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Ripples

    PLEASE NOTE THIS VERSION DOESN'T GET YOU A WRISTBAND FOR THE SIGNING SESSION WHICH IS NOW SOLD OUT!!!!

    Ian Brown's comeback record is everything you'd want from the funky monkey. Care-free, breezy, uplifting vibes with words that mix the cosmic with a conscience, this record was made almost totally independently. Just Ian, his sons and his old engineer provide that unique blend of the groovy, quirky, and endlessly catchy that we've all come to love and expect.

    There's mellow, soulful, bluesy funkers, a rock reggae cover, a reggae reggae cover, a couple of slinky, bouncy, elastic shufflers, some massive, psych-tinged slowies (Syd meets Lennon!) and his most Roses sounding tune so far: evidently a ballad ABOUT The Roses (insert broken-hearted emoji here!?)

    Soundwise this is Ian's most beautifully produced record by a mile. Warm, fat and analogue, with killer basslines and a big bottom end, there's a sparseness in the textures but a depth and width in the mix that's more akin to late 70's reggae than any old 'indie' rock. Ripples is all about the SPACE. Ian's voice and words, as charismatic and enigmatic as ever, are central to it all. And he's never sounded better. Self produced, self written (bar 3 co-writes with his sons. What could be more natural?) and with zero session musicians in sight, this feels like Unfinished Monkey Business, the Second Chapter. But with way better songs, way lusher production; a glorious combo of Tunes, space and sound. The dream belongs to the dreamers!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Ian Brown comes full circle. Doing it himself and doing it for the kids(!) he's made his best ever album as a solo artist.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Limited edition indies only coloured vinyl. Heavyweight white vinyl, spined sleeve, printed inner sleeve.

    LP Info: Black heavyweight vinyl, spined sleeve, printed inner.

    CD Info: Jewel case, 16 page booklet.

    Ian Brown

    Ripples + WRISTBAND FOR INSTORE SIGNING

      THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT!!!!!

      PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM ON ANY FORMAT TO RECEIVE A WRISTBAND FOR A 'RIPPLES' SIGNING SESSION INSTORE.

      THE SIGNING SESSION IS INSTORE HERE (53 OLDHAM STREET, MANCHESTER) ON FRIDAY FERUARY 1st FROM MIDDAY.
       
      IF YOU CAN ATTEND THE SIGNING SESSION PLEASE ADD "WRISTBAND REQUIRED" IN THE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS BOX AT CHECKOUT.

      IT'S ADVISIBLE TO USE THE "PICK UP INSTORE" OPTION SO THAT YOU CAN COLLECT THE ALBUM AND WRISTBAND INSTORE ON THE DAY.

       
      (NB: APOLOGIES, BUT DUE TO THE EXPECTED HIGH NUMBERS IAN WILL ONLY BE SIGNING COPIES OF HIS LATEST ALBUM 'RIPPLES'. ALSO, NO WRISTBAND = NO ENTRY)


      Ian produced ‘Ripples’ as well as writing the majority of tracks on the album. Three of the songs were co-written with his sons, who also play a multitude of instruments across the release. Covers of Barrington Levy’s ‘Black Roses’ and ‘Break Down The Walls’ by Mikey Dread complete the album.

      The album was recorded in Liverpool and enhanced in the Beatles room at Abbey Road Studios, before being mixed by long-term collaborator Steve Fitzmaurice. The record was digitally mastered by Bob Ludwig in New York, while the vinyl was mastered by Chris Bellman in LA.

      Ian Brown has retained complete creative control of the project - producing the album, directing the video (to be released soon) as well as creating the artwork himself and playing guitar, drums and a host of other instruments throughout the record.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition indies only coloured vinyl. Heavyweight white vinyl, spined sleeve, printed inner sleeve.

      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      LP Info: Black heavyweight vinyl, spined sleeve, printed inner.

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      CD Info: Jewel case, 16 page booklet.

      Ian Brown

      First World Problems

        Ian Brown has released a brand new single, ‘First World Problems’, his first solo material in nine years. The single precedes the new album ‘Ripples’, which will be released on February1, 2019. Played mostly by Ian, but aided by two of his sons, this  return to pop bodes well for his forthcoming new LP.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Bouncy, baggy, uplifting vibes, a top melody and cool message make this a freed-up, groovy return for the erstwhile (but soon to be reinstated!) King Monkey.

        Ian Brown

        Music Of The Spheres

          Before Music of the Spheres was released, Ian Brown touted it as a return for him to the peak form of his former band, the Stone Roses. As things go in the U.K., many members of the British music press jumped on the comments and appropriated Brown's views as their own. Realistically, Music of the Spheres is a strong, mature album, befitted with lush, exhilarating production that easily fits alongside Unfinished Monkey Business and Golden Greats, but it doesn't introduce anything revolutionary or match the excellence of The Stone Roses. The only thing that seems new for Brown on Music of the Spheres is that a number of the songs sound like minimalist tone poem explorations and that he sings in Spanish on "El Mundo Pequeno." One example of the minimalism is "Hear No See No," where Brown accompanies spare electronic notes with whispers of the title lyrics. But the album is at its strongest when he reaches for the inspired hooks and choruses that are his bread and butter. "F.E.A.R." is particularly compelling, with its lush string sounds and Brown's insanely catchy repetition of the letters that make up the song's title. "Stardust" and "Shadow of a Saint" are the album's other standouts, where Brown concocts frazzled poetry like, "I'm made from stardust/The same DNA as stardust," and intones about the "wings of an angel." Less bombastic than Golden Greats and more focused than Unfinished Monkey Business, Music of the Spheres is brimming with charm and accomplished, polished songcraft. 

          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.


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