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It’s been a while since the last Richard Hawley album - 4 years in fact. During that time he made a decision to break the recording / touring cycle he’d been working since he was 14 and went off to write music for films and also an acclaimed musical, "Standing At The Sky's Edge", based around a housing estate in his home town. But now he’s back, with a new album, and although there’s plenty of the swoonsome, croonsome Hawley we know and love, he’s not been afraid to push the boundaries a little.

If you’re a 6music listener, then you can’t fail to have heard the opening track, the bluesy rock’n’roll stomp of “Of My Mind” - maybe a bit of a shock to the system for long-time Hawley fans, but fear not! It’s followed my the Smithsian “Alone” and then the gorgeous “My Little Treasures” - a beautiful, heartfelt song written about drinking with two of his late father’s oldest friends. The sweeping strings and pedal steel of the title track and slow strummed ballad  “Emilina Says” wind things down beautifully.

I don’t know if the album was put together with the thought of an A-side and B-side in mind, but that’s how it comes across, with both sides opening with a big ballsy blast that slowly eases as the needle creeps inwards. The B-side opens with “Is There A Pill?”, with it’s pounding drums and big string surges that bring to mind “A Design For Life” era Manics. It’s followed by the chugging “Galley Girl” and then gently drifts into the languid “Not Lonely”. “Time Is” could be a Neil Diamond cover (he wrote some gems you know!) and is followed by my favourite track on the album “Midnight Train” - classic Hawley! And finally, the album is rounded off with the short but sweet, gentle strum of “Doors”.

“Further” is possibly the most diverse album Richard Hawley has recorded, but it flows beautifully - partly down to the wonderfully intertwined guitar playing of Hawley and long-time cohort Shez Sheridan, but also because Hawley is such a great song writer. If like me, you are unsure on first listen, stick with it - it’s worth it!

FORMAT INFORMATION

Coloured LP Info: Limited Edition Orange LP.

LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

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!

FORMAT INFORMATION

Coloured LP Info: 140 gram exclusive sky blue vinyl.

The Fall

Medicine For The Masses - The Rough Trade Singles

    This box set showcases the four classic 7” singles that The Fall released on the Rough Trade label in the early 1980s, all of which characterised their abrasive, repetitive guitar-driven sound, tense bass and drum rhythms and Smith's caustic lyrics. This beautifully packaged box set contains coloured vinyl re-mastered versions of all four Rough Trade 7” singles plus a set of 4 button badges each featuring a key element from the front cover of the four single sleeves.

    These New Puritans, the great heretics of British music, return with Into The Fire, their first new studio recording since 2013’s critically acclaimed album Field of Reeds.

    To work on the follow-up to Field Of Reeds, Jack Barnett moved to Berlin, not in a 'trust fund edgelord in a black coat outside Berghain' sort of way, but purely because he could afford to get studio space in a large old Communist-era radio studio. "I'm not really in Berlin because I love the mystique of [the city] or anything like that, so the whole miserable winter thing doesn't really hold anything for me," he told me a few years ago. "It could be anywhere, I'm the sort of person where my environment doesn't have a massive effect on what I do, I don't think it would change the music particularly." There, he forged forward as part of a two-member core operation with twin brother George (Thomas Hein has departed to take a PhD in neuroscience). Additional contributions came from long-time collaborators Graham Sutton and conductor Andre De Ridder, yet even with this palette, this is not, by any stretch of the imagination, Field Of Reeds II. How could it be? That's not to say this is a comedown. It's a consolidation, yes, but rather than tread water These New Puritans continue to explore and augment their own landscape.

    The Into The Fire artwork is a collaboration between George Barnett and the award winning photographer and director Harley Weir.

    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'. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Luminous Coloured Double Vinyl. RSD Stores Exclusive limited edition.

    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    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.

      The Charlatans

      Different Days: Special Edition

        This special edition features the 4 extra tracks which make up the "Total Eclipsing" EP.

        The Charlatans

        Over Again

          ‘Over Again’ is taken from The Charlatans’ latest album, ‘Different Days’. Self-produced at the band’s studio in Crewe, the album features the core quartet of vocalist Tim Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers, along with contributions from an enviable cast of friends including former Verve drummer Pete Salisbury, Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre, Johnny Marr, Stephen Morris of New Order, Kurt Wagner, Paul Weller, crime writer Ian Rankin and writer / actress Sharon Horgan.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 500 copies on 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).

          Indies Exclusive LP Info: RSD Stores Exclusive LP (Green Vinyl).

          Morrissey

          Spent The Day In Bed

            ONE COPY ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            "Spent The Day In Bed" / "Judy Is A Punk" is the first 7" release from Morrissey's upcoming album 'Low In High School'. 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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd 7" Info: Limited clear vinyl.

            William Patrick Corgan (AKA Billy Corgan - Smashing Pumpkins)

            Ogilala - Indie Exclusive Pink Vinyl

              As the founding member of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, William Patrick Corgan has created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process. For Ogilala, he teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin to make his most intimate body of work to date.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Indie Exclusive Pink Vinyl – 1000 units.

              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.

              2xCD Info: Double CD (21 tracks) with 24 page booklet.

              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.

              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.

              6x7" Box Set Info: 6 piece vinyl set with 6 x art cards and artworked sleeves.


              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

                LP Info: LP - original album remastered, in new gatefold sleeve, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl

                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

                • 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


                What is an album, but the sum of all its parts? Kasabian's refreshing new album '48:13' consists of 13 tracks, accumulating to a total running time of 48 minutes and 13 seconds.

                The distinct sound and integrity of Kasabian's fifth studio album defines the very essence of the band, their trademark sound distilled and re-packaged into one incredibly exciting, unique statement of intent. ’48:13’ is driven by the continuous evolution and musical experimentation of the band through their previous 4 albums, spanning a career which celebrates its 10th year with the release of this, their 5th album.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2x10" LP Info: Limited edition double 10" vinyl.

                Lou Reed

                Lou Reed

                  Nearly 30 years after it came out, Lou Reed's solo debut suggests that neither Reed nor his new record company were quite sure about what to do with him in 1972. It would be years before the cult of the Velvet Underground became big enough to mean anything commercially, leaving Lou pretty much back where he started from in the public eye after five years of hard work, and he seemed to be searching for a different musical direction on this set without quite deciding what it would be; while the best tunes are admirably lean, no-frills rock & roll, there are also several featuring tricked-up arrangements that don't suit the material terribly well (at no other time in history would anyone believe that Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman would be a good choice as backing musicians for the guy who wrote "Sister Ray"). Lou also didn't appear to have done much songwriting since he left the Velvets in 1970; with the exception of the hilariously catty "Wild Child" and "Berlin," a song Reed would revisit a few years later, nearly every significant song on Lou Reed dated back to his tenure with the Velvet Underground, though it would be years before that band's recordings of "I Can't Stand It," "Lisa Says," or "Ocean" would surface. On its own terms, Lou Reed isn't a bad album, but it isn't a terribly interesting one either, and since superior performances of most of these songs are available elsewhere, it stands today more as a historical curiosity than anything else.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: First post-VU solo outing including five (at the time) unreleased Velvets tracks.

                  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.

                  By 1972 Lou Reed was a hugely influential but otherwise little-known cult figure. It seems strange that he needed the production big-up of David Bowie and his guitarist Mick Ronson (later to produce Morrissey) to stake his claim in the exploding Glam era. This album nicely bottles that heady collision of NY cool steet poetry with UK trash / glam excitement; it was a real one-off. There's four stone classics: "Walk on the Wild Side" (the most sampled / ripped off bassline ever!) "Vicious", "Perfect Day" and (Top 100 All Time Greatest Songs?) "Satellite Of Love" and one Velvets' left-over, but it's as a whole LP that this thing works. One of the best from one of the greatest!

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: His most iconic solo record.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  CD Info: CD comes with lush booklet and remastered sound.


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