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Rumspringa

    "Last fall we received a demo from our friends in Danish experimental pop group, Efterklang. It was presented humbly as an album that a touring member of their band had been working on for the past few years. The three songs they sent were the beginnings of Rumspringa, the 11-song orchestral pop marvel from American singer-songwriter Daniel James aka Canon Blue. Though technically residing in Nashville, TN, Daniel James has spent the majority of the past three years touring the world with Efterklang while simultaneously writing and recording Rumspringa in their Copenhagen studio. He then headed to Iceland to record orchestral arrangements with renowned string quartet Amiina (most famously recognized as Sigur Rós’ string section).

    The result is a breathtakingly gorgeous mix of orchestral pop and neoclassical minimalism that blends the soulful intimacy of Jeff Buckley and the playful whimsy of Sufjan Stevens with the stately meditation of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Canon Blue’s auspicious beginnings are rooted in the 2007 debut album, Colonies, a bedroom electronic folk collaboration with Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Rumspringa ironically finds Daniel James coming into his own by employing nearly 20 musicians to translate his expansive vision. The reserved, introverted abstraction of Colonies has given way to the eclectic glee of Rumspringa, and in the process has magnified the emotional heft and overall replay value significantly."

    riyl: Sufjan Stevens, Jeff Buckley, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, Radiohead.


    Suicide

    Suicide - Art Of The Album Edition

      By the Summer of 1969 the US hippie dream lay in tatters but the cultural influence exerted by New York City would echo loudly through the decades that followed and no louder than it did with the incendiary electronic NYC duo, Suicide, who came to notoriety nearly a decade later. If dismissive at first, the music press have gone through something of a dramatic U-turn in more recent years with many mainstream publications now regarding Suicide’s 1977 debut as a stone cold classic.

      It sits at #39 in Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s; it placed at #441 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time; and reached #236 in NME’s The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

      Four decades later, we are only just now counting the positive cost of their influence across genres such as techno, noise, electro clash, goth, synth pop, psych and industrial. However, a sense of their vital impact can be discerned from the number of cover versions of Suicide tracks there are delivered by the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Peaches and R.E.M. Elsewhere they have had been praised widely by Nick Cave, Jim Thirlwell and M.I.A. and count Jason Pierce (Spacemen 3/ Spiritualized), Lydia Lunch, Nik Void of Factory Floor and Savages as fans. This Art Of The Album edition of Suicide sees the record remastered and presented in its original form and packaging, with in-depth liner notes covering the context, craft, impact and legacy of the album.

      UK residents Lee Dearn & Chris James Crowther comprise the deep house duo better known as Purple Velvet. In addition to running their own label, Secret Reels, the boys have also had releases on labels such as Local Talk, Dirt Crew, & Large Music. Their brand of spaciously deep, soulful deep house is a perfect fit for us here at Kolour LTD so the combination of forces was inevitable. For extra measure - we've assigned remix duties to our dear friend thatmanmonkz. Fresh off his smashing LP for Delusions of Grandeur, our boy Scott delivers the goods in prime fashion once again to help us round out our 25th release on Kolour LTD.

      LTD

      Stop Und Fick Dich!

        King Khan has scoured the earth to find the most rocking freaks of nature this side of the planet to form what he calls “an all-star cream of the crop rock ’n’ roll lifers association” aka Louder Than Death aka LTD—Looch Vibrato and Aggy Sonora (of the legendary Magnetix) on guitar and drums, and Fredovitch, the mighty organ surfer of the Shrines, throws out the keys and picks up the bass. King Khan assumes the position of frontman / lead shouter / effeminate cult leader (by choice). What is born is a maelstrom of pure unadulterated, unhinged, unbelievable rock ’n’ roll baptized in the salty sea water of Bordeaux, France, waterboarded with the finest wines, choked with the smelliest cheeses, dipped into a vat of oysters, octopus and shrimp. This is not just a band, its an orgy of the damned!

        King Khan summons the punk rock demons buried in his bodacious brown back side, lathers up the listeners in his mystical oils and leaves the audience thirsty, horny, riled up, ready to dance upon the apocalypse and punch it in the face all in one mighty fell swoop. King Khan on the other players: “I once saw Looch Vibrato take a pair of glasses off someone’s face and stick them in his mouth and crunch them into dust, all because he warned him not to drink a warm can of beer filled with his own piss. Aggy Sonora, is the love child of Peggy from the Gories and Anaïs Nin. She beats her drums as senselessly as sensually. The sound of lust and labour rammed into one mystical inauguration of the pleasure dome. Fredovitch (aka Freddie Rococco) was once mistaken for the son of Roky Erickson by Japanese music magazines. He is in fact a son of a gun and the greatest bass player since sliced brie. When he isn’t playing bass he is conducting orchestras in his mind and preparing to take over the world of classical music. His motto is : you slap my bass, I’ll slap yo’ face... and fuck your mom.”

        Tired of the smoke and mirrors of the modern music world? Then trust in this Union of Lifers. They chose the path to enlighten lives with simple, pure, decadent ordering of chaos. They found the beat in the slow death of the human race, and they have come to save your uncool niece.

        Pink Floyd

        The Division Bell - 25th Anniversary Edition

          Warner Music Group in association with Pink Floyd Records releases a 25th anniversary edition of ‘The Division Bell’, the band’s 1994 multi-million selling album that included the Grammy Award winning track Marooned (Best Rock Instrumental Performance) . This Limited Edition 25th anniversary edition will be available on translucent blue vinyl (echoing the original limited blue vinyl release in 1994).

          ‘The Division Bell’ was the last studio album to be recorded by the band: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album debuted at No 1 in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, staying at the top of the US charts for 4 weeks; it also went to No 1 in six other countries and, to date, has reached total album sales of over 12 million. The album was recorded by the band at Astoria and Britannia Row Studios with the majority of the lyrics being written by Polly Samson and David Gilmour. ‘The Division Bell’ contains Pink Floyd’s only Grammy-awarded track, the instrumental ‘Marooned’. A video for Marooned was made for the 20th Anniversary Immersion release of the album and has now had almost 25 million views

          ‘The Division Bell’ sleeve artwork was the first Pink Floyd image to be featured on a Royal Mail stamp, in an issue of ‘Classic Album Covers’. The iconic album artwork of the two huge metal heads in profile talking to each other (and in turn, creating a third forward-facing head) was provided by long-time Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson. 


          For those whose fingers are far from the pulse, A Man Called Adam blew us away with the release of their first album since 1998, rekindling that Balearic, emotional, pop-not-pop feel they are famous for over 11 sumptuous tracks. Here they get into the RSD swing with a sampler 12" featuring three remixes, one from the band themselves, the others from Brazil's Carrot Green and Norwegian hero Prins Thomas. It's the Full Pupp boss who starts this party, transforming the already ace "Paul At The Disco" into one of his sprawling fireside jams. More mushrooms than MDMA, this trippy transformation makes adept use of the fx units, flips out with spacey synths (think his Jape remix) and keeps on grooving. Next up Carrot Green rocks the acid disco with his version of "Ou Pas", pairing a gurgling acid line with a thick synth bass and those almost Bollywood vocal motifs. Deep disco house for the carnival crowd. Finally, A Man Called Adam take to the desk for their own "Too Much" dub of title track "Farmarama", cutting the vocal to a hypnotic mantra and reinforcing their low slung arrangement into a jazzy house bomb a la Versatile. 

          Ginger Johnson & And His African Messengers

          Witchdoctor

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          In 2015, Freestyle Records re-issued the groundbreaking 'African Party' album by the somewhat mysterious figure of Ginger (George Folunsho) Johnson. Recorded in 1967, nearly 20 years after he first arrived in post war London and immediately began performing and recording with London jazz stalwarts Ronnie Scott and Pete King. Credited by those in the know (including Giles Peterson, Louie Vega, Fela Kuti's drummer Tony Allen & writer David Toop) as the godfather of afrobeat, Ginger and his group, The African Messengers enjoyed a varied career as the go to afro-cuban percussion group for recording sessions in the UK, working with Georgie Fame, Osibisa, Madeleine Bell and Quincy Jones - as well as acting us mentor to a young Fela Kuti and members of Cymande who cut their teeth as members of his ensemble. They also performed at The Royal Variety Performance, Ginger's music featured in the James Bond film 'Live & Let Die' and Ginger himself appears on screen drumming in the Hammer Films cult classic 'She', and famously performed with The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in 1969. Aside from 'African Party', and several Hi Life singles released on the Melodisc label in the 50's, it was thought that there were no further recordings by this hugely influential musician . Eventually, prompted by the attention afforded the Freestyle re-issues - Ginger's son Dennis Dee Mac Johnson was contacted by Uchenna Ikonne, a renowned African music collector, who told him he had discovered one rather battered original copy of a 45 single, released in the mid 70's on the short lived 'Afrodesia' label, For Record Store Day 2019, Freestyle are proud to release the 2 tracks on a fresh vinyl 45. 'Witchdoctor' is not the track of the same name on African Party, but it and 'Nawa' (written by Dizzy Gillespie cohort Chano Pozo) demonstrate a musical progression as funk had stamped it's indelible footprint on Ginger's music along with afro-cuban rhythms and jazz. Thanks to Claudio Passavanti at Doctor Mix Studios in London, who has done quite an amazing restoration and re-mastering job on this long lost music.

          Following the first of the 'SHIFT LTD' capsule collection by Xhin is an EP by Kirk Degiorgio with a remix from John Beltran. Full-bodied tracks fill in every frequency corner – 'The Nearness of Flames' as a headspin stomper, while 'Acid Symphony' weaves an acid line into a rich tapestry. Ambient producer John Beltran reimagines the original with a sunrise touch.

          Karen O says:  “After making music for the past twenty years and embarking on making this record with Danger Mouse I knew a couple things: one was that the spirit of collaboration between us was going to be a pure one, and two was that the more I live the less is clear to me. When you create from a blurry place you can go places further than you’ve ever been. I think we both were excited to go far out.”


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Half way between the glitter-laiden dancefloor of a sweaty disco club and a smokey jazz-lounge, 'Lux Prima' is the perfect balance between downbeat electronics and pitch-perfect production courtesy of legendary producer and musician DM, and Karen O's undeniably enchanting vocal prowess. They are both in top form here, and this will undoubtedly go down as some of the best work from either of them. Lovely stuff.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          Returning after a long-lasting hiatus is no mean feat - how to stay relevant, to plug the gap and come back as strong as where things were left off. A Man Called Adam’s return however, is as emphatic as it is endearing. Sally Rodgers and Steve Jones are back with a brand new album of melodic, emotional, pop-not-pop tracks, bringing fresh layers of feeling, from warmth and passion, to sentimentality and sorrow.

          Displaying a wealth of knowledge gained through two lifetimes spent immersed in music, "Farmarama" showcases a myriad of styles and richness in arrangements. Moving from soulful slow jams to lo-fi disco, Balearic house to dub, post-rock electronica and art-house ambience, there are glistening horizons and windswept beaches conjured up at every turn.

          Take the likes of ‘Mountains & Waterfalls’, ‘Farmarama’ and ‘Michael’ and hear dancefloor, disco tinges that marry live percussion, sultry Rhodes and hearty basslines, oozing emotion. But venture deeper to uncover a pensive, yet equally expressive side to the record through tracks like ‘Higher Powers’ and ‘Top Of The Lake’. Take the later as an example, a neo-classical slice of magical ambience, that wouldn’t be out of place soundtracking sweeping views of shimmering scenery. Or ‘Spots Of Time’, beginning as a frenetic, glitched out piece of electronica, before opening into a brooding breakbeat journey.

          Full of vintage warmth, analogue synths and intricate textures, Rodgers, Jones and new collaborator, Paul Smith, combine experimental touches with an undeniable catchiness, balancing electronic elements, with acoustic sparkles. In harmony with this, the contemplative, poetic verses, that considers life as a hi-definition, Westworld-like simulation, a Farmarama, and disco as a way of being, meld and morph a conceptual narrative that tugs on the heartstrings of life.

          "Farmarama", then, isn’t your archetypal album. It’s an emotionally charged, intelligent and enlightening body of work that’s Balearic to the bone. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: In an era of overwhelming cynicism, the honesty and emotion of "Farmarama" is entirely refreshing, much like the breezy blend of Balearic soothers, coastal coolers, disco drivers and downbeat gems which make up this pop-not-pop triumph from A Man Called Adam. Welcome home...

          The follow up to their critically acclaimed albums Drenge (2013) and Undertow (2015), as well as this year’s Autonomy EP, Strange Creatures includes singles ‘This Dance’ and ‘Autonomy’, and according to the band is “the most considered record we have ever made”. 

          Speaking about Strange Creatures, Drenge said “It’s a nocturnal record. A psychological horror movie on wax. Warped hallucinations from mundane observations as you move through it. Is that a school or a skyscraper on fire in the distance? Or maybe it’s just the ski village? You drive nearer, past roadside diners jammed with dancing teenagers, through Uncanny Valley, past the most unhygienic nightclub in the world. The stereo sounds like it’s going to fall apart at any moment. The car judders to a halt and all you can hear is the sound of the sea.”


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Since 2015's 'Undertow', it's clear Drenge have been honing their songwriting skill and propensity for vicious, scathing instrumentation and roaring distorted vox, with 'Strange Creatures' presenting as their most refined and focused offering yet. Fleetingly dystopian and noticeably gothic, we get a heady mix of jazzy flourishes, gloomy rock and snappy instrumentals all topped with Loveless' distinct vocal talents.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Limited edition orange vinyl with art print.

          These New Puritans

          Into The Fire (Ltd Edition Flame Coloured 7”)

            LIMITED TO 250 COPIES FOR RETAIL.

            These New Puritans, the great heretics of British music, return with Into The Fire, their first new studio recording since 2013’s critically acclaimed album Field of Reeds. Into The Fire, featuring Current 93’s David Tibet, is available via Infectious Music from all digital retailers and a 7-inch coloured vinyl is now available for pre-order, backed with a remix by These New Puritans as Mick The Asbestos. The Into The Fire artwork is a collaboration between George Barnett and the award winning photographer and director Harley Weir.

            Morrissey

            Low In High School (Deluxe)

              Deluxe is double vinyl – one-disc clear vinyl and the second disc Magenta. The first vinyl is exactly the same as the USA stock (same label and inner sleeve) and the second is the new product which is what you see on the product image below. This package does also include a 12 x 12 print.

              Seasick Steve

              Can U Cook?

                Seasick Steve, fresh from a fantastic performance at London’s Hyde Park (6th July), is announcing the release of his new album, ‘Can U Cook?’, on the 28th September 2018 via BMG Rights Management.

                ‘Can U Cook?’ has Steve mixing up all of his much-loved ingredients to deliver a fresh new record that’s full of sunshine, as well as being a good ol' Seasick mix of boogie, blues, rock, americana and folk-music.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Coloured LP Info: Limited Edition RSD stores exclusive clear LP.

                Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Morrissey

                Back On The Chain Gang

                  Cover of the Pretenders Classic hit “Back On The Chain Gang”.
                  Backed with a Live Version of “I Didn’t Know What To Do”.

                  Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

                  The Proposition - Vinyl Reissue

                  A powerful western drama set in the savage Eden of 1880s Australia; "The Proposition" is an elemental story of family conflict and primal violence, destructive love and divided loyalties. Featuring an international superstar cast including Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and Danny Huston, it is directed by John Hillcoat from a specially commissioned script by the globally acclaimed singer-songwriter Nick Cave. 'Because of Nick's narrative songwriting, the characters are so vivid,' says Hillcoat. 'I knew something really good would come out of it.' Cave has also composed the film's soundtrack in conjunction with Warren Ellis, his longtime Bad Seeds collaborator and multi-instrumentalist frontman of The Dirty Three. Incorporating soft chamber pieces, ghostly moodscapes and whispered laments, these 16 tracks are as starkly beautiful as the landscape of the film. Story and music are closely intertwined.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Coloured LP Info: Gold vinyl (limited to 750 units in the UK).

                  Grinderman

                  Grinderman - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                    Grinderman was formed as the side project of Nick Cave and members of The Bad Seeds (Warren, Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos). This, their seminal, self-titled debut album was originally released on CD and LP in 2007 and revisited the rudimentary, powerful sound of Cave’s former band, The Birthday Party, with the lyrical and musical content differing from his work with The Bad Seeds as he explored alternative ways of working. The songs were written on guitar (an instrument Cave rarely plays), giving them an urgency and raw feel that drew acclaim from critics and fans alike. The album (which hasn’t been available on vinyl since its original 2007 release) is re-issued here with a limited run of green vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and includes the singles ‘No Pussy Blues’ and ‘Get It On’.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: Green vinyl (limited to 750 in the UK).

                    Young Paint (aka Jade Soulform aka Francis aka Generation 4 aka AZD) is a Learning Program that has been progressively emulating the Greyscale to Silvertone process Darren J. Cunningham started during the recording of the Hazyville LP on Werkdiscs in 2008.

                    A decade later much of the Actress material, both composed, recorded and performed live has incorporated partially independent YPAi. Throughout the course of 2018 and into 2019 both Actress and Young Paint will record, conduct and perform collaboratively. Their Live AV show at the venue Art Peckham, London on Saturday 13th October will be a debut performance of the Young Paint material. The Mini album Young Paint will be released on limited Vinyl end of September 2018.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Fuck me is it 2018 or what?! No more musicians, no more DJs or producers even. Just AI-scripts running in-built modular programs as the Black Mirror of the music world rears its ugly head. And yes, you've guessed it - it sounds mint!

                    Drenge

                    Autonomy EP

                      Drenge are Eoin Loveless and Rory Loveless, from Castleton, Derbyshire. They have released two critically acclaimed albums, Drenge (2013) and Undertow (2015), headlined shows worldwide and toured with the likes of Wolf Alice, the Maccabees and Arctic Monkeys.

                      “We are very proud to unveil our first foray into the Extended Player format,” say the band. “Recorded at McCall Sound on Sheffield’s own Sunset Strip with Ross Orton. Autonomy showcases some of our recent work, by way of verses, choruses, middle eights and all that other stuff you learn at BRIT school. There’ll be a limited run of Robot-Coloured ® vinyl which will be about the size and shape of a supermarket pizza. On the cover you can see our temporary mascot, DR3-NG3, a scientific research robot nearing the end of his functional capabilities and pursuing a quest for validation. Made in Sheffield.”

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition Robot-Coloured vinyl.

                      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                      Distant Sky (Live In Copenhagen)

                        For one night only in April of this year, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds shared a show from their celebrated 2017 world tour on cinema screens worldwide.

                        Filmed at Copenhagen's Royal Arena in October 2017, Distant Sky captured an extraordinary and triumphant live concert from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

                        Performing new album Skeleton Tree's beautiful compositions alongside songs from their essential catalogue.

                        London-based punk band Sauna Youth are releasing their third album this September under the thrilling and fatal moniker Deaths. The album will once again be released by Upset the Rhythm.

                        The final part in a trilogy of LPs that started with Dreamlands in 2012 (wide-eyed, naive beginnings introducing listeners to the world the records inhabit), followed by Distractions three years ago (what happens while you’re heading towards a destination, the unknowns, the unexpected outcomes), the songs that comprise Deaths are collectively about the act of finishing, an ode to ‘the ending’.

                        Creating this album was a working research project embodying what is sometimes the hardest part of musical endeavour: completing a record. Making a new album is always daunting, but when all band members also have full-time jobs and other commitments it can also seem logistically impossible. Then there is the nagging, unattainable perfectionism that can draw out a record for months or even years - an experience that didn’t bear repeating. When is something finished? Is finishing necessary to move on?

                        The album was created and facilitated through a series of deadlines. The recording studio was booked before any songs had been written. Having a deadline in advance allowed for productive freedom through limitation and finite time: five months to write the album, that was it. This meant meeting every week to write no matter how many members could make it, filling in on each other’s instruments (reminiscent of how side-project Monotony came about: writer’s block in a Sauna Youth practice - removing yourself from your role in a band removes the old expectations) and using automatic writing processes.

                        The limited time didn’t allow for much reflection and overworking. Placeholders became final tracks through committing to songs at early stages, keeping them immediate. The album is site and time specific - those months in an archway in Peckham, which live on through samples including amp interference from trains passing overhead. It’s also very much of this specific point in history, influences, and band members’ lives. This process created a tension through trusting decisions and not questioning what was produced.

                        The 12 tracks touch on political rhetoric, artistic legacy, action and passivity, work and leisure, and, of course, distraction, referencing many musical genres in the process while never leaving punk’s orbit.

                        Creative living becomes more gruelling and endless than the 9 to 5 on ‘Leisure Time’, how freelance living and having multiple jobs both result in no free time. Being in a band is leisure time, but can be a lot of work. Our lives should afford us with time, but we fill it with activity.

                        ‘No Personal Space’ looks at the cyclical nature of music, referencing ‘New Rose’ - the first single by a British punk band - via a drumbeat and lyrics, exploring the enclosure of the genre; a blown out recording of practising constantly interrupts the band.

                        ‘Percentages’ was written at a point of political and social upheaval and problematizes the use of numbers as a form of proof. Whole groups of people have been reduced to statistics for political reasons, and people use and manipulate statistics to prove any point they want.

                        ‘In Flux’ is about whatever is opposite to creativity, what kills it dead, the communication of a song or a piece of art can kill it, even trying to see an idea through to its conclusion can be what kills it.

                        The pure pop number ‘Laura’, according to Jonah Falco who mixed the record, sounds like “The Desperate Bicycles went to graduate school in the fields of Salisbury while being yelled at by two sides of their conscience, oddly enough, telling them the exact same thing.”

                        ‘Problems’ - a former Monotony song - reduces the punk song to its essential elements, aiming to sound like being inside a brake factory and repeating “Problems” until it has rendered the word completely meaningless.


                        The album ends with a wild and playful rejection of patriarchy and a frustration with those who uphold it either willingly or through inaction in the form of the unhinged Theatre 83. It’s like English music hall meets ‘We’re A Happy Family’ by The Ramones.

                        Like the previous two albums, Deaths includes writing put to music. ‘Swerve’ and ‘The Patio’ are extracts from a short story written by band member Ecke about the murder of an artist whose estate is overseen by her ambitious sister, and is read by writer and frontperson of Marcel Wave, Maike Hale-Jones.

                        Samples are as important as they ever were - this time including the aforementioned electrical interference, recordings of practice and YouTube videos of lawnmowers and cafe noise that people (including members of the band) listen to while working to distract their mind in order to focus.

                        An album once finished is frozen in time, solid and no longer resistent or adaptive to outside forces. Does the difficulty to find an end come from the genre, from punk’s revisionist impulse, redoing the same thing over and over? Do we avoid an ending because playing in a band is a distraction from everyday life?

                        The album was recorded by John Hannon of No Recording Studios in June 2017 over three days, mixed by Jonah Falco and mastered by Kris Lapke.

                        The cover was shot in a garden in Brixton by Owen Richards, who also photographed the covers for the previous albums. Additional artwork provided by R.M. Phoenix. The first 500 copies of the LP version each come with a unique 3 colour screen-print produced by Mince at The Positive Press.

                        Sauna Youth is Boon, Mince, Ecke and Pines. They played together in the band Monotony, and between them have played or do play in other bands and music projects including Primitive Parts, Feature, Child’s Pose, Lilac, Cold Pumas, Oblate, Teufelskreis, Mind Jail, Gold Foil, Tense Men as well as being involved with the organisations Good Night Out, The Positive Press, Constant Flux & Heart n Soul.


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: Another crashing punk assault from Sauna Youth with thudding kick drums, fuzzed guitars and snarling, spitting vox akimbo. Yet another reason for this London 4-piece to enter your collection, as if there aren't enough already.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: 180g limited colour vinyl + poster – 500 only for the world.

                        I’m going to set Carpe Diem as my alarm for the next week and see how that makes me feel. It will be replacing an alternation of Werewolves of London and Baby, It’s You. After a week the familiarity might feel kind of insane but kind of nice. Ad nauseum to the coffee. Yeah! Terry is into repetition. Terry often feels like the daily grind but set inside a Loony Tune. They can be slightly nasty and violent, but funny at the same time. I laugh at Terry riffs a lot. The lyrics are droll, yes, but have you heard the riffs? It’s like they’re tickling you. It’s like Terry has got his great big fingers under my arms. But this is all part of a strangely conceived plan. I would almost say that Terry is highly conceptual. Possibly the most conceptual band I’ve been around, possibly in my whole life. Like… what’s really going on here? Why am I listening to jingles and feeling so moved?

                        My favourite songs on Terry’s new album ‘I’m Terry’ (the band’s third record in three years), are Under Reign, it’s a creepy one, sandwiched between other new faves The Whip and Crimes. There’s a theme of dominance and submission here, but kinda unremarkable and ignorable, like knowing you're enslaved by your streaming service but just gently putting that out of your mind for another week. Terry is domesticity. Terry romances the mundane. This is how romance ekes out a triumph amidst mundanity. That’s what Billy Bragg’s New England and Squeeze’s Up The Junction do. Terry’s suburban escapism moment is Ciao Goodbye. Listen to Ciao Goodbye on an arterial road under the yellow streetlights of a weeknight. Terry has never been this beautiful. Terry may never be beautiful again, definitely not on this record. The next song is psycho.

                        That’s what I like about Terry, there are few rules in Terry’s world. They seem to make a song out of whatever sounds good to them. I literally don’t know what they’ll do next. They aren’t a genre study. The only stylistic consistency is in their hat wear. I’ve never been in a band like this. I’ve been in a band that simultaneously studied genre and also hats. But never only hats. Have you noticed the reggae undercurrent in Terry? There is one. This is good. Terry are kinda like Steely Dan or 10cc. Both bands make me queasy after a certain point. Terry probably also make me a bit queasy, singing about police beatings and nationalism and all that. But they’re not out to hurt you. They’re like the kindly bearer of bad news. There’s some awful shit going on in this country. Terry knows. Terry puts it in terms that speak to me. It’s a tragicomedy. I want to laugh and sometimes I want to consider crying. But I don’t think I will. I’m pretty certain Terry isn’t perverse, they’re just the harbinger of the encroaching perverse world. I’m pretty certain Terry wants to be my friend, and your friend. Our friend, Terry. Lee Parker, 2018. 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: With the recent reissue of the Moldy Peaches' eponymous lo-fi indie opus, they've reignited a previously roaring fire for clanging guitars and crashing drums, and it just so happens that Terry are the 'If They Could Play Their Instruments' version of the aforementioned. A similar whimsical sensibility, but underpinned with the tuneful twists and turns of a band know what makes a perfect progression. Brilliantly balanced and delivered.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: 300 x Transparent LPs (180g).

                        Ltd CD Info: 500 X CD.

                        This summer, James are back with new songs forged in these strangest of days.

                        The new recording sessions were overseen by Mercury Prize-winning producer Charlie Andrew and rising star Beni Giles.

                        ‘Hank’, which opens the new record, is further evidence that James have no inclination to shy away from politics. Booth is an Englishman in America, and that particular perspective on Donald Trump’s American carnage couldn’t help but have an impact on the writing of the record.

                        As well as biting social commentary, ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ also sees Booth speak frankly about deeply personal issues. On ‘Coming Home (Pt. 2)’, he writes - not for the first time - about the pain of being a father on tour away from a young child.

                        That song features an appearance from long-time James collaborator Brian Eno.

                        The new album also features ‘Better Than That’, in which Booth urges the universe to do its worst, like a man squaring up to life itself.

                        “You can do better than that,” he sings. “Hit me again and show me where I’m cracked.”

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: As soon as I heard 'Coming Home Pt. 2', my mind was instantly transported back to James' heyday with Booth's singular vocal character soaring over the top of classic chord progressions and beautifully evocative production, That's not to mention the beautiful cover! Superb stuff.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xColoured LP Info: RSD Stores Exclusive grey gatefold package with majenta coloured vinyl - includes download cardcard.

                        Deluxe CD Info: Deluxe CD – hard back book edition with 3 extra tracks.

                        Dazion

                        Dragon Wave/Vx Ltd

                        Skipping the completely cryptic sales notes which accompany all Safe Trip 12"s, I'll give you a little audio exposition on this strange groover from Den Hague's Dazion. The A-side slides into tribal territories thanks to tumbling percussion and bubbling electronics, twisted into a hypnotic offering which generally rejects classification. On the flip we have "VX Ltd", a more poignant and melancholic outing, utilising spacey electronic melodies, gently bobbing chords, heart-aching guitar flourishes and a tough but broken rhythm track. 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: Dazion follows up his hawt hit on Second Circle with a 5D dance floor bomb on Safe Trip. On the A-side techno-tribal percussion dances around a ritualistic riff, while the B-side brings spaced out electro with a hint of melancholy. Music for the 4-HO-5-MEO crew...

                        LTD

                        LTD

                          What happens when you put King Khan and Sean Wood from The Spits together? The results are Louder Than Death aka LTD. This 12-inch is the first collaboration between the two titans of garage-punk and the results are as bonkers as you’d hope. Sci-fi inspired punk meets weirdo synth damage that’s as deranged and dumb as you’d hope. Since the recording of this debut release the band have added Aggy and Looch from the Magnetix to the line up and recorded an album (out later this year on In The Red) of blistering, whacked-out punk rock that is guaranteed to blow minds. 

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                          Courteeners will mark the 10th anniversary of their debut album with a new, fully re-recorded version of the seminal record and two massive shows in London and Manchester.

                          Following Liam Fray’s recent sold out acoustic tour of the UK, the band have recorded an unplugged version of St. Jude for release on 6th April 2018 via Ignition Records. St. Jude Re:Wired has been produced by Liam and Joe Cross. 

                          Originally released in April 2008, St. Jude charted at no 4 in its first week and went on to win the inaugural Guardian First British Album award, beating albums by Duffy, Adele and Glasvegas. The record saw Courteeners present to the world outside a first set of songs that perfectly soundtracked modern life in the UK. Lead track Not Nineteen Forever has amassed over 20 million streams on Spotify alone.


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Unforgettable acoustic versions of one of Manchester's most beloved modern indie staples. The acoustic versions on this reworks LP represent the drive of the originals but with a more nuanced outlook, each instrument and Fray's voice working together uninterrupted and unrivalled. Lovely.

                          Cabbage have finally released their highly anticipated debut album, following on from a trio of EP's, released under the delightfully tactful 'Young, Dumb & Full Of...' (Rum, I assume.) 

                          We start off with the thrashing garage rock of 'Preach To The Converted' with twanging distorted guitar and the sort of snarling vocals you could imagine being venemously spat from the edge of the stage before launching into the fuzzy off-kilter rock of Arms of Pleonexia, reminiscent of a younger Ty Segall swagging around the stage before a baying croud after one too many bottles of corner-shop white lightning. Things continue at this frenetic pace with 'Molotov Alcopop' providing a bit of nuanced rhythm before the gothic rock of 'Disinfect Us' suggests a more mature suite of influences, from the militant march and languid blues overtones of early White Stripes. 

                          Further on, we get syncopated guitars over a meandering drum machine on the brilliantly swaying 'Pendurabo' and jangling hazy indie, topped with a curiously (but effectively) distorted vocal affectation over the top. 

                          Brilliantly varied, but held together with a persistent narrative thread, 'Nihilistic Glamour Shots' lives up to the hype of the earlier 3 EP's, with a willingnes to experiment but a knowing nod to all of their numerous influences. 

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Thrashing garage rock, thudding post-punk and jagged riffage all round, Cabbage manage to surpass their excellent musical form with a well-heeled and cleverly written debut.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          LP Info: Black vinyl edition

                          CD Info: Digi file soft pack inc pull out poster.

                          Treeboy & Arc

                          Not Yet / Merge

                            Limited 10" from Treeboy and Arc from Leeds. The 3 tracker is full of post punk inspired songs produced by MJ of Hookworms. Standout track Merge is six minutes and 43 seconds of aural electricity and compelling dynamics. Think a mix of The Chameleons, Vex and Sonic Youth.

                            Three part series detailing the sounds and feels of Kolour LTD via a selection of artists. Part 1 features tracks from Franc Spangler, Admin, Henry Wu and Ugly Drums plus newcomer The Hue. The mood is upbeat and funky, with plenty of sample-dug house music thrown together with fully realized compositions. More eyes-down than hands-aloft, it shuns the obvious for the groove, but still revels in house music's exuberance. Pressed on black vinyl & housed in a manilla sleeve its as understated as you'd expect but nonetheless enchanted and dreamy. Top stuff indeed. 

                            The Waterboys

                            Out Of All This Blue

                              The Waterboys will release their brand-new studio double album Out Of All This Blue on September 8 2017; their first for BMG Records, with whom they recently signed.

                              Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo , Out Of All This Blue will be available on Double CD and Double Vinyl, plus Deluxe Triple CD (including Bonus Tracks) and Deluxe Triple Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) and Digital.

                              Out Of All This Blue is The Waterboys most exploratory recording yet, comprising 23 songs with Mike Scott's trademark sharp lyrics set to pop music with echoes of classic R&B, country, soul and funk and underpinned by modern hiphop production values and rhythms. String & brass sections were arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective. Mike Scott says of the record: "Out Of All This Blue is 2/3 love and romance, 1/3 stories and observations. I knew from the beginning I wanted to make a double album, and lucky for me - and I hope the listener - the songs just kept coming, and in pop colours."


                              Cabbage’s Record Store Day release, a double vinyl compilation of their first 3 EPs entitled 'Young, Dumb & Full Of…’, was one of the days most in-demand releases, with all 1000 copies selling out in hours. 'The Extended Play of Cruelty' is the latest offering from the bro-punk outfit. The band recently signed to Infectious Music (Alt-J, Drenge, Albert Hammond Jr, Leftfield, DMA'S).

                              Super Furry Animals

                              Radiator (20th Anniversary Remaster)

                              SUPER FURRY ANIMALS - RADIATOR: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the acclaimed Welsh indie rockers seminal 2nd album ‘Radiator’. A fusion of power pop, punk rock, techno and progressive rock - creating a shimmering, melodic, irreverent and artsy rock & roll. A heady, impressive kaleidoscope of sounds which, giving Radiator an intoxicating, otherworldly atmosphere. One of the few late-'90s albums that sounds inventive, vibrant, and utterly contemporary.

                              The 2CD, Download and HD versions comprise the original 1997 album beautifully remastered from the analogue tapes + B-sides, alternate versions and unreleased demos. Extended CD booklet includes booklet notes with new band interviews.

                              The 2LP is a special gatefold edition of the remastered original album on heavyweight vinyl.

                              CD and LP feature the original, iconic Pete Fowler ‘Monsterism’ album artwork and the Super Furry Animal’s hit singles: Hermann ♥'s Pauline, The International Language Of Screaming, Play It Cool, Demons.

                              Produced in association with Super Furry Animals and management. This release follows last year’s critically acclaimed 20th Anniversary re-issue of their remastered debut album ‘Fuzzy Logic’ (2CD/LP/DD) and ‘Zoom! The Best Of SFA’ (2CD/DD). These releases were accompanied by a sold-out UK auditorium tour, on which the band played the ‘Fuzzy Logic’ and ‘Radiator’ albums in full. 


                              The culmination of twelve monthly 2016 singles from the acclaimed Danish duo. The Raveonettes have completed their RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH which began at the start of 2016 where the band would upload a freshly recorded track on the last Friday of every month throughout the year. The 'anti-album' features a collection of new tracks that aren't bound by the constraints of the format. (2014 album Pe'ahi reached #5 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" and received praise from Mojo, NME, Boston Globe. They've issued seven albums since 2003, via Columbia, Vice, and their own Beat Dies imprint, all charting Top 20 in Denmark.)

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: As far as following the standard 'Record 12 tracks, master 12 tracks, release 12 tracks' format goes, the Raveonettes have failed miserably. Having recorded and released one of these tracks every month over 2016. As far as creating an exciting and dynamic collection of tracks go however, they have smashed it. Synthy grooves, melodic choruses and intricate breakdowns and the ever-beautiful interwoven vocals of Wagner and Foo.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Indies Exclusive LP Info: Limited indies Gatefold LP

                              Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                              One More Time With Feeling

                                Visually unique, One More Time With Feeling is a stark, fragile and raw documentary. Shot in 3D, colour and black & white, the film probes the deeply personal circumstances surrounding the making of Skeleton Tree (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 16th studio album) and features interviews and live performances by the band in the studio, along with interjected voice-over commentary by Nick Cave.

                                Originally conceived as a one-night-only global screening event to take place in 950 cinemas across 30 countries simultaneously on 8th September 2016, One More Time With Feeling extended its initial run over several days as cinemas sold out around the world. Due to overwhelming demand, this extraordinary film has returned to the big screen for its final run and is playing currently in cinemas worldwide.

                                Includes 3 exclusive short films from Andrew Dominik.

                                "Film of The Year" - MOJO

                                "Extraordinary" - **** Evening Standard

                                "A deeply personal film" - ***** Time Out

                                "An undeniably moving contemplation of shattering loss…a tremendously moving collage." - **** The Guardian

                                It's the turn of Frenchman & Moonrise Hill resident Ethyene on the latest Kolour Ltd vinyl. "Clubs, Dubs, & Rubs" is a five-track affair touching on modern disco, house and disco-house! "Truth About The Unseen" get us underway with classy Salsoul-esque strings, a nice contrast between live disco drums and an electronically enhanced kit, decorated beautifully by a sensual female vocal hook. "Riding In Daddy's Car" is up next, a heavily grooving slice of filtered disco, complete with big brass line that opens up the track after a stonking breakdown. Fans of Shir-Khan are gonna go big for this one. "Time Won't Change" perfectly works some accessible disco / soul licks into a lose house beat, again working the filters during the breakdowns for maximum pleasure. "Strangers Must Be" contains soulful male vocal hooks that sounds like Marvin Gaye (??) as the drums pick up the pace for some mid-tempo hybrid action. Finally, we let ourselves down slowly with "Awake (To The Ways Of The Word)", which takes a sassy soul track and dissects it with aplomb, squeezing it through an LFO filter and beefing it up with extra MPC drums. Ethyene killin' it....

                                Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                Skeleton Tree

                                Skeleton Tree began its journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016.

                                The songs from the album are featured in the film One More Time With Feeling, directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly). The film was comissioned by Nick Cave and is to be the only public statement to accompany the albums’ release.

                                Given event's in his personal life prior to the release of the album, it's understandable that this album is sombre affair. Although accompanied by a film, it is an album in its own right, rather than a soundtrack. Having said that, the orchestration which forms the backdrop to Nick's rich, half spoken - half sung narratives, has a similar cinematic feel to the haunting, atmospheric film scores that Nick and Bad Seed Warren Ellis excel at.

                                It’s probably not going to be your choice of listening prior to a night out on the town, but if it’s darkness you’re after, no one does that better than Nick.

                                A beautiful, moving album.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Laura says: Given events in his personal life prior its release, it's understandable that this album is a sombre affair. Although accompanied by a film, it is an album in its own right, rather than a soundtrack. Having said that, the orchestration which forms the backdrop to Nick's rich, half spoken - half sung narratives, has a similar cinematic feel to the haunting, atmospheric film scores that Nick and Bad Seed Warren Ellis excel at. No one does darkness better than Mr Cave.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP Info: The LP comes in a rigid sleeve with thick black lined board and includes a download card.

                                Stateless is the second full-length album of genre-hopping post-everything experimentalists Tangents. In a delectable hybrid of styles, Stateless cuts up and weaves together rich instrumental passages from the multi-talented ensemble of musicians whose collective resume spans decent swathes of recent experimental music history: British electronic music producer Ollie Bown (Icarus, Not Applicable); Adrian Lim-Klumpes (Triosk, 3ofMillions) on piano, Rhodes, vibraphone and marimba; Peter Hollo (FourPlay String Quartet) on cello; and the duo Spartak (free improviser Evan Dorrian and singer/producer Shoeb Ahmad on drums and guitar respectively). Sparse metal-coated drum hits stumble over glistening reverse vibes, Saharan guitar licks, Fender feedback and washes of filtered piano. Moments of acoustic jazz surface, flowing into stoic upbeat anthems, drenched with multilayered patterns of glitched strings.

                                RIYL: Nils Frahm, Tortoise, Dawn Of Midi, Hauschka..  

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Barry says: Experimental electronic Jazz-ish sounds on Temporary residence. Reminiscent of former TRR signings The Drift but slightly less 'Drifty' (sorry). Swooning atmospheric jazz numbers but with rhythm, driving but not heavy. A triumph of substance and style, and a must-have for lovers of jazz, and those not-so-keen alike. Brilliant.

                                Features former members of Crain, The For Carnation, Papa M. If there is one constant with Parlour, it is that nothing is ever the same. For nigh two decades, the Louisville, KY experimental troupe - led by Tim Furnish of influential, defunct Louisville art-punk band, Crain - has relentlessly evolved in subtle but substantial ways. This consistent creative movement keeps the sound of Parlour forever curious, and impossible to predict. While that may make for some commercial challenges, it also makes for more compelling and mercurial music. On the band's self-titled fourth album, Parlour pushes ferocious, dynamic guitar rock to the brink with hypnotic repetition and shifting, stabbing rhythms. In fierce Parlour fashion, the driving crunch of guitars is punctuated with shimmering buzz of synths. The difference here, though, is Parlour has shed their trademark woodwinds in favor of a leaner, heavier aesthetic. With a reduced instrumental palette and increased focus on beats and riffs, the songs are more naked and intense - equal parts crashing krautrock, and crushing prog-rock. 

                                RIYL: Zombi, John Carpenter, Maserati, Vangelis, Yes.

                                Following their well-received debut EP, First Contact, the cinematic synth-prog duo, Contact, return with their first full-length album. Comprised of prolific UK film composer, Paul Lawler, and veteran multi-instrumentalist, A.E. Paterra (Zombi, Majeure), Zero Moment emphatically delivers on the promise of First Contact. With cinematic sprawl still intact, it's an album of dramatic, stately gestures. Efficiently packed with vintage, celestial explorations of shape-shifting, alien landscapes, Zero Moment is the soundtrack to pondering what it's like for your body to wander as close to the stars as your mind.

                                “Every bit as impressive as you’d imagine.” – Noisey.
                                “Will instantly appeal to fans of previous Zombi work. A synth nerd’s waking wet dream.” – Exclaim.

                                First new album in five years from acclaimed Australian post-punk band. World tour begins Nov 13. RIYL: This Heat, Pan Sonic, Sunn O))), Boredoms, Shellac. MY DISCO have always employed space as an instrument. Space between notes; space between instruments; even space between albums, as the Australian trio prepare to release Severe, their first full-length record in nearly five years. More than just a title, Severe pushes MY DISCO's subtle, intensely focused, minimalist sound to its most terrifying extreme. It is bleak, occasionally uncomfortable, and unpredictably profound.

                                Recorded, mixed, and produced in Melbourne by acclaimed film composer and producer, Cornel Wilczek. Engineered entirely in a digital domain, the recording process for Severe was a huge change for MY DISCO, who had previously worked with renowned analog tape guru, Steve Albini. The change in process allowed the band the freedom to explore enhanced audio effects, including programmed sine wave drones and heavily effected rhythms and vocals.

                                Severe is an album of aggravated tonal darkness and long breaths of disturbing silence, punctuated by pounding stabs and heavy, hypnotic rhythms. It is a minimalist approach to maximum sound, and by far the band's darkest, heaviest, and most consistent album of MY DISCO's burgeoning career. 

                                Penetration were formed in Ferryhill, County Durham in 1976 at the very beginning of the punk rock phenomenon. An exciting live prospect, respected by peers and dedicated fans, the group signed to Virgin Records in 1977 and released their first single, the punk classic 'Don't Dictate', that autumn. ‘Resolution’ is their first album for 36 years.

                                Their debut album, 'Moving Targets', was released in 1978 to critical acclaim and commercial success (reaching no. 22 in the UK album chart) and showcased a confident outfit that had already expanded its musical and creative vision.

                                Their second album, 'Coming Up For Air' which was produced by legendary Steve Lillywhite, had excellent songs such as 'Come Into The Open' (released as a single) and 'Shout Above The Noise' that ensured a healthy Top 40 chart placing for the record, before the band announced their split up.

                                In 2002, Murray was persuaded to reform Penetration. Of its original members, only Pauline Murray, Robert Blamire and drummer Gary Smallman remained, with guitarists Steve Wallace and Paul Harvey (who appeared on the 'Storm Clouds' album) augmenting the line-up.

                                Their comeback album, 'Resolution' retains the essential components of Penetration, with subtle references to the band's previous releases sprinkled throughout. Produced by Blamire, his bass combined with John Maher's drumming provides a strong rhythm section and the powerful and distinctive guitar parts of Wallace and Harvey blend perfectly together, leaving Murray's still strong and distinctive voice to convey passionate yet intelligent lyrical subject matter.

                                Public Image Ltd

                                What The World Needs Now

                                ‘What The World Needs Now…’, is the 10th studio album from legends Public Image Ltd (PiL).

                                Released on CD and double vinyl, the 11-track album follows the huge critical success of 2012's 'This is PiL', the band's first album in 17 years. In winter 2014 PiL returned to Steve Winwood's Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds' to record the new album 'What The World Needs Now…’ Commenting on the album, John Lydon says, "Buy now while stocks last."

                                'What The World Needs Now…’, is self-funded by PiL and released on their own label 'PiL Official' via Cargo UK Distribution. The artwork for the album, partly inspired by Native American Hopi characters, was designed and painted by John Lydon. 

                                A few years ago, an unknown group from an unlikely town began generating the kind of "next big thing" blog buzz that eventually leads to a big label bidding war, support slots on major tours, and unanimous praise. For Bloomington, Indiana's Dreamers of the Ghetto, it resulted in a divorce and a devastating break-up.

                                "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift." – Mary Oliver

                                Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Luke Aaron Jones and fellow DOTG alum Marty Sprowles picked up the pieces and pared down the widescreen stadium-sized rock of Dreamers to the more intimate, introspective Hunterchild. Jones' vocals are more arresting than ever, indebted as much to vintage Peter Gabriel, Prince, and Depeche Mode as the rich well of electronic R&B explorations from a similar orbit as James Blake and The Weeknd in their most powerful moments. Hunterchild are comfortable in their own skin in a way that's almost unheard of for debut artists.

                                Co-produced with Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax Fang), Hunterchild's eponymous debut album is noticeably more eclectic than Dreamers of the Ghetto. From the beat-heavy sexploits of "Part Time" to the stark falsetto professions of "Aching," this is a story in 11 parts. Equally complicated, heartbreaking and revelatory, Hunterchild bares an emotional fearlessness that only comes from a devotion to the light in the face of total darkness.

                                ‘Live from KCRW' is a live radio session recorded in Los Angeles in April 2013 & is the fourth official live album in the band's history.

                                It features a stripped-down line-up performing classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds material alongside four songs from their recent global hit album ‘Push the Sky Away’.

                                ‘Live from KCRW’ album line-up:
                                Nick Cave: Piano, vocals
                                Warren Ellis: Tenor guitar, violin, piano, loops, backing vocals
                                Martyn Casey: Bass
                                Jim Sclavunos: Percussion, drums, backing vocals
                                Barry Adamson: Organ, backing vocals

                                The Books

                                Freedom From Expression DVD

                                  The Books were one of modern musicʼs most vital players of this still-young millennium. Over the course of four albums in ten yearsʼ time, they eschewed genres and pigeonholes so effortlessly and earnestly that they ultimately pioneered a new genre (or three) in the process. And for all the speechlessness their recordings inspired, their videos were every bit as beguiling: a surreal mix of bizarre found footage, home movies, and psychedelic animated imagery that fit their music so well that the two became virtually inseparable in their live performances.

                                  Freedom From Expression collects every video ever made by the Books, compiled in chronological order. Itʼs enormously satisfying and fulfilling to map the progression from humble bedroom curiosities through to hilariously warped experimental art films masquerading as music videos. At over two hours in length across 21 videos, it is an invaluable piece of the Booksʼ universe, one that demands constant replays, and delivers as many emotional and cerebral twists and turns as anything else in their absurdly unique and forward-thinking catalog.

                                  Flaming Lips

                                  Zaireeka - Ltd 4LP Coloured Vinyl Box Set

                                    Fans and critics agree that this is one of the most important and invigorating experimental albums in contemporary pop music. Four discs, designed to be played on cue and simultaneously, producing nothing short of a live performance effect. Remastered by the band especially for this release in celebration of this record and Record Store Day 2013 - with unique art and packaging exclusive to this release.

                                    Each disc is also pressed on different and unique coloured vinyl.

                                    Limited in the UK to 400 copies only.

                                    At the heart of 'Push the Sky Away' is a naturalism and warmth that makes it the most subtly beautiful of all the Bad Seeds albums. The contemporary settings of myths, and the cultural references that have time-stamped Nick's songs of the twenty-first century mist lightly through details drawn from the life he observed around his seaside home, through the tall windows on the album's mysterious and ambiguous cover. The songs on this album took form in a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of almost a year. The notebook is a treasured analogue artefact but the internet is equally important to Nick: Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic Wikipedia entries "whether they're true or not". These songs convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to what's genuinely important.

                                    The album has a clarity and sweet strangeness that's built upon the refusal to accept limitations, whether they be the traditional uses and sounds of musical instruments, lyric styles, or diminished spiritual horizons. It's not always apparent what instruments the band is playing: they may be traditional musical instruments but other sounds are clearly generated by objects unrelated to musical instruments. What's being created is a collective musical language that's rich and complex.

                                    "Well, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren's loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat." Nick Cave

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Darryl says: Mellow, introspective and moody, 'Push The Sky Away' sees Nick Cave hit top form. Ably backed by the subtly brilliant Bad Seeds, this will go down as one of the standouts in the burgeoning cannon of classic Cave albums.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: LP version comes in 180gram heavyweight vinyl with album download code.

                                    In 1992 Louisville, KY was home to a unique and diverse punk rock scene that was fast becoming a highly influential underground mecca, and for every Slint and Rodan there were a half dozen brilliant and forward-thinking bands that went virtually unnoticed – most of whom were guilty of more than a little self-sabotage. Plenty of cities across the world have these kinds of musicians, the ones who are cherished in worn-out mixtapes and increasingly unbelievable stories of historic local live shows. The Telephone Man were one of those, and one of the best ones to ever fall through the cracks of Louisville music history.

                                    With a maturity and level of execution that betrayed their youthful age, they were the missing link between the introverted slow burn of Slint, the angular aggression of Bitch Magnet, and the emotional expressiveness of early 90s DC punk. It was a unique combination at the time, and twenty years later sounds downright prescient. Less than 75% of this collection ever saw the light of day, and even that was limited almost exclusively to short-run handmade cassettes passed around at live shows and sold at local record stores.

                                    Though its members would move on to more notable endeavors – guitarist/singer Matthew Ronay is now a world-renowned artist based in NYC, while others continued to pursue music in a diverse array of bands, including Guilt, Ink & Dagger, The Metroschifter and Weird Weeds – this beautifully remastered anthology fills in a little-known but enlightening piece of the legendary Louisville music puzzle.

                                    Dreamers of the Ghetto are a family band from Bloomington, IN, consisting of brothers Luke and Jonathan Jones, Luke's wife, Lauren, and Marty Sprowles. After teasing blogs with enigmatic, homemade video clips for the past year, Indiana's most promising and perhaps most eccentric group finally unleashes their debut album, the stunning 'Enemy/Lover'.

                                    Dreamers of the Ghetto marries the sentiment of classic 80s film soundtracks to minimalist, romantic dream-rock, creating a unique environment that becomes almost instantly addicting. The triumphant, reach-for-the-stars attitude of veterans like U2 and Depeche Mode is paired with the gospel splendor of Spiritualized and ominous austerity of The xx, all carried by what Shaking Through calls "the most amazing singer we've seen since Sharon Van Etten.” DOTG have mined a sound that is both timeless and nostalgic, and they’ve done so with an earnest fearlessness and refreshing lack of irony. They are true, pure, and unbelievably powerful.


                                    Silk Flowers are a synth-driven music trio based in New York.

                                    Their songs balance parts of pop and noise with melodies that evoke emotion from the listener.

                                    Countering typical notions of electronic music as a purely recorded listening experience, Silk Flowers write their songs for live performance, creating a visceral dynamic event that fluctuates between gleeful dance music and rough-edged dissonance.

                                    My Disco

                                    Little Joy

                                      First album released domestically from acclaimed Australian group. Recorded by Steve Albini mixed by Scott Horscroft (SILVERCHAIR, THE PRESETS). Garnering increasing acclaim in their native Australia with their first two albums, we are proud to finally present Melbourne trio My Disco’s third full-length, the truly brilliant and enigmatic "Little Joy". As always with My Disco, the most fascinating and unique element to their sound is space – long, deep, sometimes scary space. Their defiance of rock music’s time-worn tropes is what defines them, and "Little Joy" explores and expands on that concept, stretching a naked few instruments to transform short blasts into heavy, rhythmic, meditative body music. The bare bones of a drum beat, a rumbling bass, one repeated phrase and some bursts of feedback add up to a wholly compelling world of sounds between sounds. Shards of vaguely recognizable post-punk riffs fuse pounding, euphoric rhythms to hypnotic, almost psychedelic vocal mantras.

                                      The result is a new take on an old idea that occupies the unlikely space between Boredoms, The Necks, Wire and Liars. Recorded by Steve Albini and mixed by Scott Horscroft, My Disco’s minimalist instincts are perfectly suited for Albini’s famously austere productions and Horscroft’s textured, pop-leaning sensibilities. This unlikely marriage is at the heart of "Little Joy"s success. It’s the sound of a band using the fewest tools to create the greatest range of possibilities – a record both expansive and minimal, a compressed expression of vast emotions.

                                      'The minimalist trio don't so much defy convention as simply deny it, sidestepping genre and tradition to smash together their own sound. Identifiable elements include shards of black noise, striking percussion, lyrical snatches delivered with prosecutorial zeal and pulmonary bass parts.The band have used the ethos of the DIY scene they came out of to craft a fascinating sound, where repetition gives way to harsh beauty' - Craig Mathieson, The Age.


                                      Three Mile Pilot

                                      The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten

                                      First new studio album in 13 years! The rumour of a new Three Mile Pilot album has been circulating for over a decade, further fueling the mystery and mythology that has swirled around the San Diego trio since the 1997 release of what was thought to be their swan song, the enormously influential "Another Desert, Another Sea".

                                      First, a brief history of Three Mile Pilot: Formed in the early ‘90s, the group released a debut album to a fair amount of acclaim, followed by "Chief Assassin To The Sinister", an album that garnered the attention of Geffen Records, with whom they signed for all of one album. After enduring the major label wringer, the group released "Another Desert", their most emotionally resonant and commercially successful record to date. Shortly after, bassist Zach Smith formed Pinback with Rob Crow, and singer-guitarist Pall Jenkins began a new project with Three Mile Pilot keyboardist Tobias Nathaniel. Both projects were meant to coexist with 3MP, however, both Pinback and The Black Heart Procession became unexpectedly popular.

                                      Next thing you know, it was 2009 and not a peep had been heard from 3MP in a dozen years. That brings us to the aptly-named "The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten", the first Three Mile Pilot album in 13 years, and the first to be written, performed, recorded and produced entirely by the original three members in their own home studios. As such it is the most uncompromising album since their inception – it also just happens to be their most accessible. While Pinback and The Black Heart Procession were obviously influenced by 3MP in their early days, the inverse can now be heard, with many of the songs on The Inevitable Past bearing the unmistakable and inevitable stamps of Pinback and The Black Heart Procession. This circular influence is what makes the album so brilliant; instead of a proper hiatus, 3MP’s progression was charted vicariously through its members’ other groups. As such, "The Inevitable Past" makes good on the promising glimpses heard through a long but breathless wait. Yes, we are really here!

                                      Grails

                                      Acid Rain

                                        Following up their widely acclaimed and most successful album, "Doomsdayer's Holiday", Grails unleash their first-ever DVD, the career-spanning "Acid Rain". Centered around a half dozen mind-altering music videos from their last few albums, "Acid Rain" also features nearly two hours of live shows from the past several years. Packed full of bonus material and special treats, "Acid Rain" is as bizarre, eclectic and otherworldly as their albums, with the added spectacle of debaucherous activities, vicarious cult obsessions, and street preachers on rollerskates.

                                        Hamfatter

                                        The Girl I Love

                                        "The Girl I Love" is undoubtedly pop, but with an added layer of substance beneath the appealing and fashionable exterior. A sure fire winner with a hook you could hang you coat on. What materializes is a blistering chorus that is completely owned by the playful vocals and gaudy brass. Hamfatter are a clear pop talent. Crispy clean music, soft vocal and sugary lyrics that address sugar-free subjects.

                                        The players: Zac Nelson, Kenseth Thibideau, Tim Goldsworthy. Quickly following their debut full-length, Prints return to stir the pot with a little more pop, their usual dose of psychedlia and an intoxicating amount of dance. It only takes about ten seconds to know how this 20-minute ride goes, but the charming anything-goes aesthetic that is quickly becoming a Prints trademark is firmly intact. Once again produced at home by multi-instrumentalists Zac Nelson and Kenseth Thibideau, the songs here were originally conceived as B-sides for a proposed single for "Too Much Water" from the group's eponymous debut. By the time three new songs were completed, they stood too strong on their own to be pushed out as B-sides, so the decision was made to forfeit the single and instead offer the songs as a stand-alone EP. Meanwhile, DFA co-founder and Hercules And Love Affair producer Tim Goldsworthy fired up his new alter-ego Thee Loving Hand for an epic super-funk remix of a pair of Prints tracks, "Pretty Tick" and "Meditation" (featuring, among other things, the funk bass skills of !!!'s Tyler Pope). To top it off, acclaimed visual artist Toben Seymour directed an eye-popping video for "Too Much Water", which is included here on the Enhanced CD portion of the disc.

                                        Hot Hot Heat

                                        Happiness Ltd.

                                        Hot Hot Heat release their third album entitled "Happiness Ltd.", The album is the band's first since 2005's "Elevator". Hot Hot Heat began writing new material in January 2005 the very day they launched a globe-trotting tour to support "Elevator". 'We wanted this record to be written on the road', says the band's co-founder and frontman Steve Bays, 'partly so the influences would be more varied, but also so we could test out the songs live before we recorded them. We wrote music everywhere, Spain, Japan, Australia, the UK, so each song has a different mood'.

                                        This Is Seb Clarke

                                        Rover

                                        The debut album from Stoke-on-Trent 12-piece soul-punk band This Is Seb Clarke. Their line-up comprises Hammond organ, piano, bass, drums, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, two trumpets, three saxophones and a trombone. The somewhat inimitable Seb Clarke is their front-man and songwriter.

                                        Norman (MBE) and Joey Jay are back with another fine selection of favourites from their Notting Hill Carnival Good Times sound system. As ever they mix up an eclectic party set of tunes taking in funk, disco and soul (The Impressions, Lee Dorsey, James Brown, Eddie Harris, LTD, Billy Paul), house (Shapeshifters - special vocal mix - Ten City), hip hop and nu(ish)-soul (Bomb The Bass, Mica Paris, Brenda Russell, The Nextmen), reggae (Aswad, Zap Pow) and more.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xCD Info: 27 track mix CD.


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