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Manu Delago

Parasol Peak

    Pioneer of the hang (handpan), captivating musician Manu Delago has announced the forthcoming release of a unique and awe-inspiring movie and accompanying album, Parasol Peak out September 7th, in which Delago leads an ensemble of 7 musicians on a mountaineering expedition in The Alps. Along the way, the group perform a collection of brand new compositions in different locations, at varying altitudes.

    The Austrian-born composer was discovered by Björk, who first invited him to perform alongside on her Biophilia tour. He is now a fixture of Björk’s live lineup and has also toured with The Cinematic Orchestra and Olafur Arnalds. Further, he earned a Grammy-nomination for his work on Anoushka Shankar’s album Land of Gold, performed Hang on Poppy Ackroyd’s latest album ‘Resolve’ and appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra.

    It is for this reason that the musician spends a great deal of his life on the road and in studios, collaborating with various artists as well as writing, recording and performing his previous two critically-acclaimed electronic-driven albums Silver Kobalt and Metromonk. This was how Parasol Peak became an exercise in the artist removing himself from studios, tour busses and laptops, and seeking to compose and perform both within and as part of nature, using only totally acoustic instruments.

    Delago was not only inspired to incorporate the ensemble’s natural surroundings in The Alps, but also the percussive sounds of the group’s climbing gear. Delago comments: “Of course performing on acoustic instruments has been done for thousands of years, so I wanted to add an extra component – nature, or more precisely the Alps. I wanted to utilise our surroundings by incorporating lots of percussion sounds like trees, water, little rocks as well as the gear that we were carrying, such as helmets, carabiners or ice axes.

    “In general, I find limitations inspiring and in the case of Parasol Peak I was limited to a fixed ensemble of 7 musicians. The different locations also brought various limitations, which affected how I composed the music. At some locations we were vertically aligned and couldn't see each other. At others we couldn't hear each other, or we were trying to survive while playing.”

    Director and producer Johannes Aitzetmüller knew that the expedition would be one of his most difficult shoots yet. He comments: “Because I know the mountains and the situation I knew I could handle it, but what about the rest of the crew? How long can we shoot and how many times can we film the same performance over and over again in these conditions?

    “On almost every location we faced a tough climb first, then very cold conditions (physically and also playing), snow, installation time of the audio, instruments out of tune and finally – the shooting. We sometimes could film only 2 takes, because the instruments were out of tune again, or the fingers too cold or the icy wind blowing too fast. The audio engineer, Michael Reisigl, installed a network of recorders, cables and microphones all over the rocks. On the right and left side there were sometimes more than 50m of vertical rock – so falling was no option. It was crazy how he performed. Further, we knew that the crew shouldn’t wait too long doing nothing because of the cold, the motivation and the instruments. And I knew that the filming had to be perfect first time – there won’t be another chance.”

    The expedition posed life-threatening conditions for the ensemble, which at times had Manu questioning the project. “There were several moments of physical struggle and anxiety in the group” says Manu, “but that makes playing music together even more emotional”. A drastic unseasonal temperature drop causing heavy snowfall complicated the journey further and made for a bigger challenge musically, with the group performing in exposed locations at freezing temperatures.

    “There were definitely moments when individuals in the group would have turned around and left the expedition” Manu admits. “But because we could only do it as a group, we had to strongly support each other. We had to help each other carrying instruments and gear, as well as help each other in overcoming anxieties and exhaustion.”

    The result of the struggle that the group endured is a completely rare, once-in-a-lifetime piece of work – both stunning visually and remarkable musically. The album could very much sit wonderfully amongst the contemporary classical giants of the present, but there is no escaping its distinctiveness – with flecks of European folk embedded in the brass and accordion melodies, as well as prog drones performed on the strings and handpan, ornamented by taps and whistles from various natural sources. Sonically, without the visual, the evidence of nature is present throughout.

    “For most of us it was physically the hardest thing we've ever done” Manu comments, summarising the journey. “But it was an incredible feeling to reach the summit and overcome those challenges. More than anything – the whole expedition was simply an incredibly connecting experience for the ensemble.”



      London trio Peluché, with members: Amy, Sophie and Rhapsody, release their debut album Unforgettable via new label One Little Indian, Pioneers of a genre called ‘Trip Jam’ which fuses elements of Latin, funk, psychedelia, soul and hip-hop music, Peluché are a troupe of intrepid troubadours whose freewheeling artistry have already pegged them as a standout force in London’s rapidly diversifying sound. They’ve already had praise from Noisey, i-D, Q, NME and The Line of Best Fit, having opened shows for the likes of Pumarosa, Everything Everything, Ghostpoet, Loyle Carner, Glass Animals, Flamingods, Ibibio Sound Machine and Boxed In. All self-taught musicians, they formed in 2014 through a beautiful stranger in a customer service encounter and quickly formed a strong musical bond through their love of jamming. Peluché jam in their self-built studio space in a garden shed, and always record the foundations of tracks live. Their songwriting is jam-based and their live shows are partially improvised and draw you into their unusual world. Their live video series, The Shed Sessions, show an insight into this musical realm and have allowed the band to share new music and visuals directly to their fans. Peluché have also had a previous single on Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label, and have just finished their debut album, due to be released on One Little Indian in autumn.

      “Dub spaciousness and pop sensibility, one that John Peel might have played on his show circa 1981 ... idiosyncratic but infectious Sade on 4AD”.
      The Guardian.

      ‘Utopia’ is the ninth studio album from the iconic artist Björk, out November 24th via One Little Indian Records. The album's artwork was created in collaboration of M/M, Jesse Kanda and James Merry and reflects the records sonic direction; optimism, lightness, utopia.

      Of the album she explained to Dazed this Summer that, ““Maybe that’s why it became a utopian theme – if we’re gonna survive not only my personal drama but also the sort of situation the world is in today, we’ve got to come up with a new plan, If we don’t have the dream, we’re just not gonna change. Especially now, this kind of dream is an emergency.”


      Barry says: Pulsing beats, throbbing sub-bass booms a-la Arca, and Bjork's unmistakable murder-pixie vocal stylings. Immersive, brilliantly written and as brilliant as anything she's done so far. Brilliant stuff.


      2xLtd LP Info: Double heavyweight LP with a MP3 download card.

      2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Deluxe CD Info: 6 panel soft pack with 12 page booklet & poster.

      CD Info: Standard jewelcase with booklet.

      Kathryn Williams

      Songs From The Novel Greatest Hits

        Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams releases a ‘soundtrack album’ to a brand new novel by best-selling author Laura Barnett, that follows the life of a fictional singer. Greatest Hits, the hotly-anticipated follow-up to Barnett’s novel The Versions of Us, was published in June 2017 and now the brand new album by Kathryn Williams – Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits, is released.

        Cody ChesnuTT

        My Love Devine Degree

        Cody ChesnuTT returns after a 15 year hiatus (bar a couple of singles) with a brand new album, "My Love Devine Degree". Achieving universal acclaim, not to mention Piccadilly Records' much coveted, 'Album Of The Year' award, "The Headphone Masterpiece" cemented this neo soul / R&B star's status way back in 2002. Fans of that honest, pure, bedroom produced style have got a lot to get excited about here as it's another heartfelt delivery straight from the bed sheets of this smooth talking street bard. Languid and sprawling, second track, "Africa The Future" must clock in at over 8 minutes while the full album effortlessly takes in sixteen full length tracks! Taking in rock, soul and Isley Brother-style songwriting, all somehow injected with raw R&B flavour, what becomes quickly apparent is how deft and effective ChesnuTT is at delivering emotion rich vocals in whatever style or genre he's choosing to work in. Track's like "So Sad To See" take on complicated arrangements in tune with new jazz stars like Jacob Collier. While wry commentaries on love and relationships come into focus on "I Stay Ready". Definitely a more mature album, with slightly more polished production, don't worry though, it still feels like your sat there, right next to Cody in his bedroom as he sings his thoughts and feelings directly into your ear. Another contender for album of the year..? Very possibly.

        Kathryn Williams

        Little Black Numbers


          Black heavyweight vinyl w/ mp3 download card. First repress since its release in 2000. Remastered for RSD. 

          Don DiLego

          Magnificent Ram A

            ‘Magnificent Ram A’ is the follow up to DiLego’s 2012 album, ‘Western & Atlantic’, which won an Independent Music Award for ‘Best Roots/Alt Country Album’.

            “New York City’s emerging folk-twang songsmith, Don DiLego, is alt-country’s next poster boy” - Rolling Stone.

            “’Drive Like Pirates’ could well be your new favourite song of the week” - Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music.

            “A record that hangs together like a star spangled cosmic nudie suit. This is country ‘cool’” - Americana UK.

            Over a decade since The Magic Numbers landed in the Top Ten with their double platinum-selling debut album, Michele Stodart takes temporary leave of the band she formed with her brother Romeo in order to release her second solo album, ‘Pieces’, on One Little Indian.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Former magic number pulls out a wistful collection of Americana-tinged soulful anthems. Understated tales of longing and pain, grand instrumentation springing from a solo acoustic guitar, and Stodart's trademark pitch-perfect vocals. Recommended.

            Wild Palms

            Live Together, Eat Each Other

            Recorded by Wild Palms in the same self-built Manor House studio where they made their 2011 debut ‘Until Spring’, new album ‘Live Together, Eat Each Other’ is a lusciously layered offering of hazy experimentalism and off-kilter alt pop, that follows in the auspicious lineage of Beach House, Cocteau Twins and TV On The Radio.

            Half a decade in the works, ‘Live Together, Eat Each Other’ packs a lifetime’s worth of experience into 13 tracks, alongside a painstaking approach to recording that beams out of its shimmering glitches and collaged soundscapes. “Because we redid the songs so many times, and sat with them so long and went through so many transformations in terms of layering, it was kind of like the songs had eaten themselves and been regurgitated as something else,” explains Lou of the album’s title. “It seemed like the whole thing was this weird process of consumption and reconstitution. The time it took seemed to allow for a kind of gestation, or fermentation, period. It gave time for influences to bond and stick to each other. Things were made, smashed up into fragments and reformed repeatedly until we couldn’t really remember what it’d been before and it was just what it was. Darrell [the band’s guitarist and Saatchi approved artist]’s artwork followed the same trail as well, collage, re-working, painting, and blotting.”

            ‘Live Together, Eat Each Other’ is released through One Little Indian Records. The album was produced by the band’s bassist Gareth Jones and Liam Howe (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs) who was drafted in to coproduce and fine tune the record.

            Following on from the success of her critically acclaimed ‘Incitation’ EP, Olga Bell is back with new album ‘Tempo’, released via One Little Indian Records.

            “Grand compositional ambitions and a dynamic voice... the arty, adventurous edge of pop” - The New York Times

            “For those uninitiated, Bell’s work lies somewhere between an industrial night at Berghain and a cyborg performing at Carnegie Hall.” - Dummy

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Encompassing aspects of outsider-pop, synthwave and electronic soul, 'Tempo' confounds expectations of the singer songwriter. Quirky off-kilter rhythms and textures permeate the whole endeavour , rapidly switching from acid pulse-wave stabs to glitched out snares and clave hits. Like a medley of all the electronic tropes of the last 20 years, but distilled into a cohesive and concise representation of modern electronic music culture. This is a capable and sparkling outing, and at no point feels too far from comfort. Like hopping between ten different parties of ten different varieties, each playing different music, and loving each and every minute.


            Deluxe LP Info: Deluxe edition includes art prints.

            Dan Sartain

            Walk Among The Cobras


              Dan Sartain’s iconic ‘Walk Among The Cobras’ and it’s 2016 dark synth-pop reworking are being pressed onto one limited edition 7” to celebrate Record Store Day 2016.

              Radio premiere and live session on Marc Riley’s BBC 6Music show.

              “Glorious cult oddball Dan Sartain has been making Jack White about as corporate as Madonna for over a decade now” – NME.

              Limited to 500 copies.

              Jesse Malin

              The Fine Art Of Self Destruction - Expanded Edition

              Originally released in 2002, Jesse Malin’s classic solo debut is reissued on double CD and double vinyl with sleeve notes by The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon.

              ‘The Fine Art Of Self Destruction’ was produced by Ryan Adams, who said at the time, “Malin’s songs are so good they hurt my feelings.” In turn, Malin says today “Ryan Adams inspired me to be fearless and free on my first solo record. I’m grateful to him for his perfect production, amazing playing and giving me a kickstart down a new road after singing in a punk rock band.”

              The recording sessions also featured Smashing Pumpkins / Hole bass player Melissa Auf der Maur contributing soulful back-up vocals and Joe McGinty (Spacehog, Psychedelic Furs, Angels Of Light) on keys.

              The release also contains unreleased bonus tracks originally demoed for the record at Electric Lady studios. Only a handful of which made it to the final version, which gives an insight into the quantity and quality of material to hand at the time.

              A native New York City singer / songwriter born out of a hardcore punk and rock & roll background, Jesse Malin has played and toured since the age of 13. He is a streetwise story teller whose characters and slice of life lyrics portray a world of unsung heroes, helpless romantics and rock & roll survivors. Comparisons are often made to artists such as Neil Young, Lou Reed, Paul Westerberg, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer, Lenny Bruce and Martin Scorsese. After a five year break between records, Jesse returned in 2015 with the double whammy of ‘New York Before The War’ and ‘Outsiders’.

              “An instant classic… one of those records that sounds like you’ve been listening to all your life… truly brilliant stuff” - Uncut (5/5)

              “Malin writes vivid songs with killer tunes and sings them with scary conviction. There is simply nothing more that you could demand from a great rock record.” - The Times (5/5)

              “Obvious parallels to ‘Gold’ then but (Ryan) Adams presence on guitar and knob twiddling duties suggest cap-doffing as much as patronage” - Q (4/5)

              “Intriguingly, Adams’s production is glossier and more commercial than he has ever had himself. Significantly, the whole thing was recorded inside a week, giving it an urgency and purpose that no amount of overdubs can buy.” - Classic Rock (4/5)

              Olga Bell


                One Little Indian release composer, producer and performer Olga Bell’s ‘Incitation’. The mini album follows Bell’s acclaimed 2014 song cycle and album, ‘Krai’, which was described by The New York Times as, “at once a folkloric study of her homeland and a contemporary exercise in electronic production” and was included in The Quietus’ Albums Of The Year.

                Bell’s newest offering is a collection of deeply personal, urgent songs with her voice once more at the helm of her singular production. This time, “a kind of personal violence is the main force at work,” she says of the mini album, “but it’s more of a brawl with fear than something shell-shocked or confessional. The emotional language of Incitation recognizes that while fear can be brutal, even crippling, it is also a necessary force for change and, perhaps most importantly, not a permanent state. Its remedy is simple: action.”

                Born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, Bell is now based in Brooklyn where she makes original music, remixes and videos under her own name. She also makes dance music with British musician Tom Vek as half of Nothankyou. From 2011 to 2013 she toured as a vocalist and keyboardist with Dirty Projectors and Chairlift and is currently at work on her third full-length album, set for release in early 2016 on One Little Indian.

                A prodigious classical pianist as a child and teenager, Bell graduated from the New England Conservatory before moving to New York City to pursue electronic composition and songwriting. In 2009 composer Osvaldo Golijov and soprano Dawn Upshaw selected Bell for a workshop and concert of new works by contemporary composers at Carnegie Hall. In 2011 she received a Jerome Fund Grant from the American Composers Forum to aid in the completion of her first large-scale composition, ‘Krai’, which was released as an album in 2014 after a sold out premiere at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Indies Exclusive LP Info: Limited edition vinyl format (150 copies for the UK & Eire) available exclusively to independent retailers. LP packaged in deluxe reflective embossed sleeve.

                The Computers

                Want The News? Here's The Blues

                  The Computers return with a brand new EP, ‘Want The News? Here’s The Blues’, released via One Little Indian Records.

                  Released on transparent double 7” vinyl with a gatefold sleeve designed by iconic artwork designer Vaughn Oliver.

                  ‘Want The News, Here’s The Blues’ is an explosive mix of raw rock ‘n’ roll sliced with soul and blues - a ‘welcome back’ hook-laden pop punk dancefloor smasher produced and mixed by David McEwan (Plan B, Nitin Sawhney), which has gained the support of John Kennedy who gave it its first play on Radio X.

                  The EP also contains two other new songs, ‘Crucifixed On You’ and ‘It’s Over You’ plus a cover of the Devo classic ‘Whip It’.


                  Stonemilker - Patten Rework

                  As Björk continues to make waves in the electronic scene, we are now presented with exclusive remixes by boundary-pushing artists and DJs selected by the Icelandic artist.

                  The ‘Vulnicura’ remix project will be released in very limited quantities for collectors only, as a series of single-sided etched translucent 12” records, each with their own unique etching & diecut ‘Vulnicura’ wound sleeves, designed by M/M (Paris).

                  “patten sent me a mix he did of stonemilker through robin and i loved it so i asked him if we could put it out” – Björk.

                  “[insert yin/yang symbol here]” – patten.

                  Available exclusively to independent retailers.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  12" Info: One sided etched clear vinyl pressing in die-cut sleeve.

                  12" includes MP3 Download Code.


                  Family - Bloom's North Remix

                  As Björk continues to make waves in the electronic scene, we are now presented with exclusive remixes by boundary-pushing artists and DJs selected by the Icelandic artist.

                  The ‘Vulnicura’ remix project will be released in very limited quantities for collectors only, as a series of single-sided etched translucent 12” records, each with their own unique etching & die-cut ‘Vulnicura’ wound sleeves, designed by M/M (Paris).

                  “When i DJ’d for the Tri Angle birthday party i did a mashup of Bloom and Abida Parveen . i wanted the peak of his extrovertsy to meet abida at her most visceral . i kinda asked him if hed do a similar thing for black lake and was thrilled he was up for it . i really adore his beats and i feel hes got a strong signature on his noises that are really his . he choose himself to take on family in an impressive way!” – Björk.

                  "I couldn’t believe it when I heard Björk had been playing my stuff at her gigs and I loved Vulnicura so it was an honour to be able to work on remixes with her. With the first one ("Family") I just went in and pretty much created the whole thing in one intense session. I knew she’d want me to do my thing no-holdsbarred so I just went crazy with it, processing the vocal using it like an instrument. I’ve been thinking about making more freeform stuff lately, less club friendly, so this was a perfect opportunity. The second one ("Black Lake") was more of a collaborative process, she emailed me saying she’d envisaged the track reworked like some of my earlier stuff so I pulled out the Quartz bass pulse and we bounced a few ideas back and forth, keeping the vocal track more dominant. It’s been amazing to work with such a visionary artist, so inspiring." – Bloom.

                  Available exclusively to independent retailers.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  12" Info: One sided etched clear vinyl pressing in die-cut sleeve.

                  12" includes MP3 Download Code.


                  Lionsong - Choral Mix Featuring Untold

                  As Björk continues to make waves in the electronic scene One Little Indian present exclusive remixes by boundary-pushing artists and DJs personally selected by the Icelandic artist.

                  The ‘Vulnicura’ remix project will be released for collectors only as a series of single-sided etched translucent 12” records, each with their own unique etching and die-cut ‘Vulnicura’ wound sleeves, designed by M/M (Paris).

                  Björk ‘Lionsong (Choral Mix featuring Untold)’: “Featuring the Icelandic choir that was on ‘Biophilia’ and I edited a beat to it: an old rare song from Untold called ‘Flexible’: kinda always fall flat for beats like this, that have a sense of humour, slapstick and played with sticks and stones but still electronic and are no genre: not punk not house not charleston not rave... this is one of the characters ‘Lionsong’ could be, the hyper outgoing one, he was kind enough to be up for this experiment” - Björk

                  “Early last year Björk emailed saying she had something she’d like me to listen to. I had a show in NYC soon after so I visited her studio where she played me an early version of ‘Lionsong’ from 'Vulnicura'. In this alternate version the vocal floats above an amazing choral arrangement, the rhythm driven by a tuned percussion sample from one of my early tracks. I caught up with Björk again in NYC this spring after seeing her performing the album live at City Center where we confirmed releasing the ‘Choral Mix’.” - Untold

                  Kathryn Williams


                    Kathryn Williams’ brand new album of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’.

                    Ed Harcourt plays a key role in Kathryn’s new album, ‘Hypoxia’, co-producing and engineering as well as co-writing the song ‘Cuckoo’.

                    Sonically the album utilises textures first explored by Kathryn on her Adrian Utley produced project, ‘The Pond’ (2011).

                    There are surprises to be found here too, like the dramatic glam rock guitars that suddenly erupt in lead single ‘Mirrors’ and in Kathryn’s deliciously idiosyncratic lyrics and delivery - her gentle voice loaded with an underlying edge that was always there but has never seemed more apposite.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                    Jesse Malin

                    New York Before The War

                    Jesse Malin returns with a brand new album, ‘New York Before The War’.

                    Arriving almost five years on from his last record (2010’s ‘Love It To Life’), Jesse’s artistic ambitions for ‘New York Before The War’ were high: he knew he had to make it count. “I wanted to make a record that encompassed everything I’ve done, since I started with my hardcore band, Heart Attack, when I was twelve or thirteen through bands like D Generation and then my solo career, but I also wanted to challenge the listeners who have been with me - and challenge myself.”

                    Pared down from close to forty songs, ‘New York Before The War’ album more than matches that ambition - a soundtrack to a life lived with meaning. “This is an era when music is so disposable,” Malin worries. “People talk about the death of the album and even the death of rock & roll. But this is not just a shuffle of songs. There is a cinematic thread, a story.”

                    Björk is a rare artist - a true original, a non-conformist with wide appeal, an extraordinary genre-busting musical individual who speaks to the heart, the head and the feet. She is the quintessential modern musician, ceaselessly innovating and completely multidimensional in the way she uses performance, technology, fashion, video and art to complement her music.

                    Björk’s new album, her eighth studio record ‘Vulnicura’, serves as an exploration into the themes of love and heartbreak, a stark contrast to the abstract context of her last record, ‘Biophilia’.

                    ‘Vulnicura’ was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca (Kanye West’s Yeezus, FKA twigs’ LP1, his own Xen) and British musician The Haxan Cloak (Tri Angle, Aurora Borealis). The combination of sumptuous orchestral strings (all arranged by Bjork), dark, brooding electronic soundscapes, the glitchy beat patterns of alt-R&B and Bjork's distinctive swooping, soaring vocals make for a unique, intense "break-up" album.

                    New York’s MoMA will be hosting a mid-career retrospective exhibition starting in March which will chronicle Björk’s career from ‘Debut’ to ‘Vulnicura’.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Ltd CD Info: Limited run deluxe acetate artwork CD digipak edition.


                    Biophilia Live

                      “A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment... an imaginative stand-alone artwork.” - The Hollywood Reporter

                      The critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album, titled ‘Biophilia Live’, will be released on audio-visual formats via One Little Indian Records.

                      The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’.

                      The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.

                      The DVD and Blu-ray formats also feature extra content filmed during Biophilia’s residency at Japan’s Miraikan Museum and the options of stereo and 5:1 surround sound.


                      Here It Comes / Heart-Shaped Box


                        Following the release of his widely acclaimed debut ‘In The Silence’, Icelandic sensation Ásgeir has announced the release of not one, but two new singles.

                        ‘Going Home’ - taken from the album - will be released by One Little Indian as a single on 7th April, while new song ‘Here It Comes’ will be made available as an exclusive 7” picture disc for Record Store Day on April 19th.

                        Played out live in recent months, ‘Here It Comes’ marks a new and exciting complexity in Ásgeir’s song-writing and comes backed with his version of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ - originally performed in session for Dermot O’Leary’s Radio2 show last November.

                        The past year has seen Ásgeir’s extraordinary domestic popularity translate far beyond Iceland’s shores – making serious inroads through Northern Europe, where he has been selling out 1,500 capacity venues (the original Dyrd í dauðathogn album was released in the Nordic countries last February).

                        More recently that success has been reflected in the UK and across the rest of Europe where anticipation for the release of the English-language version, ‘In The Silence’ built steadily, culminating in spreads in international titles like The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Die Spiegel, Le Monde and Les Inrocks. Ásgeir’s first UK headline tour in December included a sold out show at the Bush Hall and the subsequent announcement of a Union Chapel show on April 8th.

                        Born and raised in the hamlet of Laugarbakki (population, 48) in the wilds of Iceland, Ásgeir comes from a large family of musicians. In 2012, at just 20 years of age, the release of Dyrd í dauðathogn made him an overnight sensation in Iceland breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest and biggest selling debut album by a home grown artist - outselling even (label mate) Björk and Sigur Rós’ debuts.

                        Staggeringly, one in ten of the Icelandic population now own the album.

                        Limited to 500 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                        The Computers

                        Live And Inconsolable


                          At the end of 2013 The Computers returned home to Exeter for a triumphant sold out show. Throwing in some horns to embellish their already huge big band sound they recorded the whole event for prosperity. ‘Live and Inconsolable’ is the result.

                          Recognised by many as one of the UK's best live bands, The Computers are rock'n'roll with a swing in its step, Brit-beat that knows all the northern soul moves. This is sartorially snappy rhythm and blues, all front and bombast, energy and soul with riffs as sharp as their quiffs.

                          Having spent the last year living on the road, The Computers have played everywhere from 45,000 capacity enormodomes with Die Toten Hosen, Madness and The Kaiser Chiefs to sweat-drenched clubs with Rocket From The Crypt and Dinosaur Jr and it shows on this live document.

                          ‘Live And Inconsolable’ is packed to the rafters with super sharp shooting songs pulled from the band's This Is The Computers and last year's Love Triangles Hate Squares albums.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Ltd LP Info: Coloured vinyl 2LP limited to 300 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                          Do You Love the Sun is the first new Scud Mountain Boys album since Sub Pop released the critically acclaimed Massachusetts in 1996.

                          After being out of contact for many years, original Scud Mountain Boys band members Joe Pernice (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Stephen Desaulniers (vocals, acoustic guitar, bass) and Bruce Tull (electric guitar, lap steel, pedal steel) returned to the scene in late 2011, playing an almost-impromptu reunion in Cambridge, Mass. Soon after, the band announced more shows and reissued The Early Year, a compilation of their first two albums Pine Box and Dance the Night Away. Do You Love the Sun fulfills the promise of a full-fledged recorded comeback. Their latest offering features Pernice’s inimitable marriage of graceful vocals and a resigned tone that the NME (in a 9-outof- 10 Massachusetts review) once described as “the golden voice of the damaged, regret oozing from every word like wounded honey… rendering glorious the utter inevitability of failure.” Though the band was initially lumped in with the alt-country scene helmed by Son Volt, Wilco and the hordes of other disciples of Hank Williams, the Scud Mountain Boys have always taken their inspiration as much from hooky ’70s AM-radio pop as from the dirty country road of Johnny Cash.

                          For the legions of Scud Mountain Boys fans that have been holding out hope for a followup to the brilliant Massachusetts, Do You Love the Sun is a welcome ten-track return from a band that has been away for too long.

                          Stubborn Heart

                          Better Than This - Inc. Graham Massey Remix

                            Stubborn Heart release a new single, ‘Better Than This’ from their acclaimed eponymous debut. The follow up to their 6Music A-listed ‘Starting Block’ single, it features a brilliant Graham Massey reworking of the original that opens the track up over 6 minutes 53 seconds. Says Massey: “Stubborn Heart have been to Vinyl University and wrought out a timeless heartbreak classic at the forward facing end of the UK soul boy time thread. Whilst remixing I was reverent of the parts and song delivery and did not want to just deconstruct the song, so I split the remix into two halves, a redressed version of the song as Part 1 flowing into a wider landscape in Part 2.”

                            On the flip is the alternate ‘Soft Version’ and the sumptuous melancholy of brand new song, ‘Do Tomorrow’, its tune woven around a simple motif that builds into a beatific Fripp-like crescendo


                            Biophilia Remixes Part Eight: Mutual Core / Moon - These New Puritans / The Slips Remixes

                            The eighth part of the series of remixes from Björk’s ‘Biophilia’. Available on CD single and 12” vinyl, this entry in the series features remixes by These New Puritans and The Slips.

                            These New Puritans (Infectious): “A span of ideas and singularity of vision that simply shouldn't happen to 20 year olds. They've created their own imperfect world” - NME. The band have collaborated with Hedi Slimane and released two albums on Domino / Angular Records, 2008’s ‘Beat Pyramid’ and 2010’s ‘Hidden’.

                            The Slips are David Treahearn and Rob Haggett. Mixing eclectic dance sets with live drums and 8-bit retro visuals, their live appearances soon gathered a buzz, and the band was invited to support the likes of Kasabian, Friendly Fires, Alex Metric and Pnau, as well as playing at Glastonbury Festival and more.

                            'Biophilia' is an interdisciplinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces - particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet - inspired by these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.

                            As Bjork plays neither piano or guitar, new musical instruments were specially developed for the album; The Tesla coil was used as a musical instrument on the song "Thunderbolt". A gameleste, a mixture between a gamelan and a celesta which was programmed in order to be played remotely by an iPad, was also used in several songs.

                            For the music, Björk related the phenomenon the song describes to a musical structure or resource. For example; the song "Moon" has different musical cycles that repeat throughout the song; the song "Thunderbolt" contains arpeggios, inspired by the time between when lightning is seen and thunder is heard; and in "Solstice", the counterpoint makes reference to the movement of planets and the Earth rotation, and the pendulums used on the song make tribute to the Foucault pendulum.

                            A combination of the otherworldy and electronic, on "Biophilla" Bjork has come up with another immersive and experimental album that will ensnare you with wonderment.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            2xLP Info: Deluxe double vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve with download code. *P&P weight equivalent to 3xLP*

                            2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                            Parisian émigrés Underground Railroad return with a brand new album ‘White Night Stand’, a record that finally strikes the keynote of what the band are all about.

                            Across its 11 songs, produced by the band in London's Stamford Hill, guitars explore and meander, circling the biggest melodies of the band's career so far. It's intense and amped, touching and subtle at points and hugely tuneful, taking in early Radiohead and Liars as well as the beloved American alt rock bands that made the three fall in love with music in the first place.

                            There are moments of fitting intensity. Most notably 'Seagull Attack', the album's crescendo centrepiece, that clocks in at over nine minutes with its hypnotic repetitive guitar cascade. Then there's the distinctly Radioheadesque 'Ginkgo Biloba', another album highlight.

                            Further inspiration across the album came from ‘Twin Peaks’ and David Lynch, with Marion naming 'The Black Widow', 'The Orchid's Curse', and 'Traces To Nowhere' after episodes of the show, and 'Yellow Suit' in reference to his 'Blue Velvet' film.

                            Wild Palms release new single ‘Delight In Temptation’, hot on the heels of their long awaited debut album ‘Until Spring’.

                            Both single and album are produced by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear / Depeche Mode / These New Puritans), and ‘Delight In Temptation’ is Wild Palm’s most anthemic, euphoric glo-fi moment yet.

                            According to singer Lou Hill, the song works from the hypothesis that “carnality is an inescapable part of our nature and (we should) embrace it as a pleasurable facet of our lives - celebrate it rather than view it as something of a sin”.

                            Olof Arnalds Featuring Bjork


                            Taken from her recent Nordic Prize nominated album "Innundir Skinni" produced by Sigur Ros’ Kjartan Sveinsson and Davíð Þór Jónsson, Ólöf announces the release of "Surrender", featuring guest vocals from Bjork, as a 7” single.

                            It is backed with a new song "Instants", a reworking of a Skúli Sverrisson instrumental track that Ólöf contributed lyrics to.

                            Dan Sartain return’s with his album "Lives", recorded at Toe Rag studios with Grammy award wining producer Liam Watson.

                            'Brooding with the latent threat of a flick knife’s spring' - NME, 'Like a roughneck Chris Issak, Sartain digs into an often over-looked strand of 50s tremolo rock'. - The Guardian.


                            Voltaic - Deluxe Edition

                              "Voltaic" is a four disc celebration of Bjork's "Volta", including two CDs and two DVDs featuring live material, videos and remixes. Bjork's 2007 album "Volta" was written and produced by Björk, with three tracks co-produced with Timbaland and Mark Bell. In the role of producer Björk has brought in various other musicians to work on her songs and "Volta" features some of her most interesting collaborations so far with Antony (Antony And The Johnsons) singing on two tracks, and Timbaland working with Björk on beats that she created for three further songs. Other artists that feature on "Volta" include electronic pioneer Mark Bell of LFO and two unique drummers – Chris Corsano (the improvisational drummer who has worked with Sonic Youth amongst others) and Brian Chippendale from Lightning Bolt. Björk also brought in two acclaimed African artists for "Volta" - Toumani Diabate, the Malian kora player and Konono No1 the experimental band from The Congo who won a BBC World Music Award in 2006. She has also put together her own 10 piece female brass section of Icelandic musicians who play on three further tracks. Meanwhile Chinese pipa expert Min Xiao-Fen plays on one song.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              3xLtd LP Info: Super-deluxe vinyl version includes 3xLP, 2xCD and 2xDVD.

                              4xCD/DVD Info: Deluxe edition features superb special artwork spread across interior foldout packaging (limited to 2000 copies 2000). Disc 1 (CD): Songs from the Volta tour. Disc 2 (DVD): The Volta tour live in Paris and Reykjavik. Disc 3 (DVD): The Volta videos. Disc 4 (CD) The Volta remixes.

                              Taken from the band's latest album "Hush", "Familiar Light" is a dazzling pop gem full of shimmering percussion, pounding drums and sugar sweet vocals.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 500 copies only. Includes a remix from upcoming producer Twins on the B-side which takes it into a more electro direction.

                              Underground Railroad

                              Kill Me Now (Or You Never Will)

                              Following glowing reviews from the NME – 'it's clear we're in the presence of greatness', and The Fly – 'the teeth-shattering ferocity of Pixies at their most pissed off…radio-slaying, agit-pop melodies', Parisian trio Underground Railroad release their new single a fortnight ahead of their coming-of-age second album "Sticks And Stones". "Kill Me Now" is a slice of psyche-tinged indie that harks back to early 90s Seattle, but with a definite pop sensibility.

                              The album features the single, as well as two tracks released in the UK in March, setting the tone for that rough-diamond gem of an album, probably the most debauched, unashamedly carefree set of songs you're likely to hear all year. The antidote to the art-punk scene, and for those fans who prefer their music a bit more good-time drinking, shouting, sweating and having the time of your life, they are a blast of fresh air.

                              The daughter of two preachers' kids, Brown spent her childhood in Iowa and Alabama amidst a very musical family. In her bare-bones bohemian upbringing in Iowa there was no electricity or running water and it was here that Pieta was first exposed to a wealth of traditional and rural folk music through her father - two-time Grammy nominee Greg Brown, whose songs have been covered by the likes of Willie Nelson. "Remember The Sun" is delivered with a solid Memphis punch that brings to mind the best of Cat Power or Shelby Lynne, yet never loses sight of the traditional musical forms Pieta grew up with. Lyrically and musically poetic, Brown's deceptive simplicity and seductive purity combine to create songs that meet somewhere between Johnny Cash and Neko Case. On each and every track the touches of old-school folk, soul and country are clear, but they are given the modern twist of a Jeff Buckley or the latter-day Loretta Lynn.

                              "Volta" is Björk's sixth studio album. Featuring new and original tracks, "Volta" is written and produced by Björk, with three tracks co-produced with Timbaland and Mark Bell. In the role of producer Björk has brought in various other musicians to work on her songs and "Volta" features some of her most interesting collaborations so far with Antony (Antony And The Johnsons) singing on two tracks, and Timbaland (Jay-Z, Missy Elliot etc) working with Björk on beats that she created for three further songs. Other artists that feature on "Volta" include electronic pioneer Mark Bell of LFO and two unique drummers - Chris Corsano (the improvisational drummer who has worked with Sonic Youth amongst others) and Brian Chippendale from Lightning Bolt. Björk also brought in two acclaimed African artists for "Volta" - Toumani Diabate, the Malian kora player and Konono No1 the experimental band from The Congo who won a BBC World Music Award in 2006. She has also put together her own 10 piece female brass section of Icelandic musicians who play on three further tracks. Meanwhile Chinese pipa expert Min Xiao-Fen plays on one song.

                              The Mighty Roars

                              Swine And Cockerel

                              Disorder Magazine say 'Musically it's the formula that made the Pixies great: simple shit-hot punk lead by charismatic vocals. Lara is a front-woman to rival Karen-O and PJ Harvey.'

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd LP Info: Limited edition red vinyl album.

                              The Mighty Roars


                              Second single from this Anglo-European trio who play cool, sassy rock'n'roll. "Sellotape" is a turbo-charged rocker with pounding bass and crashing guitars topped with Lara's distinctive vocals. Both formats also include "Jude And Sienna". If you like Yeah Yeah Yeah's and Detroit Cobras, check this out.

                              Daniel Agust

                              If You Leave Me Now

                              Five years ago Daniel Agust left Gusgus and started his solo project – a unique blend of symphonic orchestration and pop melodies which he has constructed, composed and arranged. Together with Bix he has created an exceptional soundscape in the post production adding all sorts of percussive and ambient elements that makes the musical experience quite a ride.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              CDS Info: The CD single includes "Someone Who Swallowed A Star".


                              Live Performances Later

                                Five rare performances of Bjork, from 1995 - 2001, from the "Later With Jools Holland" program. All tracks featured on the DVD sound different to how they do on the albums that they are originally from - for "Aeroplane" Bjork created a live remix especially for the performance, "Hyperballad" is accompanied by electra strings, "Venus As A Boy" with Guy Singworth on harpsichord, "Possibly Maybe" with a full band featuring legendary slide guitarist BJ Cole, "Bachelorette" and "Hunter" with Icelandic Octec and Mark Bell, "Joga" with Icelandic Octec and "So Broken" accompanied by world famous Flamenco guitarist Raimundo Amador.

                                Jesse Malin

                                Queen Of The Underworld

                                Taken from his debut album, produced by Ryan Adams. This is classic rock songwriting, with killer tunes and vivid lyrics. Recommended.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                CDS Info: The CD single also includes two non-album tracks "Cigarettes & Violets" and "Stranger Than Fools".


                                Greatest Hits - Volumen 1993 - 2003

                                  A revamped version of Bjorks video hits package "Volumen" now with twenty-one tracks and a newly designed slipcase.

                                  Fifteen track "Best Of" from this unique performer. Includes "Human Behaviour", "Isobel", "Bachelorette", "All Is Full Of Love" and the new single "It's In Our Hands".

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  2xLP Info: Deluxe heavyweight double vinyl, in a very nice gatefold sleeve.

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