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A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

    Brothers Ron and Russell Mael are releasing their 24th studio album ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’. Since storming into the charts, minds and airwaves in 1974 with “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us” from their 3rd album ‘Kimono My House’, the musically vital pop pioneers have created a unique legacy both on record and in their live performances. ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’ follows Sparks’ 2017 album ‘Hippopotamus’, an extraordinary record which saw them return to the Top 10 and was universally acclaimed with many critics declaring it to be one of the finest albums of the year and the pinnacle of the band’s career - until now.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xPicture Disc Info: Picture Disc 2LP + 12” Booklet.

    Deluxe CD Info: Casebound book CD edition.

    Nadine Shah

    Kitchen Sink

      Kitchen Sink follows up Shah's Hyundai Mercury Prize nominated 2017 album Holiday Destination which received critical acclaim including AIM Awards 'Independent Album of the Year', a #7 'Album of the Year' from BBC 6 Music and #5 from The Quietus as well as prominent positions in lists from Loud and Quiet and The Line of Best Fit.

      With the same ferocious determination and distinct voice Shah now turns her sights closer to home with an album that explores her own story as a woman in her 30's and the societal pressures and expectations that come with that. Jovial and playful at times, unblinkingly daring at others - Kitchen Sink is bursting with Shah’s beloved personality while simultaneously refusing to compromise on the social commentary that she continues to deliver so fearlessly. Once again produced by Shah’s long time collaborator Ben HillIer.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Indies Exclusive LP Info: RSD Stores exclusive Orange LP.

      This is a long overdue tribute to three of the bands (among others like Pantera, Testament, Anthrax, Tool and more) that made us dream about playing guitar and becoming professional musicians. We have shown our respect for this genre of music before, and those who have followed us for a long time already know that; but this EP is our ultimate demonstration of love for the music that taught us an alternative way to live our lives. – Rodrigo Y Gabriela


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 12" Info: One-sided 33rpm etched indies exclusive vinyl.

      Morrissey’s new album of covers includes songs by the likes Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Laura Nyro, Dionne Warwick and many more as well as having guests vocal by Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), LP, Ed Droost (Grizzly Bear), among others.

      Accomplished, and offering interesting new perspectives on these timeless songs; it's surprising to hear just how well the ex-Smiths star's voice adapts itself to the various tasks at hand. Morrissey fan's are gonna be made up!


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Morrissey's voice has never sounded better than on this collection of the songs that made him cry. And the songs that saved his life!

      Echo & The Bunnymen

      The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon

      Bunnymen Classics Transformed & New Songs With Strings & Things Attached.

      ‘I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it as it’s important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it.’ Ian McCulloch

      This new studio album sees The Bunnymen, still lead by the indominable Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, revisit some of their greatest songs to rearrange and transform them with co producer Andy Wright…and strings and things. Also included is two brand new tracks to accompany the classics.

      Echo & the Bunnymen's dark, swirling fusion of post-punk and The Doors/The Velvets-inspired pop psychedelia has brought the group twenty top 20 hits and nine top 20 albums in the UK so far in their 40 year career. The band have come a long way from the group's infamous first concert as a three-piece with a drum machine in 1979 at the legendary Erics club in Liverpool, The Bunnymen still perform sell-out concerts across the world today.

      Their seminal albums 'Crocodiles', 'Heaven Up Here', 'Porcupine' and 'Ocean Rain' have been a major influence for acts such as Coldplay, The Killers and The Flaming Lips whilst later albums 'Evergreen' and 'What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?' and 'Siberia & Meteorites' demonstrate what an amazing body of work the band have.

      The Bunnymen are still revered by those in the best of popular culture. In the past year alone, the highly acclaimed and culturally phenomenal Netflix series 'Stranger Things' has used the song 'Nocturnal Me' whilst the equally comparable '13 Reasons Why' has used 'The Killing Moon', a song also used on another Netflix show, 'Dead of Summer'. 

      The Charlatans

      Totally Eclipsing

        The four track release was recorded earlier this year, with lead track ‘Totally Eclipsing’ produced and mixed by David Wrench in London. Wrench has previously worked with the likes of The xx, Frank Ocean, Jamie xx and many more. ‘Standing Alone’, ‘Indefinitely In Your Debt’ and ‘Hopelessly Hoping’ were recorded by The Charlatans and Jim Spencer at Big Mushroom in Cheshire and mixed by Oliver Wright (Hot Chip, Dream Wife) in London.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 12" Info: Limited edition green vinyl.

        Low in High School is Morrissey’s first studio album since 2014 and was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (who has worked with Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few). Morrissey’s talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies is more prevalent than ever on Low in High-School, capturing the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Morrissey's new album is brimming with the sort of melancholy jangles and clever chord structures of yesteryear, but coupled with wry and ardent policism, a bit of conga and some flamenco stuff too. Lots of sounds, all worked into songs.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Standard LP (Clear Vinyl).

        Blondie returns with 11th studio album ‘Pollinator’ lighting up 2017 with an incredible new record befitting one of the world’s greatest bands.

        Produced live in the studio by John Congleton (St. Vincent, John Grant, War On Drugs, David Byrne)

        The last album recorded at New York’s legendary Magic Shop studios before their closure.

        Blondie’s classic writing duo of Chris Stein and Debbie Harry are at the heart of the creation with an impressive list of song wirters on the project including Johnny Marr, TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek, Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion) Adam Johnson aka An Unkindess, Sia and Charli XCX .

        Studio appearances from Joan Jett, Laurie Anderson and The Gregory Brothers.

        Blondie are: Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Matt Katz-Bohen, Leigh Foxx and Tommy Kessler.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: I was a little young for Blondie, having been born 5 years after Parallel Lines was out, but had I not been, i'd be regaling you with tales of how I had posters of Debbie Harry in my bedroom, but I didn't. I had posters of Yoshi. Still, this is very good.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Limited RSD Stores Exclusive WHITE Vinyl.

        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

        Lovely Creatures - The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds (1984 - 2014)

        • Lovely Creatures is the most comprehensive overview of the recorded work of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to date. Spanning thirty years of music from their debut album From Her To Eternity through to Push The Sky Away their 15th studio album, the collection navigates one of the most exhilarating, idiosyncratic and inventive bodies of work created in contemporary music.

        • Included are long-standing live favourites “Stagger Lee” and “The Mercy Seat”, their hit single from 1995 “Where The Wild Roses Grow” through to recent fan favourites “Jubilee Street” and “We No Who U R”. There are songs that newcomers may only know from their appearance on film and television soundtracks, notably “O Children” (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. I) and the ubiquitous “Red Right Hand”, most recently familiar to fans of the series Peaky Blinders.

        • The album was compiled by Nick Cave and founding member Mick Harvey, with help from the current Bad Seeds. 

        Lovely Creatures is available in four formats, all featuring personal and rare photographs of the band: Standard CD, Triple LP, Deluxe 3CD with DVD and the Super Deluxe Limited Edition package. 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Laura says: Nick Cave has been one of the most influential and distinctive songwriter / performers of the last 30 odd years. With such a brilliant and varied catalogue spanning 15 LPs, I'd find it virtually impossible to select a mere 21 'best of' tracks, but Nick and ex Bad Seed Mick Harvey have managed it, and that's what you get here on the vinyl and standard CD editions of this release. The deluxe expands futher and is spread across 3CDs and a live/interview DVD.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        3xLtd LP Info: 3 x 12” black heavyweight vinyl with triple gatefold sleeve.

        4xLtd CD/DVD Info: Deluxe case bound book containing 3 CDs (45 tracks) and two hour DVD featuring live performances, rare footage and interviews with a 36 page book.

        • A career-spanning collection containing every single to date, along with fan favourites and band chosen deep cuts
        • Features tracks from every Super Furry Animals album
        • Includes recent, highly acclaimed single ‘Bing Bong’, unofficial Welsh Euro 2016 anthem
        • Produced in conjunction with Super Furry Animals and management
        • CD packaging artwork by celebrated, legendary, Super Furry’s designer Pete Fowler
        • CD booklet contains sleeve notes by acclaimed journalist and writer Simon Price


        Super Furry Animals

        Fuzzy Logic (20th Anniversary Album Re-Issue)

          • 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
          • Remastered from the original master tapes
          • Produced in conjunction with Super Furry Animals and management
          • Original cover art


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Laura says: "Fuzzy Logic" was originally released in 1996, and introduced us to the warped, synth-psych-pop world of the Super Furries. You're plunged straight in from the opening riffs of "God! Show Me Magic", which sets things off at a manic pace, before swooping down into "Fuzzy Birds", then back up again for the hook-filled "Something 4 The Weekend". And so it goes on, vying between manic knob twiddling wig-outs to more pastoral, psych-pop all with an innate sense of melody and fun. They managed to take elements of 60s psych, 70s glam and a punk rock attitude and meld them into something unlike anything else around at the time. It was a real breath of fresh air when it came out in '96 and still sounds great 20 years on!

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xCD Info: 2CD - original Fuzzy Logic album (1996) + previously unreleased bonus tracks. CD booklet contains sleeve notes by acclaimed writer journalist Keith Cameron, with new band interviews

          From the suburbs of Croydon to the industrial bloc of former East Berlin, The Tunics have been quietly making a name for themselves as well as an album.

          Their sound is a mix of influences; The Libertines, Cast and Oasis. The album is a melody-heavy, heart-on-the-sleeve affair, reminiscent of the greats from the Britpop era, when guitar bands were ruling the charts. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in the songs that we’re writing and the album that we have,” says frontman Joe. “Not to be too overblown about the whole thing but we’re ready for a proper f**king guitar band with actual songs. I think that’s what the world needs.”

          The album opens with the dance-like-you’re-a-teenager-again track entitled "Berlin" - an ode to the city of their rebirth. "Help Is On It’s Way" is next up. Bass heavy, it drives the song forward like speeding traffic, barrelling up the westway. Third up "I’m Broke You’re Bored" will be the second single release from the album: A poignant sentiment with the gently spiralling guitar and keyboards of Costello and Booth providing the soundtrack to it. "Stolen Hearts" is the ballad of the album and a stand-out track complete with slide guitars that shine a western infused sunset light on the song. Next up is "Radio", a beautiful string-laden piece of music that comes with one of the band’s sharpest-tongued lyrics. “I think the song is about everything on the radio being rubbish basically and just saying I can’t bear this any longer, I need an outlet for myself.” Debut single "Low" has a killer hook with layers of piano and guitar sounds. A soft interlude marks the half way point of the album and leads into the second half of the record: "Slaves Ride On These Waves" is again haunted by a western air. The gently plucked guitar and folky balladry places it firmly in the desert, a lost Morricone. "You Already Knew" picks up the tempo and from here on in the album is hitting the backbeat hard. "Shadows" is a jaunty and upbeat psychedelic groover with a political stab. "Wit and Acid Tongue", largely instrumental skiffles by with an undeniable and sometimes abstract sixties’ vibe. "A Moment of Clarity" is the penultimate track on Dabblers Handbook and is a moment in time, an expansive breath and a gently rocking precursor to album closer "Dear God", an epic and beautifully composed prayer of a track. The anthemic strings wrap the closing number into a gift of a finale.


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