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Counter Melodies

    Mercury-nominated artist Maps, aka James Chapman, presents his fifth studio album, Counter Melodies.

    Maps’ music has always embraced melancholia, but with Counter Melodies Chapman has produced an album of upbeat and uplifting dance tracks. The album is a new adventure through the familiar emotional terrain of the Maps sound, while also transporting you to more resolutely optimistic and hopeful places.

    TRACK LISTING

    Witchy Feel
    Heya Yaha
    Thru Lights
    Psyche
    Windows Open
    Transmission
    Lack Of Sleep
    Valentine
    Fever Dream
    My Love Is Like

    Swell Maps

    Mayday Signals

      An album crammed full of rare and unreleased tracks from the vaults of swell map founder Jowe Head. Swell Maps formed out of various bedrooms in the mid -70s and became the pioneers of DIY punk. 

      Swell Maps founding members were Nikki Sudden, Epic Soundtracks, Jowe Head & Phones Sportsman

      • Includes demo versions of 2 of the bands Singles “Dresden Style” & “Read about Seymour”. 

      • Exclusive artwork originally designed by Epic Soundtracks & Jowe Head in 1977. 

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE 1: 1976-77
      1/Intro/Sweet And Sour Extract
      2/Almost Grown
      3/City Boys (Dresden Style)
      4/Sahara 5/One Of The Crowd
      6/Wireless
      7/Ripped And Torn
      8/God Save The Queen
      9/Platinum Blind
      10/Harvist
      11/Gramofonica

      Side 2: 1977
      12/Read About Seymour
      13/Shubunkin
      14/Trade Kingdom
      15/Pets’ Corner
      16/Fashion Cult (Opaque)
      17/Plankton
      18/Johnny Seven
      19/Below Number One
      20/Plumbing/Radio Ten/Here’s The Cupboard 21/Organism 22/Sweet And Sour Reprise

      SIDE 3:1978-79
      23/Vertical Slum
      24/Avalanche Prelude
      25/International Rescue
      26/Deliferous Mistail
      27/Armadillo
      28/Avalanche Part 2
      29/Off The Beach

      SIDE FOUR
      30/Drop In The Ocean
      31/Whatever Happens Next (acoustic)
      32/Elegia Pt.2
      33/Bandits 1-5
      34/Secret Choir
      35/Big Cake Over America
      36/Tibetan Bedsprings

      Maps

      Turning The Mind - Special Edition Vinyl Reissue

        Turning The Mind, recorded with Tim Holmes (Death in Vegas) at the Contino Rooms in London, is Maps’second album from 2009 and followed the release of Maps’ Mercury Prize shortlisted debut We Can Create in 2007. Includes the tracks ‘I Dream of Crystal’, ‘Die Happy, Die Smiling’ and ‘Valium In The Sunshine’

        “The tracks for this album never seemed to stop flowing from the day I began working on them, it is a true statement of Maps' music at this precise moment.”James Chapman aka Mapsin 2009.

        Maps has remixed Depeche Mode, Public Service Broadcasting, Susanne Sundfør, Moby, C Duncan, M83 and more.


        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Turning The Mind
        A2 I Dream Of Crystal
        A3 Let Go Of The Fear
        A4 Valium In The Sunshine
        B1 Papercuts
        B2 Love Will Come
        B3 Everything Is Shattering
        B4 Nothing
        C1 The Note (These Videos)
        C2 Chemeleon
        C3 Die Happy, Die Smiling
        C4 Without You

        Maps

        We Can Create - Special Edition Vinyl Reissue

          A hugely ambitious, widescreen and epic record that recalls everything from the far away electronics of Basic Channel and Carl Craig, through the skewed songwriting of Postal Service, Flaming Lips and Grandaddy to the euphoric sound-scapes of Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine, We Can Create is a work of heart stopping extremes.

          The album was recorded without computers, preferring the painstaking process of splicing sounds together on MAPS’ battered 16 track recorder in his Northamptonshire bedroom, the results were subsequently co-produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bjork) and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Hope Of The States). The critically acclaimed album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2007.

          Maps has remixed Depeche Mode, Public Service Broadcasting, Susanne Sundfør, Moby, C Duncan, M83 and more.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1 So Low, So High
          A2 You Don’t Know Her Name
          A3 Elouise
          A4 It Will Find You
          B1 Glory Verse
          B2 Liquid Sugar
          B3 To The Sky
          B4 Back + Forth
          C1 Lost My Soul
          C2 Don’t Fear
          C3 When You Leave

          ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ is a career-defining, ambitious album that sees the bedroom producer step out of the bedroom with his most collaborative project to date, including work with classical ensemble The Echo Collective, percussionists and guest vocalists from across the world.

          These stunning, immersive and impressionistic songs, scored and produced by Maps himself, are inspired by an orchestral approach and by the rolling Northamptonshire countryside beyond the window of his studio, which provides peace, isolation and inspiration.

          “I wanted to push everything to the limit with this record, and explore new territory for Maps. The orchestral instrumentation and addition of other musicians and singers played a huge part in finding the purer and more human emotion I was searching for. I learnt the violin as I was growing up, so I’m glad it finally came in useful!” (Maps)

          Three years in the making, ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ is informed by the richness of life experience. It is an album he could only have made now and one that represents a creative reinvention for Maps.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Chapman has created his opus here, swinging from soaring anthemic rock to brittle shoegazing ambience in the blink of an eye, but bolseted throughout with a firm emphasis on driven percussion and shimmering synths to keep things moving forward in spectacular fashion. A shining and spine-tingling collection, an absolute career high.

          TRACK LISTING

          1 Surveil
          2 Both Sides
          3 Howl Around
          4 Wildfire
          5 Just Reflecting
          6 She Sang To Me
          7 Sophia
          8 The Plans We Made
          9 New Star
          10 You Exist In Everything

          Maps & Atlases

          Lightlessness Is Nothing New

            Maps and Atlases Lightlessness Is Nothing New, their first since 2012s critically acclaimed Beware & Be Grateful, serves to foreshadow an emotionally and musically dynamic collection of songs that contemplates the jolt of loss and the strain of longing to music that, against our better judgment, makes us want to dance.

            TRACK LISTING

            The Fear 
            Fall Apart
            Ringing Bell
            Violet Threaded
            Fog And The Fall
            Learn How To Swim
            Super Bowl Sunday
            War Dreams
            4/25
            Wrong Kind Of Magic

            Maps & Atlases

            Beware And Be Grateful

              "On record, they have one of the most exciting styles on today’s music scene" - The Independent.

              Chicago’s Maps & Atlases return with their eagerly awaited sophomore album, which sees the band blend their math rock roots with a more accessible direction.

              For fans of Paul Simon, Vampire Weekend, The Beach Boys, The Maccabees.

              Matthew Neel

              New Maps Of Hell

              The inside cover of this CD reveals a post-apocalyptic Trafalgar Square complete with burning buses, a can-opened National Gallery and Nelson’s Column snaking off in collapsed sections towards The Strand. For such a seemingly gentlemanly acoustic album this might appear incongruous - the first song sounds like it was recorded at a cocktail party at the Savoy sometime in the 1930s - but closer inspection of Matthew Neel’s world reveals a catalogue of current psychological ills, from the inevitable environmental to more straightforward existential woes. "Well Anyway" sums up the landscape - 'We are the beaten generation, black-and-blue and godforsaken. But don’t start thinking that we’re easy prey cos we’ll never give an inch and we’ll dig our teeth in', while "First World Blues" resonates with a deep sense of the impending (producers of Panorama looking for a title for their next climate-change special take note). Elsewhere, "Hey Citizen" finds our hero back at the Savoy for a light supper whilst all around genuine pop moments are surfing away happily on top of the angst. often this is due to the deft guitar playing of cohort Luke Brighty - particularly "Emily" with it’s lilting beat and pay-off line 'well I want you for your mind although you’ve got a great behind'. Likewise "Wise Up", complete with Nick Cave cowboy-choir backing vocals and "We Will Be Dreaming"'s instantly familiar 'smiles on our faces' refrain. "New Maps Of Hell" is an accomplished debut, a roadmap for our times and an album that soothes as much as it pricks. like emily, it’s got the lot..


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