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SEX - We Are Not In The Least Afraid Of Ruins

    The second installment of gems and nuggets straight from the infamous jukebox at Malcolm and Vivienne's King's Road SEX boutique.

    Compiled again by Marco Pirroni (Adam and The Ants, Siouxsie and the Banshees) another collection of carefully curated tracks that were played on rotation at 430 kings road Chelsea, throughout 1974-1976.

    Years in the making, this follow up to Marco’s 2004 “SEX: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die” continues to complete the jukebox playlist with tracks contributed from those friends who frequented the shop - Jordan Mooney (RIP), Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Sam Bully amongst others – remembering those all-important songs that soundtracked the shop and left lasting impressions on them over 47 years ago.

    Another wild ride and a kaleidoscope of jukebox bangers from The Animals to Max Bigraves, Nico to Burundi Black, these tracks undoubtedly played a heavy influence on SEX’s customer’s young ears many who would go on and change the musical world forever - Sex Pistols, The Clash, Chrissie Hynde, Siouxsie Sioux to name just a few.

    Artwork supplied by Personality Crisis with unpublished photographs from Jane England, a student at the time but already understood the cultural significance and beauty of both the shop and Jordan Mooney who the compilation is dedicated to.

    Quotes:

    “This is the second album of music from the jukebox at 430 Kings road Chelsea, this place was the center of my world from 1973 to early 1977 when I had to grow-up and move on. The tracks have nothing much to do with each other but in my mind, they all go together: Winifred Atwill and the Animals, Mott the Hoople and Max Bygraves have for the last 40 years become forever interlinked. Malcolm, Vivienne, Jordan, Steve Jones and Paul Cook (who would both put their favourite songs on the jukebox) all have a hand in it. In the internet age I still know almost nothing about these artists and I’ve never bothered to look them up. Sex: Vol 1 and 2 are to be played in the old-fashioned way. That is, you put them and listen all the way through (jukeboxes don’t have remotes). Hopefully, it will give a flavour of the time, when none of us who hung around in The scene later to be known as punk had the slightest clue what we were doing or why we we’re doing it. I could probably hazard a guess but it really doesn’t matter. Its nostalgia for a bygone age with a soundtrack from an even more bygone age. But I loved it all then and I love it now.

    Marco Pirroni, 2022

    “Just imagine being in this mystical clothes shop at any time during 1974-1976 and being part of what I saw as a place of creative ideas, like the cafés you’d have found in Russia or Prague where great philosophers used to churn over ideas and punch holes in the norm. Dark luxurious rubber clad walls with slogans that may be old but were still pertinent to US. At the end of this tunnel of decadence and the risqué was that jukebox. Filled with music to inspire and encourage you to dig deeper.”

    Jordan Mooney

    “Memories of a jukebox. The first thing we did when going into the shop was head to the jukebox and fire up some music. It was great listening to all those 50’s/60’s tracks and it was a bit of an education music wise. Blasting out great Rock’n’Roll, Garage / Rebel Rock, it had to be the coolest jukebox in London at the time and we’d spend hours hanging around, digging the scene and looking cool. As time went by we’d add our own 45’s into the mix but the jukebox choice had Malcolm's stamp all over it with a selection of outsider, freaky misfits.”

    Paul Cook

    TRACK LISTING

    Vinyl Tracklisting
    SIDE A
    1. The Animals - We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place
    2. Chris Farlowe - Out Of Time
    3. Dave Berry - Don't Gimme No Lip Child
    4. Peanuts Wilson - Cast Iron Arm
    5. The Cougars - Saturday Nite At The Duck-Pond
    SIDE B
    6. Dave & Ansell Collins - Double Barrel
    7. Burundi Steïphenson Black - Burundi Black
    8. John Leyton - Johnny Remember Me
    9. The Dakotas - Cruel Sea
    10. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy- Paralyzed
    11. Fats Domino - Sick & Tired
    SIDE C
    12. Winifred Atwell - Hawaiian Cha Cha
    13. Max Bygraves - You Need Hands
    14. Lloyd Price - Where Were You On Our Wedding Day
    15. The Ethiopians - Train To Skaville
    16. Dave & Ansell Collins - Monkey Spanner
    SIDE D
    17. Billy Fury - Wonderous Place
    18. Nico - I'm Not Sayin'
    19. The Leaves - Funny Little World
    20. The Animals - I Can’t Believe It
    21. Ron Moody - You Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two
    22. Dave Berry - The Crying Game
    23. Mott The Hoople - The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll

    CD
    1. The Animals - We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place
    2. Chris Farlowe – Out Of Time
    3. Dave Berry - Don't Gimme No Lip Child
    4. Peanuts Wilson - Cast Iron Arm
    5. The Cougars - Saturday Nite At The Duck-Pond
    6. Dave & Ansel Collin – Double Barrel
    7. Burundi Steïphenson Black - Burundi Black
    8. John Leyton - Johnny Remember Me
    9. The Dakotas - The Cruel Sea
    10. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed
    11. Fats Domino - Sick & Tired
    12. Winifred Atwell - Hawaiian Cha Cha
    13. Max Bygraves - You Need Hands
    14. Lloyd Price - Where Were You On Our Wedding Day
    15. The Ethiopians - Train To Skaville
    16. Dave & Ansel Collins - Monkey Spanner
    17. Billy Fury - Wonderous Place
    18. Nico – I'm Not Sayin'
    19. The Leaves - Funny Little World
    20. The Animals - I Can't Believe It
    21. Ron Moody - You Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two
    22. Dave Berry - The Crying Game
    23. Mott The Hoople - The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll

    George Riley

    Running In Waves

      George Riley is London music's most uncategorizable new star. With a smoky, jazz-inflected voice, she weaves her way through productions that borrow from jungle, R&B and ambient soundscapes. On Running in Waves, a new eight-song collaboration with producer Vegyn, she's defiantly herself, writing with searing emotional honesty about everything from relationship anxiety to fear of failure to her love for Camper shoes. George has previously collaborated with ANZ, Joe Armon-Jones, Lex Amor & Olver Palfreyman.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      A1 Sacrifice
      A2 Time
      A3 Jealousy
      A4 Running In Waves

      Side B
      B1 Delusion
      B2 Honesty
      B3 Acceptance
      B4 Desire

      Double Virgo

      Eros In The Bunker

        Despite seven sprawling digital releases since October 2020, Double Virgo are still as elusive as they are prolific. The London duo (who make up two thirds of Bar Italia) prefer not to talk too much about their loose-limbed, full-hearted grunge songs.

        Now, as they prepare to release their richest EP yet via Vegyn’s PLZ Make It Ruins label, the pair can already count amongst their fans lo-fi auteurs such as Dean Blunt, Mica Levi and Yves Tumor.

        ‘Eros In The Bunker’ is characteristically off-thecuff, with an undertone of darkness at the same time. That’s how Double Virgo songs feel: instinctive, easy and light, like something you heard years ago blasting out of a car radio in the ‘90s - and yet at the same time, deceptively raw and real. 

        Occasionally, a squiggle of discordant melody, or a particularly searing image jumps out of the distorted guitar haze and grabs you by the throat. These are the moments that make Double Virgo one of London’s most exciting new sounds.

        TRACK LISTING

        No Sweat
        Centaurella 44
        Kicked Out By Seven
        Devil In The Dovetail
        Chlorine
        Naturally (Vegyn Version)

        Eagerly anticipated new album from Liz Harris AKA Grouper.

        IN HER OWN WORDS...

        Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. Iʼm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time Iʼd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.

        The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Made Of Metal
        2. Clearing
        3. Call Across Rooms
        4. Labyrinth
        5. Lighthouse
        6. Holofernes
        7. Holding
        8. Made Of Air

        Visionary artist John Glacier combines punk and grime informed poetry with futuristic, glacial electronics and warped, poppy hooks. It's a singular and unique sound which although the sole owner of its author, would find company and sympathy with acts such as GFOTY, Hype Williams and AJ Cook as much as it could be found next to a Lil Simz, DISCHI or Tyler The Creator track on a mixtape. Her slack but inspired rhyming shuns old tradition, hanging loose with benzo-rap, Princess Nokia and Blackhaine like they're all just friends on the school bus.

        Produced with fellow London-born, LA-based producer Vegyn, it treads the radioactive, post-hip-hop badlands where genres, identity and culture blur and interact.

        John has confessed that the album's content is incredibly personal and poignant, opening up her heart and soul to the listener whilst keeping up a streetwise, asphalt-hardened front, the product of a world and society in which weaknesses can be exploited by the greedy and malevolent.

        It's striking, instantly arresting and rather quite special. An intimate and seductive journey that you'll want to play from start to finish every time. 


        TRACK LISTING

        1. If Anything
        2. Icing
        3. Cryptomnesia
        4. Trelawny Waters
        5. Timing
        6. Senseless
        7. Boozy
        8. Platoon
        9. Green Elephants Freestyle
        10. Some Other Thing
        11. On Formulation
        12. No More Left Like It’s Death

        Various Artists

        PLZ Make It Ruins - Locked Grooves

          London-based record label PLZ Make It Ruins have today announced a 40-track compilation of original loops from popular artists across the spectrum of contemporary music. Each track is exactly 1.8 seconds long and has been crafted with the intention of being looped repeatedly, creating a uniquely hypnotic rhythm. The compilation is set for release on December 4th 2020 with net proceeds from the release as well as the project’s merch package being split between ACLU and Liberty UK - organisations that fight systemic inequality on both sides of the Atlantic. Among the list of contributors are Blood Orange, Arca, Clairo, 100 gecs, Kenny Beats, Dominic Fike, Four Tet, Floating Points, label head Vegyn and many more. Artwork for the project comes from Isha Dipika and Travis Brothers. Please see below for a full list of participants. The phenomenon of locked grooves is something that has captured the attention of DJs and record collectors alike for decades; the final note on a record forming a coherent loop as the album comes to a close, creating its own abstract beat. This abstract beat is then used by DJs as a tool to seamlessly blend tracks after the song’s final moments. This purpose is the genesis of the idea behind the project, allowing popular artists from all genres of music to give their own take on the formula with a host of different sounds and atmospheres. The project launched today with a one-off special on NTS, hosted by Vegyn, that explores the music of all the project’s contributors, as well as including a mix created from all 40 loops on the project.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. 100 Gecs - One Bar To Rule Them All,
          2. Arca – UwU,
          3. ARTHUR - Rest_less,
          4. Blood Orange – MORRIS,
          5. Buddy Ross – Future,
          6. Channel Tres - Locked In,
          7. Clairo – Jasper,
          8. Daniel Aged - 3 Pictures,
          9. Dijon - PEACKOCK!,
          10. Domnic Fike - Cheesy Wine,
          11. Duval Timothy - Penny Sweet,
          12. Eris Drew - The Beat That Never Dies,
          13. Floating Points – Recourting,
          14. If You Spin Your Love Around,
          15. HAIM - I Know Alone,
          16. John Glacier - Shiny Sounds,
          17. Kelsey Lu – Only,
          18. Kelvin Krash - Guardian Angel,
          19. Kenny Beats – Dontoverthinkshit,
          20. King Kurle – Moonnn,
          21. Lauren Alder – Thorn,
          22. Loraine James – Sooth,
          23. Matthew Tavares - I Know Myself,
          24. Mica Levi - ˜

          Stroom's valentine special for 2019 sees the label excavate some lovely wave from Venice, Italy (1981-1984). Though the city may be best known for gondolas, the biennale and romantic getaways, it seems those canals spawned some vital contributions to Italy's vibrant underground pop scene in the 80s, not least the DIY sounds of Ruins. The collaborative project of Alessandro Pizzin and Piergiuseppe Ciranna, Ruins took inspiration from British post punk, US electro, the robots from Düsseldorf and the sleek new wave topping the international charts at the time. Opener "Elegant Shout" fuses crunchy electronics and grooving bass and guitar to create a bedroom pop beauty which could easily have made it onto MFM's "Uneven Paths" comp. "Alone" is a punchier affair, more obviously directed at the leftfield dancefloors with insistent synths and the kind of garbled chorus you get from no-wave. Cut a rug in your baggiest trousers with the early-Spandeau stylings of "You're Like A Cigarette", then go wild with the drunk in the jazz club weirdo post-punk of "Skeleton In Love". The flipside keeps the hits coming, be it the slow and sleazy "Fit Of Nerves", tropical pop bangers "Boys & Girls" and "Everybody Knows Me" or the whacked out white funk of "It's Not Too Grand". Long live Stroom and their endless knowledge of alternative wave greats.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Skinny ties, skew-wiff sounds and the weirdest, white funk around - sounds good to me. Sitting at the groovier end of the post punk/synth pop spectrum, "Occasional Visits" is a wavey masterpiece from Italy's 80s underground. Time to dance differently...

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Elegant Shout
          A2. Alone
          A3. You're Like A Cigarette
          A4. Skeleton In Love
          B1. Fit Of Nerves
          B2. Boys & Girls
          B3. Everybody Knows Me
          B4. It's Not Too Grand

          Traversing influences that cross genre and era, the artistry of Hollie Fullbrook and her band spans delicate folk, lustrous dream pop. Production by David Lynch, Olympic Girls bring ebullient psychedelia to the album.

          Building on the sparse minimalism and mesmerising songwriting of earlier releases, Olympic Girls comprises a taut and agile quiver of songs, dancing with explorative instrumentation and a pop sensibility that springs with life.

          “How much would you be willing to give?” Fullbrook asks point-blank in first single ‘How Much’, ahead of woozily discordant strings and a stomping neopsychedelic rhythm. The lyric brims with imagery of supermarket breakdowns, lilos, snarks and silos while an anthemic guitar hook soars throughout. Not content to leave the song at a stable conclusion, a thumping ‘I am the Walrus’- esque bass outro propels the track boomerang-style back to a space of adroit experimentation.

          “I’ve heard Olympic Girls, and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor”, wrote Grant Smithies. “Clustered around more introspective passages typical of confessional singer-songwriters are gnarlier phrases that give her work its buzzy voltage: arresting visual images, weird associations, daisy-chains of telling detail.”

          “…an album confident in its vulnerability and luxuriating in a bigger sound.” - LOUD & QUIET (8/10).

          “It’s a song that certainly leaves a mark, and suggests that seeing Tiny Ruins in their upcoming tour will be an undoubtedly memorable experience.” - THE 405. 

          “a twilight piece of pared down indie pop” - CLASH.

          TRACK LISTING

          Olympic Girls
          School Of Design
          How Much
          Sparklers
          Holograms
          Kore Waits In The Underworld
          Bounty
          One Million Flowers
          My Love
          Leda
          Star, False, Fading
          Cold Enough To Climb

          'Future Ruins' presents a band moving with real time and real life vitality, showcasing new tricks alongside classic hallmarks. It exhibits Swervedriver’s fabled widescreen escapism, but with a tension that echoes the sleeve image of Coney Island in skeletal monochrome, like a post mortem photograph of a failed utopia. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Swervedriver do it once again, their shimmering dytopian drone meeting headfirst with beautiful shoegaze aesthetics and hefty songwriting prowess to craft an absorbing and enthralling listen.

          TRACK LISTING

          1 Mary Winter
          2 The Lonely Crowd Fades In The Air
          3 Future Ruins
          4 Theeascending
          5 Drone Lover
          6 Spiked Flower
          7 Everybody’s Going Somewhere And No-One’s Going Anywhere
          8 Golden Remedy
          9 Good Times
          10 Radio-Silent

          Swedish siblings Klara & Johanna Soderberg, release their eagerly anticipated new album "Ruins" via Columbia Records. This will be the girls' 4th studio album & a follow up to the critically acclaimed breakthrough album "Stay Gold", released in 2014. "Ruins" is a 10 song album, recorded in Portland, USA & produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Laura Veirs). Collaborators include Peter Buck (REM), Glenn Kotche (Wilco) & McKenzie Smith (Midlake).

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Swooning slides, haunting double-tracked vocals enriched with pitch-perfect harmonies and on-the-trail Americana anthems. Brilliantly presented, and as infectious as you'd imagine.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Rebel Heart
          2. It's A Shame
          3. Fireworks
          4. Postcard
          5. To Live A Life
          6. My Wild Sweet Love
          7. Distant Star
          8. Ruins
          9. Hem Of Her Dress
          10. Nothing Has To Be True

          JESSE RUINS is a Tokyo-based unit (NOBUYUKI SAKUMA and NAH), formed in the spring of 2010 by Sakuma as his solo project. He released a cassette (already sold out) on Cuz Me Pain (the independent label in Tokyo), then joined in Cuz Me Pain's first compilation LP in the same year. In 2011, Nah joined in Jesse Ruins. After some tracks picked up on Gorilla vs Bear and etc., they released their first 7 on Double Denim Records. In December 2011, they signed to Captured Tracks. Six tracks.


          TRACK LISTING

          1. Dream Analysis
          2. Inner Ambient
          3. Lust & Fame
          4. I Knew It
          5. Shatter The Jewel
          6. Sofija
          A Bookshelf Sinks Into The Sand*
          In Icarus*

          *CD Only

          Saturnine

          Pleasure Of Ruins

            An excellent collection of intense, dynamic songs, recorded over a long weekend in Chicago, with the help of Steve Albini.


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