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House Of Sugar

    (Sandy) Alex G, aka singer, songwriter and musician Alex Giannascoli, announces new album ‘House of Sugar’. The album is the Philadelphian’s ninth overall and third for Domino.

    Giannascoli worked closely with Jacob Portrait, who mixed both ‘Rocket’ and 2015’s ‘Beach Music’ and helped to balance each of ‘House of Sugar’s dense, multi-faceted tracks. As the product of extended focus and planning, ‘House of Sugar’ emerges as Giannascoli’s most meticulous, cohesive album yet: a statement of artistic purpose, showing off his ear for both persistent earworms and shifting textures and the out-there sonic adventurism that’s made previous (Sandy) Alex G records so singular.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: From twisted, Beck-y ballads to euphoric synth-led stormers, Alex G has always had an uncanny knack for writing a tune and these richly orchestrated, beautifully constructed off-piste tunes show more and more ability in every passing album. This stuff is properly gorgeous ; heartfelt, soaring and emotive works of genius. Spellbinding from the outset.

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    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive on purple heavyweight vinyl.
    Housed in a glitter embossed sleeve.

    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Though only 21 years of age, and still a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University, DSU is Alex G's fifth album. All recorded at home, almost exclusively solo, and, until recently, all self-released and available only via Bandcamp; the volume of his work online - combined with its vitality - has helped build a fervent cult fan base.

    Wise beyond his years, Alex’s lyrics draw upon personal experiences whilst conveying something universal as if touching upon topics with a world-weary authority: the frustration that comes with dealing with reprobate friends, self-centred drug-use and the stinging loneliness of an unreciprocated affection all feature prominently. Like classic artists Neil Young and Alex Chilton, Alex’s songs are refreshingly robust and rapturous, with enough lo-fi grit to ground them in a sparse, impressionistic space.

    Sonically, his palette fluctuates from the rolling rhythms of album opener 'After Ur Gone' to the distorted atmospherics of 'Hollow'; a shift that makes more sense when you realise Alex counts Silver Jews, Aphex Twin, Lucinda Williams and Boards of Canada amongst his diverse musical reference points. Everything is tied together by the ever present winding open spaces of his languid acoustic strums and the meandering melodies of that classic indie aesthetic. Lyrically each track on DSU - from the more intricate narrative of addictive highlight 'Harvey' to the overtly questioning elements of album closer 'Boy' - reveals just enough to embolden the listener to explore beneath its surface - making what they will of Alex's introspective musings.

    Offering a sense of cathartic comfort in its moodiest moments, DSU is evidence of Alex G's pliable sound – one which has whole crowds singing his own words back to him with voracious intent. In the US the album has already been ecstatically received, earning Alex the accolade of “the Internet’s Secret Best Songwriter” from The Fader while Rolling Stone named him “a bright new talent”.


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    LP Info: Repress.

    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Daughter of the mighty George Kerr, Sandy set the scene alight in ’82 with the explosive classic, "Thug Rock". Badass slap basslines, zapping synths, ethereal pads and Sandy’s iconic rap were a timeless recipe of pure ‘80s, boogie-infused power that’s blasted from many a boombox, sung on all manner of club systems and sound tracked endless open road cruises over the years.

    Released on the South Carolina label Catawba Records, two prolific duos blessed "Thug Rock" alongside Sandy and co. Her father, who produced for the likes of Alice Clark and The O’Jays and Sugarhill wizard, Reggie Griffin, headed up the production and arrangement, with ever-dependable M&M aka John Morales & Sergio Munzibai taking the reins on the mix. Their combined talents can be heard in the tangible weight of the track, each element getting the space it deserves to facilitate that crystal-clear clout - from the huge bass riffs and sublime keys, to the punchy drums and Kerr’s infectious rap. An earworm if ever there was one!

    Take to the flip to find the much in-demand dub version, echoing out choice snippets of Sandy’s rap to focus in more on that killer boogie-funk groove. Original copies are tough to come by in the UK, so an official reissue will be music to many an ear.


    (Sandy) Alex G

    Trick

      Original press release: Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both Trick and Rules the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick and Rules follow on the acclaimed heels of the November 2014 international release of Alex’s fifth album, DSU. Recorded prior to DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the albums have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

      Trick features many of the fan favourites that Alex has been playing at shows recently, including the infectious off-kilter anthem 'Forever', the dreamy and surreal 'Animals' and the charmingly lo-fi 'Change'. Trick is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks affirming that underneath all the unconventional guitar lines and scrawls of fuzz, Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.

      Trick continues to showcase a prodigious song-writing talent, reaffirming that Alex G is one of the most promising and prolific American musicians today.


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      LP Info: Repress.

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      Sandile Bhengu comes from Durban, South Africa, where he in the middle of the 90’s released his debut kwaito album Amajovi Jovi under the moniker Sandy B. During the following decades he would move actively within the local music scene and touch a variety of genres including afro-pop, deep house, R’n’B and Soul.
      In the mid 2010’s around 20 years since its release crate diggers and DJ’s across Europe and North America started dropping tracks from Amajovi Jovi. In late 2017 the album was reissued on Canadian label, Invisible City Editions giving a new lease of life to a forgotten classic and giving this once little known artist an international reputation.
      Following the successful re-issue of the 1995-album Sandy B returns to the forefront of music with original material 24 years later in the form of "Qhum Qhaks".
      "Qhum Qhaks" comes from a close collaboration between Sandy and Danish DJ and collector Simon Lundsgaard a.k.a Simone Ahà. All songs were recorded in Sandy’s home studio to stick close to the ethics and production techniques of the 1995 classic. The material that emerged from this experimental process between the two of them captures the spirit of old school kwaito from the 90’s.
      Vumbuka Records was founded by Sandile Bhengu & Simon Lundsgaard in 2019 especially for the release of "Qhum Qhaks".


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: More unique bedroom-born hybrids of boogie, reggaeton, kwaito and house by this SA producer who's bredth of influences and styles across his catalogue is something to behold.

      A unique voice within the new UK jazz generation, 'Infection in the Sentence' is shaped by London's thriving and diverse live music scene.

      Swiftly rising to become one of the most in-demand players of her generation, Sarah Tandy has performed on keys for Jazz Jamaica, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Maisha, Where Pathways Meet, Camilla George, Nubya Garcia, Nerija, Daniel Casimir, Binker Golding, Clark Tracey and many more. She is also a member of Ronnie Scotts House Band, the W3 Collective.

      On 'Infection in the Sentence', Tandy's technical virtuosity showcases a fearless approach to her own individual brand of piano-led jazz. "The music developed gradually through many years playing on London's underground music scene... In the album I'm seeking to find a continuum between the jazz music which I grew up listening to, and the multi-faceted, genre-melting sounds of present day London", she says.

      A finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year, she also held a residency at Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston where she met band members Femi Koleoso (Ezra Collective, Jorja Smith), Mutale Chashi (Kokoroko, Jorga Smith), and Binker Golding (Binker & Moses), who were pivotal to her development. The inimitable Sheila Maurice-Grey plays trumpet in the band.

      She's performed at Love Supreme, Berlin Jazz Festival, and twice with her her trio at the Ronnie Scotts International Piano Trio Festival supporting Robert Glasper.

      In an earlier incarnation, she has also appeared as a classical soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, Tandy will be one of many jazz re:freshed artists to appear at SXSW. She will be performing songs from 'Infection in the Sentence' at the album launch at Ronnie Scotts, London on the 4thMarch.




      STAFF COMMENTS

      Millie says: Emerging from London’s ever-expanding jazz scene, Sarah Tandy has worked with numerous jazz collectives on the piano, but now demonstrates her talent in fusing traditional jazz but also incorporating the genre-defying era of the new London scene. For fans of Nubiya Garcia, Binker & Moses and Emma-Jean Thackray. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one.

      Sandy (Alex G)

      Live At Third Man Records

        Third Man is absolutely ecstatic to be releasing the excellent live document of (Sandy) Alex G's Blue Room performance. Recorded on the 2017 US tour supporting his critically-acclaimed album Rocket (Pitchfork Best New Music) and not long after a notable feature on Frank Ocean's album Blonde, this standalone LP is his first live set to be captured and made widely available for his very loyal fanbase to enjoy.

        Featuring work from self-released tapes, Orchid Tapes and Domino Recordings, this daydreamy and intricate retrospective opens a private window into (Sandy) Alex G's lovely lyrical wordplay and cozy stage persona. Not one to be missed, for real!

        (Sandy) Alex G

        Rocket

        Rocket is (Sandy) Alex G’s eighth full-length release—an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010’s RACE to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music.

        Rocket’s sessions began shortly after Beach Music’s ended, with Alex tracking songs at home, by himself and with friends, in the gaps between a hectic 2015 and 2016 touring schedule (including working with Frank Ocean on Blonde).

        Rocket was mixed by Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death), who also lent his hand to Beach Music, giving the album a fine-tuning that retains the homespun personality of earlier efforts.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Uplifting folky plucking, heart-wrenching fiddle work and those heart-melting vocals. It's not all smooth sailing though, with pieces like 'Brick' coming way out of leftfield, you have to hear it to believe it, but the range of talents on display here is mindblowing. Well worth your time.

        Original press release: Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both Trick and Rules the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick and Rules follow on the acclaimed heels of the November 2014 international release of Alex’s fifth album, DSU. Recorded prior to DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the albums have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

        Rules is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks further highlight that Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.



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        LP Info: Repress.

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        “They want to believe the Universe is an elegant universe— and it’s not so elegant. It’s a Rube Goldberg machine.” After releasing the 2008 critically acclaimed Old Home Movies with The Botticellis, San Francisco-based Alexi Glickman (Sandy) spent time touring and recording with Little Wings before forming Sandy’s in 2012. Fourth Dementia, his debut album for Um Yeah Arts, features ten sun-bleached pop paens in the tradition of Chris Bell and Big Star.

        Recorded by Glickman in garages and bedrooms in the Sunset district of San Francisco, Fourth Dementia features the talents of Zack Ehrlich (Sonny & the Sunsets, Vetiver, The Botticellis), Burton Li (Citay, The Botticellis), Ryan Browne (Sonny & the Sunsets, The Botticellis), Blythe Foster (The Botticellis), Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine) and Nick Aives (Range of Light Wilderness).

        Um Yeah Arts is a new arts and music collective founded by California-based painter, sculpter, photographer and filmmmaker Thomas Campbell. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Denmark, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Morocco. He is also part owner and creative director of a small record label based in Santa Cruz called Galaxia which was established in 1993, and has released records by Tommy Guerrero, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Peggy Honeywell and The Black Heart Procession. In 2013, Campbell started a new creative platform called Um Yeah Arts which is a nexus for the making of books, music and films.

        "Music Weaver - Sandy Denny Remembered" is the first ever definitive cross-label anthology celebrating the work of Sandy Denny and is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Sandy's untimely death. As well as containing the cream of Sandy's solo work there are choice cuts from when she fronted Fairport Convention and Fotheringay and her collaborations with Led Zeppelin (on the "Battle of Evermore" from Led Zeppelin "IV"). "Music Weaver" contains 36 songs including rare demos, album tracks and live BBC recordings.

        Sandy Denny

        Like An Old Fashioned Waltz

        More beautiful sadness for you! Sandy's 1973, third solo offering is rich with nostalgia. Not only are two of the songs covers from her father's record collection but Sandy's own tunes are heavy with romance, memory, loss and loneliness. There are five absolute anthems on this album and the singing is beautifully embroidered with subtle inflections and emotional nuances. It wasn't for nothing that Robert Plant named her as his favourite of all the British female singers. And this edition's unaccompanied take of "No End" has to be up there with her greatest ever performances.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        CD Info: Digitally remastered with, sleevenotes and enhanced packaging plus four bonus tracks: "At The End Of The Day (Alternate Take Without Strings)", "King & Queen Of England (Demo)", "Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (With Fairport Convention)" and "No End (Solo Piano Version)".

        Sandy Denny

        The North Star Grassman And The Ravens

        After leaving Fairport Convention in '69, Sandy Denny made one record with her new group Fotheringay, and then this, in 1971, her first solo LP proper. The amazing Richard Thompson plays guitar and infact this album shares a similar, dense, drone-based tonality with his own debut solo effort. It's also a little idyosyncratic, truth be told, but there's still moments of unbelievable beauty here. With two alternate takes and two songs begun (but unfinished) during the sessions, now included, this is a must have purchase for all you Nu-Folkies and oldies alike!

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        CD Info: Digitally remastered, with sleeve notes and enhanced packaging plus four bonus tracks: "Late November (El Pea Version)", "Walking The Floor Over You", "Losing Game" and "Next Time Around (No Strings)".

        Sandy's second solo LP in 1972 was a bit less folky and more singer-songwriterly than her debut. She'd duetted on "Led Zeppelin Four" with Robert Plant and come up with perhaps her stongest set of songs. The arrangements were more expansive and the sound more ambitious, which was just as well since a number of the songs dealt with the healing powers of music. As she said herself: 'I can't write happy songs'... so here's another lush, melancholic, autumnal record for all you dreamers and true believers.

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        CD Info: Digitally remastered with sleevenotes and enhanced packaging plus five bonus tracks: "Here In Silence", "Man Of Iron", "Sweet Rosemary (Demo)", "Ecoute, Ecoute" and "It'll Take A Long Time (Live With Fairport Convention)".


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