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David Lynch & Jack Cruz

The Flame Of Love

    January 20, 2020 saw the surprise release of David Lynch’s short What Did Jack Do? on Netflix. If you watched the grainy, police procedural over the last few days, you most likely found yourself saying aloud ‘who is Jack Cruz and how can I get more of his music?’ Sacred Bones is announcing the release of the short’s featured original song “True Love’s Flame” by the primate star crooner of yesteryear; Jack Cruz. Not much is known about Cruz’s career prior to his involvement with Lynch, but fortunately, we have not just one song, but two: ’Dancin’ in the World of Love’ is the B-side to the short’s single…uncovered recently and an excellent example of Cruz’s emotional prowess and magical, gold-dipped vocal cords. Both songs were written by Lynch and Dean Hurley.


    1. True Love’s Flame (1:47)
    2. Dancin’ In The World Of Love (3:28)

    Various Artists

    Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987

      "Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 is the first volume of Captured Tracks’ new venture into compilations – Excavations. Dedicated to compiling forgotten music from the 1970s – 1990s that has a connection to Captured Tracks’ sound and aesthetic, this series will bridge the past to our current roster and showcase the kinds of sounds that inspire us. As an American label, we’ve often wondered why British, Aussie, and Kiwi indie rock from the ‘80s has had the most infuence on modern acts and the collector’s market. Outside of bands like R.E.M., the Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate, and a few others, most of these bands received little attention from national or international press outlets and markets. The acts on this compilation have a true DiY spirit that lead many of these bands to self-record and self-release within tiny local scenes in small cities and college towns across America.

      Strum & Thrum aims to shed light on this forgotten era of jangly, melodic rock music that emerged from the ashes of post punk and helped kick start the indie rock boom of the early ‘90s that continues to this day. Indeed, many artists featured on Strum & Thrum went on to be part of this boom – Archer Prewitt from the Sea & Cake, Jon Ginoli from Pansy Division, Ric Menck from Velvet Crush, Brent Rademaker from Beachwood Sparks, Barbara Manning, and more went on to be in well known bands in the ‘90s. Spread across two LPs, Strum & Thrum includes an 80+ page booklet with an extensive oral history of the ‘80s indie scene, an introduction by Captured Tracks label head Mike Sniper, and tons of archival images and ephemera. Long live the jangle underground!"


      Disc 1:
      1. The Reverbs - Trusted Woods
      2. Start - Where I Want To Be
      3. Cyclones - I’m In Heaven
      4. Windbreakers - All That Stuff
      5. Primitons - All My Friends
      6. Bangtails - Patron Of The Arts
      7. The Love In - Late As Usual
      8. Sex Clark Five - She Collides With Me
      9. Three Hits - 5 O’Clock
      10. Crippled Pilgrims - Black And White (Alternate)
      11. Vandykes - Breakin My Heart
      12. Salem 66 - Seven Steps Down
      13. The Outnumbered - I Feel So Sorry Now
      14. The Darrows - Is It You

      Disc 2:
      15. Riff Doctors - Say Goodbye
      16. The Ferrets - She Was Unkind
      17. 28th Day - Pages Turn (Alternate)
      18. Great Plains - When Do You Say Hello?
      19. Downy Mildew - Purple Parlor
      20. The Strand - You And Me
      21. The White Sisters - Misery, Me, & You
      22. Absolute Grey - Remorse
      23. One Plus Two - Promise
      24. The Springfields - Sunflower
      25. Holiday - Change
      26. Pop Art - The Meeting
      27. The Reactions - Tomorrow’s Time Today
      28. A New Personality - Essential Things


      Flash / From The Ghetto

      Life is pleased to re-press these two classics by Orlando Voorn aka FIX.

      "Flash" originally released in 1992 and "From The Ghetto" released in 1994 in collaboration with Blake Baxter.


      A. Flash
      B. From The Ghetto

      The Micronauts

      Get Funky Get Down

        2017 reissue of the first Micronauts 12" featuring Daft Punk's first ever remix. 

        This record reissues the first track of The Micronauts, ''Get Funky Get Down'', along with Daft Punk's remix of it (their first ever!). Both were originally released in 1995 on the London label Phono, who also released Matthew Herbert, Morgan Geist and Freaks (aka Luke Solomon & Justin Harris). Two totally new versions accompany them.

        Never before reissued, the original version has made a remarkable comeback on record diggers' playlists in London, Berlin or Brussels for the past two years… Notably Jamie Fry's, an English DJ living in Berlin, who produced for the occasion the ''J Dubs Edit'', true to the sound of his 100% vinyl sets (Jamie is the guy behind the infamous Stablo records, which can go for up to 100 € on Discogs, and runs with Radio Slave the label The Double R).

        Concluding this EP is the ''Nature's 1994 Cassette Version'', previously unreleased and found, as its name implies, on a demo cassette tape recorded in 1994.


        A1. Get Funky Get Down
        A2. Get Funky Get Down (J Dubs Edit)
        B1. Get Funky Get Down (Daft Punk Remix)
        B2. Get Funky Get Down (Nature 1994 Cassette Version)

        Ennio Morricone

        The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Reissue

          “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is neither more nor less than the perfect soundtrack to the most wonderful of western movies, the third and final act of the “Dollar Trilogy” directed by Sergio Leone. A film not only rated among the best of the genre but universally considered among the most successful in the history of cinema.

          The Maestro Ennio Morricone has here been able to be as meticulous as his friend director, composing a soundtrack that fits brilliantly to the bombastic and epic atmospheres of the film. In addition to the main theme, played by different instruments according to the character shown on the screen, it’s totally impossible to forget the great finale, the immense closure of an unparalleled masterpiece brought by “L’estasi dell’oro” (The Ecstasy of Gold) and “Il triello”. It was only 1966, and the Morricone-Leone partnership had to live some more years on…

          Various Artists

          No Photos On The Dancefloor! - Berlin Techno 2007-Today : Volume Two

            'No Photos on the Dance Floor! Berlin Techno 1992–Today', compiled by Heiko Hoffmann, follows a hugely successful photography and video art exhibition by the same name that was co-curated by Hoffmann and shown at C/O Berlin in late 2019. The exhibition included works by photographers and visual artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Romual Karmakar, Sven Marquardt and Camille Blake, that dealt with Berlin’s club culture since the fall of the wall. It was followed in 2020 by a book of the same name which collected together the most striking imagery from the exhibition alongside interviews and personal essays.

            'No Photos on the Dance Floor!' is the first compilation to trace the history of techno made in Berlin over the last three decades, with a selection of classics and hidden gems that have helped shape Berlin’s sound from the early 90s until now. The title refers to a particularity of the Berlin club scene: photography is banned in almost all the important clubs to allow partying together in a space where you can lose yourself to the music and feel free and safe at the same time.

            After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, abandoned spaces and buildings were waiting to be filled with new life in the form of clubs, bars, galleries, workshops, and studios. Berlin became the epicenter of a new nightlife culture that soon resonated around the world. Berlin’s techno scene was heavily influenced by the pioneering sounds of Detroit techno created by African-American producers such as Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Underground Resistance.

            Their records were imported to the Berlin DJ scene by the record store Hardwax, based on the ground floor of a building on Reichenberger Straße in Kreuzberg, from December 1989 onward. The original temples of DJ culture in New York amd Chicago, as well as the emerging rave culture developing in London and Manchester via Ibiza, would also go on to shape Berlin’s nightlife. Party series like Tekknozid and clubs such as Ufo, Tresor, and Planet can retrospectively be interpreted as the big bang of the first shared culture between Germany's East and West, having paved the way for what is still the last and biggest expression of European youth culture.
            Part 1 of the vinyl edition focuses on the period between 1992 and 2006, with early 90s tracks by Thomas Fehlmann and Moritz von Oswald’s 3MB project (who teamed up with Detroit’s Juan Atkins on compilation opener 'The 4th Quarter'), Berlin techno pioneer DJ Tanith and Mijk van Dijk’s short-lived project 9-10-Boy, von Oswald’s and Ernestus’ influential Maurizio alias, and Alec Empire, who would later go on to start influential noise/industrial band Atari Teenage Riot. Further key tracks from the first half of the aughts come from Mo Loschelder and Klaus Kotai’s Elektro Music Department label, Sleeparchive and Ableton Live-developer Robert Henke aka Monolake.

            Part 2 is drawn from tracks made between 2007 and today, starting at a point when the city became the center for a new creative community of international artists, DJs and producers who often favoured the minimalist aesthetic & musical styles of clubs such as Berghain, Bar25 and Watergate and stayed for the ease of living. Beginning with a remix by Plastikman aka Richie Hawtin of his Minus label signee Heartthrob, the two 12"s also feature contributions from Ben Klock, Avalon Emerson and Modeselektor.

            The record was compiled by Heiko Hoffmann, former editor of Groove magazine and co-curator and co-editor of the 'No Photos on the Dance Floor!' exhibition and accompanying book. The double-vinyl release also features full-format photography by George Nebieridze and Wolfgang Tillmans.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Heartthrob - Baby Kate (Plastikman Remix)
            A2. Ellen Allien - Go (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
            B1. Klockworks – Sean
            B2. Wax - Untitled (Wax No 30003 B)
            C1. Ancient Methods – Else
            C2. Dasha Rush - Outer Space
            C3. Avalon Emerson - The Frontier
            D1. Barker - Cascade Effect
            D2. Modeselektor - Kalif Storch
            D3. FJAAK - Breathe

            Erland Cooper

            Carve The Runes Then Be Content With Silence?

              Erland Cooper’s new album Carve the Runes Then Be Content With Silence is set for release in June 2024 – 3 years from the day the only master tape was planted deep into the Orkney soil.

              The album is a recording of Cooper’s brand new three-movement composition for solo violin and string ensemble. The work marks the centenary of celebrated Orkney poet George Mackay Brown, as 2021 marks 100 years since his birth.

              Inspired by natural landscapes and ruminating on time, hope, community and patience, the sole recording of the work – on ¼ inch magnetic tape, with the digital files permanently deleted – has been planted to grow and be nurtured or “recomposed” by the earth, before being exhumed and released in three years’ time. Whilst Cooper will not be unearthing the tape until 2024, he has left a trail for anyone to search and find it if they wish. A map with clues to the location of the planting site will be released via his digital platforms. If the planted tape is found, Erland will invite the discoverer to his studio to embark on a journey together for the treasured first listen. It will then be released exactly as it sounds from the earth.

              Erland Cooper says, “Music can so often feel undervalued and for some, being unable to perform live has at times felt like being buried. When an idea forms there is often an urge to share it as quickly as it develops but like spotting a bird, I want to let this fly and land in its own place and time. The work is one part remembrance and one part celebration of a landmark time.” He adds: “The material on the tape may erode naturally, disintegrate and create drops of silence or the peaty soil may preserve it perfectly well. It may or may not get better with age. I may or may not fall out of favour with my composition. Any alterations to the sound and music [when it comes out of the earth] will be reincorporated into the pages of a new score and live performance, as orchestral articulations.”

              The Shacks

              Got To Be Christmas B/W Christmas Time Is Here

                Planned to be released last Christmas, due to delays at the pressing plant, The Shacks’ Christmas single did not make it in time for Christmas 2021. The single deserves better, so it’s good there is always a next Christmas. So here is the opportunity to grab a copy of this single, in time for Christmas. How does the single sound?

                Imagine yourself in bed on Christmas Eve, you are not really awake anymore, but also not asleep yet. Music is entering your subconscious mind. You feel like floating into a completely new world, a fairytale world of lucid dreams. The music sounds familiar but at the same time very different from what you are used to hear around this time of the year. It is as if you have been transposed to an alternate world, where everything is blurred and reality and dreams are inseparable. That otherworldly music is joined by an ethereal voice, singing about Christmas being here. And then you wake up, see a show white 7” spinning on your record player and you realize you have been listening to the new Shacks’ Christmas single, that Santa has just put there without you noticing it.

                The Shacks are the duo of singer/bassist Shannon Wise and guitarist producer Max Shrager. In 2016, The Shacks were featured on the track ‘Strange Boy’ by fellow New Yorkers El Michels Affair, which was quickly followed by an EP on Big Crown Records (produced by El Michels Affair’s Leon Michels and Max), and some 45s, of which their cover of Ray Davies’ ‘This Strange Effect’ received a lot of praise, as did their 2018 debut album for Big Crown Records, ‘Haze’. More singles followed, most recently a split 7” with label mates Brainstory.

                Apart from the original ‘Got To Be Christmas‘, co-written by Brainstory, the single The Shacks recorded for the ninth edition of the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club also features a cover of one of the most popular Christmas songs ever, Vince Guaraldi’s ‘Christmas Time Is Here’. Both the original and recent cover versions of that classic (like that of Khruangbin, with whom The Shacks have also toured) already sounded dreamy, but The Shacks take the song into a completely different dimension.

                Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

                Pinata: The 1964 Version - 2023 Reissue

                  Single-LP Edit Of Piñata Lacquered At Half Speed Master By Metropolis Mastering In London For The Highest Fidelity. Featuring Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul, Polyester the Saint, BJ The Chicago Kid, Big Time Watts, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko & Freddie Kane. “Piñata is a gangster Blaxploitation ­lm on wax,” says Gibbs. As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music. 

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Supplier
                  A2. Scarface
                  A3. Deeper
                  A4. High (ft. Danny Brown)
                  A5. Harold’s
                  A6. Bomb (ft. Raekwon)
                  A7. Shitsville
                  A8. Thuggin’
                  A9. Real
                  A10. Uno
                  B1. Robes (ft. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)
                  B2. Broken (ft. Scarface)
                  B3. Lakers (ft. Ab-Soul & Polyester The Saint)
                  B4. Knicks
                  B5. Shame (ft. BJ The Chicago Kid)
                  B6. Watts (ft. Big Time Watts)
                  B7. Piñata (ft. Domo Genesis, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko, & Mac Miller).

                  The Soundcarriers

                  Celeste - 2023 Reissue

                    There's something intangible about ‘Celeste’, The Soundcarriers’ second album, originally released in 2010. It has a light, lucid quality, almost like driving exhausted through a strange city at night. Freeflowing yet tethered, dreamy yet attacking, the band continue the fight to reconcile competing impulses. Various threads just about keep the shimmering tapestry from tearing. Haunting folk melodies underpinned by rhythmic static and the physicality of the totally analogue recording and mixing, baroque keyboard counterpoints and sweeping arrangements.

                    The opener “Last Broadcast” seems to encapsulate this but it's almost as if the album gets the angst out of its system with this track and is free to explore the quieter, less crowded back streets. After the smoke of “Last Broadcast” has cleared, the twisting road takes in the soft introspection of “Hideaway” and “Morning Haze”, both tracks morphing into heavy psyche grooves or the eastern tinged psyche funk of “Signals” and “Rise And Fall”. Or takes another turn with the tightly arranged opening segment of “Long Highway”. Somehow it still manages to fit in ‘60s pop gems like “There Only Once”.

                    An album to really lose yourself in, yet more concise than the sprawling Harmonium and more relaxed and free-flowing than the nervy rush of Entropicalia, Celeste could be arguably their most indispensable album and not to damn it with faint praise, their most listenable.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side A
                    1. Last Broadcast
                    2. Step Outside
                    3. Morning Haze
                    4. Broken Sleep
                    Side B
                    1. Long Highway
                    2. Rolling On
                    3. There Only Once
                    4. Out Of Place
                    Side C
                    1. Signals
                    2. Rise And Fall
                    3. Hideaway
                    4. Celeste
                    Side D
                    1. Long Highway (Inst.)
                    2. Out Of Place (Inst.)
                    3. There Only Once (Inst.)
                    4. Last Broadcast (Alt. Mix)
                    5. Celeste (Alt.mix)

                    The Primitives

                    Everything's Shining Bright - The Lazy Recordings 1985-1987

                      Compiled with guitarist PJ Court, this 2-CD compilation boasts re-mastered music as well as a beautifully annotated booklet boasting rare photos and personal memories from the band.

                      Back in the mid-80s, The Primitives combined the fuzz guitars of The Jesus & Mary Chain with the pop sensibilities of Blondie and a nod to cult heroes The Velvet Underground. They swiftly rose from being a popular Indie guitar outfit to charting worldwide with “Crash”, kickstarting a craze in bands fronted by blonde female singers (Transvision Vamp, The Darling Buds et al).

                      Between 1985 and 1987, the band issued five singles/EP’s on independent label Lazy Records (also home to My Bloody Valentine and later Birdland) before signing with RCA.

                      This 2-CD set also boasts their promo-only live album at the ICA; as such, it offers their entire Lazy output from that period.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Disc 1
                      1. Thru The Flowers
                      2. Across My Shoulder
                      3. She Don't Need You
                      4. Lazy
                      5. Really Stupid
                      6. We Found A Way To The Sun
                      7. Where The Wind Blows
                      8. Stop Killing Me
                      9. Buzz Buzz Buzz
                      10. Laughing Up My Sleeve
                      11. Ocean Blue
                      12. Shadow (Guitar Version)
                      13. Thru The Flowers (New Version)
                      14. Everything Shining Bright
                      15. Nothing Left
                      16. Across My Shoulder
                      17. Crash
                      18. Spacehead
                      19. Nothing Left (Sounds Version)

                      Disc 2
                      1.I'll Stick With You
                      2. Dreamwalk Baby
                      3. Buzz Buzz Buzz
                      4. Nothing Left
                      5. Out Of Reach
                      6. Carry Me Home
                      7. Don't Want Anything To Change
                      8. Think I'll Stick With You
                      9. Dreamwalk Baby
                      10. Run Baby Run
                      11. Thru The Flowers
                      12. Nothing Left
                      13. Where The Wind Blows
                      14. Out Of Reach
                      15. We Found A Way To The Sun
                      16. Don't Want Anything To Change
                      17. Across My Shoulder
                      18.Everything's Shining Bright
                      19. Buzz Buzz Buzz
                      20. Stop Killing Me
                      21. I Wanna Be Your Dog

                      The London Dirthole Company

                      Modern Ist EP

                        The giant avalanche that is THE LONDON DIRTHOLE COMPANY is back with another slab of prime-time partisan punk noise. With a Futurist disdain and Dadaist sense of sardonic humour, the MODERN IST EP celebrates the realities of the Family Of Noise as a truly interactive social experiment. The genuinely odd bunch of protagonists that make up the bands personnel stretch the boundaries of conventional group structure and methods. A truly outsider approach that reverberates with its nebulous intensity and spirit of joy. The result is a fractious cacophony created (on this record) by four drummers, 3 guitarists a bass player and 2 different vocalists. Live the band rotate up to a dozen singers if occasion and availability conspire. The music has elements and attitudes in common with The Monks, Velvet Underground, Pussy Galore and The Fall without any direct plagiarism or imitation. These bands are but ships in the night to the Battleship Dirthole and its crew of desperate fellows. PROFESSOR THE CONFESSOR is an intimate memoir of utterances from the dark recesses of The Professor’s mind. CRYING ONIONS is a sleazy ballad of all-consuming pleasure, timeless romance, sensual purgatory, erotic possession, empty tears, disrobing and eating an onion. TOMORROW, TODAY faces up to the bleak realities of a passion consumed and the vagaries of the staring up from the gutter as you watch your former partner dance the same dance you fell for with someone else. The strapping fit and healthy London Dirthole Company pedigree on this recording; The Nuns, Pulkas, Echobelly, Headbutt, Felix Moment Power Trio, Lot Lizards, Project Dark, Headcleaner.

                        Dude York

                        Halftime For The Holidays

                          The holidays are weird, man. Ostensibly, they’re about family and fun and food and festivities, but more often they portend arguing with your family about politics- and that mental dance you have to do where you’re like “Should I get Trevor a gift even though my funds are dwindling and I’m not even sure if he’s going to get me one in return so this could end up being a whole awkward thing???”

                          The reality of the holidays lies somewhere more liminal, in the space between joy and depression, between excitement and boredom, between “peace on earth and goodwill toward men” and “I think I might murder my entire family.” So who better to teach us the true reason for the season than Dude York, a band whose music so often seems to exist in an in-between space of their own? Dude York are funny and serious and earnest and deeply ironic all at the same time. The three friends who comprise the band—Peter Richards (guitar, vocals), Claire England (bass, vocals) and Andrew Hall (drums, vocals)—have spent their four years together applying their particular Dude York-ian sensibility to topics like mental health, breakups, and the power of art and friendship.

                          Now they’ve returned with Halftime for the Holidays to pop some chestnuts right on your fire and tackle their most poignant theme yet; THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. Halftime for the Holidays is a holiday record for how the holidays actually feel. Tracks like “Takin’ Care of Christmas” (it’s exactly what you think it is) and “Jingle Bells Rock” (it’s not) deliver the requisite tacky cheer. “Greatest Gift is You” and “My Favorite Part (Of This Time of Year)” soar like the greatest pop-punk love songs, with the added benefit of CHRISTMAS. And songs like “Long Distance Christmas” and “Break Up Holiday” testify to the loneliness that they can spring on you without warning. It’s a record that manages to wrap the strangeness of sleeping in your childhood twin bed and the soft wonder of waking up to snow into one delightful white elephant present that you won’t re-gift.

                          Halftime for the Holidays is self-consciously goofy, but refreshing in its willingness to tackle the misery and joy of the season with equal force. So deck the halls, engage in a regrettable make out session underneath the mistletoe, and rest assured that no matter what kind of reindeer games the universe is playing with you this year, Dude York has you covered.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          01. Break Up Holiday
                          02. Hollywood Holiday
                          03. The Greatest Gift Is You
                          04. My Favorite Part (Of The Time Of Year
                          05. Long Distance Christmas
                          06. Takin Care Of Christmas
                          07. Jingle Bells Rock
                          08. True Meaning
                          09. Silent Night

                          Hampshire & Foat

                          Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand - Reissue

                          Multi talented UK Jazz Pianist Greg Foat has teamed up with Mercury Award nominated "The Bees" member and multi instrumentalist Warren Hampshire to collaborate on a new LP drawing on their diverse musical influences. Classic British library music, 60s Italian soundtracks & lost Americana combined with touches of modern classical, minimalism, Jazz and Folk. Featuring many members of Greg and Warren's previous bands and one of the U.Ks finest Jazz drummers, Clark Tracy, the LP also features an Edinburgh orchestra and soloists hand picked and scored by the boys. Recorded all analogue onto 2" multitrack in Edinburgh, mixed down by Mattias Glavå at his studio in Gothenburg, Sweden then mastered and cut in Helsinki, Finland, it's truly a European affair. 

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand 
                          The Solar Winds (& Cadenza) 
                          A Long Way Home
                          End Song
                          All Washed Up 
                          How The Nights Can Fly 
                          End Song (Reprise)

                          Gregory And The Hawk


                            Gregory And The Hawk returns with her second FatCat album ‘Leche’, a more mature and honest collection of songs than her previous releases, which sees her expanding instrumentally onto piano and harp yet conveying a sense of her bedroom recording roots.

                            Contributors include Jeremy Backofen (Felice Brothers), Rob Laakso (Amazing Baby, Diamond Nights, Mice Parade, Swirlies), and Adam Pierce (Mice Parade, Swirlies).

                            TRACK LISTING

                            For The Best
                            Over And Over
                            Geysir Nationale
                            Olly Olly Oxen Free
                            A Century Is All We Need
                            Puller Return
                            Hard To Define
                            Dream Machine

                            Calexico And Iron & Wine

                            In The Reins

                              Iron & Wine's Sam Beam and the members of Calexico convened in December 2004 at Calexico's home base of Wavelab Studios in Tucson, Arizona. The idea of working together had been tossed around for over three years, though neither bands' schedule loaned itself into making it a reality until then. The resulting session "In the Reins", is a mini-album that is a truly harmonious affair sure to satisfy fans of both bands. The seven tracks are Sam Beam originals and were fleshed out by the full Calexico band. The record also features newcomer Natalie Wyants on vocals, Salvador Duran, a local fixture of the Tucson Flamenco scene, on vocals and Botas. Of course no Wavelab experience would be complete without the appearance of Nick Luca (NL Trio/John Doe Band) and Craig Schumacher, both of whom contributed to the record in the form of engineering and performance.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              He Lays In The Reins
                              Prison On Route 41
                              History Of Lovers
                              Red Dust
                              16, Maybe Less
                              Burn That Broken Bed
                              Dead Mans Will

                              Various Artists

                              The Men In The Glass Booth: Part 1

                                In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis; Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song; one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public - the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.

                                In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.

                                Or so we thought...
                                The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era's most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story's key figures.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Patrick says: BBE answer the prayers of all us non-millionaire disco fans, taking us on a journey through the alternative 12" history via this exhaustive collection of acetates and DJ edits. Mega!

                                Don Rendell And Ian Carr Quintet

                                The Complete Lansdowne Recordings, 1965-1969

                                After an epic licensing odyssey that's taken us almost 20 years, we're finally able to announce the 5LP boxset release of the first ever official re-issue of all five of the iconic Lansdowne recording sessions by the legendary UK jazz combo, the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet.
                                The five albums; Shades Of Blues (1965), Dusk Fire (1966), Phase III (1968), Change Is (1969) and Live (1969), have reached almost mythical status in the collector's world. Regarded as holy grail artefacts for even the seasoned aficionado, the collective second hand market value comes to an astonishing £6000.
                                Many have tried - and failed - to reissue these albums by legitimate means. However, two decades since our initial approach, Universal Music has gone to great lengths to research their vast archives, and we have finally managed to succeed.
                                The complete Don Rendell & Ian Carr Lansdowne recording sessions have now undergone a full and unprecedented boxset reissue. We located and acquired the original analogue master tapes from the Universal vaults and created masters at Abbey Road Studios to produce audiophile quality 180g pressings replete with replica artwork - shape, design, and even paper stock. No stone has been left unturned to deliver this absolute labour of love to the highest possible standard! The enclosed booklet contains never before seen photographs, interviews with the remaining living band members and liner notes from BBC Radio 3 presenter and award-winning jazz writer Alyn Shipton.
                                The band played together for seven years and during this fruitful time they made a plethora of deeply melodic, post-bop British jazz compositions that later on took influences from Indo and more spiritually guided jazz. Produced by the influential Denis Preston and recorded at his Lansdowne Studios in London, the band was primarily made up of saxophonist Don Rendell, trumpeter/composer Ian Carr, and pianist/composer Michael Garrick. This is UK jazz at its absolute finest, and the quality of our box set pays testament to that.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1 Blue Mosque
                                2 Latin Blue
                                3 Just Blue
                                4 Sailin'
                                5 Garrison '64
                                6 Blue Doom
                                7 Shades Of Blue
                                8 Big City Strut
                                9 Ruth
                                10 Tan Samfu
                                11 Jubal
                                12 Spooks
                                13 Prayer
                                14 Hot Rod
                                15 Dusk Fire
                                16 Crazy Jane
                                17 On! [clip]
                                18 Les Neiges D'Antan (Snows Of Yesteryear)
                                19 Bath Sheba
                                20 Black Marigolds
                                21 Elastic Dream
                                22 One Green Eye
                                23 Boy, Dog And Carrot
                                24 Cold Mountain
                                25 Black Hair
                                26 Mirage
                                27 On Track
                                28 Vignette
                                29 Pavanne
                                30 Nimjam
                                31 Voices
                                32 You've Said It 

                                Daniel Rachel

                                Too Much Too Young: The 2 Tone Records Story Rude Boys, Racism And The Soundtrack Of A Generation - RECORD SHOP EXCLUSIVE SIGNED EDITION

                                  In 1979, 2 Tone exploded into the national conscience as records by The Specials, The Selecter, Madness, The Beat, and The Bodysnatchers burst onto the charts and a youth movement was born.

                                  2 Tone was black and white: a multi-racial force of British and Caribbean island musicians singing about social issues, racism, class and gender struggles. It spoke of injustices in society and took fight against right wing extremism.

                                  The music of 2 Tone was exuberant: white youth learning to dance to the infectious rhythm of ska and reggae; and crossed with a punk attitude to create an original hybrid. The idea of 2 Tone was born in Coventry, masterminded by a middle-class art student raised in the church. Jerry Dammers had a vision of an English Motown. Borrowing £700, the label's first record featured 'Gangsters' by The Specials' backed by an instrumental track by the, as yet, unformed, Selecter. Within two months the single was at number six in the national charts. Dammers signed Madness, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers as a glut of successive hits propelled 2 Tone onto Top of the Pops and into the hearts and minds of a generation. However, soon infighting amongst the bands and the pressures of running a label caused 2 Tone to bow to an inevitable weight of expectation and recrimination.

                                  Still under the auspices of Jerry Dammers, 2 Tone entered in a new phase. Perhaps not as commercially successful as its 1979-1981 incarnation the label nevertheless continued to thrive for a further four years releasing a string of fresh signings and a stunning endpiece finale in '(Free) Nelson Mandela'.

                                  Told in three parts, Too Much Too Young is the definitive story of a label that for a brief, bright burning moment, shaped British culture.

                                  The Goa Express

                                  The Goa Express

                                    Debut album from The Goa Express, led by Clarkey alongside his brother Joe and best friends Joey, Naham and Sam.

                                    They met as young teenagers in Burnley - growing up in the rural shadow of England's industrial north, music was a means of escape and a vessel for friendship. Their shared adolescent experiences shaped their collective attitudes and behaviours and, ultimately, the sound and spirit of their band. 6music playlists and Radio 1 support has followed along with a heavy touring schedule.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    It's Never Been Better
                                    Good Luck Charm
                                    You're The Girl 
                                    Small Talk
                                    Can't Stay Quiet
                                    Better Than OK
                                    Talking About Stuff
                                    Prove It

                                    Scouting For Girls

                                    The Place We Used To Meet

                                      Scouting For Girls’ unforgettable indie-pop anthems such as ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ and ‘Heartbeat’ set them on a path to phenomenal success which included four Top 10 singles, four Top 10 albums, 2 million sales and more than a billion streams - plus four BRIT Awards and an Ivor Novello.

                                      After so many highlights, the trio questioned where to go next as they planned their seventh studio album. The solution? To return to their roots back when they were three unknown musicians in Ruislip, west London, and reconnect with the reasons that they started a band in the first place. As a result, Scouting For Girls are back to their best with their new album ‘The Place We Used To Meet’, which will be released on October 13th.

                                      Gotts Street Park

                                      On The Inside

                                        On The Inside, the debut album from Gotts Street Park, is more than an album – it’s an invitation. “We want listeners to feel like they’re stepping into a room with us, peering into our process,” say the acclaimed Leeds trio, describing a genre-hopping odyssey that acts as a diary of everything their relationship encompasses, both as collaborators and close friends.

                                        The group was formed in Leeds by Josh Crocker (bass, production), Tom Henry (keys) and Joe Harris (guitar). What began as an outlet for their shared love for sixties Motown, soon became a jewel in the Yorkshire scene’s creative crown, with millions of Spotify streams to their name and some of hip-hop and pop’s most exciting emerging voices requesting collaborations: Celeste, Kali Uchis, Cosima and Rejjje Snow are just a few of the acts the band have individually written/produced for.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Side A
                                        1. Summer Breeze (feat. Rosie Lowe)
                                        2. Tell Me Why (feat. Olive Jones)
                                        3. Shiloh
                                        4. Got To Be Good (feat. Pip Millett)
                                        5. Fuego
                                        6. Mountains (feat. ENNY)
                                        Side B
                                        1. Strawberry Dream
                                        2. Fool For Love (feat. Pip Millett)
                                        3. Purple
                                        4.Are You Still A Friend? (feat. Flikka)
                                        5. Portofino (feat. Parthenope)
                                        6. Walk Away

                                        Laura Misch

                                        Sample The Sky

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1 Hide To Seek
                                          2 Light Years
                                          3 Portals
                                          4 Outer Edges
                                          5 Listen To The Sky
                                          6 Widening Circles
                                          7 City Lungs
                                          8 Sax Rise
                                          9 Wild Swim
                                          10 Birdseye

                                          The Brand New Heavies

                                          Never Stop... The Best Of

                                            2023 marks 35 years since the first single by The Brand New Heavies and here we have twenty-one seminal tracks from Acid Jazz royalty, The Brand New Heavies, who transcended London’s local funk scene to become to enjoy global success across with hits such as ‘Sometimes’, ‘You Are The Universe’, ‘Dream on Dreamer’, ‘Midnight at The Oasis’ and more.

                                            This new compilation brings together all the singles from the band’s time with London Records, featuring 15 Top 40, 5 Top 20, and 1 Top 10 UK hits.

                                            All formats feature new liner notes from producer and long-time fan Mark Ronson. 

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Never Stop
                                            2. Dream Come True
                                            3. Got To Give
                                            4. Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
                                            5. Stay This Way
                                            6. Dream On Dreamer
                                            7. Back To Love
                                            8. Midnight At The Oasis
                                            9. Spend Some Time
                                            10. Close To You
                                            11. Sometimes
                                            12. You Are The Universe
                                            13. You’ve Got A Friend
                                            14. Shelter
                                            15. Saturday Nite
                                            16. Apparently Nothing
                                            17. People Get Ready
                                            18. Bonafied Funk
                                            19. Brother Sister
                                            20. Mind Trips
                                            21. You Can Do It

                                            CD 2
                                            1. Stay This Way (Bob Sinclar Remix)
                                            2. Dream Come True (Heavies Mix)
                                            3. Never Stop (Heavies Mix)
                                            4. Back To Love (GP Club Mix)
                                            5. Midnight At The Oasis (Roger S Underground Network Mix)
                                            6. Spend Some Time (Brothers In Rhythm Club Mix)
                                            7. Close To You (Masters At Work Remix)
                                            8. Sometimes (Monsieur D’s Underground Behaviour Mix)
                                            9. You Are The Universe (Tuff Jam’s 2 In 1 Remix)
                                            10. Saturday Nite (Full Intention Club Mix)

                                            Billy Bragg

                                            The Roaring Forty (1983-2023)

                                              2023 will see Billy Bragg and Cooking Vinyl celebrating forty years of music from the singer, songwriter, activist and author, with a selection of releases to appeal to casual admirers and die hard fans alike. Each format has been compiled by Billy beginning with a 1LP 13-song ‘primer’ on LTD Edition orange coloured vinyl, a 40-song LTD Edition Deluxe 3 LP collection on three shades of green vinyl, and a 40-song 2CD in card digisleeve with 16 page booklet. 

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              DISC 1
                                              1. A New England
                                              2. The Milkman Of Human Kindness
                                              3. To Have And Have Not
                                              4. The Man In The Iron Mask
                                              5. St. Swithin's Day
                                              6. The Saturday Boy
                                              7. Between The Wars
                                              8. The World Turned Upside Down
                                              9. Which Side Are You On?
                                              10. Levi Stubbs' Tears
                                              11. Greetings To The New Brunette
                                              12. There Is Power In A Union
                                              13. Help Save The Youth Of America
                                              14. She's Leaving Home - Billy Bragg, Cara Tivey
                                              15. She's Got A New Spell
                                              16. Must I Paint You A Picture

                                              DISC 2

                                              1. Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards
                                              2. The Internationale
                                              3. Tank Park Salute
                                              4. Sexuality
                                              5. Accident Waiting To Happen (Red Star Version)
                                              6. Upfield
                                              7. The Boy Done Good
                                              8. Walt Whitman's Niece - Billy Bragg, Wilco
                                              9. Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key - Billy Bragg, Wilco
                                              10. My Flying Saucer - Billy Bragg, Wilco
                                              11. California Stars (Live October / November 1998) - Billy Bragg, The Blokes
                                              12. Some Days I See The Point - Billy Bragg, The Blokes

                                              DISC 3

                                              1. England, Half English - Billy Bragg, The Blokes
                                              2. Take Down The Union Jack (Band Version) - Billy Bragg, The Blokes
                                              3. Old Clash Fan Fight Song
                                              4. I Keep Faith
                                              5. Bugeye Jim - Billy Bragg, Wilco
                                              6. Never Buy The Sun
                                              7. No One Knows Nothing Anymore
                                              8. Handyman Blues
                                              9. The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore - Billy Bragg, Joe Henry
                                              10. King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood
                                              11. Mid-Century Modern
                                              12. I Will Be Your Shield

                                              Khruangbin & Toro Y Moi

                                              Live At The Fillmore Miami

                                                It's only fitting that Khruangbin’s first-ever official live releases would be double albums paired with their tourmates: artists whose music they love and admire, friends who’ve become family along the way. Khruangbin’s ‘Live At’ series of live LPs traces just one small slice of the band’s flight plan through the years: it’s a taste of some of their most beloved cities, stages and nights. Each release comes with a limited-edition unique album cover exclusive for the recording’s home turf, just a little something extra for the fans that bring a little something extra. Most of all, Khruangbin’s ‘Live at’ series ignites both sides of the band’s magic: the warm, prismatic feeling of their albums and the bewitching energy of their performances.

                                                ‘Live at The Fillmore Miami’ features performances by Toro Y Moi and Khruangbin.

                                                The New Pornographers

                                                Electric Version (20th Anniversary Revisionist History Edition)

                                                  Matador Records will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The New Pornographers’ second full-length, Electric Version – first released May 6, 2003 – with a limited-edition opaque blue vinyl reissue.

                                                  As for the music: no sophomore slumping to be found here. Back then we wrote, “With impossibly huge hooks and an innate understanding of every pop trick in the book, this follow-up to 2000’s breakthrough Mass Romantic is the most exciting pop record we’ve heard in a long while.” For once, tastemakers of the day shared our enthusiasm. “The New Pornographers mix the pop purism of the Beach Boys, the power charge of Cheap Trick and the gentle psychedelia of Syd Barrett,” wrote the New York Times, who labeled Electric Version “Some of the best pop of the year.”

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. The Electric Version
                                                  2. From Blown Speakers
                                                  3. The Laws Have Changed
                                                  4. The End Of Medicine
                                                  5. Loose Translation
                                                  6. Chump Change
                                                  7. All For Swinging You Around
                                                  8. The New Face Of Zero And One
                                                  9. Testament To Youth In Verse
                                                  10. It's Only Divine Right
                                                  11. Ballad Of A Comeback Kid
                                                  12. July Jones
                                                  13. Miss Teen Wordpower

                                                  The Slow Show

                                                  Subtle Love

                                                    No band smoulders quite like The Slow Show.

                                                    The Manchester four-piece have built a reputation for soaring crescendos and deep emotional canyons, making music for romantic souls and wounded hearts.

                                                    Subtle Love not only distils The Slow Show’s sumptuous indie pop formula, but it casts the group’s net into exciting fresh waters, incorporating winsome folk (Royal Blue) and anthemic, widescreen rock (One Shot) too. Across ten songs, the listener is taken on an amble through the band’s past and into a tantalising future. It is a highly melodic and moving affair, made by kindred spirits and lifelong friends.

                                                    The band decamped to Cave Hill in Belfast, where Joel Byrne-McCullough grew up. “I hadn’t been there for 15 years,” marvels the guitarist. While there, the band stuck side by side and bonded afresh. “It was a great time of togetherness,” reveals Rob. “We lived in the same house, we ate together, we went to the local pub, we talked about life.”

                                                    Across a five-day period, all ten songs that make up the album had taken shape and been committed to tape by their producer, Joel’s brother, Dan Byrne-McCullough. Dan’s presence enabled an intimacy and familiarity that made everyone feel comfortable, and this brought out the best in the band.

                                                    One Shot is the first taster from the album and is arguably the band’s most anthemic and sing-a-long song of their career to date.

                                                    Joel reminisces “I remember when we had the music of One Shot. It was the evening, and we were sat in the sitting room [in Belfast’, the fire was on, and we were having our dinner watching the news: me, Rob, and Fred [Kindt – band keyboardist]. After dinner, Rob was singing a few things over those chords.

                                                    As soon as he sung, ‘We’ve got one shot’, I said, 'That's it'.”

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Learning To Dance
                                                    Subtle Love
                                                    Royal Blue
                                                    One Shot
                                                    Builder Boy

                                                    One can hardly imagine the genre-busting, culture-crossing musical magic of Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, or even the early Red Hot Chili Peppers without the influence of R&B pioneer Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can’t be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli to Ludacris have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music.

                                                    There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago – we live in an age that’s been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis. Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn’t get sexy with their “Lady Marmalade” for another year while Millie Jackson wasn’t “Feelin’ Bitchy” until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty’s fierce style wasn’t completely out of Ike’s shadow until later in the decade.

                                                    Ms. Davis’s unique story, still sadly mostly unknown, is unlike any other in popular music. Betty wrote the song “Uptown” for the Chambers Brothers before marrying Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix — personally inspiring the classic album ’Bitches Brew.’

                                                    But her songwriting ability was way ahead of its time as well. Betty not only wrote every song she ever recorded and produced every album after her first, but the young woman penned the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty’s career would be her unbending Do-It-Yourself ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn’t fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal.

                                                    In 1973, Davis would finally kick off her cosmic career with an amazingly progressive hard funk and sweet soul self-titled debut. Davis showcased her fiercely unique talent and features such gems as “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” and “Game Is My Middle Name.” The album Betty Davis was recorded with Sly & The Family Stone’s rhythm section, sharply produced by Sly Stone drummer Greg Errico, and featured backing vocals from Sylvester and the Pointer Sisters.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up 
                                                    Walkin Up The Road 
                                                    Anti Love Song 
                                                    Your Man My Man
                                                    Ooh Yea 
                                                    Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes 
                                                    Game Is My Middle Name 
                                                    In The Meantime

                                                    Betty Davis

                                                    They Say I'm Different - 2023 Repress

                                                      One can hardly imagine the genre-busting, culture-crossing musical magic of Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, or even the early Red Hot Chili Peppers without the influence of R&B pioneer Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can’t be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli to Ludacris have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music.

                                                      There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago – we live in an age that’s been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis. Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn’t get sexy with their “Lady Marmalade” for another year while Millie Jackson wasn’t Feelin’ Bitchy until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty’s fierce style wasn’t completely out of Ike’s shadow until later in the decade.

                                                      Ms. Davis’s unique story, still sadly mostly unknown, is unlike any other in popular music. Betty wrote the song “Uptown” for the Chambers Brothers before marrying Miles Davis in the late ’60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix - personally inspiring the classic album 'Bitches Brew'.

                                                      But her songwriting ability was way ahead of its time as well. Betty not only wrote every song she ever recorded and produced every album after her first, but the young woman penned the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty’s career would be her unbending Do-It-Yourself ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn’t fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal.

                                                      Her 1974 sophomore album 'They Say I’m Different' features a worthy-of-framing futuristic cover challenging David Bowie’s science fiction funk with real rocking soul-fire, kicked off with the savagely sexual “Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him” (later sampled by Ice Cube). Her follow up is full of classic cuts like “Don’t Call Her No Tramp” and the hilarious, hard, deep funk of “He Was A Big Freak.”

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Shoo-B-Doop And Cop Him 
                                                      He Was A Big Freak 
                                                      Your Mama Wants Ya Back
                                                      Don't Call Her No Tramp 
                                                      Git In There 
                                                      They Say I'm Different 
                                                      70's Blues 
                                                      Special People

                                                      Biff Bang Pow!

                                                      The Girl Who Runs The Beat Hotel

                                                        "Someone Stole My Wheels""Love's Gone Out of Fashion" "She Never Understood" "He Don't Need That Girl" "She Shivers Inside" "The Beat Hotel" "The Happiest Girl in the World" "If I Die" "Five Minutes in the Life of Greenwood Goulding" "The Whole World Is Turning Brouchard!" + "It Happens All The Time" "It Makes You Scared" "Sunny Days" "The Death of England"

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Someone Stole My Wheels
                                                        Love's Going Out Of Fashion
                                                        She Never Understood
                                                        He Don't Need That Girl
                                                        She Shivers Inside
                                                        The Happiest Girl In The World
                                                        If I Die
                                                        Five Minutes In The Life Of Greenwood Goulding
                                                        The Whole World Is Turning Brouchard!
                                                        It Happens All The Time
                                                        It Makes You Scared
                                                        Sunny Days
                                                        The Death Of England


                                                        Dig The Mountain

                                                          During their original run, Stornoway achieved immense critical acclaim, fan adoration and two Top 20 albums, one of which (their debut ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’) was certified Silver. But in 2016 they announced that they were ending on a high (2015’s ‘Bonxie’ being “their best album yet” according to The Guardian) with the following year’s farewell tour, although their rapturously received WOMAD set (“a magnificent farewell”, The Spectator) was delayed until 2022. They still earned new fans, however, when their version of ‘The Only Way Is Up’ exceeded 2 million streams after being used in an advert and in various TV shows. Vocalist/guitarist Brian Briggs stopped songwriting altogether and instead pursued a new career passion managing a wetland for water voles and lapwings.

                                                          Nonetheless, Brian and bandmates Jon Ouin (keyboard) and Oli Steadman (bass) stayed in touch, and step-by-step they reconnected with the love of creating music that had first inspired them to start a band. With Brian writing in a makeshift studio on a remote coastal hilltop and Jon readying a series of ideas of his own, eventually an entirely unexpected fourth Stornoway album emerged - ‘Dig The Mountain!’

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. ‘Trouble With The Green’
                                                          2. ‘Bag In The Wind’
                                                          3. ‘Anwen’
                                                          4. ‘Dig The Mountain!’
                                                          5. ‘It’s Not Up To You’
                                                          6. ‘The Fisherman’
                                                          7. ‘Sea Legs’
                                                          8. ‘The Navigator’
                                                          9. ‘The Manatee’
                                                          10. ‘Kicking The Stone’
                                                          11. ‘Excelsior’ 


                                                          The King

                                                            Anjimile Chithambo, better known as Anjimile, announces his new album, The King, out September 8th, his first full-length since 2020’s breakthrough Giver Taker.

                                                            Highlighting the artistic shift from Giver Taker to now, ‘The King’ opens with a lofty, melodic choir, an intro that belies the song’s motives. Suddenly, sinister arpeggios interrupt the reverie, and the voices grow darkly serious. Deeply steeped in the confusion, grief, and rage of being Black in America, ‘The King’ pushes back against the tired adage, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” hissing, “What don ’t kill you almost killed you// What don’t fill you//pains you// drains you.”

                                                            “If Giver Taker was an album of prayers, The King is an album of curses.” In his second album, Anjimile continues exploring what it means to be a Black trans person in America. The brutally honest reflection of 2020’s deadly summer is less reminiscent of the pink cloud of early sobriety and more rooted in the reality of seeing brutality with clear eyes. Drawing from influences ranging from religion, Phillip Glass, and lived experiences, the album is a grand step forward for Anjimile.

                                                            Nearly every sound you hear on The King comes from two instruments: an acoustic guitar and Anjimile’s own voice. Other than a few beautiful contributions from Justine Bowe, Brad Allen Williams, Sam Gendel, and James Krivchenia (Big Thief), the album is the result of a year in LA working intimately with Grammy and Juno winner Shawn Everett. 

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. The King
                                                            2. Mother
                                                            3. Anybody
                                                            4. Genesis
                                                            5. Animal
                                                            6. Father
                                                            7. Harley
                                                            8. Black Hole
                                                            9. I Pray
                                                            10. The Right

                                                            The Coral

                                                            Sea Of Mirrors

                                                              ‘Sea Of Mirrors’ is The Coral in full conceptual mondo-movie mode. Combining their love of 60s and 70s Western cinema, baroque pop, Love, Scott Walker, Sergio Leone, Lee Hazelwood and Ennio Morricone, it features string arrangements by the High Llama’s Sean O’hagan and a cameo from Cillian Murphy. It is the natural, sprawling successor to 2021’s ‘Coral Island’ and you will hear nothing like it in 2023.

                                                              Following their acclaimed album, Coral Island, the band felt inspired to create material for two more albums, (see the separate listing for 'Holy Joe’s Coral Island Medicine Show'). Amidst that songwriting scirroco, a combination of a script written by keyboard player, Nick Power, a vintage cinema foyer poster artwork was created by drummer, Ian Skelly confirmed Sea Of Mirrors’ vivid concept and the blueprint for The Coral to move beyond all expectations once again.

                                                              “Once the album concept was clear, this was us imagining the theme tune for an Italian western directed by Fellini with a Richard Yates-written script,” Explains James Skelly. “It’s us asking ourselves: what would have happened if Lee Hazlewood had produced a Gene Pitney song written by Townes Van Zandt?”

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Side A
                                                              The Actor And The Cardboard Cowboy
                                                              Cycles Of The Seasons
                                                              Faraway Worlds
                                                              Wild Bird
                                                              North Wind
                                                              Sea Of Mirrors
                                                              Side B
                                                              That's Where She Belongs
                                                              The Way You Are
                                                              Dream River
                                                              Child Of The Moon
                                                              Oceans Apart

                                                              BONUS DINKED EDITION 7”
                                                              Looking For A Friend
                                                              Unhappy Girl

                                                              The Coral

                                                              Holy Joe's Coral Island Medicine Show

                                                                Bridging Coral Island and Sea Of Mirrors, a second album titled 'Holy Joe’s Coral Island Medicine Show', will also be released this September. With the full tracklisting limited to physical formats only, the album brings James and Ian Skelly’s grandad a.k.a The Great Muriarty back into the fold for the narrated post-script to one of The Coral’s most successful albums to date.

                                                                'Holy Joe's Coral Island Medicine Show' is the show that brings you sounds from the other side all through the night. We'll be playing murder ballads and death-ditties, love songs and eulogies, songs about drifters, grifters, hobos and killers...

                                                                If Coral Island was a box-office hit in 2022, then 'Holy Joe's Coral Island Medicine Show' is it's low-budget little brother, written in a year and stitched together in less- think The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ll or Police Academy: Mission To Moscow- but without the plane fare to Russia. This is a sequel to rival the most shameless of cash-ins.

                                                                It features a ramshackle cast: along with the usual suspects, Coral Island compère (and Skelly Granddad) The Great Moriarty makes a return, alongside actor and friend-of-the-band John Simm, who recites wanderlust eulogy Drifter's Prayer. Glaswegian singer Rianne Downey is involved in a murderous duet. An unnamed pedal-steel player from the back of beyond plays a funeral score over Hotel.

                                                                Don't get me wrong, this isn't an act of self-sabotage or half-arsed in any way; more a deliberate attempt to make an art form out of the forgotten follow-up. Who else but The Coral are going to fill this important cultural sinkhole?

                                                                Framed inside a midnight radio show beaming out from a Michelin blimp that hovers somewhere past the piers of Coral Island, Holy Joe... is a love letter to the tradition of the death disc and murder ballad, from Stack-o-Lee to Skeleton Key, and everything in between.

                                                                Stay up late. Tune in. If you do, who knows? You might end up loving it more than the original. 

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side 1
                                                                1. Holy Joe (Sounds From The Other Side)
                                                                2. The Sinner
                                                                3. Hotel
                                                                4. Holy Joe (Hitchhiker At The Highway’s Edge)
                                                                5. Affiliation
                                                                6. Leave This Town
                                                                7. The Road Is Calling
                                                                8. Holy Joe (Rita Is Having A Bad One)
                                                                9. Never Be In Love Like That Again
                                                                Side 2
                                                                1. Drifter’s Prayer
                                                                2. Holy Joe (Bobby And Faith)
                                                                3. Long Drive To The City
                                                                4. Down By The Riverside
                                                                5. Holy Joe (The Graveyard Shift)
                                                                6. Baby Face Nelson
                                                                7. Holy Joe (A Wise Man Once Said)
                                                                8. The Coral Island Killer
                                                                9. Holy Joe (Let The Credits Roll)

                                                                Royal Blood

                                                                Back To The Water Below

                                                                  Royal Blood today ignite an epic summer ahead as they announce the September 8th release of their fourth album ‘Back To The Water Below’ and share its lead single ‘Mountains At Midnight’.

                                                                  From the very beginning, Royal Blood’s story has been one of two life-long friends whose shared passion and dedication for writing and performing has led them on a remarkable adventure together – a story that has yet to be repeated, and is a feat as rare as it is remarkable. Long before Royal Blood were even formed, they spent years together in various bands playing to half empty bars around Brighton - and only then did they suddenly become a decade-in-the-making overnight success story. One day they were plotting how to recoup the meagre £300 they had spent on their first recording, but within a year they were at the top of UK album charts, storming Glastonbury and winning the BRIT Award for Best British Group.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Mountains At Midnight
                                                                  2. Shiner In The Dark
                                                                  3. Pull Me Through
                                                                  4. The Firing Line
                                                                  5. Tell Me When It’s Too Late
                                                                  6. Triggers
                                                                  7. How Many More Times
                                                                  8. High Waters
                                                                  9. There Goes My Cool
                                                                  10. Waves

                                                                  The Boo Radleys

                                                                  Giant Steps - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                                                    The Boo Radleys reveal a vinyl reissue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their nineties genre-hopping masterpiece “Giant Steps”.

                                                                    NME’s 1993 Album Of The Year, named in the Top 20 of Pitchfork’s The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time and lauded as one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, The Boo Radleys’ classic album, Giant Steps will be reissued, on special remastered vinyl almost 30 years to the day since its original release. The band’s genre-ambiguous and widely-acclaimed masterpiece will become available to fans old and new.

                                                                    Only the second of their five albums to be released on the legendary Creation Records, at a time when label mates including Slowdive, Teenage Fanclub and Ride were also casting long shadows across the indie landscape, pre-the Oasis hurricane making landfall at the label, Giant Steps broke into the canon of great, experimental rock albums soon after its release. It’s first single, Lazarus, issued as a standalone release in November 1992, its blend of brass and guitar-squall and acutely introspective lyrics, gave a hint of what was to come and remains lodged in the band’s most-loved and best-known songs. For the 2023 reissue, Lazarus’ 12” version appears on the all-formats track listing for the first time.

                                                                    Recorded at London’s Protocol Studios, where Carr and Brown took on self-production duties with support from engineer, Andy Wilkinson, The Boo Radleys set about responding to their shared sense of dissatisfaction with their 1992 album, Everything’s Alright Forever. Free to do as they please, they set about making a record of complete artistic freedom, bringing in reggae (Upon 9th And Fairchild), dance (Rodney King) and irresistible, warped indie pop (Barney And Me) influences into the studio and, without limitation, weaved them into the satisfyingly complex fabric of Giant Steps. Snapshot incidentals, intermissions and between-radio-station static intro/outros added to the sense of unrestrained exploration.

                                                                    Writing about the album, drummer, Cieka reflected on Giant Steps, stating: “Creation loved it, people's reactions seemed really positive. I do listen to it from time to time and still find great moments I’d forgotten about. I think it stands up pretty well today. I'm always left feeling happy to have been a part of the record.”

                                                                    "Wow, now THIS is what music can be!" – The Quietus on Giant Steps.
                                                                    “It deserved the accolades and praise heaped on its shoulders.” – The Line of Best Fit.
                                                                    “A masterwork...” – Pitchfork.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1 I Hang Suspended
                                                                    A2 Upon 9th & Fairchild
                                                                    A3 Wish I Was Skinny
                                                                    A4 Leaves And Sand
                                                                    B1 Butterfly McQueen
                                                                    B2 Rodney King (Song For Lenny Bruce)
                                                                    B3 Thinking Of Ways
                                                                    B4 Barney (…and Me)
                                                                    C1 Spun Around
                                                                    C2 If You Want It, Take It
                                                                    C3 Best Lose The Fear
                                                                    C4 Take The Time Around
                                                                    C5 Lazurus
                                                                    D1 One Is For
                                                                    D2 Run My Way Runway
                                                                    D3 I’ve Lost The Reason
                                                                    D4 The White Noise Revisited

                                                                    CD BONUS TRACKS
                                                                    18 Lazarus (Saint Etienne Remix)
                                                                    19 Rodney King (Saint Etienne Remix)
                                                                    20 Peachy Keen

                                                                    The Cinematic Orchestra

                                                                    Man With A Movie Camera

                                                                      The Cinematic Orchestra, formed by J.Swinscoe and later joined by long-time friend and collaborator Dominic Smith, are one of the UK’s most respected and influential British artists of the last twenty years, creating genre-defying compositions that introduced jazz to a new breed of electronic music fans.

                                                                      Upon its original release in 2002, Every Day was praised for it’s sweeping and dramatic turns through classic soul, jazz, minimalism, electronics buoyed by the guesting calibre of Art Ensemble of Chicago’s Fontella Bass (writer and performer of ‘60s soul masterpiece “Rescue Me”) and indelible UK music legend, Roots Manuva.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. All That You Give (feat. Fontella Bass)
                                                                      A2. Burn Out

                                                                      B1. Evolution (feat. Fontella Bass)
                                                                      B2. Man With The Movie Camera

                                                                      C1. All Things To All Men (feat. Roots Manuva)
                                                                      C2. Flite

                                                                      D2. Everyday

                                                                      E1. Oregon
                                                                      E2. Horizon (feat. Niara Scarlett)

                                                                      F1. Semblance
                                                                      F2. Flite (Original Version)

                                                                      Gustavo Santaolalla & David Fleming

                                                                      The Last Of Us: Season 1 (Soundtrack From The HBO Original Series)

                                                                        Based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation® platforms, The Last of Us is written and executive produced by co-creators Craig Mazin (Emmy® Award-winning creator of HBO’s “Chernobyl”) and Neil Druckmann (creator and writer of the award-winning “The Last of Us” franchise and Naughty Dog Co-President). The Last of Us takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed by a viral outbreak. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heart-breaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

                                                                        The vinyl release to the acclaimed series contains soundtrack highlights from the show. Featured are score tracks by composer Gustavo Santaolalla, with additional music by David Fleming as well as songs by Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, Jessica Mazin & Nick Offerman.

                                                                        The package contains 2x vinyl, standard weight at 140g, 1x green and 1x clear, a double-sided poster of the show’s key art, spot gloss and soft touch on the gatefold and an insert featuring liner notes by Neil Druckmann, Craig Mazin, Gustavo Santaolalla & David Fleming and images from the show.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Side A:
                                                                        1. The Last Of Us
                                                                        2. Get Out
                                                                        3. All Gone
                                                                        4. The Quarantine Zone
                                                                        5. Don't Look
                                                                        6. Forsaken
                                                                        7. Breaching The Wall
                                                                        8. Hope
                                                                        9. Haven
                                                                        10. Resolve
                                                                        Side B:
                                                                        1. The Swarm
                                                                        2. Long Long Time By Nick Offerman
                                                                        3. It Can't Last (Sunset)
                                                                        4. Raiders
                                                                        5. Longing
                                                                        6. All Gone (Affliction)
                                                                        7. Vanishing Grace
                                                                        8. All Gone (Purpose)
                                                                        9. All Gone (Isolation)
                                                                        10. Warning Signs
                                                                        11. Salvation
                                                                        12. Subterranean
                                                                        13. The Last Of Us (Prevail)
                                                                        14. Bravery
                                                                        Side C:
                                                                        1. Survive
                                                                        2. A Great Man
                                                                        3. All Gone (Flashbacks)
                                                                        4. Never Let Me Down Again By Jessica Mazin
                                                                        5. Left Behind (Together)
                                                                        6. Fleeting
                                                                        7. Vanishing Grace (Devotion)
                                                                        8. Never Let Me Down Again By Depeche Mode
                                                                        9. The Choice
                                                                        10. Left Behind
                                                                        Side D:
                                                                        1. All Gone (Embrace)
                                                                        2. Complications
                                                                        3. Collateral
                                                                        4. Resolve (Isolation)
                                                                        5. Unbroken
                                                                        6. All Gone (Elegy)
                                                                        7. Wounds
                                                                        8. The Last Of Us (Vengeance)
                                                                        9. All Gone (In Vain)
                                                                        10. All Gone (Ephemeral)
                                                                        11. The Path
                                                                        12. All Or None By Pearl Jam

                                                                        The Dead Tongues

                                                                        Unsung Passage - 2023 Reissue

                                                                          The long-awaited reissue of The Dead Tongues' belovedthird album, Unsung Passage, a profound reflection on the emotional architecture of love, loneliness, and life at large.

                                                                          The Dead Tongues is songwriter Ryan Gustafson's long-evolving vehicle for a beautifully fractured vision of folk, country, blues, and cosmic American rock, and Unsung Passage is a first-person reckoning with the things Gustafson, a chronically peripatetic adventurer, has seen enough to sing about. The ten remarkable tracks of Unsung Passage are long-distance distillations of events lived and places seen and pondered and ultimately poured into reflective anthems for our harried times.

                                                                          During "Like a Dream," a gentle gallop of grinning harmonica and trickling guitar, Gustafson explores the balance of existence from a hillside vantage. He sees the curveof the earth while pondering his need for a paycheck, a moment that eternally pits the banal against the beautiful. "The Broken Side of People Everywhere" is a gorgeous love song written with the wisdom of someone who knows that nothing is forever or perfect, that there's no real risk in a life where everything ends, anyway. There are meditations on mortality and devotion (the flute-laced dream "My Other"), on money and temporality (the banjo trot "The Giver"), and on impermanence and acceptance (the achingly gorgeous "Pale November Dew").

                                                                          This isn't Gustafson's idle speculation about life and the world: these are the realizations of a restless mind, of a songwriter who sings "this old town ain't gonna watch m edie" and means it.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Won't Be Long
                                                                          2. Ebb And Flow
                                                                          3. Pale November Dew
                                                                          4. My Other
                                                                          5. Like A Dream
                                                                          6. Unsung Passage
                                                                          7. The Broken Side Of People Everywhere
                                                                          8. Thunder And Crash
                                                                          9. TheGiver
                                                                          10. Clip Your Wings

                                                                          Hot Milk

                                                                          A Call To The Void

                                                                            Manchester, UK - Hot Milk have announced their debut album 'A CALL TO THE VOID' set for release on Music For Nations. For some, it might feel like a long time coming but Hot Milk always knew that when the time came to make their debut album, they had to be ready for it. It will be their loudest statement yet of who they are and what they stand for, an opportunity to show the world what they are made of. Tracks on the debut album walk on a tightrope between the humorous and the serious, brimming with what might be called positive nihilism. They’re not so much finding the light in the dark as they are laughing because if they don’t, they’ll cry.

                                                                            With A CALL TO THE VOID, Hot Milk are set to launch themselves into the upper echelons of the British rock scene. 

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Side A
                                                                            Welcome To The…
                                                                            Horror Show
                                                                            Party On My Deathbed
                                                                            Alice Cooper’s Pool House
                                                                            Side B
                                                                            Zoned Out
                                                                            Over Your Dead Body
                                                                            Breathing Underwater
                                                                            Amphetamine (feat. Julian Comeau Of Loveless)
                                                                            Forget Me Not

                                                                            The Lilac Time

                                                                            Dance Till All The Stars Come Down

                                                                              The Lilac Time are original members Nick & Stephen Duffy, with Claire Duffy who joined in 1999 and helped out immeasurably here by Ben Peeler.

                                                                              John Paterno returns to mix and master as he has done since No Sad Songs of 2015.

                                                                              Without conventional drums or bass their fondness for country and folk hues are clearer. These are unequivocally and absolutely the best songs Stephen Duffy has ever written in his twenty or so long playing album career. The first single release is "A Makeshift Raft". A song that asks if those seeking freedom need drown, then ponders the inevitability of continuous wars. It praises the America of Allen Ginsberg before a few bars of yodelling. It ends by eulogises fingers, guitars and songs of love. Something for everyone then. The song is accompanied by a video created by Martin Carr.

                                                                              They love being who they are and they love this album and they hope you will find time to dance till all the stars come down with them.

                                                                              Christian Madden & The Enemy Chorus

                                                                              The Extra Weight

                                                                                ‘Whatever Best Serves’ is a whirlwind rush of organ led instrumental soul from Christian Madden & The Enemy Chorus, an ensemble of friends and cohorts fronted by the founder member of The Earlies and keyboard player in Liam Gallagher’s band.

                                                                                The album is scorched with the psychedelic funk rock heat of Booker T and Brian Auger, the punchy brass arrangements of Chicago Transit Authority and Tower of Power, and the kosmische motorik wonders of Can, Cluster and Harmonia.

                                                                                “I can honestly say I’ve never heard anything he’s played” – Liam Gallagher

                                                                                “The only other keyboard virtuoso who can hold a candle to Christian wears a cape and performs on ice sometimes, he’s great but I’d go for this chap everytime personally” – Marc Riley

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Laura says: Super excited about this release from Piccadilly Records favourite keyboard wizard and friend of the shop Christian Madden.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Freakish Bones
                                                                                2. Last In Line
                                                                                3. Bad Intent
                                                                                4. Athletico Talbot
                                                                                5. Whatever Best Serves
                                                                                6. The Cooling Stone
                                                                                7. Good Hunting
                                                                                8. All Five Chambers
                                                                                9. The Extra Weight
                                                                                10. The Backstop
                                                                                11. Moved To Wrath


                                                                                Mysteries Of The World

                                                                                  Mysteries Of The World is the stunning final studio album from legendary Philly supergroup MFSB. Expertly co-written and produced with the mighty Dexter Wansel, it features the untouchable, sparkling masterpiece "Mysteries Of The World". The whole album is truly exquisite; a stylish, classy collection of pure Philly soul and orchestral jazz-funk.

                                                                                  An essential record for fans of Philly soul and groovy jazz-funk, Mysteries Of The World was mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis and cut by Cicely Ralston for Alchemy at AIR Studios. The stunning artwork, the work of renowned illustrator Robert Giusti, was restored at Be With HQ to round out this beautiful reissue.

                                                                                  MFSB, an acronym for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, was formed by producers Gamble & Huff of Philadelphia International Records. The band's roots can be traced back to the house band at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios, where they played on numerous hit records by artists like The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and The Stylistics. Mysteries Of The World comprises slick jazz-funk grooves, mostly penned by Wansel, who produced a fair chunk of the album in a similar style to his space-funk records. MFSB's smooth sound is retained but it receives a fresh, elegant and jazzy upgrade. While this album is as mellow as the rest of the latter-period MFSB recordings, it never forgets the group's soul music underpinnings.

                                                                                  Swaggering, well-timed horn blasts, sweeping strings and a percolating, hard thumping slap-bassline combine to devastating effect on amazing opener "Manhattan Skyline". It's a sexy mid-tempo instrumental which sets us up nicely for what follows. Essays could be written analysing the perfection of title track. Arguably the finest jazz-funk instrumental ever made, it's absolutely magnificent. Featuring musicianship of the highest calibre, the band play with their trademark tight discipline, cooking up a syncopating rhythm with an array of exploratory keyboard riffs wrapped around a punchy bassline sent from heaven. It sounds like house music, it's that ahead of its time. The string intro is sumptuous, hypnotic and divine and that's all before the beat hits. The track fuses classical, jazz and funk into a musical journey that you never want to end. Absolutely flawless, it's a dramatic disco dancefloor killer.

                                                                                  Says Dexter Wansel himself: "You know, of all the songs I wrote/produced/arranged for MFSB, this is for me the most different. I think it's an experiment in rhythmic, soft sonic synth and live string and harp combinations. I composed it in an effort to blend a funky groove, along with synthesis, and orchestral sounds. There are 3 synthesizers: Oberheim 4 voice, Polymoog, and of course Arp 2600v. And, as I remember, I recorded the track with the rhythm section, string, harp and flute players first. Then I added synthesis."

                                                                                  The profound elegance remains in abundance on the slinky, harp-laced "Tell Me Why"; Carla Benson's beautiful voice truly shines on this sophisticated cut. The side closes out in dramatic style with the string-drenched "Metamorphosis". It's a staccato, Blaxploitation groove workout featuring wahwah guitar, creeping basslines, rich horn solos and soulful vocals drifting in and out of the mix. The bouncy, irrepressible "Fortune Teller" opens the B side in the bass-heavy orchestral funk style before the beautiful "Old San Juan" glides in, a Balearic-adjacent track with intricate arrangements, building its mellow soul groove around an atypical flamenco guitar hook. Melancholy, guitar-led instrumental "Thank You Miss Scott" is a real highlight, with gorgeous flute, string and percussive elements whilst closer "In the Shadow" works an otherworldly synth line into its bossa nova groove.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Manhattan Skyline 4:27
                                                                                  A2. Mysteries Of The World 5:27
                                                                                  A3. Tell Me Why 3:57
                                                                                  A4. Metamorphosis 5:16
                                                                                  B1. Fortune Teller 6:08
                                                                                  B2. Old San Juan 4:27
                                                                                  B3. Thank You Miss Scott 4:14
                                                                                  B4. In The Shadow 3:37

                                                                                  The Tony Williams Lifetime

                                                                                  Emergency! - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                    Miles Davis: "I could definitely hear right away that this was going to be one of the baddest motherfuckers who had ever played a set of drums.”

                                                                                    The Tony Williams Lifetime's Emergency! is a furious, stunning, seminal album. In 1969, it's explosive sound divided critics in both jazz and rock but is now rightly regarded as groundbreaking. A musical statement so bold and irreverent that it was revolutionary, it's one of the most important records you will ever hear. With Emergency!, provocative percussionist Tony Williams unified the most vital sounds of the era and galvanised the creation of jazz fusion. A sprawling double LP that shattered the boundaries between jazz and rock, it forged fresh frontiers by unleashing dense, courageous and fantastically mysterious music.

                                                                                    The group was founded by Tony Williams, a member of Miles Davis’ radical 1960s quintet, out of his desire to fuse the influences of modern jazz and rock music. To effectively meld the scorching bop of Coltrane with the raging rock of Hendrix, in the process crafting, as Mojo put it, "jazz-rock's equivalent of Are You Experienced?". The album's urgent title was profoundly significant for Williams: “It was an emergency for me to leave Miles and put that band together (...) and I wanted to play an emerging music that was my own." The band he formed was one hell of a power trio, comprising nothing but raw virtuosity: Williams's colossal drumming, John McLaughlin's pioneering, aggressive guitar playing and Larry Young's freeform organ work.

                                                                                    The album's sound is incredibly fierce and inordinately intense. Indeed, the group were famed for playing “louder than rock’n’roll”, as Herbie Hancock said of going to hear them live in 1969: "This is something new...It was exciting and very arresting. It snatched you. It yanked you out of your seat.” Ian Carr, of Nucleus, was equally impressed: "The only other comparable band that existed ...They were incredibly loud, but we liked what they were doing. Fundamentally they had a different approach from ours, with some very highly arranged things that featured Larry Young's organ blending with the guitar, as well as intricate passages where Tony doubled the melody on the drums."

                                                                                    Like all the very best records, Emergency! takes multiple listens for your brain and body to decipher everything going on, to truly process and appreciate the details that our senses are throwing at us. It's a mesmerising, rough sound yet the intuitive interplay of all 3 musicians is super-tight. The tunes are strung out and jamming but retain a tight rhythmic focus.

                                                                                    The incendiary title track immediately presents jazz-rock’s chaotic birth. After Williams's ominous snare-roll signals the brewing storm, the snarling band blasts its way through the gate in truly breathtaking fashion, fuzzed-up wahedout guitar riffs vying for prominence with gnarled, insistent organ. Thrillingly, Williams manages to both acrobatically crash over every element of his drum kit while keeping the whole groove undeniably funky. "Beyond Games" is a gloriously volatile freeform, featuring Williams' bugged out vocals, whilst the 12-minute "Where" is another deep, wild jam. It's disorientating and humid with weird rhythms, abrupt vibe shifts and semi-classical lines running between guitar and organ. It's like nothing else you've ever heard, absolutely vital.

                                                                                    With the buoyant “Vashkar”, we begin to experience jazz-rock's many angles; imaginative melodics, taut dynamics and as torrent of searing heat. Perhaps the most economical track on Emergency!, it's the most instant. In a recent retrospective review in Pitchfork, Emergency! received a monumental 9.0 ranking. The writer Hank Shteamer correctly gushed: "Driven by a tumbling Williams pulse, the trio dances through the complex stop-start theme, ending each iteration with a dramatic full-band rest. Then, in the middle of McLaughlin’s scrambling solo, Williams starts playing an embryonic version of an extreme-metal blastbeat, alternating snare and bass in rapid succession while rising precipitously in volume, as Young joins in with shuddering note clusters. During Young’s solo, the organist seems to incite Williams to repeat the move with his increasingly frenzied lines, and soon all three musicians are hurtling toward a supernova climax." WOW!

                                                                                    The laconic "Via the Spectrum Road", a brilliant pop-psych tune, was sampled by Showbiz & AG on their classic debut LP. It oscillates between a tranquil funk groove and strutting improv interludes. The pyrotechnic jam "Spectrum" wakes things up again with pure, molten jazz lava and crazy soloing from all involved. A breathtaking, kaleidoscopic 13-minute cycle through ferocious noise, "Sangria For Three" is a sublimely frenetic detonation of distilled (acid) jazz rock. To quote Shteamer again, "Don’t let the track’s breezy title fool you: As much as, say, “Sister Ray” the year before or “Fun House” the year after, this is punk before punk." Closer "Something Spiritual" finishes this jawdropping set with a driving, unrelenting heavy guitar and organ freakout, backed high in the mix by Williams's untamed funk before unsettled dissonance rides us out.

                                                                                    Listeners will be struck by the timelessness of Emergency!; dank, tranceinducing voodoo jazz that's intellectually challenging at the same time as viscerally thrilling. The blurred cover photo, whereby the convulsing vibrations of this sonic apocalypse ensure it looks exactly as the record sounds - out of focus - has been delicately restored at Be With HQ. Mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis and cut by Cicely Ralston for Alchemy at AIR Studios, the magnificent grit and spontaneity remains dizzyingly intact. If you're a jazz fusion fan and don't already have this, consider ownership of this record as an Emergency!

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1 Emergency 9:35
                                                                                    A2 Beyond Games 8:20
                                                                                    B1 Where 12:09
                                                                                    B2 Vashkar 4:58
                                                                                    C1 Via The Spectrum Road 7:50
                                                                                    C2 Spectrum 9:52
                                                                                    D1 Sangria For Three 13:08
                                                                                    D2 Something Spiritual 5:38

                                                                                    Rhiannon Giddens

                                                                                    You're The One

                                                                                      Rhiannon Giddens’ You’re the One is the Grammy- and MacArthur-winning singer, composer, and instrumentalist’s third solo studio album and her first of all original songs; her last solo album was 2017’s critically acclaimed Freedom Highway. This collection of 12 songs written over the course of Giddens’ career bursts with life-affirming energy, drawing from the folk music that she knows so deeply, as well as its pop descendants. The album was produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys, Valerie June, Tank and the Bangas) and recorded at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami with a band composed of Giddens’s closest musical collaborators from the past decade alongside musicians from Splash’s own Rolodex, topped off with a horn section, making an impressive ten- to twelve-person ensemble.

                                                                                      Giddens made You’re the One with some of her closest musical collaborators from the past decade, including her partner, Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, plus multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, bassist Jason Sypher, and Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu. The album features electric and upright bass, conga, Cajun and Piano accordions, guitars, a Western string section, and Miami horns, among other instruments, capturing the inclusive spirit that channels through all of her work.

                                                                                      "I hope that people just hear American music," Giddens says. "Blues, jazz, Cajun, country, gospel, and rock – it's all there. I like to be where it meets organically. They're fun songs, and I wanted them to have as much of a chance as they could to reach people who might dig them but don't know anything about what I do. If they're introduced to me through this record, they might go listen to other music I've made and make some new discoveries.”

                                                                                      You’re the One opens with ‘Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad’, an R&B blast (complete with background "shoops" and horns) that takes a titan for inspiration. "I listened to a bunch of Aretha Franklin, and then turned to fellow Aretha-nut Dirk Powell and said, ‘Let’s write a song she might have sung!'" Giddens recalls. Her danceable, vivacious tribute to Franklin's sound is a vocal showcase, spotlighting her soaring high notes and nearly-growling low ones. Another highlight, ‘If You Don't Know How Sweet It Is', intentionally puts an edgier spin on the sass of Dolly Parton's early work.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad
                                                                                      2. You’re The One
                                                                                      3. Yet To Be (feat. Jason Isbell)
                                                                                      4. Wrong Kind Of Right
                                                                                      5. Another Wasted Life
                                                                                      6. You Louisiana Man
                                                                                      7. If You Don’t Know How Sweet It Is
                                                                                      8. Hen In The Foxhouse
                                                                                      9. Who Are You Dreaming Of
                                                                                      10. You Put The Sugar In My Bowl
                                                                                      11. Way Over Yonder
                                                                                      12. Good Ol’ Cider


                                                                                      Intercepted Message

                                                                                        A pop record for tired times. Sugared with bits of shatterproof glass to put more crack in your strap. At long last, verse / chorus. A weathered thesaurus. This is OSEES bookend sound. Early grade garage pop meets protosynth punk suicide-repellant. Have a whack at the grass or listen while flat on your ass. Heaps of electronic whirling accelerants to gum up your cheapskate broadband. Social media toilet scrapers unite! Allow your 24-hour news cycle eyes to squint at this smiling abattoir doorman. You can find your place here at long last. All are welcome from the get go to the finale…a distant crackling transmission of 80s synth last-dance-of-the-night tune for your lost loves. Suffering from Politic amnesia? Bored of AI-generated pop slop? Then this one is for you, our friends. Wasteland wanderer, stick around. Love y’all. For fans of Teutonic synth punk and Thee Oh Sees (who the fuck are they?)” — John Dwyer.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Stunner
                                                                                        2. Blank Chems
                                                                                        3. Intercepted Message
                                                                                        4. Die Laughing
                                                                                        5. Unusual & Cruel
                                                                                        6. The Fish Needs A Bike
                                                                                        7. Goon
                                                                                        8. Chaos Heart
                                                                                        9. Submerged Building
                                                                                        10. Sleazoid Psycho
                                                                                        11. Always At Night
                                                                                        12. LADWP Hold

                                                                                        Margaret Glaspy

                                                                                        Echo The Diamond

                                                                                          The third full-length from Margaret Glaspy, Echo The Diamond emerged from a deliberate stripping-away of artifice to reveal life for all its harsh truths and ineffable beauty. Like the precious gem of its title, the result is an object of startling luminosity, one capable of cutting through the most elaborately constructed façades. “This record came from trying to meet life on life’s terms, instead of looking for a happy ending in everything,” says the New York-based musician. “The whole experience of creating it felt like effortless catharsis.”

                                                                                          Produced by Glaspy with co-production from her partner, guitarist/composer Julian Lage, Echo The Diamond expands on the frenetic vitality of her widely acclaimed debut Emotions and Math—a 2016 release The New Yorker hailed as an album “in which pretty songs often turn prickly, enriched by carefully measured infusions of dissonance and grit.” This time around, Glaspy worked with drummer/percussionist David King of The Bad Plus and bassist Chris Morrissey (Andrew Bird, Lucius, Ben Kweller), recording at Reservoir Studios in Manhattan and embracing an intentionally unfussy process that left plenty of room for spontaneity

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Act Natural
                                                                                          2. Get Back
                                                                                          3. Female Brain
                                                                                          4. Irish Goodbye
                                                                                          5. I Didn’t Think So
                                                                                          6. Memories
                                                                                          7. Turn The Engine
                                                                                          8. Hammer And The Nail
                                                                                          9. My Eyes
                                                                                          10. People Who Talk 

                                                                                          Hiroshi Yoshimura


                                                                                            * First ever reissue of this groundbreaking ambient work.
                                                                                            * Produced in full cooperation with Yoshimura’s estate.
                                                                                            * Unseen original handwritten track notes by Yoshimura.

                                                                                            Barely known outside of his home country during his lifetime, the late Japanese ambient music pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura has seen his global stature rise steadily in the past few years. The 2017 reissue of his lauded debut, Music For Nine Post Cards, along with a slow building cult internet following has helped ignite a renaissance in his acclaimed body of work, much of which has never been released outside of Japan. Known for his sound design and environmental music, Yoshimura worked on a number of commissions following the 1982 release of Music For Nine Post Cards, including works for museums, galleries, public spaces, TV shows, video art, fashion shows, and even a cosmetics company.

                                                                                            Originally released in 1986, GREEN is one of Hiroshi Yoshimura’s most well-loved recordings and a favorite of the artist himself. Recorded over the winter of 1985-86 at Yoshimura’s home studio, the compositions unfold at an unhurried pace, a stark contrast to the busy city life of Tokyo. As Yoshimura explained in the original liner notes, the album title in the context of this body of work is not meant to be seen as a color, but is rather used to convey “the comfortable scenery of the natural cycle known as GREEN”—which perfectly encapsulates the soothing and warm sounds contained on the album, although it was created utilizing Yamaha FM synthesizers, known for their crisp digital tones.

                                                                                            This edition marks the first reissue of the highly sought-after and impossible to find album. It features the original mix preferred by Yoshimura himself, previously available only on the initial Japanese vinyl release (a limited edition remixed version of the album, with added sound effects, was released on CD in the US). Additionally, this release is the first in our ongoing series, WATER COPY, focusing on the works of Hiroshi Yoshimura.

                                                                                            The View

                                                                                            Exorcism Of Youth

                                                                                              When The View reconvened last year after five years apart, the three old-friends realised just how much they have missed… well, everything about being in a band: the rush of seeing an audience react to their performances, the camaraderie of being together, a simple jam idea evolving into a fully-fledged song. A run of comeback gigs at Glasgow’s O2 Academy saw all 10,000 tickets sold in advance, the fan reaction was overwhelming and they were even joined on-stage by an old friend in the shape of ‘Line of Duty’ actor Martin Compston. After all that, how could you resist wanting more? Especially as their rehearsals for the shows saw the band conjure up a wealth of new song ideas just like they did back when they first started out. 

                                                                                              Frontman Kyle Falconer says, “Working with Youth on our third album 'Bread and Circuses' was one of the best experiences of my career so we jumped at the chance to revisit the opportunity with him in Spain. To be able to go into the studio again as a band with added experience was just magical."

                                                                                              Kyle and bandmates Kieran Webster (bass/vocals) and Pete Reilly (guitar) departed their homes in Scotland to record the record in the inspiring surroundings of Granada, Spain, with the assistance of a top tier producer in the shape of the Grammy Award winner Youth (The Verve, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Charlatans). They returned with ‘Exorcism of Youth’ in the bag, a record which combines the raucous energy of The View’s early work with some poignant slowburners drawn from personal experience, and Kyle’s gift for lyricism which is equal parts observational, witty and insightful.

                                                                                              The View launch the album by sharing its lead single ‘Feels Like’. The band’s fiery energy ignites the song in a blaze of melody before hitting the kind of instantly irresistible hook with which they’ve made their name. It’s a track perfectly built for upcoming shows too, with its breakdown sure to be an immensely atmospheric moment when they hit summer festivals.

                                                                                              Kyle adds, “This one felt anthemic from the get go. Even though under the surface it’s about somewhere everyone’s been in their life before: regret of losing someone amazing due to your inner demons and seeing them moving on with their life, when you’re stuck in a ‘nightmare not a dream.’ When I first sat down to write it I had Holden Caulfield from ‘Catcher in the Rye’ in mind. It’s playing out in his mind and it’s his own paranoia destroying him from the inside out when in reality she’s the perfect woman."

                                                                                              Elsewhere, the album darts from highlight-to-highlight, taking in a cocktail of ‘60s pop and punky punch on ‘The Wonder Of It All’, strutting and swaggering on ‘Neon Nights’, and channelling driving, anthemic rock like a trio of Scottish Springsteens on ‘Woman of the Year’. At times, though, it represents an evolution for the band too, with the sweeping strings of ‘Black Mirror’ and the darker alt-pop production of ‘Footprints In The Sand’. Ultimately ‘Exorcism of Youth’ is where The View should be at this stage in their lives: still burning with the passion of youth, but with the confidence and control that comes from having been around the block and, in the process, learned from the experience.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. ‘Exorcism Of Youth’
                                                                                              2. ‘Feels Like’
                                                                                              3. ‘The Wonder Of It All’
                                                                                              4. ‘Arctic Sun’
                                                                                              5. ‘Shovel In His Hands’
                                                                                              6. ‘Allergic To Mornings’
                                                                                              7. ‘Black Mirror’
                                                                                              8. ‘Neon Nights’
                                                                                              9. ‘Dixie’
                                                                                              10. ‘Woman Of The Year’
                                                                                              11. ‘Footprints In The Sand’
                                                                                              12. ‘Tangled’

                                                                                              The Sherlocks

                                                                                              People Like Me And You

                                                                                                It's the latest set from the indie/alt-rock quartet after three acclaimed albums which include their 2017 debut 'Live For The Moment' and last year's 'World I Understand' - both of which hit the Top 10.

                                                                                                Vocalist/Guitarist Kiaran teases, "The new album is honestly full of really good songs with strong choruses. When we were going in to make this album, we went in there with ideas as opposed to fully fledged songs and I believe that's where the magic lies in this record."

                                                                                                Their biggest, brightest and most expansive record to date with production elements and fresh sonic touches that broaden their guitar/bass/drums foundations. It's a collection filled with personal and quintessential Sherlocks lyrical themes that are informed by the passing of time and the realisation that everyone is stepping into different stages in their lives - touching upon nostalgia, ageing, flawed relationships and escaping the rat race on wild, woozy weekends.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Remember All The Girls
                                                                                                No Retreat, No Surrender
                                                                                                Going Nowhere
                                                                                                Don't Let It Out
                                                                                                Louder Than Words
                                                                                                People Like Me & You
                                                                                                On Your Mind
                                                                                                Any Old Iron?
                                                                                                Face The Music
                                                                                                Here & Now
                                                                                                Won't Stop

                                                                                                The Raveonettes

                                                                                                Presents: Rip It Off

                                                                                                  The Raveonettes presents the anniversary cover album "Rip It Off" with covers by Dave Gahan & Kurt Uenala, Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), MØ, Brimheim, PRISMA, Trentemøller, The Black Angels and Eagles of Death Metal.

                                                                                                  In 2002, The Raveonettes released their seminal debut mini-album Whip It On. To mark its 20th anniversary, 8 artists have made an interpretation of each of its 8 tracks on Rip It Off. Whip It On hit music fans and critics alike like a sledgehammer. Some people hated it, some didn't even notice, but a lot of people absolutely LOVED having their minds blown by Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo's hot blend of white noise and girl group pop songs with dark and sexy lyrics.

                                                                                                  In the summer of 2023, Crunchy Frog will release an album of covers entitled The Raveonettes presents: Rip It Off. In November 2022, Crunchy Frog released Trentemøller's contribution Cops On Our Tail featuring Icelandic artist DÍSA, while Dave Gahan & Kurt Uenala's cover of Chains dropped in January 2023. Other artists contributing are: PRISMA, MØ, Eagles of Death Metal, The Black Angels, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Brimheim - each single is released a bout a month or two apart until album's release in August 2023.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Side 1.
                                                                                                  1. MØ - Attack Of The Ghost Riders
                                                                                                  2. Brimheim - Veronica Fever
                                                                                                  3. Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) - Do You Believe Her
                                                                                                  4. Dave Gahan, Kurt Uenala Chains
                                                                                                  5. Trentemøller Feat. DíSA - Cops On Our Tail
                                                                                                  6. The Black Angels - My Tornado
                                                                                                  7. PRISMA - Bowels Of The Beast
                                                                                                  8. Eagles Of Death Metal - Beat City

                                                                                                  The Hives

                                                                                                  The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons

                                                                                                    Undisputed icons of rock and roll The Hives are back, channelling the electrifying energy of the group's greatest hits with their first new album in over 10 years.

                                                                                                    Their colossal new album, The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons, reignites the band's lore in arresting fashion, exploring the disappearance of the band's mysterious sixth member Randy Fitzsimmons. Having gone missing some time ago, the band are without their best man, and things are not well in the manor. Maybe, just maybe, the release of new music will get Randy's attention and bring him back from the void...

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Bogus Operandi
                                                                                                    2. Trapdoor Solution
                                                                                                    3. Countdown To Shutdown
                                                                                                    4. Rigor Mortis Radio
                                                                                                    5. Stick Up
                                                                                                    6. Smoke & Mirrors
                                                                                                    7. Crash Into The Weekend
                                                                                                    8. Two Kinds Of Trouble
                                                                                                    9. The Way The Story Goes
                                                                                                    10. The Bomb
                                                                                                    11. What Did I Ever Do To You?
                                                                                                    12. Step Out Of The Way

                                                                                                    The Cult

                                                                                                    Sonic Temple - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                      Beggars Arkive will release a special translucent green vinyl edition of THE CULT’S fourth album Sonic Temple on August 11th. This edition is pressed on translucent green vinyl. Released in 1989, Sonic Temple album catapulted The Cult into superstar status and remains their most commercially successful release. Declared platinum in 1990, it was also a critical success, cementing their place in the pantheon of hard rock and heavy metal bands and earning them a devoted following that endures to this day. Sonic Temple had four massive hits; “Fire Woman”, “Edie (Ciao Baby)”, “Sun King” and “Sweet Soul Sister ”.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Sun King
                                                                                                      2. Fire Woman
                                                                                                      3. American Horse
                                                                                                      4. Edie (Ciao Baby)
                                                                                                      5. Sweet Soul Sister
                                                                                                      6. Soul Asylum
                                                                                                      7. New York City
                                                                                                      8. Automatic Blues
                                                                                                      9. Soldier Blue
                                                                                                      10. Wake Up Time For Freedom
                                                                                                      11. Medicine Train
                                                                                                      12. The River
                                                                                                      13. Bleeding Heart Graffiti
                                                                                                      14. Messin' Up The Blues
                                                                                                      15. Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix)
                                                                                                      16. Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic)

                                                                                                      The Cult


                                                                                                        Beggars Arkive will release a vinyl reissue of THE CULT’S fifth album Ceremony on August 11th. Two editions will be available. Blue/Red vinyl and black vinyl will be available everywhere. Originally released in 1991, The follow up to the massive Sonic Temple marked a turning point in the band’s sound and style and it was their first without longtime bassist Jamie Stewart. The album was a commercial success, reaching No. 25 on the Billboard chart and it remains a fan favorite and an important album in The Cult’s discography. The Cult continued to develop their sound on this album, and it is heavily influenced by Native American culture. Ceremony is a testament to their ability to evolve and adapt while staying true to their roots and it’s songs are about spirituality, love and rebellion. It includes the singles “Wild Hearted Son” and “Heart Of Soul”.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Ceremony
                                                                                                        2. Wild Hearted Son
                                                                                                        3. Earth Mofo
                                                                                                        4. White
                                                                                                        5. If
                                                                                                        6. Full Tilt
                                                                                                        7. Heart Of Soul
                                                                                                        8. Bangkok Rain
                                                                                                        9. Indian
                                                                                                        10. Sweet Salvation
                                                                                                        11. Wonderland

                                                                                                        David Bowie

                                                                                                        Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack (50th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                          David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust, his most famous alter-ego, in front of 5000 stunned fans at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Now, the fully restored film and soundtrack will be released for the first time for the 50th anniversary of the show. Renowned filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan - Don’t Look Back, Depeche Mode - 101) captured the momentous event by filming Bowie and The Spiders From Mars backstage and onstage.

                                                                                                          Although filmed 50 years ago, the film was not widely seen for over a decade. However, the film and its soundtrack have been newly remastered with the medley of ‘The Jean Genie/Love Me Do’ medley and ‘Round And Round’ featuring the late legendary Jeff Beck reinstated - the latter track making its very first appearance anywhere. Both performances were newly mixed by long-time Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti.

                                                                                                          The show featured Bowie’s famous speech just before the final encore, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’, where he revealed that he was retiring the Ziggy Stardust persona. The shocking announcement came as a surprise to all in attendance – including members of his band and was the first proclamation of its kind in rock and roll.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                                          Hang On To Yourself
                                                                                                          Ziggy Stardust
                                                                                                          Watch That Man
                                                                                                          Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
                                                                                                          All The Young Dudes
                                                                                                          Oh! You Pretty Things
                                                                                                          Moonage Daydream
                                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                                          Space Oddity
                                                                                                          My Death
                                                                                                          Cracked Actor
                                                                                                          Side 3
                                                                                                          The Width Of A Circle
                                                                                                          Let’s Spend The Night Together
                                                                                                          Suffragette City
                                                                                                          Side 4
                                                                                                          White Light/White Heat
                                                                                                          Medley: The Jean Genie / Love Me Do / The Jean Genie (feat. Jeff Beck)
                                                                                                          Round And Round (feat. Jeff Beck)
                                                                                                          Farewell Speech
                                                                                                          Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide

                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                          Speedy Wunderground - The Dubs - Vol. 1

                                                                                                            Speedy Wunderground - the revered London-based indie label headed up by producer Dan Carey alongside Alexis Smith and Pierre Hall has had numerous professional accolades, personal triumphs and evolved vastly in the last few years at a staggering pace. To note a few of these - Awards: (‘Best Small Label’ at the AIM awards and ‘UK Producer of The Year’ at the Music Producer Guild Awards for Carey). Having released debut singles/early material from a wide range of now well-established acts including: Squid, black midi, Black Country, New Road, Loyle Carner, Kae Tempest, The Lounge Society to name a few, alongside critical praise for Carey across a range of successful production work (Wet Leg, Fontaines D.C. etc) and huge acclaim for the label itself, with The Quietus effusing: ‘The label has become genuinely prestigious. It is not ridiculous to wonder whether one day it will be looked back upon with the same reverence as labels like Factory, Sarah, Zoo or Creation receive today.’

                                                                                                            To celebrate they are releasing a limited edition 7” box set (only 250 copies) containing 10 discs, 20 tracks of the original Savage Gary (Dan Carey) dub remixes from their now iconic singles series.

                                                                                                            Includes reworkings of tracks by: Archie Bronson Outfit, Toy, Natasha Khan, Scottibrains, JUCE!, Kae Tempest, Loyle Carner, Telegram, Teleman, Peluché, Melt Yourself Down, DEWEY, black midi, Black Country, New Road, All We Are, Alex Kapranos, Tiña, Pynch, PVA, Brodka, moa moa, deep tan and Honeyglaze.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1a – Archie Bronson Outfit - Mr Dan’s Dead Duck Dub
                                                                                                            1b – Toy & Natasha Khan - (Here Comes) Dub Bride
                                                                                                            2a – Scottibrains - Mr Dan's Shut Eye Dub
                                                                                                            2b - JUCE! - Mr Dan's No Brain Dub
                                                                                                            3a – Kae Tempest & Loyle Carner - Guts - Mr Dan's Balloon Dub
                                                                                                            3b – Telegram - Mr Dan's Inside Out Dub
                                                                                                            4a – Teleman - Mr Dan's Strange Dubby Nations
                                                                                                            4b – Peluché - Mr Dan's Gammy Eye Dub
                                                                                                            5a – Melt Yourself Down - Mr Dan's Another Dub
                                                                                                            5b – DEWEY - Mr Dan's Dub Me Over
                                                                                                            6a – Black Midi - Savage Gary's Dbdbdb
                                                                                                            6b – Black Country, New Road - Athen’s, France - Savage Gary’s Takedown Dub
                                                                                                            7a – All We Are & Alex Kapranos - Heart Attack - Savage Gary’s Remix
                                                                                                            7b – Tiña - Dicks In The Dub
                                                                                                            8a – Pynch - Orla Carey’s Pynch Your Lights Out Dub
                                                                                                            8b – PVA - Savage Gary's Christmas Dub
                                                                                                            9a – Brodka & Scottibrains - Wrong Dub Party
                                                                                                            9b – Moa Moa - Savage Gary’s Candy Dub
                                                                                                            10a – Deep Tan - Savage Gary’s Furry Flash
                                                                                                            10b – Honeyglaze - Savage Gary's Robber Dub Dub Remix

                                                                                                            Nathan Micay

                                                                                                            To The God Named Dream

                                                                                                              To say a lot has happened to Nathan Micay since the release of ‘Blue Spring’ four years ago is an understatement. Since the Canada-native turned Berghain-regular made the short jump from Berlin to Copenhagen after the pandemic, he’s been holed-up in a derelict studio complex to immerse himself in consecutive acclaimed soundtracks: multiple seasons of HBO/BBC award-winning drama ‘Industry’, the upcoming post-Trump feature ‘Reality’ starring Sydney Sweeney, and the highly anticipated HBO Original Documentary 'Time Bomb Y2K. His meteoric rise in the world of scoring has forced a break from the DJ circuit, but new tracks have debuted as VIPs through the sets of respected DJ peers Peach and Avalon Emerson, with clips from this album already closing-out festival stages to packed crowds. Having sharpened his proverbial sword he returns with his most ambitious offering yet. ‘To The God Named Dream’ takes inspiration from classic RPGs to present a haunted library record for the large language age. No longer solely gearing his music for clubs has proven a revelation for Micay. The result is a record equally at home in earphones as a PA. From the title down to every detail of the artwork, ‘To The God Named Dream’ represents a cursed library record, possessed by an interdimensional intelligence ripping though the sleeve. The vinyl art contains an original multiplayer board game, designed by LUCKYME® to accompany the album. “Jumanji meets Hellraiser.”

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. My Sweat Dries With The Heat
                                                                                                              2. You Can’t Win But You Can Lose
                                                                                                              3. If Wishes Were Fishes We’d All Cast Nets
                                                                                                              4. Fangs
                                                                                                              5. This Is Killing Your Gainz
                                                                                                              6. To The God Named Dream
                                                                                                              7. The Death Of FOMO
                                                                                                              8. Hexagon Of Death
                                                                                                              9. It’s Recess Everywhere
                                                                                                              10. When The Centre Doesn’t Move You’re In It’s Path
                                                                                                              11. Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye
                                                                                                              12. Fangs (Avalon Emerson’s Re-Chip Remix)

                                                                                                              Malcolm McLaren And The Bootzilla Orchestra

                                                                                                              Call A Wave Remixes

                                                                                                                Be With present the first ever reissue of the ultra rare double pack DJ promo of Malcolm McLaren and The Bootzilla Orchestra's "Call A Wave". Originally slipping out in 1989 to a select few, there were rumoured to be only ever 300 copies pressed. Indeed, the entire package never got a proper release and now goes for a small fortune.

                                                                                                                Say what? Bootsy Collins, Jeff Beck and Malcolm McLaren, all in one band, composing over a Barry White sample? And that's just the original. But you can forget about that for now. Here we have the incredibly sought-after "DFC Dance Mix", mixed by Massimino Lippoli of Morenas / Sueño Latino fame for the legendary DFC Italy. It's a throbbing, vital, dramatic slice of dreamy ambient house. A deep, entrancing track that's both blissful and dancefloor dynamite. It features the iconic, disaffected female vocal chopped up over elegant piano snatches, Beck's ace guitar stylings over rolling, heavy drums and a killer, hypnotic bassline with sparkling harp coming and going. It's exotic, otherworldly and brimming with that very special late 80s/early 90s Mediterranean vibe. Yes, it's Balearic, it's House. Above all else, it's a pure uncut slice of halcyon summer days, pressed on wax.

                                                                                                                But on side B we also have the mesmeric "Breakdown Mix", again mixed by DFC Italy. For some, *this* is the mix to have - and who are we to argue? This time, the vocals are treated so they're uttered backwards, contributing to the wonderfully disorienting magic of this particular mix.

                                                                                                                And how could we forget the equally iconic "Orbital Mix"? Not by the actual group Orbital, but courtesy of S'Express's Mark Moore & William Orbit, no less. A brilliant, beautiful remix that's perhaps more musical. They make more obvious use of the sample from the original Barry White track ("I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby") that Malcolm was inspired by. Flip over to Side D to find the duo's uber-horizontal "Return To The Deep Ambient Mix", a floaty, beatless gem that'll leave you swooning.

                                                                                                                To round out this quite astonishing package, the "New Age Mix", again coming from the DFC Italy camp, elegantly sends us off into the cosmos with minimal percussion and maximum vibes.

                                                                                                                Every mix on this DJ double pack is truly killer. Simon Francis remastered the original audio for this release and Cicely Balston's precise cut for Alchemy at AIR Studios ensures this 2x12" well and truly pumps. The immaculate Record Industry pressing will ensure this incredibly sought-after masterpiece finds a home in many more DJ boxes this and every summer. For the artwork, we've recreated the original DJ promo, a plain white gatefold sleeve complete with the iconic burnt orange hype sticker. Hold tight. Roof down, tops off.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                A Call A Wave (DFC Dance Mix) 7:44
                                                                                                                B Call A Wave (Breakdown Mix) 6:13
                                                                                                                C Call A Wave (Orbital Mix) 6:05
                                                                                                                D1 Call A Wave (Return To The Deep Ambient Mix)4:38
                                                                                                                D2 Call A Wave (New Age Mix) 3:39

                                                                                                                The Strokes

                                                                                                                Angles - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                  Originally released in March 2011 and featuring the first single, Under Cover of Darkness, Angles was the band’s first new release since 2006’s First Impressions of Earth and marks the ambition of that album with the immediacy of the bands earlier albums Is This It (2001) and Room on Fire (2003).

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  SIDE A 
                                                                                                                  1. Machu Picchu 
                                                                                                                  2. Under Cover Of Darkness 
                                                                                                                  3. Two Kinds Of Happiness 
                                                                                                                  4. You're So Right 
                                                                                                                  5. Taken For A Fool 
                                                                                                                  SIDE B
                                                                                                                  1. Games
                                                                                                                  2. Call Me Back
                                                                                                                  3. Gratisfaction
                                                                                                                  4. Metabolism
                                                                                                                  5. Life Is Simple In The Moonlight

                                                                                                                  The Strokes

                                                                                                                  Comedown Machine - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                    The fifth studio album from the New York Alt-Rock band originally released in
                                                                                                                    March 2013. Features the first single "All the Time". 

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    SIDE A
                                                                                                                    1. Tap Out
                                                                                                                    2. All The Time
                                                                                                                    3. One Way Trigger
                                                                                                                    4. Welcome To Japan
                                                                                                                    5. 80's Comedown Machine
                                                                                                                    SIDE B
                                                                                                                    1. 50/50
                                                                                                                    2. Slow Animals
                                                                                                                    3. Partners In Crime
                                                                                                                    4. Chances
                                                                                                                    5. Happy Ending
                                                                                                                    6. Call It Fate, Call It Karma

                                                                                                                    Ed Gillett

                                                                                                                    Party Lines : Dance Music And The Making Of Modern Britain

                                                                                                                      'A fascinating deep dive' Jeremy DellerFrom the illicit reggae blues dances and acid-rock free festivals of the 1970s, through the ecstasy-fuelled Second Summer of Love in 1988, to the increasingly corporate dance music culture of the post-Covid era, Party Lines is a groundbreaking new history of UK dance music, exploring its pivotal role in the social, political and economic shifts on which modern Britain has been built. Taking in the Victorian moralism of the Thatcher years, the far-reaching restrictions of the Criminal Justice Act in 1994, and the resurgence of illegal raves during the Covid-19 pandemic, Party Lines charts an ongoing conflict, fought in basement clubs, abandoned warehouses and sunlit fields, between the revolutionary potential of communal sound and the reactionary impulses of the British establishment. Brought to life with stunning clarity and depth, this is social and cultural history at its most immersive, vital and shocking.

                                                                                                                      Dylan Jones

                                                                                                                      Loaded : The Life (and Afterlife) Of The Velvet Underground

                                                                                                                        Dylan Jones' definitive oral history of The Velvet Underground draws on contributions from remaining members, contemporaneous musicians, critics, film-makers, and the generation of artists who emerged in their wake, to celebrate not only their impact but their legacy, which burns brighter than ever into the 21st century. Rebellion always starts somewhere, and in the music world of the transgressive teen whether it be the 1960s of the 2020s, The Velvet Underground represent ground zero. Crystallizing the idea of the bohemian, urban, narcissistic art school gang, around a psychedelic rock and roll band - a stylistic idea that evolved in the rarefied environs of Andy Warhol's Factory - The Velvets were the first major American rock group with a mixed gender line-up; they never smiled in photographs, wore sunglasses indoors, and in the process invented the archetype that would be copied by everyone from Sid Vicious to Bobby Gillespie.

                                                                                                                        They were avant-garde nihilists, writing about drug abuse, prostitution, paranoia, and sado-masochistic sex at a time when the rest of the world was singing about peace and love. In that sense they invented punk. It could even be argued they invented modern New York.

                                                                                                                        And then some. Drawing on interviews and material relating to all major players from Lou Reed, John Cale, Mo Tucker, Andy Warhol, Jon Savage, Nico, David Bowie, Mary Harron and many more, award-winning journalist Dylan Jones breaks down the band's whirlwind of subversion and, in a narrative rich in drama and detail, with an irresistible narrative pull, proves why The Velvets remain the original kings and queens of edge.

                                                                                                                        Water Machine

                                                                                                                        Raw Liquid Power

                                                                                                                          Water Machine is an office romance between Hando Morice (they/them), Flore de Hoog (she/her), Jimmy Gage (he/him) and Goda Ilgauskaitė (she/her). An unassuming supergroup formed out of Glasgow institutions including Goth GF, Passion Pusher, Brenda and Soursob, their sound careens between punk, country and alt-rock underpinned by the unique quality they call “Raw Liquid Power”.

                                                                                                                          Following last year’s self-titled demo tape on Gold Mold Records, and fresh off of shows with the likes of Holiday Ghosts, The Cool Greenhouse and The Orielles, as well as a rollicking Viagra Boys afterparty, the four-piece will release their highly-anticipated first studio effort ‘Raw Liquid Power’ on Upset The Rhythm on August 4th.

                                                                                                                          The EP opens with a menacing, modulating synth melody. Gage’s guitar enters with a mighty bend before breaking into the chugging rhythm of ‘Water Machine Pt. 2’. This timely reminder to refill your water bottle - “don’t be late, hydrate!” less a wellness mantra than a threat - builds to a spacey outro with flashes of the art-punk weirdness of Suburban Lawns. ‘Stilettos’ marches on indignantly with a spiky riff punctuated by Ilgauskaitė’s cowbells. Staccato talk-singing tells a playful tale of stray cats following you home, but belies a darker subtext as the breakdown gives way to paranoid duelling guitars evoking The Fire Engines.

                                                                                                                          The anti-anthem ‘At the Drive In’ skewers joyless DIY crowds, reminiscent of much-missed Glasgow punks Breakfast Muff. Water Machine’s irrepressible sincerity can’t help but shine through in the final moments though, as jibes about “late night trade potential” give way to plaintive vocal harmonies. Morice tears public transport a new one on closer ‘Bussy’, a First Bus diss track bemoaning precarious employment amidst crumbling infrastructure. “That’s why I’m not on time!” they roar over de Hoog’s frantic, pounding bass, bringing the record to a skidding, screeching halt. 

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          SIDE A
                                                                                                                          01. Water Machine Pt. II
                                                                                                                          02. Stilettos
                                                                                                                          SIDE B
                                                                                                                          03. At The Drive In
                                                                                                                          04. Bussy

                                                                                                                          William The Conqueror

                                                                                                                          Excuse Me While I Vanish

                                                                                                                            William The Conqueror's fourth album finds the indie-rock trio firing on all cylinders as frontman Ruarri Joseph confronts the thin line between creativity and madness, inspired by compassion for the reallife angels of the world. Produced by the band in a playground of vintage gear and mixed by Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Sam Fender, Kasabian), the resulting album's ten tracks marry earworm tunes with insistent, imperious, soaring rock shapes, punctuated by chorus hooks that are simultaneously nuanced and anthemic. Joseph's compelling semi-spoken vocals and swamp-blues-Seattlescuzz guitars are propelled by the rhythm section of Naomi Holmes (bass) and Harry Harding (drums) as Excuse Me While I Vanish delivers an effortlessly winning blend of melody and ensemble dynamics, the most accomplished and undeniable William The Conqueror album to date.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. The Puppet And The Puppeteer
                                                                                                                            2. The Bruises
                                                                                                                            3. Sheepskin Sleeve
                                                                                                                            4. L.W.Y.
                                                                                                                            5. Somebody Else
                                                                                                                            6. Shots Fired From Heaven
                                                                                                                            7. The Tether
                                                                                                                            8. Elsie Friend
                                                                                                                            9. A Minute's Peace
                                                                                                                            10. In Your Arms


                                                                                                                            The Feminine Divine

                                                                                                                              *****The Feminine Divine - In-person signing with Dexys frontman Kevin Rowland

                                                                                                                              Monday 31st July at 1pm

                                                                                                                              We are delighted to welcome the absolute legend that is Kevin Rowland to Piccadilly Records to sign copies of the new Dexys' LP "The Feminine Divine".

                                                                                                                              We're expecting this to be a busy one, so pre-order the LP now to guarantee entry to the signing*****

                                                                                                                              It's been 11 years since the release of their last album of original music, the acclaimed One Day I'm Going to Soar, and they now return with this stunning new record. As you'd expect it's a dramatic soulful collection that swings from horn filled stomps reminiscent of early Dexy's Midnight Runners, to synth-heavy and (occasionally) doomy pop all delivered with a renewed energy and positivity.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. The One That Loves You
                                                                                                                              2. It's Alright Kevin (Manhood 2023)
                                                                                                                              3. I'm Going To Get Free
                                                                                                                              4. Coming Home
                                                                                                                              5. The Feminine Divine
                                                                                                                              6. My Goddess Is
                                                                                                                              7. Goddess Rules
                                                                                                                              8. My Submission
                                                                                                                              9. Dance With Me

                                                                                                                              The Clientele

                                                                                                                              I Am Not There Anymore

                                                                                                                                On July 28, 2023, Merge Records will release I Am Not There Anymore, The Clientele’s first new record in six years. Over The Clientele’s 32-year career, critics and fans have described their songs with words like “ethereal,” “shimmering,” “hazy,” “pretty,” and “fragile.” Their singer, guitarist, and lyricist, Alasdair MacLean, has his own interpretation of the effect his music creates. “It’s that feeling of not being there,” he says. “What’s really been in all the Clientele records is a sense of not actually inhabiting the moment your body is in.”

                                                                                                                                I Am Not There Anymore, regularly evokes what MacLean calls “the feeling of not being real.” Many of the songs were inspired by MacLean’s memories of the early summer in 1997, when his mother died, but also represent The Clientele pushing towards a new sonic frontier as a band, experimenting over the course of a three-year recording period.

                                                                                                                                Of this stretching out, MacLean says, “We’d always been interested in music other than guitar music, like for donkey’s years.” This time out, he and bassist James Hornsey and drummer Mark Keen incorporated elements of post-bop jazz, contemporary classical, and electronic music. According to MacLean, “None of those things had found their way into our sound other than in the most passing way, in the faintest imprint.”

                                                                                                                                With those elements in the foreground, I Am Not There Anymore reasserts The Clientele’s standing among the great stylists of pop music, deftly shifting from image to image, mood to mood, in a way that feels both new and classically them.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                1 Fables Of The Silverlink
                                                                                                                                2 Radial B
                                                                                                                                3 Garden Eye Mantra
                                                                                                                                4 Segue 4 (iv)
                                                                                                                                5 Lady Grey
                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                6 Dying In May
                                                                                                                                7 Conjuring Summer In
                                                                                                                                8 Radial C (Nocturne For Three Trees)
                                                                                                                                9 Blue Over Blue
                                                                                                                                10 Radial E
                                                                                                                                Side C
                                                                                                                                11 Claire's Not Real
                                                                                                                                12 My Childhood
                                                                                                                                13 Chalk Flowers
                                                                                                                                14 Radial H
                                                                                                                                15 Hey Siobhan
                                                                                                                                Side D
                                                                                                                                16 Stems Of Anise
                                                                                                                                17 Through The Roses
                                                                                                                                18 I Dreamed Of You, Maria
                                                                                                                                19 The Village Is Always On Fire

                                                                                                                                Jim Sullivan

                                                                                                                                U.F.O. - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                  In March 1975, Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His VW bug was found abandoned, his motel room untouched. Some think he got lost in the desert. Some think he fell foul of a local family with alleged mafia ties. Some think he was abducted by aliens.

                                                                                                                                  By coincidence – or perhaps not – Jim’s 1969 debut album was titled U.F.O. Released in tiny numbers on a private label, it too was truly lost, until Seattle’s Light In The Attic Records begun a years-long quest to give it the full release it deserves – and to solve the mystery of Sullivan’s disappearance. Only one of those things happened.

                                                                                                                                  For record collectors, some albums are considered impossible to get hold of, records so rare you could sit on eBay for years and not get a sniff of a copy. U.F.O. is one of those albums. A seventh son, Jim Sullivan was a West Coast should-have-been, an Irish-American former high school quarterback whose gift for storytelling earned him cult status in the Malibu bar where he performed nightly. Sullivan was always on the edge of fame; hanging out with movie stars like Harry Dean Stanton, performing on the Jose Feliciano show, even stealing a cameo in the ultimate hippie movie, Easy Rider.

                                                                                                                                  Friend and actor Al Dobbs thought he could change all that, and founded a label – Monnie Records – to release Jim’s album, enlisting the assistance of Phil Spector’s legendary sessioneers The Wrecking Crew to do so. That’s Don Randi, Earl Palmer and Jimmy Bond you can hear, the latter also acting as producer and arranger.

                                                                                                                                  U.F.O. was a different beast to the one-man-and-his-guitar stuff Jim had been doing on stage; instead, it was a fully realised album of scope and imagination, a folk-rock record with its head in the stratosphere. Sullivan’s voice is deep and expressive like Fred Neil with a weathered and worldly Americana sound like Joe South, pop songs that aren’t happy – but filled with despair. The album is punctuated with a string section (that recalls David Axelrod), other times a Wurlitzer piano provides the driving groove (as if Memphis great Jim Dickinson was running the show). U.F.O. is a slice of American pop music filtered from the murky depths of Los Angeles, by way of the deep south.

                                                                                                                                  With no music industry contacts, the record went largely unnoticed, and Jim simply moved on, releasing a further album on the Playboy label in 1972. But by 1975, his marriage breaking up, Jim left, for Nashville and the promise of a new life as a sessioneer in the home of C&W. That’s where it gets hazy.
                                                                                                                                  We know he was stopped by cops for swerving on the highway in Santa Rosa, some 15 hours after setting off. We know he was taken to a local police station, found to be sober, and told to go to the local La Mesa Motel to get some rest, which he did. Some time later, his car was spotted on a ranch belonging to the local Genetti family, who confronted him about his business there. The next day his car was found 26 miles down the road, abandoned. His car and his hotel room contained, among other things, his twelve-string guitar, his wallet, his clothes and several copies of his second album, but no note, and no Jim. It was as if he had simply vanished into thin air.

                                                                                                                                  Jim’s family travelled out to join search parties looking for him, the local papers printed missing person stories, but the search proved fruitless. Around the same time, the local sheriff retired and the Genettis moved to Hawaii. Jim’s manager Robert “Buster” Ginter later stated that during the early morning hours of a long evening Jim and Buster were talking about what would you do if they had to disappear. Jim said he’d walk into the desert and never come back.

                                                                                                                                  Tracking down the truth behind Jim’s mystery became an obsession of Light In The Attic’s Matt Sullivan (no relation) when he happened upon a copy of the album and fell in love. He took on a cross country pilgrimage in search of master tapes and truth, and came back with neither, despite hundreds of phone calls, e-mails, letters, faxes, private detectives, telepathy, palm readings and meetings with Jim’s wife, son and producer. Thanks to superb digital mastering techniques, Light In The Attic is still able to present a clean, near perfect copy of Jim’s masterpiece for general consumption for the first time. Enjoy. And remember, beyond the mystery, there’s the music.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Plain As Your Eyes Can See
                                                                                                                                  Roll Back The Time 
                                                                                                                                  Whistle Stop
                                                                                                                                  So Natural

                                                                                                                                  Beverly Glenn-Copeland

                                                                                                                                  The Ones Ahead

                                                                                                                                    ‘The Ones Ahead’ is Beverly-Glenn Copeland's first new album in 20 years. For decades, the Pennsylvania-born, Canada-based singer, songwriter, and composer has illuminated questions of human interconnectedness with his sincere, searching voice and nimble melodicism. His new album, The Ones Ahead - his first collection of new music in nearly two decades - deepens his explorations into the ways all of us must carry each other forward into the next world. The songs on The Ones Ahead draw inspiration from a wealth of traditions, from American jazz to Irish fiddle songs to West African percussion. The spirited, polyrhythmic "Africa Calling" opens The Ones Ahead, a song without lyrics that honours Glenn-Copeland's West African heritage.

                                                                                                                                    The Ones Ahead dexterously weaves together poignant themes: the need for love and mutual care in the face of destruction and uncertainty, the power people have when they reach out for each other, the ways that the wisdom of past generations can guide us along the path forward. The Ones Ahead cultivates a vibrant hope for this world and what it must become to survive. A new chapter in an expansive and unique body of work, Glenn-Copeland's latest album offers flowering wisdom for the world to come, needed now more urgently than ever.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Africa Calling
                                                                                                                                    Harbour (Song For Elizabeth)
                                                                                                                                    Love Takes All
                                                                                                                                    People Of The Loon
                                                                                                                                    Stand Anthem
                                                                                                                                    The Ones Ahead
                                                                                                                                    Prince Caspian's Dream
                                                                                                                                    Lakeland Angel
                                                                                                                                    No Other

                                                                                                                                    Bear The Mammoth

                                                                                                                                    Purple Haus

                                                                                                                                      With boisterous post-rock soundscapes akin to Mogwai, sleepmakeswaves and Explosions in the Sky, Bear the Mammoth’s new release is a triumphant return to form for the Australian post-rock veterans following 2018’s Years Under Glass. Purple Haus builds on their legacy by experimenting further with synths and compositional styles, drawing influence from the likes of PVT, Com Truise and Boards of Canada. The result pushes the band to their limits – riffs meet synths as the band’s compositions become louder or lighter on a track-by-tack basis.

                                                                                                                                      “When we finished recording the new record, it didn’t take long for us all to start eye-balling new gear and talking about what we want to do next,” says bassist Stephen Evans. “The fun we’ve had experimenting with new ideas and themes still feels fresh, and we think the album is a good reflection of that. It’s the most synth-heavy album we’ve done so far, and there was a lot of influence from different genres that fell into the music naturally.”

                                                                                                                                      Freshwater hits heavy out the gates with heaving distortion and thundering instrumentals. As the first single from the album, Freshwater shows a side of Bear the Mammoth that isn’t afraid to experiment with song structure – gentle highs, ear-blasting lows, roaring distortion and delicate delays underscore the band’s strengths in a single, energetic track.

                                                                                                                                      “Freshwater is our first single, and it was born from us all going into a jam with our distortion pedals cranked way too loud,” says Evans. “We quickly decided we wanted to get some math-rock style riffs coming out too, along with a shoe-gazey outro. It was certainly difficult to compose and piece together, but so very enjoyable.”

                                                                                                                                      Purple Haus reveals Bear The Mammoth as confident post-rock artists who aren’t afraid to experiment with the norms. Playful at points, paying homage to the greats at others, Purple Haus is undeniably a representation of growth – one that will have wider impacts on Australia’s post-rock legacy. Keep your eyes peeled for a series of album launch shows over the coming weeks – these performances are not to be missed.

                                                                                                                                      The Budos Band

                                                                                                                                      Frontier's Edge

                                                                                                                                        Frontier's Edge is the new EP by the fiery, energetic, genre defying group The Budos Band.

                                                                                                                                        Their first release after departing their two decade long home of Daptone Records and joining Diamond West Records founded by the Budos' own Thomas Brenneck and Jared Tankel.

                                                                                                                                        Frontier's Edge finds the group hungry, passionate and primed to charge into their next epoch.

                                                                                                                                        Frontier’s Edge is the new EP by the fiery, energetic and genre-defying group The Budos Band.

                                                                                                                                        After a two-decade run with the legendary Daptone Records, Frontier’s Edge is the first new music from the group on the new label, Diamond West Records — run by The Budos’ saxophonist Jared Tankel and guitarist Tom Brenneck.

                                                                                                                                        The Budos Band’s departure from Daptone was on good terms; the split from their long-time home base was an organic result of the band’s evolution.

                                                                                                                                        “It’s just a natural growth,” Brenneck says, admitting: “We’re going further away from the sound of Daptone and into territory they probably wanted to stay away from.”

                                                                                                                                        As a result, Frontier’s Edge finds the group hungry, passionate and primed to charge into their next epoch newfound sense autonomy within the collective. “We’re a powerhouse in the studio; we can produce ourselves,” Brenneck says proudly of a long process of self-containment. “I take the helm, but the band, they know what they want.” As expected from The Budos Band, Frontier’s Edge resists analysis; it represents the band as they are: a contained explosion. You don’t pick apart Frontier’s Edge; you feel it all at once.

                                                                                                                                        “Somehow, we wrote six songs in two days,” says The Budos’ drummer, Brian Profilio. “Tom was able to take what we were doing and put it together in a cohesive manner.”

                                                                                                                                        Whether this is your first rodeo with The Budos Band or you’ve been following them throughout their two-decade run, Frontier’s Edge contains their musical universe Afrobeat, Ethiopian music, proto-metal, any number of other streams in microcosm.

                                                                                                                                        Dime the volume and behold The Budos.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        SIDE A
                                                                                                                                        1. Frontier’s Edge
                                                                                                                                        2. Devil Doesn’t Care
                                                                                                                                        3. KRITN
                                                                                                                                        SIDE B
                                                                                                                                        4. Crescent Blade
                                                                                                                                        5. A Passage To Ashinol
                                                                                                                                        6. Curled Steel

                                                                                                                                        Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon

                                                                                                                                        Kontonbili EP (feat. Wiyaala)

                                                                                                                                        Following on from the successes of their first two LPs, "Kalba" and "Small Small", Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon return with the "Kontonbili EP". A collection of seven tracks that trace the traditional West African roots of their sound whilst adding their unique touch, largely courtesy of Isaac's xylophone, Sonny Johns' folky embellishments and the vocal prowess of powerful Ghanaian songstress Wiyaala.

                                                                                                                                        The lead single "Hado Deeli" roughly translates to "My Rival" and is a vibrant discussion between two rivals, one of whom is always making a fuss about anything and everything, even when things are all good! "Gargar", with its collaboration of xylophone, whistles, Wiyaala's effervescent vocals and relentless groove represents, quite literally, the band's "joining together" for this EP. In contrast, "I Know" sees Sonny Johns takes over lead vocal duties to lament the breakdown of a relationship accompanied by muted horns and Wiyaala's soothing backing vocals. "Nimmbalia" continues in a mellow and reassuring tone before emerging as one of the most uplifting and simultaneously fierce cuts on the EP! The traditional version of "Bawa" - the original take of which can be found on last year's "Small Small" LP - strips things back a little, before culminating in a battle of xylophone, whistles and choir. "Yeri Villa" has a wonderfully laid back, sun drenched feel with some truly beautiful vocal refrains, and finally - only available on the digital version - comes the deeply percussive and trance inducing "Darpeny", rounding off a rather stunning EP from this cross continental outfit.

                                                                                                                                        All tracks feature Ghanaian singer, song-writer, model and actor, Wiyaala. With a strong fanbase in Africa and beyond, "the lioness" made her mark on Wah Wah 45s and BBC 6 Music last year when she featured on the A-listed "Senye", described as "perfection" by Annie Mac and "pure joy!" by Tash LC.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Hado Deeli (feat. Wiyaala)
                                                                                                                                        2. Gargar (feat. Wiyaala)
                                                                                                                                        3. I Know (feat. Wiyaala)
                                                                                                                                        4. Nimmbalia (feat. Wiyaala)
                                                                                                                                        5. Bawa (Traditional) [feat. Wiyaala]
                                                                                                                                        6. Yeri Villa (feat. Wiyaala)

                                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                                        Come Together - Adventures On The Indie Dancefloor 1989-1992

                                                                                                                                          • 4 CD box set celebrating the Madchester/baggy scene and the indie dance crossover.

                                                                                                                                          • Featuring The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, The Charlatans and more.

                                                                                                                                          • With tracks presented in their extended mixes as played at clubs such as The Hacienda.

                                                                                                                                          As the Berlin Wall came down and a new decade beckoned, indie and dance collided and bands like The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets and The Charlatans spearheaded a new music movement dubbed ‘baggy’ or ‘Madchester’. While the focus was on Manchester, it was an explosion that stretched from the Glasgow area with The Soup Dragons and Primal Scream to Liverpool with The Farm, Leeds with the Bridewell Taxis and Flowered Up in London.

                                                                                                                                          The ‘Madchester’ sound incorporated elements of 60s psychedelia, 80s indie, 70s funk and contemporary house and hip hop; 808 State were an electronic dance act, The Stone Roses, a guitar band with a funky rhythm section, Inspiral Carpets used a Farfisa organ associated with 1960s garage punk and Happy Mondays played a truly unique blend of indie funk.

                                                                                                                                          The Hacienda night club in Manchester co-owned by New Order was a catalyst and cultural centre for this music explosion, having played US house music from 1987. Another influence was the increasing availability of MDMA in the city.

                                                                                                                                          Remixes were an important part of the indie dance crossover scene and 12” remixes here include Paul Oakenfold ’s pioneering ‘Think About The Future Mix’ of Happy Mondays’ ‘W.F.L.’, Terry Farley’s mixes of Primal Scream’s ‘Come Together’ and The Soup Dragons’ ‘I’m Free’ and Andy Weatherall’s reconstruction of James’ ‘Come Home’.

                                                                                                                                          Also included are other indie bands who embraced dance music after discovering sampling and the new music technology including Aberdeen’s The Shamen who’d started out as a psychedelic guitar band before evolving into a dance act and Stourbridge’s self-styled grebos, Pop Will Eat Itself whose music metamorphosised from pop punk into a hybrid of rock, hip hop and dance.

                                                                                                                                          Hits include The Stone Roses ‘Fool’s Gold’ (UK #9) and Happy Mondays ‘Step On’ (UK #5) plus there’s dancefloor favourites such as The Charlatans’ debut Hammond groove ‘Indian Rope’ and rarities including the excellent but forgotten ‘Perfect Person’ by Sinister Groove.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          DISC ONE:
                                                                                                                                          1 Happy Mondays - W.F.L. ‘Think About The Future’ Mix (The Paul Oakenfold Mix)
                                                                                                                                          2 Inspiral Carpets – Joe
                                                                                                                                          3 808 State – Pacific State – Origin (12” Version)
                                                                                                                                          4 James - Come Home (Weatherall Remix A.k.a. Skunk Weed Skank Mix)
                                                                                                                                          5 The Farm - Stepping Stone (12” Ghost Dance Mix)
                                                                                                                                          6 Hypnotone – Dream Beam (Ben Chapman Remix)
                                                                                                                                          7 New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big (Baka)
                                                                                                                                          8 Paris Angels – All On You (Perfume) (12” Version)
                                                                                                                                          9 The Bridewell Taxis – Spirit (LFO Decision Remix)
                                                                                                                                          10 Electronic – Get The Message (DNA Groove Mix)
                                                                                                                                          Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (12” Original Mix AKA Dali Mix)
                                                                                                                                          11 The Beloved – The Sun Rising (Danny’s Love Is… Remix)
                                                                                                                                          12 The Times – Manchester (Single Version)
                                                                                                                                          13 Candy Flip – Strawberry Fields Forever (Raspberry Ripple Remix)

                                                                                                                                          DISC TWO:
                                                                                                                                          1 The Stone Roses – Fools Gold 9.53
                                                                                                                                          2 The Charlatans – Indian Rope
                                                                                                                                          3 Moonflowers – Get Higher (Rather Large In The Bristol Area Mix)
                                                                                                                                          4 Northside - Shall We Take A Trip (12” Version)
                                                                                                                                          5 The Mock Turtles - Can You Dig It?
                                                                                                                                          6 Spin – Scratches (In The Sand)
                                                                                                                                          7 World Of Twist – She’s A Rainbow (12” Version)
                                                                                                                                          8 Sinister Groove – Perfect Person
                                                                                                                                          9 Spirea X – Re: Action
                                                                                                                                          10 The Candy Skins – For What It’s Worth
                                                                                                                                          11 Honey Smugglers – You Are The Sun
                                                                                                                                          12 Airhead – Counting Sheep
                                                                                                                                          13 The Telescopes – Celeste
                                                                                                                                          14 The Hollow Men – Thrilled
                                                                                                                                          15 Spacemen 3 – Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here) (12” Version)

                                                                                                                                          DISC THREE:
                                                                                                                                          1 Primal Scream – Come Together (Terry Farley
                                                                                                                                          Extended 12” Mix)
                                                                                                                                          2 Flowered Up – It’s On
                                                                                                                                          3 Saint Etienne – Kiss And Make Up (Midsummer Madness Mix)
                                                                                                                                          4 Inspiral Carpets – Commercial Reign
                                                                                                                                          5 The Shamen – Pro>Gen (Land Of Oz Mix)
                                                                                                                                          6 Intastella – Century (12” Version)
                                                                                                                                          7 Happy Mondays – Step On (Twisting My Melon Mix)
                                                                                                                                          8 The Primitives – You Are The Way (Re-Ravishing Mix)
                                                                                                                                          9 The Wendys – The Sun's Going To Shine For Me Soon
                                                                                                                                          10 Chapterhouse – Pearl (12” Version)
                                                                                                                                          11 Raintree County – Mad Dog
                                                                                                                                          12 King Of The Slums - Bear Wiv Me (Flourescent Mix)
                                                                                                                                          13 A Certain Ratio – Twenty Seven Forever (12” Version)

                                                                                                                                          DISC FOUR:
                                                                                                                                          1 The Soup Dragons - I’m Free (Terry Farley Boys Own Remix)
                                                                                                                                          2 Stereo MC’s – Connected
                                                                                                                                          3 Ruthless Rap Assassins – And It Wasn’t A Dream (Dare To Be Aware Mix)
                                                                                                                                          4 MC Tunes Versus 808 State – Tunes Splits The Atom (Original Rap)
                                                                                                                                          5 That Petrol Emotion – Tingle (Hard Boppin’ Mix)
                                                                                                                                          6 Julian Cope – Love L.U.V. (Beautiful Love Remix)
                                                                                                                                          7 Jesus Jones - Real Real Real (Rhythm 3 - Ben Chapman "Spaced" 12” Mix)
                                                                                                                                          8 The Charlatans – Opportunity Three
                                                                                                                                          9 The Dylans – Lemon Afternoon
                                                                                                                                          10 Pop Will Eat Itself – X,Y And Zee (Electric Sunshine Style)
                                                                                                                                          11 Stan – My Delight (Extended Mix)
                                                                                                                                          12 Cud – Magic (Extended Farsley Mix)
                                                                                                                                          13 Blow-Up – World (Long Version)
                                                                                                                                          14 The Popguns – Crazy
                                                                                                                                          15 Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – After The Watershed (Early Learning The Hard Way)


                                                                                                                                          The Noise Of A Firing Gun

                                                                                                                                            Portsmouth quartet Hallan release brand new EP ‘The Noise Of A Firing Gun’, via Nice Swan Records.

                                                                                                                                            Spearheaded by lead singles ‘Unwomanly Face Of War’ and BBC 6 Music - playlisted ‘The Colline Gate’ , the group’s record sees them leave the mundanity of the 21st century behind and turn to real - life events of the past.

                                                                                                                                            Bringing attention to the stories of historical individuals, from the vestals of Ancient Rome to the art scenes of Berlin, ‘The Noise of a Firing Gun’ debuts a new direction in songwriting and composition for the band. Experimenting with new production elements, Hallan shift their gaze towards synthesised sounds of the ‘80s whilst retaining their post - punk edge.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. Unwomanly Face Of War
                                                                                                                                            2. The Colline Gate
                                                                                                                                            3. Cut With The Kitchen Knife
                                                                                                                                            4. Sisyphus

                                                                                                                                            Wren Hinds

                                                                                                                                            Don't Die In The Bundu

                                                                                                                                              A fresh chapter takes soft, sure shape for Cape Town-based singer-songwriter Wren Hinds on his new album. Released through Bella Union on 21st July 2023, Don’t Die in the Bundu follows Bella Union Pressings’ vinyl releases of Wren’s first three Bandcamp LPs. A gleaming set of gently dappled and poetic songs about fatherhood and fortitude, the album roots its restrained strength in an innate understanding of what matters most to us.

                                                                                                                                              Wren’s own life began on the South-east coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. His father was a musician, his mother a landscape painter. While his dad inspired Wren to record whenever and wherever he could, his mother’s artform coloured his approach to songwriting: “painting with sound” is Wren’s description, a methodology illustrated by his use of light, shade and space to communicate powerful impressions and feelings.

                                                                                                                                              Recorded at a timber cabin in the South Peninsula mountainside, about 40km outside of Cape Town, Don’t Die in the Bundu is at once a natural evolution from his earlier work…, a fresh start and a statement of commitment, embedded in its title. Drawn from “a few personal experiences,” says Wren, the inspiration for the title helps pinpoint its purpose. “It was inspired by a very old survival book distributed in South Africa and Zimbabwe. I had a few title options I was playing with, and around July 2022 a friend and I were held up at gunpoint in Cape Town. Fortunately we weren’t harmed or anything, but the whole ordeal helped me to settle on the title.”

                                                                                                                                              Meanwhile, parenthood helped crystallise Wren’s perspective on the trials of our times. “I try not to be too pessimistic about the future, especially now that I have a kid. It forces me to look at the beauty in humanity and the mysterious nature of this place we call home. I guess, like everyone else, I’m often trying to figure out how it all fits together, and how we fit into this story… Now that I’m a father, I’d rather live in hope than in fear.” Richly subtle, deeply inquisitive, Don’t Die in the Bundu illustrates Wren’s preference beautifully.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. A Song
                                                                                                                                              2. Wild Eyes
                                                                                                                                              3. Father
                                                                                                                                              4. Chasing The River
                                                                                                                                              5. A Wasted Love
                                                                                                                                              6. Restless Child
                                                                                                                                              7. Dream State
                                                                                                                                              8. The Garden
                                                                                                                                              9. Gilded By The Sun, Silvered By The Moon
                                                                                                                                              10. Razor Wing

                                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                                              Lounge Psychédélique (The Best Of Lounge & Exotica 1954-2022)

                                                                                                                                                ‘Lounge Psychédélique’ takes you on a journey into the world of Lounge, Exotica and Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, from its early days in the 1950s and 1960s to the current crop of artists championing the Lounge & Exotica sounds today. Compiled by Spencer Hickman & Mark McQuillan for Two-Piers

                                                                                                                                                ‘Lounge Psychédélique (The Best of Lounge & Exotica 1954-2022)’ is the third instalment in the Psychédélique Compilation series on Two-Piers, following the critically acclaimed ‘Pop Psychédélique (The Best of French Psychedelic Pop 1964-2019)’ and ‘Garage Psychédélique (The Best of Garage Psych and Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)’.

                                                                                                                                                ‘Lounge Psychédélique’ brings together the sounds of Easy Listening, Soundtrack Instrumentals, Exotica, Jazz, Psychedelic, and Space Age sounds all under the umbrella of Lounge Music. The compilation includes legends of the Lounge and Exotica scene, such as Martin Denny, Yma Sumac, Mel Tormé, Herb Alpert, and Les Baxter, alongside legendary composers Hugo Montenegro, Lalo Schifrin, Michael Giacchino. Add some Lounge Jazz from Cal Tjader and the Latin Bossa Nova of Quincy Jones. Then throw in some beautiful oddities from Leonard Nimoy, Pizzicato Five and Mort Garson. Next, mix in some Lounge-Mod moments from Dave Pike and Jack Trombey, KPM library classics from Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield, and finish with some brilliant modern-day exponents of the Exotica sound Los Bitchos, Ixtaheule and the Percussive Funk Moog party sounds of The Bongolian. The result is a fun and crazy ride through the world of Lounge Music which will bring a smile to your face and a spring to your step. So raise a cocktail glass to ‘Lounge Psychédélique (The Best of Lounge & Exotica 1954-2022) – a sheer joy from start to finish!

                                                                                                                                                ‘Lounge Psychédélique’ isn’t meant to be a ‘crate diggers’ album or a compilation of obscure, hard-to-find tracks to outdo your mates. Instead, it is intended to celebrate the Lounge scene and, hopefully, the perfect introduction to this fantastic and beautiful music for any newcomers out there. So let your journey into Lounge and Exotica begin here….

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                Vinyl Tracklist:
                                                                                                                                                A1. Leonard Nimoy – Music To Watch Space Girls By
                                                                                                                                                A2. Martin Denny – The Enchanted Isle
                                                                                                                                                A3. Yma Sumac – Gopher
                                                                                                                                                A4. The Bongolian – B-Boy Toga Party
                                                                                                                                                A5. Los Bitchos – The Link Is About To Die
                                                                                                                                                A6. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)
                                                                                                                                                A7. Michael Giacchino & Nouvelle Modernica Orchestra – Sidereal Day: 3 (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                                                B1. Mel Tormé – Sunshine Superman
                                                                                                                                                B2. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Mais Que Nada
                                                                                                                                                B3. Lalo Schifrin – Lalo’s Bossa Nova
                                                                                                                                                B4. Quincy Jones – Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnaval)
                                                                                                                                                B5. Les Baxter & 101 Strings Orchestra – Tropicando
                                                                                                                                                B6. Pizzicato Five - ǚ


                                                                                                                                                The Ballad Of Darren

                                                                                                                                                  One of the most successful British bands of the last 3 decades, Blur are back with their first new album in over 8 years: The Ballad of Darren. 

                                                                                                                                                  Produced by James Ford and recorded at Studio 13, London and Devon, The Ballad of Darren is the band’s ninth studio album, their first since the chart-topping The Magic Whip in 2015, with artwork featuring an image by British photographer Martin Parr.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  01. The Ballad
                                                                                                                                                  02. St. Charles Square
                                                                                                                                                  03. Barbaric
                                                                                                                                                  04. Russian Strings
                                                                                                                                                  05. The Everglades (For Leonard)
                                                                                                                                                  06. The Narcissist
                                                                                                                                                  07. Goodbye Albert
                                                                                                                                                  08. Far Away Island
                                                                                                                                                  09. Avalon
                                                                                                                                                  10. The Heights

                                                                                                                                                  Bonus Tracks On Deluxe CD
                                                                                                                                                  11. The Rabbi
                                                                                                                                                  12. The Swan

                                                                                                                                                  The Holy Family

                                                                                                                                                  Go Zero

                                                                                                                                                    The second album by underground rock-and-beyond shapeshifters The Holy Family comes complete with a heavy concept for the psychedelically inclined, and pairs this with music which does this justice and then some. ‘Go Zero’ follows up the British group’s widely praised self-titled debut from 2021 and – says foundational member David Jason Smith – “is based on a hypothetical theory that there is no such thing as ‘the future’. We are continually moving forward into our past until we arrive at our birth – creation – the Tree Of Knowledge… or ‘Going Zero’, as I’ve termed it.” It figures, then, that over some 40 minutes the five musicians conjure a sound that exhibits an affinity with great experimental totems down the ages, in a manner that’s avowedly forward-facing and stamped with their own identity. All involved boast a pre-Holy Family CV to turn clued-in heads: Kavus Torabi (guitars), Sam Warren (bass) and Emmett Elvin (piano and Rhodes), along with Smith himself, were all members of the mighty Guapo. Finnish studio wizard Antti Uusimaki (Circle/Pharaoh Overlord etc), who co-sculpted the eight tracks on ‘Go Zero’ into their final form. Drummer Joe Lazarus is new to the band – taking over that role from Smith, who largely concentrates on vocals and synths here – and his versatility is never in doubt, as his rhythms pull in myriad directions, blurring the lines between jazz, prog and psych rock. If you dig anything from Can to Boredoms to Oneida, then step this way. Though The Holy Family’s musical inspirations are multitudinous, and rarely if ever obvious, the lyrics nod to a distinct literary source – namely ‘Vorrh’, the trilogy of fantasy novels by cult British author Brian Catling, who died in 2022 while ‘Go Zero’ was being assembled. In these books, the Vorrh is “an impenetrable sentient forest, older than mankind, believed to house all knowledge” – and in the same way that the name The Holy Family references an Angela Carter work, Smith explains, “the track titles ‘Chalky’s Eyes’ (had been eaten by flies) and ‘The Watcher’ are direct references to characters in the book.” With ‘Go Zero’, The Holy Family have returned with an album that unfurls elegantly, even while big time discombobulation is occurring.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Crawling Out
                                                                                                                                                    2. Bad Travelling
                                                                                                                                                    3. Chalky’s Eyes
                                                                                                                                                    4. The Watcher
                                                                                                                                                    5. Hell Born Babel
                                                                                                                                                    6. Go Zero Suite: Pt. I
                                                                                                                                                    7. Go Zero Suite: Pt. II
                                                                                                                                                    8. Go Zero Suite: Pt. III 

                                                                                                                                                    Mort Garson

                                                                                                                                                    Journey To The Moon And Beyond

                                                                                                                                                      When Sacred Bones first began their Mort Garson reissue project in 2019 with a proper reissue of Plantasia, the Garson-naissance began in earnest. Soon after, you could hear Mort Garson and his Moogs bubbling up on TV shows, documentaries, podcasts, hip-hop tracks, or anywhere else, the man a cultural phenomenon once more. Like a perennial that returns with each new spring, the Mort Garson archives have brought to bear yet another awe-inspiring bloom. Journey to the Moon and Beyond finds even more new facets to the man’s sound. There’s the soundtrack to the 1974 blaxploitation film Black Eye (starring Fred Williamson) alongside some newly unearthed music for advertising. Just as regal is “Zoos of the World,” where Garson soundtracks the wild, preening, slum- bering animals from a 1970 National Geographic special of the same name. The mind reels at just what project would have yielded a scintillating title like“Western Dragon,” but these three selections were found on tapes in the archive with no further information.

                                                                                                                                                      The crown jewel of the set is no doubt Garson’s soundtrack to the live broadcast of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, as first heard on CBS News. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for Moogkind. But for decades, this audio was presumed lost, the only trace of it appearing to be from an old YouTube clip. Thankfully, diligent audio archivist Andy Zax came across a copy of the master tape while going through the massive Rod McKuen archive. So now we get to hear it in all its glory. Across six minutes, Garson conjures broad fantasias, whirring mooncraft sounds, zero-gravity squelches, and twinkling études. It showcases Mort’s many moods: sweet, exploratory, whimsical, a little bit corny, weaving it all together in a glorious whole.

                                                                                                                                                      Maybe at the time it scanned as crass and opportunistic for Garson to apply his keyboards to subjects like astrological signs, the occult, hippiedom, houseplants, or the moon landing. But more than most other electronic music pioneers of his ilk, Garson foresaw the integration of such electronics into our daily lives, how they would allow us to engage with the world.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      1 Zoos Of The World
                                                                                                                                                      2 The Big Game Hunters See The Cheetah
                                                                                                                                                      3 Western Dragon (Pt 3)
                                                                                                                                                      4 Western Dragon (Pt 2)
                                                                                                                                                      5 Moon Journey
                                                                                                                                                      6 Music For Advertising #6
                                                                                                                                                      7 Black Eye (Main Theme)
                                                                                                                                                      8 Western Dragon (Pt 1)
                                                                                                                                                      9 Music For Advertising #7
                                                                                                                                                      10 Captain DJ Disco UFO (Pt II)
                                                                                                                                                      11 Three TV IDs
                                                                                                                                                      12 Music For Advertising #8
                                                                                                                                                      13 Love Is A Garden
                                                                                                                                                      14 The D-Bee's Cat Boogie
                                                                                                                                                      15 Black Eye (End Credits)


                                                                                                                                                      The White Birch (Reissue)

                                                                                                                                                        A white ship sailing in a sea of blackness, Codeine’s swan song arrived in 1994amid grunge’s ascension to alt radio’s godhead status. John Engle’s guitar alternates between crystalline and sludge, and Stephen Amersham’s distorted bass floats on top of punishing drums from newcomer Doug Scharin (Rex, June of44), resulting in nine perfect meditations on the loneliness and uncertainty of early adulthood. “Codeine’s unyielding numbness creates its own kind of warmth — the feeling of cold water running for so long that it suddenly feels hot.” —Spin

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1. Sea
                                                                                                                                                        2. Loss Leader
                                                                                                                                                        3. Vacancy
                                                                                                                                                        4. Kitchen Light
                                                                                                                                                        5. Washed Up
                                                                                                                                                        SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                        6. Tom
                                                                                                                                                        7. Ides
                                                                                                                                                        8. Wird
                                                                                                                                                        9. Smoking Room

                                                                                                                                                        Far Caspian

                                                                                                                                                        The Last Remaining Light

                                                                                                                                                          Following ‘Ways To Get Out’-sophomore album ‘The Last Remaining Light’ isn’t a follow up record but more so a departure into a different feel to his previous material. Joel’s influences for the new record lean heavily towards the late 90’s/2000’s alternative scene with references to Autolux’s doubled guitars and expressive drumming, Sparklehorse mixed with The Radio Dept. vocal style and ‘Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind’ styled electronic elements.

                                                                                                                                                          Written and recorded in another makeshift studio in the basement of his record label’s office building the album lyrics depicts Joel’s reflection on being thrust back into a post-covid world where everything clicks back into repetitive patterns from day-to-day and how trying to find purpose within the modern world feels like an isolating and pressurised process.

                                                                                                                                                          Rather than being introspective the stories within the songs reflect the people he saw day after day on his way to the studio, and how he imagined and empathised about the same challenges for others occupied behind their daily patterns of rinse and repeat. The result is a multi-layered record with moments of enlightened reflection in equal measure to inspection of the darker moments that ultimately come part and parcel with navigating life.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          SIDE A

                                                                                                                                                          1. Commuter Repeating
                                                                                                                                                          2. The Last Remaining Light
                                                                                                                                                          3. Arbitrary Task
                                                                                                                                                          4. Choice
                                                                                                                                                          5. Answer

                                                                                                                                                          SIDE B

                                                                                                                                                          1. First Warning Shot
                                                                                                                                                          2. Own
                                                                                                                                                          3. Pet Architect
                                                                                                                                                          4. Cyril
                                                                                                                                                          5. Pool

                                                                                                                                                          The Used

                                                                                                                                                          Toxic Positivity

                                                                                                                                                            Over 20 years into their career, Toxic Positivity is everything fans have come to know and love from The Used – straightforward, in-your-face, destructive, and vulnerable all at once.

                                                                                                                                                            Established in 2000, The Used was brought to life and have since released a collection of albums that pioneered the scene of emo rock. High-energy live shows, gut-wrenching relatable lyrics, and melodies that blended pop sensibility and hard rock was the perfect combination to make an everlasting impression on fans globally.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. Worst I've Ever Been
                                                                                                                                                            2. Numb
                                                                                                                                                            3. I Hate Everybody
                                                                                                                                                            4. Pinky Swear
                                                                                                                                                            5. Headspace
                                                                                                                                                            6. Cherry
                                                                                                                                                            7. Dopamine
                                                                                                                                                            8. Dancing With A Brick Wall
                                                                                                                                                            9. Top Of The World
                                                                                                                                                            10. House Of Sand
                                                                                                                                                            11. Giving Up


                                                                                                                                                            Eye On The Bat

                                                                                                                                                              With their latest album, Eye On The Bat, Palehound have unleashed a sonic tour de force that cements their status as one of the most exciting and forwardthinking artists in indie rock. Recorded with Sam Owens (Big Thief, Cass McCombs) at Flying Cloud Recordings in the Catskill Mountains, the album is a breathtaking showcase of artistic growth and evolution, with primary songwriter El Kempner (as well as multi-instrumentalist Larz Brogan) delivering a stunning batch of new songs that brim with energy, vulnerability, and raw emotion. From the explosive guitar riffs to the thunderous drumming and Kempner's signature vocals, Eye On The Bat is the most thrilling and exhilarating album Palehound has made to date. The album's sharp and introspective lyrics explore themes of selfdiscovery, anxiety, and empowerment, adding a layer of depth and nuance to the album’s uncompromising vision.

                                                                                                                                                              In addition to Kempner’s recent work with Bachelor (a collaborative project with Jay Som's Melina Duterte), Palehound has earned widespread critical acclaim in outlets such as The New York Times, Pitchfork, and NPR, which praised their unique sound and fearless artistic direction. Palehound's long and storied touring history has seen them play shows around the world alongside some of the biggest names in indie rock, including Big Thief, Sylvan Esso, Lucy Dacus, PUP and more. And it's not just other artists who have been inspired by their music - Kempner’s passionate and introspective songwriting has struck a chord with fans around the world, cementing Palehound’s status as a deeply admired and widely influential artist. 

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              1. Good Sex
                                                                                                                                                              2. Independence Day
                                                                                                                                                              3. The Clutch
                                                                                                                                                              4. Eye On The Bat
                                                                                                                                                              5. U Want It U Got It
                                                                                                                                                              6. Route 22
                                                                                                                                                              7. My Evil
                                                                                                                                                              8. Head Like Soup
                                                                                                                                                              9. Right About You
                                                                                                                                                              10. Fadin' 

                                                                                                                                                              Current Affairs

                                                                                                                                                              Off The Tongue

                                                                                                                                                                To call Current Affairs a Glasgow band may initially seem misdirection. Though Joan Sweeney (ex-Rose McDowall’s Band, Aggi Doom, The Royal We) is a lifer, Sebastian Ymai (Comidillo Tapes, Pissy, Anxiety) came from Chile via York, recently relocating to Berlin in 2021, and new member Gemma Fleet (The Wharves, Order of the Toad, Dancer) alongside Andrew Milk (Shopping, Pink Pound) were persuaded to leave London for the ‘second city’ after touring through with previous bands. However, Glasgow is the heart and hub of the band’s music, musical life and the place where Off the Tongue was solidified and produced.

                                                                                                                                                                Their current line up formed in 2020, but the four have been circling each other for years, touring and playing with their previous bands within the close UK network of DIY music. Stalwarts of their respective scenes they finally began working together through the creation of the Spitehouse collective – a project designed to promote Queer and female-fronted music through events mainly held at Transmission Gallery and Glasgow Autonomous Space, putting on many local and international acts (Sneaks, Sacred Paws, Still House Plants and Comfort amongst others). When an opening for a new bassist arrived, Gemma was the obvious compliment, the slogan of Spitehouse being the language of Current Affairs – “Everyone’s welcome, but don’t get it twisted.”

                                                                                                                                                                Following on from 2019’s singles collection, Object & Subject, the wait for their debut full-length may belie the urgency of its sound. Songs that were written in pieces over a long time and distance, but fully formed in the instant of the recording room across just a few days by producer Ross McGowan at Chime Studio. Current Affairs’ song-writing process has always been collaborative. Songs are developed responsively, with each of the band’s members sending/bringing elements or hooks to each other, but practices being the place where the songs flesh out, structure and are fully realised. These new songs feel a little brighter than their previous offerings, yet still hold true to their propulsive and caterwauling sound. Still embryonic in the most exciting way that that can be. Current Affairs’ music straddles new-wave pop and gothic post-punk in the way that you should expect a Glasgow-Berlin band to do so: with grit and panache.

                                                                                                                                                                Written from within the world of crumbling services, broken bonds and wounded spirits, Off the Tongue rolls off an ecstatic rage, filled with hope for you, them and everyone else. It’s a rallying cry away from hopelessness, forgiving your fears and laying them to waste. Their album holds a place for you to be angry and to be focussed. In lieu of having anything else, we’ve always got each other, and an uncertain future is open game for us too.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                1. No Fuss
                                                                                                                                                                2. Reactor
                                                                                                                                                                3. Right Time
                                                                                                                                                                4. Riled
                                                                                                                                                                5. Get Wrecked
                                                                                                                                                                6. Regardless
                                                                                                                                                                7. Cahoots
                                                                                                                                                                8. Casual Radicals
                                                                                                                                                                9. Big Limit
                                                                                                                                                                10. Her Own Private Multiverse


                                                                                                                                                                Around The Sun - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                  Around The Sun is R.E.M.’s 13th studio album, released in 2004. The album hit #1 on the UK albums chart and #13 on the Billboard 200. Includes the singles "Leaving New York," "Aftermath," "Electron Blue," and "Wanderlust.” Also features “The Outsiders” with guest vocals from rapper Q-Tip. 

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                                                  1. Leaving New York
                                                                                                                                                                  2. Electron Blue
                                                                                                                                                                  3. The Outsiders
                                                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                                                  4. Make It All Okay
                                                                                                                                                                  5. Final Straw
                                                                                                                                                                  6. I Wanted To Be Wrong
                                                                                                                                                                  Side C
                                                                                                                                                                  7. Wanderlust
                                                                                                                                                                  8. Boy In The Well
                                                                                                                                                                  9. Aftermath
                                                                                                                                                                  Side D
                                                                                                                                                                  10. High Speed Train
                                                                                                                                                                  11. The Worst Joke Ever
                                                                                                                                                                  12. The Ascent Of Man
                                                                                                                                                                  13. Around The Sun 


                                                                                                                                                                  Men Of The Cloth

                                                                                                                                                                    Recorded to mark the 30th Anniversary of their debut ‘Dad Man Cat’ and the follow-up ‘High Havoc’, Corduroy return with an new mini-album: ‘Men of the Cloth.’

                                                                                                                                                                    Sitting perfectly at the corded fringe between acid jazz and rising Britpop, Corduroy emerged in 1991 out of the ashes of cult band Boys Wonder, and made three increasingly brilliant albums on Acid Jazz. They also became one of the top live acts of their generation. After an 18-year hiatus, they returned with ‘Return of the Fabric Four in 2018, and remain a draw on the live circuit.

                                                                                                                                                                    Featuring the popular sides from last years limited-edition 7” single ‘No More Me Me Me’ and ‘Hypnotoad’, ‘Men of the Cloth’ features four new cuts from the same Corduroy cloth - a heady mix of swinging sixties soundtracks, pop art imagery and Jazz-Funk in equal measure. A must-have addition to one of the founding acts of Acid Jazz.

                                                                                                                                                                    Mission To The Sun

                                                                                                                                                                    Sophia Oscillations

                                                                                                                                                                      Duo from Detroit which includes Chris Samuels of Ritual Howls. 

                                                                                                                                                                      Mission to the Sun's sophomore album, Sophia Oscillations, is an immersive journey through the dark corners of post industrial music. The Detroit based duo continues the sonic exploration started on their debut album Cleansed by Fire, while delving deeper into themes of isolation and lost communication. Christopher Samuels’ synths, samples and rhythmic programming is accented by Kirill Slavin’s haunting vocal delivery as the listener receives intersperse audio recordings from the outer reaches of inner space.

                                                                                                                                                                      Throughout the album, Mission to the Sun masterfully weaves together disparate sounds, creating a cohesive whole that is both complex and emotionally charged. In the opening track “Drowning,” Slavin sings about being consumed by the waters of the subconscious on an alien planet as he looks for omens in the sky. Samuels drives the song with a thick bass line and a repeating ambient pad chord structure that achieves a rich, yet alienated mood. The title track “Sophia Oscillations” establishes the album’s theme of distance and isolation while pulsating through a range of emotions. Samuels meshes otherworldly sound design with brooding synth lines to create a dark and introspective atmosphere. "Unborn" continues the journey while Slavin sings about the exploration of death and surveillance, highlighting the digital footprint that never goes away. The song's rhythmic quality (despite not having a drum beat) further highlights the duo’s willingness to delve into the darker aspects of the human condition.

                                                                                                                                                                      With "Sophia Oscillations", Mission to the Sun offers a deeply concerning and otherworldly listening experience that showcases the band's skill at crafting intricate sonic landscapes. The band masterfully blends organic vocal delivery and synthetic sounds to create songs as if they were bathed in alien noise artifacts. These compositions oscillate as transmissions from a journey towards a distant sun to be interpreted by the listener in their home world.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      01. Drowning
                                                                                                                                                                      02. Sophia Oscillations
                                                                                                                                                                      03. Censor Sickness
                                                                                                                                                                      04. Unborn
                                                                                                                                                                      05. Attrition
                                                                                                                                                                      06. Cornerstone
                                                                                                                                                                      07. Touch
                                                                                                                                                                      08. No Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                      The Endless Coloured Ways: The Songs Of Nick Drake

                                                                                                                                                                        The Endless Coloured Ways is a collection of songs by legendary singer/ songwriter, Nick Drake, performed and recorded by over 30 incredible artists from a range of different backgrounds, genres, age groups and audiences. From Fontaines D.C to Guy Garvey, and Aurora to Feist, each artist has offered their own incredible take on a timeless classic.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        1. The Wandering Hearts – Voice From A Mountain (prelude)
                                                                                                                                                                        2. Fontaines D.C – Cello Song
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Camille – Hazey Jane II
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Mike Lindsay Featuring Guy Garvey – Saturday Sun
                                                                                                                                                                        5. Bombay Bicycle Club & The Staves – Road
                                                                                                                                                                        6. Let’s Eat Grandma – From The Morning
                                                                                                                                                                        7. David Gray – Place To Be
                                                                                                                                                                        8. John Parish & Aldous Harding – Three Hours
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Stick In The Wheel – Parasite
                                                                                                                                                                        10. Ben Harper – Time Has Told Me
                                                                                                                                                                        11. Emeli Sandé – One Of These Things First
                                                                                                                                                                        12. Karine Polwart & Kris Drever – Northern Sky
                                                                                                                                                                        13. Craig Armstrong Featuring Self Esteem – Black Eyed Dog
                                                                                                                                                                        14. Bombay Bicycle Club & The Staves – Road (reprise)
                                                                                                                                                                        15. Nadia Reid – Poor Boy
                                                                                                                                                                        16. Christian Lee Hutson Featuring Eleanor Moss – Which Will
                                                                                                                                                                        17. Skullcrusher & Gia Margaret – Harvest Breed
                                                                                                                                                                        18. Katherine Priddy – I Think They’re Leaving Me Behind
                                                                                                                                                                        19. AURORA – Pink Moon
                                                                                                                                                                        20. Joe Henry & Meshell Ndegeocello – Time Of No Reply
                                                                                                                                                                        21. Famous Blue Cable Featuring Feist – River Man
                                                                                                                                                                        22. Liz Phair – Free Ride
                                                                                                                                                                        23. Philip Selway – Fly
                                                                                                                                                                        24. John Grant – Day Is Done
                                                                                                                                                                        25. The Wandering Hearts – Voice From A Mountain

                                                                                                                                                                        Me Lost Me


                                                                                                                                                                          ME LOST ME led by Newcastle-based artist Jayne Dent announces a new album RPG via Upset The Rhythm on 7th July, and is touring across the UK including support dates with Pigs x7. RPG (recorded in Blank Studios with Sam Grant of Pigs x7) is ME LOST ME’s fourth outing as a collective, having transitioned from an ambitious solo project in 2017, Jayne now regularly collaborating with acclaimed North-East jazz musicians Faye MacCalman and John Pope.

                                                                                                                                                                          ME LOST ME delights in experimenting with songwriting and storytelling, creating a beguiling mix of soaring vocals and atmospheric electronics that playfully weave together disparate genres, drawing influence from folk, art pop, noise, ambient and improvised music. Hauntological in part, RPG is concerned with tales and with time - are we running out of it? Does insomnia cause a time loop? Do the pressures of masculinity prevent progress? Jayne Dent asks these questions and more on RPG, her homage to worldbuilding and the story as an artform, calling back to those oral traditions around a campfire, as well as modern day video games - bringing folk music into the present day as she does so.

                                                                                                                                                                          ME LOST ME presents sound reaching in opposite directions, straddling time towards the archaic and timeless traditions of folktales, and towards the possible and potential futures of pastoral Britain and the world at large. Part speculation, part reminiscence, what results on the new album RPG is music that sounds ultimately displaced and yet omnipresent, adjacent to a hapless Vonnegut hero whose life is scattered throughout time and history, but full of wonder and curiosity rather than fear.

                                                                                                                                                                          On track “The Oldest Trees Hold The Earth”, we see time stretched out between the branches of impossibly old beings in the woods. This track was co-written in Aarhus, Denmark with fellow Newcastle folk musician (with Danish heritage) Ditte Elly. The pair wordlessly passed a sheet of paper between each other to write the lyrics, inspired by Højbjerg and Mosegård, the woods they were sitting in. “How long should I wait/Before the moss grows?/On my skin, on my outstretched arms,” the lyrics are sung in a round, the close harmonies delicate and detailed.

                                                                                                                                                                          A central thesis of this album is the joy of creation, something which is paid homage to in the album’s final track, “Science And Art” (Not because we need it to last/just because we needed to make it - so we invented the words/this language). It is also reflected in the definition that Jayne gives for “folk” itself. She comments, “To me, folk is quite an expansive idea. I think of it as creative work that's often made ad-hoc, with things that are at hand and more often than not it's born of a DIY ethos. It is songs and stories of the people, as in the traditional sense, but also creative coding, game design etc. Whatever outlet someone has for their creative expression could be described as folk. It's the things we make because humans need to make things, and the stories we tell about ourselves and the world around us.”

                                                                                                                                                                          Crucially, on latest album RPG, Dent expands her songwriting and looks towards the unreal locations of worldbuilding in video games for inspiration. She comments, “I think the main similarity is the importance of a song's setting/environment to inform its narrative and textures, I'm often most inspired when out walking in the natural landscape, in cities and travelling to places I've never been before - the environment I'm in really impacts the work I make. While writing this album, however, I found myself inspired by imaginary landscapes, those in video games, paintings, etc. I was writing stories into these unreal locations instead. Even the songs inspired by real places, like The Oldest Trees Hold the Earth, have a very surreal quality to them in the songs, like they're being warped and turned into something not of this world. I think that's the main difference for me in terms of the thematic content and inspiration behind this album - I've been getting more and more interested in balancing surreal and fantastical environmental elements with ordinary and everyday settings.”

                                                                                                                                                                          RPG upends the concept of the eternal return - we may be in the midst of inevitable repetition, but we tell stories whilst awaiting the passage of time.

                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          01. Real World
                                                                                                                                                                          02. Eye Witness
                                                                                                                                                                          03. Festive Day
                                                                                                                                                                          04. Heat!
                                                                                                                                                                          05. Mirie It Is While Summer I Last
                                                                                                                                                                          06. The God Of Stuck Time
                                                                                                                                                                          07. Side Quest
                                                                                                                                                                          08. The Oldest Tree Holds The Earth
                                                                                                                                                                          09. Collide
                                                                                                                                                                          10. In Gardens
                                                                                                                                                                          11. Until Morning
                                                                                                                                                                          12. Science And Art

                                                                                                                                                                          Pigeon Detectives

                                                                                                                                                                          TV Show

                                                                                                                                                                            With platinum and gold selling accolades across their catalogue of 5 albums The Pigeon Detectives return with album 6, an album influenced by their biggest hits but matured beyond them.

                                                                                                                                                                            Feeling like a band reborn The Pigeon Detectives have never really gone away, having quietly built a resurgent following at headline gigs and festivals across the UK with their high octane live show, the set is peppered with sing-a-long hits that have passed the test of time with flying colours attracting a younger audience to shows alongside a contingent of Pigeon ‘die hards’.

                                                                                                                                                                            Produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms / The Courteeners / The Coral / Vistas / Oscar Lang / Jamie Webster) the album holds onto the infectious energy that drove the band to huge audiences on their early records, but has a contemporary feel to the production, arrangements and lyrics reflecting a band that have honed their craft and grown as a band and people.

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            SIDE A

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Falling To Pieces
                                                                                                                                                                            2. Summer Girl
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Lovers Come And Lovers Go
                                                                                                                                                                            4. The Warning

                                                                                                                                                                            SIDE B

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Dreaming Of A Song
                                                                                                                                                                            2. I Can't Stop
                                                                                                                                                                            3. TV Show
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Would It Be So Bad?
                                                                                                                                                                            5. Purple Skies

                                                                                                                                                                            Paul Gorman

                                                                                                                                                                            Totally Wired : The Rise And Fall Of The Music Press

                                                                                                                                                                              A raucous yet reflective look back at the evolution of the music press and the passionate rock and pop journalists who defined the music of the 20th century. Totally Wired is the definitive story of the music press on both sides of the Atlantic, tracing its rise and fall from humble beginnings nearly 100 years ago. Along the way, this potent creative breeding ground for scores of writers, publishers, photographers, designers and music-makers tested the very limits of journalistic endeavour and influenced the wider worlds of film, media and pop.

                                                                                                                                                                              Focusing on developments from the 1950s to the 2000s, a period that witnessed rock 'n' roll, mod, the Summer of Love, glam, punk, pop, reggae, dance music, R&B and hip-hop, Paul Gorman chronicles the stories of individual magazines from their Tin Pan Alley beginnings and the countercultural foundation of Rolling Stone and the underground press. He explores the 1970s heyday of NME, Melody Maker and Sounds plus such punk-rock publications as Sniffin' Glue and Temporary Hoarding; tracks the emergence of dedicated monthlies Q, The Face and Mojo as well as dance-culture independents like Boy's Own and Jockey Slut; and spotlights feminist and Riot Grrrl 'zines Ben Is Dead and Girlfrenzy along with the rise of media by and for people of colour, from Black Music and Black Echoes in the 1970s to The Source, Vibe and XXL in the 1990s. Evoking the music press's kaleidoscopic visual identities, Totally Wired is illustrated with rare and legendary magazine artwork throughout.

                                                                                                                                                                              Painting a complete picture of the scene, Gorman discusses the role played by such writers as Lester Bangs, Charles Shaar Murray and Nick Kent in the development of the careers of, among others, David Bowie, the Clash and Led Zeppelin. He also tackles the entrenched sexism and racism faced by women and those from marginalized communities by highlighting publications and individuals whose contributions have been unfairly overlooked. The resulting narrative, containing stories of unbound talent, blind ambition and sometimes bitter rivalry, makes Totally Wired a riveting and roller-coaster read.


                                                                                                                                                                              The Drowners / To The Birds

                                                                                                                                                                                As part of our Suede30 campaign, alongside the newly-remastered editions of the #1 debut album, Demon Records will be issuing Suede’s first four singles as highly collectable 7” picture discs, reproducing the original arresting cover images on the discs.

                                                                                                                                                                                The first release is the absolute classic “The Drowners”, originally released on Nude Records on 11th May 1992, and to this day one of the many highlights of a Suede concert. It reached number 49 in the UK charts, paving the way for the next three singles. The NME and Melody Maker both voted it Single Of The Year.

                                                                                                                                                                                Julie Byrne

                                                                                                                                                                                The Greater Wings

                                                                                                                                                                                  The first album in over six years from American songwriter Julie Byrne is a testament to patience and determination, the willingness to transform through the desolation of loss, the vitality of renewal, and the courage to rise, forever changed. For nearly a decade, Byrne has moved through the world as a characteristically private artist largely outside the public eye. A self-taught musician that has committed her life to her work, she now emerges from a deeply trying and generative period with the most powerful, lustrous, and life-affirming music of her career, The Greater Wings. While they hold the plasticity of grief and trauma, the songs are universally resonant, unbridled in their devotion and joy, held up by the love and alliance of a chosen family. Byrne leans further into atmospheres both expansive and intimate; the lush, evocative songcraft flows between her signature fingerpicked guitar, synthesizer, and a newly adopted piano, made wider by flourishes of harp and strings. It is the transcendent sound of resource, of friendship that was never without romance, of loyalty that burns from within like a heart on fire, and the life force summoned in unrepeatable moments — raw, gorgeous, and wild.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Greater Wings was written across several seasons, pulling imagery from nights on tour, periods of isolation, and the drives cross-country for its various collaborations between Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Recording started with the late Eric Littmann, her longtime creative partner and Not Even Happiness producer, and finished in the Catskills of New York with producer Alex Somers (Sigur Rós, Julianna Barwick).

                                                                                                                                                                                  “My hope for The Greater Wings is that it lives as a love letter to my chosen family and as an expression of the depth of my commitment to our shared future. Being reshaped by grief also has me more aware of what death does not take from me. I commit that to heart, to words, to sound. Music is not bound to any kind of linear time, so in the capacity to record and speak to the future: this is what it felt like to me, when we were simultaneous, alive, occurring all at once. What it has felt like to go up against my edge and push, the love that has made it worth all this fight. These memories are my values, they belong with me.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  Julie Byrne will confess the success of her 2017 LP Not Even Happiness was unexpected; nine gracefully road-worn odes to the fringes of life she assembled without any expectation that they’d travel so far beyond their DIY origins. But its hushed closing track, “I Live Now As A Singer,” did forecast an intention. She knew the open space — occupied by Littmann’s signature palette of synth tones, Jake Falby’s strings, and Byrne’s robust, drifting voice — presented something new and thrilling, something they’d develop as a live band touring the world, and what would later be understood as the catalyst for material to come. From orchestral folk meditations (“The Greater Wings”, “Portrait of a Clear Day”) to windswept piano ballads (“Moonless”, “Death Is The Diamond”) to the luminous, synth-driven euphoria of “Summer Glass,” The Greater Wings builds on this revelatory space at every turn.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The Greater Wings
                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Portrait Of A Clear Day
                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Moonless
                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Summer Glass
                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Summer’s End
                                                                                                                                                                                  6. Lightning Comes Up From The Ground
                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Flare
                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Conversation Is A Flowstate
                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Hope’s Return
                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Death Is The Diamond

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Dandy Warhols

                                                                                                                                                                                  Welcome To The Monkey House - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                    Welcome To The Monkey House is the fourth studio album by The Dandy Warhols and was originally released in 2003. It was produced by front man Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. The album features musical and production collaborations with Simon Le Bon, Nile Rodgers, Tony Visconti, and Evan Dando. The album track "I Am A Scientist" was written by David Bowie and features Nile Rodgers on rhythm guitar. The first single "We Used To Be Friends" went on to become the theme song for the popular TV series Veronica Mars and its film adaptation, and follow-up singles were "You Were The Last High" and "Plan A".

                                                                                                                                                                                    The musical style of Welcome to the Monkey House was described by XRay Magazine as a "belligerent, snotty-nosed, speed-fueled romp through sinister electro punk, slightly corrupt melodic rock and skew-whiff handle of 80s glam-sodden pop, albeit refracted through a knowing noughties thrift store cool". The album cover artwork was created by Ron English and is a prime example of the artist's signature mash-up style, featuring a banana half-exposed by a zipper down its peel in a reference to the iconic Andy Warhol album covers for The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground with Nico, and The Rolling Stones's Sticky Fingers.

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Welcome To The Monkey House
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. We Used To Be Friends
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Plan A
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. The Dope (Wonderful You)
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. I Am A Scientist
                                                                                                                                                                                    6. I Am Over It
                                                                                                                                                                                    7. The Dandy Warhols Love Almost Everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Insincere Because I

                                                                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. You Were The Last High
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Heavenly
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I Am Sound
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Hit Rock Bottom
                                                                                                                                                                                    5. You Come In Burned

                                                                                                                                                                                    Mama Terra

                                                                                                                                                                                    The Summoned

                                                                                                                                                                                      New Acid Jazz signing Mama Terra is the brainchild of Glaswegian pianist and composer Marco Cafolla, who conceived The Summoned during lockdown. Playing piano and bass keys, he used hip hop and modern American Jazz drummer samples to create a rhythm section. 

                                                                                                                                                                                      The stems were sent to Orangefish Studio in Brooklyn, NYC where Derek Neivergelt (Terrance Blanchard) Evan Pazner (Lee Fields) added a live rhythm section, with guest trumpet solos from Jeremy Pelt. The Summoned is a conceptual journey through life and the universe – a new an invigorated take on spiritual jazz with a sprinkling of soul. 

                                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Ruptura
                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                      3. The Summoned
                                                                                                                                                                                      4. A Mind Supreme
                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Novo
                                                                                                                                                                                      6. Radio Silence
                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Last Hour
                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Like Tears In Rain

                                                                                                                                                                                      David Cavanagh

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Creation Records Story - My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize

                                                                                                                                                                                        Out of print for many years and regarded as one of the greatest music books ever written, My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize: The Creation Records Story is the definitive account of the iconic British record label, republished for the label's 40th anniversary.

                                                                                                                                                                                        'The greatest book ever written on British independent music' Guardian 'One of the best British music books of the last ten years' Mojo

                                                                                                                                                                                        Founded by Alan McGee in 1983, Creation Records achieved notoriety as the home of Primal Scream, the Jesus and Mary Chain and other anti-Establishment acts. During the Britpop boom of the mid-90s, the astonishing success of Oasis brought Creation fame on the world stage. In 1999, however, McGee announced his shock departure as his label's influence over a generation of British music came to a confusing and disappointing end. Containing interviews with Creation musicians, employees, supporters and detractors, this is the inside story of Creation Records - and of British music since the 1980s.

                                                                                                                                                                                        PJ Harvey

                                                                                                                                                                                        I Inside The Old Year Dying

                                                                                                                                                                                          PJ Harvey's tenth studio album 'I Inside the Old Year Dying' marks her first release in seven years, following UK #1 album 'The Hope Six Demolition Project'. On this album, which was recorded with long-time creative collaborators John Parish and Flood, PJ Harvey builds a sonic universe somehow located in a space between life’s opposites, and between recent history and the ancient past. Scattered with biblical imagery and references to Shakespeare, all of these distinctions ultimately dissolve into something profoundly uplifting and redemptive.

                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘I Inside the Old Year Dying’ is released on 7th July 2023 via Partisan Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Prayer At The Gate
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Autumn Term
                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Lwonesome Tonight
                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Seem An I
                                                                                                                                                                                          5. The Nether-edge
                                                                                                                                                                                          6. I Inside The Old Year Dying
                                                                                                                                                                                          7. All Souls
                                                                                                                                                                                          8. A Child's Question, August
                                                                                                                                                                                          9. I Inside The Old I Dying
                                                                                                                                                                                          10. August
                                                                                                                                                                                          11. A Child's Question, July
                                                                                                                                                                                          12. A Noiseless Noise

                                                                                                                                                                                          The Monochrome Set

                                                                                                                                                                                          Radio Sessions: Marc Riley BBC6 Music 2011-2022

                                                                                                                                                                                            With 'The Monochrome Set – Radio Sessions (Marc Riley BBC 6 Music 2011-2022)' we revive the great tradition of releasing radio sessions of great (independent) acts. And what could be more natural than starting our series with a band that represents the indie ethos like few others in following their own unique artistic vision without compromise.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The most unique thing about the radio session recordings is that they encompass a mixture of concert and studio. The bands are freer than in studio recordings at the same time more focused than in live performances - gems from the bands repertoire which might not have been played live are often preserved only in the radio sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The Monochrome Set - Radio Sessions contains all the BBC 6 sessions recorded for and hosted by the great Marc Riley from the years 2011-2022. 32 songs in total including well-known hits like "Eine Symphonie des Grauens", "Jet Set Junta" and "Alphaville" as well as fantastic versions of seldom heard or not so well-known songs like "Rain Check" or "Hip Kitten Spinning Chrome". With the kind support of the BBC, we are now able to release these recordings of the most demonstrably intelligent, dark, witty and British of all guitar pop bands on record for the first time. Radio Sessions" by THE TELESCOPES and COMET GAIN are planned for the near future. Stay tuned!

                                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                            A1) Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
                                                                                                                                                                                            A2) The Mouse Trap
                                                                                                                                                                                            A3) Alphaville
                                                                                                                                                                                            A4) Jet Set Junta
                                                                                                                                                                                            A5) Hip Kitten Spinning Chrome
                                                                                                                                                                                            A6) Streams
                                                                                                                                                                                            A7) They Call Me Silence
                                                                                                                                                                                            A8) Cauchemar
                                                                                                                                                                                            B1) Super Plastic City
                                                                                                                                                                                            B2) The Time I've Spent Doing Nothing
                                                                                                                                                                                            B3) Lefty
                                                                                                                                                                                            B4) Strange Young Alien
                                                                                                                                                                                            B5) The Z Train
                                                                                                                                                                                            B6) Iceman
                                                                                                                                                                                            B7) Fantasy Creatures
                                                                                                                                                                                            B8) Rain Check

                                                                                                                                                                                            C1) Cosmonaut
                                                                                                                                                                                            C2) Reach For Your Gun
                                                                                                                                                                                            C3) Stick Your Hand Up If You’re Louche
                                                                                                                                                                                            C4) Fele
                                                                                                                                                                                            C5) I Feel Fine
                                                                                                                                                                                            C6) Maisieworld
                                                                                                                                                                                            C7) Mrs Robot
                                                                                                                                                                                            C8) Oh Yes I'm Going To Be In Your Dreams Tonight
                                                                                                                                                                                            D1) Rest, Unquiet Spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                            D2) Summer Of The Demon
                                                                                                                                                                                            D3) I Can't Sleep
                                                                                                                                                                                            D4) La Chanson De La Pucelle
                                                                                                                                                                                            D5) Allhallowtide
                                                                                                                                                                                            D6) Hello, Save Me
                                                                                                                                                                                            D7) Really In The Wrong Town
                                                                                                                                                                                            D8) Resplendent In A Darkness

                                                                                                                                                                                            The Particles

                                                                                                                                                                                            1980s Bubblegum

                                                                                                                                                                                              First reissue of pioneering Australian indie pop band, spanning recordings 1979-84 Loved by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater Kinney. Includes their entire recorded output, plus rare bonus tracks. RIYL: Orange Juice, Television Personalities, The Pastels. “(I have) two fantastic singles by The Particles...they are two of my most prized vinyl possessions” – Carrie Brownstein (Sleater Kinney) on NPR. The Particles formed at the height of the punk movement in Sydney, Australia in 1977, and spent their early years hanging out with punk legends The Saints.

                                                                                                                                                                                              But by their first recordings in 1979 they were something else entirely – pioneers of infectiously melodic, playfully subversive indie pop. They deserve to be held up alongside contemporaries such as Orange Juice or Television Personalities, and 1980s Bubblegum makes a strong case for this with the first overview of their sporadic recording career. Guitarist Peter Williams and vocalist Astrid Spielman were the core of the group, surviving numerous lineups until the band dissolved in the mid 80s.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Other bandmates include members of Chapter DIY heroes The Cannanes and fondly-remembered indie pop band The Lighthouse Keepers. The Particles only released three seven inch EPs and a handful of compilation tracks, but their scant recorded work is laden with inventive, irresistible pop hits. After self-releasing two EPs Colour In (1980) and Advanced Colouring (1981), their final EP I Luv Trumpet (1983) was the second ever release on iconic Sydney label Waterfront Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                              This makes The Particles unlikely labelmates with the likes of Nirvana, L7 and Henry Rollins, who all went on to release records via Waterfront in Australia in the 90s. On 1980s Bubblegum, Chapter Music presents every known recording by the Particles, including digital bonus tracks from a 1983 live radio session on Sydney station Triple J. The LP features extensive liner notes based on interviews with bandmembers. Astrid Spielman tragically passed away from a brain haemorrhage in 2015, but the sheer joyful magic of her and Peter’s music lives on with 1980s Bubblegum.

                                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                              Side A:

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Driving Me
                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Apricot’s Dream
                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Zig Zag
                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Truth About You
                                                                                                                                                                                              5. (Bits Of) Wood
                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Remington Rand

                                                                                                                                                                                              Side B:

                                                                                                                                                                                              7. The Trumpet Song
                                                                                                                                                                                              8. Dresses And Shoes
                                                                                                                                                                                              9. Observations
                                                                                                                                                                                              10. Family Life
                                                                                                                                                                                              11. I Know A Place (live)
                                                                                                                                                                                              12. (Bits Of) Wood (early Version) //

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