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Art School Girlfriend

Soft Landing

    Art School Girlfriend, Aka Polly Mackey, has announced that her forthcoming second album Soft Landing, is set to be released via Fiction Records on August 8, 2023. The album is self-described as a series of “small euphorias”, it is an album that finds Mackey shifting her sound towards tactile electronics whilst retaining the floating melodies of her debut.

    With the announcement, Mackey has released one of her strongest tracks to date, titled “Close To The Clouds”, which follows the success of standalone single “A Place To Lie” earlier this year. “Close To The Clouds” is an integral part of Soft Landing, with the central refrain providing the album with its title, and the song unfurling into climbing, arpeggiated synths amidst acid-house indebted drums.

    Soft Landing follows Mackey’s 2020 debut album, Is It Light Where You Are? an album made in the wake of a tumultuous time and released during one. Soft Landing feels like Mackey’s true debut, a record of curiosity and playfulness with songs that sound like they are falling effortlessly into place. 


    1. A Place To Lie
    2. Close To The Clouds
    3. Real Life
    4. Waves
    5. Blue Sky Feat. Tony Njoku
    6. The Weeks
    7. Laugh My Head Off
    8. Out There
    9. Heaven Hanging Low
    10. How Do You Do It
    11. Too Bright

    Tame Impala

    Lonerism - 10th Anniversary 3LP Edition

      2022 marked the 10th anniversary of Lonerism. To celebrate, Tame Impala present fans with a deluxe 3LP reissue of the album that features previously unreleased demos from the era.

      Recorded in both Western Australia and Paris between 2010 and 2012, Lonerism was Tame Impala’s breakout record. It received critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and NME and is regarded as one of the best albums of 2012.

      This expanded deluxe edition of the album features the singles ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ and ‘Elephant’ amongst the original album track list, plus:
      • 2 previously unreleased demos
      • A full side of album demos
      • Deluxe 24-page booklet

      Lonerism’s artwork is by Leif Podhajsky and Kevin Parker, and the album was mixed by Dave Fridmann. Anniversary edition artwork designed by Erin Knutson and Immanuel Yang, with additional photography by Matt Sav and Kevin Parker. 


      Side A:
      Be Above It
      Endors Toi
      Apocalypse Dreams
      Side B:
      Mind Mischief
      Music To Walk Home By
      Why Won’t They Talk To Me?
      Side C:
      Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
      Keep On Lying
      Side D:
      She Just Won’t Believe Me
      Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
      Sun’s Coming Up
      Side E:
      Retina Show (Unreleased Demo)
      Sidetracked Soundtrack (Unreleased Demo)
      Side F:
      Assorted Sketches, 2010-2012



        Multi-Award winning, hugely influential musician Feist returns with Multitudes, her sixth solo album and first since 2017’s Pleasure.

        Multitudes was produced by Feist with longtime collaborators Robbie Lackritz (The Weather Station, Bahamas, Robbie Robertson) and Mocky (Jamie Lidell, Vulfpeck, Kelela). Blake Mills (Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Perfume Genius) and Joseph Lorge came in to mix, with Mills as a co-producer in the final stages.

        Multitudes took shape soon after the birth of her daughter and sudden death of her father, a back-to-back convergence of life-altering events that left the Canadian singer/songwriter with “Nothing performative in me anymore.” As she cleansed her songwriting of any tendency to obscure unwanted truths, Feist slowly made her way toward a batch of songs rooted in a raw and potent realism which is touched with otherworldly beauty.

        Largely written and workshopped during an intensely communal experimental show of the same name through 2021 and 2022, the songs on Multitudes developed in parallel with and were deeply influenced by the mutuality of the unconventional experience. The production, developed by Feist with legendary designer Rob Sinclair (David Byrne’s American Utopia, Peter Gabriel, Tame Impala) was formulated to bring people together as they re-emerged from lockdown while providing an outlet for connection between artist, art, and community.


        1. Hiding Out
        2. In Lightning
        3.Love Who We Are Meant To
        4. Forever Before
        5. Red Wing
        6. Rings Off
        7. Borrow Trouble
        8. Of Womankind
        9. Become The Earth
        10. Martyr Moves
        11. Calling All The Gods
        12. Song For A Sad Friend

        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.


          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.


          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

          Self Esteem

          Prima Facie - Original Theatre Soundtrack By Rebecca Lucy Taylor

            Ahead of the one person play's West End closing night this weekend, Taylor has shared her 14-track soundtrack for the acclaimed theatre production, which is written by Suzie Miller and directed by Justin Martin, and sees Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) play criminal defence barrister Tessa Ensler. Prima Facie will come to a close on Saturday (18 June) at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, before heading to Broadway in spring 2023. The soundtrack follows her 2021 Self Esteem album Prioritise Pleasure.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: The wonderful Rebecca Lucy Taylor presents a rich, moving soundtrack to Jodie Comer's stage show of the same name. 'Prima Facie' is RLT at peak emotional intensity, presenting saturated piano and shadowy reverbs beneath her deeply affecting vocal melodies. A wonderful standalone listen, and i'm sure perfect as a soundtrack too. Legends, both.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. The Winner 03:26
            2. To See From Here 03:41
            3. Chambers 03:42
            4. Chambers Continued (How Cliché) 01:35
            5. The Process 03:17
            6. Perfect 2 Me 03:05
            7. Perfect 2 Me (Reprise) 02:14
            8. To See From Here (Reprise) 02:38
            9. Second Place (Cab Rank Rule) 04:16
            10. Lean Back And Think Of Justice 03:50
            11. Cross Examination 01:48
            12. I Have No Power Here 03:52
            13. How Dare You 01:48
            14. 1 In 3 (I'm Fine) 04:02

            The Big Moon

            Here Is Everything

              THEMES: Motherhood, parenthood, birth, lockdown, friendships, love.

              The last time you heard them it was welcoming the release of their dazzling second album, Walking Like We Do, back in January 2020, when life was very different to how it is now. That was a coming-of-age record, bold songs for Saturday nights and sad songs for Sunday mornings. So much has changed, continues to change, and promises to change some more. And in this world of constant change, we yearn for the familiarity of a constant. Thankfully, one constant remains the unique, jubilant, unassailable bond that sews this brilliant London band together and what that does for their music, too. Another such constant is their collective ear for melody and knack for writing smart, sharp, and infectious indie-pop knockouts.

              Like so many records landing in store and on streaming services right now, Here Is Everything was conceived during the weight and worry of lockdown in a pandemic. Worlds were turned upside down and inside out. Lives became seismically different, whilst every day a carbon copy of the last. So, whilst Covid pulled the duvet tightly up over our heads and sat on it whilst we muffle-screamed that we could not breathe, it was also the unlikely backdrop to welcoming new life. Vocalist Juliette Jackson might have started lockdown teaching fans how to play guitar on Zoom to help pay the rent (including, to her eternal bemusement, one Courtney Love), she ended it as mother to a super little human being.

              Here is Everything documents the arrival of that fragile but mighty baby in real time, and the excitement and fear felt by this fragile but mighty mother. Meanwhile, the rest of the band doubled-down in the studio, taking Jules’ embryonic song frameworks and stepping forward as one, revelling in an innate, giddy togetherness and with a clutch of genuinely fantastic tunes.

              The record is introduced today by Wide Eyes, a pure, uplifting song of collective jubilance. It sounds like a band in the form of their lives, having the time of their lives, and against all the odds. It sounds instantly like The Big Moon whilst sounding unlike any of the music that’s gone before it.

              Here Is Everything was mostly self-produced, with the expert guidance and expertise of Adam Cecil Bartlett (Self Esteem, Jehnny Beth, PJ Harvey) and the Grammy Award winning producer Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Deer Hunter, and the producer of Walking Like We Do).

              TRACK LISTING

              1. 2 Lines
              2. Wide Eyes
              3. Daydreaming
              4. This Love
              5. Sucker Punch
              6. My Very Best
              7. Ladye Bay
              8. Trouble
              9. High & Low
              10. Magic
              11. Satellites

              The Amazons

              How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me


                Matt here. Just wanted to reach out and let you know a few things about the record you’re about to, or are already listening to!

                How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me is a record largely inspired by the long distance relationship I’ve been in over the last couple years, and more specifically, the 7 months spent apart in 2020. The album was largely written in the converted attic I live in, in the centre of Brighton.

                The songs that went on to make up this record were originally only to be shared between me and my girlfriend. You can imagine, after a few months, that phone calls and Whatsapp and FaceTime begin to wear a little thin, especially in the face of not knowing when we’d be reunited. Writing and sharing music became a way for me to feel like I retained some kind of power, to bridge the distance between us.

                As a band we were already halfway through writing a very different record, but it became apparent, the more and more I shared these songs with the boys, that this was the story we wanted to tell.
                Sonically, we wanted to make a record that kicked back against the confines of our houses and bedrooms. We wanted to make music powerful enough blow the roof off and transport us somewhere else. Lots of artists made records to match the slower pace of life over the last couple years which was cool, but we never stopped dreaming about festivals and life and energy and community. I hope that’s reflected in the music.

                We’ve been incredibly lucky to work with some of our heroes on this album. I expressed to Jim Abbiss (who produced the record) and Craig Silvey (who mixed it) that The Amazons wouldn’t exist without their work, so many times, I’m sure it became slightly irritating. But it’s true and it feels kind of full circle for us.

                We’ve been in the Fiction and Universal family now for nearly 7 years. We’ve worked with a lot of incredible minds and huge hearts and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to grow as artists. Each of the last 2 records we’ve released up to this point have been unique adventures and we’ve learnt so much. For us, this record represents the accumulation of all that work and experience, but also the start of a new adventure, that we hope will be the best yet. We’re so excited to have you on the journey and we hope you like the record!

                See you soon.
                Matt, Joe, Chris and Elliot. 

                Nick Mulvey

                New Mythology

                  To arrive at this album, the acclaimed artist and songwriter has come a long way – both experientially, musically and philosophically. Musician, composer and producer, Nick’s work pushes boundaries in songwriting and sound, music both traditional and experimental, acoustic and electronic. A founding member of the award-winning British collective Portico Quartet, he left in 2011 to concentrate on his own material. Once solo, he released the Mercury Prize nominated debut album First Mind in 2014, and 2017’s celebrated Wake Up Now, along with a number of EPs. On New Mythology, our shared humanity becomes common sense and this humanity and the natural world are enmeshed. The possibility of flourishing futures becomes real. The album explores the vulnerability of the everyday human experience; becoming a father, sickness and death, navigating the pandemic, but also Nick’s journey to compute the scope and scale of his feelings: an attempt to embody the personal all the way to the planetary – and grasp their true inseparability. ‘Star Nation’, and ‘Begin Again’ - released during the pandemic - both sow the seeds of this interconnected space.

                  New Mythology was recorded during the pandemic in Paris with renowned producer Renaud Letang [Manu Chao, Feist, Connan Mockasin] at Studio Ferber – which miraculously remained open whilst the city was in lockdown. Nick also credits his friends and family, teachers past and present who’ve helped him arrive at this point – from mentors like the Polynesian ambassador and elder Aunty Ivy, the life’s work of Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Berry’s collection of essays evening thoughts and Mac Macartney’s book The Children’s Fire. Further inspiration Nick credits to his beloved homeland of Britain, his ever deepening kinship to the land, ancestors and the living world. Now, Mulvey finds himself at the precipice of change and is ready to share his raw musings with the world.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. A Prayer Of My Own
                  2. Star Nation
                  3. Mecca
                  4. Brother To You
                  5. Shores Of Mona
                  6. The Gift
                  7. Sea Inside (Third Way)
                  8. Causes
                  9. Another Way To Be
                  10. Mona
                  11. Interbeing Part 1
                  12. Begin Again (Love You Just The Same)

                  The Mysterines


                    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


                    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

                        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.

                          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

                          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. 

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Let It Happen
                          2. Nangs
                          3. The Moment
                          4. Yes I’m Changing
                          5. Eventually
                          6. Gossip
                          7. The Less I Know The Better
                          8. Past Life
                          9. Disciples
                          10. ‘Cause I’m A Man
                          11. Reality In Motion
                          12. Love/Paranoia
                          13. New Person, Same Old Mistakes

                          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.


                          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.

                            Ian Brown

                            The Greatest

                              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!


                              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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