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Twenty One - 2022 Reissue

    Phantasy are proud to present the vinyl re-issue of Mystery Jets’ seminal 2008 album ’Twenty One’. Produced by Erol Alkan, the beloved LP includes hit singles ‘Young Love’ and ’Two Doors Down'.

    “Of all the messages we’ve received from our fans over the intervening years, the single question that has come up more than any other, is ‘When will Twenty One will be released on vinyl again?’. Much to our frustration, our response has never been anything more than a helpless, resounding shrug. That is, until now.

    The year being 2021, and all the band being firm believers in the powers of numerology, we felt there would be no better time of telling you that for the first time since its release, Twenty One will finally be available to own on vinyl again.

    We are delighted to be reissuing the record via Phantasy, the label founded by Erol Alkan, who produced Twenty One and mentored us to make an album we’re still immensely proud of. This is the record you have been asking for, and the one we always wanted you to hear.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Hideaway
    A2. Young Love Feat. Laura Marling
    A3. Half In Love With Elizabeth
    A4. Flakes
    A5. Veiled In Grey
    A6. Two Doors Down
    B1. MJ
    B2. Umbrellahead
    B3. Hand Me Down
    B4. First To Know
    B5. Behind The Bunhouse

    Mystery Jets

    Twenty One - 2022 Reissue (Deluxe Edition)

      Phantasy are proud to present the vinyl re-issue of Mystery Jets’ seminal 2008 album ’Twenty One’. Produced by Erol Alkan, the beloved LP includes hit singles ‘Young Love’ and ’Two Doors Down'.

      “Of all the messages we’ve received from our fans over the intervening years, the single question that has come up more than any other, is ‘When will Twenty One will be released on vinyl again?’. Much to our frustration, our response has never been anything more than a helpless, resounding shrug. That is, until now.

      The year being 2021, and all the band being firm believers in the powers of numerology, we felt there would be no better time of telling you that for the first time since its release, Twenty One will finally be available to own on vinyl again. As well as reissuing the original album, we have also dug through the archives and compiled a special selection of never-heard-before outtakes, demos and rarities from that era to accompany the deluxe version of the album.

      We are delighted to be reissuing the record via Phantasy, the label founded by Erol Alkan, who produced Twenty One and mentored us to make an album we’re still immensely proud of. This is the record you have been asking for, and the one we always wanted you to hear.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Hideaway
      A2. Young Love Feat. Laura Marling
      A3. Half In Love With Elizabeth
      A4. Flakes
      A5. Veiled In Grey
      A6. Two Doors Down
      B1. MJ
      B2. Umbrellahead
      B3. Hand Me Down
      B4. First To Know
      B5. Behind The Bunhouse
      C1. Hideaway (Home Demo)
      C2. Metal Soul (Alternate Version)
      C3. Pink Elephant (Live Demo)
      C4. Flakes (Live Demo)
      C5. The Girl Next Door (Home Demo)
      C6. The Back Door
      D1. Red Sock Rock (Unfinished Outtake)
      D2. Jets Canned Jam (Unfinished Outtake)
      D3. Girl Shaped Gun
      D4. MJ (Live Demo)
      D5. First To Know (Live Demo)
      D6. Twenty One (Alternate Version)

      Mystery Jets

      A Billion Heartbeats

        All great albums start from a unique perspective. But try a window on the Strand, in an abandoned office block, overlooking the kind of political upheaval London hasn’t seen in a generation. Blaine Harrison was living as a property guardian right around the corner from Trafalgar Square when he found himself witness to an entire year of protests. Every weekend from January 2017 on, people were marching for a different cause: "In the space of six months it was Black Lives Matter, the huge ‘Our NHS’ march, Unite for Europe," he recalls. "Then the solidarity sleep-out organised by Help Refugees, where we slept in Whitehall for the night... The protestors would wake me up in the morning. I’d just walk down and join in.”

        Over the course of that year, Mystery Jets' sixth long-player, A Billion Heartbeats, was born. "This album wasn’t about making pointed opinions,” says Blaine. “It was about being a mirror for what’s going on, reflecting back the way people are feeling.” By turns tender and fierce, abstract and full of classic rock energy, A Billion Heartbeats achieves a balance of passion, fear and hope. Amid the colourful cavalcade of rich harmonies, heavy guitars and rallying cries, the album’s essential message - about personal responsibility, and the power in becoming engaged. In a sense, it's not just their "state of the nation” record but their “state of a generation” record too.

        We increasingly hear from musicians that music should be an escape these days - that there’s enough suffering in the world, enough misery on the news, without writings songs about it too. A Billion Heartbeats makes all that sound like a bit of a cop-out. These are songs of protest that get the heart racing in joy; high on hope, and serious in their message. Proof, basically, that music speaks louder than words.


        TRACK LISTING

        Disc 1
        Side A
        1. Screwdriver
        2. Petty Drone
        Side B
        1. History Has Its Eyes On You
        2. A Billion Heartbeats
        3. Endless City

        Disc 2
        Side A
        1. Hospital Radio
        2. Cenotaph
        Side B
        1. Campfire Song
        2. Watching Yourself Slowly Disappear
        3. Wrong Side Of The Tracks

        Mystery Jets

        Radlands

          The album was recorded in Austin, Texas and Streatham, London and was co-produced by Mystery Jets and Dan Carey (Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, Emiliana Torrini).

          Mystery Jets are Blaine Harrison, Will Rees, Kai Fish and Kapil Trivedi. On the making of the album ‘Radlands’, Blaine explains: “We’ve always wanted to make a record in America and after touring ‘Serotonin’ the time felt perfect to go and do it. Our first three albums were entirely conceived and recorded in London so going out to Austin felt like the furthest place from everything we knew. We arrived with a handful of songs, but one in particular felt like it captured the spirit of why we had come there. It was called ‘Radlands’ (a fusion of the 1970s Terrence Malick film ‘Badlands’ and Redlands, Keith Richard’s Sussex estate), which is also what we named our studio; a big old wooden house on the banks of the Colorado River. All we brought on the plane were the guitars on our backs, so we ended up borrowing all this amazing valve gear from an old guy called jack who ran a little studio up in the hills, which is why the songs sound the way they do. In the daytime we wrote lyrics on the porch and in the evenings a family of deer would gather in the back yard to hear us play. Some nights we drove into town to drink and bring people back to play on the songs. When we arrived home, it was hard to believe any of it even happened. It somehow all felt like a strange dream. But when Dan Carey heard it and invited us down to his studio we listened back to everything and it was all there, it was real. All we were missing were some gospel singers, which he found in the Streatham Community Ladies Choir... Twelve months on, and we are gearing up to take ‘Radlands’ on the road.”

          Mystery Jets

          Twenty One

            Mystery Jets are back with their second album. "Twenty One" is an awe-inspiring collection of oddball pop songs. A clear departure from their debut album "Making Dens", these four young men have grown up in more ways than one. Produced predominately by DJ legend Erol Alkan and with one track, ("Half In Love With Elizabeth") helmed by veteran British producer Stephen Street, it's a huge stylistic and emotional leap forward for the band.


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