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Bombino

Live In Amsterdam

    Niger-born Tuareg guitar virtuoso Bombino releases his firstever live album as a solo artist. Recorded in November of 2019 while Bombino and his band were touring behind his acclaimed latest studio album ‘Deran’, ‘Live In Amsterdam’ showcases Bombino’s rich musical palette, as he and his internationally renowned band seamlessly blend folk, rock, blues, funk and, most uniquely, the ‘Tuareggae’ subgenre which Bombino and his band pioneered. In addition to his regular band, this performance features special guests and Bombino’s cousins, Nigerian singer/actress Toulou Kiki as well as Anana Harouna of Kel Assouf.

    ‘Live In Amsterdam’ follows his 2018 release ‘Deran’, which earned Bombino career-best reviews, including a major New York Times profile, features with All Things Considered, NPR Music, Billboard and more. Noisey went as far as to declare him “World’s Best Guitarist™.” The album also received a Grammy nod for Best World Music Album, making Bombino the first-ever artist from Niger to receive a Grammy nomination.

    Chubby & The Gang

    Speed Kills

      At the start of 2020 several US publications began running glowing reviews of ‘Speed Kills’, the breakneck debut album from Chubby & the Gang, a West London punk troupe comprised of members of various bands associated with The New Wave of British Hardcore, among them Violent Reaction, Abolition, Big Cheese and more. At the time, the band - helmed by local electrician Charlie Manning - had developed a cult following in the UK, largely rooted in the cross-pollinating nature of the punk scene, select shows including dates with Sheer Mag and an impending, last minute US run with Royal Hounds.

      ‘Speed Kills’, produced by Jonah Falco of Fucked Up, would go on to be called “the best punk-pop LP in recent memory” by Paste Magazine, a debut that “comes alive with liberating energy” in an 8.0 review from Pitchfork and full of “massive barroom gang choruses, power chords at breakneck tempos, rock spelled R-A-W-K and visceral gratification” as Stereogum put it. Impressive going for a band at the time with no publicist, no big budget label backing and no industry clout per se, beyond increasingly fervent underground support.

      Following the quietly blossoming success of ‘Speed Kills’ earlier this year, Chubby & the Gang now find a new home on Partisan Records (IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Laura Marling, Fela Kuti) who reissue the album in remastered form with the unreleased cut ‘Union Dues’ included to boot and with new music on the horizon.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: The LP arrives on yellow vinyl and includes a sticker sheet featuring cartoon characters from the album artwork. It has been remastered for vinyl at West London’s Metropolis Studios.

      Ultraísta

      Ordinary Boy: The Remixes (Floating Points / Zero 7/ FaltyDL / Crate Classics / Leifur James)

      Following the release of their highly acclaimed new album ‘Sister’ in March 2020, Ultraísta have announce a remix package featuring the talents of Floating Points, FaltyDL, Zero 7, Crate Classics and Leifur James. Ultraísta are formed by Grammy-winning producer/engineer/musician Nigel Godrich, best known for his two decades helming Radiohead’s groundbreaking studio output; celebrated drummer Joey Waronker, who’s toured and recorded with everyone from R.E.M. and Beck to Roger Waters and Elliott Smith; and singer Laura Bettinson, an acclaimed solo artist whose work combines synthdriven electropop and dreamy vocal looping.

      Following Brutalism (2017) and Joy as an Act of Resistance (2018), two releases that garnered global critical acclaim, IDLES return with their highly anticipated third album – Ultra Mono. Sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record (including production contribution from Kenny Beats), the album doubles down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work. Not far beneath the surface of their self-admitted sloganeering lies a deeply complex and brutally relevant album that chews up clichés and spits them out as high art for the masses. This is momentary acceptance of the self. This is Ultra Mono.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Including guest performances from David Yow, Jenny Beth, and Warren Ellis, their third album is an exhilarating punk tour-de-force. Bludgeoning drums, pummelling bass and searing guitars combine with wry social commentary for their most assured album to date.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition Vortex vinyl.

      Deluxe LP Info: Black vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging with 28 page debossed Ultra Mono catalogue.

      Idles

      Ultra Mono - Signed Print Edition

      Following Brutalism (2017) and Joy as an Act of Resistance (2018), two releases that garnered global critical acclaim, IDLES return with their highly anticipated third album – Ultra Mono. Sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record (including production contribution from Kenny Beats), the album doubles down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work. Not far beneath the surface of their self-admitted sloganeering lies a deeply complex and brutally relevant album that chews up clichés and spits them out as high art for the masses. This is momentary acceptance of the self. This is Ultra Mono.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition Vortex Vinyl version.

      Deluxe LP Info: Black vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging with 28 page debossed Ultra Mono catalogue.

      Craig Finn

      All These Perfect Crosses

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
        LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


        Double black LP collecting B-sides and alternate version from Craig Finn's previous three albums Faith In The Future (2015), We All Want The Same Things (2017), I Need A New War (2019).Download card TBC

        Molly Sarlé

        Karaoke Angel

          From the cliffs of Big Sur to the North Carolina backwoods - Molly Sarlé (one third of Mountain Man) brings open-hearted, unflinching songwriting perfect for late-night karaoke comedowns, plaintive morning walks and conjuring the spirit world. West Coast incantations with a warm, Appalachian glow.

          The work on ‘Karaoke Angel’ began in a trailer on a the pacific coast and continued with stints in Los Angeles and Durham, NC. Recorded in a church-turned-recording studio in Woodstock, NY with production by Sam Evian, a minimal but carefully assembled palette of guitar, bass and percussion form the foundation; an orchestra of unrecognizable atmospherics bounce off the high ceilings - but Molly’s delicate, expressive voice is always at the centre.

          For fans of Laura Marling, Lucy Dacus, Wye Oak, Big Thief, Angel Olsen, Phoebe Bridgers, Molly Burch, Jessica Pratt, Julia Holter, Joni Mitchell, Weyes Blood, Tiny Ruins, Aldous Harding, Cate Le Bon.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          Spike Fuck

          The Smackwave EP

            Newly signed to Partisan Records (IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Cigarettes After Sex), Spike Fuck first came to prominence as a striking figure in the explosive flourishing of musical creativity that has recently occurred in Melbourne.

            Partisan release ‘The Smackwave EP’ physically for the first time, including the bonus track ‘Body By Crystal’. Her debut album is due for release next year.

            Drawing from a difficult period of heroin addiction, Spike creates beautifully infectious, Triffids-tinged rock and roll songs which describe, with unflinching candour and white hot urgency, the peaks and valleys of that lifestyle, recalling at times the febrile music scene of 80’s New York and cult heroes like Jim Carroll and Johnny Thunders.

            Spike Fuck is inspired primarily by love and obsession, addiction, sexual disorientation, Catholic guilt and washed up 60s musicians who make overproduced comeback albums a decade later crying out for redemption and maybe even just a little bit of the limelight back. Spike Fuck describes her work as “smackwave” - a blend of late 80s new wave with equal parts late 70s post-punk, with a dash of country music/singersongwriter sensibilities delivered in Las Vegas Ballroom karaoke vocal style.

            “Is Spike Australia's most exciting songwriter?” - Vice

            “Meet Spike Fuck, Rick Owens’ new favourite musician” - Dazed

            “With that first release she started a beautifully honest conversation about addiction, loneliness and gender identity” - i-D

            “Honest and unvarnished, ‘Junkie Logic’ details its writers’ problems with drug abuse through the odd, yet apt lens of glistening, 80s power-balladry/loner-rock that patrols the darkest of tunnels, forever seeking the light at the end.” - God Is In The TV

            Body Type

            EP1 & EP2

              Body Type patched themselves together in Sydney in 2016 and found they each contained pieces that perfectly complemented one another’s. They soon set about articulating their ideas through jangling guitars and scuzzy, lo-fi production, and found that audiences at home in and around the country were eager to get sucked in.

              Following the debut release of ‘EP1’ in late 2018 and the sophomore ‘EP2’ both Body Type EPs are now available on vinyl.

              Their music so far has received critical acclaim from the likes of the FADER, DIY Mag, NME, KEXP, Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson, Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, triple j's Declan Byrne and more and it has seen them tour with the likes of Alex Cameron, Courtney Barnett, Frankie Cosmos, Big Thief and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, to name a few.

              In 2019, they played two shows at New York’s Union Pool with Fontaines D.C., embarked on their first SXSW run and completed their first ever hotly-anticipated UK / EU headline tour, including a headline show at London’s Moth club.

              “Immeasurably cool” - Dork

              “The Aussie gang making starry-eyed garage-pop to brighten your day” - NME

              “If I die let me come back as a member of an Australian band capable of writing as many catchy bops as Body Type” - The Fader

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: LP includes digital download card.

              After a handful of singles (all of are included here), one of the most talked about new bands of the last 12 months finally release their debut album. Their visceral pop has drawn comparisons to Idles amongst others, but what really stands out and sets them apart is their roots. Straight from the off, there is no doubt where they’re from; Irish through and through. Their hometown of Dublin is a constant reference point throughout from it’s literary past to modern day life in the city. Considering the band have only actually been a band for three years, this is a remarkably assured debut that’s hard to ignore.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: One of the year's most eagerly awaited albums did not disappoint when it arrived in April. A punk/post punk rock'n'roll band who actually sing about stuff, this record hits with the power of an early Smiths, Arctic Monkeys or even Oasis (more in attitude than anything else). It's like a poem to Dublin, getting out as much as revelling in, and singer Grian Chatten is the most authentic frontman we've heard in a long time.

              Fontaines D.C.

              Too Real

                Partisan Records are proud to release the upcoming 7” from Fontaines D.C., titled ‘Too Real’. Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.

                The last six months have seen Fontaines D.C. release three hotly received double A-side singles, both of which were named as Single Of The Week by many retailers and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish publication. Similarly, the band have played a number of shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices.

                Previous singles such as ‘Liberty Belle’, ‘Hurricane Laughter’ and ‘Chequeless Reckless’ call to mind the likes of the Modern Lovers, The Fall, Iggy Pop and The Strokes, seamlessly blending immediate lyrical hooks with melodic golden-era indie instrumentation and 70s Stooges punk thrust, all of which is strewn with defiant rock and roll overtones.

                “The energy, the urgency and the emotion of these brilliant new songs made me stand up and take notice that this is the band I’ve been waiting for” - John Richards (KEXP, Seattle)

                “Snarling, Swaggering Post Punk” - Stereogum

                Bristol, UK 5-piece Idles (aka “the UK's best punk band" - The Guardian) release their sophomore LP - ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ 

                Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ takes aim at everything from toxic masculinity, nationalism, immigration, and class inequality - all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarizes: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

                Violents And Monica Martin

                Awake And Pretty Much Sober

                ‘Awake And Pretty Much Sober’ is the debut full-length album from multi-instrumentalist and producer Jeremy Larson - AKA Violents - and vocalist Monica Martin (of PHOX).

                Colourful, effervescent, honest and emotive, the record turns the traditional duets album on its head, offering up its own version of electronic-influenced pop music along the way.

                Stacked with string arrangements, electronic samples, pop melodies, bursts of piano, layers of vocal harmonies and blasts of brass, their collaboration bridges the gap between two musicians from different ends of the musical spectrum.

                Made Of Oak

                Penumbra

                  Nick Sanborn (half of Sylvan Esso) is an unconventional producer who combines musical elements with deftness and tact, using a palette he has spent years creating. The results are catchy, aching, and deeply satisfying. Bittersweet hooks float through weighted bass while personal textures click, strum, and breathe, giving a tense intimacy to his electronic melodies.

                  ‘Penumbra’ follows the arc of Sanborn’s movement through a period of doubt to one of actualization, as told in the present tense. His new solo project Made Of Oak is not an engineered rehabilitation but rather the emotional instinct to liberate himself from his own confining patterns and forge ahead; a result of discovering that it is impossible to have perspective on yourself if you’re standing still.

                  “The crisp production that made Sylvan Esso stand out is evident here, but it’s weighted down by more bass and a deeper exploration of squiggly synthmania.” - Stereogum.

                  “‘Pinebender’ wields bassy Moog like a weapon, which is offset with glitchy cascades and a shuffly percussive groove. It’s pretty ominous, but it’s also the soundtrack to an apocalypse we could get down to.” - Noisey.


                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  12" includes MP3 Download Code.

                  Craig Finn

                  Faith In The Future

                    Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) will release his new solo album 'Faith in the Future' through Partisan Records on 11th September. Josh Kaufman produced the record in the cosy, rustic confines of Woodstock's The Isokon recording studio and helped Finn stretch the boundaries of his songwriting with confidence, invention and ambition to realise what will be a defining moment in his career.

                    At times stark and spare, at other times vibrant and dynamic, 'Faith in the Future' is Finn's most compelling collection thus far, each song a powerfully alluring and subtly nuanced composition wedded to his distinctive short story narratives.

                    Deer Tick

                    Eel Bowel

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

                      While Deer Tick have been rightfully hailed for their raucous rave-ups, their last album ‘Negativity’ placed considerable focus on the band’s nuanced and tender side.

                      At once heart-breaking, fist-pumping, and indeed, life-affirming, ‘Negativity’ stood as a genuine high water mark for Deer Tick – a defining collection from a band driven by an undying faith in rock‘n’roll’s evergreen power of redemption and transcendence.

                      The band now present this collectible 7” exclusively edited for RSD with previously unreleased B-sides of those recordings.

                      Comes in 4c sleeve and polybag.

                      Includes download card.

                      Limited to 300 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                      Ages And Ages first came together in 2009 thanks to Portland’s ever-fertile music community. An ardent audience surfaced for their US debut, ‘Alright You Restless’, including committed cohort Barack Obama, who added (without permission, mind) the album’s ‘No Nostalgia’ on his 2012 campaign playlist.

                      Ages And Ages spent much of the subsequent two years in wilful isolation following a barrage of unhappy events that befell some of the band members. As a result, they have composed an emotive and emotional song set that sees a band wrestling with many of the contradictions and confusion that life has to offer.

                      Fraught with heartfelt drama, celebratory spirit, and sonic ingenuity, ‘Divisionary’ shows a band torn and frayed but optimistic, empowered and transcendent in spite of their turmoil and trials.

                      Ages And Ages recently played their first ever European dates, including gigs in Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Brussels and Haldern, preceding the band’s scheduled shows at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, with more festivals expected in summer 2014.


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