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Don Letts

Outta Sync

    Documenting the early days of The Clash, working with Bob Marley, managing The Slits, colliding genres with Big Audio Dynamite: Don Letts appears to have done it all. But there’s one thing he hasn’t done… until now. That changes as Don Letts releases his debut solo album.

    A heady cocktail of dub rhythms, island vibes, spoken word and his own sweetly melodic topline, ‘Outta Sync’ is exactly what you’d anticipate a Don Letts artist project to sound like. It’s also notable as one of a few songs that can introduce such a storied life within a single verse: “Now, because of my duality, raised on pop and bass, didn't really bother me, ’cause it's all about the taste, I’m the vinyl generation, and that’s how I got my start, combining clothes and music, and turn it into art.”

    The irony is that Letts hadn’t really intended to make music of his own. But then lockdown hit and his old friend, producer extraordinaire, fellow dub aficionado and Killing Joke bassist Youth encouraged him to give it a go, even sending him some basslines to work from The pair ended up working together for nine months, navigating both lockdown and Letts’ arkestral vision. The result is Letts’ debut solo album, which is set to emerge next year. The guest vocalists.

    Terry Hall appears on two tracks, and the final track is sung by Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne. They’re also joined by Hollie Cook, who Letts knows via her time in The Slits and her dad, Paul, the ex-Pistols drummer. Zoe Devlin Love, the co-vocalist with whom he wrote Situationist – a song Letts describes appreciatively “as a lifesaver on the record, delivering that oomph when it needs it”.

    Last but not least is Honor Letts, aka Letts’ second youngest daughter.

    So concluded (sort of) Don Letts at the end (nearly) of last year’s best selling autobiography, There and Black Again. The musician (Big Audio Dynamite kind) DJ (party kind), film director (Grammy winning kind), radio broadcaster (BBC 6Music kind) is finally getting round to the one creative endeavour he’s not yet pursued.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Outta Sync
    2. ‘Something Coming Off’ (feat. Hollie Cook)
    3. ‘The Universe Knows What You've Done’ (ft. John Cusack)
    4. ‘Touch’ (ft GAUDI)
    5. ‘Crooked Face’
    6. ‘Yes’
    7. ‘Situationist’ (ft. Zoe Devlin Love)
    8. ‘The Doorman’
    9. ‘No Fooling Me’ (ft. Hollie Cook)
    10. ‘Wrong’
    11. ‘Civilization’ (ft. Honor Letts)
    12. ‘Present Dilemmas’ (ft. Wayne Coyne)

    Shed Seven

    Liquid Gold

      Introducing Shed Seven's latest offering for 2024: Liquid Gold. A loving tribute to their 30- year journey as recording artists. This special album revisits iconic tracks from their past, reimagined with the addition of an orchestra, promising a nostalgic yet fresh sonic experience. Liquid Gold is completed by a brand new song which was written specifically for this project in the shape of ‘All Roads Lead To You’, adding to the band’s storied discography.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Getting Better (Liquid Gold Version)
      2. Speakeasy (Liquid Gold Version)
      3. Devil In Your Shoes (Liquid Gold Version)
      4. On Standby (Liquid Gold Version)
      5. Going For Gold (Liquid Gold Version)
      6. Waiting For The Catch (ft. Issy Ferris) (Liquid Gold Version)
      7. Better Days (Liquid Gold Version)
      8. Parallel Lines (Liquid Gold Version)
      9. Disco Down (Liquid Gold Version)
      10. Ocean Pie (Liquid Gold Version)
      11. All Roads Lead To You
      12. Chasing Rainbows (Liquid Gold Version)

      The Rifles

      Love Your Neighbour

        It’s been over seven years since The Rifles released their previous record, but now the east Londoners are set to return with their new album ‘Love Your Neighbour’ on April 26 which they today preview with the new single ‘The Kids Won’t Stop’. Their previous two albums - ‘Big Life’ and ‘None The Wiser’ - achieved the highest chart positions of their career to date, while their cult-like popularity has continued in the intervening years with countless sold-out London shows at venues including the Roundhouse, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, O2 Kentish Forum, KOKO, Electric Ballroom and Electric Brixton. The triumphant reaction and electrifying energy of those shows inspired The Rifles as they sent about writing ‘Love Your Neighbour’. It’s a record which bursts with the traits that have inspired such devotion amongst fans: songs as gritty as they are anthemic, and full of lyrics which capture broadly relatable experiences and provide evocative snapshots of modern British life. The overriding message of the album is a plea to embrace the power of your local community

        Isobel Campbell

        Bow To Love

          Isobel Campbell is no stranger to navigating turmoil. On her previous album, There Is No Other (2020), she re-emerged after a decade of label trouble with a gem of subtly questing psychedelic folk. Four years on, Campbell spreads her net wider on Bow to Love, a soft-spun yet sharp-edged set of reflections on modern crises that doesn’t stop at diagnosing the problems: it goes further to ask how we might progress from our tense, conflicted times.

          With all the dexterity the Glasgow-born singer-songwriter and cellist is known for, the result is an album of lambent surfaces and choppy riptides, a deeply personal record for today poised between hope and despair. “The album is about what we’re all in right now, and my response to that and my life as a microcosm within that,” says Campbell, before suggesting how exposing modern horrors might prove purgative. “I think there’s a quote from A Course In Miracles which says, ‘Love brings up everything unlike itself for the purpose of healing and release.’ Maybe these horrible things are coming up and out so we can get rid of them and things can be better.”

          Her radar keenly attuned to inequities, Campbell spotlights toxic masculinity on the luminous ‘Everything Falls Apart,’ it’s circling lilt and warm, fretless bass framing a call to unmask patriarchal power in readiness for “a brand new start”. “My elegy to the patriarchy” is how Campbell pitches it, noting how “even the words we use to insult a substandard man will often blame the woman – ‘son of a bitch’, ‘bastard’.” The spellbinding psych-folk of ‘Spider to the Fly’ and ‘Second Guessing’ add themes of “narcissistic abuse” and “repetition compulsion”, lending bite to the album’s take on relationships.

          Some songs were first conceptualised in 2016, when Brexit and Trump exacerbated what Campbell describes as “real tension” amongst people. Between its gently jazzy shuffle and cushioning arrangement, the Yoda-esque ‘Do Or Die’ foregrounds fortitude in the face of gnawing anxieties. The rainy-day soul-pop of ‘Keep Calm Carry On’ also started in 2016, when Campbell was staying at her aunt’s flat in Yoker and her then-husband and collaborator Chris Szczech texted her from New York about the Brexit vote. “Chris was saying, ‘It looks like it’s going to happen’ but I was like, ‘No way.’ And actually – ‘way’. It did happen.”

          Technology is touched on with first single ‘4316’, an almost robo-folk-pop challenge to the idea of the “transhuman”: the idea that technology might sire a new stage in human evolution. Favouring “honest, decent communication” over AI, Campbell takes a dim view of our “friend, unfriend, block, unblock” culture. “I know what I love and it ain’t that,” she says. “I was talking to an Uber driver the other day and I said, ‘I don’t want to be living in a video game.’ And he said, ‘Well, we are.’ I feel like I’m offering a human element in these transhuman days of artificial intelligence.”

          The looping sing-song swing of the title track applies that open, complex thinking to myths about love: “It’s not enough to bow to love” is the full lyric, offering a grown-up take on the matter. “I grew up loving The Beatles and ‘All You Need Is Love’,” Isobel says, “but sometimes love’s not enough. Sometimes love can get a bit wonky. Love brings up everything - good, bad, ugly - and it can push your buttons.”

          To close the album, a warm cover of Dire Straits’s ‘Why Worry’ disregards any hipster disdain for Mark Knopfler’s band to find a core of consolation at the song’s heart. “I never really bought into all that hipster stuff,” says Campbell. “If something speaks to me, it speaks to me. My dad had all those records and I would always sing it to myself.”

          In making the album, Campbell chose an environment that spoke to her. She recorded and co-produced the record with Szczech in his studio in Los Angeles, sticking with what works through the upheaval in their personal lives. “Chris Szczech and I made this record no longer as a couple. There’s been shit tons going on but then as I tell myself, things come up to be addressed and dealt with.”

          The result is an inquisitive, complex and fully matured album from an artist who has travelled long and far. Campbell was first noticed as a teenage founder member of Belle & Sebastian, before she released two dream-folk solo albums under the name The Gentle Waves and left B&S in 2002. Two records under her own name followed, leading to a union with late rock-carved growler Mark Lanegan for three albums of gravel’n’honey Americana duets, where Lanegan would stand aside while Campbell called the creative shots.

          A move to LA and a near-decade of label troubles followed; the latter ended with There Is No Other in 2020 before – as Campbell puts it – “the world went down the crapper” for the pandemic. And on Bow to Love, suggests Campbell, the world’s ongoing troubles are clear. “Anyone with two eyes, a brain and a heart can see that people are struggling, and I suppose I have a lot of thoughts about that. And it’s this album.”

          An album that also, says Campbell, has thoughts about how the future remains unwritten. “I feel like we’re living in some kind of dystopia, but I think it’s up to us what we buy into and what we react to. We do have a choice, even if sometimes we think we don’t. You can still see acts of great kindness. In all the bleakness, that’s what I hang on to. We are co-creators. Where we go next is up to us.” Mounted with clear-sighted artistry and care, Bow to Love is a light in the dark of uncertain times.


          TRACK LISTING

          1. Everything Falls Apart
          2. Do Or Die
          3. Spider To The Fly
          4. Second Guessing
          5. Bow To Love
          6. 4316
          7. Dopamine
          8. Keep Calm Carry On
          9. Saturday’s Son
          10. Take This Poison
          11. Om Shanti Om
          12. You
          13. Why Worry

          Roger Waters

          The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux (RSD24 EDITION)

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            Released in the year of the 50th Anniversary of the original album, The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux, is Roger Waters homage to the masterpiece he created with Pink Floyd in 1973. Waters says of the album: "Dave, Rick, Nick, and I were so young when we made [the original], and when you look at the world around us, clearly the message hasn't stuck. That's why I started to consider what the wisdom of an 80 year old could bring to a reimagined version".

            This is a limited edition 1LP picture disc of the album that will be individually numbered in a die-cut sleeve. Limited to 3000 copies worldwide.

            The Orb

            The Holloway Brooch (An Ambient Excursion Beyond The Orboretum) (RSD24 EDITION)

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              The Alan Parsons Project

              Pyramid 'Work In Progress' (RSD24 EDITION)

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                Shed Seven

                Changed Giver (RSD24 EDITION)

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                  Billy Bragg

                  Bloke On Bloke (RSD24 EDITION)

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                    Deacon Blue

                    Peace Will Come (RSD24 EDITION)

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                      Shed Seven

                      A Matter Of Time

                        ‘A Matter of Time’ sees Shed Seven look back to their roots, drawing inspiration from the records and sounds that ignited their passion for songwriting over 35 years ago. Delivered with a renewed and youthful enthusiasm they have created without a doubt some of the very best songs of their career.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: Featuring a few big-name collaborators and the classic Shed Seven lineup, 'A Matter Of Time' is the perfect return to form for a band who've been around for close to four decades. A wonderfully brazen, soaring selection of heavy-hitting melodies.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Let's Go
                        2. Kissing California
                        3. Talk Of The Town
                        4. Let's Go Dancing
                        5. In Ecstasy (ft. Rowetta)
                        6. Tripping With You (ft. Laura McClure)
                        7. Let's Go (Again)
                        8. Real Love
                        9. F:K:H
                        10. Starlings
                        11. Ring The Changes
                        12. Throwaways (ft. Peter Doherty)

                        *Deluxe CD Tracklisting:
                        1. Let's Go
                        2. Kissing California
                        3. Talk Of The Town
                        4. Let's Go Dancing
                        5. In Ecstasy (ft. Rowetta)
                        6. Tripping With You (ft. Laura McClure)
                        7. Let's Go (Again)
                        8. Real Love
                        9. F:K:H
                        10. Starlings
                        11. Ring The Changes
                        12. Throwaways (ft. Peter Doherty)
                        13. Thrownaway
                        14. Watch Out World
                        15. Feels Like Heaven

                        Röyksopp

                        Senior - 2023 Reissue

                          "Senior" was the counterpart to the previous year's critically acclaimed "Junior". More introspective and freeform than its poppier partner and fully instrumental, the Nordic electronic pioneers Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland recorded "Senior" at the same time as "Junior" and it finds Royksopp in fine form.

                          Royksopp explain: 'The two albums ("Junior" and "Senior") have a kinship, in that they represent Royksopp's two very different artistic expressions. "Junior" - with emphasis on vocals, accessible melodies and harmonies, has the energy, the inquisitive temper and confident 'hey-ho, let's go!' attitude of youth, whereas "Senior" is the introverted, dwelling and sometimes graceful counterpart - brimful with dark secrets and distorted memories, insisting 'I'm old, I've got experience...'. As befitting its elder status, "Senior" is a more chilled-out affair - perhaps even reminiscent of cuts from the all-conquering "Melody AM".

                          TRACK LISTING

                          SIDE A
                          1. …And The Forest Began To Sing
                          2. Tricky Two
                          3. The Alcoholic
                          4. Senior Living
                          5. The Drug

                          SIDE B
                          1. Forsaken Cowboy
                          2. The Fear
                          3. Coming Home
                          4. A Long, Long Way

                          Billy Bragg

                          The Roaring Forty (1983-2023)

                            2023 will see Billy Bragg and Cooking Vinyl celebrating forty years of music from the singer, songwriter, activist and author, with a selection of releases to appeal to casual admirers and die hard fans alike. 

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Standard Single Disc LP Tracklisting:
                            1. A New England
                            2. The Milkman Of Human Kindness
                            3. To Have And Have Not
                            4. The Man In The Iron Mask
                            5. St. Swithin's Day
                            6. The Saturday Boy
                            7. Between The Wars
                            8. The World Turned Upside Down
                            9. Which Side Are You On?
                            10. Levi Stubbs' Tears
                            11. Greetings To The New Brunette
                            12. There Is Power In A Union
                            13. Help Save The Youth Of America
                            14. She's Leaving Home - Billy Bragg, Cara Tivey
                            15. She's Got A New Spell
                            16. Must I Paint You A Picture

                            Deluxe LP / CD Tracklisting:
                            1. A New England
                            2. The Milkman Of Human Kindness
                            3. To Have And Have Not
                            4. The Man In The Iron Mask
                            5. St. Swithin's Day
                            6. The Saturday Boy
                            7. Between The Wars
                            8. The World Turned Upside Down
                            9. Which Side Are You On?
                            10. Levi Stubbs' Tears
                            11. Greetings To The New Brunette
                            12. There Is Power In A Union
                            13. Help Save The Youth Of America
                            14. She's Leaving Home - Billy Bragg, Cara Tivey
                            15. She's Got A New Spell
                            16. Must I Paint You A Picture
                            17. Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards
                            18. The Internationale
                            19. Tank Park Salute
                            20. Sexuality
                            21. Accident Waiting To Happen (Red Star Version)
                            22. Upfield
                            23. The Boy Done Good
                            24. Walt Whitman's Niece - Billy Bragg, Wilco
                            25. Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key - Billy Bragg, Wilco
                            26. My Flying Saucer - Billy Bragg, Wilco
                            27. California Stars (Live October / November 1998) - Billy Bragg, The Blokes
                            28. Some Days I See The Point - Billy Bragg, The Blokes
                            29. England, Half English - Billy Bragg, The Blokes
                            30. Take Down The Union Jack (Band Version) - Billy Bragg, The Blokes
                            31. Old Clash Fan Fight Song
                            32. I Keep Faith
                            33. Bugeye Jim - Billy Bragg, Wilco
                            34. Never Buy The Sun
                            35. No One Knows Nothing Anymore
                            36. Handyman Blues
                            37. The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore - Billy Bragg, Joe Henry
                            38. King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood
                            39. Mid-Century Modern
                            40. I Will Be Your Shield

                            Roger Waters

                            The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux

                              To celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, Roger Waters releases his homage to the original, ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux’

                              Waters says ‘when we recorded the stripped down songs for the Lockdown Sessions, the 50th anniversary of the release of The Dark Side Of The Moon was looming on the horizon. It occurred to to me that The Dark Side Of The Moon could well be a suitable candidate for a similar re-working, partly as a tribute to the original work, but also to re-address the political and emotional message of the whole album. I discussed it with Gus and Sean, and when we’d stopped giggling and shouting ‘You must be ****ing mad’ at one another we decided to take it on. It’s turned out really great and I’m excited for everyone to hear it. It’s not a replacement for the original which, obviously, is irreplaceable. But it is a way for the seventy nine year old man to look back across the intervening fifty years into the eyes of the twenty nine year old and say, to quote a poem of mine about my Father, “We did our best, we kept his trust, our Dad would have been proud of us”. And also it is a way for me to honor a recording that Nick and Rick and Dave and I have every right to be very proud of.’

                              As founding member, lyricist, and principal composer of Pink Floyd during the band’s most influential and creative period, Roger Waters has achieved global success and global renown.

                              Waters co-founded Pink Floyd in the mid-1960s. Under Waters’ guidance, Pink Floyd made a series of best-selling albums during the 1970s, of which the most successful and iconic were The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. Roger Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and is now one of the most successful solo artists in the world.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Speak To Me
                              2. Breathe
                              3. On The Run
                              4. Time
                              5. Great Gig In The Sky
                              6. Money
                              7. Us And Them
                              8. Any Colour You Like
                              9. Brain Damage
                              10. Eclipse

                              Stornoway

                              Dig The Mountain

                                During their original run, Stornoway achieved immense critical acclaim, fan adoration and two Top 20 albums, one of which (their debut ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’) was certified Silver. But in 2016 they announced that they were ending on a high (2015’s ‘Bonxie’ being “their best album yet” according to The Guardian) with the following year’s farewell tour, although their rapturously received WOMAD set (“a magnificent farewell”, The Spectator) was delayed until 2022. They still earned new fans, however, when their version of ‘The Only Way Is Up’ exceeded 2 million streams after being used in an advert and in various TV shows. Vocalist/guitarist Brian Briggs stopped songwriting altogether and instead pursued a new career passion managing a wetland for water voles and lapwings.

                                Nonetheless, Brian and bandmates Jon Ouin (keyboard) and Oli Steadman (bass) stayed in touch, and step-by-step they reconnected with the love of creating music that had first inspired them to start a band. With Brian writing in a makeshift studio on a remote coastal hilltop and Jon readying a series of ideas of his own, eventually an entirely unexpected fourth Stornoway album emerged - ‘Dig The Mountain!’

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. ‘Trouble With The Green’
                                2. ‘Bag In The Wind’
                                3. ‘Anwen’
                                4. ‘Dig The Mountain!’
                                5. ‘It’s Not Up To You’
                                6. ‘The Fisherman’
                                7. ‘Sea Legs’
                                8. ‘The Navigator’
                                9. ‘The Manatee’
                                10. ‘Kicking The Stone’
                                11. ‘Excelsior’ 

                                Billy Bragg

                                Life's A Riot With Spy Vs. Spy - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                  As part of The Roaring Forty (1983-2023) celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of Life's A Riot with Spy vs Spy, Cooking Vinyl has repressed the 30th Anniversary Edition of the album on black vinyl. Comprising the original album, plus a live solo version by Billy recorded as a unique encore at his London Union Chapel show on Wednesday 5 June 2013. Life's A Riot (30th Anniversary Edition) features a sleeve based on the original 1983 Barney Bubbles artwork in a vinyl card sleeve with inner sleeve.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. The Milkman Of Human Kindness
                                  2. To Have And To Have Not
                                  3. Richard
                                  4. A New England
                                  5. The Man In The Iron Mask
                                  6. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty
                                  7. Lovers Town Revisited
                                  8. Intro (Live)
                                  9. Lovers Town Revisited (Live)
                                  10. To Have And To Have Not (Live)
                                  11. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty (Live)
                                  12. The Man In The Iron Mask (Live)
                                  13. Richard (Live)
                                  14. The Milkman Of Human Kindness (Live)
                                  15. A New England (Live)

                                  The View

                                  Exorcism Of Youth

                                    When The View reconvened last year after five years apart, the three old-friends realised just how much they have missed… well, everything about being in a band: the rush of seeing an audience react to their performances, the camaraderie of being together, a simple jam idea evolving into a fully-fledged song. A run of comeback gigs at Glasgow’s O2 Academy saw all 10,000 tickets sold in advance, the fan reaction was overwhelming and they were even joined on-stage by an old friend in the shape of ‘Line of Duty’ actor Martin Compston. After all that, how could you resist wanting more? Especially as their rehearsals for the shows saw the band conjure up a wealth of new song ideas just like they did back when they first started out. 

                                    Frontman Kyle Falconer says, “Working with Youth on our third album 'Bread and Circuses' was one of the best experiences of my career so we jumped at the chance to revisit the opportunity with him in Spain. To be able to go into the studio again as a band with added experience was just magical."

                                    Kyle and bandmates Kieran Webster (bass/vocals) and Pete Reilly (guitar) departed their homes in Scotland to record the record in the inspiring surroundings of Granada, Spain, with the assistance of a top tier producer in the shape of the Grammy Award winner Youth (The Verve, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Charlatans). They returned with ‘Exorcism of Youth’ in the bag, a record which combines the raucous energy of The View’s early work with some poignant slowburners drawn from personal experience, and Kyle’s gift for lyricism which is equal parts observational, witty and insightful.

                                    The View launch the album by sharing its lead single ‘Feels Like’. The band’s fiery energy ignites the song in a blaze of melody before hitting the kind of instantly irresistible hook with which they’ve made their name. It’s a track perfectly built for upcoming shows too, with its breakdown sure to be an immensely atmospheric moment when they hit summer festivals.

                                    Kyle adds, “This one felt anthemic from the get go. Even though under the surface it’s about somewhere everyone’s been in their life before: regret of losing someone amazing due to your inner demons and seeing them moving on with their life, when you’re stuck in a ‘nightmare not a dream.’ When I first sat down to write it I had Holden Caulfield from ‘Catcher in the Rye’ in mind. It’s playing out in his mind and it’s his own paranoia destroying him from the inside out when in reality she’s the perfect woman."

                                    Elsewhere, the album darts from highlight-to-highlight, taking in a cocktail of ‘60s pop and punky punch on ‘The Wonder Of It All’, strutting and swaggering on ‘Neon Nights’, and channelling driving, anthemic rock like a trio of Scottish Springsteens on ‘Woman of the Year’. At times, though, it represents an evolution for the band too, with the sweeping strings of ‘Black Mirror’ and the darker alt-pop production of ‘Footprints In The Sand’. Ultimately ‘Exorcism of Youth’ is where The View should be at this stage in their lives: still burning with the passion of youth, but with the confidence and control that comes from having been around the block and, in the process, learned from the experience.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. ‘Exorcism Of Youth’
                                    2. ‘Feels Like’
                                    3. ‘The Wonder Of It All’
                                    4. ‘Arctic Sun’
                                    5. ‘Shovel In His Hands’
                                    6. ‘Allergic To Mornings’
                                    7. ‘Black Mirror’
                                    8. ‘Neon Nights’
                                    9. ‘Dixie’
                                    10. ‘Woman Of The Year’
                                    11. ‘Footprints In The Sand’
                                    12. ‘Tangled’

                                    The Jesus And Mary Chain

                                    Sunset 666 - Live At Hollywood Palladium

                                      Recorded at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles in 2018, ‘Sunset 666’ is a new live album from The Jesus and Mary Chain, due out August 4th 2023 on Fuzz Club. In 1990, a young American band, full of a precise kind of noise and darkness, were special guests on the US tour being undertaken by a group who had noise and darkness, poise and catharsis of their own. The young band: Nine Inch Nails. Those headliners: The Jesus and Mary Chain. Almost thirty years later, an invitation was extended. Would the Reid brothers care to reverse the roles and open for Nine Inch Nails on their own North American tour? Trent Reznor had been a fan of the Mary Chain, and influenced by them since hearing 'Psychocandy', so it felt a good fit and the Reid brothers accepted.

                                      The resulting tour ended with a run of six shows at LA’s Hollywood Palladium and the seventeen tracks captured on the ‘Sunset 666’ double album were recorded from the desk on two of those nights. Sides A, B and C are from the final show, December 15. Those twelve songs were the full set that night, in sequence, meaning the show began with the here-wef* cking-go drums of ‘Just Like Honey’ and ended with the ferocious euphoria of an eightand- a-half minute ‘Reverence’. Side D of the vinyl record is taken from the December 11 show and serves almost as a mini-showcase of the ‘Automatic’ album, featuring versions of ‘Blues From A Gun’, ‘Between Planets’ and ‘Halfway To Crazy’.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Andy says: This is a brilliant record, classily packaged and a far stronger artistic statement than the Mary Chain's previous live outing (a warts'n'all document of their Psychocandy anniversary tour). The sound is great, for starters (Jim's vocals in particular) and the song selection spot on. For me this is the band's first proper live LP and therefore it is fabulous!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Just Like Honey
                                      2. Sometimes Always (feat. Isobel Campbell)
                                      3. Black And Blues (feat. Isobel Campbell)
                                      4. Amputation
                                      5. All Things Pass
                                      6. Some Candy Talking
                                      7. Head On
                                      8. The Living End
                                      9. Cracking Up
                                      10. Teenage Lust
                                      11. I Hate Rock 'N' Roll
                                      12. Reverence
                                      13. Blues From A Gun
                                      14. Far Gone And Out
                                      15. Between Planets
                                      16. Half Way To Crazy
                                      17. In A Hole

                                      JoBoxers

                                      Like Gangbusters (RSD23 EDITION)

                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                        British new wave band JoBoxers' debut album 'Like Gangbusters' was originally released in 1983. The album was produced by Alan Shacklock and contains hit singles "Boxerbeat", "Johnny Friendly" and the double-A-side "Jealous Love / She's Got Sex". It also includes "Just Got Lucky" - the band's huge international hit that reached the top 10 in the UK and top 40 in the U.S. This 40th Anniversary Edition reissue is sourced from the original master tapes, pressed on red vinyl and is a 2023 Record Store Day Exclusive! JoBoxers 'Like Gangbusters' is a must-have record for every 80s new wave music fan.

                                        Poison Girls

                                        Hex (RSD23 EDITION)

                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                          Poison Girls "Hex" was first recorded and released in 1979. The recordings were produced by Penny Rimbaud and the band was led by vocalist Vi Subversa. Poison Girls came up on the punk wave, but Vi was obviously not your typical frontwoman. She was a 44-year-old mother, singing about life as a single parent. A unique and powerful voice both then and now. The album was recorded live in the studio, with precious few overdubs. This creates an immediacy and urgency to the performances. It bristles with the energy of anger, paranoia, hopelessness, helplessness, mental fragility and full-on anguish. Vi Subversa took no prisoners. The stunning gatefold sleeve contains new insightful liner notes by founding guitarist Richard Famous. In addition, an insert is included with complete song lyrics and rare archival band photos overseen by the Poison Girls bass player, Bernhardt Rebours. This vinyl format of ëHexí is a 2023 Record Store Day exclusive. It is an 8 song 12ì LP, to be played at 45 RPM, and pressed on Blood Red vinyl. This record, from 1979, was streets ahead of its time. Is it as important and relevant to 2023 as it was then? Listen and learn. (btw, the answer is yes)

                                          Dave Rowntree

                                          Radio Songs

                                            Rowntree came to prominence as a founding member of the rock band Blur, one of the most successful British bands of the last two decades. The drummer's first solo single, London Bridge was produced with Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts/Brian Eno/Ghostpoet). It heralds the start of an exciting new project for Rowntree, over three decades since Blur formed back in 1989. London Bridge is an enticing opening statement. Deceptively bright and upbeat, with its staccato ‘la-la-la-la’ hook line, the music belies a lyrical sense of dread. As proficient with a synth or guitar as he is behind the drum-kit, Rowntree’s innate ear for a melody is given free-reign on this scuzzy but impactful, lo-fi number.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Devil's Island
                                            2. Downtown
                                            3. London Bridge
                                            4. 1000 Miles
                                            5. HK
                                            6. Tape Measure, Feat Juliyah
                                            7. Machines Like Me
                                            8. Black Sheep
                                            9. Volcano
                                            10. Who's Asking

                                            Ladytron

                                            Time's Arrow

                                              Ladytron return with their highly anticipated 7th studio album ‘Time’s Arrow’. The scouse natives show off everything that hard earned fans can count on - crystalline melodies enveloped in icy textures and rippling arpeggios - with touches of indie pop, shoegaze, disco, and industrial music

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Barry says: Ladytron return for their sleekest and most pristine offering yet, with euphoric synth sweeps and grand, 80's-tinged percussive rolls. It's a sound that's familiar in today's musical landscape but one that Ladytron have been doing for some time, and it shows. Perfectly produced synth-pop from one of the original and best.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. City Of Angels
                                              2. Faces
                                              3. Misery Remember Me
                                              4. Flight From Angkor
                                              5. We Never Went Away
                                              6. The Night
                                              7. The Dreamers
                                              8. Sargasso Sea
                                              9. California
                                              10. Time’s Arrow

                                              The Proclaimers

                                              Dentures Out

                                                Thirty-five years since the release of their landmark debut album This Is The Story, and 34 since the release of Sunshine On Leith, the second album that made them international stars, The Proclaimers are back with their 12th studio album. And, at the ripe young age of 60, the fire and ire of Craig and Charlie Reid remain righteously undimmed. Dentures Out is a record of the times, for the times, the twins at their political, observational, satirical and fist-punchingly tuneful best. Dentures Out is 13 songs clocking in at a lean, tight, focused 34 minutes. Only one number, the closing What The Audience Knew, busts the 180-second mark. The rest are sub-three-minute miniatures of polemical pop perfection, recorded at Rockfield in Wales in three quick weeks in spring 2022, lent six-string wings by guest guitarist James Dean Bradfield and produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers), his third consecutive album with the Scotsmen.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Dentures Out
                                                2. The World That Was
                                                3. Feast Your Eyes
                                                4. Praise
                                                5. News To Nietzsche
                                                6. Things As They Are
                                                7. Signs Of Love
                                                8. Drop Dead Destiny
                                                9. The Recent Past
                                                10. Sundays By John Calvin
                                                11. Draw Another Line
                                                12. Play The Man
                                                13. What The Audience Knew

                                                Killing Joke

                                                Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell - Deluxe Edition

                                                  16 years on from its deliverance, Killing Joke release the deluxe version of arguably one of their darkest albums to date, ‘Hosannas From The Basements of Hell’. In addition to the 9 bludgeoning tracks featured on the original incarnation of ‘Hosannas…’ the deluxe version has three deep cuts - ‘Afterburner’, ‘Afterburner (alternative version)’ and ‘Universe B’ - all regarded as some of the best and most powerful Killing Joke songs ever.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. This Tribal Antidote
                                                  2. Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
                                                  3. Invocation
                                                  4. Implosion
                                                  5. Majestic
                                                  6. Walking With Gods
                                                  7. The Lightbringer
                                                  8. Judas Goat
                                                  9. Gratitude
                                                  10. Afterburner
                                                  11. Afterburner (Alternative Version)
                                                  12. Universe B

                                                  Turin Brakes

                                                  Wide-Eyed Nowhere

                                                    Wide Eyed Nowhere is Turin Brakes’ ninth full studio album, a set of new songs emerging 21 years after their seminal debut. It's no easy feat maintaining an optimistic attitude through the turbulence of the years, but the band found their own method down in deepest Tooting to produce this lean, bittersweet collection.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. When You're Around
                                                    2. Up For Grabs
                                                    3. World Like That
                                                    4. Into The Sun
                                                    5. The Ride
                                                    6. Isolation
                                                    7. This Love
                                                    8. Rain And Hurricanes
                                                    9. Solid Ground
                                                    10. Wide-Eyed Nowhere
                                                    11. No Rainbow

                                                    Altered Images

                                                    Mascara Streakz

                                                      In their first incarnation, Altered Images enjoyed an intense burst of success that made them the brightest emerging stars of the new wave scene as well as the Best New Act at the NME Awards. In just two years, they released three studio albums and a catalogue of Top 10 classics - ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘I Could Be Happy’ and ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Love’ - that are still being discovered today. Altered Images have been touring on-and-off for the past two decades, recently returning to arenas as guests of The Human League and playing UK summer festival shows - but new music was never on the cards… until now.

                                                      How does an artist approach writing and recording new music after 39 years away? For Altered Images, the process was as much about the here-and-now rather than pure nostalgia - drawing upon the things that fans adored the first time around, but also respecting just how much everyone has changed in the intervening years. Matched by lyrics which explore the highs and lows of life’s rich tapestry, it’s an approach which makes new album ‘Mascara Streakz’ such an intriguing prospect. Lead single ‘Mascara Streakz’ captures the essence of what Altered Images aimed to achieve with the album. Like their big hits and fan favourites, it is instantly immediate but its synth-pop melody and contemporary beats are an evolution from the band’s original spiky guitar pop style. The result respects everything that Altered Images were the first time around, but also sounds like a very organic next step and was produced by Clare’s husband, Altered Images alumni Stephen Lironi.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Mascara Streakz
                                                      2. Red Startles The Sky
                                                      3. Colour Of My Dreams
                                                      4. Glitter Ball
                                                      5. Your Life Is Mine
                                                      6. Home
                                                      7. Beautiful Thing
                                                      8. Changing My Luck
                                                      9. Lost Of Love
                                                      10. Double Reflection
                                                      11. The Flame
                                                      12. Sleep

                                                      Jackie Leven

                                                      The Mystery Of Love (Is Greater Than The Mystery Of Death)

                                                        Jackie Leven is celebrated as one of the world’s most prolific and accomplished singer songwriters. His recordings encompassed everything from folk to Celtic soul, driving rock to lyrical ballads. He passed away 10 years ago this November but the legend of this uniquely talented artist grows every year as more and more people discover and celebrate his remarkable catalogue of recordings.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Disc: 1
                                                        1. The Crazy Song
                                                        2. Clay Jug
                                                        3. Shadow In My Eyes
                                                        4. Farm Boy
                                                        5. The Garden
                                                        6. Call Mother A Lonely Field

                                                        Disc: 2
                                                        1. Snow In Central Park
                                                        2. Gylen Gylen
                                                        3. Looking For Love
                                                        4. I Say A Little Prayer
                                                        5. Heartsick Land
                                                        6. Bars Of Dundee

                                                        OSS

                                                        Enter The Kettle

                                                          ‘Enter The Kettle’ is the second album on Alex Paterson’s new label Orbscure. It’s primarily a duo LP with him and old friend Fil Le Gonidec, who together are OSS. OSS have played at Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, supported Kraftwerk and played chess with Robbie Williams, who also stole their speed. They were originally known as Orb Sound System – a half DJ/half live version of The Orb, which could gig more nimbly than the main machine. Early shows saw reggae-heavy selections and sometimes featured toasters, but seeing as they never actually had a sound system, can’t play out at the moment and have made a record – it’s currently just OSS, which now stands for On Sum Shit. Fil went on to feature on the albums ‘FFWD’, ‘Orbus Terrarum’, ‘Bicycles & Tricycles’, ‘Orblivion’ and ‘Orbsessions Volume 1’. He has played live with The Orb many times, and also released industrial techno as Autolump on BadOrb and Mike Coles’ Malicious Damage. Other guests on the album include official-other-half-of-The Orb Michael Rendall, plus Jah Wobble, Roger Eno and George Holt – whose credits include Depeche Mode and Erasure.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Wow Picasso!
                                                          2. Whippersnapper
                                                          3. No Speed Limit
                                                          4. Disco Bombing
                                                          5. Digital Bicycle Clips
                                                          6. Delta River

                                                          Lissie

                                                          Watch Over Me (Early Works 2002-2009)

                                                            ‘Watch Over Me (Early Works 2002 - 2009)’ is a collection of previously unreleased songs from Lissie’s archives which chronicle formative moments from the early years of her career until the release of her iconic debut album ‘Catching A Tiger’. The release has received press coverage from Louder Than War, The Line of Best Fit and Off The Record, among others.

                                                            “For the listener who has charted this journey alongside me, I hope you’ll get some insight into my life as you enjoy these songs” - Lissie

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Watch Over Me
                                                            2. Hey Boy
                                                            3. On My Chest
                                                            4. No Sense At All
                                                            5. All Be Okay
                                                            6. Call Out The Beast
                                                            7. It's The Alcohol
                                                            8. Wishing On A Star
                                                            9. Simple Woman

                                                            The Waterboys

                                                            All Souls Hill

                                                              All Souls Hill is nine tracks of Waterboys brilliance, all mixed by Scott himself. Announced off the back of the band’s recent sold out UK tour and latest box set ‘The Magnificent Seven: The Waterboys' Fisherman’s Blues/Room To Roam Band, 1989-1990 ’, All Souls Hill is current, on the money social commentary, but with an air of hope.

                                                              "All Souls Hill is mysterious, otherworldly, tune-banging and emotional.” comments Mike. “I made it with Waterboys old and new and my co-producer, brilliant sonic guru Simon Dine. Its nine songs tell stories, explore dreamscapes, and cast a cold but hopeful eye on the human drama."

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. All Souls Hill
                                                              2. The Liar
                                                              3. The Southern Moon
                                                              4. Blackberry Girl
                                                              5. Hollywood Blues
                                                              6. In My Dreams
                                                              7. Once Were Brothers
                                                              8. Here We Go Again
                                                              9. Passing Through

                                                              “Style wise, it’s incredibly different, going back to thinking about guitars and guitar sounds. Obviously you have to take into consideration things like percussive elements such as drums, which I haven’t been using in my other projects; but this is the mind set that makes up Loop.”

                                                              So says Robert Hampson, the indefatigable visionary behind inspirational sonic architects Loop, whose eagerly anticipated fourth LP Sonancy (Latin for “to create noise”) is the perfect document for these strange times. Dynamic, dystopian, righteously angry and unashamedly Loop-ian, it’s an album that marks a vital re-emergence for Hampson and co.

                                                              Formed in South London in the mid-1980s, Loop blazed a trail with their potent mix of motorik beats and heavy guitar riffs, recording a trio of brilliant albums that set the indie charts alight before imploding in 1990 after the release of album number three, A Gilded Eternity. As critics enthused at the time, Loop were the sound of Suicide jamming with the Stooges aboard a spaceship built by Hawkwind and piloted by CAN. They were post-psychedelic, pre-shoegaze figureheads in a world of anodyne pop jangle and baggy rhythms, and even their closest contemporaries like Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine didn’t plough such a distinctive furrow as theirs.

                                                              After Loop’s demise, Hampson pivoted away from guitars with electronic project Main, before moving to France and hooking up with fabled experimental collective Groupe de Recherches Musical (GRM). Loop were a distant memory, one that Hampson seemed unwilling to revisit, so it was a delightful surprise when they remerged in 2013 to play and curate the All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) festival, followed by a performance personally requested by Robert Smith of The Cure at Meltdown Festival in 2018.

                                                              “Through that long period when I often said I wouldn’t reform Loop, I didn’t miss it, I didn’t feel the need to have it in my life,” Hampson explains. “It was working with people like Barry Hogan at ATP and the re-mastered reissues of our original albums coming out that sparked my interest again. It took me a few years to be comfortable to say, ‘Yes, we can do this again, we’re relevant’. I’m not someone who will do something for the sake of doing something.”

                                                              Along with the live shows, there also came new music in the shape of a 2015 EP called Array 1, the first in a planned trio of EPs of protracted tracks which Hampson eventually abandoned in favour of the more direct pleasures of their astounding new full length Sonancy.

                                                              “I dropped the idea of the EP series and went in an entirely different direction. I started writing songs that were much more immediate, tighter, dare I say more aggressive – although not aggressive in the old Loop way, but with a spikiness. It needed to sound more modern. When Main petered out, I started working with people like the GRM in France, so I went in the direction of electroacoustic musique concrète. Loop is completely removed from that, but there are parts of the Array EP and Sonancy that go towards the more experimental sounds. It’s not just guitar thrash.

                                                              “My motto has always been ‘Forward’ and I always try to do something new with each record. I always try to push different influences in there. Specifically for this record, I wanted to counter the idea of the Array EP, on which all the tracks were longer and drawn out. They still had the motorik element of bands like Neu! and CAN, but Loop’s always had that. With Sonancy I also wanted to take a post-punk sound, spin it on its head and mix it with a psych influence. A total gumbo. Which has always been Loop, this mash up of spicy rhythms.”

                                                              Indeed, with its rich mixture of styles and cadences, Sonancy is the sound of Loop in the 21st century, Hampson’s intense guitar work anchored by propulsive backing in service of songs with clinically dissociative titles such as ‘Eolian’, ‘Supra’, ‘Penumbra’ and ‘Fermion’.

                                                              “People who know my music well know that from the last Loop album onwards, my interest in chemistry, science and astronomy have come to the fore,” Hampson elaborates. “I use those titles but I use them in an abstract context. With the cutback, minimalist sound I wanted for this record, I wanted to do that with the lyrics and the titles as well. It’s very immediate. The songs are shorter in length, the lyrics more minimal than ever.

                                                              “I’m often asked to print the lyrics but I want people to approach our records with a sense of mystery, so you don’t necessarily know what’s going on. You may call it challenging. I’m influenced by J.G. Ballard and Philip K. Dick to a certain degree. Lyrically, if you listen to it intently, there’s this dystopian outlook. There’s a lot of anger in there. I don’t like seeing the wanton abuse of power, which is what we’re seeing right now and I’m disgusted by it. I wouldn’t say Sonancy is bleak though because I’m one of those people who believes there’s a chance for change. That may be naïve, but I always hope that people will come out of this coma they all seem to be in. I’ve imbued the lyrics with a little bit of hope.”

                                                              Hope is a powerful force, one perhaps needed more than ever today. Pandemic lockdowns stretched the making of Sonancy, recorded at long-term Loop soundman Joe Garcia’s Bristol-based studio Joe’s Garage, from an expected couple of weeks to almost a year. Still, if recording was elongated, the experience was made easier by the interplay between the members of what is the most enduring line-up of Loop to date.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: It's been a LONG time since Loop fans got any new material. There was an EP some 7 years ago, but that could only hint at the fiery beats and immediately endearing maelstrom that 'Sonancy' provides. It's a wonderful return, and has every bit of the scathing industrial percussion and treble-heavy guitar walls we've come to know and love, a brilliant outing from a much-loved band and most importantly, a great LP on it's own merits.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Interference
                                                              2. Eolian
                                                              3. Supra
                                                              4. Penumbra I
                                                              5. Isochrone
                                                              6. Halo
                                                              7. Fermion
                                                              8. Penumbra II
                                                              9. Axion
                                                              10. Aurora

                                                              Deap Vally

                                                              Marriage

                                                                Being in a band is like being in a marriage: sometimes it’s magical, sometimes it’s unbearably challenging. To reinvigorate that marriage, Deap Vally have made their third album a genrebending experiment with new collaborators and instrumentation that push the limits of what has previously defined the duo - Marriage is their musical Rumspringa, if you will.

                                                                The album sees Julie and Lindsey break free of the rigid creative constraints within which they previously existed (two members, two instruments, two voices) and invite in collaborators such as KT Tunstall, Peaches, Jennie Vee and jennylee, as well as a range of producers including Allen Salmon, Josiah Mazzaschi and Harvey Mason Jr.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Perfuction
                                                                Billions
                                                                Magic Medicine
                                                                I Like Crime (ft Jennie Vee)
                                                                Phoenix
                                                                Give Me A Sign
                                                                Better Run
                                                                I’m The Master
                                                                High Horse (ft. Kt Tunstall, Peaches)
                                                                Where Do We Go
                                                                Tsunami
                                                                Look Away (ft. Jennylee)

                                                                Billy Bragg

                                                                The Million Things That Never Happened

                                                                  Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years. Among the former Saturday boy’s albums are his punk charged debut Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs Spy, the more love-infused Workers Playtime, pop classic Don’t Try This At Home, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee-timed treatise on national identity England, Half-English, and his stripped-down tenth, Tooth & Nail, his most successful since the early 90s. The intervening three decades have been marked by a number one hit single, having a street named after him, being the subject of a South Bank Show, appearing onstage at Wembley Stadium, curating Left Field at Glastonbury, sharing spotted dick with a Cabinet minister in the House of Commons cafeteria, being mentioned in Bob Dylan’s memoir and meeting the Queen. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian).

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Should Have Seen It Coming
                                                                  2. Mid-Century Modern
                                                                  3. Lonesome Ocean
                                                                  4. Good Days And Bad Days
                                                                  5. Freedom Doesn’t Come For Free
                                                                  6. Reflections On The Mirth Of Creativity
                                                                  7. The Million Things That Never Happened
                                                                  8. The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here No More
                                                                  9. I Believe In You
                                                                  10. Pass It On
                                                                  11. I Will Be Your Shield
                                                                  12. Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained

                                                                  Willy Mason

                                                                  Already Dead

                                                                    Magic, miracles, ghosts, world leaders; these days it seems there is little left to believe in. Lies outweigh truth and even truth can be dangerous. Raising everyone’s spirits Already Dead – the fourth album and the first for nine years from Willy Mason - explores honesty and deception, anonymity in the digital age, good intentions with unexpected consequences, freedom, colonialism, love, god, and purpose because, its storyteller says, now is the time to restore some much-needed faith.

                                                                    “Already Dead is a spiritual state to aspire to; it is freedom from the trappings and inhibitions of one’s ego, culture, and mythology. It is freedom and love and freedom to love in the face of death,” tells Willy of the philosophy behind the writing. “It’s about the necessary destruction of one’s mythology; mythology of species, sex, race, nation, self. It’s about the pain and tragedy that comes with such destruction, but also about the freedom, possibility and opportunity for reconciliation; reconciliation with the natural world and with each other.”

                                                                    Already Dead arrives at a time when certain words must be said. It is a quest for love in a society which fears and discourages it; for truth and justice in a society which prioritises convenience and profit. “I ended up diving so deeply into this record because it felt at the time, like the only way I could hope to do some good for somebody,” Willy says. “All the concern and care I have for people, fear, frustration and sadness, all came pouring out."

                                                                    Sparkling opener ‘Youth On A Spit’ is one of Willy’s heaviest tracks to date; “I feel no pain I’ve already bled / You can’t kill me I’m already dead,” he taunts, through double-sided declaration of invincibility before embarking upon a biting, bold, and caring tour through the purgatory of life in 21st century North America; reaching for Heaven “The Truth is Love/The Truth is Life/The Truth is Sowing Paradise'', whilst preparing for Hell, “Things we’d do to each other/I’m worried to discover” (Gilded Lie). All the while pleading and appealing to one’s nation as if to a wayward lover; “oh my country/you were born/as a branch from a tree of thorns/of poison apple poison tree/you’ve fallen far but roots run deep” (Oh My Country). Even those considering themselves above suspicion cannot hide: “Wilfully ignorant/a false equivalence/smitten with shame/a pawn in the game” (One Of The Good Ones).

                                                                    Voyaging across the cracks of a bleak and crumbling landscape, beauty begins to blossom as Already Dead casts new shades of meaning when applied to a society and culture teetering on the edge between reinvention and dissolution. Hope, without promise, develops into its own suspended resolution with ripping album closer ‘Worth It’ and looks towards reaching a definitive destination after the soldiering on of early LPs Carry On (2012) and If the Ocean Gets Rough (2007); “The seed and the sowing/the need and the growing/the hope and the hatred/the faith and the sacred/the thief and the servant/the fazed and the fervent/I Know It’s Worth It”.

                                                                    After seeing the world on countless tours and supporting independent music communities, Willy’s next move looks to be even greater. “Already Dead captures the feeling of these times and I’m trying to give people encouragement, whatever that may be or look like,” he says. Here lies unquestionable truth; life might be uncertain, but to be Already Dead is just the beginning.


                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Barry says: It's been a long wait since the last Willy Mason LP but 'Already Dead' perfectly epitomises what we've come to know and love from Willy. Brimming with folky restraint, but imbued with a cinematic intensity, these are cleverly written and brilliantly played earworms.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Youth On A Spit
                                                                    2. You’d Like To Be Free
                                                                    3. Gilded Lie
                                                                    4. Reservation
                                                                    5. Oh My Country
                                                                    6. Slowslide
                                                                    7. One Of The Good Ones
                                                                    8. Outwit The Devil
                                                                    9. If There’s A Heart
                                                                    10. Worth It

                                                                    The Fratellis

                                                                    Half Drunk Under A Full Moon

                                                                      The Fratellis return with the news of a brand new album 'Half Drunk Under The Full Moon' out on 8th May, and the launch of their first track 'Six Days In June', an upbeat and foot-stomping anthem that sure to put a big smile on the face of any Fratellis' fan! “Some days you sit on the couch watching daytime TV and along comes a song like Six Days In June to remind you that you’re still alive!" - Jon Fratelli 'Half Drunk Under The Full Moon' follows their critically acclaimed album 'In Your Own Sweet Time', their first top 5 UK album in 10 years, and this new album very much continues on this upward trajectory and is likely to become a signature moment in the band's career.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Half Drunk Under A Full Moon
                                                                      2. Need A Little Love
                                                                      3. Lay Your Body Down
                                                                      4. The Last Songbird
                                                                      5. Strangers In The Street
                                                                      6. Living In The Dark
                                                                      7. Action Replay
                                                                      8. Six Days In June
                                                                      9. Oh Roxy
                                                                      10. Hello Stranger

                                                                      Isobel Campbell

                                                                      Amorino

                                                                        Following excellent reviews for her recent solo album, 'There Is No Other...', released earlier this year, Isobel Campbell will reissue her third and fourth solo albums, Amorino and Milkwhite Sheets via Cooking Vinyl.

                                                                        'Amorino' is the third solo album from the former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell. Obsessed with French New Wave, chanson, vintage European cinema, the beat girls and boys of the 1960’s, White Horses by Jacky, Peter Sellers and the bossa nova of Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Campbell, alongside fellow maverick composer and Scottish national treasure Bill Wells set about making their homage to such things. 

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Amorino
                                                                        2. The Breeze Whispered Your Name
                                                                        3. Monologue For An Old True Love
                                                                        4. October's Sky
                                                                        5. The Cat's Pyjamas
                                                                        6. Why Does My Head Hurt So?
                                                                        7. Johnny Come Home
                                                                        8. Poor Butterfly
                                                                        9. Love For Tomorrow
                                                                        10. There Is No Greater Gold
                                                                        11. This Land Flows With Milk
                                                                        12. Song For Baby
                                                                        13. Time Is Just The Same

                                                                        Isobel Campbell

                                                                        Milkwhite Sheets

                                                                          Originally release in 2006, "Milkwhite Sheets" was conceived and recorded in tandem and shortly after "Ballad Of The Broken Seas". It's a piercingly beautiful set of traditional folk songs and originals, on the surface tranquil, with turbulence underneath. More intimate, more deftly twisted than "Ballad…", it draws on broader and more personal influences.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. O Love Is Teasin'
                                                                          2. Willow's Song
                                                                          3. Yearning
                                                                          4. James
                                                                          5. Hori Horo
                                                                          6. Reynardine
                                                                          7. Milkwhite Sheets
                                                                          8. Cachel Wood
                                                                          9. Beggar, Wiseman Or Thief
                                                                          10. Loving Hannah
                                                                          11. Are You Going To Leave Me?
                                                                          12. Over The Wheat & The Barley
                                                                          13. Thursday's Child

                                                                          Suzanne Vega

                                                                          An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories

                                                                            Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has written and recorded numerous songs that have become part of the contemporary music vernacular, including “Luka”, certainly the only hit song ever written from the perspective of an abused boy, “Marlene on the Wall”, a surprise hit in the UK and “Tom’s Diner”, a strange little a cappella piece that was remixed by U.K. electronic dance duo “DNA” and became a major club hit. Her albums, including her self-titled debut, the follow up, Solitude Standing and 99.9F have sold millions of copies. WHAT IS THIS ALBUM ? Produced by Gerry Leonard (Guitar player with David Bowie, played with Roger Waters, Laurie Anderson) mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Kevin Killen and mastered by Grammy Award winner, Bob Ludwig. On An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, Vega revisits some of her most New York-centric repertoire in a stunning live recording on which she is backed by longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and keyboardist Jamie Edwards. Recorded at New York City’s famed Café Carlyle in early 2019, the album includes both familiar songs like “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” and deep cuts from her catalog like “Frank and Ava” and “Ludlow Street”. The mix of repertoire also features “New York Is My Destination” from Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, Vega’s one-woman play about the Southern gothic novelist Carson McCullers, and a cover of her late friend Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Marlene On The Wall
                                                                            2. Luka
                                                                            3. 'So How Many People Are Here From Out Of Town?'
                                                                            4. New York Is A Woman
                                                                            5. 'This Next Song Takes Place On 59th Street...'
                                                                            6. Frank And Eva
                                                                            7. 'So I Myself Came To New York City When I Was 2 ½ Years Old'
                                                                            8. Gypsy
                                                                            9. Freeze Tag
                                                                            10. Pornographer's Dream
                                                                            11. 'This Next Song Is Called New York Is My Destination'
                                                                            12. New York Is My Destination
                                                                            13. 'The First Time I Saw Lou Reed...'
                                                                            14. Walk On The Wild Side
                                                                            15. Ludlow Street
                                                                            16. Cracking
                                                                            17. 'And Now We've Got A Song About Those Times...'
                                                                            18. Some Journey
                                                                            19. 'I'm Gonna Close With This Song...'
                                                                            20. Tom's Diner
                                                                            21. 'Would You Like Another One?'
                                                                            22. Anniversary
                                                                            23. Tombstone
                                                                            24. Thin Man

                                                                            The Waterboys

                                                                            Good Luck, Seeker

                                                                              The Waterboys, one of the most creative, loved and literate bands of the last four decades, return this summer with their 14th studio album Good Luck, Seeker.

                                                                              Comprising dramatic spoken-word over wild, relentless genre-busting music (is it psychedelic soul? Is it trance? punk?), My Wanderings In The Weary Land might just be the greatest rock’n’roll record ever made – and one that is darkly appropriate to our weird, wired times. 

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              DISC 1
                                                                              1. The Soul Singer
                                                                              2. (You've Got To) Kiss A Frog Or Two
                                                                              3. Low Down In The Broom
                                                                              4. Dennis Hopper
                                                                              5. Freak Street
                                                                              6. Sticky Fingers
                                                                              7. Why Should I Love You?
                                                                              8. The Golden Work
                                                                              9. My Wanderings In The Weary Land
                                                                              10. Postcard From The Celtic Dreamtime
                                                                              11. Good Luck, Seeker
                                                                              12. Beauty In Repetition
                                                                              13. Everchanging
                                                                              14. The Land Of Sunset

                                                                              DISC 2 (COOKCD768X Version Only)
                                                                              1. The Soul Singer (inst)
                                                                              2. (You’ve Got To) Kiss A Frog Or Two (inst)
                                                                              3. Low Down In The Broom (gtr/vocal)
                                                                              4. Dennis Hopper (Demo)
                                                                              5. Why Should I Love You? (inst)
                                                                              6. My Wanderings In The Weary Land (vocal)
                                                                              7. Postcard From The Celtic Dreamtime (inst)
                                                                              8. Beauty In Repetition (inst)
                                                                              9. The Soul Singer (demo)
                                                                              10. The Land Of Sunset (inst)

                                                                              Rumer

                                                                              Nashville Tears

                                                                                Southern American folklore tells of song-catchers: individuals who possess a spiritual, almost supernatural, connection to the music of a culture. They gather important songs and preserve them, providing voices to give them life and ensuring they’re remembered. Rumer is such a song-catcher. On Nashville Tears, Rumer immerses herself in the catalog of Hugh Prestwood, a songwriter whose name is spoken with reverence by his colleagues. An album to savor, Nashville Tears collects fifteen of Prestwood’s finest songs, many never recorded until now, revealing truths of the heart, both intimate and universal, realistic and romantic.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: A brilliant mix of the traditional slide guitars and hazy atmospheres of good-ol' Americana, but with a lightness and breezy production aesthetic more in line with modern pop music.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. The Fate Of Fireflies
                                                                                2. June It's Gonna Happen
                                                                                3. Oklahoma Stray
                                                                                4. Bristlecone Pine (Ft Lost Hollow)
                                                                                5. Ghost In This House
                                                                                6. Deep Summer In The Deep South
                                                                                7. Heart Full Of Rain
                                                                                8. Hard Times For Lovers
                                                                                9. Starcrossed Hanger Of The Moon
                                                                                10. The Song Remembers When
                                                                                11. That’s That
                                                                                12. Here You Are
                                                                                13. Learning How To Love
                                                                                14. The Snow White Rows Of Arlington
                                                                                15. Half The Moon

                                                                                The Psychedelic Furs

                                                                                Made Of Rain

                                                                                  Highly influential post punk stars, The Psychedelic Furs release their new album, their first in nearly 30 years. From its exhilarating opening bars, Made Of Rain - sounds like The Psychedelic Furs and them alone. It’s a joy to hear again, fresher than ever. Their peerless permutations of art, aggression and ambience drive the dynamics, and it’s always been this originality which has set them apart, a cut above. The album was produced by Richard Fortus, whilst mixing duties were handled by Tim Palmer (David Bowie, U2, Robert Plant). 


                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Barry says: From the outset, this absolutely sounds like a Psychedelic Furs album and after 30 years of not recording, that's quite an achievement. Walls of distortion and chorused guitar solos all behind Butler's instantly recognisable vocals.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll
                                                                                  Don’t Believe
                                                                                  You’ll Be Mine
                                                                                  Wrong Train
                                                                                  This’ll Never Be Like Love
                                                                                  Ash Wednesday
                                                                                  Come All Ye Faithful
                                                                                  No-One
                                                                                  Tiny Hands
                                                                                  Hide The Medicine
                                                                                  Turn Your Back On Me
                                                                                  Stars

                                                                                  The Orb

                                                                                  Abolition Of The Royal Familia

                                                                                    The Orb (Alex Paterson and Michael Rendall) return with a new album that features Youth (Killing Joke), Steve Hillage (Gong, System 7), Roger Eno (co-creator of the Apollo album with Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois) & Jah Wobble (PiL, Primal Scream Orb, Invaders of the Heart). Really The Orb should need no introduction by now, but in essence they’re a rotating cast of members helmed by Paterson that began in 1988 and still thrives to this day. They were there since UK acid house day one, providing a unique ambient take on the musical milieu and soon rising to chart-topping, huge-venue-headlining prominence. They’ve released 19 albums plus EPs, singles, compilations and live recordings, influencing countless other musicians along the way.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Daze - Missing & Messed Up Mix
                                                                                    2. House Of Narcotics - Opium Wars Mix
                                                                                    3. Hawk Kings - Oseberg Buddhas Buttonhole
                                                                                    4. Honey Moonies - Brain Washed At Area 49 Mix
                                                                                    5. Pervitin - Empire Culling & The Hemlock Stone Version
                                                                                    6. Afros, Afghans And Angels - Helgö Treasure Chest
                                                                                    7. Shape Shifters (in Two Parts) - Coffee & Ghost Train Mix
                                                                                    8. Say Cheese - Siberian Tiger Cookie Mix
                                                                                    9. Ital Orb - Too Blessed To Be Stressed Mix
                                                                                    10. The Queen Of Hearts - Princess Of Clubs Mix
                                                                                    11. The Weekend It Rained Forever - Oseberg Buddha Mix (The Ravens Have Left The Tower)
                                                                                    12. Slave Till U Die No Matter What U Buy - L’anse Aux Meadows Mix

                                                                                    Deap Lips

                                                                                    Deap Lips

                                                                                      Deap Lips is Wayne & Steven from The Flaming Lips with Julie & Lindsey from Deap Vally. This special collaboration came together after a friendship formed between the bands

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. Home Thru Hell
                                                                                      2. One Thousand Sisters With Aluminum Foil Calculators
                                                                                      3. Shit Talkin
                                                                                      4. Hope Hell High
                                                                                      5. Motherfuckers Got To Go
                                                                                      6. Love Is A Mind Control
                                                                                      7. Wandering Witches
                                                                                      8. The Pusher
                                                                                      9. Not A Natural Man
                                                                                      10. There Is Know Right There Is Know Wrong

                                                                                      Isobel Campbell

                                                                                      There Is No Other…

                                                                                        Long awaited new solo album from Isobel Campbell. 

                                                                                        It's been 10 years (yes really) since her last album, "Hawk", which was her third collaboration with Mark Lanegan and 14 since her last solo album, but it's been worth the wait. 

                                                                                        Drawing on everything from the twee indie pop of Belle & Sebastian, 60s pop, and the dark Americana of her Lanegan collaborations, this is an absolute gem of a record.





                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. City Of Angels
                                                                                        2. Runnin’ Down A Dream
                                                                                        3. Vultures
                                                                                        4. Ant Life
                                                                                        5. Rainbow
                                                                                        6. The Heart Of It All
                                                                                        7. Hey World
                                                                                        8. The National Bird Of India
                                                                                        9. Just For Today
                                                                                        10. See Your Face Again
                                                                                        11. Boulevard
                                                                                        12. Counting Fireflies
                                                                                        13. Below Zero

                                                                                        The Rifles

                                                                                        Great Escape - Reissue

                                                                                          Originally released in 2009, The Rifles second studio album 'Great Escape' is being re-issued on limited edition double heavyweight coloured vinyl and 2 disc CD. It features eight bonus tracks, some of which have never been released before on vinyl.

                                                                                          The album is being released alongside close to sold out 'The Great Escape' tour in October & November 2019, celebrating 10 years of the album. The original release from 26 January 2009 now has over 38 thousand copies sold in the UK, and was produced by Dave McCracken and Stan "Jan" Kybert. The Rifles used Dave Davies' (The Kinks) Konk Studios in Crouch End, Dan Hawkins' (The Darkness) studio Leeders Farm, and "The Pool" in Miloco Studios to record the album.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Disc: 1
                                                                                          1. Science In Violence
                                                                                          2. The Great Escape
                                                                                          3. Fall To Sorrow
                                                                                          4. Sometimes
                                                                                          5. Toe Rag
                                                                                          6. History
                                                                                          7. Winter Calls
                                                                                          8. Out In The Past
                                                                                          9. Romeo & Julie
                                                                                          10. The General
                                                                                          11. For The Meantime

                                                                                          Disc: 2
                                                                                          1. Talking
                                                                                          2. A Love To Die For
                                                                                          3. I Could Never Lie
                                                                                          4. Darling Girl
                                                                                          5. Lazy Bones
                                                                                          6. She’s The Only One (Live) W/ Paul Weller
                                                                                          7. Eton Rifles (Live) W/ Paul Weller
                                                                                          8. Winter Calls (Demo)

                                                                                          Reverend And The Makers

                                                                                          Best Of

                                                                                            With six Top 20 albums under their belts, Reverend and the Makers release the ‘Best of Reverend & The Makers’ Sept 20th. The album spans the bands career so far and includes singles and fan favourites from their debut release ‘Heavy Weight Champion Of The World’ to their latest single ‘Black Flowers’. Rounding off both albums are two new songs, especially recorded for this compilation, ‘Elastic Fantastic’ (featuring Rich Westley from The Moonlandingz) described by The Reverend (Jon McClure) as “ a fantasy about killing Donald Trump with a bow & arrow” and ‘Te Quiero Pero.’ To coincide with the release there will be a full headline tour - watch this space. Jon says this about the track 'Te Quiero Pero. When we did this I was thinking about a town I once visited on the Rio de la plata in Uruguay called colonia . It’s a real Gaucho, South American cowboy town and still has the colonial architecture and stuff. I kind of wanted to make a song that sounded like that place looks. I envisaged myself riding through it on a horse. In my mind it’s from some mad Sergio Leone or Tarantino Mexican western although critics might say its more Antonio banderas’ zorro.'

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Disc: 1
                                                                                            1. Silence Is Talking
                                                                                            2. Heavyweight Champion Of The World
                                                                                            3. Bandits
                                                                                            4. MDMAzing Feat. Howard Marks
                                                                                            5. Shine The Light
                                                                                            6. Bassline
                                                                                            7. Black Widow
                                                                                            8. Makin' Babies
                                                                                            9. Out Of The Shadows
                                                                                            10. Mr Glassalfempty
                                                                                            11. Hidden Persuaders
                                                                                            12. Open Your Window
                                                                                            13. Elastic Fantastic Feat. Rich Westley

                                                                                            Disc: 2
                                                                                            1. Hard Times For Dreamers
                                                                                            2. Long Long Time
                                                                                            3. The Beach And The Sea
                                                                                            4. No Soap (In A Dirty War)
                                                                                            5. Monkey See, Monkey Do
                                                                                            6. Sex With The Ex
                                                                                            7. Yes You Do
                                                                                            8. Something To Remember
                                                                                            9. Last To Know
                                                                                            10. Auld Reekie Blues
                                                                                            11. What Goes Around (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                            12. Black Flowers Radio Edit
                                                                                            13. Boomerang
                                                                                            14. Te Quiero Pero

                                                                                            Billy Bragg

                                                                                            Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 - 2019

                                                                                              Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 - 2019 is a compilation of classic performances at the BBC from the early 80s through to the present. The album, fully remastered and featuring many previously unreleased tracks, includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, PhillJupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more, and offers a fascinating chronological perspective on the development of one of the UK’s most beloved entertainers. The collection draws from all corners of Billy’s catalogue and features, among many gems, his signature song ‘A New England’ (later covered to huge acclaim by Kirsty MacColl), ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears’, and his workers’ anthem ‘There Is Power In A Union’, with a couple of atypical covers thrown in, namely John Cale’s ‘Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend’ and ‘A13’, his personal psycho-geography take on ‘Route 66’. All of these and more paint a picture of a British national treasure plying his trade at a British institution and making the world a better place in the process

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. A New England (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)
                                                                                              2. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)
                                                                                              3. Love Gets Dangerous (John Peel Session, 27th July 1983)
                                                                                              4. Like Soldiers Do (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)
                                                                                              5. The Man In The Iron Mask (w/ Dave Woodhead) (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)
                                                                                              6. The Saturday Boy (David Jensen Session, 22nd December 1983)
                                                                                              7. A Lover Sings (John Peel Session, 18th September 1984)
                                                                                              8. Between The Wars (John Peel Session, 18th September 1984)
                                                                                              9. A13, Trunk Road To The Sea (w/ Wiggy) (Saturday Live, 13th October 1984)
                                                                                              10. There Is Power In A Union (John Peel Session, 20th August 1985)
                                                                                              11. Days Like These (John Peel Session, 20th August 1985)
                                                                                              12. Scholarship Is The Enemy Of Romance (Janice Long Session, 18th December 1985)
                                                                                              13. Greetings To The New Brunette (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)
                                                                                              14. Ideology (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)
                                                                                              15. The Warmest Room (John Peel Session, 2nd September 1986)
                                                                                              16. She’s Got A New Spell (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)
                                                                                              17. Valentine's Day Is Over (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)
                                                                                              18. The Short Answer (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)
                                                                                              19. Rotting On Remand (John Peel Session, 30th August 1988)
                                                                                              20. The Few (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)
                                                                                              21. Accident Waiting To Happen (w/ Wiggy) (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)
                                                                                              22. Tank Park Salute (w/ Cara Tivey) (John Peel Session, 12th May 1991)
                                                                                              23. Brickbat (John Peel Session, 13th October 1995)
                                                                                              24. This Gulf Between Us (John Peel Session, 13th October 1995)
                                                                                              25. Goal Hanger (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)
                                                                                              26. The Boy Done Good (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)
                                                                                              27. From Red To Blue (John Peel Divas Bar Live, 1st May 1997)
                                                                                              28. The Busy Girl Buys Beauty (Janice Long Paris Theatre London Live, October 1999)
                                                                                              29. It Says Here (Janice Long Paris Theatre London Live, October 1999)
                                                                                              30. Lonesome Traveller (John Peel Session, 8th December 2004)
                                                                                              31. Goodbye, Goodbye (PhillJupitus Live, 30th March 2007)
                                                                                              32. Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key (Bob Harris Live, 6th May 2012)
                                                                                              33. No-One Knows Nothing Anymore (Latitude Festival Live, 18th July 2014)
                                                                                              34. Levi Stubbs’ Tears (Glastonbury Live, 26th June 2015)
                                                                                              35. Why We Build The Wall (Tom Robinson Live Buxton Opera House, 21st January 2017)
                                                                                              36. I Ain’t Got No Home (w/ CJ Hillman) (Radio 2 Folk Awards Live, 5th April 2017)
                                                                                              37. The Space Race Is Over (Tom Robinson Now Playing ‘Billy Bragg Takeover’, 14th July 2019)
                                                                                              38. St. Swithin's Day (Tom Robinson Now Playing ‘Billy Bragg Takeover’, 14th July 2019)

                                                                                              Rifles

                                                                                              Freedom Run

                                                                                                Freedom Run is the third studio album by The Rifles originally released 19 September 2011,produced by Charles Rees and Chris Potter. Reissued by Cooking vinyl on Dusk blue coloured vinyl

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                DISC 1
                                                                                                1. Dreamer
                                                                                                2. Long Walk Back
                                                                                                3. Sweetest Thing
                                                                                                DISC 2
                                                                                                1. Tangled Up In Love
                                                                                                2. Eveline
                                                                                                3. Love Is A Key
                                                                                                4. Falling
                                                                                                DISC 3
                                                                                                1. (Interlude)
                                                                                                2. Emily
                                                                                                3. Nothing Matters
                                                                                                4. Coming Home
                                                                                                DISC 4
                                                                                                1. I Get Low
                                                                                                2. Little Boy Blue (Human Needs)
                                                                                                3. Cry Baby

                                                                                                "The Secret of Letting Go" is Lamb's 7th studio album, written and recorded in the space of a year between their home-studio in England’s South Downs and in India and Ibiza. Continuing to push the sonic envelope, title track, "The Secret of Letting Go" was written in the moment the band decided they were splitting up and holds the corner for their endless experimentalism.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Phosphorous
                                                                                                2. Moonshine
                                                                                                3. Armageddon Waits
                                                                                                4. Bulletproof
                                                                                                5. The Secret Of Letting Go
                                                                                                6. Imperial Measures
                                                                                                7. The Other Shore
                                                                                                8. Deep Delirium
                                                                                                9. Illumina
                                                                                                10. The Silence In Between
                                                                                                11. One Hand Clapping

                                                                                                Maximo Park

                                                                                                As Long As We Keep Moving

                                                                                                  Maximo Park release this live album spanning their six albums to date. "Get High (No, I Don’t)" and "What Equals Love?" appear from latest album "Risk To Exist", as does Top 20 single "Books From Boxes", and the beloved "Going Missing" B-Side "A19". Much-loved on record, the band are famed for reaching new levels of dynamism, energy and excitement in a live environment. Many fan-favourites are given such life in this new release. Mixed by Adrian Bushby, he captures the band at the peak of their powers, showcasing what has made them such a popular live act over the last 14 years.




                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Get High (No, I Don’t)(Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  2. I Want You To Stay (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  3. Girls Who Play Guitars (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  4. Questing, Not Coasting (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  5. The National Health (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  6. A19 (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  7. What Equals Love? (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  8. Limassol (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  9. Midnight On The Hill (Recorded Live At Vada Studios)
                                                                                                  10. Books From Boxes (Recorded Live At Vada Studios) 

                                                                                                  Fifteenth studio album and 30th anniversary release from the pioneering UK ambient house duo. Features guest contributions from Hollie Cook, Roger Eno, Youth (Killing Joke, The Fireman), Jah Wobble (PiL), Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd), Brother Culture. Includes singles "Rush Hill Road" and "Doughnuts Forever", with the album receiving positive press from Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Vents, XS Noize, Tiny Mix Tapes. The Orb have sold 700K+ albums worldwide and their catalog has been streamed 7M+ times. Previous album "COW/Chill Out, World!" (2016) received praise from Record Collector, PopMatters, Resident Advisor & Mixmag.

                                                                                                  Existing, long serving fans know they're not gonna be disappointed by now - their brand of playful, low-slung, almost 'baggy'-era blend of electronics, downbeat and pop has more than stood the test of time; with The Orb a highly celebrated beacon of UK pop culture. They haven't changed direction, they've just come a long way... baby! 


                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Barry says: The Orb, legendary purveyors of blissed-out house and mellow ambient electronica return for their newest LP, 'No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds'. Brimming with smooth, rolling percussives and simmering dubby breaks, all stitched together with the skill and lightness of touch that only such veterans could achieve. A stunning, evocative collection.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. The End Of The End
                                                                                                  2. Wish I Had A Pretty Dog
                                                                                                  3. Rush Hill Road
                                                                                                  4. Pillow Fight @ Shag Mountain
                                                                                                  5. Isle Of Horns
                                                                                                  6. Wolfbane
                                                                                                  7. Other Blue Worlds
                                                                                                  8. Doughnuts Forever
                                                                                                  9. Drift
                                                                                                  10. Easy On The Onions
                                                                                                  11. Ununited States
                                                                                                  12. Soul Planet

                                                                                                  Embrace

                                                                                                  Love Is A Basic Need

                                                                                                    20 years into their recording career Embrace are making an epic and emphatic return with their seventh studio album. With three #1 albums, six Top 10 singles, sold out arena shows and over two million album sales behind them, Embrace returned to the music scene three years ago with their Top 5 self-titled album Embrace. Already being hailed as a return to “classic” Embrace, new album LOVE IS A BASIC NEED was recorded in the first half of 2017 at the band’s own Magnetic North Studio, produced by Richard McNamara. With tracks such as the emotive and powerful Never, LOVE IS A BASIC NEED sees Embrace return to the classic sound that first made us fall in love with them. The album’s overriding theme is one surrounding love and Danny McNamara says; “We set out to make an album where every song on it would stand up against the best songs we’ve ever written, and I’m pretty confident we’ve done just that.”

                                                                                                    Turin Brakes

                                                                                                    Invisible Storm

                                                                                                      After an impressive 17 years together, seven studio albums and over a million records sold worldwide, they might be excused a bit of downtime. But no… the London 4-piece Turin Brakes have announced their eighth studio album ‘Invisible Storm’ coming in January 2018 on Cooking Vinyl, followed by a major UK tour. 2016 saw them back lighting up the airwaves with national radio playlisting for three singles from critically acclaimed album ‘Lost Property’ coupled with a packed schedule of touring. Yet all along the way new material kept bubbling through. New songs kept popping up, in soundchecks. Light-bulb moments materialised in midnight sessions in hotel rooms or in any spare moments found. Invisible Storm is big-picture music played on a small screen, refracted through lyrics that embrace the personal and the universal, without offering the comfort of easy answers. Formed in Balham South London, Turin Brakes released their Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album The Optimist in 2001 followed by Ether Song in 2003 which featured the top 5 hit single Pain Killer (Summer Rain). One of the finest indie bands of the last decade with 7 top 40 hits to their name Turin Brakes are a band that’s weathered many Invisible Storms, that are sure of who they are and what they’ve set out to do, and know that there’s always a story left to tell…

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Would You Be Mine
                                                                                                      2. Wait
                                                                                                      3. Always
                                                                                                      4. Lost In The Woods
                                                                                                      5. Deep Sea Diver
                                                                                                      6. Life Forms
                                                                                                      7. Invisible Storm
                                                                                                      8. Everything All At Once
                                                                                                      9. Tomorrow
                                                                                                      10. Smoke And Mirrors
                                                                                                      11. Don’t Know Much

                                                                                                      Billy Bragg

                                                                                                      Bridges Not Walls

                                                                                                        Life comes at you real fast these days. What’s a singer-songwriter to do when events keep challenging the way that we see the world? Before we’ve had a chance to digest one startling development, along comes another to throw us off balance again. I’ve been grubbing up songs for the past 12 months, but without the space to get an album together due to other projects, so I’ve decided to start dropping tracks, one a month between now and the end of the year. As always, they’re my way of trying to make some sense of what’s going on. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters is the name of an etching created in 1799 by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. The title struck a chord with me when trying to understand the events of last year. The lies and hubris of the Leave campaign in our EU referendum was echoed and amplified by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Only by restoring empathy and reason can we hope to defeat the monstrous forces of nationalism and untruth.

                                                                                                        Reverend And The Makers

                                                                                                        The Death Of A King

                                                                                                          Reverend & The Makers release their sixth album, ‘The Death Of A King’, through Cooking Vinyl. Reverend & The Makers played a storming set at Wirral Live (May 20th) where Jon McClure proudly welcomed Jeremy Corbyn to the stage, to make what many commentators agree his most impassioned speech of the 2017 campaign to date. 

                                                                                                          Starsailor

                                                                                                          All This Life

                                                                                                            Starsailor burst onto the scene in 2001 when their single Fever earned them the title of "Britain's best new band". The band was formed at Wigan and Leigh Music College by music students James Walsh (vocals/guitar), James Stelfox (bass), and Ben Byrne (drums). Later saw the arrival of keyboardist Barry Westhead, who cemented their sound. In April 2000, after seeing their first London show (at the Heavenly Social) the NME wrote: "One live encounter was enough to convince many sceptics that here was a band who were genuinely special, blessed with a singer whose voice thrummed like an emotional telegraph wire, that swerved the pitfalls of indie melancholia and were clearly in love with rock 'n' roll and all its possibilities." Their debut album Love Is Here featuring the Top 10 single Alcoholic, reached Number Two in the UK Album Charts in October 2001, after receiving great critical acclaim and went on to sell over half a million copies in the UK alone.

                                                                                                            Phil Spector was originally appointed to produce the band's second album, Silence Is Easy. The resulting recording sessions at London's Abbey Road were short-lived. Their collaboration proved to be frustrating, with Spector and the band butting heads on several issues. Only two tracks that Spector produced made the album, Silence Is Easy (another Top 10 single for the band) and White Dove. Starsailor co-produced seven of the other tracks with former Elbow and Doves producer, Danton Supple. John Leckie (The Stone Roses & Radiohead) also produced Shark Food. Silence Is Easy reached Number Two in the UK Album Chart and soon went Gold. The band have enjoyed more than their fair share of prestigious gigs, supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Police, The Killers, and U2, and have sold over 3 million albums worldwide. They decided to take a break in 2009 to explore other projects and now return in 2017 sounding re-energised and with an outstanding new studio album - their fifth ‘All This Life’. The band played a packed Big Top at this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival to an ecstatic crowd and debuted a new track from the forthcoming album. They are also confirmed shows at British Summer Time at Hyde Park alongside Phil Collins, Blondie, New Power Generation and more as well as Hope & Glory Festival in Liverpool.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Listen To Your Heart
                                                                                                            2. All This Life
                                                                                                            3. Take A Little Time
                                                                                                            4. Caught In The Middle
                                                                                                            5. Sunday Best
                                                                                                            6. Blood
                                                                                                            7. Best Of Me
                                                                                                            8. Break The Cycle
                                                                                                            9. Fallout
                                                                                                            10. FIA (Fuck It All)
                                                                                                            11. No One Else

                                                                                                            The King Blues

                                                                                                            The Gospel Truth

                                                                                                              Recorded in London in 2016, the record is an infectious mix of ska punk and social commentary. “The initial idea was just to sit down and do something incredibly honest”, reveals Itch. “I wanted to write about the journey that I’ve been on over the past 12 months. This record is about cleaning up and seeing what I can do to improve myself and make myself happier.” The King Blues have always been a band that writes from the heart, but with The Gospel Truth Itch left no intimate detail uncovered. It was a process he found incredibly cathartic. “We had a lot of fun making this record”, declares Itch. “Even though we were dealing with some emotional topics and doing a lot of soul searching and going deep, it was a really enjoyable, therapeutic and creative experience.”

                                                                                                              The Gospel Truth is also unique in that fans were invited to be a part of the process: people from all over the country shared their individual stories with Itch via audio diaries, which pop up at various stages throughout the album, underscoring his own personal struggles with depression. As the singer explains: “The more personal and honest they got with me, it seemed like we were all going through the same struggles and our stories were starting to relate to each other. And it was a strange thing because it was a shared experience of isolation. So many people felt this same sense of anxiety and disconnection.” The songs on The Gospel Truth switch from sardonic (America Don’t Want Me / Not Another Love Song) and satirical (The Bullingdon Boys / New Gods) to downright dark (The Truth Comes Out), but the theme remains constant throughout: truth.

                                                                                                              Suzanne Vega

                                                                                                              Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers

                                                                                                                Carson McCullers was an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, and poet. Her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts in a small town of the U.S.

                                                                                                                The album features 10 songs from her upcoming play about the iconic American author Carson McCullers.

                                                                                                                The play is a one woman show written and staring Suzanne Vega, with songs written by Suzanne Vega and Tony Winner Duncan Sheik.


                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Carson's Blues
                                                                                                                2. New York Is My Destination
                                                                                                                3. Instant Of The Hour After
                                                                                                                4. We Of Me
                                                                                                                5. Annemarie
                                                                                                                6. 12 Mortal Men
                                                                                                                7. Harper Lee
                                                                                                                8. Lover, Beloved
                                                                                                                9. The Ballad Of Miss Amelia
                                                                                                                10. Carson's Last Supper

                                                                                                                Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

                                                                                                                Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad

                                                                                                                  In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of American railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers.

                                                                                                                  Deap Vally, the Los Angeles duo comprising of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, return with their new album 'Femejism' Produced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, it features tracks ranging from experimental prog and kraut-rock to good old- fashioned heart-melters and ball-busters.

                                                                                                                  Deap Vally recently completed major North American tours with Peaches and with Wolfmother during which they aired a number of new songs from the upcoming album live for the first time. 

                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Barry says: Riding the same line as one of shop favourites Courtney Barnett, Deap Vally form raucous but anthemic rock anthems. Huge raging drum lines and snarling vocals, distorted walls of pummeling riffage and shout-along anthems are the order of the day. That's not to say there isn't a softer side, 'Critic' could easily be Hole's best ever single, had they written it instead. A fantastic return to the fore by Deap Vally, and one that will no doubt keep on giving.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1: Royal Jelly
                                                                                                                  2: Julian
                                                                                                                  3: Gonnawanna
                                                                                                                  4: Little Baby Beauty Queen
                                                                                                                  5: Smile More
                                                                                                                  6: Critic
                                                                                                                  7: Post Funk
                                                                                                                  8: Two Seat Bike
                                                                                                                  9: Bubble Baby
                                                                                                                  10: Teenage Queen
                                                                                                                  11: Grunge Bond
                                                                                                                  12: Turn It Off
                                                                                                                  13: Heart Is An Animal

                                                                                                                  D.A.R.K. is an unlikely collaboration between Dolores O’Riordan, Andy Rourke and Olé Koretsky. Dolores, known famously as the singer of The Cranberries, has sold over 40 million albums and also worked with the likes of Angelo Badalamenti and Jah Wobble. Andy Rourke is best known as the inimitable bass player in one of the most important British bands ever, The Smiths - he has also worked with Pretenders, Ian Brown, Sinead O’Connor and Badly Drawn Boy. The third and final member is Olé Koretsky, a little known songwriter, producer and DJ based in New York.

                                                                                                                  The band’s roots lie in a New York DJ-mixing collaboration formed between Andy and Olé, after they met gigging in Washington DC. After a couple of years’ experimentation and laying down tracks in their home studios, a chance meeting between Andy and Dolores resulted in the singer asking him what he was working on. They began sharing tracks and ideas via email and dropbox, building on Andy and Olé’s original demos and, in a couple of instances, Dolores completely re-imagining some of the songs.

                                                                                                                  Science Agrees is a lyrically subtle album that touches on themes of isolation and disconnection, trauma and rebirth (‘Curvy’), drug addiction and love (‘High Fashion’, ‘Underwater’), control (‘Loosen The Noose’), death (‘Steal You Away’), loss of faith and dissatisfaction (‘Gunfight’).

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Curvy
                                                                                                                  2. Chynamite
                                                                                                                  3. Gunfight
                                                                                                                  4. Steal You Away
                                                                                                                  5. High Fashion
                                                                                                                  6. Watch Out
                                                                                                                  7. Miles Away
                                                                                                                  8. The Moon
                                                                                                                  9. Underwater
                                                                                                                  10. Loosen The Noose

                                                                                                                  The Rifles return with their highly anticipated 5th album 'Big Life'. The new double album contains a remarkable 18 tracks that showcases a new maturity while retaining the indie rock spirit that has become synonymous with the band

                                                                                                                  Since their last album ‘None The Wiser' (which charted at #6 in the UK album mid-weeks) the band have maintained a strong plot through impressive live feats such as 4 consecutive nights at London's Electric Ballroom, a sold out show at The London Roundhouse and multiple tours across the UK and Europe. With such a strong, dedicated and engaged fanbase, we have high expectations for this new album and feel that it stands a good chance of outperforming its predecessor.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  DISC: 1
                                                                                                                  1. Groundhog Day
                                                                                                                  2. Radio Nowhere
                                                                                                                  3. Turtle Dove
                                                                                                                  4. Numero Uno
                                                                                                                  5. Caught In The Summer Rain
                                                                                                                  6. Wall Around Your Heart
                                                                                                                  7. Victoria
                                                                                                                  8. Jonny Was A Friend Of Mine
                                                                                                                  9. Young For A Day

                                                                                                                  DISC: 2
                                                                                                                  1. Big Big Life
                                                                                                                  2. Motorway
                                                                                                                  3. Independent
                                                                                                                  4. Misunderstood
                                                                                                                  5. Go Do What You Like
                                                                                                                  6. Time In Hand
                                                                                                                  7. Never Been That Close
                                                                                                                  8. Heavy Weather
                                                                                                                  9. Victoria (Acoustic) 

                                                                                                                  Mexrrissey

                                                                                                                  No Manchester

                                                                                                                    Delving into Mexico’s unlikely obsession for all-things-Morrissey, Mexico City-based DJ and producer Camilo Lara, founder of the electronic music project Mexican Institute of Sound (M.I.S.), together with bandleader Sergio Mendoza (Orkesta Mendoza/Calexico) has assembled a super-group of Mexico’s leading contemporary musicians, paying homage to the iconic Smiths frontman.

                                                                                                                    Through M.I.S., Lara has developed a reputation for blending traditional music with more modern sounds and with this project he explores the relationship between Mexico and Morrissey, reinventing his work with brass, accordion and other Mexican elements. His songs of love, loss and longing, with powerful imagery and metaphors have found a huge audience and chimed with generations raised on rancheras and mariachis.

                                                                                                                    The Cult release the tenth studio album of their stellar career, the epic ‘Hidden City’, produced by Bob Rock and written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy. It’s the final part of a trilogy that has witnessed the rebirth of the band, beginning with ‘Born Into This’ (2007), which evolved into ‘Choice of Weapon’ (2012), and arrived fully formed, kicking and screaming with the seductive ‘Hidden City’

                                                                                                                    The sonic assault of ‘Dark Energy’ is the perfect intro to this startling new album. Peel away the layers of this 12 track master class in space and time, and you will discover a band in their absolute prime. Which comes as no surprise, as the Cult have existed in the shadows and wild spaces since their inception.

                                                                                                                    When the Cult played Coachella last year, Rolling Stone hailed their performance as “the messianic moment of Coachella” This year they’ve played a handful of visceral shows that promises much for next year’s touring. For the Cult, ‘Hidden City’, became the perfect metaphor for the revolt between the self and soul and provided the framework for the new album.

                                                                                                                    “I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon,” says Ian Astbury. “My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart.”

                                                                                                                    The Cult have cut their own career path. From the iconic ‘Love’ album to the dystopian ‘Beyond Good & Evil’ (2001) to the current biting truth of ‘Hidden City’, the band live their art. As The future unfolds The Cult will respond. It’s what they do.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1: Dark Energy
                                                                                                                    2: No Love Lost
                                                                                                                    3: Dance The Night
                                                                                                                    4: In Blood
                                                                                                                    5: Birds Of Paradise
                                                                                                                    6: Hinterland
                                                                                                                    7: G O A T
                                                                                                                    8: Deeply Ordered Chaos
                                                                                                                    9: Avalanche Of Light
                                                                                                                    10: Lilies
                                                                                                                    11: Heathens
                                                                                                                    12: Sound And Fury

                                                                                                                    Turin Brakes

                                                                                                                    Lost Property

                                                                                                                      A collection of dispatches from the elusive side of reality that’s just a twist away from the everyday, Lost Property features the band’s trademark West-Coast acoustic guitar and widescreen harmony textures. Listen carefully beneath the lush, cinematic production the band created with co-conspirator Ali Staton (Madonna, La Roux) in the analogue world of Rockfields’ legendary studio; and you’ll hear other hints and stories, both hopeful and unsettling, resonating with unexpected echoes from your own life.

                                                                                                                      The record scales up from the intimacy of Martini, through the uneasy domesticity of Quiet Ones, the futuristic pulse of 96, the yearning gospel inflections of Save You hurtling towards the towering darkness of epic finale Black Rabbit. There’s the intimacy and warmth that Turin Brakes have taken along with them down the years, but this time reaching up towards something bigger, more epic in scope and darker in hue. It’s a sound yearning for the wide open spaces of the USA but rooted in the grimy streets of South London, still unique, still unforgettable.

                                                                                                                      How many pundits frantically casting their runes back in 1999 for predictions for the new millennium would have foreseen that Turin Brakes would be releasing their seventh studio album in 2016? Back then, they were hotly-tipped young ingénues, and we all know what usually happens to them in the heartless world of showbiz….While many of the rest of the class of 2000 seem forever frozen into the faces in their yearbook pictures, Turin Brakes are still making their way through the century’s changing landscape.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1: 96
                                                                                                                      2: Keep Me Around
                                                                                                                      3: The Quiet Ones
                                                                                                                      4: Lost Property
                                                                                                                      5: Rome
                                                                                                                      6: Brighter Than The Dark
                                                                                                                      7: Save You
                                                                                                                      8: Martini
                                                                                                                      9: Jump Start
                                                                                                                      10: Hope We Make It
                                                                                                                      11: Black Rabbit

                                                                                                                      Reverend & The Makers release their eagerly anticipated fifth album, Mirrors, through Cooking Vinyl, on Friday 9th October. The first song to be taken from the album, Black Widow was premiered by Steve Lamacq on 6 Music and has also had early plays from Zane Lowe on his new Beats 1 radio show and from XFM. Mirrors was recorded at 2 Fly Studios Sheffield and Geejam Studios in Jamaica and was produced by Dave Sanderson with additional production by Youth and Alan Smyth.

                                                                                                                      'Sounds like nothing I've heard since the great concept albums of the 60's' - Noel Gallagher 

                                                                                                                      'Mirrors' is a magnum opus. He's a seasoned melodic master too' - Carl Barât

                                                                                                                      'Sounds amazing - enigmatic music out of Sheffield' – Zane Lowe 



                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1: Amsterdam
                                                                                                                      2: Black Widow
                                                                                                                      3: Makin' Babies
                                                                                                                      4: Stuck On You
                                                                                                                      5: The Beach And The Sea
                                                                                                                      6: The Trip
                                                                                                                      7: El Cabrera
                                                                                                                      8: Blue
                                                                                                                      9: Something To Remember
                                                                                                                      10: Mr Glassalfempty
                                                                                                                      11: The Gun
                                                                                                                      12: My Mirror
                                                                                                                      13: Last To Know
                                                                                                                      14: Lay Me Down
                                                                                                                      15: Mr Glassalfempty (Radio Edit) *
                                                                                                                      16: The Trip (Radio Edit) *
                                                                                                                      17: Makin' Babies (Radio Edit) *
                                                                                                                      18: Mirrors (Overproof Dub) *
                                                                                                                      * Extra Tracks Available On CD Or As Downloads With Vinyl Version.

                                                                                                                      DVD Tracklisting (COOKCD619X Only):
                                                                                                                      1: Amsterdam
                                                                                                                      2: Black Widow
                                                                                                                      3: Makin' Babies
                                                                                                                      4: Stuck On You
                                                                                                                      5: The Beach And The Sea
                                                                                                                      6: The Trip
                                                                                                                      7: El Cabrera
                                                                                                                      8: Blue
                                                                                                                      9: Something To Remember
                                                                                                                      10: Mr Glassalfempty
                                                                                                                      11: The Gun
                                                                                                                      12: My Mirror
                                                                                                                      13: Last To Know
                                                                                                                      14: Lay Me Down

                                                                                                                      Stornoway

                                                                                                                      Bonxie Unplucked EP

                                                                                                                        Though their latest top 20 album, Bonxie, was their most electronic release to date Stornoway are best known (and possibly best loved) for their compelling acoustic performances. Magic is conjured by their use of traditional instrumentation, the Steadman brothers' sibling harmonies; making up the four parts with Jon Ouin and the clear, true, spell of lead singer Brian Briggs' voice.

                                                                                                                        The band's love for wildlife, the outdoors and of course Brian's PhD in Ornithology are at the forefront of their message, underlined by their recent tour of RSPB nature reserves: The Shags and Ducks and Rock 'n' Roll Tour. Combined with Stornoway's passion for playing unplugged shows, it seems completely natural, in every sense of the word, for them to produce a study of Bonxie that takes the listener back to its evolutionary beginnings.

                                                                                                                        The Unplucked EP presents acoustic versions of five songs from Bonxie: Between the Salt Marsh and the Sea, Get Low, Man On Wire, The Road You Didn't Take, Lost Youth and a cover of Yazz's 1988 hit The Only Way Is Up. The songs are stripped of their plumage and their unadorned, skeletal simplicity is revealed. As the band extolled on one of their first ever releases The Battery Human, we need to unplug and "Fix our loose connection out in the natural world wide web". So tune in, turn on and drop out with Unplucked by Stornoway

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1: Between The Saltmarsh And The Sea (Acoustic)
                                                                                                                        2: Get Low (Acoustic)
                                                                                                                        3: Man On Wire (Acoustic)
                                                                                                                        4: The Road You Didn't Take (Acoustic)
                                                                                                                        5: Lost Youth (Acoustic)
                                                                                                                        6: The Only Way Is Up (Acoustic) 

                                                                                                                        Indie-folk ensemble Stornoway return with third album Bonxie. For the first time the band enlisted a producer to captain the ship and the man in charge was none other than Gil Norton. Noted for his work with Pixies, Foo Fighters, Twin Atlantic, etc. Gil certainly rocked Stornoway’s world and shook them out of their comfort zones; helping them cut to the chase, sizing up the new songs and shaping them with raptor precision. Joining Gil and Stornoway in the studio was none other than Craig Potter (Elbow) who mixed the track Man on Wire.

                                                                                                                        Whilst Stornoway’s second album ‘Tales From Terra Firma’ was concerned with very personal stories: life’s (and death’s) big questions, Bonxie is far more outward looking. It is infused with a humanistic ideal; a sense of humility and wonderment for the forces of nature, a desire and need for mutual regard and for a respect towards each other and the environment. Each song on Bonxie is a facet of the album which opens up like an origami bird. It is a construction of nature by humans but each song unfolds as a unique species, shape and call.


                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1: Between The Saltmarsh And The Sea
                                                                                                                        2: Get Low
                                                                                                                        3: Man On Wire
                                                                                                                        4: The Road You Didn't Take
                                                                                                                        5: Lost Youth
                                                                                                                        6: Sing With Our Senses
                                                                                                                        7: We Were Giants
                                                                                                                        8: When You're Feeling Gentle
                                                                                                                        9: Heart Of The Great Alone
                                                                                                                        10: Josephine
                                                                                                                        11: Love Song Of The Beta Male

                                                                                                                        Carl Barât & his new band The Jackals announce the release of their debut album Let It Reign through Cooking Vinyl Records on Monday 16th February.

                                                                                                                        Let It Reign was recorded in LA and London and was produced by Joby J. Ford (The Bronx) and features guest musicians, such as Beastie Boys percussionist Alfredo Ortiz on Glory Days. "I actually started making this record solo, but the long and short of it is I just didn’t like my own company," says Carl, adding that he soon realised that he wanted to get a new band together.

                                                                                                                        Rather than call up some old mates to recruit for The Jackals, Carl decided to post a few ads online asking if there were any likeminded souls out there who wanted to try their luck at playing with him. The response was overwhelming, with thousands of people replying. Carl adds "I was lucky, because I found a bunch of people who genuinely fit together as a gang."


                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1: Glory Days
                                                                                                                        2: Victory Gin
                                                                                                                        3: Summer In The Trenches
                                                                                                                        4: A Storm Is Coming
                                                                                                                        5: Beginning To See
                                                                                                                        6: March Of The Idle
                                                                                                                        7: We Want More
                                                                                                                        8: War Of The Roses
                                                                                                                        9: The Gears
                                                                                                                        10: Let It Rain

                                                                                                                        Embrace

                                                                                                                        Embrace

                                                                                                                          For the returning Embrace, a 7 year hiatus was precipitated by the most commercially successful high-point in their career, having notched up another No.1 album and scored their highest placing in the UK singles chart, the band simply decided to head back home to their roots in West Yorkshire and take a clean break. Curious behaviour, for a band whose debut The Good Will Out was one of the fastest-selling British albums ever.

                                                                                                                          With the self-titled new album Embrace, the band have mined their very essence and delivered a piece of work that unearths the core of what Embrace have always been about – skyward-bound music of the soul that reaches far beyond life’s parameters. As a group, Embrace have always inspired a fervid and devoted following –not because fashion dictated but because theirs was always a sound and a voice that elevated while, paradoxically, grounded that feeling in something that was real – the band simply would not compromise on their output, not anymore. It had to feel right.

                                                                                                                          While the new record does contain the kind of soul-bearing honesty and vertiginous, life-affirming choruses that typifies their music – with the new album an element of raw darkness lurks with almost conspiratorial glee beneath – with The Good Will Out as their songs of innocence, Embrace encapsulates their songs of experience.

                                                                                                                          Billy Bragg

                                                                                                                          Live At Union Chapel London

                                                                                                                            On Wednesday 5 June 2013 Billy Bragg played a very special show at The Union Chapel in London, featuring songs from his acclaimed March 2013 album ‘Tooth & Nail’ as well as classics from his back catalogue.

                                                                                                                            This unique DVD/CD souvenir of that performance, which includes bonus features and extras, is released on Cooking Vinyl. The package will also include a set of 5 postcards, comprising 4 live shots from the Union Chapel show and 1 from Wembley Arena in 2012, all taken by Pete Dunwell.

                                                                                                                            Reverend And The Makers

                                                                                                                            Thirty Two

                                                                                                                              Sheffield’s finest Reverend And The Makers will release their fourth album, entitled ‘Thirtytwo’, on 24th February 2014 on Cooking Vinyl Records. It was produced by James Welsh, Jon McClure and Ed Cosens from the band, and Youth (Primal Scream/Depeche Mode/The Verve) and heralds an exciting new sound for the band.

                                                                                                                              The Rifles

                                                                                                                              Heebie Jeebies

                                                                                                                                2nd single from their forthcoming studio album ‘None the Wiser’ due January 20th 2014.

                                                                                                                                ‘None The Wiser’ finds the four-piece on fine form, and marks another raising of the bar. Their trademark Mod and indie pop sound are present and correct, but the band have broadened their musical palette, drawing influence from, “Bob Dylan, Talking Heads, some Clash and as always - the Beatles.”

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Heebie Jeebies
                                                                                                                                2. All I Need Acoustic Version

                                                                                                                                Turin Brakes

                                                                                                                                We Were Here

                                                                                                                                  We Were Here, the bands sixth album, was recorded at Rockfield Studios and engineered and mixed by Ali Staton (Rufus Wainwright / Madonna / Tricky) and produced by Turin Brakes and Ali Staton.

                                                                                                                                  Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose impeccable production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint) in his South Pasadena studio. Working with a small band of musicians whose talents had recently appeared on records by the likes of Bon Iver, Lana del Rey and Regina Spektor, the performances have a wonderfully spontaneous feel. The results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998’s Mermaid Avenue sessions he recorded with Wilco - drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time.

                                                                                                                                  "In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result." Billy Bragg January 2013

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. January Song
                                                                                                                                  2. No One Knows Nothing Any More
                                                                                                                                  3. Handyman Blues
                                                                                                                                  4. I Ain’t Got No Home
                                                                                                                                  5. Swallow My Pride
                                                                                                                                  6. Do Unto Others
                                                                                                                                  7. Over You
                                                                                                                                  8. Goodbye, Goodbye
                                                                                                                                  9. There Will Be A Reckoning
                                                                                                                                  10. Chasing Rainbows
                                                                                                                                  11. Your Name On My Tongue
                                                                                                                                  12. Tomorrow’s Going To Be A Better Day

                                                                                                                                  The limited special edition 14cm x 29cm hardback book style 'bookpack' version includes the CD, a 36 page booklet containing exclusive photos and a collection of columns written by Billy originally published in Q magazine between 2008 and 2011, plus a DVD of 10 promotional videos that Billy made for his singles between 1986 - 2002.

                                                                                                                                  Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose impeccable production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint) in his South Pasadena studio. Working with a small band of musicians whose talents had recently appeared on records by the likes of Bon Iver, Lana del Rey and Regina Spektor, the performances have a wonderfully spontaneous feel. The results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998’s Mermaid Avenue sessions he recorded with Wilco - drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time.

                                                                                                                                  "In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result." Billy Bragg January 2013

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Disc 1
                                                                                                                                  1. January Song
                                                                                                                                  2. No One Knows Nothing Any More
                                                                                                                                  3. Handyman Blues
                                                                                                                                  4. I Ain’t Got No Home
                                                                                                                                  5. Swallow My Pride
                                                                                                                                  6. Do Unto Others
                                                                                                                                  7. Over You
                                                                                                                                  8. Goodbye, Goodbye
                                                                                                                                  9. There Will Be A Reckoning
                                                                                                                                  10. Chasing Rainbows
                                                                                                                                  11. Your Name On My Tongue
                                                                                                                                  12. Tomorrow’s Going To Be A Better Day

                                                                                                                                  Disc 2
                                                                                                                                  1. Levi Stubbs Tears - 1986
                                                                                                                                  2. Greetings To The New Brunette - 1986
                                                                                                                                  3. She's Leaving Home - 1988
                                                                                                                                  4. Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards - 1988
                                                                                                                                  5. Sexuality - 1991
                                                                                                                                  6. You Woke Up My Neighbourhood - 1991
                                                                                                                                  7. Accident Waiting To Happen - 1992
                                                                                                                                  8. Upfield - 1996
                                                                                                                                  9. Boy Done Good - 1997
                                                                                                                                  10. Take Down The Union Jack –2002

                                                                                                                                  Lemonheads

                                                                                                                                  Varshons

                                                                                                                                    It makes sense that the new album from The Lemonheads sounds like a mix tape slipped to you by a music-obsessed friend anxious to turn you on to something new. In fact, the idea for the band's new covers record was inspired by Gibby Haynes, ringmaster of the Butthole Surfers, who for years has made mixes for his longtime friend Evan Dando. 'Making a good mix is an art, and Gibby has it down,' says Dando. 'I thought it would be fun to share these songs with other people like he shared them with me. So I picked the 'greatest hits' from his mixes and covered them, along with a few other songs I always wanted to play.'


                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. "I Just Can't Take It Anymore" (Gram Parsons) 
                                                                                                                                    2. "Fragile" (Wire) 
                                                                                                                                    3. "Layin' Up With Linda" (G.G. Allin) 
                                                                                                                                    4. "Waiting Around To Die" (Townes Van Zandt) 
                                                                                                                                    5. "Green Fuz" (Randy Alvey & Green Fuz) 
                                                                                                                                    6. "Yesterlove" (Sam Gopal) 
                                                                                                                                    7. "Dirty Robot" V/ Kate Moss (Arling & Cameron) 
                                                                                                                                    8. "Dandelion Seeds" (July) 
                                                                                                                                    9."Mexico" (Fuckemos) 
                                                                                                                                    10."Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye" F/ Liv Tyler (Leonard Cohen) 
                                                                                                                                    11. "Beautiful" (Linda Perry)


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