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Christine And The Queens

La Vita Nuova

    Following her unexpected new single ‘People, I’ve been sad’ earlier this month, Christine and the Queens today unveils a surprise new EP. La vita nuova - a prospect for a new life - draws strength from extreme vulnerability. 

    La vita nuova arrives with an accompanying short film of the same name, imagined by Christine and featuring the EP’s five new songs in as many sequences. The 14 minute film is an inward journey that sees the artist invest Opéra Garnier, the world famous Paris opera house, filling it with stories of ghosts and mythical creatures. Through the lens of long-time collaborator Colin Solal Cardo (Robyn, Charli XCX) and with choreography by Ryan Heffington (VMA Award 2014, Grammy Award nominated), Christine and her dancers appear in succession on the Opéra rooftop, its grand stage and most secret recesses, culminating into a feverish moment with Caroline Polachek, a collaborator on the EP’s title track.


    Sébastien Tellier

    Domesticated



      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Yellow translucent vinyl.

      'Cerrone’s 17th album "DNA" opens with "The Impact", a throbbing track of bendy entanglements all with an environmental stance. Halfway through, we’re treated to an excerpt of a speech from Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist and ethnologist: “Every single day we make some impact on the planet. We haven’t inherited this planet from our parents. We’ve borrowed it from our children. If we get together, then we can start to heal some of the scars that we’ve inflicted.” It’s hard not to draw comparisons with Supernature, in which Cerrone declared his first warning about man’s impact on the planet, 43 years ago.

      This nine-track concept album is built on wandering contours and magnetic sparkle, from which bursts saturated oppressive synth pads ("Obsession"), a nod to PinkFloyd ("DNA"), and dramatic soundscapes ("Close To The Sky", "Experience") and clammy atmospheres that are delightedly languid. “What if I told you that the idea for Air Dreaming came to me after watching a video of a parachute jump featuring naked parachutists? When people ask me whether I’m still inspired by love and sex today, naturally my answer is yes.” Cerrone doesn’t deprive himself either of pushing Kraftwerk’s logic of unleashing robots on the dance floor (“I’ve got a rocket”, ”Let Me feel”), as his songs appeal to both the intellect and the body’s desire to move. “Let me dream, let me see, let me feel.”What better mantra for bringing this album full circle.

      Syrian wedding singer turned global dance icon Omar Souleyman releases his 4th studio album Shlon via Mad Decent / Because Music.

      On Shlon (Arabic for “how,” or literally “which color”), Omar Souleyman presents 6 new techno-meets-dabke songs of romance and love - singing poetry of a woman’s lips as sweet as Hillah’s dates on “Layle”; an intriguing woman he watches from afar whose kiss would be worth 10 million other kisses on “Shlon”; a lover ready to offer his beloved anything she wishes under the sun on “Shi Tridin” (“What Do You Wish For?”); a man in admiration of a woman with green eyes and blonde hair on “Abou Zlilif” (“Her Face is Like The Moon”); a song about love that will last forever on “Mawwal”, a traditional — all superimposed on complex techno arrangements by Hasan Alo, and based on the hi-speed Kurdish and Arabic dabke and baladi styles with the exception of “Mawwal” being presented in its traditionally slower pace.

      Shlon features double keyboard work from Hasan Alo, a fellow native of the Hasaka region in Northeastern Syria who has recently been active in the vibrant nightlife scene of Dubai. Azad Salih, a young Syrian man currently living in Mardin, Turkey, accompanies on saz, with the lyrics and love poetry written on the spot during the album’s recording session by longtime Omar collaborator Moussa Al Mardood - also currently based in Turkey.

      Omar Souleyman, who has collaborated with Björk and Four Tet, began his career as a prolific wedding singer, releasing nearly 500 live albums before civil war broke out in his native Syria in 2011. He then moved to Turkey and in 2013 released his Four Tet-produced debut studio album Wenu Wenu via Ribbon/Domino, which NPR called, "...a jam so visceral, thrilling and intense as to make the mysterious matter of earthly borders seem hardly worth the time to contemplate." His 2015 sophomore album Bahdeni Nami (various producers including Four Tet, Gilles Peterson and Modeselektor) garnered widespread critical praise including The Guardian, who proclaimed "It's so fast that the only appropriate way to engage with it is to wriggle your limbs. Melodies are both abrasive and ebullient, chattering endlessly like raucous birdsong," and 2017’s To Syria, With Love via Mad Decent placing Omar firmly in the canon of global electronic music.

      Souleyman has bolstered his growing status as a world and electronic music icon establishing an extensive international following after touring widely and performing at major festivals including Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Pitchfork Paris and Roskilde. Since its founding in 2013, Souleyman has been an advocate for the charity "Our Heart Aches for Syria," which operates in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders. In that same year, he performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway.

      Omar Souleyman has been touring tirelessly since the release of To Syria, With Love, or in fact for as long as he can remember in the last 10 years. He has crossed the planet – now seeming quite small – several times over and looks forward to meeting his fans everywhere to celebrate the release of Shlon.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Arabic wedding tycoon-cum-electronica's strangest cabaret act, Omar Souleyman rolls out his trademark, techno-meets-dabke showpiece once again for his 4th LP to date!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

      Long awaited reissue of the debut LP from French electro producer and Ed Banger mainstay Sebastian. Over the past six years he's surfed the big French electro wave, hitting us with classics like "Ross Ross Ross" (featured here, along with 21 - TWENTY ONE - other tracks), and now lands on the beach, still standing and still sounding pretty cool. The Ed Banger 'electro banger' palette has been widened and now also contains Prince-style electro-funk (check the ace "Love In Motion" featuring vocals by Mayer Hawthorne), spiced-up electro-pop (current single "Embody") and "CTFO", which lays down sparse, grinding electro-hop riddims and has MIA at her mic-spitting best. Justice's Gaspard Auge also guests.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLP Info: Double LP black vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

      The follow-up to 2016’s ‘Summer 08’, ‘Metronomy Forever’ features 17 tracks. Its length is born from a desire for breathing room, from not wanting to stuff the hits together like a bouquet of petrol station roses – a modern way of listening to music. Metronomy’s innate skill for blending off-kilter funk, energising club vibes and esoteric pop is interspersed with some mood-setting, glistening and melodic electronic tracks.

      The band’s leader Joseph Mount called upon a variety of inspirations for this album. Most notably, he wanted to replicate the feeling of listening to the radio, with an infinite quality, sumptuous songs of different styles, ever rolling, helping to lighten your mood. Moving away from the bustle of his former Parisian home to take up residence atop a hill in the garden of England had an impact, infusing the album with a sense of tranquillity and a calm joy that reflects the relative happiness of his existence.

      Also influential was time spent working on Robyn’s critically adored ‘Honey’ album, with a similar feeling of emotional, intense, carnal mania informing songs such as ‘Sex Emoji’ and ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’.

      ‘Metronomy Forever’ in name represents something looking backwards and forwards simultaneously, like Janus, something fated and eternal. You were made from dust and to dust you will return, that sort of thing.
      “What happens is when you’re making music and you enter a world where you have achieved some sort of celebrity no matter how large or small you start to think about yourself in terms of legacy and what you’re going to leave behind,” says Mount. “And then you realise that’s limited to the interest people have in you. In the end I feel completely comfortable with it. The less importance you place in any art the more interesting it can become in a way… I’m making music, I’m going to do some concerts, I need to feed my children”.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: From tender, lightly accentuated ballads and brittle melodic synth lines to huge, bombastic pop heft within the space of a couple minutes, and without batting an eyelid. It's classic Metronomy, brimming with confidence and skill, but tastefully underplayed. Metronomy forever!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLtd LP Info: Collector Double Vinyl.
      8 page gatefold sleeve.
      Double 140 gram black vinyl.

      2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Limited 2019 edition of Manu Chao's 1998 LP, "Clandestino / Bloody Border", remastered for the first time on triple vinyl + CD with lots of bonus bits to enjoy!

      A modern day traveler's global comfort, like finding a Bible in the bedside table, "Clandestino" defies cultural differences and boundaries and instead unites the world under one marijuana-patterned flag. As likely to soundtrack coffee mornings in the bohemian cafes of the Parvati valley as it is to light up the disco at your city's local Hatter's Hostel.... Manu Chao's distinct but unforced vocal delivery carrying the message of global unity and peace to all through some dazzling instrumental tracks. Every backpacker needs one! 


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      3xLtd LP Info: Double 12" 180g heavyweight black vinyl + bonus colored blue 10" in sleeve with no spine.
      Gatefold sleeve.
      CD included.

      Cassius

      Ibifornia - Reissue

        Once again, The French duet composed of Zdar & Boombass has managed to gather the crème de la crème on its project. “Ibi” for Ibiza and “fornia” for California, or the perfect cocktail between the fervor of the Spanish Island’s dancefloors and the incredible freshness of the Californian mentality.

        Pharrell Williams is present on the album, as well as a totally transformed Cat Power. The great Mike D (Beastie Boys), and the over-playful guitarist Matthieu Chedid, are also some of the prestigious names we can mention.

        The singles “Ibifornia”, “Go Up”, “Action” and “The Missing” are already available as well as the EP of remixes “Action”, that have given us many good reasons to wait for the upcoming opus. Once you’ll have had the time to adopt those songs as your new summer anthems.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLtd LP Info: 2 black LPs in gatefold sleeve. CD included.

        Featuring Justin Bieber, MØ, Travis Scott, Ariana Grande, Quavo, Nicki Minaj, Sean Paul and many more, "Essentials" highlights Major Lazer’s reach across the globe, and the vast range of their influences and influence to date. Essentials features a brand new release, “Blow That Smoke” featuring Tove Love, plus their biggest hits to date, “Lean On” (the first independent track to hit #1 on U.S. Top 40 radio) and “Cold Water,” two of the most streamed songs of all time on Spotify.




        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: A concise retrospective of Major Lazer's vast back catalogue. The trail-blazing, nu-dancehall star's got plenty to bounce, jig and strut to; so get yer ears round this bad boy and cop some of the hottest collaborations of the last decade!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        3xColoured LP Info: Triple 12” vinyl limited numbered edition. 3 colored vinyls in gatefold sleeve with printed inner-sleeves and etched design on F side. Includes a 30x60cm poster and the 2CD album in clear plastic sleeves with flap.

        Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

        “Heroes to Zeros” is the third and final studio album by The Beta Band released in 2004. It was mixed by famed producer Nigel Godrich and rose to number 18 in the UK charts.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd LP Info: LP+CD edition with one black vinyl in gatefold sleeve with printed inner-sleeve. CD included.

        CD Info: CD edition in 2-panel digipack.

        Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

        After a short hiatus the band gradually gravitated back into the studio and recruited noted UK producer Colin Emmanuel, aka C-Swing, to oversee the process of “Hot Shots II” which was released in mid 2001. Notoriously the band had intended to release "Squares", which featured a sample from the Günter Kallmann Choir's 1970 version of Wallace Collection's "Daydream", as the lead single. However after filming the music video and taking the single to radio it suddenly transpired that another single "Daydream in Blue" by I Monster featuring the sample from Günter Kallmann Choir recording was also to be released at the same time causing the band to release "Broke" instead. Touring extensively and supporting Radiohead in August 2002, they made No. 3 on Q magazine's list of "50 Bands to See Before You Die".


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: A killer second (full-length) outing from The Beta Band sees Mason & Co. straying away slightly from the longing indie of their debut (and first three EP's) into anthemic minimalist acousticry, dancefloor rhythms and throbbing background electronics, whilst still retaining their melodic thread.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: 2LP+CD limited coloured edition in gatefold sleeve. One golden vinyl and one silver vinyl, both with printed inner-sleeves. CD included.

        The Limiñanas

        I've Got Trouble In Mind Vol. 2

          French psych duo The Limiñanas release their new compilation album 'I've Got Trouble In Mind Vol. 2' through Because Music on 16th November. Featuring rare recordings, 7" singles and unrelased material, the collection is the follow up to 2014's album 'I've Got Trouble In Mind'. 

          "We wrote and recorded 'The Gift' at home in Cabestany and then finished it Berlin at Anton Newcombe’s studio," explains Marie. "I’m pretty sure you'll recognise Peter Hook’s lead bass. He's been one of our heroes for a very long time. The video reflects on high school years in gangs; the mods, the skins, the rockabs and the rudeboys smoking cigarettes while hanging in the schoolyard. 'The Gift' looks at what's happened to two of these people over the years and how they may have missed out on a lifelong love story. The video is directed by Aurélien Richter and features actor and dancer Foulques de Boixo."

          One of France’s most loved 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. The Limiñanas, who have produced records in their own garage for the last ten years, released their first rarities collection 'Ive Got Trouble in Mind' through Bill and Lisa Roe's revered 'Trouble In Mind' label in 2014. As with the first installation, 'Vol. 2' features rare and unreleased tracks such as the duo's version of The Kinks' 'Two Sisters' (recorded for a MOJO magazine covermount compilation, produced by Anton Newcombe and remixed by Jim Diamond (White Stripes/The Sonics), a cover of The Lords of the New Church's 'Russian Roulette' and live versions of fan's favourites. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Mine says: Everyone's favourite French psych heads follow up their compilation 'I've Got Trouble In Mind' from 2014 (and their latest album 'Shadow People' from January this year) with 'I've Got Trouble In Mind Vol. 2' - and as always, they deliver! 'Vol. 2', despite featuring new mixes and live versions of old songs as well as never before heard tracks sounds like a best of. A great gift for Limiñanas fans old and new!

          Repressed by Because Music, “10 Remixes” features a slightly puzzling 12 killer interpretations of Les Nregresses Vertes classics by Massive Attack, Gangstarr, William Orbit , Clive Martin, Kwanzaa Posse, Norman Cook etc.
          Following the reissues of their 4 albums on vinyl earlier this year, French band and pioneers of the fusion of World and Alternative music Les Négresses Vertes continues to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first album “Mlah” with a new re-issue of their album “10 Remixes”. There's tonnes of fun to be had over the four sides, with top remixes from trip hop pioneers Massive Attack, Big Beat behemoth Norman Cook (appearing here in daft-dub fashion) and Gangstarr are doing it for me.


          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

          Parcels

          Parcels

            Parcels, the young disco-pop breakthrough band hailing from Australia, now living in Berlin. The first emerging band ever to collaborate with the legendary Daft Punk (Overnight single – summer 2017). Worldwide tour in 2018, following their 50+ sold out shows in 2017 including Glastonbury festival, Koko (headline) and key EU festivals.

            The Beta Band

            The Beta Band

              Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

              Released in 1999, the album “The Beta Band” followed the critically acclaimed compilation “The Three E.P.'s” (1998). With high anticipation for The Beta Band, the band originally planned to record the album in four separate continents, but financial constraints slimmed the recording locations down; however, the album was still recorded in a variety of locations and pulling inspiration from sources as diverse as Jamaican reggae, Disney's movie “The Black Hole” and Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

              The band also originally intended the album to contain a bonus disc of two long form ambient pieces, ‘Happiness and Colour’ and ‘The Hut’, both of which lasted over 20 minutes and represented the band's desire to "make a record of sound as a description for something like happiness, where a distinct first part gives way to a distinct second part”. However, the band and label ultimately decided to remove these tracks from the album prior to release.


              FORMAT INFORMATION

              3xDeluxe LP Info: Deluxe 3LP+2CD edition with double black vinyl album in gatefold sleeve with printed inner-sleeves and CD included, plus a single black vinyl bonus EP in single sleeve with 3mm spine, printed inner-sleeve and CD included. Both vinyl sleeves are hold together with an obi strip.

              2xLtd LP Info: 2LP+CD edition with two black vinyl in gatefold sleeve with printed inner-sleeves. CD included.

              2xCD Info: 2CD edition in 3-panel digisleeve with 24-page stapled booklet.

              The Beta Band

              The Three EPs (20th Anniversary Remaster)

                Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries.

                Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation. 


                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLtd LP Info: 2LP+CD REISSUE.
                Includes the ‘Champion Versions’ EP, ‘The Patty Patty Sound’ EP and ‘Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos’ EP. CD included in clear plastic sleeve with flap.

                The Beta Band

                The Three EPs - 20th Anniversary Remaster (Deluxe Edition)

                  Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996. Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

                  After acquiring the Beta Band’s catalogue last year, Because Music will reissue their releases, starting on September 14th with a deluxe vinyl edition gathering in a slipcase the EPs ‘Champion Versions’, ‘The Patty Patty Sound’ and ‘Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos’ with remastered tracks and coloured vinyls, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1998 compilation. Because Music will release at the same time a double CD Best-Of compiling all their best hits and a live show recorded at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire (London) in 2004. 


                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd Box Set Info: 3x12” EP + CD.
                  NUMBERED SLIPCASE featuring ‘Champion Versions’ EP (red vinyl 12” in single sleeve), ‘The Patty Patty Sound’ EP (double yellow 12” vinyl ) and ‘Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos’ EP (blue 12” vinyl in single sleeve).
                  CD included in clear plastic sleeve with flap (includes all tracks)

                  The Beta Band

                  The Best Of The Beta Band

                    2CD edition in 3-panel digipack with a 16-page poster booklet.

                    Arguably one of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the past 20 years, by both fans and their musical peers alike, The Beta Band formed in St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1996.

                    Innovative and singular, their unique musical and aesthetic approach to everything they did set them far apart from their musical contemporaries. Together for a relatively short period of time, the three albums and three EPs they released between 1996 and 2004 would nonetheless help define them as one of the most exciting and cherished bands of their generation.

                    After acquiring the Beta Band’s catalogue last year, Because Music will reissue their releases, starting on September 14th with a double CD Best-Of compiling all their best hits and a live show recorded at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire (London) in 2004.

                    Because Music will also celebrate at the same time the 20th anniversary of their 1998 compilation ‘The Three EPs’ by releasing a deluxe vinyl edition gathering in a slipcase the EPs ‘Champion Versions’, ‘The Patty Patty Sound’ and ‘Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos’ with remastered tracks and coloured vinyls. 


                    A new live studio recording of their 2016 album Woman along with stand-out tracks from their 10 year career.

                    The new album was a result of Xavier and Gaspard adapting their new songs to be played on tour, in the process discovering a new dimension of their live form. After one year of testing, performing, refining and recording them on the road, they went back to the studio in Paris to give them the polish and precision that live performance doesn’t always allow.

                    Making a new album of re-envisioned songs inspired by their love of the live show is also in line with Justice’s release history thus far, which has seen them put out two studio albums each followed by a live recording. But, rather than repeat themselves, they have made "Woman Worldwide" sound like a proper studio album whereas "A Cross The Universe" and "Access All Arenas" purposely sounded like bootlegs. The new set also fittingly acts as a celebratory anthology of the duo’s trailblazing first decade together.


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: 'D.A.N.C.E' is probably the one song that's stuck in my head for the longest time after hearing it. Before yesterday, I last heard it in 2007 and it had probably started to slow-fade by about July 2014. Then I heard it AGAIN yesterday, and it's maybe even more ingrained than it ever was. It might leave my head before I die, or it might not. I hope it remains. Justice are excellent.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xCD Info: Gold embossed double CD.

                    After the brilliant, rave-shaped grooves and expansive arrangements of its predecessor, ‘Marble Skies’ is a more concise and focused offering which recalls the dynamic, genre-blurring music of their debut. It’s a return to form; an album which finds them returning to the handmade, cut-and-paste approach of the past. Upon finishing the ‘Born To Saturn’ tour, Dave ventured to LA to work on a production project, whilst the other band members went to India with the British Council. When they returned, the new album process began with a back-to-basics approach which recalled the DIY ethos of the band’s early days, Django Django – minus an absent Maclean – assembled at Urchin Studios in Tottenham, London with Metronomy drummer Anna Prior to experiment with the idea of coming up with new tracks through loose jamming sessions. After ten days of recording, there was plenty of raw material to send up to Dave (then back in his hometown of Dundee) for him to edit, refine and evolve. As ever, all four band members (completed by Tommy Grace on synths and bassist Jimmy Dixon) contributed to the band’s music, melodies and lyrics as the final album took shape. Parts of ‘Marble Skies’ find Django Django sailing into uncharted territories, not least the driving title track (propelled by Prior’s drumming), with its echoes of Krautrock and Suicide. Meanwhile, the hazy Zombies-like summer pop of ‘Champagne’, which explores the joys and ills of alcohol, was inspired by the band’s over-indulgence during a boat trip on the Seine that was hosted by their label. Those drawn to the more dance-orientated side of Django Django will find much to love in the twisted ‘80s electro pop of ‘In Your Beat’ and the dancehall-influenced ‘Surface To Air’, a dreamy-headed pop song fronted by Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club. The collaboration came as a result of the two bands meeting up at SXSW some years ago, where Rebecca and Dave in particular bonded over shared interests in R&B, hip-hop and dancehall. Another more surprising collaborator is Jan Hammer, the Czech-born, American-based jazz-fusion and electronic artist who shares writing credits with the band on the gorgeously floaty ‘Sundials’. If there’s a mood running through ‘Marble Skies’, it’s one of reflection on things past and present, and finding some kind of peace with your place in the grand scheme of things. 


                    This is a clear perspective on Comelade’s musical universe and can be considered as an ultimate “best of” and a radical introduction tothis chaotic and uncompromising instrumental music. "Rocanrolorama Abrégé" (“abbreviated rockandrolorama”, in English) is the short version of the complete works and reworks of Pascal Comelade published at the end of 2016 as a 6-CD box set in a sold-out limited edition of 1000 numbered and signed copies. Pascal Comelade made this album as if it was a new and separate album, with tracks that he considers best represent his work, from 1993 to 2016, according to the principle applied with the Rocanrolorama box set: songs in their original form, alternative versions, reworks, additions…
                    This short version was conceived especially for a double vinyl LP format: four sides with six tracks each, which you can listen to in the right order, from start to finish, according to a logical, thought-out progression for each side (slow tempo, medium tempo, orchestrations, electricity, etc.), paying tribute to the concept behind the collection Rhythm and Blues Formidable.


                    After bursting onto the scene in the heady (hedonistic) days of French electro, Joakim has enjoyed a decade of globetrotting and cultural tourism, soaking up the sights and sounds while spinning diverse DJ sets, soundtracking fashion shows and art installations and taking on production duties for a host of A-list talent. His sixth solo LP, "Samurai", lands on the Piccadilly shelves this week, combining a whole load of stuff we love into one big lovable whole. Influenced by his journeys between NYC, Tokyo and Paris, as well as new age music and Yukio Mishima’s book, "Hagakure: Samurai Ethics & Modern Japan", the thirteen track LP glides through sequencer based ambient numbers, gentle synth pop sonnets, and wonky funk wonders to arrive at a neon-tinged cocktail of Eno's "By This River", Mac Demarco's gap toothed funk, and the magical melancholia of shop favourite Horsebeach. If ever there were an album tailor made for our collective Piccadilly passions, it's this one!

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                    Electric Guest – LA-based duo Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton – have confirmed details for the long-awaited follow up to their 2012 debut. ‘Plural’, out March 3rd on Downtown/Because Music, breaks the group's almost five year silence with their most confident, catchy, fully-realized music to date, featuring behind the scenes contributions from Joanna Newsom, Haim, and Justin Young from The Vaccines.

                    The Line of Best Fit shared 'Plural' highlight "Back For Me" this morning, calling:
                    “Electric Guest at the top of their game - it's addictive (you'll be itching to hit repeat the second that final beat stops), brilliantly bizarre in places, and remarkably upbeat. We can't wait to hear more.”

                    Recorded in LA, 'Plural' infuses Electric Guest's off-kilter blend of electronic, pop and R&B with an even more adventurous spirit than on 2012's 'Mondo.' Written during a period of self-reflection, 'Plural' embraces Taccone and Compton's original instincts, forgoing detailed arrangements and falsettos in favor of a back-to-basics approach – strong, natural vocals, intuitive musical instinct, and unbridled inspiration. The result is a sonic mélange that sounds as if it’s from both the past and future, layering everything from 80s synths to iPhone drum machines to Latin and Caribbean percussion. 


                    Christine And The Queens

                    Chaleur Humaine

                    Christine And The Queens is Nantes-born Héloïse Letissier. Moving to London to study in 2010, Letissier instead found herself drawn to the art and theatre underworld of Soho, where she met the drag queens of Madame JoJo’s who inadvertently helped birth Christine And The Queens. The following year she released the first of a series of three EPs, each one building praise and demand for her utterly individual brand of pop. Chaleur Humaine, her French-language debut album produced by Ash Workman (Metronomy) with multi-instrumentalist brothers Michael Lovett and Gabriel Stebbing, arrived in 2014 and has already gone more than five-times platinum to propel Letissier - named Female Artist of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique earlier this year - to phenomenon status in her homeland.

                    Already coveted by those in the know, last year Christine And The Queens took a step further into the international spotlight with a number of high profile European shows and scene-stealing performances at SXSW, a major 16-date North American run with Marina and The Diamonds and a solo sold-out headline show at New York’s Webster Hall. She capped a stunning year by joining one of her all time heroes Madonna on stage in Paris last week. She released her debut, self-titled UK EP in November and now 'Chaleur Humaine' makes its long-awaited UK debut. The album features EP tracks 'Jonathan' (feat. Perfume Genius) and 'No Harm Is Done' (feat. TunjiIge), and has been completely reworked for its UK release, featuring all-new English versions of French runaway hits 'Saint Claude' and 'Christine', amongst others.


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Deluxe CD Info: Deluxe format of this gold selling album comes with 6 extra tracks and a live DVD.

                    Olivier Carrié aka Uncle O chose to explore this effervescent and eclectic inter-zone for 'Cosmic Machine, The Sequel'. A second opus that takes us a bit further in time to introduce us to the dark corners of a French musical landscape where recording studio workaholics like Jean-Pierre Massiera or Roger Roger produced endless strings of records that challenged the laws of gravity (and sometimes the laws of good taste), where teenage heartthrob singer Alain Chamfort launched Araxis into space with a few synth notes, where drummer Cerrone enrolled in the Brigades Mondaines for the charms of a cover girl imagined by Gérard de Villiers and where the Anarchic System, The Peppers, Moon Birds or Arpadys dreamed of winning a one-way ticket to the moon. Some managed to land on our satellite, but all of them contributed to the space conquest aboard the Cosmic Machine. Châtelet Metro Station, Cassiopeia-bound vessel, the odyssey is just starting.

                    Suffering from burn-out during Air's 2010 tour, Nicolas Godin was looking for inspiration to reignite his passion for music. He watched a Bruno Monsaingeon documentary about Glenn Gould playing Bach. Godin was immediately attracted to this mysterious and inaccessible universe, which he wanted to explore when he got home to Paris.

                    Having made a statement with Air, Godin wanted to go back to the classical world, to grow up musically; to renew himself. Even at this stage in his career he took new piano lessons. He decided to start recording Bach pieces, “but not to make a Bach record with modern sound, I didn’t want to make a Wendy Carlos record; she’s already done it brilliantly in the 70s. The problem is how to do something new, because everything has already been done! But when I heard Glenn Gould talk about how to explore and transform the past, this was exactly what I was reaching for.”

                    Godin began a period of transformation, “taking parts of Bach’s scores, then creating new parts,” he recalls. “Sometimes only thirty seconds of Bach’s original music was left behind. But I want people to listen to Contrepoint without noticing that it’s Bach. And in the process, I discovered that I had made a solo record! But it’s more of a tribute to all the great composers that have inspired me. Making a record about Bach leads to all composers who have listened to Bach.”

                    Working in tandem with co-songwriter, arranger, keyboardist and Bach specialist Vincent Taurelle at AIR’s Studio de l’Atlas in Paris, Godin ended up with eight pieces. The end result is 'Contrepoint', a dazzling experience that conjoins Godin’s former habitual musical fusions with classical forms, taking the listener on multiple adventurous journeys, often within each song, with counterpoint just one of its many landmarks. It’s remarkably varied in tone and rhythm, splicing genres with a bold, punchy and yet sensual and sweeping feel, with a variety of enticing lyrical narratives, and a starry international cast of guests, such as French vocalist Thomas Mars (from Phoenix), Brazilian singer Marcelo Camelo, Italian author Alessandro Barrico, New Zealand guitarist Connan Mockasin and the choir from Macedonia’s FAME'S Project. But the unifying force of Contrepoint is Johann Sebastian Bach. Each album track uses a Bach piece as its source, before jumping off to all manner of new places. Glenn Gould is also in the mix, though more of a spiritual guide than compositional. The predominant influence on 'Contrepoint' is Godin himself, composing at a new-found level of inspiration, both structural and emotional. 


                    It's hard to think of another artist who has their feet firmly planted across as many styles as the Mad Decent founder, head honcho and brand ambassador, Diplo. Equally immersed in Top 40 and hip-hop world as he is in underground club, indie rock and world music, the Grammy-nominated producer is embarking on his most ambitious year yet with not just the launch of the new Major Lazer cartoon on FXX, but also the release of a new Major Lazer album, 'Peace Is The Mission'. This will be the third studio album from Major Lazer, the dancehall collective spearheaded by Diplo with trusted co-conspirators Walshy Fire and Jillionaire.

                    Fans who’ve learned to associate Major Lazer with some of the biggest names in dancehall alongside up-and-comers and mainstream mainstays can expect even more exciting names on this go. 'PITM' features guest contributions from Ellie Goulding, Elliphant, Wild Belle, MØ, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Travi$ Scott, Jovi Rockwell, DJ Snake, Tarrus Riley, Mad Cobra, Nyla, Chronixx and a re-work of the Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Pt 1. motion picture soundtrack song "All My Love" featuring Ariana Grande from Trinidadian star Michel Montano.

                    When Major Lazer first launched in 2008, tastemakers embraced the indie side project and niche underground media outlets championed the sound. Seven years later, Major Lazer have developed their sound to become integrated with pop music and beyond and continued their ascent, recognised by their peers, fans and media around the world as leaders in a genre they helped to build.

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                    2xLtd CD Info: Indie exclusive with bonus disc.

                    The Liminanas

                    Time Will Tell / Alicante

                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                      Limited to 500 copies exclusive Record Store Day only release !

                      Jack White faves Les Liminanas. It's been noted that their are traces of Serge Gainsbourg, Beck, Stereolab, Gospel, Yeh-Yeh, guitar fuzz freakouts, and Nugget's-era stompers in the Limiñanas music. All of which may be true, but Limiñanas' sound is irreverent and singular.


                      Little Dragon

                      Klapp Klapp

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

                        Limited to 350 copies.


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