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Burrows (Razorlight, We Are Scientists) says that ‘Company’ marks the first time he’s had to confidence to make a record “exactly how I felt musically and lyrically”. The Mark Ronson co-write ‘Keep On Moving On’ is proof of this.

Whilst the string swells and hazy, percussive march of ‘Company’, the bittersweet Lennon-esque ‘Somebody Calls Your Name’ and the atmospheric dreaminess of ‘Stars’ are delivered with a charming restraint, the incessant pound of ‘Shaking The Colour’ comes across like peak-era Supergrass. All are injected with Burrows’ way with an earworming hook.

‘Lonesome Dreams’ is the brilliant debut album from rising pop experimentalists Lord Huron, led by Michigan-born songwriting prodigy Ben Schneider.

A joyous collision of Appalachian percussion, rustic guitars and sumptuous harmonies lit up by lens-flare flashes of electronics, it’s a record inspired by the rust coloured canyons and characters of the Wild West, with the emphasis on wild.

Tales of the great American outback have always been an inspiration, according to Schneider. “Sometimes I feel like I’m living in one of those stories,” he confides. “I wanted to look at my life and lives close to me as though they were tales from some frontier novel.”

One thing that can’t be ignored with is the scale of Schneider’s ambition. Not content with writing an album of eclectic beauty, ‘Lonesome Dreams’ also encompasses short films, intriguing artwork and a series of imagined novels by a fictional ageing wordsmith, the mysterious George Ranger Johnson. “I'm interested in creating a world with its own mythology,” says the Michigan native. “I look at different media as ways to enrich the story.”

The result is an album as vast and easy to lose yourself in as a Sergio Leone cinescape. Field recordings loop and cavernous drums echo while Schneider’s layered vocals drift airily across its surface like tumbleweeds across a dusty desert sprawl. From galloping recent single ‘Time To Run’ to the gamelan groove of ‘The Man Who Lives Forever’, its charms are impossible to deny.

Lord Huron began as a solo endeavour in 2010 but Schneider has since enlisted some of his “best amigos” to turn his songs into a powerful live experience: Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). “We’ve got a pretty good working relationship,” he says. “A good wrestling match can solve almost anything we disagree about.”

Gathering momentum in the States with a fantastic live performance on ‘Tonight With Jay Leno’, hoards of praise from the likes of Filter, Fader, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today, and a recent tour across the US with sold out shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, LA and NYC. They will visit Europe for the first time around the release of the album.

“Campfire strumming and robust vocal harmonies ghosted by tuneful howls” - Rolling Stone

“His music sails above those geographic and romantic landscapes as a thoroughly tuneful, reverberant extension of folk-rock” - New York Times

“The last true band you need to hear this year” - Esquire

“These songs are sturdy, and what marks they set for themselves, they hit” - Pitchfork




    Album VI from the British indie-rock 5-piece.


    Barry says: It's been a while hasn't it? Well, Editors are back with 'Violence', full of perfectly measured riffage, swooning synths and raw rock power. Massive, heavy and available to buy. What more could you want?


    Deluxe LP Info: Ltd edition deluxe LP is pressed on 180g red vinyl and contains a download code including two bonus tracks. The vinyl sits inside a triple gatefold sleeve, which also contains 12 inserts.

    Deluxe CD Info: Ltd edition deluxe CD features two bonus tracks and is housed inside a rigid box, which also contains 2 fridge magnets, 12 inserts and a fold out poster.

    Basement 5


      Partly formed out of the Art Department of London's Island Records HQ in 1978, Basement 5 were an innovative and highly original black post punk group who created a kind of politically charged, futurist dub. Their lyrics were an attempt to reflect the situation of young people in Britain in the era of Thatcherism, high unemployment, strikes, racism and working class poverty. The seething resentment, dub noise and sheet metal riffage was welded into a mighty sound by Hannett that stands the test of time.

      In an unparalleled age of crate digging and reissue programs, Basement 5 is one of the few remaining great untold stories of its time. Vinyl has been out of print for over 30 years.

      “You have to play it very loud to enjoy it fully. It was the most difficult production, I must say, the heaviest. It was eighteen degrees in the shade, the end of August. As I recall it has been the most physical album that I’ve ever done. Made me feel like I’d been carrying bricks around. Heavy work. Putting the bass lines in the right place. But it was good.” - Martin Hannett, 1981

      Basement 5

      1965-1980 / In Dub

        The long forgotten yet seminal work of Basement 5 on CD for the first time in years. The CD includes both ‘1965 - 1980’ and ‘In Dub’, with rare and unseen images and quotes. The albums were produced by sonic alchemist Martin Hannett. ‘In Dub’ is the companion piece to the classic ‘1965 - 1980’.

        Partly formed out of the Art Department of London's Island Records HQ in 1978, Basement 5 were an innovative and highly original black post punk group who created a kind of politically charged, futurist dub. Their lyrics were an attempt to reflect the situation of young people in Britain in the era of Thatcherism, high unemployment, strikes, racism and working class poverty. The seething resentment, dub noise and sheet metal riffage was welded into a mighty sound by Hannett that stands the test of time.

        In an unparalleled age of crate digging and reissue programs, Basement 5 is one of the few remaining great untold stories of its time. CD out of print for 20 years.

        “You have to play it very loud to enjoy it fully. It was the most difficult production, I must say, the heaviest. It was eighteen degrees in the shade, the end of August. As I recall it has been the most physical album that I’ve ever done. Made me feel like I’d been carrying bricks around. Heavy work. Putting the bass lines in the right place. But it was good.” - Martin Hannett, 1981

        CD also includes 12 page booklet featuring rare and unseen images.

        Basement 5

        In Dub

          Partly formed out of the Art Department of London's Island Records HQ in 1978, Basement 5 were an innovative and highly original black post punk group who created a kind of politically charged, futurist dub. Their lyrics were an attempt to reflect the situation of young people in Britain in the era of Thatcherism, high unemployment, strikes, racism and working class poverty. The seething resentment, dub noise and sheet metal riffage was welded into a mighty sound by Hannett that stands the test of time.

          In an unparalleled age of crate digging and reissue programs, Basement 5 is one of the few remaining great untold stories of its time. Vinyl has been out of print for over 30 years. 

          “You have to play it very loud to enjoy it fully. It was the most difficult production, I must say, the heaviest. It was eighteen degrees in the shade, the end of August. As I recall it has been the most physical album that I’ve ever done. Made me feel like I’d been carrying bricks around. Heavy work. Putting the bass lines in the right place. But it was good.” - Martin Hannett, 1981

          Following last year’s interim track, the 25 minute opus ‘Blackened Cities’, Melanie De Biasio makes her return with news of a brand new album ‘Lilies’. Classically trained and revered in her native Belgium De Biasio uncovered fans in the shape of Gilles Peterson - who heralded De Biasio as one of the most exciting artists in the jazz world and Radiohead’s Phillip Selway with the release of her second album, 2014’s ‘No Deal’. Earlier this year also saw the Eels remix of ‘I Feel You’, featured in the trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’, lifted from ‘No Deal’ - it once again cements the ever-growing and widespread regard from her peers.

          The nine-track ‘Lilies’ continues to enthral, from openers ‘Your Freedom Is The End Of Me’, with its immersive narrative underpinned by piano. An up-tempo, entrancing collection of tracks that ventures to stimulate both lyrically and musically whilst enticing the listener into an expressive and atmospheric environment.


          Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

          Témé Tan, the musical alias of multi-instrumentalist and producer Tanguy Haesevoets. Travelling is in his blood - born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, his family were constantly back and forth between Belgium and Kinshasa - something which is effortlessly reflected and at the heart of his debut long-player which is both ultra modern, reflecting the life of a man who can feel at home on four continents, and shot through with a deep respect for older traditions and identities. He grew up surrounded by the zouk and rumba music of his Congolese relatives, but it was in Brussels, while at school, that he started to make music and where it became clear he was possessed of some serious determination, and an unquenchable thirst to learn. Though he'd never played any instruments before his first band, he taught himself guitar because he'd fallen in love with Brazilian bossanova and tropicalia – unique and complex sounds both - and started learning to tap out rhythms on an MPC sampler because he wasn't hearing the beats that he wanted anywhere else. During this period of experimentation, people would call his tracks 'world music', which he felt very strange about. He was always happy to consider himself African ('that's where half of my origins are') yet in Congo he was perceived as white and European, so there was no easy identity for him. But as he travelled the globe during his studies - Latin America including Brazil, Japan, where he got deeply into sophisticated Japanese electronic pop by artists like Cornelius and Tujiko Noriko - he would discover a musical identity more complex than even his origins might have suggested. It was the release of a new Konono n°1 on Crammed Discs that eventually tied all the musical threads together. 'It spoke to me so much because of growing up in Congo, I was truly overwhelmed by that 'Congotronic' sound,' he explained. It was at this point that things came full circle, and all the influences from his world travels - whether 1990s rap on the Belgian radio, 1960s Brazilian grooves, 2000s Japanese experimentalism or modern bands like Animal Collective and cLOUDDEAD - connected to his very earliest musical memories, and he began to conceive of a clear voice and identity for himself among all of these sounds and strands. It was here that the name Témé Tan was first coined by his Japanese friends.

          Happy now that there is a climate where acts like Jai Paul, Mo Kolours and El Guincho can unselonsciously join cultural dots without being branded 'world music'. He may have found a creative space for himself built on all the phases of his life, and all the nations and cultures he's experienced, but it's clear Témé Tan has only just begun learning and expanding.

          Ghostpoet announces his return with the release of his fourth album ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ on Play It Again Sam. ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ is Ghostpoet's most defining album to date. A stunning and stimulating return, ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ is a record that captures the sense of unease felt by so many in recent times. After receiving recognition for the beat-driven arrangements of his first two albums, third album ‘Shedding Skin’ initiated a more alt-rock sound that saw Ghostpoet Mercury nominated for a second time. Produced by Leo Abrahams, best known for his work with Brian Eno and Jon Hopkins, delves even further into a fuller, guitar driven sound.


          Barry says: Grooving instrumental melodies meet with Obaro Ejimiwe's trademark rhythmic drawl, darkened funky jams, slowed down through a haze of reverb while groaning saturated samples morph into hypnotic rock abstractions. Urban improv jams break into hazy psychedelic grooves, which slow into eastern-influenced opium-den throbs and guitar trills. A welcome, and outstanding return for Ghostpoet.


          Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive white vinyl.

          Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          J. Bernardt

          Wicked Streets / On Fire

            Double A-side from J. Bernardt, the alias of Jinte Deprez, co-frontman of hugely successful Belgian indie-rock outfit Balthzar.

            Displaying an altogether different sound from Balthazar, both tracks are taken from J. Bernardt’s debut album ‘Running Days’.

            ‘On Fire’ is the opening track of ‘Running Days’ and is a subtle statement of intent, with warm piano chords, persistent guitar hook and gospel infused harmonies.

            ‘Wicked Streets’ brims with jazzy mellifluous horns.

            Combining influences from bands such as The Cure, Slowdive, Smashing Pumpkins and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Newmoon’s debut ‘Space’ is an album driven by melancholic, distorted guitars.

            Through all the feedback and noise the band never lose sight of melody and clarity, creating an album that is both heavy and catchy at the same time.

            For fans of My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Nothing, The Cure.

            “Ethereal intrigue & deeply delved audio dimensions.” - Impose Magazine

            “A powerful aural assault” - The 405

            “Lush textures allied to grinding tempos and almost industrial swathes of noise.” - Clash

            Crystal Fighters

            Everything Is My Family

              Crystal Fighters return with a double vinyl format of their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Everything Is My Family’, released through Play It Again Sam.

              The album sees the band explore new genres and sounds without losing their Crystal Fighters essence and includes the euphoric lead single ‘All Night’, which the band describe as the track on the album which will remind people most of the music the band have made before.

              This summer, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James came together to release their debut album as Minor Victories. Currently in the midst of a run of live shows throughout Europe, the band are pleased to announce their utterly stunning instrumental interpretation of the self-titled record, entitled Orchestral Variations.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: What better way to hear the gorgous backdrops and impeccable arrangements behind the brilliant Minor Victories album than by hearing the instrumentals all on their resplendent tod. Soaring strings, beautifully poignant interludes and heart-breakingly serene segues. A fantastic companion piece for those who enjoyed the first, and a truly stunning stand-alone for those who didn't.


              2xLtd LP Info: Special edition double heavyweight black vinyl packaged into a textured greyboard gatefold sleeve with digital download code.

              CD Info: CD packaged in a textured greyboard digi-sleeve.

              Highly anticipated stunning third album from Danish born singersongwriter Agnes Obel, the follow up to her UK breakthrough record ‘Aventine’.

              Recorded, mixed and produced by Obel in Berlin, where she currently resides, ‘Citizen Of Glass’ is a work of haunting beauty and an expansion of Obel’s mesmerising world.

              The title surfaced in Obel’s mind while touring ‘Aventine’ and, inspired by modern composers, the album conceptually and thematically revolves around the leitmotif of transparency.

              On this record Obel experiments with her vocals in inventive new ways, in order to manipulate them into alternative versions of her own voice, as can be heard on first single ‘Familiar’.

              Obel also incorporates a number of different instruments, such as the Trautonium (an extremely rare instrument that possesses a glistening, glass-like sound), alongside vibraphone, cembalo, cellos and more.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Martin says: Agnes Obel has a voice so exquisite, pure and crystalline it seems as if it might shatter into a thousand beautiful shards at any moment. Up until this release it has been given plenty of room by a simple, beautiful debussy/jazz inspired piano accompaniment; but while 'Citizen Of Glass' does share the same sparse framework, it is lent added texture and depth by the addition of rare and unusual instruments, again applied with sparing delicacy to frame, rather than intrude on Obel's beautiful intonation.


              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              Few Bits

              Big Sparks

                Belgium’s Few Bits’ sophomore album ‘Big Sparks’ offers dreamlike shoegaze pop with international appeal.

                For fans of Mazzy Star, Beach House, Real Estate, The Cure.

                “The ringing, dreamy guitars, lingering atmospheric sweeps, and intricate percussion lift her voice into the clouds so it sails effortlessly into your head and stays there.” - Stereogum

                “Few Bits prove themselves once again that they are more than adept at delivering something beautifully simple and evocative” - The Line Of Best Fit

                “‘Big Sparks’ […] matches lush, evocative melodies to lyricism that hits hard.” - Clash Music

                Sophomore ‘post reunion’ album from the alt-rock four piece, their first new music since 2014’s Indie Cindy. 

                This 12 track record showcases the band’s unique mixture of surrealism, psychedelia, dissonance + surf rock. 

                Produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Killing Joke) and recorded at London’s Rak Studios.

                Paz Lenchantin, the band’s touring bassist since early 2014 (and previously a member of A Perfect Circle and Zwan amongst others) is now a permanent member of the band and her cool vocals can be heard on the album, most notably on ‘All I Think About Now’ on which she takes the lead. 

                All artwork designed by renowned graphic artist Vaughan Oliver at V23

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: The Pixies are back! Songs like 'Classic Masher' show a much more melodic leaning, harmonied chorus' and repeated one-note guitar squeals over Black's trademark vocals. 'Talent' is a moody and rocking punk number, driven and aggressive guitars power through their three-chord foundations while 'All I Think About Now' is sung exclusively by Paz Lenchantin (One time Corgan affiliate and one third of A Perfect Circle) and is instantly reminiscent of the early energy and vocal stylings of Surfer Rosa or Doolittle. A brilliant (second) comeback, and a great sign for the future.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: CD format is 12-panel softpack containing CD + bespoke rollfold lyric booklet.

                Brand new album from acclaimed London-based musician and visual artist Keaton Henson.

                Includes first single ‘Alright’, a wonderfully emotive song, showcasing Keaton’s trademark fragile vocals accompanied by a sparse piano performance and a lush string arrangement.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Millie says: Keaton Henson returns with his new album Kindly Now, his discography consists of the early folk albums then progressing to piano and cello led instrumental scores and then followed an electronic album under the name of ‘Behaving’. It was a welcomed change of direction full of diverse creativity; however Kindly Now has strong remnants of a combination of his progress and new style which is greeted with open arms. Gentle strokes of acoustic guitar matched with trembling voice for heart-throbbing lyrics, this one might just break your heart.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies only LP (limited to 500 copies) includes 12” art print personalised by Keaton himself!

                ‘Take Her Up To Monto’ is the follow up to Róisín’s critically acclaimed Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Hairless Toys’ and is billed as her most daring and creative yet.

                Never an artist to stand still, ‘Monto’ features everything Murphy has always done but seen afresh, boasting disco fancy, dark cabaret, the sonorities of classic house and electronica and the joy and heartbreak of pure pop drama resulting in her most magnificent song structures so far.

                The follow on from Roisin’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Hairless Toys’ album last year, Róisín is at her most creative peak yet.

                Released on embossed CD / double LP with digital download.


                Beauty Already Beautiful

                Spookyland is the extraordinary creation of star-crossed Sydney dweller Marcus Gordon. Recorded at ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska; home of producer Mike Mogis (who also guests on steel guitar) and location of recent recordings of First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis and Bright Eyes.

                Spookyland’s debut album, ‘Beauty Already Beautiful’, explores the frontman’s intense, disarmingly imperfect vocals and paranormal ability for story telling that have earned him comparisons to Bob Dylan and Nick Cave.

                “An utterly magnetizing vulnerability” - Pitchfork

                “The Australian combo’s frontman, Marcus Gordon, has one of those voices that turns even the most straightforward music into something inherently weird, a quivering nasal warble that both sets him apart as a human alien and pegs him as part of a long lineage of iconoclasts.” - Stereogum

                “Is there anything more exciting in music than how fluid a band can make their sound? Sure, if a band commits to something strict it can be very impressive, but seeing something turn from one movement into the next. A band that does it in spades is Spookyland” - Noisey

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Of Good Grief, vocalist Jess Wolfe says, “When we started writing for this record, we had been away from home for nearly two years. We had just returned from tour, having gone through such varied emotions—loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfilment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives…Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling, the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it—for the two of us, this usually came in song form.” Vocalist Holly Laessig adds, “…When considering titles, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge any serious subject matter, while simultaneously allowing ourselves a comic sigh of relief from any personal turmoil. Ha! The yin and yang of the record naturally unveiled itself and, so, Good Grief.”

                Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Weezer and The Alabama Shakes) and Lucius with Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss and Pink Floyd). The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele and Beck). The new music follows the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Wildewoman, The New York Times praised the record for its “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies,” and the album was incorporated in various 2013 year end lists including, Rolling Stone, NPR and Paste.

                The band is lead by its co-founders and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig accompanied by multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish and Dan Molad. Wolfe and Laessig met in 2005 while attending Berklee College of Music. Since forming, Lucius has toured extensively, playing headline shows worldwide, as well as major festival appearances including Reading and Leeds, Bonnaroo, End Of the Road, Lollapalooza, Pukklepop and Rock En Seine.

                New Fast Automatic Daffodils


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Laura says: I always thought that the New FAD's came along a few years too early and never really got the acclaim they deserved. Their percussive groove infused indie would've sat nicely alongside the loose grooves of 'baggy'. Lyrically though they were much more about social issues which probably wouldn't have sat too well with the hedonism of Madchester.

                  Danish art rock outfit Mew announce a welcome return with their sixth studio album ‘+-’ (pronounced ‘plus minus’).

                  Recorded in Copenhagen alongside producer Michael Beinhorn (Hole, Marilyn Manson), ‘+ -’ is skewed pop sensibility coupled with an ever expansive musical backdrop, denoting the extremities of the band’s creative DNA and showing once more a band treading their own unique path.

                  Guest contributors include Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack.

                  For fans of Sigur Ros, Wild Beasts, M83, Radiohead, Arcade Fire.


                  +- - Deluxe Edition

                    Danish art rock outfit Mew announce a welcome return with their sixth studio album ‘+-’ (pronounced ‘plus minus’). 

                    Recorded in Copenhagen alongside producer Michael Beinhorn (Hole, Marilyn Manson), ‘+ -’ is skewed pop sensibility coupled with an ever expansive musical backdrop, denoting the extremities of the band’s creative DNA and showing once more a band treading their own unique path. 

                    Guest contributors include Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack.

                    For fans of Sigur Ros, Wild Beasts, M83, Radiohead, Arcade Fire.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xLtd CD Info: 2CD deluxe hardback book pack edition features
                    exclusive bonus live CD.

                    Ghostpoet is pleased to announce his forthcoming album ‘Shedding Skin’.

                    The first fruits of the album, the track ‘Off Peak Dreams’ has already been premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show and sees Ghostpoet, London-based Obaro Ejimiwe moving on from the cathartic musings of 2013’s ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ album.

                    ‘Shedding Skin’ is the manifestation of a new challenge of fresh thinking and a brave confident stride into previously uncharted waters. Ten songs that embrace, unite and narrate observations that are designed to sit beside each other through bright peaks and dark shallows.

                    Unlike his previous albums, ‘Shedding Skin’ was recorded with a traditional live set up with what has become his touring band; Joe Newman on guitar, bass player John Calvert and John Blease on drums.

                    The self-produced album also features guest vocals from Nadine Shah, Etta Bond, Melanie De Biasio, Lucy Rose and Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith, amounting in a collection that sets a new precedent as his very best work yet.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                    Isle Of Wight’s Michael and David Champion aka Champs herald the New Year with news of their second album ‘Vamala’.

                    The duo first came to light just twelve months ago with the release of their much lauded debut album ‘Down Like Gold’ and the onset of the festive season has seen a flurry of activity from the brothers.

                    An all-too-rare recent live sortie to London earlier this month saw the pair premiering new tracks whilst ‘Desire’ - the first track to be lifted from ‘Vamala’ - has been showered with radio love including winning Rebel Playlist Track Of The Week status on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music show.

                    The album exudes emotion, be it stripped back melancholia or uptempo and panoramic, over its twelve tracks. Champs have captured their time in words and ‘Vamala’ is more than a worthy companion to its predecessor.

                    Melanie De Biasio

                    Gilles Peterson Presents Melanie De Biasio - No Deal Remixed

                    Melanie De Biasio received the Best Session Award at the 10th Worldwide Awards, which took place recently in London. The award is for De Biasio’s stunning 2014 live session on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6Music show.

                    A huge fan of the Belgian singer, Peterson has curated a new remix version of her acclaimed album ‘No Deal’. He called upon some of the most exciting names across the jazz, electronic and indie worlds for ‘No Deal Remixed’, including EELS, The Cinematic Orchestra, Hex and Seven Davis Jr.

                    Says Peterson; “To my mind, of all the new artists around, the most remix friendly has to be Melanie De Biasio. For a person like me with a DJ mind, the minimalism of ‘No Deal’ makes it perfect. I’ve been dropping ‘I Feel You’ on top of beats anyway and even played ‘I’m Gonna Leave You’ in its original form when the moment arose - it’s such a pure track. In fact the first thing I did on meeting Melanie for the first time this year was to ask her who produced the album. It was me she replied... so not just a pretty voice!”


                    Rock And Roll Weakling

                      Play It Again Sam are pleased to announce details of the UK debut from Sydney’s worst kept secret. Spookyland, the moniker for the folk infused rock and roll wunderkind endeavours of Marcus Gordon, mark their arrival with ‘Rock And Roll Weakling’.

                      Meanwhile, having originally released the mini album through their home city label Monday Records earlier this year, Spookyland transverse the continents with the imminent release of their US debut single on Canvasclub - the imprint of Canvasback, previously home to the likes of The Strokes , Kings Of Leon, My Morning Jacket et al - US dates beckon alongside planned shows at New York’s annual CMJ convention.

                      Featuring the mercurial talents of Gordon at the fore, Spookyland embark on a musical rollercoaster having attracted exhaustive comparisons - be it from Sydney’s media to bloggers further afield - seeing the band make an indelible impression, even at this early stage. The ‘Rock And Roll Weakling’ EP does nothing to dispel those plaudits.

                      Gordon details the tracks “as coming from different times and cycles of fixation.” ‘Blood In The Rain’ and ‘Silly Fucking Thing’ come from when I was really young, self evident in their naivety and overblown audacity. ‘Adventure Song’ comes from an abandoned conceptual folk album, whilst the title track was written for this release.

                      “An enviable confidence that will hopefully carry him far and wide as a vocalist, producer and performer” - NME

                      “An utterly magnetizing vulnerability” - Pitchfork

                      The follow up to Manchester songbird Liz Green’s rapturously received debut ‘O, Devotion!’ (2011).

                      Recorded at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson, Liz’s sophomore album displays a wonderful array of sounds and styles, from the ‘drone-blues’ of ‘Battle’ to the sea shantyinfluenced title track.

                      In a departure from its predecessor, ‘Haul Away!’ sees Liz bringing the piano to the forefront, influenced by such artists as Thelonius Monk and Nina Simone.

                      Artwork designed and conceived by Liz herself, including the iconic cover image.

                      Includes self-styled single and ‘wonky circus tune’ ‘Where The River Don’t Flow’, a jaunty dance of life and death.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      CD Info: Initial orders come with a limited edition postcard pack - while stocks last!

                      Liz Green

                      Rybka / Where The River Don't Flow

                      Double A-side single pressed on white 7” vinyl and limited to 385 copies for the UK.

                      First single to be taken from ‘Haul Away!’, the follow up to Liz Green’s rapturously received debut ‘O, Devotion!’ (2011).

                      Recorded at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson.

                      Artwork designed by Liz herself.

                      ‘Rybka’ translates as ‘little fish’ in Polish, and that’s precisely what the song is about, says Liz: “the little fish getting lost in the big pond. A boy who tries to do right but always seems to end up on the wrong side of the glass.”

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Laura says: Two wonderful tracks from Liz Green, ahead of her new album. Title track Rybka's swaying, clarinet led rhythm provides the perfect accompaniment to her distinctive, dramatic voice. Lovely stuff.

                      Champs are Michael and David Champion, two brothers in their early 20s from the Isle Of Wight who make the most extraordinarily beautiful music. Champs write the sort of songs you’ll want to hold close and songs you’ll want to share, songs that draw on a love of upstanding folk broadsides and bristly alt-rock gems. Above it all, there are these two voices that bruise and blend and soar ever upward, like twists of wood smoke on a sunlit winter afternoon.

                      ‘Down Like Gold’ was recorded at Studio Humbug, an old water tower inside the walls of Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s retreat on the north of the island. What Champs came out of the tower with is a collection of songs that shiver and sway, strung out there between the sheer uplifting melancholic bite of ‘Too Bright To Shine’ and the gorgeously melodic twists and turns of ‘My Spirit Is Broken’.

                      ‘Savannah’ isn’t actually about their friend Savannah even though she’s convinced it is, while the Velvets-like ‘Pretty Much’ is a classic break-up song, marking that moment when you see that certain someone again six months down the line and they’re out and looking happy and you’re still a complete, broken-hearted mess. Then there’s ‘Down Like Gold’, a stunningly beautiful, utterly careworn frozen-landscape lament.

                      Hailing from the tiny village of Niton, just outside Ventnor, Michael and David were originally in different bands but once they began to write together they developed a unique and striking depth to their vocal harmonies. Working with a pair of tape machines, they worked out how to multitrack by listening to Sleepy Jackson, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and ‘Revolver’-period Beatles. Other Champs influences include Fleet Foxes and early REM, especially ‘Murmur’.

                      “Their songs touch on the great moments of The Beach Boys, REM and The Flaming Lips” - Q Magazine (****)

                      “This dazzling folk-pop crush appears out of nowhere” - Mojo (****)

                      Ask Hayley Mary of The Jezabels what the difference is between complexity and accessibility in pop music, and she doesn’t miss a beat. “There isn’t one,” says The Jezabels frontwoman, “or at least, there doesn’t need to be. To me, pop is the darkest music of all. If you look not at what pop artists are consciously doing but at what they’re reflecting about the world, pop is the most twisted, weird and scary stuff. If you wanted to study the Earth from an alien perspective, listen to pop music.”

                      The Jezabels are arch players of this contradiction. With The Jezabels there’s always a twist and they delight in toying with the darkness that somehow cloaks us all and yet channel it into songs that are layered with bright, chiming seams of pop.

                      ‘The Brink’ is the band’s second album and it was summoned from a dark place; despite the outstanding success of their masterful trio of debut EPs and then their first long player, ‘Prisoner’, which catapulted them from indie kudos to full blown mainstream success (No.2 album, the Australian Music Prize Best Album award and a staggering 8 ARIA nominations). The two solid years of international touring played a huge part in forming the abyss that welcomed the band when they pulled into their new base, London, at the end of that marathon cycle of gold, platinum, headline sold-out shows and festivals.

                      “We played between 180 and 200 shows last year and it was possibly a bit extreme,” says Hayley. “But the low came from not performing. We basically had a year off and I realised how much I live to do shows. For me, writing is the self-deprecating, self-loathing stage. We all had our reasons for feeling low at various times, but I felt like I was on the brink of a lot of things on this album. Some of them good, some of them bad: youth and age, alternative and pop, giving up and pushing through. I guess hope is part of that. And also fear.”

                      It is these feelings and this precipitous state that the band have distilled into ‘The Brink’. Released on Play It Again Sam and produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Hurts), ‘The Brink’ is an album of songs that manifest all of those emotions into vaulting ambition. It is an utterly fearless record of youthful optimism achieved through hard won experience, taut with gleaming hooks, indelible melodies, all hammered out by a tight-knit band through dark days in a strange new city.

                      From album opener and title track ‘The Brink’ via first single ‘The End’ to the closing bars of the finale ‘All You Need’, The Jezabels’ second album is a thrilling affirmation. It is a death defying balance of optimism and maturity; richness and simplicity. It is a the journey of a band dealing with loss of innocence, mortality, politics, isolation and unity all spun with silken ‘pop’ threads, which Hayley sees as being given to them through a greater appreciation of simplicity. “What this record represents is not reflecting what is, but what we want out of life,” she says. “I guess it depends on what you think is the role of music. Is it to reflect how you feel, and bring everyone and everything to that level? Or is it a kind of healing power, pushing you to this fabulous fantasy world where happiness can exist?”

                      The Jim Jones Revue

                      Collision Boogie

                      Collision Boogie is the brand new single by The Jim Jones Revue, backed with another new track, ‘Mind Field’, released by Play It Again Sam on 7” and digital download.

                      Previously unreleased, ‘Collision Boogie’ continues the journey of sonic exploration The Jim Jones Revue embarked on in their critically acclaimed album ‘The Savage Heart’, this time starting in Jamaica and ending up in New Orleans. Jim Jones explains: “‘Collision Boogie’ is a sort of personal user’s guide to some of the things that might come crashing into in life. It was originally inspired from hearing a Jamaican dancehall track blaring out of a car in Hackney; but by the time we had an arrangement together, it ended up with more of a New Orleans flavour.”

                      ‘Collision Boogie’ and ‘Mind Field’ were produced and mixed by Jim Sclavunos (of Grinderman / Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). Both tracks were recorded at The Chapel in Lincolnshire and mixed at Edwyn Collins’ West Heath Yard Studios in London.



                        The second single from Editors fourth album ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ sees the band returning to the familiar terrain the band’s myriad fans know and love with an edgy, anti-love song with a soaring chorus.

                        Already a live favourite, standing shoulder to shoulder with the band’s bonafide hits like ‘Munich’, ‘Papillon’ and ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, ‘Formaldehyde’ has been singled out in album reviews as a stand-out from the album, and an obvious choice for a single to take to radio.

                        ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ entered the UK album charts at No 6 in the UK and, 5 weeks on, still holds a Top 75 position. Having lost founding member Chris Urbanowicz and in the process nearly packing it all in before gaining two new members, the new album is, in some ways, a transitional record, with the band reborn, shackles off, making their most ambitious music to date.

                        The single is backed with an unreleased acoustic version of the band’s opening single from the album, ‘A Ton Of Love’.

                        The 7” is limited to just 200 copies in the UK and Eire.

                        The Jim Jones Revue

                        7 Times Around The Sun

                        ‘7 Times Around The Sun’ is the third single to be released from The Jim Jones Revue’s critically acclaimed album ‘The Savage Heart’, produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Band Seeds).

                        ‘7 Times Around The Sun’ is a great example of ‘The Savage Heart’s musical diversity - no guitars (a Jim Jones Revue first) just piano, drums and a call and response gospel type vocal between Jim Jones and The Revue.

                        Lyrically, Jim delves into the past and deals with the subject of overcoming drug addiction, touching on a part of a personal journey that ultimately led to the forming of The Jim Jones Revue with Rupert Orton.

                        Balthazar are the brainchild of songwriters Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez. Meeting as teenage buskers, the two embarked on a whirlwind writing partnership that led to the quick formation of the band and initial acclaim in mainland Europe. Resisting the temptation to cash in on that wave of interest, Balthazar took the best part of five years to record their debut album, experimenting with different genres and approaches until they were sure that they had the sound they were looking for.

                        With ‘Rats’, that sound has been honed to a focus on melody and subtlety, avoiding the current fashion for bombast to create songs that burst forth in horns or sweep by on strings, underpinned with delicate rhythms that draw on both the pair’s love of the work of Serge Gainsbourg and Leonard Cohen and the hip hop production of the likes of Dangermouse.

                        The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

                        Jeremy / My Life Is Wrong

                        This new single from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart on Play It Again Sam features covers of two of their favourite bands ever, The Magnetic Fields and East River Pipe. The single marks the first new recordings from the band since their 2011 album, ‘Belong’.

                        The single was recorded in June at Rare Book Room, and features ‘Jeremy’ by The Magnetic Fields as the A-side, with ‘My Life Is Wrong’ by East River Pipe on the flip.

                        The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have always been quick to share their enthusiasm for all the great bands who inspire them to make music, and with this rocking single we see them pay very concretely tribute to two of the finest songwriters in contemporary indie music.

                        The single is released to coincide with the band’s European tour throughout October and November.

                        The single is pressed on olive green vinyl, comes with its own individual download code, and is limited to 500 copies in the UK and Europe.

                        Zulu Winter are set to release their eagerly awaited debut album on Play It Again Sam Recordings.

                        'Language’ was produced by Tom Morris at 4AD’s studio in Wandsworth, and Miloco Pool Studio, South London, and was mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, The Vaccines, Glasvegas) in New York.

                        “Music that shimmers like a sky full of fireworks” - NME
                        “They shine a light on eerie, shimmering art pop” - The Fly
                        “Stealth like hit of the year, their charms captivate” - Loud & Quiet

                        The first single from Airship’s much anticipated forthcoming album ‘Stuck In This Ocean’.

                        The album was produced by Dan Austin (Doves / Cherry Ghost) with additional production by Chris Urbanowicz from Editors.

                        Agnes is a Danish singer, songwriter and musician. She began playing the piano when she was a child and in her late teens she founded the Copenhagen based band, Sohio, together with the Danish musician and producer Elton Theander. The two worked together for several years but nowadays she writes, plays, sings, records and produces her material on her own.

                        Feeling musically related to Roy Orbison, Agnes currently lives in Berlin and possesses the rare gift of a songbird’s voice, bringing to mind Ane Brun, Joanna Newsom or even Ricki Lee Jones.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Darryl says: Beautiful and delicate piano led folk from this Danish starlet. The arrangements are kept simple and minimal allowing her amazing vox to take centre stage.

                        Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band

                        Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band

                        Tim Robbins, Oscar winning actor, director and writer, releases his debut album.

                        Produced by the legendary Hal Willner, the album features a host of world class musicians, including Kate St John, Leo Abrahams, Roger Eno and Rory McFarlane, amongst others.

                        The Jim Jones Revue

                        Burning Your House Down

                        Notorious for their maniacal high-energy shows, stomping rhythms and frantic fretwork, The Jim Jones Revue plan to take the planet by storm and leave a global trail of sweaty bodies and scorched earth in their wake.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Darryl says: An incendiary mix of the Cramps and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, high octane stuff to rip the speakers to shreds!!

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                        LP Info: 1 copy only.


                        Zidane - A 21st Century Portrait

                        One of the most acclaimed films in the Cannes Film Festival, 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait' is Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon's and Philippe Parreno's sensational cinematic portrait of the world famous French football hero Zinédine Zidane. The soundtrack was written and produced especially by Mogwai after the release of the "Mr Beast" album and the music is by turns moving, evocative and perfectly suited to the film – it has been singled out for praise time and again by critics and cinema goers the world over and finds Mogwai in a more contemplative mood than usual and quite possibly making a record that could appeal to a whole new raft of people that would usually be scared off by some of the heavier songs in their arsenal.

                        "Mr Beast" is the band's fifth album and the follow-up to 2003's "Happy Songs For Happy People" and was recorded in the band's new Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow. As the title suggests, this is a record of considerable size and weight - a monster creation that started out as a return to the heady, bone-crushing volume and intensity of earlier recordings, and then mutated into a many headed, many mooded beast. It opens with "Auto Rock" - whose sweetly melancholic, central piano motif is gradually engulfed by a swell of fulsome guitars and pummelling drum beats - and closes with lurching, psych-rock behemoth "We're No Here". In between are eight future Mogwai classics, including the heads-down "Glasgow Mega-Snake", where what must surely be a dozen guitars swarm around a molten metal core like crazed killer bees, the drum machine-driven country gospel of "Acid Food", which features pedal-steel guitar, the wintry splendour of "Friend Of The Night" and the impossibly poignant "I Chose Horses", featuring guest vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa (of Japanese hardcore band Envy) and a keyboard contribution from composer/arranger Craig Armstrong. Whether light and lean or dark and monstrous, however, these songs underline Mogwai's belief that to have meaning, rock needs both mass and monumentality. If "Mr Beast" has one thing, it's presence.

                        "Nite Versions" is a 50+ minute continuous mix CD by Steph and David Dewaele, aka 2 Many DJs, of special extended club reworks of tracks inspired by, and taken from Soulwax's acclaimed "Any Minute Now" LP. The vinyl features songs in unmixed, extended form, including the already massive underground anthems "E Talking" (in Nite Version style), their cover of Daft Punk's "Teachers" which has never been released on vinyl and the "Funky Town" mashing "NY Lipps" plus seven other songs.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        CD Info: CD DJ mixed by 2 Many DJs.

                        Debut UK album release for DJ Format's hugely popular, regular vocal sparring partner, Abdominal. Originally recorded back in Canada with his usual music partner DJ Fase in 2001, imports trickled into the UK, which is how DJ Format found out about Abdominal, and got him to add vocals to "Music For The Mature B-Boy". The tracks on "Flowtation Device" are easy-on-the-ear hip hop head nodders that go down a treat.


                        Happy Songs For Happy People

                        Fourth album from Glasgow cosmic post-rock band, following 2001's "Rock Action". Expanding on that album's more melodicsound rather than the loudness of their "My Father My King" EP, this record is subtler, more expansive and organic than anything they have done. It is modestly described on the band's website as 'forty one minutes fifty seconds of total unadulterated brilliance'.

                        Gold Chains

                        Young Miss America

                        Co-produced by Chain man Topher Lafata and Kit Clayton, this is the avant hip hop LP for electroclash headz that takes in hip hop, rock, techno, electro, punk etc.

                        Various Artists

                        A Quiet Riot

                        Great double CD compilation of laid back guitar stuff. 34 tracks from the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, Low, Lambchop, Beta Band, Turin Brakes, Simian and Kings Of Convenience along with some great tracks from less established artists, The Bees, The Zephyrs, Baxter Dury....

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