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Lykke Li

EYEYE

    Lykke Li returns with her fifth studio album EYEYE. The LP is an eight track story about lust, attraction, attachment, and rejection; the landscape of love. The songs are inhabited by moving images that neither start nor end. Each film functions as a visual loop, concise as a haiku, yet continuing in perpetuity. The result is a somatic, repetitious experience. Compounding chapters between a dream and reality.

    Lykke Li creates connection with the depth of emotion in her lyrics and her consistency has made her an iconic staple in music with a decade spanning career having created her own lane when it comes to genre and songwriting. In addition to selling out shows across the world, she has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, Jools Holland, and received praise from The New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, The Fader, Complex, Rolling Stone and more. Last year, Lykke featured on Mark Ronson’s critically acclaimed single “Late Night Feelings” and joined him for a live performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Outside of music, she starred in the Terrence Malick film Song to Song and also co-founded the female owned Yola Mezcal brand, which brought the inaugural all-female music and arts festival Yola Día to Los Angeles and featured performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Cat Power, and Courtney Love.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. No Hotel
    2. You Don't Go Away
    3. Highway To Your Heart
    4. Happy Hurts
    5. Carousel
    6. 5D
    7. Over
    8. Ü&I

    Balthazar

    Sand Castle Tapes

      After spending a few nights in a beautiful old castle near Brussels at the start of 2021 (following lockdown), Belgian art-poppers Balthazar returned from their stay with Sand Castle Tapes, a documentary and live concert filmed by Heleen Declercq and co-produced with HolyShit sessions. They released Sand Castle Tapes as a digital EP on 24th September 2021, featuring 10 songs from the film; 8 songs reworked from the album and two jams. On 29th April 2022, Balthazar are releasing Sand Castle Tapes for the first time in physical format as a single LP.

      The band say of the stay: “You only get to fully understand an album when you start playing it together, the relaxed circumstances lead to a whole other way of interpreting the songs than we would have for a live show. It’s refreshing, it’s very human.” 

      TRACK LISTING

      1. On A Roll (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      2. Powerless (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      3. Jam 1 (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      4. Moment (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      5. You Won’t Come Around (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      6. Linger On (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      7. Jam 2 (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      8. Losers (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      9. Halfway (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
      10. I Want You (Sand Castle Tapes Version)

      Orlando Weeks

      Hop Up

        Arriving in the wake of his critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘A Quickening’, Week’s forthcoming record once again leans into themes of new life & parenthood, but whereas his previous work catalogued the emotions, expectations and anxieties that accompany imminent parenthood, Hop Up is an altogether more joyous and life affirming statement.

        Featuring inspiring contributions from Katy J Pearson, Willie J Healey and Ben Reed (best known as part of Frank Ocean’s live band, he also played bass on the seminal ‘Blonde’ album ).

        Weeks notes “It started with the idea of wanting to fill in some of the blanks that I felt I had left with ‘A Quickening’, but quite quickly it turned into something broader. The choice was always to take the more positive and uplifting sounding step. Perhaps it shouldn’t have, but as an approach it felt surprisingly novel to me.”


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Hop Up is an unashamedly upbeat and undeniably lovely collection of synth-pop abstractions and a wonderful testament to Weeks' abilities as a songwriter. 'Look who's Talking Now' mixes 80's pop groove with crisp production and swimming, echoic bliss.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Deep Down Way Out
        2. Look Who’s Talking Now
        3. Bigger
        4. Yup Yup Yup Yup
        5. High Kicking (featuring Willie J Healey)
        6. No End To Love
        7. Hey You Hop Up
        8. Make You Happy
        9. Big Skies Silly Faces (featuring Katy J Pearson)
        10. Silver
        11. Way To Go

        Keaton Henson

        Fragments EP

          Keaton Henson’s ‘Fragments EP’ was made as a companion piece to last year’s ‘Monument’ album, written and recorded at the same time.  ‘Monument’ is a fragile, meditative and emotional unravelling of grief in the aftermath of losing his father, and for all its hushed acoustics, ‘Monument’ cocooned its emotion in some beautifully tender melodies and acute observations. It’s a warm and relatable listen. 

          On ‘Fragments EP’, whilst the lyrical themes and subjects may stray from ‘Monument’’s poignant subject matter, in its sound and atmosphere, it feels suitably entwined. 

          The eight tracks that form the EP orbit a sweeping kaleidoscope of sonic shapes, shades and textures. Keaton’s voice offers lyrics in an almost frozen romanticism. It’s a voice that sounds rooted in turmoil but also of strength. A happy sadness. Bleakly beautiful. 

          Julien Baker shares a mic from across the ocean in Australia on ‘Marionette’. A songwriter of due reverence herself, Baker and Keaton share an affinity with the power of hushed words, fizzing melodies and an innate wisdom.  ‘Fragments EP’ and ‘Monument’ are two fine bodies of work by this singular, unique British artist, and two empathetic records of sorrow and strength.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. A Cassette Interlude
          2. Limb
          3. Before Growing Old
          4. Marionette (with Julien
          5. Baker)
          6. New Kid
          7. Invite
          8. No Love Lost
          9. For Kiran

          Public Service Broadcasting

          Bright Magic

            An album in three parts (Building A City / Building A Myth / Bright Magic), it is their most ambitious undertaking yet, bringing you to Europe’s heart and de facto capital, the cultural and political metropolis that is the ‘Hautpstadt’ of the Federal Republic of Germany – Berlin.

            “Doing this felt inevitable, somehow,” muses J.Willgoose, Esq. “In my head, it was whirring and pulsing away for a long time, even before Every Valley - this fascinating, contrary, seductive place. I knew the album was going to be about the city, and its history and myths, and I was going to move there. So it’s quite a personal story. It’s become an album about moving to Berlin to write an album about people who move to Berlin to write an album…”

            Though PSB’s use of electronics and surging guitar rock remain familiar, Bright Magic uses samples, and the English language, sparingly. It differs from their previous albums in other ways: less linear and narrative, instead it’s an impressionistic portrait of a city from the ground up. A Eureka moment of sorts came in November 2018 when Willgoose heard Walter Ruttmann’s radical Berlin tape-artwork Wochenende (or Weekend), which is sampled on three of Bright Magic’s tracks. Created in 1928, the piece collaged speech, field recordings and music into a sonic evocation of the city. Resolving to integrate these long-gone fragments with new manipulated sound sources, he set about making his own Wochenende, a narrative drama for the ears which decodes and realises the dreams of Berlin he’d constructed in his mind.

            J.Willgoose, Esq. said “I started to get a feeling for where the title of Bright Magic wanted to take me, towards ideas of illumination and inspiration, electricity and flashes of light and colour and sound (all the tracks would eventually be colour coded). I sent it to the rest of the band, and said, I know it’s going to change, but we’ll see how the city itself colours that.” J.Willgoose, Esq moved to Berlin from April 2019 to January 2020. Combining sound archaeology and the flâneuring of the psychogeographer, one street-level pursuit of the city’s energy involved Willgoose walking the Leipzigerstrasse, site of the city’s first electric streetlight, using a wide-band electromagnetic receiver from Moscow’s Soma Laboratories. “I walked up and down recording electrical currents and interference,” he laughs. “You can hear a few of these little frequency buzzes, clicks and impulses in Im Licht (a song inspired in part by pioneering lightbulb manufacturers AEG and Siemens). It’s what I was trying to do in the wider sense, I suppose – to capture those tiny little pulses you pick up while walking through a city.”

            He wrote and recorded in Kreuzberg’s famous Hansa Tonstudio recording complex. This brought closer several inescapable musical touchstones: Depeche Mode’s classic eighties triumvirate, U2’s Achtung Baby and, crucially, Bowie’s “Heroes” and Low. “The whole shape and structure of the record is very much in debt to Low,” says Willgoose. Indeed, the Warszawa-evoking “The Visitor” – whose designated colour is the particular Orange of that album’s sleeve – was initially intended to feature a sample of Bowie reflecting, says Willgoose, on “how he viewed himself as this vessel for synthesizing and refracting other influences, and presenting avant-garde influences to the mainstream. We tried to absorb a bit of that spirit.”

            As well as EERA, the album’s other guest voices include Blixa Bargeld, veteran of The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten, who becomes the voice of Berlin’s industry on the robo-teknik “Der Rhythmus der Maschinen”. Andreya Casablanca of Berlin garageistes Gurr stands in for Marlene Dietrich in “My Blue Heaven”, an anthem of proud self-determination.

            A very pro-European record, Bright Magic is ultimately not just about one city, but all centres of human interaction and community which allow the free exchange and cross-pollination of ideas.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: PSB are back! It's been a long wait since their last full-length in 2017, but 'Bright Magic' has every one of the standard PSB tricks we love them for plus a few more. Filmic electronic groove, kosmische library-tinged synthplay and instantly addictive melodies. No doubt this will excite the earholes of new listeners and existing fans of the band alike, and shows a new progression of this already formidable musical force.

            TRACK LISTING

            ‘Bright Magic’
            Der Sumpf (Sinfonie Der Großstadt)
            Im Licht
            Der Rhythmus Der Maschinen (ft. Blixa Bargeld)
            People, Let’s Dance (ft. EERA)
            Blue Heaven (ft. Andreya Casablanca)
            Gib Mir Das Licht (ft. EERA)
            The Visitor
            Lichtspiel I: Opus
            Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss Grau
            Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale
            Ich Und Die Stadt (ft. Nina Hoss)

            ‘Bright Magic (Demos)’
            (Bonus CD With PIASR1230LPBK Only)

            Der Sumpf (Sinfonie Der Großstadt) (Demo)
            Im Licht (Demo)
            Der Rhythmus Der Maschinen (Demo)
            People, Let's Dance (Demo)
            Blue Heaven (Demo)
            Gib Mir Das Licht (Demo)
            The Visitor (Demo)
            Lichtspiel I: Opus (Demo)
            Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss
            Grau (Demo)
            Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale (Demo)

            Keaton Henson

            Monument

              Keaton Henson’s new album Monument is a rare thing. It is an album about loss, and dealing with losing the ones we love, but told, in incredibly candid detail, through the aspects of our lives that surround the trauma itself, about love, ageing, recovery, life, seen through the prism of grief.

              With the posting of an enigmatic and cryptic goodbye in 2016; Epilogue, Henson’s next project ended up becoming Six Lethargies, a complex and ambitious symphony for string orchestra, dealing with the minutiae of mental illness. He put away the guitar and retreated to his home for three years to compose it. Monument now finds Keaton re-emerging with an album of songs about grief, and how it permeates our lives.

              The record began when, having recovered from both Six Lethargies and the circumstances that inspired it, Henson moved from London to the wilds of the English countryside, spending long days outside chopping wood, tending to the grounds, and watching birds of prey soaring above. It was from this remote outpost that he finally felt ready to look at a subject he had been avoiding for his entire songwriting career; the decades long illness, and imminent death of his father, who passed two days before he finished recording the album.

              Keaton: “I suppose it is, at its heart, much like my first record; a collection of things I wanted to say, just so they’re out of my system, and not necessarily for anyone else to hear. I made it at home, mostly alone, to the sound of birds and rainstorms, at strange hours of day and night. But, once the bones were recorded, I was somewhat unexpectedly joined by an amazing group of people, who came to musically lift me on their shoulders, and take these unsaid feelings to another plain in terms of sound.”

              These people came in the form of Radiohead’s Philip Selway providing drums and percussion, guitars provided by Leo Abrahams, saxophones from composer Charlotte Harding and at one point a full string section.

              It culminates in a record that is at once intensely intimate and vulnerable, but carries with it a confidence and elevation in its musical language; the simple up-close picking of Henson’s guitar lifted on a soft bed of electronics and lo-fi tape sound, the moments of joyful acceptance punctuated by soaring drums and woodwinds, that feels like jumping in a cold pool on a warm day.

              The sound of tape and VHS are a crucial vein that run throughout the album, carrying the feeling of memory and nostalgia, family and childhood. The subtle recurring use of home video sounds suddenly brings the biographical nature of the album to life, before receding again into the background.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Ambulance
              2. Self Portrait
              3. Ontario
              4. Career Day
              5. Prayer
              6. While I Can
              7. Bed
              8. The Grand Old Reason
              9. Husk
              10. Thesis
              11. Bygones

              Someone

              Orbit II (Love Record Stores Edition)

                Love Record Stores Edition available from 9am on Saturday June 20th.
                Limited to one per person.



                Orlando Weeks

                A Quickening

                  As the birth of Orlando Weeks’ son drew near, he wanted to try to make sense of an experience that is both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. The result is ‘A Quickening’, an album that tells the story from the point of view of a prospective father-to-be, a figure both vital to the story and yet also somewhat removed, in awe of what the mother goes through and often helpless to do anything about it.

                  “I was trying to find a course through something that happens all the time, but still feels exceptional,” Weeks says.

                  A baby is born every minute, and yet the experience of becoming a parent - and the way it promises to change your life - is unprecedented.

                  Weeks’ voice shimmers as it expresses feelings of love, fear and wonder that are overwhelming but still delicate. Drums trip, woodwind and brass can be heard, piano lines run in and out, vocals layer and guitars are few and far between. This is not the indie rock and roll that some may have predicted.You might think of Talk Talk. You might think of Robert Wyatt. You might think of Radiohead or Bon Iver. You might think of the wonder of Kate Bush. You might think of Lambchop’s late career electronic turn, replacing in that case Kurt Wagner’s Nashville-inflected fragments with Orlando’s chiming and pure delivery, served up by way of South London.

                  Many of those influences surge and flourish throughout the new single ‘Blood Sugar’. A mesmeric, all-enveloping layer of sound highlighted by choral vocal harmonies. The track includes the line “gone the bell that rung forever… at least as long as I can remember”, a reference to Big Ben which was under repair and had stopped chiming at the time of his son’s birth, Weeks commented; ‘’I couldn’t work out if its silence was a good omen or a bad one.’’ Stranger than that, for much of their time at hospital, Weeks and his partner found themselves in the very same room he was born in.

                  ‘A Quickening’ was created with the help of Weeks’ old friend Nic Nell, who produced, engineered and mixed the album. The pair collaborated on the music that accompanied Weeks’ 2012 graphic novel, ‘Young Colossus’. Nell also runs the label Algebra Records and makes music under the name Casually Here. The album also highlights select performances from members of Weeks’ live band: Caruso (drums on ‘Blame Or Love Or Nothing’ and ‘All The Things’), Sami El-Enany (piano on ‘Takes A Village’ and ‘Summer Clothes’), and Will Petherbridge (the freewheeling solo on ‘St Thomas’’).

                  In addition to its digital and streaming releases, it will also be available on three physical formats: heavyweight vinyl, CD packaged with a poster, and a limited edition clear deluxe vinyl which will include a signed and hand-finished print. The deluxe vinyl will only be available via Orlando Weeks’ Music Glue store and in select UK independent record stores.

                  Weeks spent much of his young life as the frontman of Ivor Novello wining band The Maccabees, going on to become a children’s book author in the wake of the band’s disbanding. His first book, ‘The Gritterman’ (2017), came with an accompanying soundtrack and was described by the Financial Times as recalling “Raymond Briggs at his darkest.”

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Milk Breath
                  Blood Sugar
                  Safe In Sound
                  St. Thomas’
                  Takes A Village
                  Moon’s Opera
                  All The Things
                  Blame Or Love Or Nothing
                  None Too Tough
                  Summer Clothes
                  Dream

                  Westerman

                  Your Hero Is Not Dead

                    Debut LP from West London singer songwriter Will Westerman.

                    Your Hero Is Not Dead is the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed Ark EP. Recorded alongside his close friend and producer Nathan Jenkins (A.K.A. Bullion) at first in Southern Portugal before finishing the process in London, Your Hero Is Not Dead is an album about empathy and compassion, struggle and release, and all the ways we contradict and battle within ourselves. The project is full of supremely crafted, groove-hinged songs about moral, political, and ethical grey areas, that find Westerman attempting to resolve external issues by looking inward.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Drawbridge
                    The Line
                    Big Nothing Glow
                    Waiting On Design
                    Think I'll Stay
                    Dream Appropriate
                    Easy Money
                    Blue Comanche
                    Confirmation
                    Paper Dogs
                    Float Over
                    Your Hero Is Not Dead

                    Editors

                    Black Gold: Best Of Editors

                      Across their six official albums, Editors have achieved major success internationally, selling 2.6M albums worldwide, racking up Mercury nominations, multiple platinum and gold records, No 1s in the UK, Belgium and Netherlands and Top 10s right across the rest of Europe. The album includes 13 of the band’s biggest songs alongside three brand new tracks, including the title track ‘Black Gold’. The album cover was shot by award winning photograper Nadav Kander and designed by Tom Hingston (Massive Attack, Young Fathers, Nick Cave).

                      TRACK LISTING

                      ‘Black Gold’
                      (LP/CD)

                      Frankenstein
                      Papillon
                      Munich
                      Sugar
                      Hallelujah (So Low)
                      An End Has A Start
                      Upside Down
                      Bullets
                      Ocean Of The Night
                      No Harm
                      Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
                      A Ton Of Love
                      Magazine
                      The Racing Rats
                      Black Gold
                      No Sound But The Wind

                      ‘Distance: The Acoustic Recordings’
                      (Deluxe 2CD Edition Only)

                      Violence
                      Walk The Fleet Road
                      Blood
                      Let Your Good Heart Lead You Home
                      Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
                      Fall
                      Two Hearted Spider
                      Distance

                      Lisa Hannigan & S T A R G A Z E

                      Live In Dublin

                        Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan presents a live album with the contemporary-classical orchestra, s t a r g a z e.  The collaboration - which sees Hannigan’s sparse, ethereal folk transformed into something cinematic and transfixing - was taken to select festivals across Europe and most recently graced the stages of London’s Barbican and Dublin’s National Concert Hall. 

                        Thankfully for those yet to experience the mesmeric live show, their recent performance at the National Concert Hall in October last year is set for release in the shape of ‘Live In Dublin’, a discography-spanning 14-track live album which also includes new track, ‘Bookmark’.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Ora
                        2. Prayer For The Dying
                        3. Little Bird
                        4. Undertow
                        5. Bookmark
                        6. Anahorish
                        7. Nowhere To Go
                        8. Lo
                        9. Swan
                        10. We The Drowned
                        11. Lille
                        12. A Sail
                        13. Barton
                        14. Fall

                        Public Service Broadcasting

                        White Star Liner

                        These four tracks were first performed in 2018, at the BBC's Biggest Weekend event, which saw the band debut the new material on the slipways on which the Titanic was built, broadcast live on BBC 6Music. The EP tells the story of the construction of the ship and its early, tragic, demise. The band focus on the perspectives of those who built and sailed her, whilst showing their own talent for using a mixture of music and archive audio footage to provide a new perspective on well-known events.

                        J. Willgoose, Esq. of Public Service Broadcasting says: “I thought it was an interesting challenge to tell the story of the ship's construction as part of Belfast's proud industrial history, the spirit of optimism of the pre-war age that she represented, and then an abstract and, I hope, respectful depiction of both the sinking of the ship (represented by the repeated Morse code distress call, C - Q - D) and the discovery of the wreck in 1985.”

                        The opening two tracks, ‘The Unsinkable Ship’ and ‘White Star Liner’, carry the EP forward with a motorik energy, carefully tracing the construction and launch of the ship. As the EP reaches its close, the music shifts into a more volatile state on the powerful ‘C - Q - D’ - the Morse code call sign for “All stations: distress” - before closing on the reflective ambience of ‘The Deep’, an adaptation of Archibald Joyce's ‘Songe d'automne’, the piece of music which noted Titanic historian Walter Lord concluded was probably the last to be played as the ship sank. Coupled with the impassioned voice of survivor Eva Hart, it’s a moving end to the EP, one that is a fitting tribute to those who built the ship and those who perished upon its demise. 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. The Unsinkable Ship
                        2. White Star Liner
                        3. C-Q-D
                        4. The Deep

                        Editors

                        An End Has A Start

                          ‘An End Has A Start' is the second album from Editors. It hit No 1 on release in 2007, selling nearly 60,000 copies in the process and includes the Top 10 single ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ plus the singles ‘The Racing Rats’, ‘Bones’, ‘Push Your Head Towards The Air’ and the album’s title track.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          CD:
                          Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
                          An End Has A Start
                          The Weight Of The World
                          Bones
                          When Anger Shows
                          The Racing Rats
                          Push Your Head Towards The Air
                          Escape The Nest
                          Spiders
                          Well Worn Hand
                          No Sound But The Wind (Live At Rock Werchter 2010)

                          LP:
                          Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
                          An End Has A Start
                          The Weight Of The World
                          Bones
                          When Anger Shows
                          The Racing Rats
                          Push Your Head Towards The Air
                          Escape The Nest
                          Spiders
                          Well Worn Hand

                          Editors

                          In This Light And On This Evening

                            Released in 2009, ‘In This Light And On This Evening’ was the band’s third album and second No. 1 in the UK. A musical departure being more electronic though no less anthemic than the two previous and the last to feature guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, who left the band in 2012. Includes the singles ‘Papillon’, ‘You Don’t Know Love’ and ‘Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool’.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            In This Light And On This Evening
                            Bricks And Mortar
                            Papillon
                            You Don’t Know Love
                            The Big Exit
                            The Boxer
                            Like Treasure
                            Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
                            Walk The Fleet Road

                            Joan As Police Woman

                            Damned Devotion

                              Brand new album from Joan As Police Woman, which sees a return to the darker, sensual sound of her celebrated early releases. Damned Devotion finds Joan Wasser at her rawest yet

                              The first track to be shared from the album is ‘Warning Bell’, a tender, bewitching song of regret Joan wrote about “being a romantic and the naiveté that goes along with it”


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: Smooth, soulful grooves interspersed with mournful minor-key melodies and flickering funked-out guitar echoes. By far the most refined and emotive JAPW outing yet, lovely stuff.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Wonderful
                              2. Warning Bell
                              3. Tell Me
                              4. Steed (for Jean Genet)
                              5. Damned Devotion
                              6. The Silence
                              7. Valid Jagger
                              8. Rely On
                              9. What Was It Like
                              10. Talk About It Later
                              11. Silly Me
                              12. I Don’t Mind

                              Oscar And The Wolf

                              Infinity

                                Oscar and the Wolf releases his sophomore album ‘Infinity’. In the three years since his debut album emerged, Oscar And The Wolf has gone onto become a superstar back home in Belgium who sells out 20,000 capacity venues and closed last year’s Pukkelpop Festival performing above the likes of Rihanna and LCD Soundsystem. He’s also making waves across Europe headlining arenas from Amsterdam to Istanbul as well as major festivals including performing on stage right before Muse at 2016’s Lowlands festival. Surrounded by a crowd and lashings of pyrotechnics, Oscar And The Wolf always rises to the occasion. Adored by the fashion world he was also commissioned by globally renowned designer Dries Van Noten to create the soundtrack to 2015’s spring / summer collection at his Paris Fashion Week show.

                                Now he’s preparing to expand his fanbase further with new album, ‘Infinity’, which he wrote after a year of intense self-exploration. “I’ve never made such an eclectic collection of songs, and it’s turned out that way because I’ve had kind of a dramatic year,” he says with a knowing hint of understatement. “But actually I think drama can be a good thing. I don’t try to win over the fact that I’m feeling dark or blue - I try to dive into it as deep as I can, until I find something interesting in there. That's where the music comes from.”

                                “He’s The Weeknd without the nasty aftertaste, Drake without the crying after sex” - DIY

                                “Imagine if Lana Del Rey and Fever Ray made songs together” - NYLON

                                “Blends body quaking beats in surprising configurations, trap inflections and darkly melancholic R&B” - Noisey

                                “What it would sound like if SOHN, Drake and Phoenix had a threesome on a big pile of sequins” - Jezebel

                                “Add to the list of rule-benders mixing the fringes of modern R&B and electronic music” - Pigeons And Planes


                                TRACK LISTING

                                So Real
                                Exotic
                                Susato
                                Pretty Infiniti
                                Touch Down
                                Queen
                                Honey
                                Runaway
                                Last Night
                                Breathing
                                Chevrolet
                                Fever

                                Soulwax

                                From Deewee

                                  It's been twelve long years since the last Soulwax release, 2005's night versions seems an awful long way away, but it's a hell of a lot closer to the introduction of half their instrumental arsenal. Peppered with drool-inducing machinery (if that's your thing) blipping and pulsing away, this is both a futuristic concept and a historical homage.  Opener 'Preset Tense' (it's funny because synths have presets now) is an acidic slice of funked-out 'tron, underpinned by stabs of crystalline keys and grooved-out 303-alike stabs. Militaristic rhythms are offset by heavily swung grooves and clashing snares. 'Condition Of A Shared Belief' twists and turns, scrawling jagged trails of krautrock-inspired sketches behind a soaring atonal vocal abstraction. It is both absorbing and jarring, rendering a head-nodding groove out many conceptual threads like some of Kreidler's finest numbers. 

                                  Things start to get a little bit more traditionally melodic later on with the sleazy disco hustle of 'Do You Want To Get Into Trouble'. Neon steampunk percussives and glowing reverbs are met with pulsing bass and futuristic squeals, coalescing into a cosmic gothy funk. 

                                  The afrobeat drums on 'The Singer Has Become A Deejay' twist and turn around a sidechained phaser, dropping into the background before being pulled back into the mix, twice as voracious as before. It's a mellow rhythmic break before the euphoric highs of 'Here Come The Men In Suits' and the resigned ode to bullshit that is 'Goodnight Transmission', along the same sweetly sung / sourly embittered lyrical themes of the great John Grant. 

                                  From Deewee is a triumph, varied enough to show the wide range of skills these talented Dewaele's have (as if 2 Many DJ's weren't enough evidence), but running gracefully and satisfyingly true to (what I assume are) their influences.  

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: A superbly presented suite of funked-out sleazy electronica, grooving Krautrock and simmering ambience. Shining with production prowess, but gritty and satisfying enough to keep even the interest flowing. A brilliant return for Soulwax.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Preset Tense
                                  Masterplanned
                                  Missing Wires
                                  Conditions Of A Shared Belief
                                  Is It Always Binary
                                  Do You Want To Get Into Trouble?
                                  My Tired Eyes
                                  Transient Program For Drums And Machinery
                                  Trespassers
                                  The Singer Has Become A Deejay
                                  Here Come The Men In Suits
                                  Goodnight Transmission

                                  Pixies

                                  Head Carrier - Deluxe Edition

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

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


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Head Carrier
                                    Classic Masher
                                    Baal’s Back
                                    Might As Well Be Gone
                                    Oona
                                    Talent
                                    Tenement Song
                                    Bel Esprit
                                    All I Think About Now
                                    Um Chagga Lagga
                                    Plaster Of Paris
                                    All The Saints

                                    Various Artists

                                    Belgica: Original Soundtrack By Soulwax

                                      ‘Belgica’ is the new film by Oscar nominated director, Felix Van Groeningen. Its original soundtrack has been composed, recorded and produced by Soulwax.

                                      The film sees Soulwax’s influence throughout from composing, arranging and recording the original score to creating each and every one of the fictional musical artists featured. A diverse collection of songs, performed by a similarly varied set of artists, has seen Soulwax create what is a unique soundtrack that continues to see them evolve as musical progressionists.

                                      Recorded and mixed at Soulwax’s new Deewee studio in Ghent, the entire project has been over twelve months in the making.

                                      As the group says: “We recorded the original music being played in the club, wrote the music, rehearsed and recorded live on set the tracks played by the bands - ranging from a live kraut techno band, White Virgins, bequiffed psychobilly trio They Live through to hardcore outfit Burning Phlegm (featuring Sepultura’s Igor Cavalera) whilst chanteuse Charlotte represents the other end of the spectrum with her neo soul pop.”

                                      Ghostpoet

                                      Some Say I So I Say Light

                                      Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam’, Ghostpoet announces his sophomore album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ which will be released through Play It Again Sam.

                                      Two years on from his debut being nominated for the Mercury Prize, and having moved on from Brownswood to Play It Again Sam, Ghostpoet’s creativity has blossomed even more. On his second album, ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, he pushes even further in all directions than on ‘Peanut Butter Blues...’, mixing the abstract and the concrete with uncanny skill. Industrial beats, sonorous piano lines and hyper-detailed ornamentation provide a backdrop for an artist who sounds ever more like a man old before his time.

                                      Ghostpoet attributes the album’s experimental bent to the change in his recording situation. Whereas ‘Peanut Butter Blues’ was entirely self-produced on a computer in Ghostpoet’s bedroom, ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ is a studio-based work co-produced with the talented Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar, Egyptian Hip-Hop).

                                      One of the key upbeat cuts is the album opener, ‘Cold Win’. Originally intended as an homage to old school garage, it morphed into an electronic oddity that builds up gradually with cinematic swells of horns, although skipping, staccato beats remain as a hint to the track’s origins. On ‘Dial Tones’ one will recognize the wonderfully guarded and delicate vocals of UK songstress Lucy Rose. ‘Dorsal Morsel’, which features Gwilym Gold on vocals, begins as a sparse, minimal meditation that develops into what Ghostpoet calls a ‘synth utopia’, while lyrics about spending too much money on Amazon and Pringle packet metaphors keep it grounded in reality. The delicacy of ‘Comatose’ winds up as glorious, string-led chamber music.

                                      Elsewhere, ‘Plastic Bag Brain’, which features Tony Allen on drums and Dave Okumu from The Invisible on guitar fuses Afro Beat guitar riffs and shuffling Two Tone rhythms. You also have the legendary drumming talent of Charles Hayward from This Heat lending his talent on ‘Sloth Trot’.

                                      The disarmingly honest ‘Meltdown’ tells the tale of one of those break-ups where both parties simply drift apart gradually. Electronic static, radio signals and beats that crunch like footsteps through snow form the basis for Ghostpoet’s ruminations on dim sum and noodles on ‘MSI musmiD’, while ‘12 Deaf’ is an aqueous, abstract soundscape.

                                      It’s an album that positions Ghostpoet in the tradition of modern British auteurs as interested in pushing the boundaries sonically as expressing cathartic feelings.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Cold Win
                                      Them Waters
                                      Dial Tones
                                      Plastic Bag Brain
                                      ThymeThymeThyme
                                      Meltdown
                                      Sloth Trot,
                                      Dorsal Morsel
                                      MSI MusmiD
                                      12 Deaf
                                      Comatose

                                      Long-awaited new album from Oklahoma five piece Other Lives – darlings of the blogosphere, live highlights of SXSW and purveyors of lush orchestral epic and widescreen baroque indie rock.

                                      Taking over 14 painstaking months to put together, ‘Tamer Animals’ was inspired by Sigur Ros, Ennio Morricone and Godspeed You Black Emperor, and is sure to appeal to fans of Grizzly Bear, Kurt Vile and Fleet Foxes.

                                      “Tamer Animals’ feels organic and lovingly crafted, a record whose lushness often invites you to simply collapse into it” – Pitchfork.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Dark Horse
                                      2. As I Lay My Head Down
                                      3. For 12
                                      4. Tamer Animals
                                      5. Dust Bowl III
                                      6. Weather
                                      7. Old Statues
                                      8. Woodwind
                                      9. Desert
                                      10. Landforms
                                      11. Heading East


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