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Hyperspace

    Beck's 14th album feels like an amalgamation of previous albums, given a light dusting of pop sheen, thanks to the production of Pharrell Williams amongst others.

    It's largely set at a fairly slow pace, with nods to the folk tinged melancholy of ‘Sea Change’ or ‘Morning Phase’, some lovely slo-mo synth-soaked pop and occasional upbeat moments: "Saw Lightning" harks back to his "Loser" days and is as upbeat and catchy as anything he's ever done.

    On ‘Hyperspace’, he's hit the sweet spot between his adventurous, experimental past and the more accessible 'pop' leanings of his recent releases.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: As ever, a brilliantly produced and impeccably conceived outing from the ever-reliable Beck. This one has a little more reliance on big rock choruses contrasting to Morning Phase's hazy atmospheres and languid curves. It's as brilliant as anything he's done for a long while, and shows clearly that there's no end to this man's talents, at least not yet!

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Beck

    Radio Sessions

      A great set list caught from various radio sessions when Beck was at the top of the game right between the lo-fi experiment of ‘One Foot In The Grave’ and the soon to be hip ‘Mellow Gold’.

      Christophe Beck

      Ant-Man & The Wasp - OST

        Award-winning composer Christophe Beck re-teamed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe to score Ant-Man & The Wasp, the sequel to 2015's Ant-Man, one of the most kinetic and musically inventive chapters in the on-going series.

        The closing credits theme, "It Ain't Over 'Til The Wasp Lady Stings," is sequenced at the beginning of the album to properly prepare you for the brilliant work of what Beck is doing in this film and for these characters. Bouncing between themes epic in scope, emotionally powerful ("Ghost in the Machine"), action-packed ("Hot Wheels") and light on its feet ("World's Greatest Grandma"), his work here is musically lush and multi -layered, absolutely begging for repeat listens. This is one of the MCU's most dynamic and entertaining soundtracks. 


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLP Info: 2 x 180g vinyl.

        Beck

        Mutations

          Reissue of Beck's 1998 album Mutations. Whereas his previous album, Odelay had been a found-sounds and sample heavy mish mash of folk, blues, grunge, old-school hip hop and electro, Mutations harks back to the more stripped back style of his One Foot In The Grave album. It’s a laid back, mostly acoustic affair, taking in psychedelic-folk, country and blues. It may not have the commercial punch of Odelay but it’s a fantastic album that still stands up today, and shows what a great songwriter Beck is. 180 gram vinyl and includes download code.

          Hailed in advance by Rolling Stone as a "euphoric blast of experimental pop,” Beck’s 13th album Colors has been confirmed for an October 13 release on Virgin EMI.

          Possibly the most aptly titled work in Beck’s storied discography, Colors unfolds in an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats, making it a shoo-in for summeriest smash of the autumn season.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies exclusive yellow vinyl.

          JACK WHITE, JEFF TWEEDY, FUN., JARVIS COCKER, JACK BLACK, AND A HOST OF OTHERS JOIN BECK TO BRING ACCLAIMED SHEET MUSIC-ONLY ALBUM TO LIFE

          The now legendary Beck, Song Reader - twenty Beck compositions previously released exclusively as stunningly illustrated sheet music in partnership with McSweeney’s - receives a long awaited traditional release when Warby Parker/Capitol Records issues the Beck Song Reader compilation album, produced by Beck and Randall Poster, known for his music supervision work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and many others. Warby Parker will commemorate the release of Song Reader by reissuing limited-edition Carmichael frames created in collaboration with Beck, this time in Black Cherry—as well as a new edition of the Song Reader book, featuring two new prints from artist Marcel Dzama.

          The 20-track all-star collection features exclusively recorded versions of Song Reader charts by the likes of Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Jason Isbell, Fun., Eleanor Friedberger, and several more including Beck himself.

          The Warby Parker release of Beck Song Reader marks the first officially recorded incarnation of the project, which has already inspired interpretations from hundreds of musicians the world over. The record includes the studio-quality debut of songs previously only played live either by Beck himself or at one of the handful of Song Reader concerts staged over the last two years. The most recent of these was presented by the L.A. Philharmonic in partnership with McSweeney’s and Warby Parker at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. Described by The Los Angeles Times as an “expertly delivered and received night… another big step in Beck's long, fascinating evolution,” the show’s highlights included Jarvis Cocker’s interpretively danced “Why Did You Make Me Care?" and Jack Black’s borderline frightening “We All Wear Cloaks,” the latter of which makes its recorded debut on the Beck Song Reader album.

          Touted as one of the most anticipated albums of 2014 by Mojo, Q, NME and the Sunday Times, ‘Morning Phase’ is the upcoming 12th album from Beck - his first for six years. The album has been described as a “companion piece” to the largely acoustic ‘Sea Change’ released in 2002. Jack White worked with Beck on three of the tracks on the album which also features Meidal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr and Jason Falkner.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

          Beck

          Odelay

            'Odelay' is the second full-length studio album by Beck and was originally released on June 18, 1996. On its release, 'Odelay' received almost unanimous critical applause. 'Odelay' was nominated for the Grammy award for album of the year and won a Grammy for best alternative music album in 1997 as well as a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for Where It’s At. Odelay was also ranked number 16 in Spin Magazines 100 Greatest albums (1985-2005). 'Odelay' was awarded Album of the Year by Rolling Stone and was voted as the best album of the year by The Village Voice. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted 'Odelay' the 51st greatest albums of all time and number 9 on its list of 100 best albums of the nineties.

            Beck

            I Just Started Hating Some People Today / Blue Randy

            Beck makes his Third Man Records Blue Series debut, releasing the one-off single "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" b/w "Blue Randy" (TMR 128).

            Both tracks were recorded in 2011 while Beck was in Nashville working on new material for his long awaited next album. The songs spontaneously came together at the Third Man studio on Beck's final day in Nashville.


            Sonic Youth / Beck

            Pay No Mind / Green Light

              On this limited edition 7", Sonic Youth take on "Pay No Mind" from Beck's "Mellow Gold" and Beck tries his hand try his hand at Sonic Youth's "Green Light".
              Limited to 400 copies only.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 7" Info: JUST FOUND ONE COPY OF THIS.

              Beck

              Sea Change

                THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2002

                Despite baffling reviewers by not continuing with his genre twisting hip-funk beats, this is a truly beautiful work. Musically it sees Beck returning to his folk roots but with superb production (by Nigel Godrich) that gives the songs a lush melancholic gloss. It grooves still, but it's laidback and the words of sadness, loss and longing complete the magical picture. Part acoustic and part orchestral, the songs are some of Hansen's most personal and touching, as well as melodically dreamlike and engaging. If you loved his cover of "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" on 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind', then prepare yourself for a whole album of similarly imagined originals. Dismissed by the majority of critics at the time as half-baked, with no single releases or press interview to support it, "Sea Change" quickly became a very special record at our shop and was unanimously voted the Piccadilly Records Album of the Year back in 2002.

                Beck

                Guerolito

                  Beck hires his dream team to remix the entire "Guero" album. So Hansen favourites such as Air, Boards Of Canada, Homelife, John King (Dust Bros.), Adrock (Beastie Boys), El-P, Diplo, 8Bit, Octet, Islands, Dntel, Mario Caldato Jnr and more reinterpret tracks as they see fit, plus a few bonus extras such as live show fave "Clap Hands".

                  "Guero" is already being heralded as one of Beck's finest albums and it sees a return to collaboration with producers The Dust Brothers (who last worked with him on "Odelay"). Gone are the melancholic acoustic vibes of "Sea Change", well mostly anyway - there is still some melancholy (and a few guitar twangs!) in amongst the "Odelay" style funky loose grooves, hip hop loops and samples. But don't think that this is by any means a step backwards, the reference points and influences on "Guero" are much wider and more refined than "Odelay" and the whole feel of the album is more cohesive. We love it!


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