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The Mysterines

Reeling

    The Mysterines have enjoyed some incredible success to date. This includes a sold-out tour just before lockdown in February 2020 a 2nd sold out tour coming in autumn, playlists at BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music.

    A note from Lia on the first single off the album:
    In My Head appears to be a love song but that was not the original intention. I did want it to superficially be seen as that but in reality, it's a song about people who struggle with their mental health. Partly autobiographical it is about how sometimes life can feel like you’re being haunted by something out of your control. The song was produced and mixed by Catherine Marks.

    NME: "The Mysterines have all the makings for a breakout rock band. Stomping riffs, a brilliant leader in Lia Metcalfe (head-turning vocal range) and the playful mythology-toying that builds their own legend...This
    Liverpool gang want it all – and they’re probably going to get it."



    TRACK LISTING

    1. Life’s A Bitch (But I Like It So Much)
    2. Hung Up
    3. Reeling
    4. Old Friends Die Hard
    5. Dangerous
    6. On The Run
    7. Under Your Skin
    8. The Bad Thing
    9. In My Head
    10. Means To Bleed
    11. All These Things
    12. Still Call You Home
    13. The Confession Song

    Tame Impala

    The Slow Rush (Deluxe Set)

      • Lift Off Artwork Box (like Currents Collector’s Edition)
      • Regular Album 2LP w/ new colour (transparent red) & different artwork elements to original press
      • Remix 12" #1 – ‘One More Year (NTS Extended Version)’ // ‘Patience (Maurice Fulton Remix)’ & ‘Patience’ (Original Version)
      • Remix 12" #2 – ‘Is It True (Four Tet Remix’) // ‘Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty Remix)’ & Borderline (Blood Orange Remix)’
      • 7" – 2 x B-sides
      • Deluxe Booklet
      • The Slow Rush 2050 Calendar`


      TRACK LISTING

      1. The Boat I Row
      2. No Choice
      3. Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty Remix)
      4. One More Year (NTS Version)
      5. Patience (Maurice Fulton Remix)
      6. Is It True (Four Tet Remix)
      7. Borderline (Blood Orange Remix)
      8. Patience

      Self Esteem

      Prioritise Pleasure

        The follow up to Self Esteem’s acclaimed 2019 debut album Compliments Please, Prioritise Pleasure is a record that reminds us all of the importance of being our unapologetic selves, putting your insecurities out there in the hope that it can be the first step towards healing them. Honest disclosure has always been Self Esteem’s forte, and so each track on Prioritise Pleasure handles difficult themes with nuanced perspective, comforted and counter-balanced with an array of rhythmic flourishes that speak to the eclecticism of her experience and influence.

        Having allowed itself grace, Prioritise Pleasure is also a record of great joy. Working again with trusted producer Johan Karlberg [of afro-fusion trio The Very Best], it was stitched together throughout the pandemic in chunked sessions, the time between each batch encouraging Taylor to fully flesh out her ideas. With Prioritise Pleasure, Self Esteem comes one step closer to reminding listeners – and herself – that true success begins and ends with self-acceptance, telling your story in the way that only you can.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Rebecca Lucy Taylor has an uncanny skill for a melody, and it's clear from both the gritty drive of neo-synth banger 'Prioritise Pleasure', soaring and triumphant but wonderfully formed around a wealth of scatty percussion and tasteful reverb, as well as the earlier confessional spoken word of 'I Do This All The Time'. It's a wonderfully formed and brilliantly clever album.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. I’m Fine
        2. Fucking Wizardry
        3. Hobbies 2
        4. Prioritise Pleasure
        5. I Do This All The Time
        6. Moody
        7. Still Reigning
        8. How Can I Help You
        9. It’s Been A While
        10. The 345
        11. John Elton
        12. You Forever
        13. Just Kids

        Art School Girlfriend

        Is It Light Where You Are

          ‘Is It Light Where You Are’ is the debut album from Art School Girlfriend, moniker of Welsh producer, multi-instrumental musician and song writer Polly Mackey. Mostly written over a two week period of 14-hour solo studio sessions, the bulk of her album is torn straight from a journal kept throughout 2019. Those pages chronicle the end of a US tour, the tumultuous ending of a six-year relationship and Mackey’s journey back to London from Margate, where she lived and co-owned a book shop with her then girlfriend.

          “The record starts with that feeling of being on the precipice of change,” she explains. “Before deciding to pull everything apart, go through it all and come out the other side.” While the lyrics are autobiographical, the full story can be heard in the album’s sonic relief map. “The main theme is duality between light and dark, lightness and heaviness. The production sort of mimics human emotions: there’s a lot of beauty buried underneath these uncomfortable-to-listen-to sounds.”

          Lyrical abstractness / concrete meaning. Danceability / lying down ability. Minimalism / fullness. Introspective melancholy / playfulness. Lo fi / hi fi. Drug Store Romeos play with the senses and flip the expectations, finding the sweet spot every time. 


          TRACK LISTING

          1. In The Middle
          2. Is It Light Where You Are
          3. Softer Side
          4. Give
          5. Low Light
          6. Colour Me
          7. Helm
          8. Good As I Wanted
          9. Bored Of Myself
          10. Eyes On You

          Fryars

          God Melodies

            Fryars - dubbed the “mad professor of pop” by the FADER - is the musical brainchild of Benjamin Garrett, whose peerless sound has won him fans from Kanye West to Lily Allen to Depeche Mode. Following the buzz around his early work, Fryars released his debut album Dark Young Hearts in 2009, while his second studio album Power - a journey through the imagination built around a story that spans three continents and deals with all the deliciousness of life; love, greed, loss and death - arrived 5 years later through a plethora of difficulties to critical acclaim. Dazed called it “a dazzling electro-pop construct”, while The Guardian praised Fryars for “mixing regret and basic human desires to create something strangely uplifting”. Since the release of Power, Garrett has worked extensively with Lily Allen, co-writing tracks on her number one album Sheezusand 2018’s Mercury nominated No Shame, as well as writing and producing for Rae Morris’ acclaimed 2018 record Someone Out There.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. God Melodies
            2. Moscow (feat. Rae Morris)
            3. 49
            4. Pair Of Dancers
            5. Lionel
            6. Orange Juice
            7. I Won’t Hurry Love
            8. Your Parade
            9. Wonder
            10. Feeling Lonely Is A Shadowy Glow
            11. Quail’s Egg No. 1 In C Sharp Major

            Billie Marten

            Flora Fauna

              Flora Fauna is the forthcoming third album from Billie Marten.

              Raised in the rolling hills of North Yorkshire on artists such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, and Kate Bush, Marten’s critically acclaimed debut album Writing of Blues and Yellows, was released in 2016 when she was still just 17, while its follow-up Feeding Seahorses By Hand was similarly lauded in 2019 (# 53 in UK album chart).

              Flora Fauna, was recorded with Rich Cooper in London. Marten’s new material blends those signature hushed, resonant vocals with a rapid pulse and rich instrumentation, her inspirations now stretching from krautrockers Can, to Broadcast, Arthur Russell, and Fiona Apple.

              Built on the minimalist acoustic folk foundations she made a name for herself with, Flora Fauna is a more mature, embodied album fostered around a strong backbone of bass and rhythm. Shedding the timidity of previous work in favour of a more urgent sound, the songs mark a period of personal independence for Marten as she learned to nurture herself and break free from toxic relationships - and a big part of that was returning to nature.

              “I wasn’t really treating myself very well, it was a bit of a disruptive time. All these songs are about getting myself out of that hole - they’re quite strong affirmations. The name Flora Fauna is like a green bath for my eyes. If the album was a painting, it would look like flora and fauna - it encompasses every organism, every corner of Earth, and a feeling of total abundance.”


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: An uplifting and verdant mix of acoustic guitar, boisterous percussion and bursts of orchestral heft. Martin's voice soars above it all providing a beautifully grounding counterpoint to the jubilant instrumentation. Wonderfully textured and celebratory songwriting throughout.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Garden Of Eden
              2. Creature Of Mine
              3. Human Replacement
              4. Liquid Love
              5. Heaven
              6. Ruin
              7. Pigeon
              8. Kill The Clown
              9. Walnut
              10. Aquarium

              Tame Impala

              InnerSpeaker - 10th Anniversary Edition

                To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its release, Tame Impala present a deluxe, 4LP reissue of their debut album InnerSpeaker. Recorded in 2009 in Western Australia, InnerSpeaker is a psychedelic rock explosion that explores the joy of solitary creativity. triple j called it a “spiralling, trippy adventure”, while Pitchfork’s Zach Kelly said, “it's difficult to be so plugged-in to a vintage feel without the music seeming time-capsuled, but the band's vibrance help these songs sound very much alive.”

                InnerSpeaker received critical acclaim upon its release: it won Australian Album of the Year at the j awards and Rolling Stone’s Album of the Year, received multiple ARIA award nominations, was labelled ‘Best New Music’ by Pitchfork, and has since been featured in multiple lists of the Best Albums of the 2010s.

                TRACK LISTING

                Lp 1
                Side A
                1. It Is Not Meant To Be
                2. Desire Be Desire Go
                3. Alter Ego
                Side B
                4. Lucidity
                5. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
                6. Solitude Is Bliss

                Lp 2
                Side C
                7. Jeremy’s Storm
                8. Expectation
                9. The Bold Arrow Of Time
                Side D
                10. Runway Houses City Clouds
                11. I Don’t Really Mind

                Lp 3
                Side A
                1. Alter Ego
                2. Runway Houses City Clouds
                Side B
                3. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
                4. It Is Not Meant To Be

                Lp 4
                Side A
                1. Demos/ideas
                Side B
                2. Jam With Sav

                Kate Tempest

                Unholy Elixir

                  The past 18 months have been a whirlwind of activity for the London based poet, rapper, novelist, spoken word artist and playwright Kate Tempest. Having released her third studio album which was executively produced by Rick Rubin, ‘The Book Of Traps And Lessons’ to critical acclaim last June, Kate then embarked on an extensive year of touring, which included her biggest show to date at a sold out London Eventim Apollo.

                  ‘Unholy Elixir’ and ‘People’s Faces (Streatham Version)’ are new takes on the album’s ‘Holy Elixir’ and ‘People’s Faces’ - Produced and Mixed by Dan Carey.


                  The Big Moon

                  Walking Like We Do

                    The British gang arrived like a breath of fresh air with their Mercury Prize nominated debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ back in April 2017. Fronted by Juliette Jackson, The Big Moon unleashed song after song fizzing with melody and charm.

                    The forthcoming second album, Walking Like We Do, was recorded in Atlanta alongside Grammy Award winning US Producer Ben H. Allen III (M.I.A./Deerhunter/Bombay Bicycle Club).

                    The band are Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer and Fern Ford. 


                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. It’s Easy Then
                    2. Your Light
                    3. Dog Eat Dog
                    4. Why
                    5. Don’t Think
                    6. Waves
                    7. Holy Roller
                    8. Take A Piece
                    9. Barcelona
                    10. A Hundred Ways To Land
                    11. ADHD

                    The Big Moon

                    Take A Piece / Your Light

                      'The British gang arrived like a breath of fresh air with their Mercury Prize nominated debut album, Love In The 4th Dimension, back in April 2017. Fronted by Juliette Jackson, The Big Moon unleashed song after song fizzing with melody and charm.

                      The band are Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer and Fern Ford. 

                      Kate Tempest

                      The Book Of Traps And Lessons

                      Kate Tempest's third studio album, "The Book of Traps and Lessons". The highly anticipated album was crafted with Rick Rubin and Dan Carey over the course of the past five years. It follows Tempest’s previous releases, 2014’s "Everybody Down" and 2017’s "Let Them Eat Chaos", both of which were shortlisted for Mercury Prize in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Last year, Kate Tempest was nominated at The BRIT Awards for Best Female Solo Performer.

                      A handful of words often tell you everything you need to know. When asked, who is Kate Tempest? She gives a brief, albeit telling answer. “Kate Tempest is the words,” she responds. You haven’t ever seen, heard, or experienced anyone quite like her. Tempest uncovers the missing link between the Golden Ages of literature and hip-hop. The London-born BRIT Award-nominated spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist, and playwright rhymes with a century-turning fury. Since her emergence in 2011, she has redefined what it means to be a wordsmith in the Modern Age. To date, she has published three poetry collections, staged three plays, and released two studio albums. Along the way, she entranced audiences on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NPR’s “Tiny Desk,” and more. Not to mention, she garnered widespread critical acclaim from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Forbes, and more, to name a few. In the midst of this whirlwind journey, she performed a passage of her popular 75-minute narrative poem, Brand New Ancients, on Charlie Rose. Legendary producer and American Recordings Founder Rick Rubin caught the show, tracked down her phone number, and made a call.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Thirsty
                      2. Keep Moving Don't Move
                      3. Brown Eyed Man
                      4. Three Sided Coin
                      5. I Trap You
                      6. All Humans Too Late
                      7. Hold Your Own
                      8. Lessons
                      9. Firesmoke
                      10. Holy Elixir
                      11. People's Faces

                      Day Wave

                      The Days We Had

                        Jackson Phillips is dropping his debut album as Day Wave, The Days We Had, in May, but damn if he isn’t more polished than a first outing would suggest.

                        “Something Here,” the second single (after the melodically sedated “Wasting Time”) rushes forward with the sort-of hope that could only come from a “rookie” while tempering that blind faith with some lived-in logic. Even with a heavy head, Phillips insists “There’s something here” as some War on Drugs-inspired guitars whoosh past him. It’s just lovely to listen to and a wonderful sign of things to come.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        01. Something Here
                        02. Home
                        03. Ordinary
                        04. Untitled
                        05. Bloom
                        06. On Your Side
                        07. Bring You Down
                        08. Wasting Time
                        09. Promises
                        10. Disguise
                        11. I’m Still Here

                        24 year old Benjamin Garrett, aka Fryars, has always bucked trends. His startling new album Power has been more than just a labour of love, it's been a near-five year journey of the imagination built around a story that spans three continents and deals with all the deliciousness of life; love, greed, loss and death.

                        Elbow

                        The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

                        ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ was recorded in Real World Studios and at the band’s facilities at Blueprint Studios, Salford. As with previous albums, the million selling ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ and platinum follow up ‘build a rocket boys!’ it was produced by the band’s keyboardist Craig Potter. The making of ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ saw the band take a new approach to writing and recording. Previously songs were mostly developed by the band as a whole but this new album sees individual members and subgroups take the lead on several tracks.

                        ‘Honey Sun’ was written and recorded at home by guitarist Mark Potter, his brother Craig wrote the music for ‘Real Life (Angel)’ and bassist Pete Turner built ‘Colour Fields’ using apps on his iPad. The first track to be heard from the album, ‘Fly Boy Blue / Lunette’ was developed by drummer Richard Jupp alongside Pete and Mark whilst both Guy and Craig were away from the studio.

                        The album features several guests including the Hallé Orchestra (‘Manchester’s oldest band’ as Guy affectionately calls them) with Pete McPhail, Tim Barber, Bob Marsh and Kat Curlett adding brass to selected tracks and tour mate and long term friend Jimi Goodwin of Doves adding backing vocals on ‘New York Morning’.

                        Despite the changes in approach musically and lyrically ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ contains many familiar elements for fans of the band. Early taster ‘Fly Boy Blue / Lunette’ harks back to debut single ‘Newborn’ in its step change melody and rhythmic shift mid song whilst ‘New York Morning’, the first single proper from the album, carries at its centre the type of life affirming refrain that run through elbow songs from ‘Scattered Black and Whites’ from their debut to ‘Open Arms’ from ‘build a rocket boys!’.

                        Sharp eyed elbow watchers will also note the presence of ‘Charge’, which was performed live during the band’s last run of UK arena shows during the ‘build a rocket boys!’ campaign in December 2012. The song demonstrates that elbow retain an ability to deliver the darker side of human nature that echoes the likes of ‘Little Beast’ and ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ from earlier albums.

                        Familiar themes return, the welcoming of old friends, the mourning of past loves and, as Guy would say ‘some of the big and little, positive and negative, life experiences that any group of men approaching forty can expect’.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. This Blue World
                        2. Charge
                        3. Hallelujah Morning (Real Life)
                        4. Honey Sun
                        5. New York Morning
                        6. Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
                        7. My Sad Captains
                        8. Colour Fields
                        9. The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
                        10. The Blanket Of Night

                        Jamie N Commons

                        Rumble And Sway EP - SIGNED COPIES

                          ULTRA LIMITED SIGNED COPIES.

                          Born in Bristol, Jamie N Commons moved to Chicago with his family when he was six and it was there that he developed a deep love for American music. The first gig his father took him to was the Allman Brothers: "I have strong memories of strange-smelling smoke and the guy next to us howling like a wolf," recalls Jamie.

                          Working at Westlake Studios, where Michael Jackson recorded Thriller, inspired a new sonic approach, combining gritty beats, arresting vocals and rousing melodies which, together with experimental arrangements, make these 4 songs unique and inspiring. Alex Da Kid, Eg White (Adele, Florence and the Machine) and Ed Harcourt are on production duties, giving a taste of things to come.

                          Elbow

                          Leaders Of The Free World

                            'Leaders of the Free World', Elbow's third album, sees the band try to beat down their major league contemporaries with a more ambitious set of songs. The results are impressive and may form the band's best work yet. Beginning with the beautiful, slow-building "Station Approach", and ending with the short but touching "Puncture Repair", 'Leaders of the Free World' takes in an a host of minor classics along the way including the captivating title track. The album is the result of a collaborative projecy between the band and film-makers, the Soup Collective.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Station Approach 4:21
                            2. Picky Bugger 3:07
                            3. Forget Myself 5:22
                            4. The Stops 5:03
                            5. Leaders Of The Free World 6:11
                            6. An Imagined Affair 4:43
                            7. Mexican Standoff 4:01
                            8. The Everthere 4:14
                            9. My Very Best 5:34
                            10. Great Expectations 5:05
                            11. Puncture Repair 1:48

                            10,000 Things

                            10,000 Things

                              10,000 Things are rock'n'roll. Their debut album is full of songs about bad relationships, crap jobs, avoiding your landlord on rent day and having a laugh - basically a snapshot of the bands lives.


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