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Quantic

Dancing While Falling (Extended Versions)

    Following the release of his latest album ‘Dancing While Falling’ in November 2023, Quantic expands on his work and releases extended versions. A limited double 12” containing more club oriented edits. The extended vinyl versions will sit alongside a long tradition of extended or 12" version, dance, disco, house and soul releases - think salsoul etc.

    Predominantly recorded at his own Brooklyn studio, Selva, Quantic’s initial idea for his new album was to experiment sonically. However, after a while, he changed direction and realised that the record needed to also relate to the human condition - not just his “singular pandemic wormhole”. The demos, then, started off as symphonic, loosely disco-era dance music – a departure from his previous Latin and Spanish instrumental releases.

    Influenced by legendary artists in the scene like Bohannon and Larry Levan, Quantic wanted to make a disco-leaning album at first. “I’m really interested in Latin music and Afro Caribbean rhythms and I think there's a really amazing point in history where the emergence of those rhythms and its combination with American soul sparked what we now know as disco,” he says.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Run Feat. Andreya Triana (Extended Version)
    2. Brooklyn Heat Feat. Andreya Triana (Extended Version)
    3. Subway Lover (Extended Version)
    4. Unconditional Feat. Rationale (Extended Version)
    5. Morning Light Feat. Andreya Triana (Extended Version)
    6. Stand Up (Extended Version)

    Angus & Julia Stone

    Cape Forestier

      In 'Cape Forestier', Angus and Julia Stone express their extraordinary journey through heartfelt songs, emphasizing the universal language of music that feels like home to them. The concept of home has evolved beyond a physical place for Angus and Julia, becoming a deeper connection that grew from their shared musical experiences. Julia reflecis on how creating music brings them peace, acting as a common language that transcends the complexities of life.

      The duo's musical journey has taken them across the globe, from childhood beginnings to record deals in London, collaborations with Rick Rubin in LA, and the establishment of a studio in the hinterlands of NSW

      'Cape Forestier' serves as a narrative from the hearts and minds of Angus and Julia Stone. Each song unfolds as a different page in their storybook, covering themes from love stones to societal observations. Regardless of labels like folky, acoustic, or indie-rock, the siblings prioritize authenticity over stylistic choices.

      The album features tracks like 'Cape Forestier,' 'Losing You,' 'The Wedding Song,' and 'County Sign,' each showcasing the duo's inherent musicality. Angus and Julia Stone acknowledge that this is their most stripped-back album, returing to their roots whlle incorporating the branches of experence gained over the years.

      Despite their modesty about their talents, they are of everything good and natural about song writing, as they seem to constantly capture the essence of honest music. Angus and Julia recognize the charm of their innocence in earlier records. However, they also acknowledge their present curiosity and naivety in the face of the world's mysteries, traits evident in 'Cape Forestier'. Through their unspoken connection, they continue to speak the same language, reaffirming the timeless and universal power of music in their lives.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Losing You
      2. Down To The Sea
      3. My Little Anchor
      4. Cape Forestier
      5. County Sign
      6. City Of Lights
      7. No Boat No Aeroplane
      8. The Wedding Song
      9. I Want You
      10. Somehow
      11. Sitting In Seoul
      12. The Wonder Of You

      Porij

      Teething

        The arrival of Teething invites you to take a leap beyond seeing dance music as a genre, built from this type of kick or that type of snare, and instead as its own dimension: a place you can escape to. It pays homage to the language of sounds on the dancefloor which have encouraged generations to feel, not to think. While, lyrically, the record delves into the tangle of lived experience, musically, it will free you from it.

        Since the beginning, Porij had self-produced, self-mixed and entirely self-made their music, and even after having signed to [PIAS], the record was still incubated in their bedrooms where they would sit together for hours giving colour, shape and texture to this new world. It was only then that they enlisted legendary producer David Wrench, famed for his work with era-defining artists including Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs and The XX. His mentorship allowed Teething to transform their music from a live-angled proposition to something folded in the arms of pop.

        Vocalist and keyboardist Scout Moore (Egg), bassist James Middleton, guitarist Jacob Maguire and drummer Nathan Carroll are armed with hard-won experience, strengthened bonds and a renewed sense of passion. Their debut album Teething is both a coming-of-age story and a bottling of the particular magic that is unmistakably – and definitively – Porij.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: A syrup-smooth mix of airy Balearic beats and euphoric house-tinged synth-pop. Texturally varied, but without straying too far from dreamy front-room electronica or drifting dancefloor grooves.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Marmite
        2. Unpredictable
        3. Don’t Talk To Me
        4. Endlessly Waiting
        5. My Only Love
        6. Ghost
        7. Stranger
        8. Sweet Risk
        9. Gutter Punch
        10. You Should Know Me
        11. Slow Down

        Morgan Harper-Jones

        Up To The Glass

          'Up To The Glass' is a delicate exploration of finding yourself in your twenties against a backdrop of love, self-acceptance and loss. Morgan Harper-Jones explores her emotions through confessional narratives and soaring dream-pop soundscapes on her debut album. Quickly becoming one of the UKs most exciting new voices, featuring four tracks in the global #1 Netflix film 'Love At First Sight' at the end of 2023 at reaching #8 in the global Shazam charts.

          “My favourite moments in other people’s songs are where it feels like someone has just reached through the speaker or headphones and grabbed my hand and said: ‘Hey don’t worry, you’re normal – I feel that too.’ I hope above anything else that my songs can be that for someone else too.”

          The idea that writing & distilling my own (sometimes overwhelming) emotions and experiences into a 3 minute moment might bring someone some comfort, help someone feel or express something, understand themselves more deeply or just feel like they aren’t alone is really the most important motivation for me to share what I’m writing.” - Morgan Harper-Jones


          TRACK LISTING

          1. Swimming Upstream
          2. Boombox
          3. Leaves
          4. Alone With You
          5. Main Character
          6. Forever For Now
          7. Lose A Tooth
          8. Joshua
          9. Little Avalanches
          10. 2D
          11. Amelia
          12. Easy

          Crystal Fighters

          LIGHT+

            The concept behind LIGHT+ was simple: to give fans a fresh definition of Crystal Fighters by returning to their core values. As a result, their new album is packed with ideas – from rave workouts to tropical pop, from hints of cumbia to delicious pop melodies. "More light. More positivity. More clarity. We all need more hope in our lives.” Crystal Fighters are like a burst of light in the darkness – soon the sun will be coming up, and the party can begin.


            TRACK LISTING

            1. We Got Hope
            2. Carolina
            3. Manifest
            4. Multiverse
            5. Love X3
            6. End The Suffering
            7. Tranquilo
            8. Hold Me
            9. Search
            10. Let Me Go

            Consolidated

            [PIAS] 40

              Consolidated is an American collective, formed in San Francisco in 1988. They were notable for their left-wing political activism and politically radical lyrics, as well as their innovative sound collages that blended industrial, hiphop, hard rock and funk music. Their music often focused on vegetarianism, women's rights, animal rights, the fight against racism and homophobia, unity of oppression, World War II and the Holocaust, plus the dangers of capitalism and the evils of American nationalism. Adam Sherburne, Mark Pistel and Philip Steir have embodied a unique creative vision in search of knowledge that will enable them to improve the quality of their lives and those around them.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. You Suck
              2. Tool And Die
              3. Guerillas In The Mist
              4. Unity Of Oppression (Original Mix)
              5. Friendly Fascism
              6. Brutal Equation

              Quantic

              Dancing While Falling

                The new album by Quantic aka multi instrumentalist, DJ, composer and producer Will Holland is in many ways an evolution. Now 20 years into his career, ‘Dancing While Falling’ is the British born New York based artist’s most live sounding, euphoric and, in his own words, grown up release to date.

                Predominantly recorded at his own Brooklyn studio, Selva, Quantic’s initial idea for his new album was to experiment sonically. However, after a while, he changed direction and realised that the record needed to also relate to the human condition not just his “singular pandemic wormhole”. The demos, then, started off as symphonic, loosely disco era dance music a departure from his previous Latin and Spanish instrumental releases. Influenced by legendary artists in the scene like Bohannon and Larry Levan, Quantic wanted to make a disco leaning album at first. “I’m really interested in Latin music and Afro Caribbean rhythms and I think there's a really amazing point in history where the emergence of those rhythms and its combination with American soul sparked what we now know as disco,” he says.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Run (feat. Andreya Triana
                2. Subway Lover
                3. Stand Up
                4. Unconditional (feat. Rationale)
                5. Get In The Ride (feat. Connie Constance)
                6. Brooklyn Heat (feat. Andreya Triana
                7. Emeralds
                8. Morning Light (feat. Andreya Triana)
                9. Tikurin
                10. Where The Flowers Grow (feat. Andreya Triana)

                Lol Tolhurst X Budgie X Jacknife Lee

                Los Angeles

                  The three-way ‘Los Angeles’ collaboration was born out of a curiosity which just wouldn’t die. Made up of two of the most illustrious and inventive drummers of the post-punk era, The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst, and Budgie from Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Creatures, along with stellar producer and multi-instrumentalist Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee, this unlikely alt-supergroup have spent the last four years spiriting up one of the most extraordinary albums to appear in 2023.

                  Perusing the tracklist, with its guest credits for, amongst others, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Bobby Gillespie, Civil Rights avant-gardist Lonnie Holley, Starcrawler wildchild Arrow de Wilde and The Edge from U2, you may rightly wonder just what the 13-track long-player holds in store.

                  The answer: a hard-hitting and compulsively exploratory 55-minute electronic mindscrew, founded on unrivalled rhythmic expertise, fleshed out with an armoury of synths, guitars (Jacknife’s forte) and supplementary percussion, often overlaid with elite-class strings and brass, then universally twisted, manipulated and quite masterfully sculpted by Lee, with his super-producer’s hat on.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Liam says: Absolutely bonkers how stacked with talent this LP is! With guest spots from James Murphy and Bobby Gillespie, this supergroup odyssey from Tolhurst, Budgie and Jacknife is an eclectic collection of rhythmic set-pieces that have plenty to show-off!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  This Is What It Is (To Be Free) (with Bobby Gillespie)
                  Los Angeles (with James Murphy)
                  Uh Oh (with Arrow De Wilde And Mark Bowen)
                  Ghosted At Home (with Bobby Gillespie)
                  Train With No Station (with The Edge)
                  Bodies (with Lonnie Holley And Mary Lattimore)
                  Everything And Nothing
                  Travel Channel (with Pan Amsterdam)
                  Country Of The Blind (with Bobby Gillespie)
                  The Past (Being Eaten)
                  We Got To Move (with Isaac Brock)
                  Noche Oscura (with The Edge)
                  Skins (with James Murphy)

                  The Young Gods

                  [PIAS] 40

                    The Swiss trio The Young Gods were created in 1985 under the leadership of Franz Treichler. Desiring to go against the tide of conventional rock music with a radical aesthetic proposal. The bet had been won right from the outset with the first eponymous album that released the success of being voted record of the year by Melody Maker. It was not until 1992, their album Tv Sky, finally achieved an international breakthrough. We must take into account the innovative constancy of the Young Gods and their mastery of the elements.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. L’amourir
                    2. Pas Mal
                    3. Gasoline Man (Megadrive Mix)
                    4. Skinflowers
                    5. Kissing The Sun

                    MC 900 FT JESUS

                    [PIAS] 40

                      Mark Thomas Griffin, better known as MC 900 FT JESUS, is an American rapper based in Dallas, Texas. A classically trained musician and trumpeter, Griffin is known for mixing hip hop and jazz. Griffin's work has often been seen as way ahead of its time with socially responsible lyrics tinged with quirky biting humour. Griffin's use of rap, electro and cool jazz (he often plays like Miles Davis) is perhaps why his title "Falling Elevators" was chosen to illustrate an ad for the 501 Levi's brand which achieved great success

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Falling Elevators
                      2. City Sleeps
                      3. Killer Inside Me (Killer Long Version)
                      4. Truth Is Out Of Style (12’’ Version)
                      5. I’m Going Straigth To Hell
                      6. Born With Monkey Ass (12’’ Version)

                      Nation Of Language

                      Strange Disciple

                        Nation of Language announce the release of their new album, Strange Disciple. Out September 15th on Play It Again Sam, following performances at Primavera Sound, Pitchfork Festival, Outside Lands and dozens more of their biggest headline shows to date, the Brooklyn band’s third LP is one that is meant to invoke wandering, wondrous walks through city streets both foreign and familiar. In the three short years since their acclaimed debut, 2020’s Introduction, Presence, Nation of Language have sustained an increasing ascent from small, hyperlocal scenes to international stages and late-night television, while their musical evolution has embodied three distinct modes of moving through the world: lead singer and songwriter Ian Devaney imagines the band’s first album, Introduction, Presence, as taking place in a car, whereas second album A Way Forward occurred on and as a locomotive, influenced by the chugging sound of krautrock. Now, as their first record to be fully created and released outside the confines of a pandemic-instilled lockdown, Strange Disciple is centred around groove-driven songs and bouncing basslines that feel ambulatory and wayfaring, informed by the excitement of exploring new places the band never thought they would see on tour.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: It's easy to hear a lot of influence here, the echoic vocals of Tears For Fears, or the percussive skitter of OMD, but all rendered in Nation Of Language's own unique indie-rock palette. Arm-raising balladry and slowly building walls of sound, pieced together arp by arp.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Weak In Your Light
                        Sole Obsession
                        Surely I Can't Wait
                        Swimming In The Shallow Sea
                        Too Much, Enough
                        Spare Me The Decision
                        Sightseer
                        Stumbling Still
                        A New Goodbye
                        I Will Never Learn

                        Anna Of The North

                        Crazy Life - 2023 Reissue

                          This expanded edition of the third album by Anna of the North includes 3 new tracks, ‘Swirl’, ‘Try My Best’, and ‘Ridin’ which do not feature on the original digital album. Also includes the singles ‘Meteorite’ feat. Gus Dapperton, and ‘I Do You’.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          SIDE A
                          1. Bird Sing
                          2. I Do You
                          3. Nobody
                          4. Listen
                          5. Living Life Right
                          6. Red Light
                          7. No Good Without U

                          SIDE B
                          1. Dandelion
                          2. Meteorite
                          3. 60 Seconds
                          4. Let Go
                          5. Swirl
                          6. Ridin
                          7. Try My Best

                          Channel Zero

                          [PIAS] 40

                            Channel Zero is a band from Brussels formed in 1990 by Franky "DSVD" De Smet Van Damme, Xavier Carion, Tino De Martino and Phil Baheux. Their name came from an American rap song by the group Public Enemy called "She watch Channel Zero?". Inspired in its beginnings by Metallica and more generally by the thrash movement of the 90s. Play It Again Sam signed the group in 1994 and produced its third album Unsafe. This album allows them to make themselves known in the States, to perform in major European festivals and to be the headliner on a tour in Australia

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Suck My Energy
                            2. Heroin
                            3. Help
                            4. Black Fuel’
                            5. Fools Parade

                            The Cassandra Complex

                            [PIAS] 40

                              The Cassandra Complex are a British electronic rock band formed in Leeds in 1980 by Rodney Orpheus, Paul Dillon and Andy Booth. Its name refers to Cassandra syndrome. Over the years, the band's sound has included elements of EBM, industrial rock, gothic rock, dark wave, new wave and synthpop, and the band's style has been described as a mix between Joy Division, Ramones and Kraftwerk. Their albums “Theomania” or “Satan, Bugs Bunny and Me” are considered as “classics” of the genre.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. One Millionth Happy Customer (Ebm Mix)
                              2. The War Against Sleep
                              3. Night Fall
                              4. What Can I Do For You?
                              5. (In Search Of) Penny Century
                              6. Give Me What I Need

                              The Neon Judgement

                              [PIAS] 40

                                The Neon Judgement has always been one step ahead. Coming from Leuven, a small town near Brussels, where Dirk and Frank shape their own sound from the start. They released a spellbinding series of albums that offered a bold variety of tracks. “Chinese Black”, “TV Treated” and “Miss Brown” were (and still are) pure underground hits at the height of new wave. It is therefore, no coincidence that they are rightly considered pioneers of the EBM genre.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Chinese Black
                                2. Miss Brown
                                3. Tomorrow In A Paper
                                4. Awful Days
                                5. TV Treated

                                Tiga

                                [PIAS] 40

                                  Tiga (Tiga Sontag) is an electronic music DJ, producer-composer, and performer from Montreal. Before producing music, Tiga was involved in rave parties in his hometown, he was also involved in the establishment of the after-party club SONA. Known for his remixes of Tomas Andersson, Scissor Sisters, or even Felix da Housecat, he made his own compositions such as the hit You Gonna Want Me. His album Sexor quickly became one of the references of electronic music. He also participates in many electronic music festivals. He is part of the generation of artists who strongly mark a return to new wave in electronic music.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Mind Dimension 2
                                  2. Mindi Dimension (Ben Sterling Remix)

                                  Keaton Henson

                                  House Party

                                    Two years after ‘Monument’, Keaton Henson comes back with a new studio album, ‘House Party’. About the album, Keaton says : “I wanted to make an upbeat confident pop record about depression and being a performer, written from the viewpoint of an artist who has hollowed himself out over a long career in the name of success, an alternate universe version of me (the guy in the pink suit), who is left empty and lonely from climbing to the top, but is still only able to express these feelings in the language of confident, performative pop songs.”

                                    Henson says that once he knew he was making a pop album, something inside him was allowed to run free. The stakes were somehow lowered. Take, for instance, the blissfully bleary ache of Envy one of several choruses on the record that resound in your head long after the needle reaches the runout groove. Henson says that when he wrote the song, he was trying to channel the fist pumping triumphalism of Britpop. However, that’s not something altogether apparent to anyone listening to the song. What you hear instead is perhaps something closer to the tender consolation songs of Teenage Fanclub. It’s almost as if, in this parallel world, the guy in the pink suit arrestingly depicted on the sleeve of House Party by acclaimed figurative artist Tristan Pigott is starting to fall apart before real life Keaton has fully clocked it.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. I’m Not There
                                    2. Rain In My Favourite House
                                    3. Envy
                                    4. The Meeting Place
                                    5. Two Bad Teeth
                                    6. Stay
                                    7. Late To You
                                    8. Parking Lot
                                    9. Holiday
                                    10. The Mine
                                    11. Hooray
                                    12. Hide Those Feelings

                                    The Weathermen

                                    [PIAS] 40

                                      The Weathermen are a humorous electronic duo based in Belgium. Trained by Jean Marc Lederman and Bruce Geduldig, Tuxedomoon's visual specialist. They are gradually moving away from electronic "alternative dance" music towards a more slightly satirical pop EBM music. In 1987 their hit "Poison" caught the attention of a wider audience.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. POISON!
                                      A2. BANG!
                                      A3. BARBI AND KEN
                                      B1. LET THEM COME TO BERLIN
                                      B2. DEEP DOWN SOUTH
                                      B3. OLD FRIEND SAM

                                      Soulwax

                                      Any Minute Now - 2023 Reissue

                                        ‘Any Minute Now’ is the third studio album by Soulwax, produced by Flood and mixed by Alan Moulder. Soulwax are internationally renowned not only as a rock band but also for their 2 Many DJ’s personas. The album includes the ‘Any Minute Now’ single and ‘NY Excuse’, a hugely talked-about record on the cutting edge of clubland, featuring vocals by Nancy of LCD Soundsystem.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        E Talking
                                        Any Minute Now
                                        Please...Don’t Be Yourself
                                        Compute
                                        Krack
                                        Slowdance
                                        A Ballad To Forget
                                        Accidents And
                                        Compliments
                                        NY Excuse
                                        Miserable Girl
                                        YYY/NNN
                                        The Truth Is So Boring
                                        Dance 2 Slow

                                        Kerala Dust

                                        Violet Drive

                                          Kerala Dust was formed in London in 2016. Growing up on the sounds of CAN, The Velvet Underground and Tom Waits while spending blurry mornings in nightclubs, the band combines those disparate influences of psychedelic rock, blues and techno into one.

                                          Kerala Dust are Edmund Kenny on vocals/electronics Harvey Grant on keys Lawrence Howarth on guitar. Their live performances are a constant conversation around the sounds from the studio. Pieces are re-interpreted, looped, dismantled, and put back together again.

                                          Since first touring in 2017, Kerala Dust have played over 150 international shows in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Dom. Republic and many more countries. Events such as DGTL (Tel Aviv), Dockville (Hamburg), Lightning in a Bottle (California), Kater Blau (Berlin), Tropico (Mexico), Sonar (Barcelona) are but a few in a long list of festivals and nightclubs that Kerala Dust have played in only a couple of years.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Moonbeam, Midnight, Howl
                                          2. Violet Drive
                                          3. Shake
                                          4. Red Light
                                          5. Pulse VI
                                          6. Jacob' Gun
                                          7. Salt
                                          8. Still There
                                          9. Nuove Variazionidi Una Stanza
                                          10. Future Visions
                                          11. Engel's Machine
                                          12. Fine Della Scena

                                          2manydjs

                                          As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 - 2022 Reissue

                                            In the first two decades of the 21st century, few have controlled the cultural weather quite like Stephen and David Dewaele. The Dewaeles are familiar to millions as 2manydjs, a project which undoubtedly moved the needle for modern DJing. In 2002, after a string of creative broadcasts on radio while still known primarily as a rock band, they released As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2.

                                            This was a mix so giddy, creative, genre-blurring and downright fun that it could only be considered equal to a full-length album – which is exactly what happened, tallying Album of the Year and Album of the Decade accolades from the likes of The New York Times, Spin, The Face, Pitchfork and more, and shifting over half a million copies globally.

                                            As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 is now reissued featuring Richard Young’s iconic original photography. To celebrate this 20th anniversary, 2manydjs will perform at London’s Brixton Academy on Saturday December 17th alongside Miss Kittin, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul and other 2002-specific special guests to be announced.

                                            The Belgian brothers-in-arms are also known to many as electronic/indie rock band Soulwax, the adored group whose combination of rock, rave and gleaming white suits has proved irresistible to record buyers and festival-goers from the 1990s to the present day.

                                            Through their Ghent-based studio and record label Deewee, the Dewaeles continue to push cutting-edge electronic music, including Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul’s infectious Topical Dancer, one of 2022’s most celebrated electronic pop albums. They have also kept up a hot streak as remixers, applying their signature jagged-yet-refined electro touch to the likes of Róisín Murphy, Peggy Gou, Robyn, Sylvester, Fontaines D.C., Wet Leg and Marie Davidson. Despacio, the roving audiophile soundsystem which the Dewaeles undertake alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, completes the picture.

                                            Alongside like-minded allies such as Erol Alkan, Tiga and Jacques lu Cont, 2manydjs swept dancefloors into delirium, gifting a rock ‘n’ roll attitude to club culture. With As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 as their genre-blurring calling card, the Dewaeles’ unique style managed to be deeply credible and hugely scalable, propelling the brothers to dance music’s summit, a vantage point from which they never came back down.


                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: I’m not joking. In 2002 (the year this was released), this was THE mixtape to be seen with. Period. Infact, your very success with the opposite / same sex depended largely on whether you had this (at the time) bootleg CD-R in your collection. It got hammered so much we all knew the tracklist and running order off by heart. It introduced us then-teenagers to the joys of the mash-up, and propelled a then-burgeoning David and Stephen Dewaele into the ears of the youth, the dancefloors of the (young) adults, and the columns of the hottest music press at the time. It was and still is quite a phenomenal landmark in music culture. Referenced a million times over and played even more so.

                                            I’ve never seen it on vinyl. Ever. Whether that’s my own ignorance, turning my back on my teenage dreams as I matured into adulthood or, as it happens, it’s actually quite rare! (it’s the latter – I just checked at the 2012 press goes for about £200!).

                                            It’s still the ultimate soundtrack to get ready for your Saturday night. Capturing that youthful energy and hitting us with hit after hit presented in the most unusual and infectious ways. Unfortunately it’s unlikely to piss yer parents off as much as it did in 2002 cos they probably already know it!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax
                                            Elektronic Remix) * CD Only
                                            Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Peter Gunn (Live)
                                            Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Head-A-Pella)
                                            Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
                                            The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man
                                            Polyester – J’aime Regarder Les Mecs
                                            Sly And The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
                                            Ready For The World – Oh Sheila (A Capella)
                                            Dakar & Grinser – I Wanna Be Your Dog
                                            Ural 13 Diktators – Disko Kings
                                            Bobby Orlando – The “O” Medley
                                            Felix Da Housecat – Silverscreen-Shower Scene
                                            The Stooges – No Fun
                                            Salt ‘N Pepa – Push It
                                            Hanayo With Jürgen Paape – Joe Le Taxi
                                            The Jets – Crush On You (A Capella)
                                            Funkacise Gang – Funkacise
                                            Soul Grabber – Motocross Madness
                                            Lil Louis And The World – French Kiss
                                            Zongamin – Serious Trouble
                                            Garbage – Androgyny ‘Thee Glitz Mix’ By Felix Da Housecat
                                            Frank Delour – Disc Jockey’s Delight Vol. 2
                                            The Residents – Kaw-Liga (Prairie Mix)
                                            Carlos Morgan – Shake Your Body
                                            Alphawezen – Into The Stars (Firebirds Remix)
                                            Interstellar – Concepts
                                            Nena – 99 Luftballons
                                            Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part 1 (A Capella)
                                            10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
                                            Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
                                            Royksopp – Eple
                                            Arbeid Adelt – Death Disco
                                            Jeans Team – Keine Melodien Feat. Mj Lan
                                            Skee.Lo – I Wish (A Capella)
                                            Maurice Fulton Presents Stress – My Gigolo
                                            The Breeders – Cannonball
                                            The Cramps – Human Fly
                                            The Wildbunch – Danger! High Voltage
                                            Op:l Bastards – Don’t Bring Me Down
                                            Adult – Hand To Phone
                                            Vitalic – La Rock 01
                                            Queen Of Japan – I Was Made For Loving You
                                            New Order – The Beach
                                            Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches (A Capella)
                                            Lords Of Acid – I Sit On Acid (Soulwax Remix)
                                            Streamer Feat. Private Thoughts In Public Places – Start Button

                                            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

                                              Nation Of Language

                                              From The Hill

                                                From Brooklyn, Nation Of Language have made a name for themselves creating music from another lifetime. On new single ‘From The Hill’ singer Ian Devaney says, “'From the Hill' is a song reflecting on times when friendships fall apart over romantic entanglement, accompanied by the sensation that you're somehow watching it happen from above with a more zoomed-out perspective. It can feel at times like certain parts of life are a story with which you're just following along - the characters enter, they play their role, and then they leave. Often it'll feel sudden and catch you off guard, and other times you’re able to see that it's the only way things could have played out despite what you may have wanted.”

                                                He adds, “For us, we’re in a moment right now where it feels good to get this out into the world. It’s one that didn't really feel like it fit the vibe of A Way Forward, nor is it any real indication of where the next record is likely heading. When that situation arrives we like to use these 7” releases to step outside the larger framework that the albums provide and just release a track that we love, so this is us doing that once again.”

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                From The Hill
                                                Ground Control

                                                Warhaus

                                                Ha Ha Heartbreak

                                                  It has been half a decade since Warhaus, the brainchild of Maarten Devoldere (Balthazar), suddenly conquered our musical hearts with the triumphant double victory of We Fucked a Flame into Being (2016) and Warhaus (2017). The songs of the brandnew album Ha Ha Heartbreak came gushing out if him in a mere three weeks in the sultry city of Palermo. All Devoldere needed was the solitude of a hotel room, a guitar, a microphone, and a heart that had recently been broken in thousands of pieces. The sorrow was hard to handle, so, of course, Sicily was an escape. But as it goes, those who try to outrun life quickly run into themselves. Song after song, Maarten Devoldere dismantles his own pose. He looks at himself without mercy and, honestly, what he sees doesn’t exactly make him happy. The sound, however, remains wonderfully light. It swings and glows with tantalizing strings, sensual backing vocals, horns, playful piano parts, anything to lighten the load. It allows Ha Ha Heartbreak to be a moving emotional exploration as well as a vessel of great musical richness.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Open Window
                                                  2. When I Am With You
                                                  3. It Had To Be You
                                                  4. Time Bomb
                                                  5. Desire
                                                  6. I’ll Miss You Baby
                                                  7. Mondello’s Melody
                                                  8. Batteries & Toys
                                                  9. Shadow Play
                                                  10. Best I Ever Had

                                                  Connie Constance

                                                  Miss Power

                                                    Watford born indie-rock goddess Connie Constance announces her new album, ‘Miss Power’, a bold collection of songsimbued with high voltage drums, snarling guitar riffs, and anthemic feminist rage. On ‘Miss Power’, Connie takes us on a joyride through dramatic, passionate and empowering scenes with hooks aplenty and lyrics that excitedly unpick heartbreak, Connie’s strained relationship with her father and her struggles with mental health. Connie’s titular and much-acclaimed first single from her new album, ‘Miss Power’ earned itself a spot on the BBC Radio 1 C-list as well as being named Hottest Record by Radio 1’s Clara Amfo.

                                                    The album announcement comes alongside the release of a new single, ‘Till the World’s Awake’, a life-affirming indie dance track that twinkles with bright, layered guitars atop driving basslines and powerful drums. Connie Constance’s dynamic yet delicate vocals swell to a thrilling, cathartic chorus: ‘When we are young and when we get older / I want to feel like loving, feel like loving you’. Connie’s venture into the world as her authentic self is palpable.


                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. In The Beginning
                                                    2. Till The World’s Awake
                                                    3. Miss Power
                                                    4. Never Get To Love
                                                    5. Mood Hoover
                                                    6. Heavyweight Champion
                                                    7. Hurt You
                                                    8. Kamikaze
                                                    9. Home
                                                    10. YUCK!
                                                    11. Blank Canvas
                                                    12. Red Flag

                                                    Jesse Tabish

                                                    Cowboy Ballads Part I

                                                      The frontman and creative lynchpin of Oklahoma’s finest, Other Lives, described by MOJO magazine as “the next must have American pastoral sensation,” Jesse and his chief collaborator Kim Tabish used their time during lockdown to fashion a glorious record, as epic as it is intimate, distinguished by the same sweeping, cinematic arrangements and haunting, wistful melodies that typify the band’s catalogue, but with a rawer edge that reflects its’ home made origins.

                                                      “The album isn’t necessarily ‘western’ sounding; it’s more that, if I name something immediately, it sticks for me, so the album title stayed Cowboy Ballads.” The album’s ballads are represented by ‘New Love’, ‘Price In Full’, ‘Rituals II’ and the instrumentals ‘Italia Nite I’ and ‘Dread Harp Blues’, simmering episodes fit for a cowboy as he rides off into the sunset though few cowboys post the existential thoughts that Jesse does here.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Cowboy Ballad
                                                      2. Da DA
                                                      3. Italia Nite I
                                                      4. Manchini
                                                      5. Bells And Whistles
                                                      6. Dread Harp Blues
                                                      7. New Love
                                                      8. Castro
                                                      9. Keep You Right
                                                      10. Price In Full
                                                      11. Fantastik
                                                      12. Halloween Day
                                                      13. Mystic I
                                                      14. Rituals I I

                                                      Courting

                                                      Guitar Music

                                                        Liverpool four piece Courting return with their much anticipated debut album ‘Guitar Music’ out on September 23 rd . The new album comes on the heels of Courting’s 2021 debut EP ‘Grand National’, which saw them earn plaudits across a wide array of media for their boisterous whip smart lyrics and angular instrumentation. 

                                                        Whilst the album follows closely on the back of the EP, the new material sees the band making a marked step in a new direction, exploring more dynamically expressive songwriting than ever before.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Cosplay / Twin Cities
                                                        2. Tennis
                                                        3. Loaded
                                                        4. Famous
                                                        5. Crass (Redux)
                                                        6. Jumper
                                                        7. Uncanny Valley Forever
                                                        8. PDA

                                                        Nation Of Language

                                                        Androgynous

                                                          Nation of Language release a limited edition 7” single covering the classic single ‘Androgynous’ by The Replacements. Presenting an entirely reimagined interpretation, Nation of Language have delivered an 80s new wave production built on playful synths and punctuating drum programming. Ian Devaney’s vocals bring the unmistakable Nation of Language take on contemporary indie electronic which they are growing to define. The B-side is a new Nation of Language recording called Again & Again which is released for the first time on this 7”.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. Androgynous
                                                          B1. Again & Again

                                                          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

                                                              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

                                                                  Bebel Gilberto

                                                                  Agora

                                                                    PIAS Recordings is thrilled to announce the worldwide release of a stunning new album by the iconic ground-breaking Brazilian artist Bebel Gilberto entitled Agora (“Now”) on 1st May 2020. This is Gilberto’s first new studio album in six years and was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent). 

                                                                    "I have gone through a lot while we were writing and recording this album. I lost my best friend, then six months later my Mom and then six months after that my Dad. It was very hard for me and still is,” says Bebel Gilberto. “I took a different approach with Agora, supported by the love and confidence I received from my long-time friend and producer of the album, Thomas Bartlett. Thomas trusted me - and let me be me. The album as a result is a little bit crazier, more mature and extremely sincere.”

                                                                    World renowned and multi-Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto has been enchanting fans and critics worldwide since her solo debut release in 1986. She catapulted onto the global music scene with a track on the celebrated compilation CD, RED HOT + RIO, followed by the worldwide success of her hit breakout album Tanto Tempo in 2000. The album featured her trademark electronic bossa nova, taking over clubs around the world and positioning Bebel as one of the top-selling Brazilian artists since the '60s. Critically-acclaimed albums to follow included Bebel Gilberto (2004), on which she refined her sound to create an acoustic lounge style that showcased her strengths as a Brazilian composer, and Momento (Six Degrees 2007), which masterfully showcased her skills at fusing all her musical styles. Bebel’s 2009 Grammy-nominated album All in One (Verve), brought to forefront more of Bebel's personality and love for organic rhythms. In 2014, Bebel Gilberto released a beautiful concert DVD called Bebel Gilberto in Rio in Brazil, featuring a superb live concert on the beaches of Rio. Returning to her trademark sultry Brazilian rhythms infused with electronic beats, Bebel followed up with the album Tudo, released in August 2014 on Sony to great media acclaim.


                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Tao Bom
                                                                    2. Agora
                                                                    3. Cliché
                                                                    4. Bolero
                                                                    5. Essence
                                                                    6. Na Cara
                                                                    7. Deixa
                                                                    8. Raio
                                                                    9. Yet Another Love Song
                                                                    10. O Que Nao Foi Dito
                                                                    11. Teletransportador

                                                                    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

                                                                            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

                                                                                  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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