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Janek Van Laak

Circle Of Madness

    Berlin based drummer, composer and producer Janek van Laak was born in the fashion-fuelled metropolis of Düsseldorf in 1995, and briefly spent time as a toddler in the music loving municipality of Leipzig before settling in the country’s capital in 1998 whilst it was in the midst of its post Berlin Wall cultural explosion.

    Under the influence of his punk loving father and cabaret / comedy performing mother, Janek moved from singing in his school choir to learning to play drums and piano. Now, as well as producing music under his own name, Janek is also one of the founding members of the Neukölln based outfit Liquid Brain Orchestra, and one half of off-kilter duo Tutu Amuse with guitarist, vocalist and actor Rosa Landers.

    Janek’s debut solo album “Circle Of Madness” is a record that is best described by himself as a snapshot of “something at some point” and encourages the listener to “stay curious while trying to maintain a balanced and non toxic relationship with perfectionism on this discovery of new land through music, channelling self expression and learning”.

    The album opener “a little GOLD” encourages all of those feelings with delicate synths and percussion making way for fuzzy guitars and wordless vocals that anticipate the wide ranging, diverse and experimental sounds to follow.

    “Here To Slay” is something of a statement of intent and features the rasping, bold vocals of Australian artist Madeleine Rose to great effect. The horn section takes centre stage on the sinister “Saints Blow” which, like the percussive frenzy of “Daiamondo”, which highlights the voice of Japanese singer and multi-instrumentalist Shiomi Kawaguchi, was a track originally sketched for the Tutu Amuse and Liquid Brain Orchestra projects respectively. On other tracks, Janek takes on lead vocals himself, such as the evocative “Above Your Head” with its almost Latin feel.

    Elsewhere, the instrumentation tells the story with Janek’s drums vying for attention against percussion, horns and electronics on “Sloppy Dreams” and “Left 4 Dead” and there are sweeter, softer moments too such as on the shimmering “Glintstones”, the guitar led “The Last Stylebender” and the moody “Garlic Brown Junior”. And then there are the singles. The Afro-jazz inflected “The Killah Gorilla” - a piece that takes its name from the U.S. Ultimate Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) professional, Jared ‘The Killa Gorilla’ Cannonier; and “OCTAPUSSY” - a ten minute epic that begins with a delicate interplay between dreamy keys and drum rolls which are then joined by silky guitars to create an effortless modern fusion sound.

    With “Circle Of Madness”, Janek intends to continually push musical boundaries and possibilities. Look out for him on the road, pushing those boundaries with his upcoming live shows. 

    TRACK LISTING

    1 – A Little GOLD
    2 - Here To Slay Feat. Madeleine Rose
    3 - Saints Blow
    4 - Above Your Head
    5 - Daiamondo Feat. Shiomi Kawaguchi
    6 - Sloppy Dreams
    7 - Left 4 Dead
    8 - Glintstones
    9 - The Last Stylebender
    10 - The Killah Gorilla
    11 - OCTAPUSSY
    12 - Garlic Brown Junior 

    Madness

    Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C'est La Vie

      After a disparate couple of years which saw the band at their most polarised and fragmented, Madness reunited in an industrial unit in Cricklewood at the beginning of the year, where Suggs, Mark, Chrissy Boy, Mike, Lee and Woody realised that what united them was always bigger than what divided them. Emerging re energised and reinvigorated with a fresh bounce in their nutty step, the result was their most harmonious recording experience to date. For the first time ever, a brand new album came into the world that they were all completely agreed on. Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’Est La Vie is the band's inaugural foray into self producing, working alongside engineer and mixer Matt Glasbey (Ed Sheeran, Maisie Peters, Rag’N’Bone Man).

      A very special prologue running through the album is supplied by Emmy and BAFTA Awards winning Martin Freeman. A longtime fan, the relationship formed with the band when Madness’ manager found Martin in a meet and greet queue and introduced him to the members.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Despite all the signs that the great Madness were to be no more, they've returned! We've once again been blessed with the upbeat horn stabs and cheeky vocals that made them such a well-loved institution in the first place.

      TRACK LISTING

      1 Prologue: “Mr Beckett Sir…”
      2 Theatre Of The Absurd
      3 If I Go Mad
      4 Baby Burglar
      5 Act One: "Surrounded On All Sides..”
      6 C’est La Vie
      7 What On Earth Is It (You Take Me For?)
      8 Hour Of Need
      9 Act Two "The Damsel In Distress..”
      10 Round We Go
      11 Act Three: "The Situation Deteriorates..”
      12 Lockdown And Frack Off
      13 Beginners 101
      14 Is There Anybody Out There?
      15 The Law According To Dr. Kippah
      16. Epilogue: “And So Ladies And Gentlemen..”
      17 Run For Your Life
      18 Set Me Free (Let Me Be)
      19 In My Street
      20 Fin.: “Ladies And Gentlemen..” 

      Madness

      Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C'est La Vie - Q&A 17 Nov 5:30pm Bundle

        Album Launch - Live Q&A featuring members of the band - Night & Day Cafe, 5:30pm Friday 17th November 2023.

        To celebrate the release of their new album, we are delighted to welcome Suggs and Mike from Madness to Night & Day, for a live Q&A.

        Doors - 5:30pm
        Q&A - 6pm - 7pm

        Tickets for this event are available exclusively from Piccadilly Records as LP/CD Ticket bundles or standalone tickets.

        ** Please note, physical tickets will not be issued for this event, all names will be on the door. Please bring your order confirmation, either printed or on your phone, to gain entry.**

        NB: NIGHT & DAY CAFE IS AN 18+ ONLY VENUE. ID WILL BE REQUIRED.


        After a disparate couple of years which saw the band at their most polarised and fragmented, Madness reunited in an industrial unit in Cricklewood at the beginning of the year, where Suggs, Mark, Chrissy Boy, Mike, Lee and Woody realised that what united them was always bigger than what divided them. Emerging re energised and reinvigorated with a fresh bounce in their nutty step, the result was their most harmonious recording experience to date. For the first time ever, a brand new album came into the world that they were all completely agreed on. Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’Est La Vie is the band's inaugural foray into self producing, working alongside engineer and mixer Matt Glasbey (Ed Sheeran, Maisie Peters, Rag’N’Bone Man).

        A very special prologue running through the album is supplied by Emmy and BAFTA Awards winning Martin Freeman. A longtime fan, the relationship formed with the band when Madness’ manager found Martin in a meet and greet queue and introduced him to the members.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 Prologue: “Mr Beckett Sir…”
        2 Theatre Of The Absurd
        3 If I Go Mad
        4 Baby Burglar
        5 Act One: "Surrounded On All Sides..”
        6 C’est La Vie
        7 What On Earth Is It (You Take Me For?)
        8 Hour Of Need
        9 Act Two "The Damsel In Distress..”
        10 Round We Go
        11 Act Three: "The Situation Deteriorates..”
        12 Lockdown And Frack Off
        13 Beginners 101
        14 Is There Anybody Out There?
        15 The Law According To Dr. Kippah
        16. Epilogue: “And So Ladies And Gentlemen..”
        17 Run For Your Life
        18 Set Me Free (Let Me Be)
        19 In My Street
        20 Fin.: “Ladies And Gentlemen..” 

        The Death Wheelers

        Chaos & The Art Of Motorcycle Madness

          Cursed to ride forever on this mortal plane after partaking in a satanic drug ritual, the Death Wheelers pledge allegiance to the god of hell and fire. However, in order to prove themselves to their newly anointed leader and for the spell to take effect, the club Will need to engage in a series of lewd acts of sex and violence across the country.Immortality comes at a price and you’re about to pay for it…

          The beating heart of The Death Wheelers is a rumbling engine. Since their self-titled debut in 2015 and in 2020’s cinematic-storytelling breakout, Divine Filth, the Canadian outfit have tapped into wind-through-hair freedom and careened down open roads of groove, not a cop in sight. Their third record, Chaos and the Art of Motorcycle Madness, more than lives up to its name on all fronts. With songs like “Morbid Bails” and “Lucifer’s Bend,” the in-the-know references abound, and The Death Wheelers draw from classic underground metal, scummer heavy rock and cast themselves into a cauldron of cultish biker devil worship, reveling in any and all post-apocalyptic dystopias with genuine glee at having just seen the world eat itself. You might hear some surf guitar. Crazy things can happen.

          A sample in “Triple D (Dead, Drunk and Depraved)” underscores the message: “We want to be free to ride our machines without being hassled by the man. And we want to get loaded.” That line, from Roger Corman’s 1966 film The Wild Angels, serves as a mission statement, and as “Lucifer’s Bend” starts by laughing about how you can’t get away from Satan, they might as well carve it into their forearms to be ready when the blast of distortion hits, as much Entombed as Motörhead, galloping and sinister, coated in road dust and blood.

          The band tells the story like this: “Cursed to ride forever on this mortal plane after partaking in a satanic drug ritual, the Death Wheelers pledge allegiance to the god of hell and fire. However, in order to prove themselves to their newly anointed leader and for the spell to take effect, the club will need to engage in a series of lewd acts of sex and violence across the country. Immortality comes at a price and you’re about to pay for it…”

          While forging songs adherent more to ideology than style, The Death Wheelers cast their biker cult in their own image, and on Chaos and the Art of Motorcycle Madness, they challenge death head-on as only those with no fear of it could hope to do.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. The Scum Always Rises To The Top
          2. Morbid Bails
          3. Les Mufflers Du Mal
          4. Ride Into The Rot (Everything Lewder Than Everything Else)
          5. Triple D (Dead, Drunk, Depraved)
          6. Lucifer?s Bend
          7. Brain Bucket
          8. Open Road X Open Casket
          9. Motortician
          10. Interquaalude
          11. Sissy Bar Strut (Nymphony 69)
          12. Cycling For Satan Part II

          Various Artists

          Vocal Group Madness

            Please don't call it Doo Wop! This is Vocal Group Madness!!! 14 Bam-A-Lam Vocal Group Rockers from the 50's & 60's for your next Dance Party. The album is a compilation of obscure and definitely rocking tracks from the archives of some of the coolest vocal harmony groups of the era, including The Ideals, The Eventuals, The Neons, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. Most of these tracks were previously only available on hard-to-find vinyl records and have been carefully remastered to bring them to their full sonic potential.

            Hugh Cornwell

            Moments Of Madness

              Widely regarded as the poet laureate of the punk era (from his early career fronting the Stranglers to his transition as a solo artist), Hugh Cornwell has built a substantial and singular body of impressive solo albums. His tenth solo opus, Moments of Madness, continues his illustrious output by experimenting with musical genres as his enviable reputation as a wordsmith resounds across this album's songs.

              Self-produced, and playing all of the instruments himself, Moments of Madness' ten incredible tracks finds Hugh flexing his musical muscles with a stripped down, offbeat, reverberating sixties vibe ringing from the seductive melodies and lyrically distinctive perceptions that are indelibly stamped with Hugh’s trademark imagination. Vocally and lyrically a career-best, Hugh has never sounded so good on his tenth solo album.

              A high watermark and a modern-day masterpiece, Moments of Madness is being tipped as the most significant album of Hugh’s career.

              TRACK LISTING

              Coming Out Of The Wilderness
              Red Rose
              I Wannahideinsideaya
              Looking For You
              When I Was A Young Man
              Moments Of Madness
              Beware Of The Doll
              Too Much Trash
              Lasagna
              Heartbreak At Seven

              POLIÇA

              Madness

                Recorded mostly from 2020-2021 in Ryan Olson’s Minneapolis studio with lyrics written and recorded by Channy Leaneagh in her room, Madness is an experimental expansion of the 4 piece family band of Chris Bierden (bass), Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu (drums) to include the anthropomorphic production tool “AllOvers(c)”, designed by Olson and fellow producer & sound-artist Seth Rosetter.

                This latest release continues within the collaborative enclave in which POLIÇA resides and includes co-production by Dustin Zahn (“Alive” & “Away”), Alex Ridha and Alex Nutter (“Violence”). First single from the album is the anthemic pulse of “Alive” which Channy Leaneagh describes as follows: “Bad things happen, the fire goes out; even with the best flammables it stays dark until nothing matters becomes the fire itself. Channy sums up the lyrics and the startling artwork for Madness as follows: “I am here for you all and I am never truly myself here. I am her for you all and I am never truly her”.

                POLIÇA began in Minneapolis in 2011 when singer Channy Leaneagh started collaborating with Ryan Olson, the producer of Jagjaguwar signed soft rock collective Gayngs, on a new batch of synthesizer and percussion-heavy arrangements. Channy was in the process of emerging from a personal and creative break up, with this informing much of the lyrical content of the songs. The resulting debut album, 2012's Give You The Ghost, immediately garnered international acclaim, with Rolling Stone hailing it as "the sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously" and Q praising it as "a bewitching, urgent, magical debut." Bon Iver meanwhile declared that POLIÇA were “best band I've ever heard” and Jay-Z weighed in with a co-sign. The record became known for Channy's electronically manipulated vocals (using a TC-Helicon voice processor) that lent the album much of its uniqueness as heard on tracks such as Lay Your Cards Out and Dark Star. The albums Shulamith and United Crushers followed in 2013 and 2016 respectively before the release of 2020’s When We Stay Alive. Madness serves as something of a companion piece to When We Stay Alive and Channy sums up the lyrics and the startling artwork for it follows: “I am here for you all and I am never truly myself here. I am her for you all and I am never truly her”.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: The thoroughly modern, sleek synthpop of POLIÇA takes a new turn with 'Madness', the instrumentation as shimmering and vivid as ever, but with Leangh's voice being abstracted and stretched into more futurist shapes. Brilliant.

                TRACK LISTING

                Alive
                Violence
                Away
                Madness
                Blood
                Fountain
                Sweet Memz

                Jerry Joseph

                The Beautiful Madness

                  Featuring Drive By Truckers as backing band with Jason Isbell. European tour with Drive By Truckers. Exclusive European release. Who the hell is Jerry Joseph? Well Patterson Hood and Jason Isbell think he is one of the best songwriters and performers ever, so much so they backed him up on his newest album. While he has been flying just under the radar in the US he is unknown in Europe and that is all about to change. This is his first ever European release and will be three months ahead of the US release. Not only are Drive By Truckers the backing band on his upcoming tour but they also recorded the entire new album with Jerry as his backing band. Jason Isbell features on one of the key tracks 'Dead Confederate' and Patterson Hood also produced the entire record. While Jerry is a legend in the US he has never had a British release after playing for over 30 years - with the Truckers supporting him on many of his early shows having. Woody Harrelson is a long time fan whom followed Jerry on tour in his early days - with the pair even writing together.

                  Jerry has toured the world playing in Japan, Australia, SE Asia, Latin and South America etc while remaining largely off the radar in the UK. His first major dates were supporting Richmond Fontaine on their farewell tour and now he returns for a European tour. This record was recorded at Matt Patton's studio, Dial Back Sound, in Water Valley, Mississippi with all the Truckers taking part. It is Jerry's strongest ever songwriting and written over a period of years while travelling the world, while Jerry also ran guitar school charities for children in the war zones of Iraq, Syria etc (a project which was recently covered by Rolling Stone US and France). His live shows are a force to be reckoned with, and he will be touring into 2021 throughout Europe.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1.Days Of Heaven
                  2.Bone Towers
                  3.Full Body Echo
                  4.San Acacia
                  5.(I'm In Love With) Hyrum Black
                  6.Good
                  7.Sugar Smacks
                  8.Dead Confederate
                  9.Black Star Line
                  10.Eureka

                  Pale Saints

                  The Comforts Of Madness - 30th Anniversary Edition

                    On the eve of a post-Thatcherite Britain, the Pale Saints, alongside the likes of Lush, Ride and Slowdive, were ushering in a new wave of British indie. And in 4AD, they found a perfect home for their music - an exciting & undeniable meld of noise and dream-pop.

                    Their debut album, The Comforts of Madness, didn’t disappoint, now standing as one of the best of its era. Pitchfork placed it in their Best 50 Shoegaze Albums Of All Time saying, “There’s a restless urgency, particularly when the volume swells and the rhythms intensify. That energy not only keeps (it) vital, it emphasizes Pale Saints’ inventiveness, how they channelled softness and rage into something distinctive.”

                    Nearly 30 years on and The Comforts of Madness is finally getting the reissue treatment. Having been remastered, a faithful LP repress on black vinyl is being released as well as double CD and double clear vinyl editions, both of which come with a bonus disc of previously unreleased demos and the band’s only John Peel Session, recorded in 1989.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Javi says: This year, my new year’s resolution was “don’t buy records, save money instead”. Everything was going swimmingly for the first two weeks of January - until one grim Friday when ‘The Comforts of Madness’ received its 30th Anniversary reissue. Like a dry January defeated by an old friend’s 30th birthday bash, I cracked and splurged, and did so with good reason.

                    Visually, ‘The Comforts of Madness’ is instantly recognisable as a Vaughan Oliver creation. Familiar shapes and textures shimmer under a psychedelic sheen, all petals and whiskers and shadow; the tracklist splattered across the back like a mystic incantation (“way the fell. deep sleep, the sun. time in sight.” Amen.)

                    Opening track “Way The World Is” crashes in like a horseman of the apocalypse, while the much-anthologised “Sight Of You” still sounds every bit as fresh and swooning as Martin assures me it did 1990. Across the album, crushing shoegaze guitars ebb and flow, bass lines worm and drums fizz, only letting up for tender moments like the balladic “Little Hammer”. It’s a sprawling LP of ambitious indie, pushing both instruments and the mixing desk to extremes, masterfully streamlined into a near-continuous soundscape with each song graciously giving way to the next.

                    The bonus disc of unreleased live sessions and alternative recordings lifts the magic curtain slightly, revealing the band behind the sonic wizardry and dream-pop production - this version of Pale Saints is more earnest yet every bit as melodic, with shades of The Smiths, early MBV, and even The Beach Boys permeating the lower-fi recordings. They provide a warm and welcome counterpoint to the soaring album proper, and are well worth checking out and marvelling over.

                    ‘The Comforts of Madness’ is from start to end, front to back, 1990 to 2020, a chaotic, ethereal, and epic work - and to these ears, at least, it might just be the 4AD album.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Way The World Is
                    You Tear The World In Two
                    Sea Of Sound
                    True Coming Dream
                    Little Hammer
                    Insubstantial
                    A Deep Sleep For Steven
                    Language Of Flowers
                    Fell From The Sun
                    Sight Of You
                    Time Thief

                    2LP & 2CD

                    Way The World Is
                    You Tear The World In Two
                    Sea Of Sound
                    True Coming Dream
                    Little Hammer
                    Insubstantial
                    A Deep Sleep For Steven
                    Language Of Flowers
                    Fell From The Sun
                    Sight Of You
                    Time Thief
                    Sight Of You (Original Woodhouse Studio Version) *
                    Way The World Is (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    Language Of Flowers (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    You Tear The World In Two (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    Fell From The Sun (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    A Deep Sleep For Steven (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    Time Thief (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    Sea Of Sound (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    Insubstantial (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    Little Hammer (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    True Coming Dream (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                    She Rides The Waves (John Peel Show Version) *
                    You Tear The World In Two (John Peel Show Version) *
                    Way The World Is (John Peel Show Version) *
                    Time Thief (John Peel Show Version) *

                    * = Previously Unreleased

                    Eric B. & Rakim

                    Paid In Full (Mini Madness: Coldcut Remix)

                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                      Available from Get on Down, we are proud to bring back this rare 7”, the UK Picture sleeve release of Eric B & Rakim’s Paid in Full (Mini Madness – The Coldcut Remix). When Eric B & Rakim debuted with Paid in Full in the summer of ‘87 the album was an immediate classic. By the time the cut "Paid in Full" was released as the album's fifth and final single, it became a hit in clubs, radio and MTV largely due to the songs remix. Enter Coldcut, a new DJ/Remix team from the U.K who at the time just made a big splash with a record of their own, the cut & paste classic “Say Kids What Time Is It”. It made such a huge buzz that Julian Palmer from Island Records urged them to do a remix of “Paid in Full”. The result was the “Mini Madness” mix which turned Rakim's one verse song into a magnum opus that that crossed cultures and influences into one seamless remix. Today it still holds as one of the most groundbreaking remixes ever, Rakim himself is even quoted as saying it was the “best remix” he has ever heard. What made this remix so special was how Coldcut incorporated several new elements in producing their remix, mainly the use of vocal samples. The most prominent in these samples was the addition of Israeli singer Ofra Haza, whose voice when lowered in pitch, synced perfectly with the Paid in Full breakbeat. Another notable element of the Coldcut remix is its opening vocal sample, "This is a journey into sound” which even today it is recognizable as the start of this Remix. "Now wait a minute, you better talk to my mother" comes from Humphrey Bogart and lines like "Pump up the volume" and "Dance to the record" are sampled from Eric B. & Rakim's own song "I Know You Got Soul". While there are many more vocal bits and breaks that go into what makes this remix so special, it’s better to let the music speak for itself.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side A: Paid In Full (Mini Madness: The Coldcut Remix)
                      Side B: Eric B. On The Cut

                      GBH

                      Midnight Madness And Beyond

                        GBH vintage 1987, their third studio album. Now it comes with their rare EP "Oh No! It's GBH Again".


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