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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. 


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Orange Heavyweight vinyl.
    Gatefold with spine.
    A3 poster.
    Download card.

    LP Info: Black Heavyweight vinyl.
    Gatefold with spine.
    Download card.

    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. 

      Pumarosa

      Devastation

        From the very first beat of ‘Fall Apart’, anyone familiar with Pumarosa can tell that a transformation has taken place. With a fast drum’n’bass inspired tattoo beating urgently beneath a sawing riff and a wide, synthesised expanse, this is a dramatic evolution from the band’s more guitar-driven debut, ‘The Witch’.

        Digging deeper into electronic influences ranging from Aphex Twin and Autechre to old jungle tunes, the shock of ‘Fall Apart’ mirrors the irreversible shift in Pumarosa’s own circumstances: shattering diagnoses, new beginnings and a strange optimism - the promise of what can be built only after total annihilation - all fed into a record that feels like an exhilarating affirmation of life.

        Learning to ‘Fall Apart’ may not have come easily to Pumarosa, but what’s emerged in ‘Devastation’ is an album about transformation on a more cellular level. First came the chaos: on the week ‘The Witch’ was released, the band’s lead singer Isabel Muñoz-Newsome was diagnosed with cervical cancer, with the resulting surgery and recovery totally changing her relationship to her body (and how to write about it).

        Inner-band relationships also evolved following the departure of bassist Henry, which further energised Pumarosa to explore new spaces in their already-expansive sound. The band took the work to producer John Congleton in LA, whose production on the likes of St Vincent and Swans helped convince them he could bring these songs and life-changing experiences into existence. They were joined in the album recording by Tool’s Justin Chancellor who, after becoming a fan of the band from their debut, provided driving bass performances in his inimitable style.

        ‘Devastation’ is a powerfully uplifting album that confirms Pumarosa as one of the UK’s most inventive and ambitious bands. Songs work through questions of mortality and the pain of love while revelling in sexuality: what it feels like to ‘Fall Apart’, what it takes to carry on, and what it means to be alive.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: It doesn't surprise me that Devastation has a host of guests providing exactly what i'd expect them to. That rolling driven bass sound? Yep, Justin from Tool. The gloomy, but immediate production? That's right, It's John Congleton, Swans' producer, and adding that all to Pumarosa's own brand of arty percussive electronic indie, you have the superb, heartfelt triumph that is Devastation.

        Mini Mansions

        Guy Walks Into A Bar...

          Mini Mansions are singer and guitarist Michael Shuman (bassist of Queens of The Stone Age), bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and singer and keyboardist Tyler Parkford (Arctic Monkeys’ keys on tour).

          Previously, they’ve released two albums – The Great Pretenders (2015) and Mini Mansions (2010), plus the Works Every Time EP (2018) and Mini Mansions EP (2009).

          ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’ as an album examines the kind of hip-swaying rock'n'roll you’d find on a dive bar jukebox, it sounds happily disaffected by trend, time or place, like the titular joke itself. There are a hundred different kickers to that joke, but this time around the joke's on them. A guy walks into a bar only to face reality. “It started off as a joke because it is a joke,” says Shuman of the title. “It's a way to start off the story of a relationship that ends up getting much deeper.”

          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.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: Single sleeve, wide spine, 16 page booklet.

          Deluxe CD Info: Hardback, 32 page booklet, bespoke finish.

          CD Info: Mintpack and 16 page booklet.

          "Future Dust" is an album that retools rock’s dark past for the present day while having an absolute blast. Loose blues grooves, religious references and falsetto backing vocals abound on songs that explore issues including social media witch hunts, eating disorders and depression, but never lose sight of a singalong. The Amazons were the most hotly tipped band of 2017 and followed through with their debut album reaching #8 in the official chart.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Mine says: Big melodies, big vocals, The Amazons are bound for big things... 'Future Dust' is stadium rock in the making.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Deluxe LP Info: Limited edition deluxe 180 gram vinyl with wide spine sleeve, die cut, and 8 page booklet.

          Nick Mulvey's second album 'Wake Up Now. Hisstandout debut album, First Mind, in 2015 was the introduction of an artist who shirked the conventional and side-stepped the expected. Nick’s return with the first fruits of his new album sessions has brought with it his own outlook on a world that can’t decide which direction it’s going, or quite what to do with itself. We’re all hastily trying to find our spot within these times, and Nick is no exception, but if clarity is part-resolved by a call to arms, perhaps it’s time to make that call.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Martin says: Wonderful follow up to the exquisite "First Mind". Darker and more world weary, but still as beautifully crafted and endlessly compassionate as his debut.

          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.

            Crystal Castles are an experimental electronic band formed in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario by songwriter/producer Ethan Kath. Crystal Castles are known for their chaotic live shows and lo-fi melancholic homemade productions. They released many limited vinyl singles between 2006 and 2007 before releasing a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums between 2008 and 2012. Their debut album, Crystal Castles, was released in 2008 and was listed on NME’s "Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade" list at # 39. In 2010 their second album, titled (II), charted on the Billboard 200, and includes their first worldwide charting single, “Not In Love” featuring vocalist Robert Smith of The Cure. Their third album, (III), was released on November 12, 2012 and was the # 1 album of 2012 on Tumblr and also on Hype Machine. The album included 4 singles: “Plague”, "Wrath of God", "Sad Eyes" and "Affection".

            Glass announced her departure from the band in October 2014, citing personal and professional reasons. In April 2015, Ethan Kath released a new Crystal Castles track, "Frail", featuring a new singer, Edith Frances. He also announced they are writing and recording a new album, and here it is!

            Fourth and best album from this London combo. The Maccabees make powerful indie-rock with incendiary guitars, the perfect backdrop to Orlando Weeks' poetic lyrics, which on this record are sometimes politically motivated too. It's very much an urban band, and the gentrification of the area around their studio (in the Elephant and Castle) is a particular bugbear. But ultimately we're here for the tunes, and just like on their last, Mercury Music nominated effort,  "Marks To Prove It " does not disappoint.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Martin says: Politics take centre stage on The Maccabees' best LP so far.

            Currents was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker in Fremantle, West Australia. Lyrically the record finds Parker in a very different place in 2015 to where he was seven years ago. Transitions in life, relationships, perspectives, mindsets – Currents maps Parker’s evolution through these and finds him a brand new person.

            Musically, Currents sounds like the work of a player on top of his game and having a blast, Parker indulging his whims and unafraid to dive down the rabbit hole after an idea. Again operating as a one man studio band, Parker’s resultant record calls to mind contemporary hip hop production, Thriller, fried 70s funk, the irreverent playground Daft Punk presented on Discovery, swathes of future pop and emotional 80s balladry, all filtered through a thoroughly modern psychedelic third eye. A genre-bending soundscape fuelled equally by curiosity as it is consciousness; it’s an exhilarating new territory for Tame Impala. 

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLP Info: Black vinyl edition. Double LP with printed inner sleeves.

            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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with full colour printed bag and lyric sheet, all on a satin finish.

            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            Ltd CD Info: Limited edition digipack with foil blocking and 16-page satin finish booklet.

            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’.

            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.

              Cheeky title, but what do you expect? This collects all his singles plus his two excellent collaborations with UNKLE. There's also three re-recorded, and far superior takes on a couple of B-sides and the gorgeous "Forever And A Day." As a romantic lover of the old '45' this is probably Ian's favourite LP that he's done. The photos and artwork are lush and the songs themselves are super-vibrant, catchy and groovy. If you only get one IB album then you better make it this. If you're a fan you'll be made-up with the new versions, and you can finally get to offload that dodgy second UNKLE LP!

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLtd LP Info: Limited edition double vinyl.

              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.

                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.

                From Scunthorpe, but having lived in Manchester for a few years, Stephen Fretwell has been 'Boy Most Likely To' for a while now. His "8 Songs" mini-album and 2 EPs have sold like hotcakes in our shop and if you liked them you're going to love this album. It was recorded in Abbey Road and is lush, full yet never over-done. It's still open-hearted, melancholy and beautiful stuff - a little Dylan, a little Kloot-ish- but just so tastefully coloured in that you feel he may just one day walk out of the cosy, dark haven of the Night And Day bar into the dazzle of international stardom! Certainly there have been few better songs than "Play", "Emily" or "Lost Without You" written this year. It's too late for our Year End chart but you can be sure this record would have been right up there if it hadn't have been. It's effortlessly classic. You'll all love it!


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