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JJ Cale

Stay Around

    ‘Stay Around’ is the first posthumous release of works by beloved songwriter, guitarist, and singer JJ Cale. Current single ‘Stay Around,’ a slow-burning love letter of a song, follows the debut single ‘Chasing You,’ which Rolling Stone called “a simmering blues rocker anchored by Cale’s plucky guitar and tender vocals.” Stay Around was compiled by those closest to Cale – his widow, musician Christine Lakeland Cale, and friend and longtime manager, Mike Kappus.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Lights Down Low
    2. Chasing You
    3. Winter Snow
    4. Stay Around
    5. Tell You ‘Bout Her
    6. Oh My My
    7. My Baby Blues
    8. Girl Of Mine
    9. Go Downtown
    10. If We Try
    11. Tell Daddy
    12. Wish You Were Here
    13. Long About Sundown
    14. Maria
    15. Don’t Call Me Joe

    Christine And The Queens

    Chris - French Version

      Christine and The Queens announces her eagerly anticipated second album. Titled Chris, the record will be released by Because Music in digital and physical formats, including double CD and vinyl versions, as well as limited edition boxset, There are two versions of the album; one sung exclusively in English and one sung exclusively in French.

      Chris was written, arranged and performed by Christine and the Queens. It is the follow up to her already-iconic debut record Chaleur Humaine, released to near-universal acclaim in France in 2014 and the UK in 2016, and selling more than 1.3 million copies to date.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      A1. Comme Si On S'aimait
      A2. Damn, Dis-moi Feat. Dâm-Funk
      A3. La Marcheuse
      Side B
      B1. Doesn't Matter (voleur De Soleil)
      B2. 5 Dols
      B3. Goya ! Soda !
      Side C
      C1. Follarse
      C2. Machin-chose
      C3. Bruce Est Dans Le Brouillard
      Side D
      D1. Le G
      D2. Les Yeux Mouillés
      D3. L'étranger (voleur D'eau)

      CD – French Version
      1. Comme Si On S'aimait
      2. Damn, Dis-moi Feat. Dâm-Funk
      3. La Marcheuse
      4. Doesn't Matter (voleur De Soleil)
      5. 5 Dols
      6. Goya ! Soda !
      7. Follarse
      8. Machin-chose
      9. Bruce Est Dans Le Brouillard
      10. Le G
      11. Les Yeux Mouillés
      12. L'étranger (voleur D'eau)

      French psych duo The Limiñanas have announced their new album 'Shadow People' which will be released on 19th January on Because Music. One of France’s most beloved treasures, The Limiñanas are Marie (drums/vocals) and Lionel (guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals). Hailing from Perpignan, the duo straddles the boundary between psych, shoegaze, and yé-yé. With hazy, reverb-laden hooks, combined at times with noisy distortion, and fronted by effortlessly cool vocals, reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, the band is at once timeless and quintessentially French. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Smooth, psychedelic meanderings full of rich, warming guitar and soothing, softly spoken french vox. Spin along a couple tracks and you get hynotic, Floydian driven psychedelia and hushed, fuzzy guitars. Ace

      Produced by Ed Bangers’ SebastiAn (Frank Ocean, Kavinsky) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Lorde, David Bowie), the album features collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Connan Mockasin and Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire, Caribou).

      Having previously written lyrics with Jarvis Cocker and Air on ‘5.55’ (2006) and Beck on ‘IRM’ (2010), ‘Rest’ is the first album where Gainsbourg penned all the words. Feeling daunted by the desire to poetise her ideas, deliverance would arrive initially courtesy of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who provided the music for the title track, steering Charlotte toward a forensically focused approach to lyric writing. “Those were the first words that I actually sang on the album. I came in with all my bunches of lyrics… It was too much, really, and Guy-Man was saying, ‘you can’t say all that, you have to simplify it,’ and he reduced it to three words! It felt so innocent in a way, but it was exactly what I needed at that time”. On the album, Gainsbourg addresses personal topics ranging from the death of her father Serge and more recently sister Kate Barry, to the tensions between her shyness and her life as a performer and public figure, to charmingly illogical childhood fears.

      The album’s major production lynchpin would be French DJ, remixer and producer Sebastian Akchoté-Bozovic, aka SebastiAn, best known for his releases on French house label Ed Banger and for his production work for Frank Ocean. His background in electronic music accorded with Charlotte’s desire for a sound with a disquieting, mechanistic edge, inspired by Giorgio Moroder and, perhaps unsurprisingly for a revered, award-winning film actress, movie soundtracks, particularly Pino Donaggio’s score for Brian De Palma’s ’70s horror classic Carrie and Georges Delerue’s music for Jean-Luc Godard’s nouvelle vague masterpiece Le Mepris, as well as the chilly, unsettling ambience of films like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

      The eleven essays on ‘Rest’ are nothing if not sure-footed, proffering a compelling fusion of gleaming, string-emblazoned modern electro-pop and cinematically textured avant-chanson – their magical music box melodies kissed by bruised, introspective, occasionally disquieting lyrics. The album opens with the nursery rhyme enchantment of ‘Ring a Ring a Roses’, a hazy mosaic of nostalgic childhood snapshots – the verses delivered in intimately captured French, the instantly infectious chorus in coolly clipped English – and ends with the electro-disco-flavoured ‘Les Oxalis’ (named after the eponymous woodland flower). “Those two songs were always the bookends of the album”, Charlotte explains. The latter’s rhythmic energy cuts against the lyric, describing a lachrymose promenade through a cemetery. “I remember SebastiAn asking, ‘Are you sure that’s what you want to say against that rhythm?’ But that’s how this album made sense to me, in the contradiction between things, with the music taking you somewhere and the words going the opposite way”.

      It’s a potent dichotomy that permeates much of ‘Rest’, from ‘Lying With You’, whose busy drums and angular synths frame a lyric about Serge Gainsbourg’s death (“Like everyone who’s gone through this, you have to deal with the memory of someone who is still alive in your head, and the way you’ve seen them dead. I wanted to talk about the crudity of this”, explains Charlotte), to the frank, self-examining ‘I’m a Lie’ (“…about not knowing if you’re able to collapse or fly. It’s something that I’m always wrestling with”), and the wonderfully Giorgio Moroder-esque ‘Deadly Valentine’, whose lyrics, essentially a string of uncannily delivered wedding vows, play out against a motorik Euro-disco beat and soaring strings.

      Another essay, ‘Songbird in a Cage’, was penned for Charlotte by Sir Paul McCartney, no less. “We had a very nice lunch about six-and-a-half years ago”, she recalls. “I couldn’t believe that I was actually sitting next to him. I told him that if he ever had a song for me it would be a dream come true. A few weeks later he sent this track. It was a demo. I didn’t know what to do with it, because I wanted it to be part of the album. We had to reinvent it. Paul very sweetly came to Electric Lady. He did a bit of piano, some bass, a bit of guitar. It was incredible, just to see him work”.

      The aides-de-camp may have played their role on Rest, but it remains undeniably the work of a singular artist, one who has explored her personal darkness in pursuit of a sense of purpose and a place of resolution, purging herself of creative shyness and timidity in the process. “This time it felt like flying on my own. I knew I needed the right collaborator, and SebastiAn was always there, but all the same, this time the album is really mine”.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Brilliant goth-pop, throbbing basslines and the undeniably exotic and infinitely more alluring addition of vocals 'En Fraincaise' (that's french for 'In French'). Lovely.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Ring-A-Ring O' Roses 
      2. Lying With You
      3. Kate 
      4. Deadly Valentine  
      5. I'm A Lie 
      6. Rest 
      7. Sylvia Says  
      8. Songbird In A Cage 
      9. Dans Vos Airs  
      10. Les Crocodiles  
      11. Les Oxalis 

      Metronomy

      Love Letters - Soulwax Remix

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Limited etched vinyl - 500 copies only.

        Charlotte Gainsbourg releases her new album ‘Stage Whisper’ through Because Music. An album of live and unreleased studio tracks, it is the follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘IRM’ album, which was released in January 2010. ‘Stage Whisper’s studio material features collaborations with Beck, Conor O’Brien of Villagers, Noah and the Whale and Connan Mockasin.

        Many of the studio tracks on ‘Stage Whisper’ originate from the sessions for ‘IRM’, which enjoyed critical claim across the globe. The Sunday Telegraph declared the album to be a work of “borderline genius”, Mojo claimed “IRM marks Charlotte Gainsbourg’s musical coming of age”.

        TRACK LISTING

        Stage Whisper Studio Tracks:
        1 Terrible Angels
        2 Paradisco
        3 All The Rain
        4 White Telephone
        5 Anna
        6 Got To Let Go
        7 Out Of Touch
        8 Memoir

        Live Bonus Tracks:
        9 IRM
        10 Set Yourself On Fire
        11 Jamais
        12 Heaven Can Wait
        13 In The End
        14 AF607105
        15 Just Like A Woman
        16 The Operation
        17 The Songs That We Sing
        18 Voyage
        19 Trick Pony

        Twisted Charm

        Real Fiction

          Idiosyncratic psycho-pop quartet, Twisted Charm, bring us their debut album via France's cool Because label. Hailing from Northampton, the band are driven by a collective mission statement to 'kick regurgitated rock-n-roll in the throat' and their scathingly witty observations of inner city London life cut right to the jugular. This debut, produced by Lance Thomas (PJ Harvey / Ladytron) draws on aspects of modern living, thrashing out inspiration from the realm of cinema, philosophy and social class. The album is immersed in infectious rhythms, sax blasts, warped bass and new wave inflections - modern day pop with a subversive twist. Imagine Gang of Four's post-punk nihilism, Devo's off-the-wall ingenuity, Clor's agit-funk dance-ability permeated with a distinctly London ennui and you're somewhere close to their sound.


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