ice rink at Somerset House where she has her studio. The idea grew from there and now this summer DODGE is taking over the main courtyard at Somerset House, featuring a full smorgasbord of Yinka Ilori designs, DJs, food, drink and of course, dodgem rides.

                                                                                        Today, Meredith announces that she will be releasing a special extended cut of her material via Moshi Moshi out on the 15th July 2021. Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems will feature full-length individual musical identities of all 18 dodgems – each one a bold and distinct musical track in its own right as well an intro and outro track (voiced by comedian Rob Broderick).

                                                                                        The key to both the dodgems themselves and the release is a user ‘driven’ triggering and shuffling of the material. Meredith encourages the listener to ‘take the driving seat’ and jump from one track to another, mirroring the real dodgem ride, shuffling and curating their own listening experience via the virtual interactive dodgems page or their preferred listening platform.

                                                                                        Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems explodes out of the starting gate with Meredith’s uncategorisable sound and signature energy, combining fairground wildness with a healthy dose of the nostalgic electronics of old school gaming.

                                                                                        On the composition, Meredith says “I approached writing these 18 tracks like little exercises, making identities that are bold, playful and characterful but without beats, percussion or any acoustic elements and relying on my skills to create melodic and harmonic based energy”. She continues “they’re also less about musical development than my orchestral work or material in my studio albums, these tracks are only themselves and unapologetically so, and that freed me up to unleash some pretty bonkers ideas, knowing it’s about these bold switches - like a sort of musical Whacky Races…"

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1 START ENGINES
                                                                                        A2 BPM 100
                                                                                        A3 BPM 144
                                                                                        A4 BPM 108
                                                                                        A5 BPM 178
                                                                                        A6 BPM 62
                                                                                        A7 BPM 124
                                                                                        A8 BPM 112
                                                                                        A9 BPM 130

                                                                                        B1 BPM 200
                                                                                        B2 BPM 72
                                                                                        B3 BPM 104
                                                                                        B4 BPM 131
                                                                                        B5 BPM 110
                                                                                        B6 BPM 109
                                                                                        B7 BPM 101
                                                                                        B8 BPM 194
                                                                                        B9 BPM 155
                                                                                        B10 BPM 107
                                                                                        B11 STOP ENGINES 

                                                                                        Domingæ (Föllakzoid)

                                                                                        Æ

                                                                                          Musician and filmmaker Domingæ is probably best known as the founder of experimental psych band Föllakzoid.

                                                                                          Written whilst stranded in Mexico and Tokyo on her way to a world tour with Föllakzoid, her new debut solo album Æ has taken the decompositional system she devised for the band and added the depth of inner exploration and a symbiotic relationship with musical craft.

                                                                                          The resulting sound is as groovy and hypnotic as the best Föllakzoid tracks but with a seductive and darkening electronic texture. She has become a channel in which the shadows inhabit. Domingæ’s sounds and formats are articulated via depuration, expanding in time and space via the subtraction of shifting elements. The process of unlearning and uninstalling previously established creative softwares in order to achieve dissolution has always been a central focus in her creative pursuit.

                                                                                          Æ is a result of said experimentation, the dissolution of preconceived notions to create a minimal sound yet rich in textures.


                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Æva (4:10)
                                                                                          2. Dæmon (4:22)
                                                                                          3. Archaeans (4:23)
                                                                                          4. Ænnihilator (5:32)
                                                                                          5. Asǽse (13:29)

                                                                                          Kit Sebastian

                                                                                          Melodi

                                                                                            ‘Melodi’ is the second album from captivating duo Kit Sebastian (aka Kit Martin and Merve Erdem). Those familiar with the band's cult classic 2019 debut record 'Mantra Moderne' will instantly recognise their unique sound that blurs boundaries of world music, jazz and psychedelia. Not to be content replicating the same album, sonically the feel of ‘Melodi’ is a maturation. It is more diverse and provides glimpses into many different worlds from the Italian Riviera to the mountains of the Caucasus, the beaches of Bahia to the city streets of Istanbul and Paris. This joyous merging of soundscapes evokes a borderless planet with music as an international language, belonging everywhere and nowhere.

                                                                                            ‘Melodi’ is imbued with Kit Sebastian's love of vintage records and world cinema, but it is not a retro homage. It celebrates its influences but is very much a modern record, being simultaneously brand new and retro. This is a credit to the duo's craft as musicians and songwriters, presenting their influences as a circular interaction between the present and the past rather than a linear one.

                                                                                            The music was written during the first UK lockdown and recorded that summer, a time of opening up that only briefly existed. In a world with a slower pace than before the Covid crisis, the band were able to spend more time experimenting in the studio. The album’s range of instrumentation has expanded from the previous record to include zithers, harpsichords, congas, bongos, bulbul tarang, and a mock-up choir on top of the synthesizers, balalaikas, organs, and saxophones. Session musicians and friends were also booked to introduce trumpet and string sections giving the album an added depth and orchestral texture. Despite the added complexity, the album was recorded using the same techniques employed for the previous album with various tape machines, bouncing back between cassette and ¼” tape for practicality and sonic abstraction. To pierce through this abstraction, the vocals are intentionally more expressive. Merve took cues from the Turkish singers of her youth, adding a slightly more melancholic, darker and more reflective style than 'Mantra Moderne’. Rooted in observations from everyday life, they speak often about the worlds and thoughts that arise from the end of the night.

                                                                                            Like with many of the best albums, the record seems over all too soon and has you instantly wanting to play it again. On each listen you decide on a track that you think is your favourite from the album only for it to be replaced with a different one on the next listen. The songs and production have hidden depths that seem to evolve and morph the more you devour them. Moments of pure pop, moments to fall in love, moments to contemplate. This journey is rich in musical vitamins and nourishment, but like all the best things still leaves you wanting more.

                                                                                            New on Forever Living Originals....

                                                                                            NINE will be limited to a short press run of 16,000 units, never to be re-issued again!

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1- Haha
                                                                                            2 - London Gangs
                                                                                            3 - Trap Life
                                                                                            4 - Fear
                                                                                            5 – Mike’s Story (feat. Michael Ofo)
                                                                                            6 – Bitter Streets
                                                                                            7 – Alcohol
                                                                                            8 – You From London (feat. Little Simz)
                                                                                            9 – 9
                                                                                            10 – Light’s In Your Hands

                                                                                            Paul Morley

                                                                                            From Manchester With Love: The Life And Opinions Of Tony Wilson - Signed Edition

                                                                                              'When forced to pick between truth and legend, print the legend.' Tony Wilson

                                                                                              To write about Tony Wilson, AKA Anthony H. Wilson, is to write about a number of public and private characters and personalities, a clique of unreliable narrators, constantly changing shape and form.

                                                                                              At the helm of Factory Records and the Hacienda, Wilson unleashed landmark acts such as Joy Division and New Order into the world as he pursued myriad other creative endeavours, appointing himself a custodian of Manchester's legacy of innovation and change.

                                                                                              To Paul Morley he was this and much more: bullshitting hustler, flashy showman, aesthetic adventurer, mean factory boss, self-deprecating chancer, intellectual celebrity, loyal friend, shrewd mentor, insatiable publicity seeker. It was Morley to whom Wilson left a daunting final request: to write this book.

                                                                                              From Manchester With Love, then, is the biography of a man who became eponymous with his city, of the music he championed and the myths he made, of love and hate, of life and death. In the cultural theatre of Manchester, Tony Wilson broke in and took centre-stage.

                                                                                              Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine

                                                                                              A Beginner's Mind

                                                                                                A Beginner’s Mind began when the two musicians and Asthmatic Kitty labelmates decamped to a friend’s cabin in upstate New York for a monthlong songwriting sabbatical. Watching a movie to unwind after each day’s work, they soon found their songs reflecting the films and began investigating this connection in earnest.

                                                                                                The resulting album is 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films—highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between. They wrote in tandem—one person writing a verse, the other a chorus, churning out chord progressions and lyrics willy-nilly, often finishing each other’s sentences in the process. Rigorous editing and rewriting ensued. The results are less a “cinematic exegesis” and more a “rambling philosophical inquiry” that allows the songs to free-associate at will. Plot-points, scene summaries, and leading characters are often displaced by esoteric interpolations that ask the bigger question: what does it mean to be human in a broken world?

                                                                                                Stevens and De Augustine wrote everything with a deliberate sense of shoshin—the Zen Buddhist concept for which the record is named and an idea that empowered the pair to look for and write about unlikely inspiration without preconceived notions of what a film had to say (The I-Ching and Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies also served as incentives along the way). The movies became rhetorical prompts, with the songwriters letting their distinct reactions and creative instincts govern their process. The underlying objective was empathy and openness, absent of judgment: to observe with the eyes of a child.

                                                                                                The album’s artwork comes courtesy of Ghanaian artist Daniel Anum Jasper. In Ghana during the late ’80s, a novel “mobile cinema” culture emerged when enterprising film fans screened Hollywood blockbusters in the backs of pick-up trucks using portable generators. To advertise the movies, artists painted alternate posters inspired only by the scant information they had about each film. Sufjan and Angelo commissioned a pioneer of this form—Jasper—to paint a series of new works for A Beginner’s Mind (including covers for three 7-inch singles). Information about the project was deliberately kept vague so that Mr. Jasper could work without restraint.

                                                                                                Sufjan Stevens is an artist, songwriter and composer living in New York. He has released nine widely lauded studio albums and a number of collaborations with fellow musicians, choreographers and visual artists from the New York City Ballet and the celebrated director Luca Guadagnino to his stepfather Lowell Brams and noted dancer Jalaiah Harmon.

                                                                                                Angelo De Augustine is an artist and songwriter living in Thousand Oaks, California—a suburb north of Los Angeles, where he grew up. He has released three albums including his self-released debut, Spirals of Silence (2014), and two for Asthmatic Kitty Records, Swim Inside The Moon (2017) and Tomb (2019).

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Reach Out 3:43
                                                                                                2. Lady Macbeth In Chains 3:42
                                                                                                3. Back To Oz 4:25
                                                                                                4. The Pillar Of Souls 4:04
                                                                                                5. You Give Death A Bad Name 5:11
                                                                                                6. Beginner’s Mind 2:36
                                                                                                7. Olympus 3:07
                                                                                                8. Murder And Crime 3:43
                                                                                                9. (This Is) The Thing 3:13
                                                                                                10. It’s Your Own Body And Mind 2:27
                                                                                                11. Lost In The World 3:20
                                                                                                12. Fictional California 3:03
                                                                                                13. Cimmerian Shade 5:01
                                                                                                14. Lacrimae 2:05

                                                                                                Pixies

                                                                                                Trompe Le Monde - 30th Anniversary Green Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                  For its 30th anniversary, Pixies 1991 album Trompe Le Monde is being reissued on limited marbled green vinyl. Trompe Le Monde bookended a golden run of landmark records - a mini-album followed by four albums, released in quick succession – that cemented Pixies as one of the best for a generation.

                                                                                                  Translated from French to mean “fool the world”, Trompe Le Monde showed the band still restless to push their sound forward. Recorded between Burbank, Paris and London, with producer Gil Norton again at the controls, their fourth album is arguably their most playful with Black Francis’s lyrics on UFOs and conspiracy theories keeping things weird while power pop creeps in to amplify the space rock established on predecessor Bossanova.

                                                                                                  Featuring singles ‘Planet of Sound’, ‘Alec Eiffel’, ‘Letter to Memphis’ and a flawless cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Head On’, Trompe Le Monde goes full throttle with 15 tracks coming in a quickfire 40-minute salvo. Receiving critical praise at the time and being supported by a huge tour that included playing stadiums with U2, it also proved to be the end of act one for the band with them taking over a decade before returning to stage together.

                                                                                                  A brilliant record, Trompe Le Monde sounds just as fresh 30 years on with outlets such as Pitchfork concurring, retrospectively scoring it 9.3, they called it “more aggressive than anything in their catalog but also more confident. They can handle this now, and they do.”

                                                                                                  Nolan Potter

                                                                                                  Music Is Dead

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

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

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

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                                                    FLEXI:
                                                                                                    1. Overture For A Short Film

                                                                                                    The Parrots

                                                                                                    Dos

                                                                                                      Rolling in on an unbreakable motorik groove, The Parrots second album - Dos - starts very much on the front foot. You Work All Day And Then You Die is a bold statement of intent, a signpost at the side of the road that tells you straight about the futility of our modern lives spent chained to the work station. As the chant-along chorus goes, “It’s hard to find some peace of mind” - a line that feels like a reaction to the last year and half on planet Earth.

                                                                                                      From You Work All Day And Then You Die’s relentless pulse to closer Romance’s end of the night celebration of friendship and survival, Dos is an all consuming, life-affirming joyous noise. Where The Parrots debut - Los Niños Sin Miedo - howled and rattled like the garage bands that had inspired them in their formative years in Madrid, Dos was conceived by Diego Garcia (guitar, vocals) and Alex de Lucas (bass) as a chance to showcase their wider ambitions. That desire to expand the band’s sound led them to working with producer Tom Furse from The Horrors.

                                                                                                      Fans of The Parrots previous records and their life-enhancing live shows needn’t worry that things have changed too much. Dos is still very much a garage rock record, only one now painted in brighter, bolder, more psychedelic colours. Just Hold On is a summery late ’60s West Coast stomp while Nadie Dijo Que Fuera Fácil (translation - Nobody Said It Would Be Easy) and Amigos recall modern psychedelic voyagers such as Spacemen 3 and Super Furry Animals - bands who effortlessly combined drones with celestial melody. Elsewhere, It’s Too Late To Go To Bed sounds like something released on Ze Records in the early ’80s. When you spend some time with Dos - the riotous and addictive second Parrots album - you’ll realise it’d be wise not to wear your best clothes the next time they roll in to town as you’ll invariably be going home drenched, ecstatic and covered in footprints. Bring it on.

                                                                                                      The Parrots talk about the new record by saying: “Most of the album was recorded in Wilton Way Studios in Hackney in periods between summer 2019 and the start of 2020. Because of lockdown, it ended up getting finished in Madrid with Harto Rodriguez. Recording at home was really nice because it meant we could call on some of our very talented friends to join us in the studio. Most of the record was written before the lockdown but that unexpected pause in all of our lives made us rethink some of it and finish bits off in a different way. Also, when we knew we couldn’t go back to London to finish it, we decided to invite a lot of our friends back home to the studio. That made recording feel almost like a celebration. Everyone we knew was fine; even with the global pause we could still find the bright spots and stay together.”

                                                                                                      “Even though garage rock is kind of the core of all our influences, in the last few years we’ve been listening to lots of stuff that we’d kind of relegated to a second position. We rediscovered a lot of artists that we listened back when we first fell in love with music - bands like LCD Soundsystem and Gang of Four, lots of mutant disco. Tom really helped us there, he made sense out of the chaotic mashup of influences that we brought into the studio. And because we’ve always loved hip hop, we followed a different approach to putting songs together, using samples and sampling ourselves a lot. Beastie Boys, ESG, Devo, Los Zombies (the Spanish band) were all a very big influence on the tone of the record. Also the Spanish music scene has been changing a lot in the last years and listening to a lot of new Spanish artists has helped us break down some walls and made us create music in a more free way.”

                                                                                                      ‘Dos’ is the follow up to the Madrid duo’s (Diego García & Alex de Lucas) acclaimed 2016 debut ‘Los Niños Sin Miedo’ and shows the band taking an evolutionary step that finds them sounding stronger and more realized than ever before, from their original characteristics of stripped-down melodic garage rock to a fresh sonic perspective. Produced by Tom Furse (The Horrors) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Temples), the Parrots find themselves experimenting with more modern production soundscapes and electronic grooves.


                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. You Work All Day And Then You Die
                                                                                                      2. Just Hold On
                                                                                                      3. Maldito (feat C. Tangana)
                                                                                                      4. Lo Dejaría Todo
                                                                                                      5. Don’t Cry
                                                                                                      6. It's Too Late To Go To Bed
                                                                                                      7. Nadie Dijo Que Fuera Fácil
                                                                                                      8. Fuego
                                                                                                      9. Amigos
                                                                                                      10. How Not To Be Seen
                                                                                                      11. Romance (feat Los Nastys)

                                                                                                      Vanishing Twin

                                                                                                      Ookii Gekkou

                                                                                                        There’s a mystery to Vanishing Twin – from their name to the multitude of sounds that inhabit their music. They don’t sound like many but they hint at plenty. ‘Ookii Gekkou’ (Japanese for Big Moonlight) is the sound of ordinary life under a different set of rules, a record conceived and created in dark times – a sort of dream catcher for all the madness of the past year.

                                                                                                        Vanishing Twin explore new ground on ‘Ookii Gekkou’ incorporating elements of afrofunk, outer jazz and avant-garde, all while referencing Sun Ra to Alice Coltrane, Martin Denny to Morricone, Can’s Holger Czukay to meditative Gamelan, or The Free Design, to library music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Locked into their strangely-accessible groove is a history of ‘other’ sound, a crafted hauntology that evinces something completely new.

                                                                                                        Hurricanes, organisms, vibes, bells, and percussive rallies purvey throughout ‘Ookii Gekkou’, each infiltrated with influences as diverse as Piero Umiliani, Art Ensemble of Chicago and ELO among others. Indeed, even a cursory earful adds to an ever-expanding palette of sound, no mean feat for the newly-trimmed quartet of songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas, drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, and synth/guitar player Phil MFU, this reduction resulting in no fewer ideas and even bigger steps. Vanishing Twin is a conundrum in these fragmenting times; familiar, yet different; appealing to this world, but from another, parallel one.

                                                                                                        “A band that fearlessly floats in the hazy space between the real world and an imagined one, blurring the line between warmly nostalgic and eerily haunted” Pitchfork.

                                                                                                        “One of the most original and exciting acts of the moment” The Quietus.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                        A1 Big Moonlight (Ookii Gekkou)
                                                                                                        A2 Phase One Million
                                                                                                        A3 Zuum
                                                                                                        A4 The Organism

                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                        B1 In Cucina
                                                                                                        B2 Wider Than Itself
                                                                                                        B3 Light Vessel
                                                                                                        B4 Tub Erupt
                                                                                                        B5 The Lift

                                                                                                        Public Service Broadcasting

                                                                                                        Bright Magic

                                                                                                          An album in three parts (Building A City / Building A Myth / Bright Magic), it is their most ambitious undertaking yet, bringing you to Europe’s heart and de facto capital, the cultural and political metropolis that is the ‘Hautpstadt’ of the Federal Republic of Germany – Berlin.

                                                                                                          “Doing this felt inevitable, somehow,” muses J.Willgoose, Esq. “In my head, it was whirring and pulsing away for a long time, even before Every Valley - this fascinating, contrary, seductive place. I knew the album was going to be about the city, and its history and myths, and I was going to move there. So it’s quite a personal story. It’s become an album about moving to Berlin to write an album about people who move to Berlin to write an album…”

                                                                                                          Though PSB’s use of electronics and surging guitar rock remain familiar, Bright Magic uses samples, and the English language, sparingly. It differs from their previous albums in other ways: less linear and narrative, instead it’s an impressionistic portrait of a city from the ground up. A Eureka moment of sorts came in November 2018 when Willgoose heard Walter Ruttmann’s radical Berlin tape-artwork Wochenende (or Weekend), which is sampled on three of Bright Magic’s tracks. Created in 1928, the piece collaged speech, field recordings and music into a sonic evocation of the city. Resolving to integrate these long-gone fragments with new manipulated sound sources, he set about making his own Wochenende, a narrative drama for the ears which decodes and realises the dreams of Berlin he’d constructed in his mind.

                                                                                                          J.Willgoose, Esq. said “I started to get a feeling for where the title of Bright Magic wanted to take me, towards ideas of illumination and inspiration, electricity and flashes of light and colour and sound (all the tracks would eventually be colour coded). I sent it to the rest of the band, and said, I know it’s going to change, but we’ll see how the city itself colours that.” J.Willgoose, Esq moved to Berlin from April 2019 to January 2020. Combining sound archaeology and the flâneuring of the psychogeographer, one street-level pursuit of the city’s energy involved Willgoose walking the Leipzigerstrasse, site of the city’s first electric streetlight, using a wide-band electromagnetic receiver from Moscow’s Soma Laboratories. “I walked up and down recording electrical currents and interference,” he laughs. “You can hear a few of these little frequency buzzes, clicks and impulses in Im Licht (a song inspired in part by pioneering lightbulb manufacturers AEG and Siemens). It’s what I was trying to do in the wider sense, I suppose – to capture those tiny little pulses you pick up while walking through a city.”

                                                                                                          He wrote and recorded in Kreuzberg’s famous Hansa Tonstudio recording complex. This brought closer several inescapable musical touchstones: Depeche Mode’s classic eighties triumvirate, U2’s Achtung Baby and, crucially, Bowie’s “Heroes” and Low. “The whole shape and structure of the record is very much in debt to Low,” says Willgoose. Indeed, the Warszawa-evoking “The Visitor” – whose designated colour is the particular Orange of that album’s sleeve – was initially intended to feature a sample of Bowie reflecting, says Willgoose, on “how he viewed himself as this vessel for synthesizing and refracting other influences, and presenting avant-garde influences to the mainstream. We tried to absorb a bit of that spirit.”

                                                                                                          As well as EERA, the album’s other guest voices include Blixa Bargeld, veteran of The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten, who becomes the voice of Berlin’s industry on the robo-teknik “Der Rhythmus der Maschinen”. Andreya Casablanca of Berlin garageistes Gurr stands in for Marlene Dietrich in “My Blue Heaven”, an anthem of proud self-determination.

                                                                                                          A very pro-European record, Bright Magic is ultimately not just about one city, but all centres of human interaction and community which allow the free exchange and cross-pollination of ideas.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          ‘Bright Magic’
                                                                                                          Der Sumpf (Sinfonie Der Großstadt)
                                                                                                          Im Licht
                                                                                                          Der Rhythmus Der Maschinen (ft. Blixa Bargeld)
                                                                                                          People, Let’s Dance (ft. EERA)
                                                                                                          Blue Heaven (ft. Andreya Casablanca)
                                                                                                          Gib Mir Das Licht (ft. EERA)
                                                                                                          The Visitor
                                                                                                          Lichtspiel I: Opus
                                                                                                          Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss Grau
                                                                                                          Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale
                                                                                                          Ich Und Die Stadt (ft. Nina Hoss)

                                                                                                          ‘Bright Magic (Demos)’
                                                                                                          (Bonus CD With PIASR1230LPBK Only)

                                                                                                          Der Sumpf (Sinfonie Der Großstadt) (Demo)
                                                                                                          Im Licht (Demo)
                                                                                                          Der Rhythmus Der Maschinen (Demo)
                                                                                                          People, Let's Dance (Demo)
                                                                                                          Blue Heaven (Demo)
                                                                                                          Gib Mir Das Licht (Demo)
                                                                                                          The Visitor (Demo)
                                                                                                          Lichtspiel I: Opus (Demo)
                                                                                                          Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss
                                                                                                          Grau (Demo)
                                                                                                          Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale (Demo)

                                                                                                          Tropical Fuck Storm

                                                                                                          Deep States

                                                                                                            Recommended If You Like: The Slits, Amyl & the Sniffers, Sonic Youth, Lightning Bolt, Captain Beefheart, The Drones / Gareth Lidiard, black midi, The Birthday Party / Rowland S. Howard, Bad Brains.

                                                                                                            Most of us have lived some inner Tropical Fuck Storm over this past year and a half. Even for a band that’s made a career out of crafting songs attuned to political and social crisis, there was a new bleak in the air for Tropical Fuck Storm, what the band calls “give-a-fuck fatigue.” The third album from the avant-punk quadaptly titled Deep States mines familiar ground as well as new cultural terrains, while digging deeper into the subjective state of contemporary panic.

                                                                                                            While not quite a protest album, Deep States comes complete with Q drops, nods to the January 6th Capitol Riot, a riff on pizzagate, MAGAs squaring off with Antifas, waterboarded Martians, dangerous cults from Heaven’s Gate to The Shining Path and, not to be outdone, Romeo agents who bed us at night only to betray us by morning. We live in a world in which the bizarre has become the normative, and Tropical Fuck Storm plumbs that paradox. That said, the band is far too wary of the self-importance attached to songs in the didactic mode.

                                                                                                            “We make pop records,” frontman Gareth Liddiard says, “that don’t deny we’re all in a bit of trouble here.” What makes Tropical Fuck Storm so great is the intersection between their dark but satiric storytelling and musical arrangements intent on perverting received canons and wisdoms. These are songs as experiment, advancing and retreating at their own idiosyncratic, deeply unsettling pace. They hang on the slant beat and slide into jazzy, distortion-packed jams so tumultuous they’d make Charlie Mingus proud. Musically, Deep States goes wherever it wants, riffing on pop, R&B, Talking Heads-style new wave, Delta blues, Tom Waits, and some of the band’s hip-hop favorites such as Wu-Tang Clan and Missy Elliot. Barriers aren’t just broken, they seem to have completely fallen away.

                                                                                                            In this present moment, parts of the world are opening up, or trying to. But Tropical Fuck Storm is here to remind us that many of our most urgent political and social problems have been around a long time now. Same as it ever was, as another genre bending band once sang. As the signs of the latest crisis subside, and the dull ache of awareness with it, Deep States is here to remind us that there is no foreseeable end to human folly, nor, fortunately, to the creativity that resists it. Over the past few years we’ve all heard the noise in our own heads. Tropical Fuck Storm has made music of it.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            The Greatest Story Ever Told
                                                                                                            G.A.F.F.
                                                                                                            Blue Beam Baby
                                                                                                            Suburbiopia
                                                                                                            Bumma Sanger
                                                                                                            The Donkey
                                                                                                            Reporting Of A Failed Campaign
                                                                                                            New Romeo Agent
                                                                                                            Legal Ghost
                                                                                                            The Confinement Of The Quarks

                                                                                                            Metronomy

                                                                                                            The English Riviera (Instrumentals)

                                                                                                              The Joseph Mount-fronted electronic pop collective Metronomy announce details of the forthcoming special vinyl release of the instrumental versions of their career-changing 2011 album The English Riviera, which is this year celebrating its ten year anniversary. The English Riviera (Instrumentals) are available to listen to online now and will be released on vinyl in November.

                                                                                                              The Dinked vinyl edition of The English Riviera (Instrumentals) will be a cream coloured 12” vinyl with numbered sleeve, complete with transparent sticker sheets, A6 Postcard and Dinked sticker.

                                                                                                              A love letter to the stretch of coast a stone's throw from where Joe Mount grew up, The English Riviera marked a breakout moment in the band’s history that would lead them to global success and see them constantly developing their sound for a decade to come. 


                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A Side:
                                                                                                              The English Riviera
                                                                                                              We Broke Free (Instrumental)
                                                                                                              Everything Goes My Way (Instrumental)
                                                                                                              The Look (Instrumental)
                                                                                                              She Wants (Instrumental)
                                                                                                              Trouble (Instrumental)

                                                                                                              B Side:
                                                                                                              The Bay (Instrumental)
                                                                                                              Loving Arm (Instrumental)
                                                                                                              Corinne (Instrumental)
                                                                                                              Some Written (Instrumental)
                                                                                                              Love Underlined (Instrumental)

                                                                                                              Damon Albarn

                                                                                                              The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

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

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

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

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                Malcolm Middleton

                                                                                                                A Brighter Beat - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                  Originally released on 25th February 2007, Malcolm Middleton’s third solo album and first for Full Time Hobby is being made available on vinyl once more for its 15th anniversary.

                                                                                                                  Only ever released on black vinyl in limited numbers around the original release, this updated version has been re-cut to optimise sound quality and pressed to natural / clear vinyl, includes liner notes from broadcasting legend Colin Murray, and is presented in a high-quality gatefold sleeve with updated art from David Shrigley.

                                                                                                                  Also available is a very special Dinked Archive edition featuring an alternative sleeve, again by David Shrigley, silver vinyl and an exclusive 7” featuring three b-sides from the original sessions (Point of Light, Pick Me Up, Black Marks) limited to 500. This 15th anniversary edition will be released 25th February 2022. 

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. We’re All Going To Die
                                                                                                                  2. Fight Like The Night
                                                                                                                  3. A Brighter Beat
                                                                                                                  4. Death Love Depression Love Death
                                                                                                                  5. Fuck It I Love You
                                                                                                                  6. Stay Close Sit Tight
                                                                                                                  7. Four Cigarettes
                                                                                                                  8. Somebody Loves You
                                                                                                                  9. Up Late At Night Again
                                                                                                                  10. Superhero Songswriters

                                                                                                                  Bonus Dinked Edition 7"
                                                                                                                  A1. Point Of Light
                                                                                                                  B1. Pick Me Up
                                                                                                                  B2. Black Marks

                                                                                                                  We Are Scientists

                                                                                                                  Huffy

                                                                                                                    Beloved indie heroes We Are Scientists return with news of their first album in 3 years, and with a blistering new single 'Contact High'.

                                                                                                                    Drawing as much from the angular guitar-driven sounds of their debut as it does from the finest in modern rock today, 'Contact High' is raising the bar for the decade ahead. Celebrating the song's potent delivery and unashamed lyrical sentiment, Murray concludes... "it’s just nice to have a song that’s unapologetically sappy, but couched in distorted guitar and metaphors of coincidental intoxication."

                                                                                                                    With this single the New Yorkers finally announce the new record, Huffy, which follows 2018's Megaplex and the enormously successful  "50th anniversary" reissue of With Love And Squalor. The anticipated album is already shaping up to be one of the band’s most hit-tastic albums to date with the inclusion of recently acclaimed bangers 'I Cut My Own Hair' and 'Fault Lines' alongside today's new single 'Contact High'.

                                                                                                                    Huffy’s fresh music is accompanied by an oh-so-fresh presentation: multi-panelled vinyl and CD packaging offer a blank wall on which listeners can unfold their own unreasonable vision for the Huffy universe. Each includes sticker sheets with over 20 full colour graffiti designed by Keith, Chris, and friends, deployable according to the user’s whim. Tilting reality even further into the hallucinatory gyre, this vinyl comes in a choice of different colours. (The cassette will be manufactured in yellow, and has exclusive content on Side B, giving hard plastic-enthusiasts something to crow about.)

                                                                                                                    On Huffy’s mosaic form, Chris says, “Usually people bring a vinyl record home, rip it to their iPods, and throw it straight into the fire. Well, not with Huffy. We’re giving our listeners a reason to keep this one around, and even to consider passing it down to future generations, if they’re super-happy with where they put all the stickers.”


                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. You’ve Lost Your Shit
                                                                                                                    2. Contact High
                                                                                                                    3. Handshake Agreement
                                                                                                                    4. I Cut My Own Hair
                                                                                                                    5. Just Education
                                                                                                                    6. Sentimental Education
                                                                                                                    7. Fault Lines
                                                                                                                    8. Pandemonium
                                                                                                                    9. Bought Myself A Grave
                                                                                                                    10. Behavior Unbecoming

                                                                                                                    Tirzah

                                                                                                                    Colourgrade

                                                                                                                      Colourgrade follows on from 2018’s immediate cult classic LP, Devotion. It forms a subconscious snapshot from across a year when Tirzah was playing live regularly for the first time, in the depths of promoting Devotion and recorded soon after the birth of her first child and shortly before her second child was born.

                                                                                                                      The album explores recovery, gratitude and new beginnings, presenting a singer having discovered the type of love that is shared between a mother and a child for the first time, whilst simultaneously working as an artist. Capturing both the great and the scary, the exhaustion and the recovery, Colourgrade is a listless amble through the innermost feelings, an intoxicating presentation of a full time mother and artist.

                                                                                                                      As always, a Tirzah record is a family affair. That doesn’t just mean grandmum and granddad, but the extended CURL crew that includes long term collaborators, Mica Levi and Coby Sey, the younger brother of producer Kwes who mixes on Colourgrade. It’s this natural, collaborative energy that keeps Tirzah’s music fresh and progressive.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Colourgrade
                                                                                                                      Tectonic
                                                                                                                      Hive Mind (feat. Coby Sey)
                                                                                                                      Recipe
                                                                                                                      Beating
                                                                                                                      Sleeping
                                                                                                                      Crepuscular Rays
                                                                                                                      Send Me
                                                                                                                      Sink In
                                                                                                                      Hips

                                                                                                                      The Charlatans

                                                                                                                      The Charlatans

                                                                                                                        This, their fourth album, came out in 1995. It was their most ambitious and focused album to date, and returned them right back to the number one slot in the charts. The album also spawned three UK top 40 singles, “Crashin’ In” , “Just Lookin’” and “Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over” which peaked at no. 12

                                                                                                                        When the Charlatans started out, there were countless bands “similar” to them, but they immediately catapulted to the forefront of the Madchester scene, standing alongside such icons as The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays.

                                                                                                                        The band was/is successful because in addition to being able to ride the groove, they could also write amazing songs. These were the gifts that made them among the greatest British survivors of our time, rolling through tragedy and stylistic changes to amass a terrific body of work - one that was modern enough to play in clubs but classic enough to stand the test of time, and one that continues to grow to this day. They have notched up thirteen Top 40 studio albums – three of them number ones – alongside twenty two hit singles, four of them Top 10.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Laura says: By the release of this album, they'd well and truly shaken off the Madchester / baggy tag. Previous album, Up To Our Hips had proved they were so much more than that, and this album was even more ambitious, perfectly combining killer melodies, dancefloor nous and great songwriting. One of my all time favourite albums!

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Nine Acre Court
                                                                                                                        2. Feeling Holy
                                                                                                                        3. Just Lookin'
                                                                                                                        4. Crashin' In
                                                                                                                        5. Bullet Comes
                                                                                                                        6. Here Comes A Soul Saver
                                                                                                                        7. Just When You're Thinkin' Things Over
                                                                                                                        8. Tell Everyone
                                                                                                                        9. Toothache
                                                                                                                        10. No Fiction
                                                                                                                        11. See It Through
                                                                                                                        12. Thank You

                                                                                                                        Cindy

                                                                                                                        1:2

                                                                                                                          Cindy is a band built around the singing and guitar playing of Karina Gill. She became a musician only recently, having sat on the sidelines while ex-partners and friends made their stabs at it. Gill describes a chance encounter with an abandoned Squire Strat left in the basement by a previous tenant, “mummified in electrical tape with the remnants of a burrito on the head stock”, that led her to begin carefully strumming her way through simple chords and making her own songs. After one interesting self-released LP, still finding their footing, the band made the masterful and buzzed-about Free Advice, which went from a limited cassette on local SF label Paisley Shirt to vinyl pressings on Tough Love (UK) and Mt St Mtn (USA).

                                                                                                                          Cindy’s third LP arrives in quick succession, the quietly devastating 1:2. Jesse Jackson on bass, Simon Phillips on drums and Aaron Diko on keyboards weave the perfectly thin web behind Gill’s slow Velvety strums and murmured melodies. The rhythm section brings the crude flow, while the keys add subtle and surreal counterpoint to the withering world Gill depicts in her lyrics.

                                                                                                                          “Just as a mood is made by everything taking part in a pattern of association, so the songs tie together seemingly disparate things by the logic of mood,” Gill tries to explain. This isn’t dream-pop sunshine bliss; half-closed black drapes hang on the window where the narrator stares into the middle distance. “Sometimes you say you’re feeling small/You plan all day for your own funeral”, she intones in Party Store.

                                                                                                                          Gill has a way of halting her phrasing that makes it feel like her thoughts are gently tumbling into the abyss. It’s this unsettling quality mixed with the hazy atmosphere that makes Cindy’s new LP 100% addicting and the perfect antidote to comfort listening.


                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. The Common Era (2:04)
                                                                                                                          2. My Friend (3:09)
                                                                                                                          3. Party Store (2:15)
                                                                                                                          4. Song 36 (2:51)
                                                                                                                          5. Lost Dog (3:55)
                                                                                                                          6. To Be True (3:55)
                                                                                                                          7. They Say What I Mean (3:43)
                                                                                                                          8. 1:2 (3:01)
                                                                                                                          9. Sincere Sound (3:12)
                                                                                                                          10. Deer In Japan (4:37)

                                                                                                                          Pip Blom

                                                                                                                          Welcome Break

                                                                                                                            There are approximately a great deal and very many ‘Welcome Breaks’ scattered throughout the sprawling motorways of the UK.

                                                                                                                            Now, regardless of whether that statement’s true or not… when life’s become a series of long-stretches and welcomed breaks, it’s to no avail that sometimes all it takes to alleviate spirits is the simplest, of experiential indulgences.

                                                                                                                            Be it the buzz of an overly exhausted tour van, or the green light and smell of sausage rolls in the near Beaconsfield distance... inspiration can be found in the funniest corners of this place we call home; and it’s in the heart of day-to-day simplicities and sprawling services, that we gladly receive Amsterdam’s beamy-grinned, indie-pop powerhouse Pip Blom, back into lives.

                                                                                                                            Following an extensive touring schedule which saw the Dutch 4-piece roam over field, oceans, and Glastonbury’s John Peel stage following the release of their debut record ‘Boat’, any such cool-cat would be forgiven for wanting to kick back, and indulge in some very appreciated, time off.
                                                                                                                            As is often the way, such timely-abandon cannot be said for Pip Blom however, who immediately began to gather up all her soaked-up inspirations taken from the road, and manifest a re-energised sense of self, and ritualistic songwriting.

                                                                                                                            Cosying down in a room of her parents’ house (which she shares with her brother and fellow bandmate Tender Blom), Pip, a self-confessed “fan of deadlines”, set aside three months to write twenty songs- sixteen of which
                                                                                                                            were to become demos for the band to structure and flesh out, once in the studio together.

                                                                                                                            It’s at this stage in our indie-fairy-tale that things start to get ever so 2020. Whilst the world was suddenly put on hold as a result of Covid-19, Pip Blom, who’d made plans to return to their favourite ‘Big Jelly Studios’ in Ramsgate, England, were suddenly faced with a very sticky, kind of dilemma. “We’d scheduled to go into the studio in September but summer started moving and there were a couple of countries not allowed to go to the UK anymore... a week before we had to go, the Netherlands was one of those countries”- notes Pip.

                                                                                                                            Sentimentalities, and pre-established friendships (by way of Grammy award-winning engineer Caesar Edmunds) took president, and the decision was made to pack up their gear and a variety of board games and exercise equipment, all in preparation of a fourteen-day quarantine faced upon arrival in the UK.

                                                                                                                            In total, three weeks were spent recording what would become the groups sophomore release; a Al Harle engineered love-affair which was self produced entirely by the band and culminated in a legally intimate, fully seated album play-back, to six, of Ramsgate’s most chorus-savvy and ‘in the-know’ residents.

                                                                                                                            Getting out of their hometown and into an environment which removed all notions of “normality” or personal space, was an atmospheric godsend in terms of motivation; an act which encouraged Pip Blom to re-adjust and buckle down as a unit again, after spending so long in mandatory isolation.
                                                                                                                            Much like the danceable-realism of Pip’s beloved Parquet Courts, the key to an album well done, is the balancing act of fine-production, and capturing that core live-essence we all miss. “We always play one live track three times and after we then build that track in the studio” says Pip, assembling together amalgamated “live-energies” in order to produce a capsule of environmental-satisfaction, that can be appreciated during any time of day, or life’s little moments.

                                                                                                                            Actively seeking out moments of creative-authenticity, be it via a slightly out-of-tune guitar or proudly-fuzzed vocals, Pip Blom take us back full circle and introduce us to their ‘Welcome Break’- an eleven-track release which resonates with about as much decisive allure as it’s ‘Boat’ precursor, but this time with a bit more contemporary chaos to boot.

                                                                                                                            Where ‘Boat’ reckoned as a fresh-faced, yet gloriously fearless game changer, ‘Welcome Break’ is the self-assured older sibling who, with an additional year or two behind themselves, isn’t afraid to speak out, take lead, and instigate a liberated revolution-come-bliss-out.

                                                                                                                            Lead single’s ‘Keep It Together’ and ‘You Don’t Want This’ are glistening masterclasses in feel-good chorus- the very kind of coming-of-age relatability where a soul would want to let down their hair, stick their arm out the window of their best friends car and roll with the motions in a rapture of soundtracked euphoria, and jangled adventure.

                                                                                                                            Unhinging genre in our instant-access era of musical snoot, no-one does an enthused-chorus quite like Pip Blom yet much can be said for this gang being far from one-trick-ponies.

                                                                                                                            Anthemic drifters ‘Different Tune’ and ‘It Should Have Been Fun’ are slow building, amplified highlights. Carrying all the weight of convicted fearlessness on their shoulders, Pip Blom unhinge pre-disposed expectations of crafted alternative like graduates straight outta Kim Deal’s school of rock, whilst closing number ‘Trouble In Paradise’, sets the tone for what will only be the ultimate, set-list once gigs resume again.

                                                                                                                            With Pip Blom, no mood is untouched nor sense of renewal left behind. The trick to it all? As Pip reveals: “I just really like catchy songs and I feel like that’s something we try to do. I’d classify it as being sentimental – it’s not sugar-happy Pop.... more like ‘Titanic’ pop songs...”

                                                                                                                            For those of us missing the buzzed adrenaline of communal music exploration, the idea of escapism in cramped and sweaty crevices can seem quite lifeless. If it's a sense of community you’re after then look no further than ‘Pip Blom Backstage’.

                                                                                                                            Streaming goodness 24/7 as a fan-centric loyalty app, ‘Pip Blom Backstage’ gives access to exclusive news, premium content, and, a chat box for the Pip Blom Backstage community; further cementing Pip Blom as undeniable pals for life as fan-clips, spotify playlists and even a cooking lesson from bassist Darek Mercks, are all made available from the VIP lounge of your own back-pocket.

                                                                                                                            In conclusion, there're actually thirty-five ‘Welcome Break’ pit stops a weary traveller can make in a lifetime spent on the M1, and it’s associates. Whilst the road’s presently a little less travelled, Pip Blom’s ‘Welcome Break’ is adamantly nothing to do with the present state of affairs. In fact, it doesn’t have anything to do with much at all and that’s the way they like it.
                                                                                                                            ‘Welcome Break’ is but two nouns of which when placed together in context, ring confidently with prowess, intent, and a radiant true-spirit - much like Pip Blom herself. 


                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1 You Don't Want This
                                                                                                                            2 12
                                                                                                                            3 It Should Have Been Fun
                                                                                                                            4 Keep It Together
                                                                                                                            5 Different Tune
                                                                                                                            6 I Know I’m Not Easy To Like
                                                                                                                            7 Faces
                                                                                                                            8 I Love The City
                                                                                                                            9 Easy
                                                                                                                            10 Holiday
                                                                                                                            11 Trouble In Paradise

                                                                                                                            The Oscillation

                                                                                                                            Untold Futures

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

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

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

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


                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

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

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




                                                                                                                              Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters

                                                                                                                              Destiny Waiving

                                                                                                                                The new album by electronica producer Ulrich Schnauss and the Engineers guitarist Mark Peters 'Destiny Waiving' is released on via Bureau B on September 24, 2021.

                                                                                                                                Hailing from Kiel in North Germany, it's now 20 years since the electronica prodigy Ulrich Schnauss released his debut album. His second, 'A Strangely Isolated Place' cemented his reputation as both a pioneer and an artist who routinely creates inspirational music that is adored by many. As a full time member of Tangerine Dream since 2014, his lifelong passion for their work inspired a creative resurgence for the band, resulting in their most successful new album for over 30 years, 2017's 'Quantum Gate'.

                                                                                                                                Liverpool born guitarist (and founder of the dream pop outfit Engineers) Mark Peters shared a similar musical path, exploring ambient textures and effect laden songwriting via a series of blissful albums for the band. In 2017 he released his first solo album, 'Innerland' which was enthusiastically received by BBC6 music and later included in Rough Trade's top ten best albums of 2018.

                                                                                                                                'Destiny Waiving' completes a collaborative trilogy that began with 2011's 'Underrated Silence' and followed by 2013's 'Tomorrow Is Another Day' (Schnauss also became a full time member of Engi-neers at this time). Initial sessions began at Ulrich's East London home studio in early 2017 and final mixes where completed there in late 2020. Despite it's extended conception, most tracks where com-pleted during 2017, in part informed by improvisational sets in London, Dublin and St James' Church in Birmingham (as part of the Seventh Wave electronica festival).

                                                                                                                                Despite these exercises in exploration, 'Destiny Waiving' is perhaps the most focused and concise collection of all three releases. Ranging in tone from precognitive foreboding to soaring optimism, the album delicately hones a particular atmosphere that is unmistakable in their work. While track titles such as 'The Supposed Middle Class' acutely display a concern for society at large, compositions and performances reveal a great deal more light and shade. This inherent balance is a key facet of the duo's chemistry, signposted by the titles of 'Chiaroscuro' and 'Clair-Obscur' and the shifting moods within the tracks. For every rushing, upward sweep (Hindsight is 20/20, 'Circular Time'), contemplative countering is evident in tracks such as 'Words Can Be Dismissed' and 'So Far', 'The Moment'.

                                                                                                                                As we're all tired of hearing now, the global situation in 2021 is less than ideal, but if it's any consolation, Ulrich and Mark have fulfilled their destiny by creating a work that's both undeniably potent and endlessly immersive.


                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                1. The Supposed Middle Class
                                                                                                                                2. Hindsight Is 20/20
                                                                                                                                3. Circular Time
                                                                                                                                4. Chiaroscuro
                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                1.Words Can Be Dismissed
                                                                                                                                2.Speak In Capitals
                                                                                                                                3.Clair-Obscur
                                                                                                                                4.So Far, The Moment

                                                                                                                                Bonus Dinked EP
                                                                                                                                Side A:
                                                                                                                                1.Hindsight Is 20/20 (Count Two Four Version)
                                                                                                                                2.Circular Time (Measure By Measure Version)
                                                                                                                                Side B:
                                                                                                                                1.Words Can Be Dismissed (Talking Snare Version)
                                                                                                                                2.Speak In Capitals (Uppercase Drumming Version)



                                                                                                                                Hamish Hawk

                                                                                                                                Heavy Elevator

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

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

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


                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                  Caterpillar
                                                                                                                                  Daggers
                                                                                                                                  Heavy Elevator
                                                                                                                                  Calls To Tiree
                                                                                                                                  New Rhododendrons



                                                                                                                                  The Lathums

                                                                                                                                  How Beautiful Life Can Be

                                                                                                                                    How Beautiful Life Can Be, recorded at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool. In the company of producers, James Skelly and Chris Taylor, pushes The Lathums’ remarkable story into the next, even more exciting phase. The Great Escape, having been previously self-released by the young band, emerges from the album sessions in sparkling, new form, whilst retaining the melodic stardust that caused the first rumblings of the social-media led stampede to their early gigs.

                                                                                                                                    Kick-started by growing pains and life’s unlucky twists, fuelled by the simple salvation of six guitar strings and supercharged by the fans that found them slogging their gear into the north of England’s pubs and small venues, The Lathums story may turn out to be the perfect not-all-nice-guys-finish-last tale.

                                                                                                                                    It was only in the summer 2019 that the band’s fuse was lit by Tim Burgess, who offering them a late slot at Kendal Calling where, inside 24 hours, social media chatter caused their audience to spill into the field beyond their tent. A year later they had achieved their first UK Album Chart Top 20 for vinyl-only EP compilation, The Memories We Make, recorded their debut appearance for Later… With Jools Holland and joined the BBC Sound Poll 2021 list of tipped acts at the end of a year that skidded on the black ice of a global pandemic but, somehow, left the band on their feet.

                                                                                                                                    For a band whose singing songwriter had never been to a gig before playing his own, yet incomprehensibly carried a trunk load of sensitively-crafted, empathetic, sing-a-long anthems straight into their first rehearsal, The Lathums have flown at nosebleed speed to where they are now.

                                                                                                                                    Hailing from Wigan on the overlooked fringes of Greater Manchester, The Lathums are Alex Moore, casting a new outline of the modern frontman, singing alongside student of the Marr-esque jangle guitar, Scott Concepcion, rapid-fire, wise-cracking bassist, Jonny Cunliffe (aka: Bass Mon Jon) and the steady, rhythmic, wise head, Ryan Durrans on drums. Pithily described by those closest as ‘like The Inbetweeners in a Shane Meadows film’, they are four bright, wild flowers growing between grey paving stones. 


                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Circles Of Faith
                                                                                                                                    2. I’ll Get By
                                                                                                                                    3. Fight On
                                                                                                                                    4. How Beautiful Life Can Be
                                                                                                                                    5. The Great Escape
                                                                                                                                    6. I Won't Lie Side B
                                                                                                                                    7. I See Your Ghost
                                                                                                                                    8. Oh My Love
                                                                                                                                    9. I’ll Never Forget The Time I Spent With You
                                                                                                                                    10. I Know That Much
                                                                                                                                    11. Artificial Screens
                                                                                                                                    12. The Redemption Of Sonic Beauty

                                                                                                                                    Anna Phoebe

                                                                                                                                    Sea Souls

                                                                                                                                      In March 2020, I was asked to produce a ten-minute package for a BBC Radio arts show. Living in Deal on the Kent coast, I went down onto the beach to sit and think about what I wanted to write about. The sea is such a source of comfort, the sound of the waves and the line of the horizon a daily form of meditation and reflection. I filmed and recorded the sea then went back to my studio. I found it was easier to express my emotions through music rather than words, and so the opening track, ’By the Sea’ was born.

                                                                                                                                      Mary Anne Hobbs heard the piece and played it on her BBC Radio 6 Music show. She suggested that I release it, and that’s how Sea Souls started.

                                                                                                                                      This album takes you on a journey through the soul, each piece on this album inspired by how the sea and the weather reflected my emotions that day. 2020 was such a turbulent year and each track on this album represents a different snapshot of that time.

                                                                                                                                      Many of the pieces were recorded in a series of single improvised takes, and some were worked on over a period of time. Like the commitment to the improvised takes on violin, viola, piano, recorder, bass and guitar which pervade the music, this album is an acceptance of flaws and imperfection, letting go of the idea of perfection.

                                                                                                                                      On June 7th the music from Sea Souls will be used in collaboration with female poets across the globe opening up York Festival of Ideas, in partnership with Dhaka Lit Fest and Jaipur Literary Festival. Anna will be joined by Klara Schumann (cello) and Richard Bundy (piano) for a streamed performance from the beautiful York Minster, interweaving her music with poetry including Salena Godden, Sadaaf Saaz, Jasmin Kaur and Melizarani T.Selva.


                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. By The Sea
                                                                                                                                      2. Light On Waves
                                                                                                                                      3. Horizons
                                                                                                                                      4. Sirens
                                                                                                                                      5. Moon
                                                                                                                                      6. Breathe
                                                                                                                                      7. Undercurrent
                                                                                                                                      8. Sea Drift I
                                                                                                                                      9. Sea Drift II
                                                                                                                                      10. Sea Drift III
                                                                                                                                      11. Sea Souls
                                                                                                                                      12. Beyond Horizons

                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

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

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

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

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

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


                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                        Dean Blunt

                                                                                                                                        Black Metal 2



                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                          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. 


                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            THEN1CD (CD)
                                                                                                                                            A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                                                                                                                                            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)
                                                                                                                                            CD1
                                                                                                                                            A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                            CD2
                                                                                                                                            TRUST IS FOR BELIEVERS (LIVE)
                                                                                                                                            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)
                                                                                                                                            A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                                                                                                                                            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)
                                                                                                                                            A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                                                                                                                                            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)

                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                            I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico

                                                                                                                                              THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: AN OVERVIEW

                                                                                                                                              • The Velvet Underground is regarded as one of the most influential bands in rock history.

                                                                                                                                              • Their first 4 albums were included in Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

                                                                                                                                              • Ranked 19th greatest artist by the same magazine and the 24th greatest artist in a poll by VH1.

                                                                                                                                              • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

                                                                                                                                              • Critic Robert Christgau considers them "the number three band of the '60s, after the Beatles and James Brown and His Famous Flames".

                                                                                                                                              • AllMusic wrote that "Few rock groups can claim to have broken so much new territory, and maintain such consistent brilliance on record, as the Velvet Underground during their brief lifespan [...] the Velvets' innovations – which blended the energy of rock with the sonic adventurism of the avant-garde, and introduced a new degree of social realism and sexual kinkiness into rock lyrics – were too abrasive for the mainstream to handle."


                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. Sunday Morning – Michael Stipe (3:50)
                                                                                                                                              2. I’m Waiting For The Man – Matt Berninger (3:44)
                                                                                                                                              3. Femme Fatale – Sharon Van Etten (w/ Angel Olsen On Backing Vocals) (4:43)
                                                                                                                                              4. Venus In Furs – Andrew Bird & Lucius (6:55)
                                                                                                                                              5. Run Run Run – Kurt Vile (6:59)
                                                                                                                                              6. All Tomorrow’s Parties – St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett (4:52)
                                                                                                                                              7. Heroin Feat. Bobby Gillespie– Thurston Moore Feat. Bobby Gillespie (7:24)
                                                                                                                                              8. There She Goes Again – King Princess (3:29)
                                                                                                                                              9. I’ll Be Your Mirror – Courtney Barnett (2:27)
                                                                                                                                              10. The Black Angel’s Death Song – Fontaines D.C. (3:12)
                                                                                                                                              11. European Sun – Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney (7:45)

                                                                                                                                              JW Francis

                                                                                                                                              Wanderkid

                                                                                                                                                JW Francis burst onto the scene with his critically acclaimed debut ‘We Share a Similar Joy’, with features from DIY and Line of Best Fit to being named Album of The Day on BBC 6 Music. His warm, affable melodies and comforting lyrics earned him fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and now he returns with his sophomore album Wanderkid, a concept album about a wandering anti-hero.

                                                                                                                                                Wanderkid hones in on JW’s dreamy soundscapes and explores themes of escapism, whilst still maintaining that sense of comfort and intimacy so beautifully demonstrated in his debut. To celebrate the release, JW is going on a 2,000 mile walking journey across the Eastern United States along the Appalachian Trail.

                                                                                                                                                With Wanderkid, JW Francis is further cementing his place as a future stalwart in the alternative New York scene.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                1. John, Take Me With You
                                                                                                                                                2. I Love You
                                                                                                                                                3. Maybe
                                                                                                                                                4. Make Another Record
                                                                                                                                                5. Only With You
                                                                                                                                                6. Holy Mountain

                                                                                                                                                SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                1. WANDERKID
                                                                                                                                                2. Don't Fall Apart
                                                                                                                                                3. Fake It Till You Make It
                                                                                                                                                4. I'm Probably A Ghost
                                                                                                                                                5. Cars

                                                                                                                                                Planningtorock

                                                                                                                                                Gay Dreams Do Come True

                                                                                                                                                  Comprised of three celebratory, joyful, sweet house tracks, Gay Dreams Do Come True is Planningtorock’s aural mission to own their queer happiness, and to share that joy with anyone who wants to listen. 

                                                                                                                                                  About the track, Planningtorock says, “This song is a dedication to my love, my wife Riinu and too the Black trans women who fought for the rights we have today as queer, gay, non binary lesbians.” For the uninitiated: Planningtorock has been a disruptive voice in dance music for the last fifteen years. Initially signing with DFA via James Murphy himself, in addition to subsequently opening for LCD Soundsystem in America, Planningtorock has released four acclaimed studio albums thus far, using the personal as political on each record while playing with gender in their costumes and photos for each release. These albums, along with early collaborations with subversive innovators like The Knife and Peaches, established Planningtorock as a recognised force in politicised dance music that moulds sound into new shapes, and explores ideas around gender, queerness, sexuality, and desire.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  A1 Gay Dreams Do Come True
                                                                                                                                                  A2 Gay Dreams Do Come True (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                                                  B1 Girl You’ve Got My Heart
                                                                                                                                                  B2 Her Heart Is Now My Home

                                                                                                                                                  Low Hummer

                                                                                                                                                  Modern Tricks For Living

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

                                                                                                                                                    Low Hummer released their first fuzzed-up garage anthem ‘Don’t You Ever Sleep’ in September 2019 on independent Leeds label Dance To The Radio, followed by second indie-punk single ‘I Choose Live News’ in October. Both singles earned the band support from the likes of Clash, Dork, Gigwise and BBC 6 Music as 6 Music Recommends Track of the Week and a feature on the Roundtable scoring the band a wining 9/10. Following single releases, ‘The Real Thing’, ‘Picture Bliss’ and ‘Sometimes I Wish (I Was A Different Person)’ were championed by Jack Saunders (Radio 1), Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Steve Lamacq (6 Music), Marc Riley (6 Music), Tom Robinson (6 Music), the Amazing Radio A list, NME, Gigwise and Under The Radar Magazine.

                                                                                                                                                    Low Hummer have just released their first album single of 2021, ‘Never Enough’, supported by BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Gemma Bradley, added to Radio 1’s playlist as BBC Introducing’s Track Of The Week and playlisted on Spotify’s New Music Friday UK, Dreampop, melomania, Alt.Rocked and Hot New Bands (Cover Photo). The band look forward to announcing the release of their debut album Modern Tricks For Living, set for release on Dance To The Radio in September 2021.

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

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

                                                                                                                                                    The The

                                                                                                                                                    The Comeback Special

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

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

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                      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)

                                                                                                                                                        Föllakzoid

                                                                                                                                                        Föllakzoid

                                                                                                                                                          Föllakzoid are nearly unparalleled in the hypnotic lysergic drenched neo-psychedelic experience. On their debut it is mostly a rather bulky one, determined by the downright dirty, distorted electric guitar, which is also usually accompanied by a spacey, howling and herbaceous howling one. In addition, there is fat bass and powerful drums. During the prolific post-napster musical era dominated by myspace, the Chilean musical field opened up so that many bands could broaden their creative spectrum by taking global and timeless references as an aesthetic holy grail. This experimentation had the internet and specialized forums as a search engine, which not only provided the world parameters in trends, but also allowed to find true hidden gems, bands that were adored by a few connoisseurs of the real quality left behind by the record labels. In this context, a group of university students who have known each other from school began to rehearse in the Caracol Vip underground (Santiago, Chile), in a room owned by a local heavy-metal legend, Juanzer. Equipped with tube amplifiers, Marshall and other custom made, the members of that time: Gonzalo Laguna on vocals, Juan Pablo Rodriguez on bass, Domingo García-Huidobro on guitar, Diego Lorca on drums and Francisco Zenteno on second guitar, they began to play endless jams without a strict sense of songs or directed compositional notion.

                                                                                                                                                          The rule was to follow the noise in a journey through valleys and peaks that allowed the spontaneous appearance of textures, lyrics, phrases and some invented chords that did not resemble anything that had been heard at that time. The rehearsals were transformed into true live performances without an audience, which were only seen by a few curious, among alcohol, smoke and deafening noise, which could only end when the owner of the room (Juanzer) entered to turn off the equipment. Over time he himself stayed as an auditor, witnessing how the musicians stripped themselves in their rehearsals. Considered at that time as play or fun, the idea of forming a band with a name came with the real live performances to which they were invited, without yet having songs made, at the end of 2006. The myth of their first live performance alludes to a numerical superstition, on July 7, 2007, in a small bar in Providencia (Santiago), which also provided the band with an upward recognition for the psychedelic-punk music they were doing, with a voracious vocalist who destroyed everything on stage and a band that stood firm on the endless songs they built.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. Sky Input, Pt. 1
                                                                                                                                                          2. Sky Input, Pt. 2
                                                                                                                                                          3. El Humo
                                                                                                                                                          4. Directo Al Sol
                                                                                                                                                          5. Loop
                                                                                                                                                          6. Lisérgico Club 

                                                                                                                                                          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)

                                                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                                                              Osees

                                                                                                                                                              Levitation Sessions Vol. I

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                                7"
                                                                                                                                                                SIDE A

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

                                                                                                                                                                Osees

                                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                                  Howlin Rain

                                                                                                                                                                  The Dharma Wheel

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

                                                                                                                                                                    Limited edition 45 RPM gatefold 2xLP audiophile pressing on 180g black or coloured vinyl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

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

                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                          Beverly Glenn-Copeland

                                                                                                                                                                          Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined

                                                                                                                                                                            Earlier this year, Transgressive reissued American-Canadian composer and activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s 1986 masterpiece, Keyboard Fantasies, marking the 35th anniversary of its original release. Today, he announces, Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined - a collection of songs from the now legendary album, re-worked and re-imagined by a collection of creative kindred spirits.

                                                                                                                                                                            The remix album and reissue of the original work follows the Autumn 2020 release of Glenn’s album, Transmissions: The Music of Beverly Glenn-Copeland. Transmissions was a career-spanning album that includes compositions from his early works including selections from Keyboard Fantasies. It also included both new and archival unreleased tracks and live versions. This collection marked the first new release from Glenn-Copeland since 2004. The New York Times called it a “life-spanning mixtape that moves from the mournful torch songs of his youth to joyously soulful odes to survival.”

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            Ever New (Reworked By Bon Iver & Flock Of Dimes)
                                                                                                                                                                            Fastest Star (Julia Holter Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                            Let Us Dance (Arca Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                            Old (New) Melody
                                                                                                                                                                            Ever New (Kelsey Lu’s Transportation)
                                                                                                                                                                            Sunset Village (Blood Orange Remix)
                                                                                                                                                                            Ever New (Reworked By Joseph Shabason & Thom Gill)
                                                                                                                                                                            Ghost House (Performed By Jeremy Dutcher)

                                                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                                                              Colors
                                                                                                                                                                              Fire
                                                                                                                                                                              Black Moon
                                                                                                                                                                              Stay Gold

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


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