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England Is A Garden - Instrumentals Album

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

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

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

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



    Cornershop

    England Is A Garden

      “A Stones-gone-Purple riff forged in up-to-the-minute desperation and an empowering memory of the heavy music that soundtracked Midlands life when Singh and Ayres first connected at college in Preston, Lancashire.” David Fricke, Rolling Stone, USA

      In the latest of a series of albums that have mirrored the exceptional story of the band itself, Cornershop return with a new album ‘England Is A Garden’ on March 6th 2020 on Ample Play Records. It is an album that strides in an upbeat fashion, to deliver a full listening experience, bringing songs of experience, empire, protest and humour, steeped in the way only Tjinder Singh would come with.

      Listen to a first taste of the album now, ‘No Rock: Save In Roll’, that is to say that there is not one without the other, that rock, for all its focus on death is the saviour of life.

      The anvil here is music itself, and a celebration of Tjinder’s birth place - The Black Country, which also gave birth to heavy metal that has gone on to influence the world to dirty rock, whether the streets are lined with pylons or palm trees, the Black Country has allowed us to see things differently.

      So the sound here goes back to Englands’ Midlands with two thumbs up to the feeling of hearing heavy metal from the back of a stage, as we all ride on and await the female backing vocals of our song to come in.

      Charles Howl

      Sir Vices

        Today we introduce Charles Howl, a London-based brit-psyche group with a thrillingly melodic sound.

        Charles Howl release their debut album ‘Sir Vices’ with a dozen tracks that deliver. Comprised of Charles Howl & Bobby Voltaire (both of The Proper Ornaments) they elected to record at Syke Lane's warehouse studio on the outskirts of Leeds, utilizing the foggy and remote atmosphere. Locked away Howl honed his songwriting, and production skills, slowly bringing in a team of friends, including Chris Hicks (Talons) on bass and Wesley Patrick Gonzalez (Let’s Wrestle), who laid down a lead line on track 5 while round for a cup of tea.

        As some of the last children of the ‘80s and with a britpop upbringing, it’s no wonder Charles Howl has produced an album that sounds like The Modern Lovers channeling The Stone Roses while maintaining its contemporary charm. It makes for an album that is outward looking with tight rhythms tying down whirling guitars and lustrous textures bouncing off melodies. 

        Cornershop

        Hold On It's Easy

          Cornershop reinvent their debut album. In 1993 Cornershop went into the studio to record their first album proper. Given the praise the album is getting now, especially in America, it’s hard to believe the group had to dispense with the producer half way through, but with the financial restraints of being based on a small label in the basement of the Rough Trade Record Shop off Portobello Road they had to persevere to get it finished. This was the Riot Grrrl era and Cornershop were the only all male band to be a part of it. With a few chords and a bag of political spanners they managed to create a standpoint of the UK as getting on the verge of getting it on – a lesson that went unheeded to its peril. The variety of melodies in this instrumental update is testament to the strength of sound and originality of vision which made ‘Hold On It Hurts’ a main contender of Cornershop’s back catalogue to be presented in a chiffon-swinging stride. Version.

          Sit back and let life that can be difficult and at times hurt, become something that is instrumentally an easy listen. Clara Stafford Agnesi – Biographer and Head of Humanities, University of Chicago, Illinois.

          “Think Henry Mancini, as well as the music of Johnny Harris” The Guardian.

          “You never know what to expect from the ever inventive Cornershop” Matthew Horton, NME.

          Various Artists

          The Time And Space Machine Presents The Way Out Sound From In

            Ample Play Records hit us with a heavily, heavenly hallucinogenic collection of Richard Norris’ recent Time And Space Machine remixes. A man of many guises, he has often operated as a duo - as The Grid with Dave Ball, as Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve with Erol Alkan - but when it's time for some solo sonic action, he records and remixes as The Time And Space Machine. It's under this guise that he sparks up the Bunsen burner, primes his iron filings and ionizes "The Way Out Sound From In", reworking the most cosmic beat combos around into hitherto unheard psychedelic shapes.

            Warpaint, Jagwar Ma, Temples, Psychemagik, The Sufis and more fall into the Time And Space Machine and come out the other side with wider grins and shinier eyes. Ploughing a similar dancefloor furrow to Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay's A Love From Outer Space sound, Norris revives the late 80s / early 90s tripped-out, cosmic, Balearic-friendly, baggy house sound, which combines well with the psychedelic sounds of the original bands / artists here.  It's The Way Out Sound From In....all aboard.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            says: It's all gone a bit Baggy in 'ere! Love it!!

            Bed Rugs

            8th Cloud

              Bed Rugs: take their name from the much discussed mat in The Big Lebowski. After the highly praised release of last year’s mini-LP ‘Rapids’, we are pleased to go backwards and present ‘8th Cloud’, their 1st ever recording album, showing that even then they punched well above their weight.

              Like Tame Impala and MGMT the sounds are heavy weight and the melodies ambitious - classic rock from Beatles to Nirvana. Les ZAZA’s French magazine recently summed them up as ‘the illegitimate children of McCartney and Cobain.’

              James Endeacott who has seen them a good few times describes them as ‘off the scale’. Their spectacular London shows were the best antidote to anti-European feelings we have seen for a long time.

              Sudden Death Of Stars

              All Unrevealed Parts Of The Unknown

                If you imagine a group walked from Brittany to the Isle of Wight along to Cornwall to the end of Scotland, to America and the Americas, taking in all influence of music along the way, then you’d get somewhere to knowing what is hidden in the foothills of this album.

                Sudden Death of Stars are from the medieval city of Rennes, France, which may explain why they sound like monks playing modern day Velvet Underground, Os Mutantes and Pentangle. Formed in 2010, they were complete as a band when they happened upon the only sitarist west of Paris.

                James Endeacott A&R guru who signed The Strokes & The Libertines says: “garage, Nuggets, mushroom tea and a head full of dreams - heaven.”


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