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Optical Delusion

    Legendary electronic music duo Orbital return in Spring 2023 with new album Optical Delusion, the Hartnoll brothers first studio album since 2018’s Monster’s Exist. Recorded in Orbital’s Brighton studio, Optical Delusion includes contributions from Sleaford Mods, Penelope Isles, Anna B Savage, The Little Pest, Dina Ipavic, Coppe, and perhaps most surprisingly, The Medieval Baebes.

    For the first single Orbital have joined forces with Sleaford Mods on their fabulous, furious new single “Dirty Rat” Featuring a searing vocal from Jason Williamson over kinetic, driving beats, “Dirty Rat” is Orbital at their most vital, still utterly relevant and pushing forward over 30 years since they broke through with their landmark single “Chime”. Think KLF or Underworld 'Born Slippy’ - ‘Dirty Rat’ is a primal scream which crosses genres and generations.


    Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song) (feat. The Mediaeval Baebes)
    Day One (feat. Dina Ipavic)
    Are You Alive? (feat. Penelope Isles)
    You Are The Frequency (feat. The Little Pest)
    The New Abnormal
    Home (feat. Anna B Savage)
    Dirty Rat – With Sleaford Mods
    Requiem For The Pre Apocalypse
    What A Surprise (feat. The Little Pest)
    Moon Princess (feat. Coppe)

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    Evergreen - 2022 Reissue

      Originally released in 1997, Evergreen marked a critical and commercial renaissance for the band after more than half a decade’s hiatus; an album that rightfully returned them to the Top 10 that sported three UK hits including the seminal ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’.

      When Echo & The Bunnymen imploded at the end of the 1980s, the decade lost one of its greatest bands in the messiest of circumstances. Until then, theirs had been a magical rise: since 1979 they’d outgrown the Liverpool punk scene, outshone their alternative pop rivals of the mid-80s, and looked set to step into the big league. But by the end of the decade the magic that had kept them together was slowly unthreading. The die was cast in 1988 when Ian McCulloch quit after a tour of Japan. It should have marked the end for the band, but the remaining Bunnymen decided to persevere and seek a replacement. Unthinkable tragedy struck in 1989 when drummer Pete de Freitas was killed in a motorbike accident.

      The finality – as it then seemed – of the Bunnymen was all the worse for the nagging sense that they hadn’t so much faded away as burned out before their time.

      After a half-decade wilderness years of side projects and solo outings, in January 1997 Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson and Ian McCulloch decided to come back together in a recording studio for the first time in ten years. The reborn Bunnymen entered Doghouse studios in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, as fate would have it at the same time as Oasis, then gliding on a post-Knebworth high as the biggest band in Britain. In a pivotal generational passing of the baton, the two legends of their eras merged on the killer ace nestling up McCulloch’s sleeve, ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, featuring a 24-year-old Liam Gallagher on backing “yeah, yeah, yeah!”s and tambourine shakes.

      Any doubts among fans that the Bunnymen might have been making a terrible mistake by regrouping were obliterated by the song’s first chorus, crashing the UK Top Ten at number 8 in June 1997, the first taster of the album, the highest new entry in the band’s career and equalling their best ever chart position for ‘The Cutter’.

      The self-produced sessions at Doghouse were further embellished with strings, horns and vocal arrangements at the more imperious sounding Abbey Road and the resultant album achieved the almost impossible; commercial, conceptual and critical acclaim on a par with their past achievements. NME called it “impossibly good. The first comeback in history not to be dogged by a nauseous sense of distress, the first one to actually sound important”, the Melody Maker declared “the new songs are as good as the old songs, and probably better than almost anything you’ll hear this year”.

      Former manager (and later KLF pop maverick Bill Drummond) spoke of their return at the time: “Within the soul of Echo & The Bunnymen there was a pure aspiration that transcended all those would-be dragged up memories. It’s as if The Bunnymen were going for some ultimate and indefinable glory.”

      Ten years since they last graced the Top Ten Album Chart, Evergreen returned them there in July 1997. The Bunnymen had proved themselves not only deserving of a second wind but effortlessly welcomed by the musical landscape of the late-90s. Arriving in the season of Oasis’s Be Here Now and The Verve’s Urban Hymns, Evergreen was both of and beyond its time.

      At the time, McCulloch proudly spoke of the album as the best he’d believed they’d ever made. Through the sepia lens of hindsight, today he understates its value as containing “at least three great songs, which is three more than most bands have in their entire catalogue.” By name, the ballads ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, ‘Forgiven’ and ‘Just A Touch Away’. Beyond McCulloch’s holy trinity, Evergreen was just as notable for its snake-charming title track and the similarly serpentine ‘Empire State Halo’, both, like the best Bunnymen songs of yore, reaching our ears somewhere from Norris Green via Marrakesh. Elsewhere the Mersey shuffle of singles ‘Don’t Let it Get You Down’ and ‘I Want To Be There (When You Come)’ sees the brighter side of the band, as open and as relevant as their contemporaries past and present.

      “Someone asked me the other day why I reunited the Bunnymen,” McCulloch commented that summer. “Well, I haven’t. I’ve re-ignited the Bunnymen. Having said that, they never stopped glowing somewhere in my heart.”

      That glow made music, Evergreen still blinds.


      A1 Don’t Let It Get You Down
      A2 In My Time
      A3 I Want To Be There (When You Come)
      A4 Evergreen
      A5 I’ll Fly Tonight
      A6 Nothing Lasts Forever 3:55
      B1 Baseball Bill
      B2 Altamont
      B3 Just A Touch Away
      B4 Empire State Halo
      B5 Too Young To Kneel
      B6 Forgiven

      01 Don’t Let It Get You Down
      02 In My Time
      03 I Want To Be There (When You Come)
      04 Evergreen
      05 I’ll Fly Tonight
      06 Nothing Lasts Forever
      07 Baseball Bill
      08 Altamont
      09 Just A Touch Away
      10 Empire State Halo
      11 Too Young To Kneel
      12 Forgiven
      13 Watchtower
      14 Polly
      15 Hurracaine
      16 Colour Me In
      17 Antelope
      18 Jonny
      01 I Want To Be There (When You Come)
      (Live At The Improv Theatre, 1999)
      02 Rescue (Live At The Improv Theatre, 1999)
      03 Lips Like Sugar (Live At The Improv Theatre, 1999)
      04 Bedbugs And Ballyhoo (Live At The Improv Theatre, 1999)
      05 Nothing Lasts Forever (Radio One Jo Whiley Session, 1997)
      06 The Killing Moon (Radio One Jo Whiley Session, 1997)
      07 Baseball Bill (Live At The Kilburn National, 1997)+
      08 Just A Touch Away (Live At The Kilburn National, 1997)+
      09 I’ll Fly Tonight (Live At The Kilburn National, 1997)+
      10 Altamont (Live At The Kilburn National, 1997)+
      11 Lips Like Sugar (Whyt Radio Acoustic Version, 1997)
      12 I Want To Be There (When You Come) (Whyt Radio Acoustic Version, 1997)
      13 The Killing Moon (Whyt Radio Acoustic Version, 1997)
      14 Forgiven (GLR Robert Elms Acoustic Session, 1997)
      15 Nothing Lasts Forever (Radio One Live Lounge Session, 1999)+
      +Previously Unreleased


      Anniversary Remixes

        To honour twenty years since the release of Sugababes iconic debut album One Touch, the band release a series of brand-new remixes. The reworks from Majestic, Metronomy, Blood Orange and MNEK offer a fresh take on classic singles Overload, Same Old Story and Run For Cover.


        Run For Cover (MNEK Remix)
        Same Old Story (Blood Orange Remix)
        Overload (Metronomy Vs Tatyana Remix)
        Overload (Majestic Remix)


        Timeless (25 Year Anniversary Edition)

        Goldie's critically acclaimed drum & bass opus from 1995, remastered and expanded with rareties and new remixes!

        25 years old, this complex debut album founded a new chapter in the history of the electronic genre originally reaching no. 7 in the charts and has since been celebrated for its unique blend of sublime strings, beautiful atmospheres and sophisticated vocals. Inarguably an ambitious blueprint at the time; Goldie’s production fashioned the edgy rhythms and bass of jungle into a newly futuristic model, now globally admired as drum & bass.

        Thsi special edition feature rarities and remixes unearthed from Goldie’s personal archive. Remastered with Goldie overseeing the process himself. 


        Disc 1

        A Side:
        1-1a Inner City Life
        1-1b Pressure
        1-1c Jah

        B Side:
        B1 Saint Angel
        B2 State Of Mind
        B3 This Is A Bad

        Disc 2

        C Side:
        C1 Sea Of Tears
        C2 Jah The Seventh Seal
        D Side:
        D1 A Sense Of Rage (Sensual V.I.P. Mix)
        D2 Still Life
        D3 Angel

        Disc 3

        E Side:
        E1 Adrift
        E2 Kemistry
        E3 You & Me
        F Side:
        F1 Sensual
        F2 Kemistry

        Happy Mondays

        Uncle Dysfunktional - 2020 Mix (RSD22 EDITION)


          On vinyl for the first time in the UK as a RSD exclusive on pink vinyl. Uncle Dysfunktional is a fifth and most recent studio album from Happy Mondays. Released in 2007, it was their first album since Yes Please! in 1992. Despite Factory Records having closed 15 years before, Tony Wilson personally assigned Uncle Dysfunktional a FAC number, FAC-500. The artwork has been re-worked by Central Station Design. Limited to 2000 copies world-wide.

          The Communards

          Communards - 35th Anniversary Edition

            The Communards are releasing a 35 year anniversary edition of their debut album ‘Communards' featuring their huge hit single ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. Upon the album’s original release in 1986 ‘Don’t leave Me This Way’ had a four-week run at number one, the album itself reached a chart peak of number seven, going on to spend a total of 45 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.

            TRACK LISTING


            A Side
            1. Don't Leave Me This Way 6:26
            2. La Dolarosa 2:43
            3. Disenchanted 6:14
            4. Reprise 5:22
            B Side
            1. So Cold The Night 6:48
            2. You Are My World 8:01
            3. Lover Man 3:52
            4. Don't Slip Away 2:58
            C Side
            1. Heavens Above 3:59
            2. Forbidden Love 4:57
            3. Breadline Britain 2:31
            4. Sanctified 2:35
            D Side
            1. Never No More 3:01
            2. Sentimental Journey 3:34
            3. When The Walls Come Tumbling Down 4:22
            4. Judgement Day 5:10


            Disc 1:
            01 Don't Leave Me This Way 06:26 
            02 La Dolarosa 02:43
            03 Disenchanted 06:14 
            04 Reprise 05:22
            05 So Cold The Night 06:48 
            06 You Are My World 08:04
            07 Lover Man 03:52
            08 Don't Slip Away 02:58
            09 Heavens Above 03:59
            10 Forbidden Love 04:57
            11 Don't Leave Me This Way (Gotham City Mix Part Two) 11:30
            12 Disenchanted (Dance) 08:42
            13 So Cold The Night (Remix)   08:34

            Disc 2:
            01 So Cold The Night (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 03:43 
            02 Don't Slip Away (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 02:30 
            03 America (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 04:15 
            04 Forbidden Love (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 02:47
            05 La Dolorosa (Janice Long 13th October 1985) 02:34 
            06 You Are My World (12” Version) 09:52 
            07 Don´t Leave Me This Way (Ruff Mix) 08:27 
            08 Heavens Above (Ruff Mix) 03:19 
            09 Summertime 03:17
            10 Lover Man (Alternative Mix) 04:04
            11 Forbidden Love (Alternative Mix) 04:59
            12 Breadline Britain 02:32 
            13 Never No More 03:01
            14 Sentimental Journey 03:43
            15 When The Walls Come Tumbling Down 04:22
            16 Judgement Day 05:15
            17 Don't Leave Me This Way (7th Heaven Club Mix) 08:22

            To celebrate twenty years since the release of Sugababes’ iconic debut album “One Touch”, the band release a special anniversary edition of the album including rarities, demos and new remixes.

            Made up of Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhán Donaghy, the Sugababes represented a fiercely independent and creative UK scene at the turn of the millennium. Different from much of what was out at the time, “One Touch” crossed over from the purely pop world and became an oddball curveball across clubland and it’s after hours scenes with its clubber-friendly, downbeat hooks, flurries into UKG and hip-hip informed production. One Dave Walker who used to work here was a big proponent of the Sugababes when he and Huw Morgan (of Electriks fame) used to do a night at Harter Street Lounge here in Manchester. It's a bona fide classic of UK pop music which recalls a proud time for the industry. 

            Download card includes 35 (!!!) extra tracks including new remixes by MNEK, Metronomy, Blood Orange and Majestic. Featuring the hit singles ‘Overload’, ‘Run For Cover’ and ‘Same Old Story'.

            Remastered and expanded editions including unheard demos, rarities and classic/new remixes.

            TRACK LISTING

            Vinyl Tracklist:
            Side A:
            One Foot In
            Same Old Story
            Let It Go Look At Me
            Soul Sound

            Side B:
            One Touch
            Lush Life
            Real Thing
            New Year
            Run For Cover

            CD1 One Touch: Remastered                          
            1. Overload                    
            2. One Foot In                                          
            3. Same Old Story                                    
            4. Just Let It Go                                    
            5. Look At Me                                        
            6. Soul Sound                                      
            7. One Touch
            8. Lush Life
            9. Real Thing                                  
            10. New Year                                        
            11. Promises
            12. Run For Cover                                    
            +  Bonus Tracks
            13. Don’t Wanna Wait                                  
            14. Sugababes On The Run                            
            15. Forever                      
            16. Little Lady Love [Original Mix]                
            17. Sometimes                  
            18. This Is What You Need [Demo]                  
            19. Girls' Nite Out [Demo]

            CD2  Remixes And Alternative Versions                     
            1. Always Be The One [Demo]                            
            2. Run For Cover [MNEK Remix]      
            3. Overload [Majestic Remix]                    
            4. Same Old Story [Blood Orange Remix]
            5. Overload [Metronomy Vs Tatyana Remix]                  
            6. Just Let It Go [2001 Version]                              
            7. Look At Me [Alternative Mix]                              
            8. Real Thing [Original Mix]                        
            9. Soul Sound [Alternative Version]                  
            10. One Touch [C.R.E.A.M. Remix]                    
            11. New Year [Non Christmas Version] [a.k.a. 2001 Edit]         
            12. Promises [Acoustic Mix]
            13. Little Lady Love [About 2 Remix]                
            14. Overload [Ed Case Remix]                          
            15. Run For Cover [G4orce All Things Nice Dub]        
            16. Real Thing [2-Step Radio Mix]

            Happy Mondays

            ...Yes Please!

              ‘...Yes Please!’ was the last Happy Mondays album on Factory Records. It was produced by Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz and reached number 14 in the UK chart. Artwork lovingly replicated by original Manchester designers Central Station Design. Features the singles “Stinkin´ Thinkin”, “Sunshine & Love” and “Angel”.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Andy says: "Yes Please" signaled the chaotic end of the Happy Mondays but it's still really interesting with it's tasty Talking Heads production and "Stinking Thinking" is one of the best things they ever did.

              TRACK LISTING

              Stinkin Thinkin 
              Monkey In The Family 
              Sunshine & Love 
              Cut 'Em Loose Bruce 
              Theme From Netto 
              Love Child 
              Total Ringo 
              Cowboy Dave

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