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    Inhaler

    It Won't Always Be Like This

      Inhaler’s debut album ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ a record that sees Elijah Hewson, Josh Jenkinson, Robert Keating and Ryan McMahon turn their early promise into something special, an album teeming with expansive indie-rock grooves and soaring anthems.

      Includes the single Cheer Up Baby, a swooping, epic singalong alongside newly recorded versions of early fan favourites My Honest Face and title track It Won’t Always Be Like This, the album is released July 16th 2021.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. It Won't Always Be Like This
      2. My Honest Face
      3. Slide Out The Window
      4. Cheer Up Baby
      5. A Night On The Floor
      6. My King Will Be Kind
      7. When It Breaks
      8. Who's Your Money On? (Plastic House)
      9. Totally
      10. Strange Time To Be Alive
      11. In My Sleep 

      Elbow

      The Newborn EP (RSD21 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


        May 2021 will be 20 years since elbow's debut 'Asleep In The Back' was released. To celebrate this the band are releasing The Newborn EP on limited Blue 10" and The Any Day Now EP on limited Red 10" for Records Store Day 2021

        Elbow

        The Any Day Now EP (RSD21 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


          May 2021 will be 20 years since elbow's debut 'Asleep In The Back' was released. To celebrate this the band are releasing The Newborn EP on limited Blue 10" and The Any Day Now EP on limited Red 10" for Records Store Day 2021

          Haim

          Gasoline (RSD21 EDITION)

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


            Haim release a coloured vinyl 7" featuring a new version of the track Gasoline with Taylor S plus the original version

            Paul Weller

            Fat Pop

              We may be cursed to be in the midst a global pandemic, buffeted by all of its stresses and pain. But everyone knows that art provides succour, that music is the most reliable balm. And for many there is further significant comfort to be drawn from the knowledge that Paul Weller is in the midst of an unbelievably prolific purple patch. Paul Weller will not let us down when we need him most.

              On May 14th, Paul Weller releases his 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992, his fourth in as many years and his second in just under twelve months following June 2020’s magnificent, chart-topping On Sunset. It’s not hyperbole to state that this new album, titled Fat Pop (Volume 1), is among his most compelling collections, bar none, including all of his era-defining work in the 1970s and ‘80s with The Jam and The Style Council. It’s an absolute scorcher.

              When lockdown was declared in March 2020, Paul Weller decided immediately that he wanted something to focus on, since it seemed unlikely he’d be able to tour On Sunset as planned that summer.
              “I had lots of ideas stored up on my phone,” he explains down that same handset, speaking from outside his London home, “and at least this gave me an opportunity to develop them.” So he started to record songs on his own, doing just vocals, piano and guitar, then sending those sound files to his core band members such as drummer Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock on guitar and various other instruments, and bassist Andy Crofts for them to add their parts. “It was a bit weird not being together, but at least it kept the wheels rolling. I’d have gone potty otherwise.”

              The band reconvened at Weller’s Black Barn studio in Surrey during the summer when restrictions were lifted to finish the work, with several of the songs being cut live. By this stage, the shape of the album was clear to all. Weller wanted to deliver an album of singles, twelve short, distinct blasts, each strong enough that they could stand alone if so desired.

              “That was a conscious decision,” he confirms. “I even thought about putting every song out as a single first then gathering them all on an album, but that wasn’t practical at the moment. They all have that strength and immediacy, I think, and they’re all short, three minutes or so maximum.”
              Producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert was so taken with the concept that he half-jokingly suggested that the album be called Greatest Hits. “I quite liked the idea and every song does stand up as a single, I think,” chuckles Weller, “but no, we couldn’t do that really.”

              Instead, he plumped for Fat Pop (Volume 1). “I thought we’d add Volume 1 to it just to keep my options open in the future for a second volume!” The title track, a tight, heavy blast of ultra-modern funk, is itself the conceptual key to the whole album. “It’s a celebration of music and what it’s given us all. No matter what situation you are in, and we’re in one now, music doesn’t let you down, does it?”

              As ever, Weller’s sonic masterplan was to avoid whatever had recently preceded it. “After [2018’s] True Meanings I thought I wouldn’t have any acoustic guitars for a little while, so I’ve largely avoided those with On Sunset and with Fat Pop,” he says. “But more than anything I wanted something vibey, something we could play live.” He laughs ruefully at the irony of that. “God knows when that will be, bearing in mind where we are with the virus. But in the imaginary gig in my mind I can see us playing all of the songs on Fat Pop live, along with the songs from On Sunset, blending them with some of the old favourites too. What a great set that would be.”

              Live is where he imagines On Sunset and Fat Pop (Volume 1) working in tandem, because they don’t act as companion piece albums otherwise. “On Sunset was quite lavish in places, whereas with this one I wanted to limit it in some ways, make the production less expansive.”

              Beyond that desire to keep it frill-free and tight, sonically Fat Pop (Volume 1) is a diverse selection of sounds. No one style dominates. There’s the synth-heavy, future-wave strut of Cosmic Fringes, the stately balladeering of Still Glides The Stream, Testify’s moving-on-up soul, and the kind of dramatic three minute pop symphonies on Failed, True and Shades of Blue with which Paul Weller has hooked in generation after generation of devotee.
              More than sonic plans, though, Weller set himself the same task as he does before any recording. “Whenever I make an album I’m always just trying to at least match what’s gone before because each time I think the bar’s been raised. If all goes to plan, sometimes I manage to go over that bar too.”
              Sometimes he does, sometimes he really does.


              TRACK LISTING

              CD
              Cosmic Fringes
              True
              Fat Pop
              Shades Of Blue
              Glad Times
              Cobweb / Connections
              Testify
              That Pleasure
              Failed
              Moving Canvas
              In Better Times
              Still Glides The Stream

              3CD Box
              CD1 – Standard Album
              Cosmic Fringes
              True
              Fat Pop
              Shades Of Blue
              Glad Times
              Cobweb / Connections
              Testify
              That Pleasure
              Failed
              Moving Canvas
              In Better Times
              Still Glides The Stream

              CD2 – Mid-Sömmer Musik
              On Sunset - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              Old Father Tyme - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              Moving Canvas - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              Failed - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              Village - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              More - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              Testify - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              Still Glides The Stream - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              Rockets - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
              Mayfly - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020

              CD3 - Fat Pop Bonus
              Round The Floor
              Serafina
              Crowboy
              Into The Sea
              Pure Sound
              Fat Mix

              Vinyl
              Side A
              Cosmic Fringes
              True
              Fat Pop
              Shades Of Blue
              Glad Times
              Cobweb / Connections
              Side B
              Testify
              That Pleasure
              Failed
              Moving Canvas
              In Better Times
              Still Glides The Stream

              Paying homage to his London club days, Before sees Blake returns to his roots whilst showcasing the evolution of his music. For James, the EP is the expression of “a yearning for dancefloor elation”, a reminder that he has continued to be a DJ and continued to be plugged into underground club culture all this time, but also a statement of “finally having confidence to put my own voice on dancefloor rhythms”.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: Blake's back, with his ears focussed on the clurrb. Four idiosyncratic 'Blake-bites' with enough propulsion for the dance. Killer!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. I Keep Calling
              A2. Before
              B1. Do You Ever
              B2. Summer Of Now

              Louis Vuitton Creative Director, Off-White Founder and DJ, Virgil Abloh, remixes Michael Kiwanuka’s "Solid Ground" into a crowd pleasing, jazzy DnB smasher with maximum radio potential! It's a classic formular executed to the letter by Abloh, complete with breathless drops, advanced bass plumes and incredible drum programming. Yes selectah! 

              Earlier this year, Abloh selected "Solid Ground" to introduce his Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2020 Paris Fashion Week Show, and has extended his appreciation of the track with the remix. One sprawling epic for the club, one night n tight, succinct version to tease the radio listeners. Truly great stuff, reminds me of late nineties jazz-n-breaks but brought right up to date. Inside! 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              says: Jazz-n-breaks business from Abloh whose intimidatingly cool credentials allow him to do whatever the fuck he pleases with Kiwanuka's humongous crossover soul hit.

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              1. Solid Ground (Virgil Abloh Remix)

              Side B
              1. Solid Ground (Virgil Abloh Remix – Radio Edit)

              Lana Del Rey

              Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass

                Lana Del Rey reads fourteen select poems from her upcoming debut poetry book Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass accompanied by music from frequent collaborator, Grammy Award-winning musician Jack Antonoff.

                "Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many. Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each word to make the perfect poem. They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason I’m proud of them, especially because the spirit in which they were written was very authentic."- Lana

                TRACK LISTING

                Vinyl
                Side A
                LA Who Am I To Love You
                The Land Of 1,000 Fires
                Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass
                Past The Bushes Cypress Thriving
                Salamander
                Never To Heaven

                Side B
                SportCruiser
                Tessa DiPietro
                Quiet Waiter Blue Forever
                What Happened When I Left You
                Happy
                My Bedroom Is A Sacred Place Now – There Are Children At The Foot Of My Bed
                Paradise Is Very Fragile
                Bare Feet On Linoleum

                CD TRACKLISTING:
                LA Who Am I To Love You
                The Land Of 1,000 Fires
                Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass
                Past The Bushes Cypress Thriving
                Salamander
                Never To Heaven
                SportCruiser
                Tessa DiPietro
                Quiet Waiter Blue Forever
                What Happened When I Left You
                Happy
                My Bedroom Is A Sacred Place Now – There Are Children At The Foot Of My Bed
                Paradise Is Very Fragile
                Bare Feet On Linoleum

                Ellie Goulding

                Lights

                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE SEPTEMBER 26TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                  LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


                  Ellie's debut album, Lights, catapulted her to international fame 10 years ago, and includes the multimillion selling title track and Ellie's cover of Your Song by Elton John.To celebrate its 10th anniversary, it has been expanded with the seven tracks that were added to the record in late 2019 to form the 'Bright Lights' package, as well as six judiciously selected remixes.Bright Lights and the remixes have never been on vinyl before and this record store day come pressed as a double LP on recycled vinyl in a sleeve made from recycled board.To further reduce its environmental impact, it comes without shrink wrap, the sleeve opening protected by the addition of a second sticker.The Brit-award winning artist has been a UN Environment Global Ambassador since 2017

                  The Rolling Stones

                  Goats Head Soup - 2020 Reissue

                    Their 11th UK studio album, recorded in Jamaica, Los Angeles and London as their last collaboration with producer Jimmy Miller, Goats Head Soup came in the wake of the Stones' landmark 1972 double album Exile On Main St. The new set was introduced by the single that became one of their most exalted ballads, the endlessly elegant “Angie”, completed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during a songwriting sojourn in Switzerland.

                    The timeless love song, showcasing Jagger's yearning lead vocal and Nicky Hopkins' beautiful piano motif, topped the charts in the US, where it was certified platinum, and went to No. 1 across Europe, Australia and beyond. “We decided to do something different, and it worked,” Richards told Rolling Stone of “Angie”. “Maybe a lot of people bought it that would never buy a Stones LP.” Interestingly in a recent interview with The New York Times, Bob Dylan chose “Angie” as one of three Rolling Stones songs he wished he had written.

                    Goats Head Soup, with its famous David Bailey sleeve, featured the Stones' vintage 1969-1974 line-up of Jagger, Richards, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, with the addition of some essential collaborators. On an album on which their trademark rocking sound was often augmented by more low-key, reflective material, there were no fewer than four featured piano players: Hopkins, Billy Preston, Ian 'Stu' Stewart and Jagger himself.

                    “Angie” was the only single to be released from the LP in the UK, where it spent two weeks at No. 5 in September. In the US, the exhilaratingly funky, horn-filled “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”, featuring Mick Taylor's wah-wah lead guitar, followed it into the top 20 in February 1974.

                    The many other highlights of the album included the majestically brooding opener “Dancing With Mr. D”, the lithely strutting “100 Years Ago” and “Star Star” and the graceful “Winter”. Richards' rueful lead vocal on “Coming Down Again” featured another Stones stalwart, saxophonist Bobby Keys. “Silver Train”, the b-side of “Angie”, would be revived after a gap of some 40 years, during the Stones' 14 On Fire tour of 2014, when Mick Taylor reprised his original guitar part in shows in Tokyo and Brisbane.

                    When the album was first released, reviewers lined up to sing its praises. “This is music which could only come from good musicians who know each other really well,” ruled the late and esteemed writer-broadcaster Charlie Gillett in Let It Rock. “The Stones succeed because they rarely forget their purpose — the creation of rock & roll drama,” said Bud Scoppa in Rolling Stone. “It’s deepening and unfolding over the coming months will no doubt rate as one of the year's richest musical experiences.”

                    TRACK LISTING

                    2020 Stereo Mix (Standard Vinyl)

                    SIDE A
                    1. Dancing With Mr D
                    2. 100 Years Ago
                    3. Coming Down Again
                    4. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
                    5. Angie

                    SIDE B
                    6. Silver Train
                    7. Hide Your Love
                    8. Winter
                    9. Can You Hear The Music
                    10. Star Star

                    2020 Stereo Mix (Deluxe 2xLP)

                    SIDE A
                    1. Dancing With Mr D
                    2. 100 Years Ago
                    3. Coming Down Again
                    4. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
                    5. Angie

                    SIDE B
                    6. Silver Train
                    7. Hide Your Love
                    8. Winter
                    9. Can You Hear The Music
                    10. Star Star

                    SIDE C
                    1. Scarlet
                    2. All The Rage
                    3. Criss Cross
                    4. 100 Years Ago (Piano Demo)
                    5. Dancing With Mr D (Instrumental)

                    SIDE D
                    6. Heartbreaker (Instrumental)
                    7. Hide Your Love (Alternative Mix)
                    8. Dancing With Mr D (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)
                    9. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) – (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)
                    10. Silver Train (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)

                    Snow Patrol And The Saturday Songwriters

                    The Fireside Sessions EP

                      Snow Patrol have now announced details of a brand-new EP. Written and recorded during lockdown, The Fireside Sessions  is made up of five songs written with the band’s fans during a series of streams on Instagram Live dubbed ‘Saturday Songwrite’.

                      In a nod to this collaboration, The Fireside Sessions will be released under the banner of Snow Patrol And The Saturday Songwriters. The EP was produced by Iain Archer. It will be released digitally and on CD and will be preceded by the single “Reaching Out To You” on Thursday 30th July. The band are partnering with the Trussell Trust Charity for the EP and all proceeds from the project will go to the anti-poverty charity. Speaking about how The Fireside Sessions came about, frontman Gary Lightbody says, “During lockdown I wrote a song each Saturday on Instagram Live. People from all over the world participated and each week there was 4 or 5 thousand people involved over the course of the hour: The Saturday Songwriters. They would suggest chords and lyrics and I would put them all together and add in a few of my own where appropriate.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Reaching Out To You
                      2. On The Edge Of All This
                      3. The Curve Of Earth
                      4. Dance With Me
                      5. Light Years

                      Sea Girls

                      Open Up Your Head

                        After taking 2019 by the scruff of the neck and making it their own, as well as a blistering trajectory in 2020, Sea Girls have come out all guns blazing with the announcement of their emotionally charged, deeply personal, hook laden debut album Open Up Your Head.

                        Featuring fourteen doses of memorable jagged guitar-pop brilliance, the LP was produced by Larry Hibbitt in London. Open Up Your Head is available in special coloured vinyl, limited edition picture disc, CD, cassette and digital.
                        Today also sees the band share a brand new single from the album entitled ‘Do You Really Wanna Know?’ which premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ on BBC Radio 1 last night, and follows the brilliant ‘Ready For More’ which has already enjoyed mainstream airplay and an addition to the Radio 1 B List.

                        With album Open Up Your Head, the band’s songwriting has elevated, with frontman Henry Camamile stepping into the spotlight as a genuine storyteller for his generation. The album is fit to burst with colourful melodies, guitar and synth hooks - an explosion of joyous indie rock held together to reflect Camamile’s darker songwriting on topics such as a previous traumatic head injury, the anxiety that ensued, and resulting adolescent vices.
                        In accessing those darkest and least comfortable parts of himself the record becomes one of hope.

                        Henry, Rory, Andrew and Oli, the bastard sons of The Killers & The Strokes, have created a debut body of work, including songs from lead guitarist Rory Young, that are stunningly uplifting, ferociously reflective, delicately vulnerable, and most importantly - brutally honest.

                        Henry admits his and Rory’s writing – and the bands performing – comes right from the heart. With storytelling being reminiscent of a young Brandon Flowers Henry explains; “I don’t buy all the love and flowers stuff. Real relationships fall apart, you get hurt and you have to deal with it so you do what you have to do to get over it. I think what has saved me is music.”

                        Sea Girls, one of the most enthralling young indie guitar bands to have emerged in recent times, are a band aiming first and foremost at being the singalong torch bearers for a whole new wave of UK guitar bands.

                        Taking their inspiration as kids, when The Killers, The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys debut albums were released, much of their success is driven by their energetic live performances and uncanny ability to write adrenaline-heavy guitar anthems with songs like ‘Violet’ and ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’, and the release of their latest EP Under Exit Lights. 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        says: Sea Girls mix the huge stadium hooks and singalong anthemic quality of Bastille or The 1975, but with a driven, punky edge. It's a bold and assured debut and proves that Sea Girls are indeed going places.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Transplant
                        2. All I Want To Hear You Say
                        3. Do You Really Wanna Know?
                        4. Lie To Me
                        5. Call Me Out
                        6. Closer
                        7. Forever
                        8. Weight In Gold
                        9. Ready For More
                        10. Violet
                        11. Shake
                        12. Damage Done
                        13. You Over Anyone
                        14. Moving On

                        Paul Weller

                        On Sunset

                          With a creative peak that continues to shoot skyward, Paul Weller releases his 15th studio album “On Sunset” on June 12th on Polydor Records.
                          On Sunset features ten classic yet modern Paul Weller songs. On Sunset is a soul album. At the same time it’s also an electronic album, an orchestral album, an album packed with masterly pop songs and heart-tugging ballads, and an album filled with touches of experimentalism. It’s also an album that sees Weller taking a rare glance into the rear-view mirror as he speeds into the 2020s. 

                          Weller started work on “On Sunset” soon after finishing 2018’s masterpiece “True Meanings”. Opening track “Mirror Ball” was from the TM sessions and originally slated as a b-side. Thankfully it was rescued for On Sunset as it’s shimmering opener. 

                          As ever, Weller retains a rigorous forward-looking focus when it comes to seeking out the best contemporary sounds and music. But lyrically, Weller – back on his old home, Polydor Records for the first time since the Style Council days – is also starting to look back on the past with the insight of age especially on songs like “Old Father Thyme”.

                          Most of the album sees Weller multi-tasking on various instruments with accompaniment from his regular band - Ben Gordelier appears on all tracks and Andy Crofts on most whilst Steve Cradock pops up with his guitar on 4 songs. An eclectic and sometimes surprising gathering of guests appear on On Sunset including Slade’s Jim Lea contributing violin to the Bonzos-esque “Equanimity”, and Paul’s old Style Council chum Mick Talbot adds his signature Hammond Organ sound to 3 tracks. The beautifully lush “More” features a verse sung by French singer Julie Gros, from the band Le Superhomard (whose album Meadow Lane Park was one of Weller’s favourites of 2019) as well as the return of The Strype’s guitarist Josh McClorey. English folk trio The Staves contribute backing vocals for 3 tracks. Once again Hannah Peel sprinkles her magic over the album with string arrangements and The Paraorchestra were invited to add their expertise to 4 tracks.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Mirror Ball
                          2. Baptiste
                          3. Old Father Tyme
                          4. Village
                          5. More
                          6. On Sunset
                          7. Equanimity
                          8. Walkin’
                          9. Earth Beat
                          10. Rockets

                          Deluxe CD Bonus Tracks:
                          11. 4th Dimension
                          12. Ploughman
                          13. I’ll Think Of Something
                          14. On Sunset (Orchestral Mix)
                          15. Baptiste (instrumental Version)

                          Haim

                          Women In Music Pt. III

                            Haim return with their third album Women In Music Pt. III. The album was produced by the trio’s frequent collaborators Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid. Standout tracks include The Steps which pushes guitar to the forefront in a way the band has not done before. Clean, chorused electric guitar, overdriven lead lines, and strummed acoustic 12-Strings lock in together to generate what feels like an endless chug. The result is one of Haim’s fastest and heaviest songs to date. The breezy and beautiful Summer Girl, poignant reflective ballad Hallelujah and emotionally charged Now I'm In It are all gems.


                            Paul Weller

                            Village

                              Paul Weller releases his gorgeous new song “Village” on May 7th. “Village” is the second new track to be debuted from his hotly anticipated new album On Sunset, which released on June 19th (Polydor Records).

                              “Village” is a dreamy and beautiful meditation sung from the decidedly un-rock’n’roll perspective of a man who is entirely happy with his state in life. “It’s a response to being told that we’ve all got to explore the Amazon and climb Everest to make our lives complete,” says Weller. “And there’s a guy who says, fuck all that, I’ve got heaven around me.”

                              “Village” was written by Weller and his long-time producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert. The track features Paul’s old Style Council mucker Mick Talbot on keyboards.


                              TRACK LISTING

                              SIDE A: Village
                              SIDE B: Earth Beat (Radio Edit)

                              Elbow

                              Live At The Ritz - An Acoustic Performance

                                In the week that their eighth studio album, ‘Giants of All Sizes’, became their third consecutive UK Number One album, elbow played a series of special acoustic shows for select audiences in Leeds, Kingston and Manchester. Combining tracks from the new album with songs from their extensive and ever growing back catalogue, the shows offered fans a rare opportunity to see elbow in small venues, with the recordings emphasising the special bond that exists between the band and their fanbase.

                                The short tour included two sold out, hometown shows at Manchester’s Ritz, a place that looms large in the band’s history, being the site of a legendary headline show on the release of their debut album ‘Asleep in the Back’ in 2001 that had the Manchester Evening News display their fortune telling skills when they suggested ‘elbow are on the verge of something big’.

                                The Ritz set reminded fans of that history with versions of both ‘Newborn’ and ‘Scattered Black and Whites’ from that debut album alongside versions of ‘Grounds for Divorce’ from ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, ‘Magnificent (She Says)’ from ‘Little Fictions’ and ‘Great Expectations’ from ‘Leaders of the Free World’. As befits an album from a band so intrinsically intertwined with their hometown, the show also saw Guy Garvey quote John Cooper Clarke and pay tribute to various Manchester luminaries lost along the way.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Vinyl Tracklsting:
                                Side A
                                Puttin’ On The Ritz
                                Empires
                                Magnificent (She Says)
                                Salome Maloney
                                Newborn
                                Great Expectations (Intro)
                                Great Expectations

                                Side B
                                A Choice Of Three Drinks
                                Seven Veils
                                Scattered Black And Whites
                                Weightless (Intro)
                                Weightless
                                Grounds For Divorce (Intro)
                                Grounds For Divorce

                                CD Tracklisting:
                                Puttin’ On The Ritz
                                Empires
                                Magnificent (She Says)
                                Salome Maloney
                                Newborn
                                Great Expectations (Intro)
                                Great Expectations
                                A Choice Of Three Drinks
                                Seven Veils
                                Scattered Black And Whites
                                Weightless (Intro)
                                Weightless
                                Grounds For Divorce (Intro)
                                Grounds For Divorce

                                Sea Girls

                                Under Exit Lights EP

                                  'Sea Girls are an English indie rock band formed in London in 2015, comprising four members: Henry Camamile (vocals, guitar), Rory Young (lead guitar), Andrew Dawson (bass), and Oli Khan (drums). Their debut single ("Call Me Out") was released on 1 June 2017 followed by their debut EP of the same name on 8 June 2017. Sea Girls release a new record - EP 'Under Exit Lights EP'. on March 6th. At the end of 2019, Sea Girls performed their firs US dates, which included New York’s Mercury Lounge and recording an interview with iHeart’s Jonathan Clarke. 

                                  Queens Of The Stone Age

                                  Lullabies To Paralyze - Vinyl Reissue

                                    Queens of the Stone Age's 2005 release Lullabies to Paralyze debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard album charts. Along with the hits "Little Sister" and "Burn the Witch," Lullabies to Paralyze features guest appearances by Jack Black, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Jesse Hughes of the Eagles of Death Metal.

                                    The new vinyl release of Lullabies to Paralyze features a gatefold jacket with the album's original album art in the U.S. for the first time, and includes the original three vinyl bonus tracks: "Infinity," "Like A Drug" and "Precious And Grace."

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    This Lullaby
                                    Medication
                                    Everybody Knows That You Are Insane
                                    Tangled Up In Plaid
                                    Burn The Witch
                                    In My Head
                                    Little Sister
                                    I Never Came
                                    Someone’s In The Wolf
                                    Infinity *vinyl Bonus Track
                                    The Blood Is Love
                                    Like A Drug *vinyl Bonus Track
                                    Skin On Skin
                                    Broken Box
                                    Precious And Grace *vinyl Bonus Track
                                    “you Got A Killer Scene There, Man…”
                                    Long Slow Goodbye

                                    Queens Of The Stone Age

                                    Rated R - Vinyl Reissue

                                      In 2000, Queens of the Stone Age achieved a creative and commercial breakthrough with their major-label debut Rated R, featuring the breakout tracks "The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret" and "Feel Good Hit of the Summer."

                                      This new LP edition marks Rated R's first U.S. vinyl pressing, and is the first vinyl edition worldwide to feature the album's original blue artwork. This LP augments the original album with the international bonus track “Ode To Clarissa," as well as a unique 12"x24" insert.



                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
                                      The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
                                      Leg Of Lamb
                                      Auto Pilot
                                      Better Living Through Chemistry
                                      Monsters In The Parasol
                                      Quick And To The Pointless
                                      In The Fade
                                      Tension Head
                                      Lightning Song
                                      I Think I Lost My Headache
                                      Ode To Clarissa *intl Vinyl Bonus Track

                                      Snow Patrol

                                      Reworked

                                        'Over a 25 year career, Snow Patrol have carved out a unique place for themselves. Since their 1998 debut, 'Songs for Polarbears', the band have racked up an impressive number of critical and commercial accolades, including over 17 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, 5 UK Platinum Albums, an Ivor Novello award and have been nominated for a Grammy and Mercury Music Prize. 'Reworked' includes three newly-recorded songs, as well as 13 re-envisioned versions of classic songs, and celebrates Snow Patrol's 25th anniversary as a band. Reworked is a collection of Snow Patrol’s classics reimagined for the band’s 25th anniversary. CD and a Heavyweight black double vinyl format housed in reverse board gatefold sleeve with download code. 

                                        The self-titled record usually marks a definable phase of a musician’s career; an embrace of personal mythology, perhaps, or merely a shift to ‘take me as I am’ straightforwardness. But “Kiwanuka”, the single eponymous word that heralds Michael Kiwanuka’s third album, holds a resonant, complex significance. It signals, for one thing, a swift, pointed rejection of the stage personas that artists have historically donned as both a freeing creative mask and a protective shield. It is an act of cultural affirmation and self-acceptance: a young British-African, contemplating the continued struggle for racial equality, and proudly celebrating the Ugandan name his old teachers in Muswell Hill would struggle to pronounce. It is a nod to a suite of arresting, ambitious soul songs that – while they deftly recall the funkified epics of artists as varied as Gil Scot-Heron, Fela Kuti, Bobby Womack and Kendrick Lamar – cement the singular, supremely confident sound that made 2016’s Love & Hate such an undeniable step up.

                                        Now, following ‘Money’ – the lauded summer single collaboration with Tom Misch – and a sunset Park Stage set that was the talk of Glastonbury 2019, the long-awaited follow-up to that record can be announced. And “Kiwanuka”, like its creator, contains multitudes; it offers both the triumphal, grin-widening empowerment of opener ‘You Ain’t the Problem’ and the ruminative, candlelit intimacy of ‘Solid Ground’. It looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a sumptuous showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Kiwanuka’s voice. It skilfully crosses the streams of the personal and the political. No other name would really have done.

                                        “I remember when I first signed a record deal, people would ask me, ‘So what are you going to be called?’” laughs the man himself, considering the thought process that inspired the title. “And I never thought of that; calling myself Johnny Thunders or whatever, like singers from the past. But I have thought previously, would I sell more records if my name had an easier ring to it? So [on this album] it’s kind of a defiant thing; finally I’m engaging with who I am and I’m not going to have an alter ego, or become Sasha Fierce or Ziggy Stardust, even though everyone's telling me I need to be this, that or the other. I can just be Michael Kiwanuka.”

                                        In many ways this self-possession is a direct consequence of Love & Hate. That record added an unexpected Mayfieldian groove and scope to to the scuffed, ‘70s-infused mellowness of Home Again, Kiwanuka’s Mercury-nominated 2012 debut. Album number two, of course, got its own place on the Mercury shortlist (not to mention a No 1 chart position, a Brit Award-nomination and the wide cultural blast radius afforded by songs that featured on shows like The Get Down, When They See Us and, most notably, HBO’s Emmy-winning Big Little Lies).

                                        “Kiwanuka” marks a reunion of the team that conjured ’s acclaimed, pulsing soulscape – namely Gnarls Barkley hit whisperer Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton and British hip hop producer Inflo – and it actually began life not long after the 32-year-old had finished touring its predecessor. Early Los Angeles sessions – in May, 2017 – proved wildly productive. Maybe, in fact, too productive. The trio had sketched out around eight songs – including lyricless, early versions of ‘You Ain’t the Problem’ and the spine-tingling, wintry ballad ‘Piano Joint (This Kind of Love)’ – at such a breathless gallop that Kiwanuka felt some of his old doubts and insecurities creep back. “It was all so fast,” he reasons. “I remember having a conversation with Danger Mouse where I even asked, ‘Is this my album?’” He chuckles at the memory. “That was the lack of self-belief and me beating myself up.”

                                        An extended recess was called and, when the team fully reconvened in New York in November 2018, Kiwanuka returned to the project with a new vigour, confidence and a clear sense of this new record’s themes and immersive, sonic textures. It was here that he actualised the lyrically knotty, comforting message of ‘You Ain’t the Problem’ (“It almost made me feel like being a rapper,” he grins); where he turned ‘Hero’ into a shape-shifting, thunderously percussive mini-movie, partly inspired by slain civil rights activist Fred Hampton; here that he crafted the hazy refrain – “” – that allied with Danger Mouse’s rhythm guitar playing to give psych-gospel highlight ‘I’ve Been Dazed’ its eerie, hypnotic power.

                                        “We had three weeks and every day I would just do this half hour walk from my hotel by the Brooklyn Bridge to the studio in Red Hook, listening to backing tracks and scribbling lyrics on hotel paper or in my little scrapbook,” he says, more than a little wistfully. “It felt like being 15. And that excitement and childish imagination really helped me forget that it was a scary process.” This youthful sense of play also led to the invocation of some, possibly surprising, tonal influences from Kiwanuka’s childhood as a skater kid who loved Nirvana and Green Day as much as Outkast and Lauryn Hill. Using the cinematic skits and interludes of a record like by The Fugees as a springboard, Kiwanuka wondered if the horn-drenched grandeur of previous lengthy songs like ‘Love & Hate’ and ‘Father’s Child’ could be intensified and transformed into something even more atmospheric, more immersive.

                                        The result is the unhurried, auterish poise that may be one of “Kiwanuka”’s most striking features. ‘Piano Joint (This Kind of Love) Intro’ sets the scene with windblown harmonies and a rumbling, canyon-deep baritone to rival Isaac Hayes (it’s actually Kiwanuka, detuned). ‘Another Human Being’ features a jolting gun shot and a quote taken from a participant in the Civil Rights ‘sit-in’ protests that swept through North Carolina in 1960 (‘Interlude (Living All the People)’ also features the voice of congressman and activist John Lewis). ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’ is a dawnlit, 7 minute opus that Kiwanuka garnished with the sampled sound of twittering birds. “I was really influenced by the vividness of something like ,” he explains, about the desire to create such a rich, inhabitable world.  And he even allowed himself to be coaxed towards stretches of musical terrain that he would never have ordinarily explored. When Danger Mouse first started working towards the skipping, almost ‘80s rhythm of ‘Final Days’ – about as far from “Home Again”’s retro soul as this new record gets – Kiwanuka was hesitant. “It’s kind of spacey so I took a lot of convincing,” he admits. “But we went the whole hog with it and it’s one of my favourite songs now.”

                                        It tells its own story that Kiwanuka – who came up in the pub rooms of London’s acoustic scene before winning the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 poll – is now so happily embracing musical touchstones and styles that may have once seemed contradictory. The revelatory, confessional core of ‘Black Man in a White World’ (which grappled with identity and Kiwanuka’s status in communities where he was conspicuously the only ethnic minority) has evolved into something a little more certain. Now, Kiwanuka’s reengagement with his Ugandan heritage (he hopes, he notes, to play some shows there soon) manifests in skittering Afrobeat drums and guitar lines that he hopes possess “the feeling of a Fela track”.


                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        You Ain’t The Problem
                                        Rolling
                                        I’ve Been Dazed
                                        Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love) Intro
                                        Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love)
                                        Another Human Being (Interlude)
                                        Living In Denial
                                        Hero
                                        Hard To Say Goodbye
                                        Final Days
                                        Interlude (Loving The People)
                                        Solid Ground
                                        Light

                                        Elbow

                                        Giants Of All Sizes

                                          ‘Giants of All Sizes’ was recorded at Hamburg’s Clouds Hill Studio, The Dairy in Brixton, 604 Studios in Vancouver and Blueprint Studios in Salford with additional recording taking place at various band member’s home studios spread across Manchester. As with their previous four studio albums, ‘Giants’ was produced and mixed by Craig Potter. Guests across the album include Jesca Hoop, The Plumedores and South London newcomer Chilli Chilton.

                                          Guy Garvey describes the album as “an angry, old blue lament which finds its salvation in family, friends, the band and new life.” It is a record that lyrically takes in moments of deep personal loss whilst reflecting its times by confronting head-on the spectres of injustice and division not just in the UK but across the world. It is a record that could only have been made in the 21st Century.

                                          Given such bleak, if ultimately redeemed, subject matter, it is also, perversely, the most relaxed record which elbow have made in some time. On ‘Giants of All Sizes’, each band member extended their usual process of working on demos alone and followed their vision to its conclusion rather than, as Craig Potter puts it, ‘taking the edges off things to find compromise’. In tandem with this, they returned to playing live in the studio, encouraged to experiment with the banks of analogue equipment at Clouds Hill in Northern Germany, giving songs a looser, more live feel.

                                          The result is the most starkly dynamic record from the band in recent times, “Sonically unabashed”, as Guy would have it. Whilst album closer ‘Weightless’ has the gossamer melodies and communal harmonies for which the band have latterly been known, this album echoes earlier elbow work at times whilst also breaking new ground.

                                          ‘White Noise White Heat’ is motorik, metal machine soul driven by a vocal that is rage incarnate, ‘Doldrums’ mixes John Carpenter with The Plastic Ono Band to brilliantly disturbing effect and ‘On Deronda Road’ hitches stark bass beats and glitches to an ad-hoc choir. ‘Empires’ delivers dark resignation via an insidious melody and ‘Seven Veils’ continues the subversion by inverting the perception of elbow as a band for lovers into a band for haters, a double-barrelled fuck-you song par excellence. ‘The Delayed 3:15’ marries mariarchi guitars to jazz dynamics, Morricone via Buddy Rich, and ‘My Trouble’ is a clockwork, analogue shuffle housing a delicate melody that builds over the course of the song into a fragile monolith to the power of love.

                                          Lead track, ‘Dexter & Sinister’, released on 10” ahead of the album, encapsulates the whole. A seven-minute musical journey that blends deep bass grooves, sudden keyboard stabs, dislocated piano and guitar runs and soul stylings then abruptly shifts gear, parts the storm clouds and takes wing, flying towards the heat of the sun. It is the soundtrack for these ‘hope free, faith free, charity free days’, a denial of the divine and a reconciliation, two songs in one song, two emotions for one emotion, human, fragile and brilliant like the album which it opens.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Dexter & Sinister
                                          2. Seven Veils
                                          3. Empires
                                          4. The Delayed 3:15
                                          5. White Noise White Heat
                                          6. Doldrums
                                          7. My Trouble
                                          8. On Deronda Road
                                          9. Weightless

                                          Friendly Fires

                                          Inflorescent

                                            Brand new album from the band that brought you "Paris" and Indie Anthem "Jump In The Pool" Arriving eight years after their last album, Inflorescent is the sound of a band rejuvenated and reborn. The hiatus had left some to question whether we'd ever see another full length Friendly Fires record but once the three band members - Ed Macfarlane, Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge, friends since the age of eleven - reconvened in Macfarlane's parents' St Albans garage (the scene of much of their early recorded output) at the tail end of 2017, things were never really in doubt. Arriving with just three scrawled words ("Love. Like. Waves") as a starting point, they soon emerged with a finished song as fresh and vital as anything they'd done before.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            says: A great return for the Friendly Fires, from the grooving guitars and falsetto vocal swathes to more downbeat, synthy affars, 'Inflorescent' is a bracing and confident ode to dance from the ever-reliable trio.

                                            Elbow

                                            Dexter & Sinister

                                              Elbow return with new track 'Dexter & Sinister', released as a limited edition one-sided 10" single and featuring the vocals of Jesca Hoop, with a lyric etching on the b-side.

                                              An exact seven minutes of new music melding ominous, creeping grooves and deity-denying lyrics that burst into a sweeping second phase of lament and redemption. 

                                              Madonna’s highly-anticipated 14th studio album. Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences.

                                              Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, highlights on the album include “Medellín,” which was co-produced by Mirwais and captures the spirit of Maluma’s hometown, the anthemic song “I Rise,” the Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo, and co-produced by Diplo, as well as the sonically innovative Mirwais produced “Dark Ballet.” Recorded over 18 months in Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Medellin (feat Maluma)
                                              Dark Ballet
                                              God Control
                                              Future (feat Quavo)
                                              Batuka
                                              Killers Who Are Partying
                                              Crave (feat Swae Lee)
                                              Crazy
                                              Come Alive
                                              Extreme Occident
                                              Faz Gostoso (feat Anitta)
                                              Bitch I'm Loca (feat Maluma)
                                              I Don't Search I Find
                                              Looking For Mercy
                                              I Rise

                                              The Rolling Stones

                                              She's A Rainbow (Live)

                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                The Rolling Stones release a special, limited edition of "She's A Rainbow" (Live) at U ARENA, PARIS 25/10/17.

                                                Mercury award winner James Blake releases his 4th studio album Assume Form. The album features collaborations with Travis Scott, André 3000, Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney and Rosalía (BBC sound poll 2019). In the past 2-3 years James has been very busy collaborating with Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Jay Z, Frank Ocean, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mount Kimbie and contributing to the Black Panther soundtrack. As unrestricted by genre as it is always underpinned by classic, emotionally-open songwriting, James Blake’s new album is arguably his most direct, eclectic and pure artistic statement to date. Assume Form also follows a rich period of creative and personal evolution for James, who has spoken candidly about his experiences of mental health, modern-day masculinity, and finding peace. Even the album artwork would appear to represent a fundamental shift for Blake, no longer distorted by illustration, landscape or design, but staring right at you – and into the future.

                                                James Blake’s is an influence that can be felt throughout the modern musical landscape, often hiding in plain sight; allowing the man himself – as his fourth album suggests – to always evolve. To never settle. To Assume Form.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                says: Calling on a wealth of talent, James Blake continues his domination of the post-dubstep sound, with clicking trap-lite percussion, soaring synth echoes and a who's who of today's electronic music guests. Tackling sensitive issues with delicacy and grace, Blake is a singular talent, and continues to show his capabilities.

                                                Winners of 2017’s Best British Group at the BRIT Awards, The 1975 release their 3rd album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.’

                                                The album is a follow up to ‘I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,’ which charted at Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic going Platinum in the UK in the process. 


                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. The 1975
                                                2. Give Yourself A Try
                                                3. TooTimeTooTimeTooTime
                                                4. How To Draw / Petrichor
                                                5. Love It If We Made It
                                                6. Be My Mistake
                                                7. Sincerity Is Scary
                                                8. I Like America & America Likes Me
                                                9. The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme
                                                10. Inside Your Mind
                                                11. It’s Not Living If It’s Not With You
                                                12. Surrounded By Heads And Bodies
                                                13. Mine
                                                14. I Couldn’t Be More In Love
                                                15. I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)

                                                Frank Turner

                                                Be More Kind

                                                  Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album. Be More Kind will be released on May 4th through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. It’s a record that combines universal anthems with raw emotion and the political and the personal, with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner’s sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades.

                                                  Lord Huron is an American indie folk band based in Los Angeles. The group's debut album, Lonesome Dreams, was released in 2012 on Iamsound in the US and Play It Again Sam in UK and Ireland in January 2013. The band released their second album, Strange Trails, in April 2015.

                                                  The band's name was inspired by Lake Huron, the lake which band founder Ben Schneider grew up. 'Lord Huron invites you to stare into the abyss this spring with the release of their third full-length album, Vide Noir. Written and recorded over the past two years at Lord Huron’s Los Angeles studio and informal clubhouse, Whispering Pines. The album was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips/MGMT) and engineered by Sonny DiPerri (Portugal. The Man, Animal Collective).

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: A brilliantly varied suite of thumping percussion, jagged guitar riffage, nuanced ambient interludes and neo-folk melodies, underpinned with a steadily growing melodic wash of ambience. Vide Noir is a brilliantly compiled journey from start to finish.

                                                  New York buzz band, Joywave, have been making serious waves in the must-dance-to, electronic-indie arena since their debut “How Do You Feel” EP release in 2014. One year later, they inquired once again, this time in the form of their first full-length How Do You Feel Now? which secured them as an exciting band to watch. It reached #25 on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart, #34 on the Top Rock Albums chart, and #3 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.

                                                  Hailing from Rochester, NY, the infectious electro-rockers have been crafting their unique sound and are now gearing up to releasing their newest album 'Content'. In April 2017, they released "Content",the first single off their upcoming second album. In May 2017, they released the album's second single, "It's a Trip!" with three other singles being released in the months that followed: "Shutdown," "Doubt," and "Going to a Place." The full release is hotly anticipated by Joywave's fans, with their total social following exceeding 100k!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. "Content" 4:28
                                                  2. "Shutdown" 3:42
                                                  3. "It's A Trip!" 3:03
                                                  4. "Rumors" 3:47
                                                  5. "Confidence" 0:48
                                                  6. "Doubt" 3:45
                                                  7. "Going To A Place" 5:56
                                                  8. "Little Lies You're Told" 3:18
                                                  9. "When You're Bored" 3:13
                                                  10. "Thanks. Thanks For Coming" 3:43
                                                  11. "Let's Talk About Feelings" 4:32

                                                  Following the UK platinum debut album Haim’s highly anticipated new album ‘Something To Tell You’ will be released on July 7th, they announced the release of ‘Something To Tell You’ with an in-studio video version of album track ‘Right Now,’ which was shot and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights). HAIM released ‘Want You Back,’ the first official single from ‘Something To Tell You’, which Pitchfork awarded Best New Track saying “Whiplash is starting to feel like a theme of pop in 2017” going on to praise “Haim are pulling the rug out from under our feet in the run-up to releasing their second album.”

                                                  Feist’s first album in six years reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at its core a study on self-awareness. As the fourth full-length from the Canadian singer/songwriter born Leslie Feist, Pleasure builds off the warm naturalism of the Polaris Prize-winning Metals and emerges as her most formally defiant and expansive work so far. Recorded over the course of three months—in Stinson Beach, Upstate New York, and Paris — Pleasure was co-produced by Feist with longtime collaborators Renaud Letang and Mocky. Following the album’s title-track, Feist has now shared ‘Century’, which features Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker in addition to reaffirming Feist as a cagily inventive guitar player, the album threads her shape-shifting and often haunting vocals into sparse and raw arrangements. Released on a Limited Ed Digi and 2LP set

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: From the mournful lo-fi balladry of 'I Wish I Didn't Miss You' to the country-tinged minor key melodies of 'Any Party' and stomping cyclic rock of century, this is a confident and cohesive collection of classics from one of the all-time masters in the field. Feist smashes it again.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. “Pleasure”
                                                  2. “I Wish I Didn’t Miss You”
                                                  3. “Get Not High, Get Not Low”
                                                  4. “Lost Dreams”
                                                  5. “Any Party”
                                                  6. “A Man Is Not His Song”
                                                  7. “The Wind”
                                                  8. “Century”
                                                  9. “Baby Be Simple”
                                                  10. “I’m Not Running Away”
                                                  11. “Young Up”

                                                  Elbow

                                                  Little Fictions

                                                    ‘Little Fictions’ was recorded in Scotland and Manchester and sees the band collaborate with the string players of The Hallé Orchestra, the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir, members of London Contemporary Voices and session drummer Alex Reeves. As with the previous three elbow albums it was produced by Craig Potter.

                                                    ‘Little Fictions’ is emphatically a band album. Having written individually for its chart-topping predecessor, ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’, sessions this time were collective affairs, with all four members gathered initially in a house in Scotland before moving to Guy’s attic in Prestwich and finalising recordings in the familiar setting of Blueprint studios, Salford.

                                                    ‘Little Fictions’ is an upbeat album. All the band talk of the sessions being ‘joyful’, Mark summarises it as ‘the sound of four people who love what they do and each other’, of an album that came into being naturally and, at times even unconsciously. Lead single ‘Magnificent (She Says)’ was embraced for the joyous, thrilling piece of music it is, positive and outward looking. Mark never even considered his audible switch towards electric guitars, most notable on the psychedelic lushness of ‘All Disco’, until the very end of the process.

                                                    The departure of drummer Richard Jupp prior to commencing the writing and recording process in earnest saw early sessions characterised by new approaches to rhythm, with the band utilising percussive noises, sampling and loops to build tracks. The grooves that run through much of the album, from the go-go beats of ‘Gentle Storm’ through the jagged trip hop of ‘Kindling’ to the soulful ‘Firebrand & Angel’ represent both the band’s widest musical palette and a newfound sense of experimentation borne from both necessity and desire. That desire fuelled the title track, an eight minute piece that is epic without at any point feeling excessive. As a shorthand for the album it is perfect, crossing musical genres and experimenting with sound in ways that demonstrate the confidence and enthusiasm of the band throughout the recording process.

                                                    ‘Little Fictions’ is, therefore, more than just yet another brilliant elbow album. In many ways it marks the start of a new chapter for the band, characterised by a rediscovery of shared purpose in doing the thing that has always brought them together, the place that Mark describes as ‘the creative space where we all meet’.


                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Magnificent (She Says)
                                                    Gentle Storm
                                                    Trust The Sun
                                                    All Disco
                                                    Head For Supplies
                                                    Firebrand & Angel
                                                    K2
                                                    Montparnasse
                                                    Little Fictions
                                                    Kindling

                                                    Soulful and raw, Londoner Michael Kiwanuka’s critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Home Again’ (April 2012) staked his claim on the list of great British singer-songwriters. Having taken a deep breath and relaxed into his musical approach, Kiwanuka is back, and has delivered his eagerly anticipated second album - and it packs a powerful punch. 'Love & Hate', produced by Danger Mouse, Inflo and Paul Butler, is an outward-looking, drenched with emotional density and rich, soulful production at the helm. Two years in the making, the British Ugandan Londoner has worked with new talent and created a canvas which sees his vulnerability take centre stage. Honest, unabashed, and ambitious, this is Kiwanuka proving that he is ready to secure his position as one of our most exciting homegrown talents. It’s a new world since his debut, and it seems that it’s his for the taking.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Cold Little Heart
                                                    2. Black Man In A White World
                                                    3. Falling
                                                    4. Place I Belong
                                                    5. Love & Hate
                                                    6. One More Night
                                                    7. I'll Never Love
                                                    8. Rule The World
                                                    9. Father's Child
                                                    10. The Final Frame

                                                    The 1975

                                                    I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

                                                    The follow-up to the quartet’s million-selling self-titled debut. It is a bold and brilliant record made up of infectious pop hooks and sprawling electro sonics, an ambitious stride forward for one of the UK’s most exciting young bands.


                                                    Dre's back with his first album in 16 years. Apparently inspired by seeing his younger self portrayed in the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, he ditched the work from the much delayed 'Detox' album (a "hip hop musical"!) and started afresh. The result is 'Compton', an album that looks back to Dre's past, but also brings a fresh perspective by including a roll call guest MCs (Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Anderson .Paak etc). Beat building and production-wise, 'Compton' shows Dre hasn't lost his touch, layering live and digital percussion and instrumentation, plus samples and raps into one killer long player. Includes breakout track 'Genocide' featuring Kendrick Lamar - G anthem for the Michael Brown era.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A
                                                    1. Intro
                                                    2. Talk About It (feat. King Mez & Justus)
                                                    3. Genocide (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
                                                    4. It’s All On Me (feat. Justus & BJ The Chicago Kid)
                                                    Side B
                                                    5. All In A Day’s Work (feat. Anderson .Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)
                                                    6. Darkside/Gone (feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
                                                    7. Loose Cannons (feat. Xzibit, Cold187um & Sly Pyper)
                                                    8. Issues (feat. Ice Cube, Anderson .Paak & Dem Jointz)
                                                    Side C
                                                    9. Deep Water (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Justus & Anderson .Paak)
                                                    10. One Shot One Kill - Jon Connor (feat. Snoop Dogg)
                                                    11. Just Another Day - The Game (feat. Asia Bryant)
                                                    12. For The Love Of Money (feat. Jill Scott, Jon Connor & Anderson .Paak)
                                                    Side D
                                                    13. Satisfiction (feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
                                                    14. Animals (feat. Anderson .Paak)
                                                    15. Medicine Man (feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson .Paak)
                                                    16. Talking To My Diary

                                                    The album was recorded between Los Angeles and New York.

                                                    This is the 3rd studio album from Lana Del Rey, her last record ‘Ultraviolence’ when to #1 in 74 countries and she has worldwide album sales in excess of 9 million. Following the global first play and interview on Zane Lowe's Beats1 show, Annie Mac had 'High By The Beach' as her Hottest Record on Radio 1which included two spins of the track back to back and an interview with Lana. 

                                                    The Rolling Stones

                                                    Sticky Fingers - Deluxe CD/DVD Box

                                                      ‘Sticky Fingers’ was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Stargroves, Mick’s country home and Olympic Studios in London and produced by regular confidant Jimmy Miller, ‘Sticky Fingers’ was released shortly after the Stones became exiled in the south of France, leaving Britain after a sensational farewell tour. It also featured some of the most ground breaking artwork in rock history by Andy Warhol with its famous working zip on the front cover. (Recreated in the Super Deluxe and Double Vinyl Deluxe Editions of the new package.)

                                                      ‘Sticky Fingers’ has been repeatedly hailed as one of the Stones’ all-time great albums, capturing their trademark combination of swagger and tenderness in a superb collection. It continued the incredible outpouring of creative energy that had produced 1968’s ‘Beggars Banquet’ and ‘Let It Bleed’ in 1969. After ‘Sticky Fingers’, the Stones’ relocation to the south of France led to the double album masterpiece ‘Exile On Main St.’ The highly acclaimed ‘Sticky Fingers’ showcased the ever more inventive song writing of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and formidable guitar licks from Mick Taylor.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      CD1
                                                      1. Brown Sugar
                                                      2. Sway
                                                      3. Wild Horses
                                                      4. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
                                                      5. You Gotta Move
                                                      6. Bitch
                                                      7. I Got The Blues
                                                      8. Sister Morphine
                                                      9. Dead Flowers
                                                      10. Moonlight Mile

                                                      CD2
                                                      1. Brown Sugar (Alternate Version With Eric Clapton)
                                                      2. Wild Horses (Acoustic Version)
                                                      3. Can't You Hear Me Knocking (Alternate Version)
                                                      4. Bitch (Extended Version)
                                                      5. Dead Flowers (Alternate Version)
                                                      6. Live With Me (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)
                                                      7. Stray Cat Blues (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)
                                                      8. Love In Vain (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)
                                                      9. Midnight Rambler (Live At The Roundhouse, 1971)
                                                      10. Honky Tonk Women (Live The Roundhouse, 1971

                                                      1. DVD
                                                      2. Midnight Rambler (Live At The Marquee, 1971)
                                                      3. Bitch (Live At The Marquee, 1971)

                                                      HAIM

                                                      Days Are Gone

                                                      Following a series of LA based studio sessions with producers Ariel Rechtsaid (Major Lazer, Vampire Weekend, Usher) and James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine, Simian Mobile Disco), San Fernando Valley sisters HAIM have emphatically taken all the strengths of their live shows and transformed their songs into nuggets of golden pop.

                                                      ‘Days Are Gone’ is a record that wrestles with that early live potential and fully realises it, showcasing the breadth of their collective and individual talents. Having performed live together on stages from a very early age, it’s that innate understanding of each other’s musicianship that acts as both the strength and catalyst behind everything the band do.

                                                      Plenty has already been made of the band’s R&B influences, but it’s a shimmering guitar-fuelled, West Coast pop that surfaces across the 11 tracks on the LP. Sharing all the songwriting between themselves, ‘Days Are Gone’ is a record that features songs that stretches right back to when the band first formed ('Forever', 'The Wire', 'Let Me Go'), and songs written in the latter stages of 2012.

                                                      Opening on their 2013 Spring EP release ‘Falling’, it’s smartly followed by the song that introduced them back in March 2012, ‘Forever’. ‘The Wire’, a huge live favourite and forthcoming single, receives a slick production but loses none of the energy and passion that makes it so enticing on stage.

                                                      The sultry ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ is the first of four brand new songs that HAIM are yet to have aired live, ‘Days Are Gone’, ‘My Song 5’, and ‘Running If You Call My Name’. Another regular live track, ‘Honey & I’ is one of the many standout tracks on a record that is more than simply the sum of its parts.


                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Falling
                                                      2. Forever
                                                      3. The Wire
                                                      4. If I Could Change Your Mind
                                                      5. Honey & I
                                                      6. Don't Save Me
                                                      7. Days Are Gone
                                                      8. My Song 5
                                                      9. Go Slow
                                                      10. Let Me Go
                                                      11. Running If You Call My Name

                                                      Talk Talk

                                                      Laughing Stock

                                                      Talk Talk’s Laughing Stock, the group’s 1991 final album, took a year to make, and yet it has required decades to fully appreciate. Following up on the abstract 'Spirit of Eden', which sufficiently alienated pop fans of the band’s earlier material, 'Laughing Stock' took spaces in recorded music to new extremes, with layers of silence breathing through strings, woodwinds, percussion and Mark Hollis’s delicate vocals.

                                                      The record exists as one complete thought, albeit with jagged diversions and tangents. Hollis’s and producer Tim Friese-Greene’s goal from the beginning was to create an album that completely enveloped the listener. During recording, microphones were placed at distances as far as 30 feet from the instruments they were recording, and passages were captured with no clear intention as to where they would finally be placed. Before ProTools made the cut-and-paste, drag-and-drop process standard in songwriting, Hollis and Friese-Greene were in the studio with flugelhorn and viola players, capturing notes and phrases they collected and combined into the six tracks that became 'Laughing Stock'. Everything was recorded straight from the original instruments, as Hollis continued reacting against the synth artificiality of his past. It was released on jazz label Verve, further declaring that 'In A Silent Way' was a greater influence than any pop group to which Talk Talk had been compared in the past. 'Laughing Stock' grows like vines in a garden out of any speakers. The full power of the music is as engrossing as it is oblique, like wrapping oneself in a blanket of thoughts. Talk Talk’s music is unapologetic in its obscureness, caressed in the gentle beauty of subtlety and warmth.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1 Myrrhman 5:33
                                                      2 Ascension Day 6:01
                                                      3 After The Flood 9:27
                                                      4 Taphead 7:01
                                                      5 New Grass 9:46
                                                      6 Runeii 4:59

                                                      Michael Kiwanuka

                                                      Home Again

                                                        Few records make such an instant impression as 'Home Again', the debut album by Michael Kiwanuka. Immersing the listener in a sound that is both modern and at the same time as familiar as the classics, it manages to strike the balance between being contemporary and somehow utterly timeless.

                                                        “I just wanted to make a record that, when someone puts it on, it takes them to a certain place,” says the 25-year-old north Londoner. “I wanted it to have the lush-sounding instrumentation and feel of older records, to be warm and peaceful and put the listener in this little world, which is rich with vibes and sounds and colours.”

                                                        For Kiwanuka, key musical touchstones include Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Shuggie Otis, Roberta Flack’s 'First Take', Bill Withers’ 'Live At Carnegie Hall' and D’Angelo’s modern soul landmark 'Voodoo'. Citing the latter album in particular as Exhibit A in refuting suggestions that his listening tastes are rooted exclusively in the 1970s, Kiwanuka calmly shrugs off any “retro” accusations that might be levelled at his music.

                                                        “The truth is there was no intention behind any of it,” he states. “There was no intention for my voice to sound old. The songs come out like they do because I like the sound of stuff like that. I didn’t start writing songs to get a record deal. I wrote songs to express myself and they ended up sounding old.”

                                                        Moreover, given the fact that he was born in 1986, to Kiwanuka’s impressionable young ears, even the music of the past was fresh to him. “To me, those records sounded new,” he says. “Growing up, I didn’t have records at home. I didn’t even know any Beatles albums. For me, it was all completely brand new music, even though it was recorded decades ago.”

                                                        Born in Muswell Hill to Ugandan émigré parents, Michael Kiwanuka was brought up in a home from which music was largely absent, with his first introduction to rock (Nirvana, Radiohead) arriving at the same time as he began to hang with the skater kids in the north London suburb during his early teenage years. Later coming across a soul compilation album given away with a music monthly, he was enthralled by the sound of Otis Redding’s studio talkback discussions with his engineer while recording an outtake version of '(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay'. From this point on, he resolved to make music that sounded raw and authentic.

                                                        As a guitarist, however, the session work that Kiwanuka managed to find in his early career as a musician was entirely in the urban genre, notably with Bashy and Chipmunk. While he says he learned much from these experiences, it chiefly taught him that his musical passions lay elsewhere. “My head was in other music,” he admits, “so this was just a means to get there. It forced me to try and write my own songs because I didn’t feel this other stuff in my heart.”

                                                        Though deeply into soul and jazz, he found real inspiration in the cross-pollination of the two styles with folk in the music of Bill Withers. “Bill Withers was very rootsy and earthy,” he points out, “but people branded him as a soul singer. To me, he was a folk artist. So that encouraged me to keep going, ‘cause I didn’t know where I would fit in as a black guy with an acoustic guitar.”

                                                        In beginning to perform on the acoustic circuit around London, Kiwanuka quickly attracted interest and made connections, not least with his current manager who in turn garnered the attention of Communion Records, the label that in 2011 released the singer’s first two acclaimed EPs, 'Tell Me A Tale' and 'I’m Getting Ready'.

                                                        Both of these EPs - as with 'Home Again' - were produced by Paul Butler (The Bees) in his vintage equipment-stuffed basement studio at his house in Ventnor on the Isle Of Wight. Together the pair played almost every instrument to be heard on the album, with Butler’s remarkably intimate, detailed productions - adorned with everything from flute to brass to sitar to aching strings - perfectly matching Kiwanuka’s visions for his songs. “The way we made the record was very modern,” the singer points out. “There was loads of editing. We manipulated it to get exactly what we wanted.”

                                                        From the opening bars of the stirring 'Tell Me A Tale', it is instantly clear that 'Home Again' is a very special album. While its more upbeat characteristics are embodied in the Prince Buster-like loping of the lovelorn but irresistibly catchy 'Bones' and the rolling soul groove of 'I’ll Get Along', elsewhere it proves itself to be a record of real stripped-down beauty. In 'I Won’t Lie', with its gospel-infused echoes of The Staples Singers, Kiwanuka offers something akin to a modern spiritual, while in 'Rest' he turns in a tender “love lullaby” and in 'Always Waiting', he blends classical elements with the confessional intimacy of Roberta Flack.

                                                        It is with the title track of 'Home Again', however, that Michael Kiwanuka feels the record’s sounds and themes are ultimately encapsulated. “That’s the song that really for me ties everything together,” he says. “It’s one of the earliest songs I wrote for the album and even though I progressed and changed stuff in the studio, it was the one I could never throw away. Like a lot of them, it’s a hopeful song. I use home as the metaphor for contentment and peace within.”

                                                        Other parts of the record, on the other hand, find Kiwanuka struggling for peace of mind and using his songs as a form of self-empowerment, not least in the soulful 'I’m Getting Ready', the darker, unburdening 'Any Day Will Do Fine' and the self-explanatory 'Worry Walks Beside Me'. “It can really paralyse you, if you worry too much,” the singer admits. “I do tend to overthink things. All of these songs are me talking to myself, really. Trying to encourage myself to believe.”

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Tell Me A Tale
                                                        I'm Getting Ready
                                                        I'll Get Along
                                                        Rest
                                                        Home Again
                                                        Bones
                                                        Always Waiting
                                                        I Won't Lie
                                                        Any Day Will Do Fine
                                                        Worry Walks Beside Me

                                                        Following the long awaited and well deserved success of their previous album "The Seldom Seen Kid", Elbow make a much anticipated return.

                                                        "Build A Rocket Boys!" features guest contributions from the Halle Youth Choir, retaining Elbow’s strong links with both their home town and the Halle itself, with whom they collaborated on a very special show at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall in 2009.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Lippy Kids
                                                        2. The Birds
                                                        3. With Love
                                                        4. Neat Little Rows
                                                        5. Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl
                                                        6. The Night Will Always Win
                                                        7. High Ideals
                                                        8. The River
                                                        9. Open Arms
                                                        10. The Birds (Reprise)
                                                        11. Dear Friends

                                                        Viva Brother formed in Slough in January of 2010, over a joint love for the likes of Suede, The Smiths and The Stone Roses. Just over a year later they now find themselves on tour with their hero Morrissey, have an NME cover under their belts, are Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1, and are on prime time TV in the US, on the revered Late Show with David Letterman.

                                                        Speaking about the recording of their debut, frontman Lee Newell said, "Working with Stephen Street was a turning point in this band and with him we have created something completely extraordinary. It seemed very natural. We're not going to sit here and sell ourselves because that's not what we're about, we're going to do things our way and have an absolute laugh with it. Everyone says that we are famous for what we say. This album is what we've been talking about."

                                                        “…the future of music…” – NME.

                                                        “…saviours of rock’n’roll…” – The Guardian.

                                                        “…the year’s most brilliantly brash young upstarts…” – The Fly.

                                                        “(Viva) Brother are as sharp as their songs are direct…” - The New York Times.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. New Year's Day
                                                        2. Still Here
                                                        3. David
                                                        4. High Street Low Lives
                                                        5. Electric Daydream
                                                        6. Darling Buds Of May
                                                        7. Otherside
                                                        8. Fly By Nights
                                                        9. False Alarm
                                                        10. Time Machine

                                                        "Kiss That Grrrl" is a track influenced by the hits of Sixties’ girl groups. It has the huge Wall of Sound production (courtesy of Bernard Butler who produced the whole album) projected against the most base of human emotions: jealousy. Unlike some girl groups, Kate is not one to stand passively by when someone is making a move on her man.
                                                        On the B-side are two brand new tracks, including a cover of The Shangr-las’ “Great Big Kiss” which is a duet with Billy Bragg.

                                                        The Boy Who Trapped The Sun

                                                        Fireplace

                                                        The Boy Who Trapped The Sun is 25 year-old Colin MacLeod - the 'Boy Who' moniker, he says, 'feels bigger and less lonely'. Originally from the Isle of Lewis, a windswept outcrop of the Outer Hebrides, MacLeod was discovered swinging round the rafters of an Aberdeen bar, dishing out Deep Purple covers and, he says, 'generally acting like an arse'. Having smashed his guitar and knocked himself unconscious on stage, he set to cleaning up both the broken instrument and his act. Thus The Boy moved to London, to become a solo artist and an adult.

                                                        And so emerged "Fireplace", with MacLeod playing all the instruments bar the strings himself. Hazy opener "Golden" sets the scene, with MacLeod gently drawing the listener into his world. New single "Katy" is more upbeat, a catchy paean to avoiding commitment. Title track "Fireplace" was written when MacLeod was housebound for four days as a fierce storm battered Lewis, while the loose, bluesy "Home" was written in London, about being displaced in the big city - 'This city's not a home, but it's somewhere to get lost'. "Walking In The Dark" is an achingly pretty piano-led track, while the waltz-y, wry "Dreaming Like A Fool" is the tale of ex-girlfriend who tried to stab MacLeod. 'Lately it feels like we're drifting apart', he sings. 'It could be because you're insane'.
                                                        Riding on a dream-like descending riff "Copper Down" features exquisite harmonies and a deft, mid-song change of pace. The final track is the haunting, beautifully arranged "Antique Cobweb". There follows the hidden spoken-word outro "Poem", its second verse in Gaelic, wonderfully evocative of the Isle of Lewis and the sea that defines it. "Fireplace" is a beautifully realised debut from an authentic new talent. Listen again and again.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Golden
                                                        2. Katy
                                                        3. Fireplace
                                                        4. I See You
                                                        5. Home
                                                        6. Thorn In Your Side
                                                        7. Walking In The Dark
                                                        8. Dreaming Like A Fool
                                                        9. Telescope
                                                        10. Copper Down
                                                        11. Antique Cobweb / Poem (Hidden Track)

                                                        The Rolling Stones

                                                        Exile On Main Street - Remastered

                                                          Upon its release more than three decades ago, 'Exile On Main Street' innovatively wove varying musical genres, instruments and even artists into a compelling rhythmic masterpiece.

                                                          The original 18-track double-album was recorded in various stages at multiple locations, including Olympic Studios in London, Keith Richard’s mansion Nellcote in France, and in Los Angeles where the literal “Main Street” influenced the album title. These atypical circumstances surrounding the recording process greatly affected the album’s outcome which was highly reflective and influenced by the sociopolitical turbulence that marked the late `60s and early `70s. The Stones nixed the influences of a flower-child era and directed their creative process with the edgier, excessive, “more is more” approach of the `70s. Exile reveals a sprawling mix of genres with undertones of blues, country, R&B and gospel mixed with lyrics that fervently demand for release and liberation.

                                                          The album pulled together an electric array of talent including Dr. John, the late Billy Preston and pianist Nicky Hopkins. Guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in the band shortly before Jones died in 1969, is a magnificent blues player who brought an intensity and elegance to these epic tracks. At times, these musicians and others lived on the recording studio premises with the band creating an extremely open and creative collaboration for the album.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Rocks Off
                                                          2. Rip This Joint
                                                          3. Shake Your Hips
                                                          4. Casino Boogie
                                                          5. Tumbling Dice
                                                          6. Sweet Virginia
                                                          7. Torn And Frayed
                                                          8. Sweet Black Angel
                                                          9. Loving Cup
                                                          10. Happy
                                                          11. Turd On The Run
                                                          12. Ventilator Blues
                                                          13. I Just Want To See His Face
                                                          14. Let It Loose
                                                          15. All Down The Line
                                                          16. Stop Breaking Down
                                                          17. Shine A Light
                                                          18. Soul Survivor

                                                          Part synth-pop classic, part future pop blueprint, the unforgettably catchy "I'm Not Your Toy" is set to be La Roux's next instant classic and is as sure to take up residence in your brain as its predecessors. With her own sci-fi disco ice queen style cut from the same iconic androgynous mould as Grace Jones and Annie Lennox and looking as otherworldly as Tilda Swinton in an electro remake of the Man Who Fell To Earth, La Roux has ripped up the 2009 pop star rule book, already becoming an accidental fashion heroine, a pop star as beloved of fashion journalists as much as radio DJs. Both 12" and CD single features remixes come from Data (big main room electrohouse smasher) and Jack Beats (another of their monster fidget jackers).

                                                          Very few things in life compare to the spine tingling, adrenalin rush that comes when you hear a great single for the first time, so I reckon the day the Yeah Yeah Yeahs walked into their record company, demanding that the opening track on “It's Blitz” should be “Zero” was, in general, a good day at the office for their A&R man. 'You want the best single of the year so far to be the first track on your album? Erm, yeah, I think we can probably live with that’. “It's Blitz” is no one hit wonder though. Awash with synths, it's an album of conflicts that finds Karen O at her most vulnerable while the band, with a sly wink to NYC disco, create what can only be described as an epic soundscape behind her. Yes, the guitars have (no doubt begrudgingly) conceded top billing to Nick Zinners vintage Arp but at its heart, “It’s Blitz” is still a great ROCK record.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Zero
                                                          2. Heads Will Roll
                                                          3. Soft Shock
                                                          4. Skeletons
                                                          5. Dull Life
                                                          6. Shame And Fortune
                                                          7. Runaway
                                                          8. Dragon Queen
                                                          9. Hysteric
                                                          10. Little Shadow

                                                          Delays

                                                          Everything's The Rush

                                                            Already garnering rave reviews, "Everything's The Rush" is packed with technicolour hits and singles-in-waiting - simply a joy of a record. The schoolboy friends and band-mates for a decade (brothers Greg and Aaron Gilbert, Colin Fox and Rowly) are geared up and ready to go. Recorded over twenty days with acclaimed producer Youth, "Everything's The Rush" is the sound of Delays striding confidently into a new chapter. The tunes are even brighter, the choruses even bigger. 'We recorded at Youth's villa in Grenada, which is high up in the mountains' explains Aaron (keyboards/vocals). 'When you're staring at a mountain in a room full of amps, you want to make a sound that's as big as the sky'. The songs may be the musical equivalent of a huge gulp of alpine air, but listen closer and the lyrics reveal a darker aftertaste. Explains Greg (vocals/guitar). 'A song like "Hooray" sounds really uplifting, but it's actually about me having O.C.D' he laughs. 'For us', says Aaron 'melody is king. We want to make music which sends a shiver down your spine'. Hear it in the rich swell of "Keep It Simple", the sky-scraping stomp of "Touchdown", the rich pop melodies of "Love Made Visible" and the string-soaked cornerstone of the album "Pieces".

                                                            Delays

                                                            Hooray

                                                              Delays return with this blast of insanely catchy, upbeat, sunshine pop taken from the forthcoming album "Everything's The Rush".

                                                              Guillemots

                                                              Red

                                                                Harder, fatter and more disciplined than their, gold-selling debut LP "Through the Windowpane", but equally ambitious, "Red" sounds like nothing else. It's darker and angrier, but also more beautiful, and the band's knack for melody is matched this time round by an endless cavalcade of inspired beats, bass and loops. From the jagged string stabs that unleash mutant disco-glam opener "Kriss Kross", to the desolate late-night pulse of final track "Take Me Home", it's a tour-de-force that marries Guillemots' natural melodic flair with a sense of dancefloor abandonment, not heard since Prince's 80s wild pop adventures. Other stand out tracks include the sleazy r'n'b raunch of "Big Dog", the gorgeous perfection of "Falling Out Of Reach", cyber-electro club-classic-in-waiting "Last Kiss", the haunting simplicity of "Words" and the tribal electro stomp of first single "Get Over It".

                                                                Morrissey

                                                                Greatest Hits

                                                                  This collection spans Morrissey's stellar 20-year career as a solo artist, including two new songs - forthcoming single "That's How People Grow Up" and "All You Need Is Me" - recorded with Jerry Finn, producer of 2004's widely acclaimed No.2 album "You Are The Quarry".

                                                                  The Hives

                                                                  The Black And White Album

                                                                    "The Black And White Album" is a record of inhuman proportions, recorded all over the world 'because we thought it was time to have other people involved besides ourselves and our closest friends'. After some initial recording at Hive Manor, for the first time The Hives ventured outside of Sweden to put music to tape. The majority of the album was recorded in Mississippi with producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello). They also met with Pharrell Williams in Miami and 'made some music with him too' ("T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S" and "Well Allright!"). A week in London at the historic Olympic studios with Jacknife Lee (U2, Bloc Party, Editors) also bore fruit ("Hey Little World"). Back home another song was recorded with fellow Swede Tomas Oberg from the band Bob Hund. All in all, a lot of songs, and more than enough great ones to choose from.

                                                                    Stephen Fretwell

                                                                    Man On The Roof

                                                                      Fretwell was born in Scunthorpe in 1981, a fact that belies the maturity and worldliness of his song-writing. These days, he's mostly resident in Manchester, but he liked New York so much he decided to make his second album there. "Man On The Roof" will surprise people. It's not as melancholy as "Magpie", but it's just as beguiling. This means the lugubrious sway of "Coney"; the romantic "The Ground Beneath Your Feet", 'about redemption, about being saved by a woman'; while "Funny Hat" and "William Shatner's Dog" are both about the same person. "Sleep" and "Coney" concern adultery in body and mind respectively, while the couples in "Bumper Cars" and "Darlin' Don't" struggle to get past whatever first base is.

                                                                      Kate Nash

                                                                      Made Of Bricks

                                                                        "Made Of Bricks" is the debut album from Harrow songstress Kate Nash. Pop music with indie sensibilities and an experimental edge permeate much of this album, and it is topped off with Nash's distinctive Estuary English vocal stylings.

                                                                        Queens Of The Stone Age

                                                                        Era Vulgaris

                                                                          "Era Vulgaris" sees Queens Of The Stone Age return to their deepest, darkest roots, with shadowy riffs reminiscent of the desert sounds of the Kyuss days combined with multi layered industrial power guitar and organ blasts of a new era. It was produced by long time Queens production cohort Chris Goss and Josh Homme himself at their hideaway in the dunes of Joshua Tree. Julian Casablancas from The Strokes and Mark Lanegan appear as guests on various tracks.

                                                                          Rufus Wainwright

                                                                          Release The Stars

                                                                            "Release The Stars" is a 12-track masterclass in songwriting and production - this is his first new material since 2005's remarkable "Want Two". The album is written and produced by Rufus himself, with Neil Tennant as executive producer. Long time collaborator, Marius de Vries, has also sprinkled magic dust over the tracks in the mix.

                                                                            The Bravery

                                                                            Fearless

                                                                              More 80s infused pop from The Bravery. Wailing Robert Smith-esque vocals over chunky synths riffs and choppy guitars that create a relentless, infectious rhythm.

                                                                              Feist

                                                                              Let It Die

                                                                                Beautifully crafted and at times lo-fi acoustica from this highly acclaimed Canadian songstress. Described by iD as having '...one of the warmest purest voices you'll hear all year'.

                                                                                Howie B

                                                                                Folk

                                                                                  A subtle selection of downbeat tracks with soulful electronic leanings and global vocals (Howie himself, Marina Heredia, Sweetie, Gavin Friday, Karmen Wijnberg etc). This is accessible, gentle leftfield music.

                                                                                  Gene

                                                                                  As Good As It Gets

                                                                                    17 track "best of" compilation. Includes "For The Dead", "Olympian", "We Could Be Kings".....

                                                                                    Barclay James Harvest

                                                                                    Mockingbird -the Collection

                                                                                      12 tracks from Oldham's finest prog rock exports Barclay James Harvest at £5.99 who can complain.


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