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Arny Margret

They Only Talk About The Weather

    ‘They Only Talk About The Weather’ is an album of acute emotional exploration. It’s Arny’s coming-of-age journey, from writing in school, staring out of dorm room windows, being on the road, to today. With poetic proficiency and a knack for composing melodies that bury themselves deep into the subconscious, Arny writes of loneliness and existentialism with stark relatability. There’s a quiet confidence that comes from these tracks; crystal clear in their conception, completely honest, and masterfully arranged. She walks us through her relationships growing up and her realisations about other people as well as herself. We listen as she unpacks herself to a backdrop of vividly painted natural landscapes.

    The album’s relationship with weather is noteworthy. Examining her surroundings is how Arny puts to words her feelings. The sparsely populated and confined Westfjord peninsula in north-western Iceland is its own character here, and the bitter but playful snow colours her deeply personal prose across the whole LP. In this sense, ‘They Only Talk About The Weather’ can be a warming comfort to those who need it most as ice forms outside and nights fall earlier in the evening. She tells us; “I like to use the weather, in one of my songs I even make it a person, I sing “I am blinded by the light of winter, but it comes and goes away, I don't like her very much, you can't depend on anything she'll say”.

    Musically she draws inspiration from folk and blues roots, utilising a less-is-more approach to convey openness, choosing to rely mostly on the delicate strumming of acoustics and her dulcet voice. On two tracks, ‘cold aired breeze’ and ‘ties’, Arny plays with a full band for the first time on record, adding layers of shuffling drums, soaring lap steel and synth padding to emphasise impact. Elsewhere on the album minor flourishes reveal themselves constantly, rewarding repeat listens.

    Arny’s also gained a great deal of experience in a short space, being an active touring artist for the first time. She says “It's hard, but it’s really nice as well. I’ve learned a lot from each show, every crowd is different. I haven’t travelled much either so it’s been cool to see all these different places. With this album, I feel like I’ve gotten further. There’s so much here about the past, and some of it’s newer, so it feels a little like I’ve revisited some stuff and blended it with me right now. Going over things, wishing I’d done things differently, thinking a lot about what’s happened. But in the end, it’s brought me here.”

    She cites influences from the likes of Andy Shauf, Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, Leif Vollebekk and Gregory Alan Isakov. Born and raised in a small town called Ísafjörður, she attended music school from the age of 6 learning to play the piano and gradually taught herself guitar. She recorded the album at studio Hljóðriti in Hafnarfjörður and will continue to make her mark globally with her intimate and affecting live performances. 


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Whatever It Means
    2. Cold Aired Breeze
    3. Balcony
    4. Sníglar
    5. Wind Was Blowing
    6. The World Is Between Us
    7. They Only Talk About The Weather
    8. Ties
    9. Untitled
    10. Abandoned 

    Talk Show

    Touch The Ground

      Touch The Ground, the new EP by rising UK post-punk band Talk Show was produced by Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Al Doyle (Hot Chip/LCD Soundsystem).

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      1. Track 1
      2. Underworld
      3. Cold House
      SIDE B
      1. Dirt In The Keyboard
      2. Leather
      3. 6

      The Paranoyds

      Talk Talk Talk

        The Paranoyds are Southern California DIY rock royalty. Fueled by the fiery energy of their live shows paired with raw lyricism and subtle societal commentary, The Paranoyds are unafraid and unapologetically in perpetual pursuit of a good time. The four-piece is made up of Laila Hashemi (keyboardist-vocals), Lexi Funston (guitars/vocals), Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and David Ruiz (drums, vocals) who together masterfully blend light-hearted playfulness with sharp sincerity over fuzzy guitar, dreamy vocals and punchy, punky rock-n-roll.

        Talk, Talk, Talk, the sophomore album from The Paranoyds gives the band space to expand, evolve and above all, have fun. Over 11 tracks, the band experiments with sounds that span an eclectic array of genres–from jazz, to lo-fi punk-rock, to groovy R&B–that melt together showcasing the innovative range of The Paranoyds.

        TRACK LISTING

        SIDE 1
        1. BWP
        2. Lizzie
        3. Nissan Overdrive
        4. Typing
        5. Single Origin Experience
        6. Freak Out
        SIDE 2
        1. Andrew
        2. Over And Done
        3. 6th Street Bridge
        4. LA 2032
        5. Sunburn

        From the collective brain of Craig Smith & Saleem Andrew McGroarty comes a new live outfit called Sound Signals.

        Together with keyboardist Stevie Christie, bass-man Cameron Bradley and percussionist Paulo Riddle they served up a deep, warm and jazzy basement house workout. With vintage keys (courtesy of Stevie) and a stellar production this is equally a jazz-funk tune as much as a house jam.

        On side B Craig teams up with his Scottish soul brother Ricky Reid for a remix under their Soul Renegades moniker with a big-stringed late night house fanfare.

        It kinda reminds us of those tasteful and melodic deep house productions coming out of Italy in the mid / late 90's...think Don Carlos! TIP!


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Another week, another Local Talk; with the label's unrelenting release schedule providing us with all the jazzy garden funk we need to survive a heat wave. Mine's a turkey twizler please and I like my margarita straight up!

        TRACK LISTING

        A. Stevie's Groove
        B. Stevie's Groove (Soul Renegrades Remix)

        Talk Talk

        The Party's Over - 40th Anniversary Edition

          2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the debut album of one of the most critically-acclaimed and pioneering bands to come out of the UK. Talk Talk’s The Party’s Over was a start of a journey for Mark Hollis (vocals), Simon Brenner (keyboards), Lee Harris (drums), and Paul Webb (bass) who constantly evolved throughout their career from synth-pop beginnings into pioneering avant-garde post-rock in the latter stages of the band, being a large influence on artists such as Radiohead, St. Vincent and many more.

          Talk Talk launched with the release of the single Mirror Man in February 1982, followed by Today and the eponymous single Talk Talk, with the latter two charting #14 and #23 in the UK respectively. The Party’s Over was produced by Colin Thurston, the former engineer for David Bowie but was better known for producing Duran Duran's first two albums. Charting in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and USA, The Party’s Over is classic synth-pop teamed with lyrical depth that went on to be synonymous with lead singer, Mark Hollis. Earlier this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of these singles, many of the B-sides were made available digitally for the first time such as Strike Up The Band and ? (aka Question Mark).

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A:
          Talk Talk
          It’s So Serious
          Today
          The Party’s Over
          Side B:
          Hate
          Have You Heard The News
          Mirror Man
          Another Word
          Candy

          Shaka

          Short Circuit / Bird's Eye View

          Shaka is back on Local Talk with a follow-up to "The Riverwalk EP" released back in 2020. "The Bird's Eye View" continues on the same deep, soulful and uplifting house tip with waves fluttery elation and positivity flooding these fresh tracks.

          There's a genuine swing to the opening track "Short Circuit" that is infectious and Shaka really gets to work on those keys - a proper Local Talk jam - no one does it better! It brings back memories of those golden years of house music when every track Strictly Rhythm classic was a classic...

          "The Birds Eye View" offers a deeper and jazzier spin on the lush and spiritual house music Shaka flirts with. Again, there's an air of elevation; thoughtfully curated instrumentation and a rich musicality to this offering; the true roots of house music as an evolution from disco. If delightfully playful music is your secret crush then look no further!


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Housey vibes on Stockholm's Local Talk. Shaka has worked with Mad Mats and Tooli's label previous to this; but I think "Short Circuit" pips "Theme From The Riverwalk" just slightly - a rich and technicoloured canter that should ignite any warm up session.

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Short Circuit
          B. The Bird's Eye View

          Bassfort

          Moon Shadow / Mood Light - Inc. Joe Classell / Kyodai Reworks

          Often lauded as one of label head's Mad Mats and Tooli's favourite 12"s on the Local Talk label, "Moon Shadow / Mood Light" gets reworked by no other than Joe Claussell and Kyodai!

          With its warm, melodic chords, infectious piano theme and big strings it seems perfectly suited to one of Joe Claussell's lavish and long house epics.
          Back in the late 90's, Mats used to book Joe for his legendary Raw Fusion parties in Stockholm so the connection and mutual respect were already in place. The result is a +11 minute long musical house journey that builds and builds until those characteristic piano chords make an entrance and transform the dynamics into a rainbow of sounds. Grandiose house music unique to the Body & Soul stalwart!

          Brothers Javi & Luis aka Kyodai (and 2/3 of Bassfort) take on "Moonlight" with an organic jazz reinterpretation; utilizing completely live instrumentation (including vocals) and resulting in the kinda jam you might have caught 4 Hero playing back in the day...

          A brilliantly celebratory release from the impeccable Local Talk label. Recommended. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Master of the long form house rework, Joe Claussell gets his mits on one of Local Talk's finest moments. Meanwhile, modern jazz duo Kyodai elevate "Mood Light" into stratospheric heights of feeling and expression. A truly great release from this mammoth label.

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Moon Shadow (Joe Claussell Rework)
          B. Moon Light (Kyodai Rework)

          Nico Lahs Vs Tooli

          Everything Is Good / That Cowbell Track

          More dancefloor fuel from the unrelenting Local Talk. Italian powerhouse Nico Lahs usually glides smoothly between labels like Delusions Of Grandeur, Adeen and Rawax - working with house royalty Chez Damier - and keeps delivering top quality music. His contribution to this split 12" is the track “Everything Is Good”, one of those moments when everything (!) works just perfectly. A straight forward track that embraces loops and repetition with hints of HNNY's golden days. Pure sunshine and good vibes emanating from every orifice.

          On the flip Local Talk's very own Tooli moves through a series of moods and grooves with "That Cowbell Track", a cut which eases you deeper and deeper into the dance, with clever rhythmic programming and enveloping mid-range stabs. A dub that focuses on the cowbell (ina proper Danny Wang style..) is also added for our enjoyment and takes the track right to the carnival.

          A brilliantly musical offering from two titans which really grasp the spirit of modern deep house. Check! 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Pure deep house goodness here from the Local Talk camp. Nico Lahs with a loopy organic MPC jam, Tooli turns down the lights for the evening session with two takes on a killer theme. Don't sleep!

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Nico Lahs - Everything Is Good
          B1. Tooli - That Cowbell Track
          B2. Tooli - That Cowbell Track (Dub)

          Lee Gomez aka Wipe The Needle has made music in many complimentary styles.

          His debut on Local Talk featured Alex Littmore's soulful vocals and took us on journey that goes beyond the house genre.

          This time his bruk roots are heavily featured, sprinkled with a touch of soul, jazz and boogie to create an impressive collection of songs.

          Fans of Bugz In The Attic and bustling West London broken beat mixed with grit, this one's is for you...

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Round Of Applause Feat Aleusha Lei
          A2. Would Ya
          B. It's My WOrld
          B2. Jack The Nitty

          Various Artists

          Opolopo Tweaks

          Super nice tweaks from Sweden's Opolopo (which I just discovered is a Yoruban word meaning plenty), who gets his mitts on killer base materials from Jamie 326 & Masalo, Soulphiction and Dirtytwo, alchemically forging highly combustible sonic compounds for your next house party experiment.

          "Testify" by 326 & Masalo combines busy perx, galloping bass and a riotous gospel vox for a pure statement of spiritual Chi-town wiggle. Opolopo gets the organs firing like pistons and works the filters like a jackhammer taking this one straight to the mainroom.

          Soulphiction's "Bizzness" is next into the protools suite, a sunblushed, disco-informed funky house number which pour sax and Strat lines outta every orifice. Maximum groove again on this one whilst a flange-soaked vocal urges us to forget our worries and join the dancefloor.

          Dirtytwo's "Moody" concludes said tweak session with more nocturnal flavours, a grooving M1 coalescing with swung houz drums and a sugar female vocal stab which merges with the dreamy piano and horn lines sumptuously. Really delicious textures on this one folks.

          Ridiculously strong tweaks of some amazing tracks, it's hard to hear when the genius of the original artist end and when Opolopo takes over; but I ain't complaining - these are 100% winners for any discerning dancefloor. Don't sleep! 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Worth it for the "Testify" refix alone, and now residing permanently at the front of my record box for the foreseeable. Grooves don't get much funkier than the concentric wiggle of Jamie 326 & Masalo's gospel, Chi-town banger.

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Jamie 326 & Masalo - Testify (opolopo Tweak)
          B1. Soulphiction - Bizzness (opolopo Tweak)
          B2. Dirtytwo - Moody (opolopo Tweak)

          With the string of singles released over the last year and a half garnering attention from Clash, FADER, the Quietus, Under the Radar & more (Loud & Quiet calls the music 'pressurised, disorientated, battered, occasionally beautiful, often gruelling, and really good'), the band is back with their debut '' EP', which encompasses a new track alongside reimaginations of prior singles from techno auteur Daniel Avery as well as downtown New York club kids Club Eat (who Office Magazine cites as 'keeping the spirit of hedonism alive') Achored by a barrage of drums and Caulfield's tenacious vocals in French, the music presents an unyielding example of the best of what the band, primed for their return to thrilling live sets, can deliver.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: An absolutely brilliant blast of chaotic fire from Mandy, Indiana here. A stunning run, from the opening notes of jagged shapeshifting behemoth, 'Bottle Episode' to the closing duo of remixes from Avery and Club Eat, every piece is another blast of innovation. The highlight for me though has to be the writhing technoid mutation of 'Alien 3', oscillator sync grind and hypnotic french vox, what's not to love.

          TRACK LISTING

          Bottle Episode
          Nike Of Samothrace
          Alien 3
          Alien 3 (Daniel Avery Remix)
          Nike Of Samothrace (Club Eat Remix)

          Michelle

          After Dinner We Talk Dreams

            Weaving in and out of R&B, 80’s synth pop, jazz and indie, NYC-based collective Michelle is refreshingly predominated by queer and POC members, showcasing a transformative era in pop music. The album announcement and new track follow a string of celebrated singles as well as their 2018 debut album Heatwave, which came together in just two-weeks and received praise from NME, The fader and more.

            TRACK LISTING

            Mess U Made
            Expiration Date
            Pose
            Syncopate
            No Signal (feat. Isa Reyes)
            Talking To Myself
            50/50
            Looking Glass
            End Of The World
            Fire Escape
            Hazards
            Layla In The Rocket
            Spaced Out, Phased Out
            My Friends

            House head, soul man and jazz aficionado Envee is back on Local Talk with 'Gotta Work' featuring Nick Sincklair on vocals.

            Packed to the rafters with high quality deep and soulful house, “Gotta Work” has both inflections of both vintage US garage and the uplifting sound of modern house. Trev, a producer bringing some of the freshest sounds in broken beat delivers two versions, both with ultra-deep bass and wonky time signatures.
            Local Talk can do know wrong!


            TRACK LISTING

            Gotta Work (1st Take)
            Gotta Work (Trev Remix)
            Gotta Work (2020 Mix)
            Gotta Work (Trev Dub)

            Lily Konigsberg

            Lily We Need To Talk Now

              Lily We Need To Talk Now is a record Konigsberg has been slowly chipping away at since 2016, revising and re-recording the songs over the years. The eleven-track collection is her first proper full length, following her anthology of EPs and unreleased tracks, The Best of Lily Konigsberg Right Now, released in 2021 by Wharf Cat Records. The new record is catchy the whole way through, like much of her poppy and plainspoken indie rock output that’s made her a fixture of the NYC underground in recent years. Her voice twists and turns and dashes around her clever wordplay in new ways; there are hints of power-pop, pop-punk, and downtempo introspection, all dotted with easter eggs of winking humor.

              True to its title, this collection of songs is like a check in with herself. “On “That’s The Way I Like It,” with backing vocals from longtime collaborator Paco Cathcart, she reflects on the feeling of “struggling with someone you love, and how you can get all evil about it, like a brat, like a baby.” On “Proud Home”, she sings one of the records boldest earworm hooks (“You’ve got a lot of fucking things to be proud of!”) and tries to comfort a friend who has a crush on her mom. “I really cracked myself up with the lyrics,” she says. “It’s kind of a Stacey’s Mom riff. I decided it’s a dedication to Adam Schlesinger [of Fountains of Wayne].” “Roses, Again” is a new take on a familiar Lily tune (originally on Good Time Now) re-recorded at the request of her current live band, who have evolved the song on the road.

              TRACK LISTING

              1 - Beauty
              2 - Sweat Forever
              3 - That’s The Way I Like It
              4 - Alone
              5 - Don’t Be Lazy With Me
              6 - Proud Home
              7 - Hark
              8 - Bad Boy
              9 - Roses, Again
              10 - Goodbye
              11 - True

              BADBADNOTGOOD return with their highly anticipated album, "Talk Memory", the sixth full length excursion from this Canadian trio if you count their collaboration with Ghostface Killah amongst their discography. Collaborators include legendary composer Arthur Verocai and contemporary icons such as Terrace Martin, Karriem Riggins and Laraaji.

              It's high octane, ambitious and noisy, modern jazz set firmly in present times and holding no punches with its delivery. The boys can play, make no mistake, effortlessly drifting from languid passages to all-out throttle. Considering there's only three of them, it's a full and realized sound; slightly gritty but sophisticated in its execution; with each musician challenging the next to out-better themselves. As the songs swirl into a mighty cresendo you can almost picture them trying to compete with each for dexterity and flair... I'm sure they'd be an amazing prospect live.

              Favourite moment for me is the opener of disc two, "Love Proceeding", featuring Arthur Verocia, which glides in on optimistic and cinematic sax before erupting into an explosion of augmented 7s and frenzied drums; the ultimate example of jazz's fusion of tension and release; a formular that's executed with aplomb throughout the album.

              Advanced and highly accomplished, "Talk Memory" finds these bastions of modern jazz in exquisite form. Recommended. 


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: BadBadNotGood return for their first LP for XL Recordings, with their trademark enthusiastic jazz fusion sound in full force, bolstered with a number of huge music industry names. It's yet another groundbreaking juxtaposition of loungey downbeat jazz and rhythmic hip-hop, both innovative and warmingly familiar.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Signal From The Noise
              2. Unfolding (Momentum 73) Featuring Laraajii
              3. City Of Mirrors Featuring Arthur Verocai
              4. Beside April Featuring Karriem Riggins, Arthur Verocai
              5. Love Proceeding Featuring Arthur Verocai
              6. Open Channels (physical Only)
              7. Timid, Intimidating
              8. Beside April (Reprise) Featuring Arthur Verocai
              9. Talk Meaning Featuring Arthur Verocai, Terrace Martin And Brandee Younger

              Pure X

              Rare Ecstasy 2009 - 2019

                Pure X is the last band, has always been the last band. Not that there won’t be future acts, more that Pure X understands that all this pageantry, this civilization is wrapping up. It burned hot and bright like thermite used to bust a safe open, but now is the age of radiating waves, each one buckles the foundation more than the last. Rare Ecstasy 2009-2019 is a collection of recordings and rarities that span the more than a decade career of the Austin underground legends. Referred to by Pitchfork as the ‘druggy, wall-of-sound escapism that put them on the map’. These 12 tracks embody the Pure X sound, breaking it down and offering up a raw emotive portrait that cycle the Band’s expansive output. A must have addition to the collection of any Pure X fan.

                TRACK LISTING

                Pressure Drop
                Alexandria
                One Day At A Time
                I Don’t Wanna Make Love (With Anyone Else But You)
                Make It Look So Easy
                Valley Of Tears
                Baby
                Making History (Instrumental)
                Utopia
                Streets Are Haunted
                Crazy Lust
                Please Please Please

                Initial copies of the coloured vinyl edition include an exclusive 11" x 11" art print whilst stocks last.

                The duo consists of Camila de Laborde and Daniel Hermann-Collini and met in London’s global melting pot. Originally they hail from Mexico City and Munich respectively and now call Lisbon home. Produced + mixed by Peter Kember (Sonic Boom, Spacemen 3, Spectrum) who has mixed bands such as Panda Bear, Beach House and MGMT Camila Fuchs creates experimental electronic pop with spectral vocals and avant-garde sensibilities. Currently based in Lisbon, the project was formed by Camila De Laborde (Mexico City) and Daniel Hermann-Collini (Munich) in London in 2012. The band released their debut album Singing From Fixed Rung in 2016, followed by 2018's Heart Pressed Between Stones on ATP Recordings. Met with international praise, Camila Fuchs has performed at numerous well-regarded festivals including Mutek Mexico, Primavera Sound and All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. They have also supported and shared the stage with Plaid, Actress, Aleksi Perälä, Starcrawler, Charles Hayward, William Basinski, Braids and The Orb.

                Kids Talk Sun is the duo's third full-length album. It was produced and mixed by Peter Kember. With an imaginative, child-like approach, Camila Fuchs have managed to harness a transformational space of exploration and experimentation. Filled with a youthful sense of wonder, Kids Talk Sun is a meditation on childhood, as well as the exchanges between humans, between humans and nature, and within nature itself. A textural, drumless offering, "Sun" opens the album with a slow-tempo arpeggiation guided by Laborde's transporting voice. The words “heat me up, heat them up” conjures warmth that radiates throughout the album. “There was no way, no need to be careful,” Laborde sings in “Moon Mountain.” Mirroring the lyrics in approach, the band taps into a playful psychedelia with dense, hypnotizing instrumentation. Synths contract and swell punctuated by bleeps, bloops, and spaced-out effects beautifully articulated by Kember's production.

                A step into darker territory, "Come About" shows the band's breadth of range with Laborde's voice soaring over a driving downtempo rhythm, pleading for love and dedication to be taken and received, with a haunting effect. Kids Talk Sun was recorded near the sea and wilderness outside of Lisbon, with the band shifting back and forth from the natural world to the studio. The result is an ecosystem of complex, ever-evolving sounds working together, with generosity given to the process itself; the biomimicry of plants, insects, the sun and moon, earth, seasons, and cycles gorgeously reimagined in sonic form. There is a sense of multiplicity, a reassurance on change deeply rooted in transformation, on things disintegrating, decomposing, and something new coming to ground us, arms open, and ready for hope.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: Camila Fuchs' previous releases have always indicated towards a multi-faceted psychedelic electronic powerhouse, but nly on 'Kids Talk Sun' has that possibility become quite so crystal clear. Texturally rich but imbued with the sort of avant-pop spirit of 70's psych or the octaved drive of Italo-disco. Absolutely astounding work.

                TRACK LISTING

                01. Sun
                02. Moon’s Mountain
                03. Gloss Trick
                04. Roses
                05. Sandstorm
                06. Silenced By Hums
                07. Come About
                08. Mess
                09. Pool Of Wax

                Pure X

                Crawling Up The Stairs - Reissue

                  Crawling Up The Stairs is the sophomore album from Austin underground luminaries Pure X, re-issued on 180 gram vinyl by Fire Talk.

                  The anticipated follow-up to debut ‘Pleasure,’ the new record places Nate Grace’s ragged vocals upfront in the mix with more clearcut, refined production choices, while still imbued with the jagged sexual tension and undercurrent of catastrophe that has won them fans across the world.

                  More accolades from the press followed, notably Pitchfork calling the record ‘sophisticated and self aware,’ lending a further upward trajectory to the band’s steadfast cult status. The duality of vocals from Grace and Jenkins for the first time evoke an even more enthralling immediacy to Pure X’s continued evolution of their nightmarish visions, a spellbinding combination that will find appeal in old fans and new listeners alike.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Crawling Up The Stairs
                  Someone Else
                  Written In The Slime
                  I Fear What I Feel
                  Things In My Head
                  Shadows And Lies
                  I Come From Nowhere
                  Never Alone
                  How Did You Find Me
                  Thousand Year Old Child
                  Rain At Dawn
                  All Of The Future (All Of The Past)

                  Pure X

                  Pure X

                    Pure X is the last band, has always been the last band. Not that there won’t be future acts, more that Pure X understands that all this pageantry, this civilization is wrapping up.

                    It burned hot and bright like thermite used to bust a safe open, but now is the age of radiating waves, each one buckles the foundation more than the last. Recorded live in single takes in the Texas hill country by Danny Reisch (Shearwater), this is their clearest, most focused work to date. The rhythm section is locked in--a night train through the desert. There is more singing, the weary wisdom of the lyrics ringing like Tibetan bowls. In 38 minutes, Pure X weave a culmination, all the delays and distortion, the grinding mortar of touring, the low-tide pulling them out from a cult band, to a legacy band, it’s here, understood and forgiven.

                    The album’s cover (designed by long time collaborator Christopher Royal King) depicts a coffin necklace set against a wide open blue sky. It’s as if we carry our mortality like a pendant on a chain. Learning to own up and accept ourselves through self reflection. It would be understandable to express such forbidden fatalism in a brittle, harsh nihilism, the stark echo of a stone rattling down an endless well. But on this album, their fourth and first in six years, there is a predawn kindness. It may be funereal, but it is a Viking pyre ablaze in the middle of a river, one of those moments when the water seems to pause and reflect the clouds blooming like smoke from an invisible glass pipe.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: Searing walls of guitar swooning around the heartfelt vocals and slo-mo percussive stomp, Pure X is a cacophony of noise, but shifting quickly enough to form chords above the tuned dirge and heady vocal soar. Melodic shoegazing for the hypnotised.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Middle America
                    Hollywood
                    Angels Of Love
                    Free My Heart
                    Making History
                    Fantasy
                    Man With No Head
                    How Good Does It Get
                    Slip Away
                    Grieving Song
                    Stayed Too Long
                    I Can Dream

                    The Psychedelic Furs

                    Talk Talk Talk - 2018 Reissue

                      "This time working solely with Steve Lillywhite, the Furs introduce a brighter, poppier side to their underground rock edge, with smashing results throughout. The group produces some powerful songs, even more rough-edged than before. Especially striking is "Dumb Waiters," with its queasy, slow-paced arrangement that allows both Kilburn's sax and Ashton's guitar to go wild. However, the six still create some undeniable pop classics. Most well-known is the lead track, "Pretty in Pink," inspiration for the iconic John Hughes film years later and re-recorded as a result. The original is still where to go, though, with Butler's catchy description of a romantically unsure woman matched by a killer band performance. Similarly lighter numbers on the record call to mind a rockier version of Roxy Music's output in later years: elegant, romantic angst given a slightly rougher edge in both music and vocals. "She Is Mine" is especially fine as a gently swinging number with some of Butler's best, quietly ruminative lyrics. Straight-up anthems abound as well, the best being the amazing "Into You Like a Train," which mixes the blunt desire of the title with a sparkling Ashton guitar line and a fast rhythm punch. Talk Talk Talk ends on another high with "All of This and Nothing." A soft, acoustic guitar-sax-rhythm combination introduces the song, then fades away for the main section to begin; Butler details bits and pieces from a lost relationship over a sharp full-band performance, and a final drum smash leads into a reprise of the start -- a fine way to end a fine record." All Music.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side 1:
                      1. Dumb Waiters - The Psychedelic Furs / James Brown
                      2. Pretty In Pink
                      3. I Wanna Sleep With You
                      4. No Tears
                      5. Mr. Jones

                      Side 2:
                      1. Into You Like A Train
                      2. It Goes On
                      3. So Run Down
                      4. All Of This And Nothing
                      5. She Is Mine

                      Anthony Nicholson & Mark De Clive-Lowe

                      Yeah-Yeah / Another Story

                        Anthony Nicholson aka Miquifaye is deeply rooted in the movement of taking music and art forward in Chicago then presenting it across the globe and around the world. Anthony has a discography that has been one of the most respected and sought after collections in dance music - deep, luxurious and firnly rooted in house music tradition.

                        Mark, a regular on our shelves, is an artist in constant evolution, always reaching for that next level and new opportunities. A prolific artist across many style he seems the perfect pairing for Anthony.

                        Together they've created two deep house masterpieces that are up there with some of the biggest and most expansive pieces in the style of early Francois K, Joe Claussell's Instant House and Ron Trent's Future Vision and Electric Blue series - in other words, perfectly drawn sonic canvasses of deep house pleasure! You need this! 


                        TRACK LISTING

                        A. Yeah-Yeah
                        B. Another Story

                        The Sylvers

                        I Know Myself / Wish That I Could Talk To You

                          Two more of our favourite cuts from The Sylvers first album, produced by Jerry Butler, Keg Johnson and Michael Viner, written by the hugely talented Leon Sylvers III. ‘I Know Myself’ was sampled by 9th Wonder for his ‘Easy’ track.

                          Talk Talk

                          It's My Life

                          The band’s breakthrough record It’s My Life saw the arrival of producer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Friese-Greene, who became a significant creative force in the band and an unofficial fourth member for the remainder of its existence.

                          It’s My Life saw the band seek a less synthesized sound and less New Romantic image, which included keyboardist Simon Brenner leaving the band. The new sound gave the band commercial success, with the title track becoming a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It went on to be covered by No Doubt in 2003 reaching number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remaining on the chart for 28 weeks.

                          The album also contained the single "Such a Shame" (a song inspired by the book The Dice Man) which became a Top 10 hit across Europe. A third single, "Dum Dum Girl", was also a success in Europe and NZ in particular.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side 1:
                          1) Dum Dum Girl
                          2) Such A Shame
                          3) Renée
                          4) It’s My Life

                          Side 2:
                          1) Tomorrow Started
                          2) The Last Time
                          3) Call In The Night Boys
                          4) Does Caroline Know
                          5) It’s You

                          Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

                          Talk Tight

                          Talk Tight is Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s first release, and it was originally released on CD in March of 2016 on Ivy League Records in the band’s home country of Australia. Talk Tight – a mini-album, or extended EP, if you will – garnered the band critical acclaim in their home country and in the US, where Pitchfork gave the record an 8.0 and described it like so:
                          Seven rip-roaring tracks that move by their own logic, any one of which could be a single and all of which leave you wanting more in the best way possible... Listening to these seven tunes, you can easily trace a national lineage: the relentlessness of Radio Birdman, the pop literacy of the Go-Betweens, the rambunctious energy of the Easybeats, and the belief—shared with Courtney Barnett—that guitars are not just crucial to the message but might very well be the message themselves.

                          This release is the first time Talk Tight has been available worldwide, and the first time it is available on vinyl anywhere. The band released their Sub Pop debut, The French Press EP, in March of 2017, and they are currently working on their first full-length album.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Wither With You
                          2. Wide Eyes
                          3. Heard You’re Moving
                          4. Clean Slate
                          5. Tender Is The Neck
                          6. Write Back
                          7. Career

                          Kate Nash

                          Girl Talk

                            3rd studio album from platinum selling artist and Brit Award winner Kate Nash.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Part Heart
                            2. Fri-end?
                            3. Death Proof
                            4. Are You There Sweetheart?
                            5. Sister
                            6. OMYGOD!
                            7. Oh
                            8. All Talk
                            9. Unconventional Girl
                            10. 3AM
                            11. Rap For Rejection
                            12. Cherry Pickin'
                            13. Labyrinth
                            14. You're So Cool, I'm So Freaky
                            15. Lullaby For An Insomniac

                            Man Like Me

                            Pillow Talk

                              London duo Man Like Me release their new album ‘Pillow Talk’. The album has been mixed by Mike Skinner, who is also credited as executive producer after re-launching his label tBeats to release the record. Skinner helped co-produce and mix the new album which includes last summer’s electro smash, 'Squeeze' and new single, 'Wallow' - a concoction of carnival drums and whistles, muddled electronics, big bass and an insanely infectious chorus.


                              Talk Talk

                              The Colour Of Spring

                                Talk Talk’s classic albums ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘The Colour of Spring’ get re-issued on 180g heavyweight vinyl cut from the original analogue master, together with a DVD featuring the album delivered as a 96kHz/24 bit LPCM stereo mix. The DVDs both feature one extra track … ‘Spirit of Eden’ has the ‘b’ side ‘John Cope’ while ‘The Colour of Spring’ includes the ‘b’ side ‘It’s Getting Late In The Evening’.

                                Also released on CD with updated artwork - art directed by Mark Hollis - 'Spirit of Eden', 'The Colour of Spring', 'It's My Life' and 'The Party's Over'.


                                Talk Talk’s classic albums ‘Spirit of Eden’ and ‘The Colour of Spring’ get re-issued on 180g heavyweight vinyl cut from the original analogue master, together with a DVD featuring the album delivered as a 96kHz/24 bit LPCM stereo mix. The DVDs both feature one extra track … ‘Spirit of Eden’ has the ‘b’ side ‘John Cope’ while ‘The Colour of Spring’ includes the ‘b’ side ‘It’s Getting Late In The Evening’.

                                Also released on CD with updated artwork - art directed by Mark Hollis - 'Spirit of Eden', 'The Colour of Spring', 'It's My Life' and 'The Party's Over'.


                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Andy says: One of Elbow-man, Guy Garvey's favourite ever albums, this has a drifting but heavy, otherworldly vibe.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. The Rainbow (1997 - Remaster)
                                2. Eden (1997 - Remaster)
                                3. Desire (1997 - Remaster)
                                4. Inheritance (1997 - Remaster)
                                5. I Believe In You (1997 - Remaster)
                                6. Wealth (1997 - Remaster)

                                Bonus DVD With Vinyl:

                                1. The Rainbow
                                2. Eden
                                3. Desire
                                4. Inheritance
                                5. I Believe In You
                                6. Wealth
                                7. John Cope

                                ‘Sweet Talk’ is the first EP from Australian duo Kito & Reija Lee. Kito provides the catchy, bass-heavy production skills, which blend perfectly with Reija Lee's crisp vocals and absolutely massive hooks. The two have been friends since childhood, and previously collaborated on ‘LFO’, which appeared on Kito's EP for Skream's Disfigured Dubz label, but this is their first proper release together. Kito & Reija Lee take dubstep in the perfect pop-crossover direction, doing it with class and flair. In a dubstep scene dominated by men, Kito & Reija Lee have managed to bring a decidedly female perspective to the table while staying true to the genre's roots. Kito's production is sexy and intelligent, rough in the right places, and supremely catchy. The EP's title track might be the best example, taking equal turns at being sultry, hard and mysterious, while Reija's manipulated vocals tell her boy to get his shit straight. ‘Broken Hearts’ is the poppiest cut, with Reija shouting an in-yr-face hook that will be stuck in your head way beyond first listen. ‘On The Jam’ features Kito cleverly twisting Reija Lee's vocals into autotuned heaven, and ‘This City’ rounds out the EP on a mellow edge with yet another huge catchy chorus.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Sweet Talk
                                A2. Broken Hearts
                                B1. On The Jam
                                B2. This City

                                Men

                                Talk About Body

                                Men, the Brooklyn-based band & art/performance collective, consists of core members JD Samson (Le Tigre), Michael O'Neil (Ladybug Transistor) & Ginger Brooks Takahashi (LTTR). This is their debut album release on IAMSOUND, via Columbia Records. The band focus on the raw energy of live performance & the radical potential of dance music. Musical styles merge between guitar-laden dance-floor funk & funky electronica, with a lyrical bite!

                                The Metros

                                Talk About It

                                  Taken from their forthcoming debut album "More Money Less Grief", "Talk About It" is a three minute blitz through the wonderful world of The Metros. Bottled down it is essentially a rhythmic, anthemic, schizoid punkoid stream of tourettes-iousness that fits as much sound tracking mischief on the streets of their native Peckham as on any in this Fair Isle. This summer's most wonderfully belligerent sing-a-long is here. Produced by their mate Baxter Dury, "More Money Less Grief" avoids the clichéd one dimensional formula often adopted by young bands today; incorporating and invoking pop hooks, thrashy punk rock, hummable choruses, tongue-in cheek humour, frank pub-crawl tales of teenage sex and adventure, whilst still capturing the youthful exuberance that makes them uniquely The Metros.

                                  Sam Hutchinson

                                  Don't Want To Talk EP

                                    Sam Hutchinson is a singer-songwriter based in Nottingham, England. "Don't Want To Talk EP" is the 19-year-olds' third commercial release as a solo artist. He is influenced by the likes of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith and Ben Christophers and has been compared with artists as diverse as Doves and Leonard Cohen. For his third release, Sam spent two months recording and mixing five songs of pristine guitar and understated vocal harmonies.

                                    Hot Hot Heat

                                    Talk To Me, Dance With Me

                                      Two tracks form their "Make Up The Breakdown" album: "Talk To Me, Dance With Me" and "Oh, Goddamnit" along with a live version of "Le Le Low". Jerky punk funk guitar rhythms, percussive drums and half chanting half wailing vocals. Add to that fun, catchy tunes and you've got some damn fine pop songs!


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