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Snow Patrol

Wildness

    Seven years have passed since Snow Patrol's last album 'Fallen Empires'. In that time the band have all ventured off into a variety of projects. Gary Lightbody continued his work with his Tired Pony side project with members of Belle and Sebastian, R.E.M, Reindeer Section and Fresh Young Fellows and moved to Los Angeles to begin writing songs for movies and doing a number of high-profile co-writes with Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Biffy Clyro and One Direction. Taking this extended break from Snow Patrol proved to be a source of inspiration, and writing songs that were not pulled directly from his own psyche helped heal what Lightbody considered to be not so much writer’s block as life block.In the meantime the band have been working on Wildness, Snow Patrol's 7th studio album.

    The album finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive, and lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album: “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all it’s confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.”

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Picture Disc Info: Indie store Picture Disc edition.

    Deluxe CD Info: CD Book pack with deluxe booklet and hard back sleeve with 15 tracks.

    The LP release of the Kendrick Lamar curated Ost to Marvels Black Panther Film. Lamar and Tiffith are collaborating for the first time to create a musical body of work for a motion picture.

    The album also includes the charting singles “Pray For Me” by The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar, and “King’s Dead” from Jay Rock, Future, Lamar, and James Blake, as well as features from ScHoolboy Q, Travis Scott, Swae Lee and Khalid among others. Lamar is regarded as one of the most important, critically acclaimed and creatively inventive the world over, and this album further establishes he and Tiffith as forces not only in music, but in film.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: I had the near impossible task of selecting which songs to attach to this record, but it includes two Kendrick ones of course. This album is fierce and dominant, a showcase of some of the best hip hop ever to grace a soundtrack.

    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.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Snow Patrol

      Don't Give In / Life On Earth

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

        Snow Patrol present Record Store Day Special which has a 100% recycled product with off black colour vinyl in commemoration of International World Earth Day 2018. World Earth Day Falls a day after RSD 2018. A sticker will be on this product.

        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.

        Børns

        Blue Madonna

          Børns (stylized as BØRNS), is an American singer and songwriter from Grand Haven, Michigan. Børns released his first EP, A Dream Between, in 2012 and released his debut studio album, Dopamine in 2015. Now back with a brand new studio album. Lavishly textured and stylistically unpredictable, drenched in sublime melody and shimmying grooves, Blue Madonna again reveals BØRNS’s limitless originality (a gift once recognized by Prince, who praised ‘Electric Love’ in one of his final interviews, stating “I like that you can’t tell what it’s inspired by”). After Børns wore a Gucci-inspired outfit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Gucci took notice of the singer, and the two have since formed a partnership. Børns has also been a leader in the "gender-bender" movement by flaunting nail polish and crop-tops on social media. He admits that his androgynous vocals and appearance have led many to mistake him for a woman at first listen. The first single 'Faded Love' is in the soundtrack of new Fifa 18. Fourth single “God Save Our Young Blood" features global superstar Lana Del Rey and has been chosen as the first Beats 1 World Record of 2018.

          Various Artists

          Black Panther: The Album

            Internationally-celebrated Grammy® Award–winning global superstar Kendrick Lamar and Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, are set to curate and produce “Black Panther: The Album.” The album will feature music from and inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film including the lead single, “All The Stars,” featuring Kendrick Lamar and label mate SZA, produced by Sounwave.

            “Black Panther” is directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, among others.The film opens in the UK on 16th Februaryand pre order tickets alone have made it the most succesful Marvel film of all time! 

            Kendrick Lamar

            Damn (Collectors Clear Vinyl Edition)

            Kendrick Lamar releases a collector's edition of his critically-acclaimed record "DAMN".

            When the Compton rapper conceptualised his album, he originally envisioned the tracks in a much different order to how they ended up on the final product. Kendrick had originally felt that the track-listing should be the complete reversal of what it is - so that it began with “Duckworth.” and ended with “Blood” - so here it is! I guess now that he's officially been proclaimed 'The Greatest Rapper Alive' (see: original review for "Damn"... - ed) he can call the shots now! If you liked "Damn" first time round, I'm sure you'll fall hook line and sinker to hear Lamar's unabridged intention. For those that didn't, what better time to introduce yourself to one of our generation's more respected wordsmiths. 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Millie says: Kendrick’s Collectors Edition vinyl is here, in reverse order to the original release the way Kendrick Lamar wanted it. Personally, I can’t get enough of the part in Duckworth where the album is played backwards in this distorted rewind to the start of the album, the placement between Blood and Duckworth are just incredible and this collector’s edition really highlights this. If you think edition isn’t needed, I don’t think you get Kendrick Lamar.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xColoured LP Info: Double transparent clear vinyl.

            Frank Turner

            Songbook

              Songbook’ is a retrospective of Frank’s illustrious career thus far, including the highlights from his six studio albums which span back 10 years, as well as new ‘Songbook versions’ that take the form of acoustic and reimagined versions of classic tracks.

              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!

                Mick Jagger

                Gotta Get A Grip

                  Double A side of 2 new tracks, "Gotta Get A Grip" & "England Lost".

                  Lana Del Rey

                  Lust For Life

                    Global superstar Lana Del Rey releases her 4th album ‘Lust For Life’ which features collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Sean Ono Lennon, The Weeknd and Stevie Nicks.



                    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.”

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xLP Info: 2 LP set pressed at 45 RPM on audiophile quality vinyl. Includes bonus track and digital download.

                    Frank Turner

                    Get Better : A Film About Frank Turner

                      Get Better is a year long character study of one of the hardest working musicians on earth. Encompassing footage from friends, family and fans across England, Europe and the USA, film maker and friend Ben Morse set out to capture a band who are constantly in motion, only to find that they suddenly stopped. Forced to pause for the first time in ten years, the film explores what drives a man to stay on the road, and what that means for his life and those around him. In candid interviews, Frank, the band and everyone they meet explore what drives someone ever onwards.Bonus features: Footage of Frank's acoustic set and Frank's Q&A with director Ben Morse and Times journalist Hugo Rifkind from the December 2016 premiere event for the film in London's Leicester Square.

                      Clean Cut Kid

                      Felt

                        "Liverpool’s thrilling fuzz-pop quartet Clean Cut Kid have announced details of their much-anticipated debut album. A string of exhilarating singles have given snapshots of their brilliance and now comes a record to match. 'Felt' will be released on May 5th through Babe Magnet Records/Polydor

                        Clean Cut Kid are Mike Halls, Evelyn Halls, Saul Godman and Ross Higginson. The four-piece are one of the most exciting breakthrough bands in the UK, their inventive take on anthemic guitar-pop the product of intense writing and rehearsal sessions at the band's practice space in Liverpool. Their five singles so far – ‘Vitamin C’, ‘Runaway’, ‘Pick Me Up’, ‘Make Believe’ and ‘We Used To Be In Love’ – have introduced a band full of creativity, who mix classic melodicism with a sonic adventurousness. 'Felt' was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios with Blossoms and The Coral producer Rich Turvey, London's Konk Studios with Arcade Fire collaborator Craig Silvey and London's Voltaire Studios with Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Wolf Alice).
                        What emerges is a contemporary indie-pop record filled with defiant pop hooks and emotionally-charged fragility. 'Felt' is an album that deals with the hard truths and uplifting highs of modern love. 


                        Elbow

                        August & September

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

                          Single track 7" charity release of Elbow's reworking of The The's "August & September" for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) in association with Torch Songs. The vinyl has a beautiful etching of the Torch Songs logo on the B Side with a clear plastic sleeve as packaging.

                          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.

                          After the straight-ahead mod punkiness of 'in The City' and 'This Is The Modern World, The Jam regrouped and refocused for 'All Mod Cons', an album that marked a great leap in songwriting maturity and sense of purpose. For the first time, Paul Weller built, rather than fell back, upon his influences, carving a distinct voice all his own; he employed a story-style narrative with invented characters and vivid British imagery à la Ray Davies to make incisive social commentary - all in a musically irresistible package. The youthful perspective and impassioned delivery on 'All Mod Cons' first earned Weller the "voice of a generation" tag, and it certainly captures a moment in time, but really, the feelings and sentiments expressed on the album just as easily speak to any future generation of young people. Terms like "classic" are often bandied about, but in the case of 'All Mod Cons', it is certainly deserved.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          LP Info: 180g reissue with download codes. Single LP sleeves with printed inner bags.

                          ‘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’.


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Andy says: It's ironic that with the exit of their drummer comes Elbow's grooviest album . Guy Garvey's care-worn observations are perfectly suited to this kind of gently propulsive, shifting dynamic. Another great album, folks.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          LP Info: 180 gram gatefold album with download code.

                          Their first studio album in over a decade. Recorded in just three days in London, England, this is an album full of their passion for the music that has always been at the heart and soul of the band – Blues.

                          Recorded in three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone’s throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the Stones started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs. The credits say it all, in the way this project was approached to play live in the studio without overdubs. Mick Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar), plus their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards). For two of the twelve tracks the Stones were also joined by old friend Eric Clapton.

                          ‘Blue & Lonesome’ sees the Rolling Stones tipping their hats to the blues roots with tracks of intense spontaneity. It’s hard to believe that this is a record made by musicians in their sixth decade of recording. In their very early days the Stones played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf - artists whose songs are featured on this album.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Deluxe LP Info: Double heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with album download card.

                          Siouxsie And The Banshees

                          The Scream

                            The classic Banshees debut album from 1978 has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes and contains 2 bonus tracks: "Hong Kong Garden" and "The Staircase Mystery". 

                            By 1978 straight forward 1-2-3-4 punk was already heading down a cul de sac, but the bands who were inspired by those early Pistols gigs were already moving on to something different. One of the last 'first wave' punk bands to be signed, Siouxsie And The Banshees finally emerged on vinyl in the autumn of 1978, where they were perfectly poised to commandeer the territory between punk's aggression and the alienation sector of post-punk. Siouxsie Sioux herself shows the distinct, commanding voice and lyrical meditations on fractured lives and situations that would win her well-deserved attention over the years. Compared to the unfocused general subject matter of most of the band's peers, songs like "Jigsaw Feeling," "Suburban Relapse," and especially the barbed contempt of "Mirage" are perfect miniature portraits. John McKay's metallic (but not metal) guitar parts, riffs that never quite resolve into conventional melodies, and the throbbing Steven Severin / Kenny Morris rhythm section distill the Velvet Underground's early propulsion into a crisper punch with more than a hint of glam's tribal rumble.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Coloured LP Info: Picture disc vinyl.

                            M.I.A. will release a new studio album, AIM, on 9th September the record features collaborations with the likes of Skrillex, Zayn Malik, Diplo and Blaqstarr and is the fifth in a line of critically-acclaimed albums from the London-based artist (following Arular, Kala, /\/\ /\ Y /\ and Matangi). Featuring ‘Borders’, ‘Go Off’ and ‘Bird Song’, AIM is a thrilling kaleidoscope of global sounds at once forward-thinking, fun, provocative and totally unique - much like MIA herself. 

                            Recently signed to Polydor, Ed Harcourt returns with his seventh album Furnaces, the most ambitious and abrasive album of his career produced by legendary producer Flood, a long-time ally of Ed, who has previously worked with the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and Foals.

                            The result is an album that, for all its fire and brimstone, is also euphoric and celebratory. “I wanted to make a record that people can cry, f**k and fight to” says Ed. “I don’t think there are many records out like that at the moment, but all my favourite records have that, whether it’s Prince or Nine Inch Nails. I hadn’t made a record before that has this kind of danger to it.”

                            Fittingly, the album’s artwork was created by the legendary Gonzo artist and Hunter S Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman.

                            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.

                            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.


                            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.


                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Upbeat and rawkous synth-pop. Think neon lights, funky hooks and pounding rhythms. Elements of funk, soul, and dance through an indie filter. Great fun.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition double 180 gram clear vinyl.

                            2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                            Jamie Woon

                            Making Time

                            2015 release from the electronic artist / producer. 'Making Time' is the long awaited follow-up to Jamie's 2011 debut album 'Mirrorwriting'. In the four years following the release of his debut album, Jamie made an appearance on Disclosure's debut album 'Settle' in 2013 and played a select few festivals around Europe. These brief appearances were a just a quick reprieve during the valuable time Jamie spent writing his new record. An undeniable focus and informed musical ear are signatures of Jamie's work both on record and on stage, as well as a fine attention to detail. Elsewhere on 'Making Time', Willy Mason lends his distinctive vocal to 'Celebration', Robin Hannibal and Jamie team up on 'Sharpness', Royce Wood Junior collaborates on 'Lament' and co-production across the album comes from Lexxx. The first song they worked on together is the opening track on Making Time: 'Message'. This soulful rumination explores the idea of ambition. "That's me explaining what I've been up to and working out why I do this," Jamie explains. "The process of this record was about me finding that confidence in myself."

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            LP Info: Includes full colour glossy A5 24 page lyric booklet.

                            Elbow

                            Cast Of Thousands - Vinyl Edition

                              Most bands, when they want more attention, pump up the volume. Not Elbow. The Manchester quintet's second full-length is quieter than their debut, 'Asleep At the Back', luring listeners into its clutches with weird sonic details: the twinkling electronics that open "Ribcage", stuttering guitar feedback on "Not A Job." Equally seductive are singer Guy Garvey's vocals, full of hushed gravity as he mutters thumbnail sketches of characters ranging from nasty buggers ("I've Got Your Number") to his band mates ("Snooks"). Underlying all the subtle touches are some deceptively catchy tunes: the clap-along shuffle of "Buttons & Zips;" a love song from the other side of the world ("Fugitive Motel"), and another that spins as slowly as a lonely satellite ("Switching Off"). 'Thousands' also includes cameos from members of Doves and Alfie, and, on the final bars of the swelling "Grace Under Pressure," a Glastonbury festival audience - the second time through, you'll probably join in, too.

                              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.

                              After nearly twenty five years and counting as a member of Elbow and one of the UK’s most recognised and celebrated musicians and lyricists, Guy Garvey is setting off alone for the first time. ‘Courting the Squall’, his debut solo album is, as with all solo albums, a glimpse into its creator’s soul. Shot through with warmth and emotional intelligence, content and comfortable in its own skin, ‘Courting the Squall’ is that most unique thing; a record made without preconditions, an album of songs made purely for the joy of its making.

                              Guy has also announced a short run of dates in Europe and the UK throughout November and December on which he will be accompanied by the musicians who recorded the album, including Pete Jobson of I Am Kloot on guitar, Nathan Sudders of The Whip on bass and Alex Reeves on drums. Elbow’s brass section complete the live line-up.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Andy says: Fantastic surprise as Guy rings the changes. A super album, and quite different from Elbow. Recommended.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd LP Info: The 12 inch heavyweight single vinyl comes in a full colour gate-fold sleeve with printed inner bag and includes a free digital download.

                              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. 

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd LP Info: Red vinyl LP.

                              LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

                              Frank Turner

                              Positive Songs For Negative People

                              Frank Turner will release his next studio album on August 7th through Xtra Mile Recordings and Polydor Records. “Positive Songs For Negative People” is the singer-songwriter’s sixth album and the follow-up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed “Tape Deck Heart”. It was made with his trusted backing band The Sleeping Souls and produced by Butch Walker in Nashville. The first taste of the album is the single ‘The Next Storm’ The video features Turner in the boxing ring with CM Punk, the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era. It has been an eventful decade for the troubadour from Winchester.

                              As he turned his attention towards his sixth album at the tail-end of 2014, Turner thought back to his debut. “When a band makes a debut record, there’s a freshness and excitement to it that bands often lose as time goes by,” he says. “I wanted to try and make a record with that young, exciting feel.” The idea was that Frank and his band would capture the exhilarating thrill of their live show. Like much of Turner’s work, it is a record that takes Life’s Big Issues – triumphing over the darkest adversities – and places them inside a mix of beguiling, intricate vignettes and sweeping anthems. Josephine is a punky singalong and Mittens is a fist-clenched song of defiance whilst tracks such as Glorious You and Demons pack a bittersweet emotional punch. That it begins with The Angel Islington, a tribute to North London, and ends with Song For Josh, a touching eulogy recorded live at the 9.30 Club in Washington, is an apt reflection of the journey Frank Turner has made over the past 10 years. He has made homes from home, and formed strong bonds along the way. “Positive Songs For Negative People” is Turner at both his most reflective and celebratory.


                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP Info: Black heavyweight single LP with printed outer wallet and printed inner wallet.

                              2xDeluxe CD Info: Limited deluxe CD includes bonus 10 track acoustic disc.

                              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.

                                The Rolling Stones

                                Sticky Fingers - Deluxe Edition

                                ‘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.

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                                Andy says: The Stones at their greatest.

                                The Rolling Stones

                                Sticky Fingers - Super Deluxe 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.

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                                  The Rolling Stones

                                  Sticky Fingers - Standard Vinyl Version

                                    ‘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.

                                    The 1975

                                    Sex EP

                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                      First time available on vinyl. 12" Clear Vinyl in a paper jacket - includes 5 tracks, but the track "Milk" isn't mentioned on the jacket. 


                                      The Pierces

                                      Creation

                                      ‘Kings’, lead track from The Pierces new album 'Creation' is a mesmeric leap forward for the duo, whilst also carrying the harmonic hallmarks of their past work. With its soaring chorus and syncopated, swaggering groove, it revolves around the sort of indelible hook that crowds holler along to at the top of their lungs at festivals. “If we want to/We could do what kings do,” the sisters sing, sounding emboldened and ready to embrace the next stage of their career.

                                      And why shouldn’t they? Their 2011 album ‘You & I’ made the Alabama-born siblings stars. They had released three albums by that point, over which they honed their melodic, folk-tinged indie-pop. Their fourth album propelled them to new heights. Featuring huge radio hits such as ‘You’ll Be Mine’, ‘Glorious’ and ‘It Will Not Be Forgotten’, it entered the UK charts at number four and embarked on a long stay in the Top 20. The band followed it up with extensive touring and feted appearances at a number of festivals.

                                      After all that touring, there was a brief period where the sisters were living on opposite sides of the world: Allison shuttling between London and New York and Catherine leaving New York and settling in Los Angeles. After Allison moved to LA too, both entered a prolific creative phase that sowed the seeds for their new record. ‘Creation’ was produced in its entirety by guitarist Christian “Leggy” Langdon, the group’s on-tour musical director. As the album’s title suggests, it marks a brave new dawn for The Pierces. They have followed up their biggest success with their most life-affirming work yet.


                                      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.


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Philippa says: 'Tango In The Night' era Fleetwood Mac, the Bangles, Prince, Madonna and Debbie Gibson all mashed together in a west coast soft-pop shimmer.

                                      Yeah Yeah Yeahs release their fourth album, Mosquito on April 15th, 2013.

                                      “We would love for this music to make our fans feeeeel something, for it to stir some shit up inside of them, whatever that may be,” says singer Karen O. “SO much feeling went into this record, it was the rope ladder thrown down into the ditch for us to climb up and dust ourselves off. I hope others can climb up it too; we’re excited to share the good vibes.”

                                      Mosquito is produced by Dave Sitek and Nick Launay (working separately), with one track produced by James Murphy. The bulk of it was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornilla, TX. Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith) appears on one track.

                                      “We took a more playful, LO-FI approach to songwriting,” says O. “Much of the music was demoed in our little basement studio in Manhattan with drum machines, a shitty sample keyboard and tons of delay - which we called the soup.
                                      “I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you've ever heard from us,” she continues. “You might catch some roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences in there.”

                                      The members, once lovingly labeled by Rolling Stone as “the goth, the nerd and the slut” have been busy in the past few years. Karen O co- created a psycho-opera (with KK Barrett) titled Stop The Virgens, which she described as an assault on the tragic joys of youth spun through a cycle of nine songs. O took Stop The Virgens from New York’s St. Ann’s all the way to the Sydney Opera House, bringing Chase along on drums in the production and Zinner as guitarist and musical director. Spin noted “Stop The Virgens is musical theater as catharsis, and it illustrates just how much Karen O has grown as an artist over her decade-long career.”

                                      O also collaborated with Trent Reznor for “Immigrant Song” on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, “Strange Love” on the Frankenweenie soundtrack, and sang on songs with Santigold, Swans and David Lynch. Nick Zinner curated, composed and led an orchestral work titled 41 Strings both in NYC and the Sydney Opera House. The performance involved over 45 musicians. Hear a performance of 41 Strings HERE. Zinner also contributed songwriting and production to Santigold’s album and had several shows of his acclaimed photography. Drummer Brian Chase will be releasing an album of his solo project, Drums & Drones, on the Pogus Label in 2013. The album features electro-acoustic soundscapes based on the sonic properties of drums and percussion. Notable album releases/appearances by Chase include the Chase/Misterka duo's The Shape of Sound, Karlie Bruce's Paperback Lover, Man Forever's Pansophical Cataract, and Jeremiah Cymerman's Fire Sign. Chase also writes about yoga, food and music on his own website chasebrian.com.
                                      The band has recorded three studio albums; All 3 albums were nominated for a GRAMMY award for Best Alternative Music Album. The first, Fever to Tell, was named as the best album of the year by The New York Times. The Patrick Daughters-directed video “Maps” was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards. The certified-Gold album was named by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media, and NME as one of the best albums of the decade. The second, Show Your Bones, was named the second best album of the year by NME. Rolling Stone magazine named it the one of the best album of the year, while Spin Magazine ranked it in their 40 best albums of 2006. Their third studio album, It's Blitz!, was named the second best album of the year by NME magazine, It's Blitz! was named as the second best album of 2009 by Spin Magazine and third best of 2009 by NME along with the single "Zero" from the album listed as the best track of the year by both. All three are fired up for the newest: Mosquito.

                                      “This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record - which doesn't mean easy listening - it means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy,” says O. “ Very us.”

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Andy says: This band continue to surprise. After the synth-pop light of 'It's Blitz', which could have left you anticipating a push towards the mainstream, comes a swerve to the left and a dark, moody masterpiece that draws you in and under. Excellent.

                                      Superb replica reissue of the hard-to-find original 12” version of one the true classics of the jazz-funk stratosphere - the amazing and inimitable "Running Away" by vibes master Roy Ayers. Instantly recognisable from the first bass riffs, this seminal track from the late 70s is a dancefloor staple around the world crossing genres and generations to become one of the most-loved tracks of all time championed by more DJs than you can shake a stick at. Although "Running Away" is the undeniable star, on the flip "Can’t You See Me" is not to be sneezed at either - a summery cool groover with sweet vocals and a breezy Brazilian feel. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of jazz-funk history.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Marcellus Pittman recently dropped this at Bohemian Grove to devasting effect; prompting me to feverishly hunt down an original off Discogs. If only I'd have known this cut-price replica was on its way....

                                      Produced by Ben Allen (Bombay Bicycle Club, Animal Collective) and Tim Goldsworthy (Massive Attack, LCD Soundsystem) ‘Collections’ fuses elements of electronica, hip hop and house to create a distinctive and unique soundscape.

                                      Formed in 2009, the three piece from Manchester (Richard Boardman, Matt Cocksedge, and James Cook) garnered widespread critical acclaim and a loyal live following in the wake of the release of debut album Acolyte which featured tracks "Doubt" and "Halcyon"

                                      Recording for ‘Collections’ took the band to two very disparate locations, beginning work with Tim Goldsworthy at his Unit 3 studio space in Bristol where Massive Attack recorded their seminal albums Blue Lines and Protection, and then onto Ben Allen’s converted shipping container in the cabbagetown district of Atlanta, Georgia, the resulting work mirrors these differing environments and is unquestionably a quantum leap forward from their debut.

                                      ‘We’d been touring for two years,’ says Rick Boardman. “We were just creatively burnt out’. Taking their time and being meticulous about the process of writing and recording was key for Delphic, James Cook adds ‘we amassed a lengthy file of ideas, but due to our love of technology’– they are confirmed ‘studioheads’ – 'we couldn't complete them until we returned home to our studio.'

                                      However the wait was more than worth it, new tracks Memeo, and forthcoming single Baiya perfectly representing the delicate balance of euphoria and despair, against a musical backdrop that owes as much to the very best of modern day pop to the more underground hip hop and electronica elements the band take inspiration from.

                                      The new sound has instilled a bullish commitment from the three piece to challenge the current status quo of throwaway pop music, Rick Boardman sums it up best by surmising ‘We get very angry about the state of popular music and we want to bloody change it. And why shouldn’t we?’

                                      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.”


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                                      2xLP Info: Deluxe vinyl edition, includes 3 bonus songs.

                                      The Rolling Stones

                                      Doom And Gloom




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                                        Ltd 10" Info: 10" Etched Vinyl.

                                        Elbow finally release the long awaited b-sides album: 'Dead In The Boot' which brings together b-sides and hard to find non-album tracks from the band's lengthy recording career. The release tells an alternative elbow story beginning with the early years, with tracks like 'None One' from the original 'Newborn' EP in 2000, right up to 'Buffalo Ghosts' from last April's 'Open Arms'.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Andy says: Our humble heroes show what great songwriters they are, with a B-sides collection that would wipe the floor with most bands' A-sides.

                                        "Born To Die" the album is a collection of tracks about which Lana says "The songs I've written are an homage to true love and a tribute to living life on the wild side." Album tracks include "Million Dollar Man", "Off To The Races", "Blue Jeans" and "Carmen".

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Darryl says: For sure this is a slick 'pop' album, but with her sultry vocal delivery and simply stunning songs like 'Video Games', 'Born To Die' and many others, there's more than enough here to keep an indie kid happy. Recommended!

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                                        2xLP Info: Limited vinyl edition.

                                        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.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Andy says: Latest offering from one of this shop's most unanimously loved bands, and it's a beautiful, slightly subtler affair. There's still some enormo-tunes, like the stunning first single, "Neat Little Rows", but the time was right for tasty consolidation, and that's what this feels like. To be this massive but remain so good is no mean feat. Elbow manage that with aplomb.

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                                        2xLtd LP Info: Deluxe double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

                                        2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                        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.

                                        Imagine a band who fuse three part harmonies with scalding post-punk guitars; floor-filling bass lines with syncopated rhythms and lyrics about everything from high-school massacres to R&B lotharios musing on their lot in a postapocalyptic wilderness.

                                        Not easy, is it? But then Everything Everything (Jonathan, Jeremy, Mike and Alex) aren’t here to make life easy. They’re here to challenge every knee-jerk convention of indie rock and dance on the grave of pointless retrogression 'We’ve never been comfortable with the indie tag' explains Jeremy. 'If it’s Girls Aloud or Slint, it doesn’t matter - if we like it we’ll listen to it and work out what makes it good. There are hundreds of years of amazing music to draw on. Why place restrictions on yourself? We belong to a generation that was too young to buy into Britpop fully, so we’ve had no significant pop cultural movement to throw our lot in with'.

                                        'My childhood began with the fall of the Berlin Wall', explains Jonathan. 'It ended when I was sixteen when 9/11 happened. I grew up a tiny little village in rural Northumberland so I was very isolated during that period. I didn't have a television until I was seventeen, so I listened to the radio a lot. I was making music all the time in my bedroom - my one rule was not to sound like anyone else'.

                                        "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.

                                        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.

                                        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).

                                        Eels is the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka E). The band's first record since 2005's critically acclaimed "Blinking Lights And Other Revelations", "Hombre Lobo" was recorded entirely at E's studio in Los Angeles with Koool G Murder (bass, keyboards and guitar) and Knuckles (drums and percussion). 'I wanted to write a set of songs about desire,' says E. 'That dreadful, intense want that gets you into all sorts of situations that can change your life in big ways.'

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                                        2xLtd CD/DVD Info: This limited edition includes "Tremendous Dynamite: Making Hombre Lobo" - DVD Documentary.

                                        "Sticky Fingers" is an acknowledged masterpiece and rightly features on the list of Rolling Stone Magazine's Greatest Albums Of All Time. It originally came housed in a controversial 'zipper' sleeve conceived by Andy Warhol – and topped the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. This is a brand new remastered edition.

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                                        CD Info: This is a brand new remastered edition.

                                        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.

                                        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".

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                                        CD Info: CHEAP FOR A WEEK.

                                        Delays

                                        Hooray

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

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                                        CDS Info: The CD single also includes non album track "Chest Out".

                                        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".

                                        Elbow

                                        The Seldom Seen Kid

                                          Their fourth studio album, "The Seldom Seen Kid" is a welcome return from the band, driven by a thunderous riff that reminds listeners of Elbow's love of the heavy as well as the delicate. Produced by keyboard player, Craig Potter, the album is the follow up to 2005's universally acclaimed "Leaders Of The Free World". The lyrical core of "The Seldom Seen Kid" sees Guy Garvey address the key questions of life. Over the 11 tracks the big themes of love and loss become the central focus of an album that sees Elbow, a band universally recognised for their musical ability and innovation, stretch their sonic template further than ever before. We move from the sparse electronica of "Starlings" through the flamenco influenced "The Bones Of You" to the Zeppelin-esque rock of first single "Grounds For Divorce". They even make space for a song described as " a Bond theme, if Bond were from Bury"(!) and a duet with the brilliant Richard Hawley. Blending the intimate with the epic, this could be their best record yet!

                                          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".

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                                          2xLtd CD Info: A special, limited edition run of the CD features a "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" bonus CD, featuring eight tracks recorded live in California on June 8th 2007.

                                          "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.

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                                          CD Info: Includes a UK bonus track, "Fall Is Just Something Grown-Ups Invented".

                                          Stephen Fretwell

                                          Man On The Roof

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

                                          "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.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          3x10" LP Info: Incredible book style packaging (measuring 12" wide by 10" tall) wrapped around three 10 inch LPs. And if that wasn't enough - there is even a bonus track not available anywhere else!!!

                                          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.

                                          Scissor Sisters

                                          She's My Man

                                          "She's My Man" is joyous glam-rock-disco-pop shakedown and has already become a live favourite with fans. The song is based on a woman called Annie Christmas, who was a New Orleans folk legend. Jake Shears explains the story: 'She was a huge lady, a riverboat pirate, a thief and a killer who passed herself off as a man. This song is from the point of view of someone who is in love with her...'.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd 7" Info: Limited 7" pressed on an 8" x 8" square picture disc.

                                          "The Information" is Beck's most exciting record yet and it comes with never-been-seen-before visuals, and the most unique album packaging in years. Ever growing and expanding, Beck manages to stay familiar and fresh. First single "Cellphone's Dead" is Beck at his electro-rap best. Other highlights include "Strange Apparition", US single "Nausea" and the epic "Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton" - ten plus minutes of dub infected eeriness! And just to prove that Beck's imagination is not limited to his music, the album itself will come with a blank CD sleeve and a sheet of stickers for the listener to make their own booklet.

                                          Siouxsie And The Banshees

                                          Ju Ju

                                            The classic Banshees album from 1981 has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes and contains three bonus tracks: "Spellbound (12" Version)", "Arabian Knights (12" Vocoder mix)" and "Fireworks (12" Nigel Gray Mix)". 

                                            One of the band's masterworks, Juju sees Siouxsie and the Banshees operating in a squalid wall of sound dominated by tribal drums, swirling and piercing guitars, and Siouxsie Sioux's fractured art-attack vocals. If not for John McGeoch's marvelous high-pitched guitars, here as reminiscent of Joy Division as his own work in Magazine, the album would rank as the band's most gothic release. Album opener "Spellbound," one of the band's classics, ranks among their finest moments and bristles with storming energy.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Mine says: If you're into post punk but not familiar with Siouxsie and the Banshees it is about time. Juju is a brilliant album from start to finish. Listen to it loud!

                                            Siouxsie And The Banshees

                                            Kaleidoscope

                                              "After Join Hands, guitarist John McKay and drummer Kenny Morris departed the Banshees, leaving the band at a crossroads. Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin elected to soldier on with ex-Slits drummer Budgie and two guitarists, ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones and John McGeoch of Magazine as guest Banshees. Despite the personnel upheaval, the result is a surprisingly strong record: Kaleidoscope. While a number of the songs here are still dark-hued and feature bleak lyrics, they are made very palatable by extraordinarily imaginative production values featuring intricate synthesizer-flecked arrangements; psychedelic touches in "Christine," spaceship synthesizer swoops in "Tenant," and rhythmic camera clicks in "Red Light" all enliven their respective songs. Sound quality here is lighter and much clearer than on previous releases. Kaleidoscope was a make-or-break album for Siouxsie and the Banshees, and happily the band came through strongly." - All Music.

                                              This remastered reissue includes eight bonus tracks featuring the 'Warner Chappell Demos' and 'Polydor Demos' + single-only track 'Israel'.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Philippa says: Moody proto-goth album featuring the brilliant 'Happy House'. This cheap as chips remastered CD also features 8 demo tracks and the single-only 'Isreal'.

                                              Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                              Show Your Bones

                                              As Kings of Leon proved in 2005, the best tactic after releasing a critically adored debut is to blow it clean out of the water with your follow-up. With this in mind, "Show Your Bones" will achieve classic album status. Taking the fractious blueprint set down on "Fever To Tell", Brooklyn's Yeah Yeah Yeahs have tempered their brittle art-punk metre with an (almost) funky swaggering funk (the LL Cool J borrowing "Phenomena"), grandiose soundscapes ("Gold Lion") and anthemic epics ("Turn Into You"). All this and there's still room for their trademark sound which got the hipsters so rapturous in the first place.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              CD Info: Includes a UK bonus track, "Deja Vu".

                                              Another killer Ayers LP from 1976, featuring the classic cosmic soul-jazz cut "Searching". As ever the tracks move between time-changing jazz-funk bombs for the dancefloor, spiritual moments and late night soul slowies.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              LP Info: US import reissue with original sleeve artwork.

                                              This 1973 LP, recorded in the same year as his "Coffy" soundtrack, sees Ayers in blaxploitation mode again with a full string section backing the jazzy funk grooves, featuring Harry Whitaker and Strata-East's Charles Tolliver. As well as self-penned tracks there's cool covers of "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone".

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              LP Info: US import with original sleeve artwork.

                                              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.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              DVD single Info: The DVD single features the video for "Fearless", a live video of "No Brakes" and a photo gallery.

                                              Soledad Brothers

                                              Voice Of Treason

                                              Recorded at the legendary Toe-Rag studios this is the Soledad Brothers fourth album (including their live album) and their first on the dreaded major label. Fear not though, this is a quality garage blues album. Mates of the White Stripes, these Detroit warriors take the blues even further sounding like a raw and demented "Exile On Main Street".

                                              Roy Ayers Ubiquity

                                              He's Coming

                                              Another classic Roy Ayers jazz-funk LP, this time from 1972. The arrangement of tracks is by the band's keyboard player and Black Renaissance man Harry Whitaker. Includes "We Live In Brooklyn" and the Nu Yorican Soul covered "Sweet Tears".

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              LP Info: US import with original gatefold sleeve artwork

                                              This 1975 LP includes the classic "2000 Black" (where 4Hero's Dego got the name for his nu-jazz label from!) and other jazz-funk grooves. Guest musicians include Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, Salsoul's Edwin Birdsong and vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              LP Info: US import with original sleeve artwork.

                                              CD Info: Digi-pack CD includes new insert with notes by Dean Rudland.

                                              Roy Ayers Ubiquity

                                              Change Up The Groove

                                              This 1974 LP sees the band in full dancefloor-aimed jazz-funk flow. Includes covers of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" and the theme from MASH.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              LP Info: US import with original sleeve artwork.

                                              The Velvet Underground & Nico

                                              The Velvet Underground & Nico - Deluxe Edition

                                                What can you say? Everything a rock and roll record should be? Sexy, dangerous, moody, poignant, poetic, arty. One of the most influential records ever. A music peopled with misfits, dreamers, musicians and magicians. A world created by Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Moss and Mo Tucker for us to step into, for us to believe in. And to think in '67 no-one was listening! The look, the stance, the presence that informed all our favourite bands began with this, and now it gets its best ever release. Deluxe, lavishly packaged 2xCD set with 28 page booklet, mono and stereo versions, rare singles mixes and tracks from Nico's concurrent LP. It's gorgeously packaged and there's lyrics for the first time. So, sorry if you love it already, you may have to indulge yourself. If you don't know this music - what are you waiting for? Peel slowly and see.....

                                                Van Morrison

                                                Down The Road

                                                  Van Morrison returns to his blues and rock 'n' roll roots and produces one of his greatest albums in years! The simple arrangements, the shuffle beats and slow blues brings out the best in Van the Man's voice and there's a heartfelt ease and sense of recognition engendered in the listener that makes "Down The Road" one of the most satisfying releases in Morrison's long career.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  2xLP Info: Limited edition double vinyl.

                                                  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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