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AC/DC

For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - 50th Anniversary Edition

    The iconic cover of For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) features a ‘Twelve-Pound Cannon’ from the 19th Century. The band still incorporate cannons into their live set to deafening effect.

    To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


    Salute

    Shield

      The Austrian producer has created a dynamic back catalogue, moving through RnB, dubstep, dance, hip-hop, even jazz and gospel. New EP "Shield" brings a once again elevated sound.

      The EP is a cocktail of UK dance and electro-pop featuring Filipino born, London based artist No Rome, and the pensive yet euphoric closer “Feels Like My Hands Are On Fire”, with salute’s own vocals featuring on the track, co-produced by George Daniel of The 1975.

      Recommended if you like… DJ Seinfeld, Interplanetary Criminal, Logic1000, TSHA, Sammy Virji, Daphni

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Feel good, high energy luminosity from Manchester-based, rising star salute. Pop sensibilities with high gloss, futuristic production. A future classic one feels...

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      1. Run Away With You
      2. Peach

      SIDE B
      1. Wait For It
      2. Feels Like My Hands Are On Fire

      It's the summer of salute. The Manchester-based producer makes his debut on Steel City Dance Discs. In salute's words: '"Ultra Pool" is a selection of club tracks I started making as lockdown restrictions were being lifted and shows started rolling in again. Over the last few years, I've been revisiting a lot of the French house records I used to listen to as a teenager - I wanted to let that influence shine through as I'm a huge fan of that sound. I wanted a body of work that was both very high energy and harmony-heavy, and I think "Ultra Pool" is the perfect way to summarize where my head is at right now'.

      High speed sample choppage, unrelenting nrg, voluptuous filter usage; loopier than a rollercoaster and with a grin so wide yer jaw hurts. Recommended!


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Steel City Dance Tracks continues their impeccable form with this French-house inspired offering by salute who is coincidently based right here in Manchester. High energy feels and wide-eyed grins are offered throughout "Ultra Pool".

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Sternenhimmel 
      A2. Pleasures 
      B1. Heaven 
      B2. Ultra Pool 

      Matthew Halsall

      Salute To The Sun Live At Hallé St. Peter's

        Salute to the Sun: Live at Hallé St Peter's documents a very special concert recorded at the iconic Manchester venue during lockdown.

        Released in November 2020, Matthew's Halsall'sSalute to the Sunwas the trumpeter's first album since 2015'sInto Foreverand marked the debut of his new band. A hand-picked ensemble featuring some of Manchester's finest young musicians. The album drew it's energy from the band's weekly sessions and was inspired by Halsall's love of nature. Lush and spiritual it received universal praise, but Halsall and his band were frustrated that they were unable to share their beautiful new sound live with an audience.

        On November 25th 2020, Halsall took his band into the iconic Manchester venue,Hallé St Peter's,for a concert recording in aid of the charityMindand was streamed to a global audience in the thousands the concert was also recorded for posterity.

        "When we recorded Salute to the Sun, I wanted to create something playful but also quite earthy and organic that connected to the sounds in nature. It seemed to strike a chord with people and I was blown away by the response to the album. Our concert film, recorded at the height of last winter's lockdown was a special moment for us all and I feel that the concert recording captured something beautiful that we wanted to share".

        Salute to the Sun: Live at Hallé St Peter's featuresMatthew Halsall– trumpet,Matt Cliffe- flute & saxophone,Maddie Herbert– harp,Gavin Barras– bass,Liviu Gheorghe– piano,Alan Taylor– drums andJack McCarthy- percussion

        The recording has been mixed by Matthew Halsall andGeorge Atkinsat80 Hertzand is mastered byPeter BeckmannatTechnology Works. The vinyl was cut at Calyx in Berlin and the album is pressed at Optimal in Germany. It is presented in the form of a limited edition 2LP set with artwork by legendary designerIan AndersonofThe Designers Republic.

        Spread over three sides of the vinyl LP for maximum fidelity the fourth side of the LP (side D) features an etching ofDaniel Halsall's now iconic artwork for the album Salute to the Sun and copies are strictly limited with just 3000 available in total. The album will also be available for download and on streaming platforms.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Millie says: Recorded just over a year ago, Salute to the Sun recording feels momentous for the historic venue and beautiful orchestral works. The concert has been encapsulated in time, featuring a sublime sound from Mathew Halsall as always. Such a joy to listen to.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Harmony With Nature (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
        2. Joyful Spirits Of The Universe (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
        3. Canopy & Stars (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
        4. Mindfulness Meditations (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
        5. Tropical Landscapes (Live At Hallé St Peter's)
        6. Salute To The Sun (Live At Hallé St Peter's)

        Matthew Halsall

        Salute To The Sun

          Composer, trumpeter, producer, DJ and founder of Gondwana Records, Matthew Halsall has always worn many hats. But at the heart of everything that he does Halsall is first and foremost an artist and a musician. A trumpeter whose unflashy, soulful playing radiates a thoughtful beauty and a composer and band-leader who has created his own rich sound world. A sound that draws on the heritage of British jazz, the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as world music and electronica influences, and even modern art and architecture, to create something uniquely his own. A music that is rooted in Northern England but draws on global inspirations.

          Salute to the Sun is his first album as a leader since Into Forever (2015) and marks the debut of his new band. A hand-picked ensemble featuring some of Manchester’s finest young musicians: Matt Cliffe flute & saxophone, Maddie Herbert harp, Liviu Gheorghe piano, Alan Taylor drums and Jack McCarthy percussion as well as long-time Halsall collaborator, bassist, Gavin Barras who has been at the heart of Halsall’s bands for over a decade. For Matthew it was important to have a band based locally and able, pre-Covid, to meet and play each week, and who also performed a sold-out monthly basement session at Yes in Manchester. The album draws energy from these sessions and inspiration from themes and ideas that have inspired Halsall through the years (on albums such as Oneness, Fletcher Moss Park and When the World Was One) ideas of ecology, the environment and harmony with nature.

          “I feel Salute to the Sun is a positive earthy album. I wanted to create something playful but also quite primitive, earthy and organic that connected to the sounds in nature. I was listening to lush ambient field recordings of tropical environments such as jungles and rainforests and found myself drawn to percussive atmospheric sounds which replicated what I was hearing (bells / shakers / chimes / rain sticks) and I started to experiment with more wooden percussive instruments such as kalimba and marimba”.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: After a year in which most of us had plenty of opportunity to reconnect with nature, Manchester’s pre-eminent jazz musician returned with this lush tribute to the living world. ’Salute To The Sun’ is Halsall’s first album as a leader in five years, and finds him fronting a new band cherry picked from the next generation of Mancunian musicians as well as long time collaborator Gavin Barras.

          Halsall’s spent much of the last decade reinterpreting spiritual jazz for the 21st century, and there’s been a consistent focus on ecological influences. On ’Salute To The Sun’ however, Halsall looks far beyond Fletcher Moss, instead exploring the humid sounds of the tropics across seven immersive compositions. Placing a greater emphasis on percussion than on previous works, Halsall lets his expressive tone soar over the woody rhythms beneath, the marimba and kalimba adding pitched nuance to the primal drum patterns. This album is as rich, warm and rewarding as the life giving orb which inspired it.

          TRACK LISTING

          Harmony With Nature
          Joyful Spirits Of The Universe
          Canopy & Stars
          Mindfulness Meditations
          Tropical Landscapes
          Salute To The Sun
          The Energy Of Life

          The Loose Salute

          Getting Over Being Under

            The follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Tuned To Love', The Loose Salute are back with an album of splendid, rueful charm - a triumph of heart and soul. The music is still wearing it's bubblegum heart on its sleeve but it's bruised, tougher, wiser. Produced and recorded by Pritpal Soor fresh from Anna Calvi.

            Opener 'It’s A Beautiful Thing' captures the band’s spirit in one song. A swoonful, melody-cut diamond that chases down that elusive dream, a hymn to battling through that manages to be both crestfallen and hope filled.

            One side of 'Getting Over' is all about celebrating much loved influences, West Coast, Beach Boys, Nashville, they're all there, but they venture further afield and conjure authentic Delta Boogie in 'Sister Corita', an almost Bolan-esque stomp on 'Run Out Of Morning' and the folky Fairport shuffle of 'Perhaps She’ll Fly'.

            But all boast the detailed, original stamp of McCutcheon’s eclectic arrangements. Pedal steel is joined by south of the border trumpets as well as the charm of a Germanic chamber ensemble string section, all lending the album a warm, sumptuous production, while never staying into the saccharine.

            These are songs of experience. McCutcheon's affectionately wry take on regret and consolation litter his lyrics A warm open-heartedness, but cut with a clear-eyed acquaintance of life’s dead ends.

            At the album’s heart is a clutch of outstanding ballads. From the achingly bitter-sweet snapshots of 'Happy I Don’t Count' and 'This Is Love' to the killer closer 'That’s What You Said'. Deceptively sharp glimpses into tense affairs, hotel room mutiny and morning-after regret. 'Hermosa' even manages Nashville swing tied up to a wry tale of mutual S&M manoeuvring. Surely a first.

            It's no small thing to make bubblegum pop for adults. Escapist, catchy tunes shot through with everyday blues. Dignity and depth. And always a faith in the mystical power of friends and The Boogie to keep bad times at bay.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. It's A Beautiful Thing
            2 Run Out Of Morning
            3 Hermosa
            4 Perhaps She'll Fly
            5 Happy I Don't Count
            6 This Is Love
            7 Sister Corita
            8 The Three Of Us
            9 So Out Of Time
            10 That's What You Said

            21 Gun Salute

            Cracks (And Other Breaks In The Surface)

              Lush, swirling organ then gentle acoustic guitars usher in this softly sung gem that piles into epic mode with a bit of shoegazery drone thrown in for good measure. Like a low-fi Thirteen Senses but with just as good songs, this is yearning, powerful stuff.


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