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People Will Always Need Coal

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.



    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.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: LP pressed on 180g pink vinyl and includes a digital download code.

    Oscar And The Wolf

    Infinity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


      Soulwax

      Belgica (Original Soundtrack By Soulwax)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Soulwax have announced news of forthcoming musical endeavours, the soundtrack for ‘Belgica’ — the new film by Oscar-nominated director, Felix Van Groeningen (previously nominated for Best Foreign Language in 2014 with The Broken Circle Breakdown).

        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.

        Limited edition Record Store Day exclusive double vinyl version.

        Includes download card and limited 12x12 sticker sheet.

        Limited to 600 copies for the UK and Eire.

        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.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive features one black and one white vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve.

        2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        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.


          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Deluxe LP Info: Deluxe slipcase containing a 12” rigid book housing the new album on 180g heavyweight black vinyl + CD, plus exclusive 24-page concertina lyric booklet
          Designed by renowned graphic artist Vaughan Oliver at V23.

          Comprised of Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James, Minor Victories announce its debut album today. What began as Justin’s desire to create an extreme noise EP topped off with delicate female vocals, Minor Victories became a cinematic ten-track LP, masterfully crafted by four band members who have somehow never even all been in the same room together. 

          What has become far more than a side project for its members, Minor Victories unveils the real essence of what a group of talented individuals unshackled by convention can attain. Brought together by brief meetings, mutual acquaintances and overall serendipity, MINOR VICTORIES created this album together by swapping ideas, songs, fragments and finished recordings via broadband connections. The freedom and immediacy in this exchanging of ideas - plus the fact that all four members have barely spent any time together recording or writing - only adds to the heart of the project. This unusual process, combined with the members’ wide spectrum of musical tastes converging, ultimately led to something beyond the original vision of any of the contributors that pushes new boundaries and new sounds into uncharted waters.

          “Starting a band where some of the people have never met each other is something I’ve never heard of,” says Stuart. James adds, “I’ve made a record with people I’d never have imagined I would have the chance to work with,” while Rachel describes it as “the most exciting thing I’ve done to date.” As for Justin, whose itch began the whole process, he still hasn’t quite worked out what his little noise EP has become but is beginning to think that, “we’ve stealthily made the record I always have wanted to make without me actually realizing it.”

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: What better calibre could there be for a band than this crew of seasoned musicians. With a swooning and delicate touch, Minor Victories manage to accurately combine influence from all of the respective members without sounding messy. Twinkling guitars top stretched pads and bombasic drums. Shimmering star (or shoe) gazing basses, all sprinkled with the beautiful and ethereal vocals of Rachel Goswell. A brilliant first outing, and definitely more than the sum of it's parts.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies only white LP.

          Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          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.”

          Debut album from 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and visual artist Elliot Moss. Hailing from upstate New York, Moss recorded the record himself as well as the bulk of the mixing and production.

          ‘Highspeeds’ has been acclaimed by the likes of Fader, Stereogum and Spin, and Moss has garnered comparisons to James Blake, Bon Iver and Chet Faker.

          Moss draws on electronic, jazz and ambient influences resulting in a truly immersive soundscape.

          First single ‘Slip’ has received considerable attention due to its selection by noted choreographer and former ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ star Philllip ‘Pacman’ Chbeeb as the accompaniment to an emotionally charged dance video. The viral nature of this (over 25 million views across Facebook and YouTube) led to posts from the likes of Buzzfeed and Metro.

          Elliot Moss played at Fader Fort at this year’s SXSW and toured the US with Cold War Kids. He makes his European live debut headlining the [PIAS] Nites event at The Lexington supported by labelmate Lisa Mitchell and Holly Macve (Bella Union).

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: 180g clear vinyl.

          Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

          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.

          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.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Laura says: This is looking like a contender for my album of the year at the moment - loving it!

          Martin says: The broad, organic aspects of Other Lives’ “Tamer Animals” is a world removed from the cooler landscapes of its self-titled predecessor. It’s an altogether more temperate, thoughtful beast, grander in scope without being grandiose; Piano, bassoon, bass clarinet, cello, trumpet, French horn and keyboards coiling epic but softly crafted melodies around Jesse Tabish’s humane reflections, double tracked for warmth.
          The album’s contemplative sound compliments and reflects what seems to be a growing awareness and acceptance of nature’s power, at once quietly awestruck and accepting of its place in the grand scheme; “Old Statues” ponders on the impermanence of man-made structures, a sentiment further underlined by song titles such as “Weather”, “Desert” and “Dust Bowl III”. Sombre it is not, however; the feeling is more that of awakening, of wonder, and it’s beautifully expressed – according to Other Lives, this album aims for the heart, and that’s exactly where it hits, dead centre.

          Andy says: This is great. The drive of The National mixed with the wistfulness of Mercury Rev. People are gonna love this record.


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