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Middle Kids

Lost Friends

    Australian trio Middle Kids announce their eagerly-awaited debut album, Lost Friends, out May 4, 2018. Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz bring back their knack for haunting hooks, lyrical poignancy and irresistible indie rock appeal that critics praised in their self-titled first EP. This radiant collection of new songs conjures melodic nostalgia for some of songwriting's very best, rich in heartfelt build and beautiful simplicity.

    Lost Friends is the kind of album that sucker-punches you in the gut, revealing its nuances only after repeated listens. The songs’ edges are jagged, the production clean, stray imperfections imbue warmth and a human touch. Middle Kids craft classic hooks and riffs that tangle up in your brain like licorice and choruses that linger long after the song has faded. And they’ve bonded over a greater sense of what their music should accomplish.

    “In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideals that are universal, like hope and love,” says Hannah Joy. “That’s so much a thread throughout this album: Even though things are tough, it’s worth believing in something good and in the idea that we can heal. And in some ways, I wanted the music to be beautiful and a respite from what’s going on.”

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive lilac coloured vinyl.

    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Sleigh Bells

    Kid Kruschev

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      Brooklyn, NY’s Sleigh Bells - comprised of vocalist Alexis Krauss and producer/guitarist Derek Miller - released a digital only mini-album entitled Kid Kruschev on November 10th, 2017 via Lucky Number. The LP will be pressend onto Clear Vinyl, with a full printed inner, a lytic sheet and poster also.

      Spanish quartet Hinds - Carlotta Cosials, Ana Perrotte, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen - announce their long-awaited second record I Don’t Run. Out April 6 via Lucky Number, the new album shows a bigger, better, faster, funnier, more dexterous Hinds. Co-produced by the band and Gordon Raphael [The Strokes, Regina Spektor], and engineered by Shawn Everett [Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius, The War On Drugs, John Legend], I Don’t Run is the product of a band fighting for their place, a band unwilling to rely upon their successes, a band who have just begun to prove themselves, and a band who plays hard but works even harder.

      Some might expect them to write songs about being happy, young and carefree – “but we're not satisfied with that,” explains guitarist Ana Perrote. “On this album the struggles are clear. We want to be brave.” I Don’t Run is Hinds’ return with an honest reflection on a period that changed their lives beyond their wildest imaginations. After everything they’ve overcome, one might think a band like Hinds would have second album jitters, but think again. Hinds are chomping at the bit and with defiant confidence. “We loved making this album,” says Perrote. “We knew what we wanted and we have what we wanted. This is a new start for us and we're fucking ready.”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Snarling punky sections segue into swooning, hazy melodic guitar and bass interplay. Simmering hazy indie-rock slowly moves into clanging garage and thrashing pop-punk choruses.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition indies exclusive transparent coloured vinyl.

      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Co-produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait (who also mixed the record) and HC-producer Matt Molnar of Friends, Twentytwo in Blue shows Sunflower Bean stay true to their guitar band core and classic rock-inspired roots, while exploring new sonic textures with more direct and progressive themes. Unlike their debut, which was essentially a compilation of songs Sunflower Bean wrote while still in their teens, Twentytwo in Blue was made in the year between December 2016 and December 2017 and showcases how far the band has come since playing together in their high school days.

      Sunflower Bean find a sublime maturity and progression to their sound and songwriting on Twentytwo in Blue. If there was a ragged beauty in the gauzy, groovy wall of sound of Human Ceremony, there’s a new directness to these songs, a product of the band’s growth and the insanity of the times we’re in. Sunflower Bean have gained a newly confident voice that they bring to the second album, one that doesn’t shy away from addressing the other events of those two years—political changes and cultural shifts that have left America and the world stupefied. “This has been such an unbelievable time,” says Kivlen. “I can’t imagine any artist of our ilk making a record and not have it be seen through the lens of the political climate of 2016 and 2017. So I think there’s a few songs on the record that are definitely heavily influenced by this sort of—whatever you want to say what the Trump administration has been.” “A shit show,” offers a helpful Faber.

      Ultimately, this record is much more than a political statement or piece of commentary on today’s political climate. “I think one word that always comes to mind when I think about this record is lovable,” says Cumming. “We want the songs to be something that someone can get attached to, and have be a part of them. Because that’s what I look for in songs myself, and that’s the kind of experience we want to give to others.”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Not indie, but beautiful classic rock/pop from NYC's next big thing. With elements of sublime Pretenders-on-autopilot, Fleetwood Mac and even occasional Glam crunchers, this super- melodic 3 piece basically bring pristine jangling and classic riffing to superbly written pop songs, all sweetly delivered by lead singer Julia Cummings. It's a really good record.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive blue vinyl. Includes signed postcard while stocks last.

      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      When it comes to their sound, Dream Wife worships at the twin altars of David Bowie and Madonna. A scene unto themselves, their gigs are a riot of handmade props and stage sets that cover everything from space beaches to haunted graveyards, while their finely tuned show is the product of extreme DIY beginnings. It’s the songs too that make the shows, from the fiery fury of “FUU,” to the new wave politico-pop of “Somebody,” and euphoric old school indie hit “Fire.” These are songs in the classic mould – big, beautiful and crazily catchy. And, of course, there’s the three dynamic women at the band’s core. Get ready to fall under Dream Wife’s spell.

      PRESS: Features and interviews in The Guardian, NME, DIY, Dork, with reviews expected in the aforementioned, plus Q, MOJO, Uncut, The Times and more. Features forthcoming, Time Out, Beat, The Skinny. More coverage across fashion magazines Vogue, Elle, expected.

      “Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention.” - The FADER

      “Dream Wife‘s most recent singles are two of the most urgent, empowering, and subversive rock jams of 2017” - Gorilla vs. Bear

      "a well-oiled machine worthy of the Strokes but performed with the righteous indignation of Bikini Kill...snappy, punk-informed rock 'n' roll." - Stereogum

      "why they rule: Astounding musical precision, addictive melodies, and plenty of heart." - Entertainment Weekly

      “Dream Wife offer a soundtrack ripe for a punk Sofia Coppola movie soundtrack” - NYLON

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Indies only limited-edition splatter blood red transparent vinyl

      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Sunflower Bean

      I Was A Fool

        Today New York trio Sunflower Bean announce that they have signed with Lucky Number (UK/EU) and Mom & Pop (ROW) and share their first new single since releasing their critically acclaimed debut album Human Ceremony in 2016. The dreamy new song “I Was A Fool” is their first release with the label.

        “‘I Was A Fool’ is one of those songs that seemingly crept up from nowhere and into our practice space. It was a special moment between the three of us, Julia and I both improvised the lyrics,” explains Nick Kivlen. “It feels like far longer, but it’s been nearly 2 years since we’ve put new music into the world. I think this song is a good example of how we’ve grown as a band, while still staying true to the band that first played together back in high school.”

        In addition, Sunflower Bean also announce a European headline tour, which includes their biggest UK headline show to-date at London’s KOKO. They will also open for Wolf Alice’s UK tour which commences next week, followed by a North American tour opening for Sleigh Bells early next year.

        Lucky Number’s latest signing Brandon Can’t Dance announces his new, debut physical, album Graveyard of Good Times, to be released 13th January 2017. A truly diverse collection of songs from one of America’s most compelling new songwriters, Graveyard of Good Times is as cathartic and melancholic as it is sardonic and playful.

        Brandon Can’t Dance is the brainchild of Brandon Ayres. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brandon has already self-released several cult underground albums online before signing to Lucky Number and releasing his LXVE EP last month. His brutally honest and self-effacing lyrics speak of love, loneliness and suburban ennui, while his music flits between brooding post-punk, fuzz heavy alt. rock and 80s inspired synth-pop. It hints at a songwriting lineage absorbed through the sombre tones of Elliott Smith, brash electronics of Nine Inch Nails and The Idiot-era Iggy Pop. Truly unpredictable, Brandon uses his vocals as another instrument, moving from deep baritone to falsetto with ease.

        Entirely self-recorded and produced between summer 2015 and winter 2016, the album was recorded between shifts working nights as a security guard and looking after his grandmother, who he lives with, alongside his mother and sister.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Pink vinyl edition.

        Sleigh Bells, Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, have announced their first new album in three years. Entitled Jessica Rabbit, the album was produced by the band and mixed by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Tyler, the Creator); and for the first time ever they brought someone outside of the band into the creative process, working with Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple) to shape five of the band’s favourite tracks on the album.

        The result is an album that does not sound like anything Sleigh Bells has ever done - or anyone has ever done, for that matter. It is the sonic equivalent of firing synapses, with melodies zigzagging in different directions in a beautiful and ever-modulating controlled chaos. It is playful but darkly so; flirtatious but caustic; ebullient but downright sinister. It is a record that is wholly unique in sound and purpose, an unabashed and unafraid statement from a band that has made offending rote conceptions of pop music their signature and greatest strength.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: There is more than a hint of shoegaze here, dream-pop melodies and serene floating vocals segue into ambient passages before flourishing into aggressive electronics. Elswehere, 80's tinged melodies and sing-along anthemic rock chords and twinkling arps take the forefront. Glow-sticks out everyone.

        VIVA HINDS! Earlier this year, Hinds released their critically acclaimed, perfectly imperfect debut album entitled Leave Me Alone. Since then, they’ve been on the go non-stop: selling out shows throughout the UK, US, Europe, Asia and Australia and delivering their signature, no-holds-barred live show at festivals internationally, and more.

        Now, Hinds keep the party going and announce a deluxe version of their debut LP. Including B-sides, rarities, and previously unreleased demos, Leave Me Alone Deluxe double Vinyl.

        A message from Hinds about Leave Me Alone Deluxe:

        "Hi, we are Ade, Amber, Ana and Carlotta and this is HINDS. Our first ever album is called leave me alone but this is the deluxe edition. So you can listen to songs you might not know we had and demos recorded with a cellphone. About the demos, first of all, they are not demos. but we couldn't find the correct way to call them. they NEVER were thought to be shown to the world. while we are writing we record ourselves with our cellphones so we can listen to it again on the bus or wherever and we think new ideas and how to make the song better.

        All of the demos we've chose happened when the song was just born, so we are making up English (?) words, or hardly reading the notebook while trying to remember the chords and the structure.. But mysteriously, even through all this shit, we love them. 'cause they take us exactly to the moment we wrote them. like a time machine. and we seriously hope this magic happens to you too and brings you to drink sangria at 1am sitting on a carpet with us”.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: This is limited to 300 copies only and comes in heavyweight transparent yellow vinyl with a download code.

        2xCD Info: This CD features the same material as the double LP: the original album plus b-sides, rarities and previously unreleased demos.

        Our Mother

        A.O.B.

          Our Mother don’t think like other bands. The four-piece - consisting of John Hartley, Paul Kowalewski, Liam Garrett and Joseph Charlton - may have been born out of a Halloween house party in Seven Sisters, but their music transcends typical band formation cliché. Their debut EP, A.O.B. - out 29th April 2016 via Lucky Number - is an idiosyncratic collection that amalgamates everything from mid-to-late 2000s Berlin techno to pristine pop, and deftly defies the trends in the current crop of London-based bands in the process.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd 12" includes MP3 Download Code.

          Since bursting onto the DIY scene last summer, Hinds - Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen - have mastered a raw and playful sound all their own. With just a handful of released singles under their belt, Hinds have already earned early support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, NME, Guardian, Beats 1, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Gorilla vs. Bear, and many more. Now with the release of their eagerly awaited debut album, Hinds are firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting emerging acts of the year and show no sign of slowing down.

          Kicking things off with their new single “Garden,” Hinds take us on a badass rock & roll ride on their debut full-length Leave Me Alone. Weaving sun-kissed, 60’s-inspired melodies, executed with a genius call-and-response between co-vocalists and band co-founders Perrote and Cosials, Hinds create the ultimate soundtrack to the best day ever - from start to finish - spent with your four best friends. In addition to previously released fan favorites including the band’s first-ever single “Bamboo,” “Castigadas En El Granero” - which translates in English to “Grounded In The Barn” - and the band’s first new song of 2015 “Chili Town,” Leave Me Alone only gets better with each song. Featuring bright surf-pop tune “San Diego,” the mixed-tempo “Fat Calmed Kiddos,” and a bitter ode to shitty boyfriends in “And I Will Send Your Flowers Back,” Leave Me Alone is guaranteed to bring the Mediterranean sun to you wherever you are in the world at any time of the year. 

          “A concentrated shot of brattish indie psych…a total breath of fresh air” – NME

          “Addictive, pure pop hooks…they know exactly what they’re doing” – Q

          “Loud, spiky and infectiously happy…(they) have a smack of the Velvet Underground and ramshackle riot grrrl bands” – Time Out

          “…all scratchy guitars, kiss-off lyrics and Phil Spector sonics.” – The Sunday Times

          “a lackadaisical, whimsical 60s garage-pop tune that’ll snog your face off and then nick your ice-cream afterwards.” – The Guardian

          “an assertive rhythm and off-kilter guitar line…an enjoyable ride.” - Pitchfork

          “The chillest four-piece in rock hail from Madrid, and write choruses so loose and lovely you’ll want to wear them in like a favorite pair of sneakers.” - The FADER

          “We're head over heels.” - Noisey.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Laura says: Infectious pop hooks but delivered with a kind of ramshackle, lo-fi cool rather than the hi-gloss synth-pop sheen of many bands at the mo. Guaranteed to set your toes tapping and bring a smile to your face.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Indies Exclusive LP Info: Limited heavyweight transparent yellow heavyweight vinyl with download code for indie stores only.

          Hinds / Parrots

          Split #1

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            We are delighted to announce a Record Store Day exclusive split covers 7” from close friends, and fellow Madrid based bands, Hinds and The Parrots.

            Hinds have tackled Thee Headcoats cult classic, and their favored live set closer, “Davey Crockett (Gabba Hey)” which has been recorded and produced with Árni Árnason of the Vaccines. Whilst The Parrots take on “All My Loving”, a garage-gospel gem by The Almighty Defenders (King Khan and The Black Lips’ side project) and make it their own.

            Hinds, the band formerly known as Deers, have been described “as Europe’s most exciting new band” by the NME, and are Ana Garcia Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen. The band’s loose and lo-fi charm is inspired by their undying love for contemporary American garage rock icons such as Mac DeMarco and Ty Segall. Ending 2014 as many ‘ones to watch’, following two long sold out 7” releases and their joyously received live shows, they certainly have kicked off 2015 with a bang with a 15 date sold-out European headline tour, and international festival announcements galore.

            The Parrots are the freshest arrival to the garage-punk scene, and are currently working their way across Europe with the most energetic live show and a danceable, highly melodic take on the garage-surf, California style.

            In their own words the two bands describe the connection between them as: “We are seven kids. We are friends. We are from Madrid. We always carry a knife in our pockets and we are a gang.”


            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd 7" Info: TRANSPARENT GREEN COLOURED VINYL

            Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both TRICK and RULES the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick and Rules follow on the acclaimed heels of the November 2014 international release of Alex’s fifth album, DSU. Recorded prior to DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the albums have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

            Rules is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks further highlight that Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.



            Get Hot

            Party / Drugs

            Get Hot is the brand new collaborative project between established electronic producers, FTSE and Jakwob.

            After meeting each other 6 weeks ago to try concocting beats, they birthed something much more ballistic than they could have expected. Connecting instantly, like perfect circuitry, the two discovered they shared a punk love, as well as masses of mutual friends, from when they were both playing in hardcore bands. Within an hour of meeting they were in Jakwob's live room, feeding keyboards through amps like guitars, Jakwob letting loose behind the kit, and FTSE screaming his heart out. The results a fully-charged love letter to their lineage.

            Caged Animals is Vincent Cacchione, a New Jersey-born Italian living in Brooklyn. Known previously for the nearly noir folk-rock of his former band, Soft Black, Cacchione carries a strong songwriting gene in his Caged Animals brand of glitch-friendly pop - as inspired by the classicism of Jeff Magnum or John Lennon's solo material, as the melancholic R&B twist of James Blake or Frank Ocean, or the perfect fusion of Chad Van Gaalen's raw & pop qualities.

            In The Land Of Giants is a record about family, faith and hope and its’ recording became an opportunity to do everything that Cacchione does best in one audio space - marrying the sonic experimentation of his love for electronica with the undeniable penchant for lyrical and emotional resonance he developed in Soft Black, a band he formed with (Zachary) Cole Smith of DIIV.

            This is an intimate yet grand Pop record from an artist that is not afraid of stirring emotions amidst a mountain of melody, and certainly not afraid to risk being seen as uncool in order to deliver something genuine. Cacchione himself states “This is the most spiritual record I've made. It necessitated a huge shift in my worldview and a concentrated effort to distill all of my strengths into a focused idea. For me, this album was about making something emotional, direct and human within the context of computer-made, electronic music. My previous recordings dealt heavily with some serious issues from my past. On 'In The Land Of Giants', I'm seeing the clouds part and trying to describe the beauty of my first view of the sky". How cool is that?

            Reptar

            Body Faucet

              Reptar are from Athens Georgia and are the latest signing to Lucky Number (Darwin Deez, Friends, Caged Animals, Sebastien Tellier, Gotye). They have a reputation for riotous, must-see live shows becoming the most talked about band of 2011’s SXSW with the NME declaring they were “the most synonymous name in Austin”.

              Debut album Body Faucet, has been produced by Ben H Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Bombay Bicycle Club) and it builds on the infectious dance-driven melodies established by the band on Oblangle Fizz Y'all EP (INCLUDED AS BONUS CD). Body Faucet finds the bands sonic wanderlust extending from African Music to post-punk to psych-pop.

              “their playful electro-pop channels MGMT’s debut-album psychedelic-yet-ready-for-the-masses sheen, and their rambunctious antics recall the Black Lip’s punk bravado.” SPIN

              “ Bouncing synth-pop recalling the gleaming, anthemic vibrancy of early MGMT, the galactic qualities of Empire Of The Sun and the playful oddities of Animal Collective. FLY

              Seventeen Evergreen

              Steady On, Scientist

              “Uplifting future-pop anthems that sound like a mixture of first-album MGMT and Little Dragon” The Guardian.

              Five years after the release of their debut LP, Life Embarrasses Me On Planet Earth, San Francisco’s Seventeen Evergreen make an exciting return with sophomore long player, Steady On, Scientist!, via Lucky Number.

              Sonic references are broad, explosive and reformulated. Late 80s/early 90s dance era pulsing pop-beats rise, hot with hope, fuelled by unique bass-lines, played like classic 60s Fender riffs, but with added synth propulsion, whilst lyrical and musical themes are always stretching beyond norms. Lyrics are immediately provoking and mind grabbing and across the album, vocals are textured like instruments in their own right.

              This album is about space and density – the polarity and the duplicity of life. Names like New Order, Air, Screamadelica-era Primal Scream, Sonic Youth or Flaming Lips may come to mind, but sonically and spiritually, it’s a singularly triumphant and liberating concoction, an anthemic vision. Like their debut, Steady On, Scientist! is entirely self-written, recorded and produced and, once again, it emphasizes its creators clear and unique identity, away from the pack.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              If you’ve heard ‘Girls On Medication’, the shimmering debut UK single from Brooklyn’s Caged Animals, you might think you have them pegged as connoisseurs of perfectly tuned, gorgeously ethereal soundscapes.

              Their new single ‘Teflon Heart’ however – the first to be taken from the forthcoming debut album ‘Eat Their Own’ - is set to blow those preconceptions out of the water, taking, as it does, a sharp stylistic swerve into bold iconic pop territory.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 7" Info: The vinyl 7” single is limited to just 250 copies in
              the UK, has striking artwork and is pressed on pink
              vinyl.

              Renaissance man, Ray-Ban ambassador and arch agent provocoter, Sebastien Tellier pulled off a masterstroke in 2008, fusing the glorious smut of Gainsbourg with gentle electronic pop to keep kids doing it all summer long."Sexuality" was the name and also the game for Sebastien, who set up his white piano on the beach, remembered lost love and lust and delivered the most sensual record you're ever gonna hear. The set combines all the elements of his deeply emotive French individualism with a melodic pop sensibility that is instantly accessible. Produced by Guy Manuel De Homem-Christo (Daft Punk), this album is Tellier's musical statement of intent for lovemaking: emotional, hypnotic and oozing with sensuality. Musically (and visually), "Sexuality" is like some long-lost late 70s / early 80s European pop album cherished by Balearic heads. C'est fantastique!

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Patrick says: On his most complete and fully realised offering to date, the mighty Sebastien Tellier fuses the perverted whispers of Gainsbourg with the lounge electronics of Air to deliver a stone cold Balearic masterpiece. Sensual stuff.


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