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    Sea Girls

    Homesick

      A band well and truly into their stride, Homesick sees Sea Girls, Henry Camamile, Rory Young, Andrew Dawson and Oli Khan, deliver thirteen measures of guitar driven pop brilliance including 2 bonus Deluxe tracks. A deeply personal record, lead singer Henry Camamile returned to his childhood home in Lincolnshire at the wake of the pandemic, finding himself having to address and reflect on events from his past, both good and bad. A cathartic process, Henry leaves nothing to the imagination with his astute storytelling and candid lyrics. Delving into some of his darkest moments, the uplifting album comes as a sense of relief, a gratefulness for survival. Lyrically raw and packed to the brim with hooks, the band step into new realms with an added sense of maturity and a bigger ambitious sounding record.

      Teaming long-term producer Larry Hibbitt with Grammy Award winning Producers Jacknife Lee, Jonny Coffer and Cass Lowe to co-produce the record, Henry reflects on the process: “Imagine us locked down in the studio in rainy Brixton working with the producers remotely on the album in California’s Topanga Canyon. That clashing of worlds is the sound of this record, the DNA. Making an album this way, remotely and 5000 miles apart, was a crazy idea and shouldn’t have worked, but it did”

      Premiered by Arlo Parks as the ‘Hottest Record’ on BBC Radio 1 and debuted live on the band’s frenetic mainstage slot at Latitude Festival, the band drop the album’s first taste with the infectiously honest ‘Sick’.

      “Sick is me listing things I’m pissed off with and feeling sorry for myself, it’s a growing up song where I realise I’m no longer a young child. It’s me in my bedroom at home ranting with my thoughts and going down the hole of being pissed” Henry said of the track. “I am sick of everything - from things I used to love through to things that feel vacuous, like consuming and buying. All these emotions are piling up and it's me just asking for a reset, a childish solution”

      “It was a turning point in the writing for this album where the songs became about worrying for other people and how they were feeling. The pivot where I started writing clearly with a bigger perspective. I literally feel myself growing up throughout this song”

      Sea Girls, one of the most exciting guitar bands to have emerged in recent times, are the torchbearers for the next wave. Delivering sing-along anthems for the masses, the band’s journey is well and truly on its way.


      TRACK LISTING

      CD & Vinyl Tracklist
      Hometown
      Sick
      Lonely
      Someone’s Daughter Someone’s Son
      Sleeping With You
      Paracetamol Blues
      Again Again
      Lucky
      Higher
      Cute Guys
      Friends

      Deluxe - Track Listing
      HOMETOWN
      SICK
      LONELY
      SOMEONE’S DAUGHTER SOMEONE’S SON
      SLEEPING WITH YOU
      PARACETAMOL BLUES
      AGAIN AGAIN
      LUCKY
      HIGHER
      CUTE GUYS
      FRIENDS
      WATCH YOUR STEP
      I GOT YOU

      Paul Weller

      An Orchestrated Songbook - Paul Weller With Jules Buckley & The BBC Symphony Orchestra

        Paul will be releasing the audio from his live performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley with special guests, Celeste, Boy George and James Morrison.

        An Orchestrated Songbook spans Paul’s career and includes ‘You Do Something to Me’, ‘English Rose’ and ‘Wild Wood’ alongside tracks from his latest two number 1 albums On Sunset and Fat Pop.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. ANDROMEDA
        2. ENGLISH ROSE
        3. MY EVER CHANGING MOODS
        4. ON SUNSET
        5. CARNATION
        6. GLAD TIMES
        7. BROKEN STONES (With James Morrison)
        8. GRAVITY
        9. IT´S A VERY DEEP SEA
        10. BOWIE
        11. EQUANIMITY
        12. YOU´RE THE BEST THING (With Boy George)
        13. STILL GLIDES THE STREAM
        14. MOVIN ON
        15. WILD WOOD (With Celeste)
        16. ROCKETS
        17. YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME
        18. WHITE HORSES

        Elbow

        Flying Dream 1

          Elbow release their ninth studio album, ‘Flying Dream 1’, on 19th November 2021. The band wrote ‘Flying Dream 1’ remotely in their home studios before coming together at the empty Brighton Theatre Royal to perfect, perform, and record the songs.

          The album is produced by Craig Potter. Long term collaborator Alex Reeves returns on drums and percussion with Sarah Field on clarinets and saxophones. Backing vocalists were Wilson Atie, Adeleye Omotayo, and Marit Røkeberg from London Contemporary Voices and old friend and long-time collaborator Jesca Hoop.

          TRACK LISTING

          Flying Dream 1
          After The Eclipse
          Is It A Bird
          Six Words
          Calm And Happy
          Come On, Blue
          The Only Road
          Red Sky Radio (Baby Baby Baby)
          The Seldom Seen Kid
          What Am I Without You

          ABBA

          Voyage

            Voyage is ABBA’s first new studio album in 40 years.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. I Still Have Faith In You
            2. When You Danced With Me
            3. Little Things
            4. Dont Shut Me Down
            5. Just A Notion
            6. I Can Be That Woman
            7. Keep An Eye On Dan
            8. Bumble Bee
            9. No Doubt About It
            10. Ode To Freedom

            James Blake

            Friends That Break Your Heart



              TRACK LISTING

              CD Tracklist:
              1. Famous Last Words
              2. Life Is Not The Same
              3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
              4. Funeral
              5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
              6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine
              7. Foot Forward
              8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
              9. Say What You Will
              10. Lost Angel Nights
              11. Friends That Break Your Heart
              12. If I’m Insecure

              LP Tracklist:
              Side A
              1. Famous Last Words
              2. Life Is Not The Same
              3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
              4. Funeral
              5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
              6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine

              Side B
              7. Foot Forward
              8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
              9. Say What You Will
              10. Lost Angel Nights
              11. Friends That Break Your Heart
              12. If I’m Insecure

              Lana Del Rey

              Blue Banisters

                Lana Del Rey’s highly anticipated eighth studio album, Blue Banisters, set for release on 22nd October and featuring the previously released songs 'Blue Banisters,' 'Wildflower Wildfire' and 'Text Book.'

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Text Book
                2. Blue Banisters
                3. Arcadia
                4. Interlude - The Trio
                5. Black Bathing Suit
                6. If You Lie Down With Me
                7. Beautiful
                8. Violets For Roses
                9. Dealer
                10. Thunder
                11. Wildflower Wildfire
                12. Nectar Of The Gods
                13. Living Legend
                14. Cherry Blossom
                15. Sweet Carolina

                J Cole

                The Off Season

                  The Off-Season is the sixth studio album by American rapper J. Cole. The album was executive produced by Cole, Ibrahim Hamad, and T-Minus. It features guest vocals from Morray, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Bas, and 6lack. 

                  This time sees Cole relaxing a little from the incendiary fire of 'KOD', with things getting a little looser in the production front too. It's a fine line between sloppy and laid-back, and though 'Laid-back' was never something Cole could come close to, on 'The Off Season', we get a little more of the unhurried production that could easily veer into the more loose side of the hip-hop spectrum. 
                   
                  There are moments of Cole's trademark drive though, with both 'My Life' and 'Applying Pressure' acting as superb grit ofsetting the more languid offerings. It's yet another wonderful outing from Cole, and one that will surely go down as a turning point in his already considerable skillset.  

                  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.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: It's pretty clear these lot are going to be big. Huge melodies and stadium rock progressions are met with athletic vocal performances and classic songwriting. What more could you want?

                    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

                            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

                            Matt 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

                              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

                                    Barry 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)

                                      Lady Gaga

                                      CHROMATICA

                                        Lady Gaga releases her highly anticipated sixth studio album Chromatica via Interscope Records. The album is executive produced by BloodPop® and Lady Gaga. The album comes on the heels of Friday’s release of the high-energy pop smash Stupid Love, which debuted at #1 on iTunes in 58 countries.


                                        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

                                              Era Vulgaris - Vinyl Reissue

                                                2007's Era Vulgaris finds QOTSA touching on a variety of styles, incorporating electronic and acoustic textures alongside the band's trademark heavy rock crunch. The album includes such fan favorites as "Sick, Sick, Sick," "3's & 7's" and "Make It Wit Chu," with guest appearances by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes and frequent QOTSA collaborator Mark Lanegan.

                                                The previous LP edition was on 3x 10” LPs, this LP edition marks the first-ever release of Era Vulgaris on 12" vinyl.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Turnin’ On The Screw
                                                Sick, Sick, Sick
                                                I’m Designer
                                                Into The Hollow
                                                Misfit Love
                                                Running Joke *exclusive Vinyl Track
                                                Battery Acid
                                                Make It Wit Chu
                                                3’s & 7’s
                                                Suture Up Your Future
                                                River In The Road
                                                Run, Pig, Run

                                                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

                                                    Barry 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

                                                        Barry 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

                                                          Barry 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.

                                                          The Rolling Stones

                                                          On Air

                                                            The Rolling Stones are set to release a new album, ‘On Air’, a selection of BBC recordings from the 60’s. The track-listing will comprise of original Stones tracks along with some covers. The audio has gone through an extensive process called ‘Audio Source Separation’ at Abbey Road. In short, it means a de-mix process ahead of a traditional multi track remix and master.

                                                            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

                                                            Barry 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

                                                              Fresh from bringing the sad to Beyonce's 'Lemonade' long player and Frank Ocean's soon-come sophomore outing, James Blake returns as a solo artist with his third full length album. Not so solo though as 'The Colour In Anything' features a number of collaborations as well, with Ocean, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Connan Mockasin and Rick Rubin all playing a part in the album's evolution.

                                                              However, like the grey skies on the album's sleeve (illustrated by another famous Blake, Sir Quentin), the singer-songwriter / producer still seems to be situated under his own personal rain cloud, providing us with 17 tracks and 76 minuted of heartfelt melancholia. Blake's deep, sparse, spacious electronica provides the perfect backdrop for his lyrical repetition and sorrowful vocals. At times moving further towards an alt-R&B sound, his plaintive solo vocal and piano songs have a meditative, almost gospel-tinted edge to them. A cathartic meditation on loss of love and relationship breakdown, but with deceptive strength at its core, Blake's songs see 'The Colour In Anything', as long as that colour is blue.


                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Radio Silence 4:00
                                                              2. Points 3:31
                                                              3. Love Me In Whatever Way 5:03
                                                              4. Timeless 4:22
                                                              5. F.o.r.e.v.e.r. 2:40
                                                              6. Put That Away And Talk To Me 3:57
                                                              7. I Hope My Life (1-800 Mix) 5:40
                                                              8. Waves Know Shores 2:55
                                                              9. My Willing Heart 4:02
                                                              10. Choose Me 5:38
                                                              11. I Need A Forest Fire (featuring Bon Iver) 4:17
                                                              12. Noise Above Our Heads 5:03
                                                              13. The Colour In Anything 3:33
                                                              14. Two Men Down 6:01
                                                              15. Modern Soul 5:32
                                                              16. Always 5:04
                                                              17. Meet You In The Maze 4:55

                                                              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

                                                                Every so often an artist comes along who changes the musical landscape, an artist who brings something different to the game... Step forward Kendrick Lamar.

                                                                Hailed as the new face of West Coast Rap, the 24 yr-old Compton-native has already been making his mark on the music scene, first with his sought-after mixtapes - ‘Training Day’ and ‘C4’. Then with his self-titled debut EP, 2009’s ‘Kendrick Lamar’ which featured his trademark singles ‘P&P’ and ‘She Needs Me’, followed up by 2010’s ‘(O)verly (D)edicated’ powered by the singles ‘Michael Jordan’ and ‘Cut You Off’. In 2011 he independently released ‘Section. 80’ becoming one of the top digital hip hop albums of the year.

                                                                Fast-forward to 2012 and with the weight and backing of Dr. Dre (the two recently had a joint XXL cover), Kendrick is ready to release his highly-anticipated major label album ‘Good Kid, m.A.A.d City’. Hot single ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ serves as a good taster to the album, alongside the previously released warm-up single ‘The Recipe’ ft. Dr. Dre and the recently announced collaborative single with Lady Gaga called 'Partynauseous'. As well as scene stealing features alongside The Game, Drake, Rick Ross and others - Kendrick is poised to be the first artist in a long time to not only change how the country views West Coast hip hop, but how the world sees Hip Hop as a whole.

                                                                “The coolest shit to say used to be the gangsta shit,” Kendrick says. “But now, the real cool shit to talk about is supporting your family.”


                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                CD Tracklisting:
                                                                1. Sherane AKA Master Splinter’s Daughter
                                                                2. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
                                                                3. Backseat Freestyle
                                                                4. The Art Of Peer Pressure
                                                                5. Money Trees - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock
                                                                6. Poetic Justice - Kendrick Lamar, Drake
                                                                7. Good Kid
                                                                8. M.A.A.d City - Kendrick Lamar, MC Eiht
                                                                9. Swimming Pools (Drank)
                                                                10. Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst
                                                                11. Real - Kendrick Lamar, Anna Wise
                                                                12. Compton - Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre
                                                                13. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix - Featuring Jay Z)
                                                                14. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (International Remix - Featuring Emeli Sande)

                                                                Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                                                Side A:
                                                                1. Sherane A.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter
                                                                2. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
                                                                3. Backseat Freestyle
                                                                4. The Art Of Peer Pressure

                                                                Side B:
                                                                5. Money Trees - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock
                                                                6. Poetic Justice - Kendrick Lamar, Drake
                                                                7. Good Kid
                                                                8. M.A.A.d City - Kendrick Lamar, MC Eiht

                                                                Side C:
                                                                9. Swimming Pools (Drank)
                                                                10. Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst
                                                                11. Real - Kendrick Lamar, Anna Wise

                                                                Side D:
                                                                12. Compton - Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre
                                                                13. The Recipe - (Bnus Track)
                                                                14. Black Boy Fly (Bonus Track)
                                                                15. Now Or Never - Featuring Mary J. Blige (Bonus Track)

                                                                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.

                                                                              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.

                                                                                          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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