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Hippo Campus

Bambi

    Hippo Campus are pleased to reveal the details of their second album, Bambi released on the 28th September through Transgressive Records. And following a debut spin on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show last night, the band also share the record’s title track and accompanying music video.


    The band are in London this week for two intimate sold out Reading & Leeds warm up shows at Omeara and will return in February for a full UK and European tour including a night at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on the 21st February. All dates listed below.

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    When Hippo Campus formed in 2013, their intentions were pure and simple."We were in high school and the main idea was, 'Let's start a band and make our friends dance,'" Zach Sutton from the band recalls. "There was no real context to what we were doing - it was just total creative joy."

    But over the past five years, that context has shifted dramatically. The world around them warped into something bleak and unsteady, and reckoning with mental health issues became more and more crucial. On their sophomore album Bambi, the St. Paul, Minnesota-bred band navigate that upheaval with deliberate self-reflection. The result is a selection of songs that drift into much darker terrain, but unfold with a frenetic yet fragile beauty that makes even the most painful moments feel glorious.

    Not only driven by exacting introspection, Bambi was also shaped by cultural shifts, including the #MeToo Movement. "That really made us take a look at how toxic masculinity has influenced the way we see ourselves and the world overall," says Jake Luppen. "In the past we might have been apprehensive about being super-vulnerable, but now we're more aware of how important it is to come forward about dealing with depression or anxiety. Because if more men are able to do that, they might be less likely to express those feelings as anger or violence."

    Partly recorded at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio in Chicago, Bambi finds Hippo Campus working again with producer BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Low, Francis and the Lights), who handled production on their 2017 full-length debut Landmark. And in sculpting Bambi's distinctly inventive arrangements, Hippo Campus significantly expanded their use of drum machines and synth.

    Throughout Bambi, Hippo Campus match their relentless self-examination with a joyfully adventurous sonic approach, ultimately transforming the emotional experience of the problems they're exploring. One of the band's greatest hopes for Bambi is that the album might help others in dealing with their own pain. "I've always considered the responsibility of art to be representing your specific experience," says Sutton. "We're saying, 'This is what I'm doing now, this what I'm living like.' It's about sharing what you're going through, so maybe someone else will feel less lonely."

    And as Nathan Stocker points out, Bambi may find a particular connection with those feeling shaken up by the chaos of current times. "The only thing I'm sure about with this album is how unsure it is," he says. "I want people to feel as confused as we are about everything, because confusion can be an interesting thing. When you don't totally understand what's going on, you never stop thinking and questioning and trying to figure things out for yourself. I think a lot of good can come from that."


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Limited Edition Blue LP

    Mutual Benefit, the songwriting outlet for multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Lee,announces a new album Thunder Follows The Light via Transgressive Records.

    Following his last outing, 2016’s acclaimed Skip A Sinking Stone, Lee marks his return with a patient and prismatic collection of songs accrued over the past two years.

    Lee — who grew up in Ohio and is currently based in New York — has crafted pop experiments for almost a decade, blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. His new album features an array of friends and many returning collaborators.

    He has also confirmed an all-too-rare solo UK show - playing London’s The Lexington this week (May 24th).

    Commenting on New History, one of the two first tracks to be taken from the album, which features vocals from Johanne Swanson (of Yohuna), he says:

    “I think people in power benefit greatly from a general lack of historic memory in the US. I’ve been wondering if the first step to imagining a more just world is to study our history better, not just the linear revisionist one that is oft-repeated but all the unsung champions of equal rights as well as the acts of unthinkable cruelty that humans are also capable of.”

    New History is the album’s truest folk song, with twangy harmonica and slide guitar. Its inspiration came to him while spending time in the economically depressed area of Ohio where his parents grew up.

    The other song shared today, Storm Cellar Heart, is an ode to taking shelter and the fraught impulse to hide from the loudness of the outside world. It’s more of a long question than an answer: “Is it storms that help make the heart grow?”

    Says Lee: “Writing this provided a reminder that while moments of recharging are important, I didn’t want to get too entrenched in escapism instead of the messiness of living.”

    It was whilst sitting through a huge storm in rural New England that Jordan found himself becoming transfixed by the time in between the lightning and thunder – “The silence thick with inevitability”, he notes, before continuing that, “While I was writing the record, everywhere I looked, I saw massive societal strain on both people and the environment, and began to wonder if this is the lightning before some thunderous change. If we are living in that in-between time.”

    Phantastic Ferniture

    Phantastic Ferniture

    Phantastic Ferniture, the project of Julia Jacklin, Elizabeth Hughes, Ryan K Brennan and Tom Stephens, announce their debut self-titled album to be released on Transgressive.

    The mission is obvious: Don’t overthink it. These artists' shared want to shake the shackles of their meticulously crafted solo work to experience a second, giddy adolescence is evident in the garage-pop perfection introduced today.

    “I’d gone straight into folk music,” says Jacklin, “so every experience I’d had on stage was playing sad music with a guitar in my hand. I thought, I would love to know what it’s like to make people feel good and dance.”

    Phantastic Ferniture’s spiritual home may be the garage but they were born in a bar, specifically the hallowed basement of Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney.

    One late night in 2014, on Jacklin’s birthday, a group hug manifested amid the pinball machines, with all ten participants vowing to form a band. “Only four of us remembered the next day,” notes Hughes.

    United by fern puns and a love of leisurewear, the band met up whenever schedules would allow, writing songs and playing smatterings of dates to an increasingly devoted audience. Eventually it was decreed that this was no side project and an LP should follow.

    The result is one of the most enjoyable albums of 2018. “It feels really good,” Jacklin says with satisfaction. “It’s like having an alter ego.”

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Limited edition pink vinyl.

    Let’s Eat Grandma return with their newest edition, ‘I’m All Ears’ which an even greater revelation than Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth’s globally acclaimed debut, I, Gemini. The second act from the British teenage vocalists, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, is the most startling, infectious, innovative and thrilling record you’ll hear this year. It is alive with furious pop, unapologetic grandeur, intimate ballads; with loops, Logic, outrageous 80s drum solos, as well as production from David Wrench (The XX/Frank Ocean/Caribou), Sophie (famed for her own material and work with Madonna, Charli XCX and Vince Staples) and Faris Badwan (The Horrors). Their sound has developed a stronger electronic tone while remaining their upbeat young vocals throughout. It’s an album that cements Let’s Eat Grandma as one of the most creative and exciting bands in the world right now.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Let's eat Grandma enlist the help of some pretty stellar electronc talents on this album to boyster their already incredible breadth of talents. Grooving demi-soul, swinging synthpop and dancey percussive drive. A stunning collection, and a perfect starting point for anyone uninitiated with one of the most interesting bands around today. Ace.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive translucent yellow vinyl.

    Cosmo Sheldrake

    The Much Much How How And I

      Cosmo Sheldrake, the prodigiously talented and profoundly unique 27-year-old singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist from London, announces details of his debut album ‘The Much Much How How And I’, out on Transgressive Records.

      ‘The Much Much How How And I’ was written under the influence of a diverse group of musicians - ranging from The Beatles and The Kinks to Moondog and Stravinsky - and shaped by Sheldrake’s study of anthropology at the University Of Sussex, his longstanding interest in ethnomusicology and a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

      Gengahr present their highly-anticipated new album ‘Where Wildness Grows’, out on Transgressive Records.

      Having released their much acclaimed debut ‘A Dream Outside’ in June 2015, the band spent a soul-searching two years writing and recording its follow up, a process which saw them reject multiple recordings and eventually return to the drawing board, re-group and head back to the studio with a clarity and conviction to deliver an album which sees them taking a bold and ambitious artistic stride.

      The album was recorded in London during summer 2017 by acclaimed producer Neil Comber (Glass Animals, M.I.A, Songhoy Blues) and features guest vocals from Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Despite sounding like someone who's just been punched in the stomach whilst eating a burrito, Gengahr pull together an entirely melodic but ruthlessly dynamic suite of dreamlike panned melodies and the chugging undercurrent of a beautifully varied by undeniably solid backline. Brilliantly written and evocative dancefloor syndie (I just made that up, it's synthy indie, obviously).

      The Moonlandingz

      Interplanetary Class Classics: Deluxe Edition

      The Moonlandingz - the band born from a semi fictional concept album by Sheffield electronic analogue weirdos the Eccentronic Research Council and fronted by Fat White Familys legendary frontman, Lias Saoudi, release an extended deluxe version of the overwhelmingly critically acclaimed debut album ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’.

      The deluxe includes a single version of album closer ‘This Cities Undone’ featuring guest vocals from Yoko Ono and Human League’s Phil Oakey, alongside a Confidence Man remix, new cut ‘Dirty Red Rose’ from the band’s recent ‘Cities Undone’ EP and lots more previously unheard bonus material.

      Praise for ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’:

      “A rip-roaring busman’s holiday” - Q (****); “Top-drawer psycho-disco for malcontent and the disillusioned” - Mojo (****); “A grotesque yet groovy melting of minds” - Uncut (****); “Straddle the elusive line between the ridiculous and sublime” - Loud & Quiet (8/10); “Brilliant” - NME (4/5); “There will be more considered and crafted albums released this year, but few that are so much fun.” - The Guardian (4/5); “Their debut packs a far mightier punch than the output of almost any other contemporary group with whom they may share certain influences” - The Line of Best Fit (8/10)

      The Moonlandingz

      This Cities Undone EP

        The Moonlandingz - the band born from a semi fictional concept album by Sheffield electronic analogue weirdos the Eccentronic Research Council and fronted by Fat White Family’s legendary frontman, Lias Saoudi - have shared the brand new ‘This Cities Undone EP’, ahead of their forthcoming and fast-selling UK headline tourdates.

        The extended player includes a single version of album closer ‘This Cities Undone’ featuring guest vocals from Yoko Ono and Human League’s Phil Oakey, alongside a Confidence Man remix and new cut ‘Dirty Red Rose’.

        “The Moonlandingz are one of the most important new British bands today” - Yoko Ono, speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine

        The second album from Alvvays, Antisocialites, is set for release on Transgressive Records. Across ten tracks and thirty-three minutes, the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep end of reckless romance and altered dates.

        To write Antisocialites, Rankin traveled to Toronto Island, working in an abandoned schoolroom by day and sleeping a few feet from shore at night. “I carried a small PA on the ferry in a wheelbarrow,” she recalls. “Every morning I would listen to my favourite records on the beach, then I'd write melodies and record demos in the classroom.”

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Alvvays burst onto the scene with the instant classic "Marry Me, Archie" and a debut record that grew into a word-of-mouth mini hit. It was mid-80's UK indie-pop all over again, but perfectly done. "Antisocialites" is cut from a similar cloth, but seemingly adding The Smiths and the Shop Assistants to their Mary Chain template. It works! It's brilliant!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive coloured vinyl.

        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        This week sees Songhoy Blues return with a brand new album, "Resistance" released on the aptly titled Transgressive Records. It’s a bold, inspiring, outward-looking record that perfectly reflects the position the band have found themselves in following the massive success of their breakthrough debut, "Music In Exile", released in 2015.
        The album was recorded in the autumn of 2016 at The Pool studio in London with producer Neil Comber (MIA, Django Django, Crystal Fighters, Declan McKenna) and in keeping with their spirit of collaboration which saw them previously work with Nick Zinner, Julian Casablancas and Damon Albarn, "Resistance" features additional synths by Lxury and vocal contributions from the likes of Iggy Pop, Elf Kid and Stealing Sheep. Beyond this, the album features beautiful string parts (Hometown) and in one particularly surprising, moving instance (One Colour), a children’s choir.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive yellow vinyl.

        Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Björk) ‘That’s Your Lot’ marks a certain milestone for the band - a sumptuous, thrilling and brave collection of songs written throughout their teenage years and now fully realised.

        Intensely personal, yet exploring the universal experiences of friendship, sadness, hope, love held and lost and all the confusions of youth - a body of work to help define a generation.

        The Moonlandingz

        Interplanetary Class Classics

        They began as a fictional band from a fictional town featured on the Eccentronic Research Council’s 2015 concept album Johnny Rocket, Narcissist And Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan. Now The Moonlandingz have lurched, sticky and bleeding, into the real world and are releasing the first great album of 2017.

        Interplanetary Class Classics, released on Transgressive Records, is a feast of swirling juddering synths, wailing guitars, motorik stomp and extraordinary songwriting. The Moonlandingz have proven themselves to be one of the best live bands in the UK (“Magnificent, cosmic and batshit!” said The Quietus. “Feral antics and louche anarchy!” said The Guardian) and now they’ve produced an album of proper weird catchy glorious filthy pop.

        The Moonlandingz is Eccentronic Research Council’s Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer in cahoots with Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi (aka frontman Johnny Rocket) and Saul Adamczewski. They recorded the album with Sean Lennon at his studio in upstate New York. Also on the record: Randy Jones the Cowboy from The Village People, Rebecca Taylor from Slow Club, drummer Ross Orton, bassist Mairead O’Connor, Phil Oakey and YOKO fucking ONO, who sings and yowls on epic closer This Cities Undone.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Darryl says: From being featured on Eccentronic Research Council’s ‘Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine... I’m Your Biggest Fan’ 2015 album as a fictional band from the fictional South Yorkshire district of Valhalla Dale, the Moonlandingz have now stepped out into the real world. Comprising of Eccentronic Research Council’s Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer along with Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski, the Moonlandingz have delivered a fantastic piece of wacked-out scuzzy electronic pop. With fizzing synths, pummelling free-style percussion, and filthy grooves these anarchic motorik stompers bring to mind a mix of Can, the Cramps’ horror-rock, and Iggy Pop from the year 3000. Recorded with Sean Lennon in upstate New York and featuring a whole hosts of unlikely guests; Randy Jones (the cowboy from the Village People), Phil Oakey and Yoko Ono amongst many others, ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’ is a surreal and wonderful trip to a sinister futuristic kosmische-dancefloor.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: 180g heavyweight vinyl.

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Peter Silberman

        Impermanence

        While Impermanence is Peter Silberman’s first solo album, it could easily be thought of as a continuation of the emotional-spiritual odyssey begun through his work in The Antlers over the past decade. It travels some of the thornier terrain of the trio’s previous albums Hospice, Burst Apart, and Familiars, while carrying the conversation further down the path.

        But much of what distinguishes Impermanence from its forebears can be attributed to an unexpected injury, which imposed upon the musician considerable time and space to ponder the finite.

        A few years back, Silberman developed a hearing impairment in his left ear that resulted in a temporarily total hearing loss, extraordinarily loud tinnitus, and an excruciating sensitivity to everyday noises. The condition required extensive rest and quiet, and in order to get that, he left his Brooklyn apartment for a more secluded setting in upstate New York.

        The six songs have an economy of expression, the spaces between the words as important as the words themselves. Like the infamous Miles Davis quote: “It's not the notes you play, it's the notes you don't play.”

        As the writing neared completion, Silberman linked up with his long-time friend and collaborator, Nicholas Principe of Port St. Willow. Over the course of a few winter months, Principe engineered the album in his upstate People Teeth studio, contributing production throughout. Together, they carved out a sacred sonic space, elongating the distance between notes, between chords, utilizing minimal arrangements to allow breathing room.

        But the album goes beyond experiments in ambience. It actually traces the stages of healing, as Silberman experienced them.

        “The sequence charts a circular course between distress and peace,” he explains. “The final track returns you to the mood of the first by a wormhole through a single breath, split in half across the last and first seconds of the album. It mimics the cyclical nature of facing unexpected obstacles.”

        “I hope Impermanence can provide comfort to people grappling with transition, while remaining honest about it. There’s no remedy for the unpredictable, and I want this record to reflect that, to offer an alternative way to think about changing circumstances.”

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd LP Info: 180g Heavyweight Black Vinyl.
        Includes 5 track bonus CD while stocks last, featuring the "Slips Away" non-LP single and the "Transcendless Summer" ambient EP.

        Minnesota-natives Hippo Campus release their highly anticipated debut album ‘landmark’ on Transgressive Records.

        Written and recorded over the past twelve months and produced by the fast rising BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Polica, Low), the record marks a true coming of age for the hotly tipped young band.

        Hippo Campus are to tour the UK in 2017, following a near non-stop run since the band’s first dates outside of their hometown back at SXSW 2015, including tours with the likes of Real Estate, Walk The Moon, Saint Motel and Modest Mouse as well as festival appearances at Reading and Leeds and Lollapalooza.

        The Orchestra Of Syrian Musicians & Guests

        Africa Express Presents...

        Following a series of acclaimed dates in the UK and Europe this summer, Africa Express today announces the release of a live album entitled Africa Express Presents….The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests, which will be released on 9th December 2016 by Transgressive Records.

        All profits will go to the 50 members of The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.

        The recordings were made in June when The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, featuring current and former members of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, came together for the first time since the conflict in their country flared up five years ago. They were joined by artists from Britain, Syria, Algeria, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Turkey, Tunisia and the United States including Bashy, Bassekou Kouyaté, Bu Kolthoum, Damon Albarn, Eslam Jawaad, Faia Younan, Julia Holter, Malikah, Mounir Troudi, Noura Mint Seymali, Paul Weller, Rachid Taha and Seckou Keita.

        The joyous and uplifting album showcases Syrian and Arabic music, alongside unique interpretations of some well-known Western songs. It features tracks recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall - a show described in a 5 star review by the Evening Standard as “an epic paean to their lost homeland”- as well as songs from the storming opening slot on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, Istanbul Jazz Festival and Roskilde Festival in Denmark.

        "The album is very important to us. It was a very unique project, bringing together artists from all over the world to perform with the most brilliant musicians from Syria. It was a great honour. And this new album will give people another opportunity to get to know The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians for what we are - passionate, professional musicians and singers." - Raghad Haddad

        Julia Jacklin

        Don't Let The Kids Win

        Julia Jacklin releases her highly anticipated debut album, ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’, on Transgressive Records.

        Hailing from the Australian Blue Mountains, Julia Jacklin’s music courses with the aching current of alt-country and indie-folk, augmented by her undeniable calling cards: her rich, distinctive voice and her playful, observational wit.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Sadly sung vocals are placed delicately atop swooning country instrumentals and jazzy slide guitars, elsewhere stripped back to the bare bones of Jacklin's soulful voice over a softly picked acoustic guitar backdrop. Heartfelt and touching to the end, and a great sign of what's to come.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        ‘I, Gemini’ is the debut album from Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, AKA Let’s Eat Grandma.

        Best friends since the age of four, multi-instrumentalists Rosa and Jenny create imaginative and original music that crosses the worlds of experimental pop and progressive weirdness.

        Recorded in the former nuclear bunker turned analogue paradise, Old School Studios in Norwich, under the watchful eye of Will Twynham (Hand Of Glory Records), ‘I, Gemini’ is released by Transgressive Records.

        ‘Skip A Sinking Stone’, by Mutual Benefit (aka Jordan Lee), is released via Transgressive Records.

        This new album is a two-part meditation on impermanence that also acts as a portrait of growing up. Mutual Benefit’s work has been praised as being vulnerable and warmhearted. This release has a similar sensibility, patiently built from carefully chosen lines illustrated by lush astral folk and intricately composed arrangements that manage to appear effortless.

        “I kept coming back to how nice that was, throwing these stones against the water,” says Lee. “I thought it was a fitting metaphor for the endeavours I have in my life - sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t. I think it’s a good exercise in accepting impermanence and failure and these things that are constant, and yet the activity of skipping stones is really relaxing and beautiful.” Each stone ultimately sinks but, as Lee sings on the album’s zenith, as the cycle ends and repeats again, all we can do is maintain the hope that it’s ‘Not For Nothing’.

        Neon Indian

        Psychic Chasms / Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Transgressive are proud to present limited edition Record Store Day exclusives of the first two Neon Indian albums - augmented and expanded to double vinyl sets.

          Following his critically acclaimed masterpiece ‘VEGA INTL. Night School’ this is the perfect opportunity to compete your discography of one of the most impressive and visionary artists of our times.

          ‘Psychic Chasms’, his genre-defining debut featuring the timeless 'Deadbeat Summer' is released on vinyl in the UK and Europe for the first time, with a second 12" incorporating ‘Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed’ including nine unique remixes from the likes of Toro Y Moi, The Antlers, Twin Shadow and Bibio on deluxe gatefold vinyl.

          Both titles includes download codes and are limited to 500 copies each.

          Hippo Campus

          The Halocline EPs

          Transgressive Records are proud to present ‘The Halocline Eps’, a combination of Hippo Campus’ first EP ‘Bashful Creatures’ and latest EP ‘South’.

          It’s another exciting step for a brilliant young band that are quickly becoming darlings in the UK. Previous efforts ‘Suicide Saturday’ and ‘South’ have seen them named as Huw Stephens’ Single Of The Week and led to sessions for BBC Radio 1 and XFM, whilst The Guardian, NME, DIY and Q have all marked Hippo Campus out as a band to keep a serious eye on.

          Hippo Campus are four Minnesotan boys making music that is infectious, joyful, and thematically soaked with the sense of cynicism accompanying the youthful search of self-meaning.

          The band met in High School and are still yet to hit legal drinking age but following an explosive SXSW - which marked their first shows outside their native town - the four teenagers signed to legendary indie label Transgressive Records.

          ‘Violet’, from the band’s new single, also marks something of a milestone in a year that has seen Hippo Campus evolve from playing packed shows in their hometown of Minnesota to touring both sides of the pond with the likes of Modest Mouse, Walk The Moon, Real Estate and My Morning Jacket.

          Explosive performances at SXSW (the band ended the festival with a live appearance on US talk show Conan), The Great Escape and Reading & Leeds festivals have further set the band out as ones to watch for 2016.

          Songhoy Blues

          Music In Exile - Deluxe Edition

            Songhoy Blues release their debut Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) produced album, ‘Music In Exile’, released on Transgressive Records.

            All those old ‘world music’ prejudices have no place here. Songhoy Blues are four talented, hungry, sharp and outward-looking young men from a part of the world that has had more than its share and pain and conflict in recent years but has given far more than its share of music and joy to the world in return over the past four decades. That place may seem strange, alien and ‘exotic’ to some but deep down, Songhoy Blues are a familiar proposition: four young men, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a story to tell.

            The deluxe edition of ‘Music In Exile’, features three new tracks - staggering reinterpretations of tracks by some of the group’s key influences.

            A re-versioning of the Clash’s ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’ features new lyrics addressing the difficult decision confronting refugees around the world - a literal ‘Should I Stay?’ and suffer persecution at home or ‘Should I Go?’ and face potential social injustice and prejudice.

            An extraordinary re-working of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’, fully endorsed by Jimmy Page after initially gracing the cover of Mojo Magazine

            A stunning version of Manu Dibango’s classic Soul Makossa, which might be the band’s greatest musical performance to date

            Neon Indian

            VEGA INTL. Night School

            “A lesson in how to execute electronic music properly” - NME

            Neon Indian returns with his third full-length album ‘VEGA INTL. Night School’ on Transgressive Records.

            The new record is Alan Palomo’s flawless bridge between the lo fi and spontaneous sounds of Neon Indian and the more dance oriented approach of his earlier recording moniker, VEGA.

            Part of the album was created on a cruise ship with Alan and his brother Jorge. They set up a studio in one of the cabins and tracked songs between margaritas as the ship traversed the Bahamas from Florida. Palomo then returned to the mainland to finish the record doing tracking in Austin, Atlanta and New York - at DFA’s Plantain Studios. The result is more funk-centric and varied than his previous material.

            Alan teamed up with Alex Epton (XXXchange) to mix the album, using trashy B movies and New York flicks as a reference point for the album’s tone.

            Alan notes: “most of what I’ve learned about human nature in my twenties has happened after dark. People are just kind of more honest then. More deliberate. I like to call the places I go to Night Schools.” To celebrate the marriage of his previous project’s aesthetic into one and his eureka regarding its themes, he dubbed this double album ‘VEGA INTL. Night School’.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLtd LP Info: Limited edition yellow vinyl.

            North London’s Gengahr are pleased to announce their debut album A Dream Outside with new single ‘Heroine’ - their most immediate track to date and another glimpse at what their debut is set to offer.

            Picking up where 2014 left off, Gengahr marked out their intentions for 2015 with an opening slot on Alt-J’s European tour and the release of the gloriously spellbinding ‘She’s A Witch’, which received acclaim from the likes of The Sunday Times, Independent, DIY and NME whilst being added to playlists on 6Music (C-list), Radio 1 (INMWT), Amazing Radio (A-list) and XFM (evening list).

            For fans of Circa Waves, Foals, Mystery Jets and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Andy says: Fuzzy, friendly, exuberant psych-pop, crammed with top tunes. Definitely ones to watch! Includes the 6 Music favourite 'She's A Witch'.

            Songhoy Blues release their debut Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) produced album, ‘Music In Exile’, released on Transgressive Records.

            All those old ‘world music’ prejudices have no place here. Songhoy Blues are four talented, hungry, sharp and outward-looking young men from a part of the world that has had more than its share and pain and conflict in recent years but has given far more than its share of music and joy to the world in return over the past four decades. That place may seem strange, alien and ‘exotic’ to some but deep down, Songhoy Blues are a familiar proposition: four young men, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a story to tell.

            For fans of Tinariwen, Fatoumata Diawara, Spoek Mathambo, Africa Express.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

            Comprised of Molly Rankin (lead vocals / guitar), Kerri Maclellan (keys / vocals), Alec O’Hanley (guitar), Brian Murphy (bass) and Phil MacIsaac (drums), Alvvays take the template laid out by the likes of Scottish stalwarts Teenage Fanclub, The Vaselines and Belle & Sebastian and fuse it with a strong sense of self and a unique personality.

            Each shimmering track on their debut full-length frames Rankin’s melancholic melodies and unwavering voice with meticulous arrangements and needlepoint guitars.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Andy says: Massive, jangle-pop heaven. Big songs, cool guitars. Love it!

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            Transgressive Records are thrilled to announce the first re-release campaign in the label’s nine-year history, with two classic albums from one of the world’s most influential bands, Relationship of Command is currently one of those extreme rarities, making this a highly sought after release. Combining a lyrical complexity and sensitivity with the most visceral yet melodic music and drilling in the same vein as The Stooges (IggyPop even appears on Relationship of Command), At The Drive-In remind all of the power of revolution. Continuing in the tradition of the great American underground fuelled by the likes of Fugazi and Rites of Spring, this collection of musicians inspire the kind of devotion usually reserved for the Smiths.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLP Info: 180g black vinyl.

            Thumpers are comprised of long time friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. their colourful, exuberant alt-pop celebrates their innate musical kinship and draws upon their shared childhood memories.

            Having released their jubilant debut single ‘Dancing’s Done’ through paradYse Records and Kissability earlier this year, the duo now announce their debut EP ‘Unkinder’ will be released as a limited 12” vinyl through Transgressive Records.

            'Unkinder (A Tougher Love)' was recorded in their Warwickshire hometown where the London-based duo decamp to write and produce all of their music. The single features additional vocals ‪from Marcus’ sisters - true to the band’s tight knitted collaborative vision – alongside astral synths and
lush melodies to create their heady blend of modern pop.

            The 4-track EP reveals a band bristling with ideas from the delicately epic ‘Marazion Bay’ and a Jack Savidge (Friendly Fires) remix of the title track to their spectacular cover of Bjork’s ‘Innocence’ featuring the alternative choir Gaggle.

            Theme Park are pleased to announce details of their forthcoming autumn release. The Two Hours EP opens with the original title track – a sonic electronic exploration into the heartfelt emotions of singer Miles Haughton which is fast becoming a clear live favorite which often brings their packed out shows to a euphoric climax.

            The 10” EP will also feature three brilliant covers of Jessie Ware’s Wildest Moments, The National’s ‘Bloodbuz Ohio’ and Hot Chip’s ‘Ready For The Floor’. New remixes of Two Hours will also be available from Mad Decent’s hot new act Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross and Scandinavian band Museum of Belles Artes along with the earlier remixes from RAC and Populette.

            Neon Indian

            Hex Girlfriend (Twin Shadow Remix)

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              ***LIMITED TO 250 COPIES IN THE UK***

              Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

              Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

              Debut album from singer songwriter Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. Produced by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) with the help of Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio). In Kyp's own words 'Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is my favourite songwriter right now... His songs are given flesh and blood in a way that most rock music now doesn't allow time for...'. Contains singles "Buriedfed" and "Woodfriend".

              "The Spinning Top", Coxon's seventh studio LP to date, is also his finest yet whether the folky blues shuffle of "Sorrow's Army", menacing thrashes of "Dead Bees", or eight-minute daydream opus, and perhaps album centrepiece, "In The Morning". Comprising 15 original new songs, the album was produced by Stephen Street and featuring collaborators such as Danny Thompson and Robyn Hitchcock. Graham's most intimate and beguiling work to date, "The Spinning Top" ploughs depths, textures and lyrical furrows that few of his contemporaries are still able to muster, especially this far down the line. Conversely, this is the sound of a man rejuvenated and refocused, ready for yet another flourish in an-already compulsive and vital career.

              Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man

              Opus 2: Obscured By A Setting Sun

              "Opus 2: Obscured By A Setting Sun" is the follow up to Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man's critically acclaimed "The Lay of the Land, The Turn of the Tide". In this 33-minute chapter, the band reaffirm their unique genre defying apocalyptic rock, blending frenetic guitars, powerhouse drums and defying faith questioning lyrics.

              When Jeremy Warmsley released his critically acclaimed debut album in 2006, he soon became the unofficial troubadour of the underground. Heralded in equal measure for his literary lyrical excursions, his sonic inventiveness and his captivating live performances he became an undoubted cult figure. Fast-forward to Autumn 2008 and Warmsley's second album "How We Became" is ready for release: rather than abandoning the qualities that made him stand out from the Brit indie pack, Warmsley has instead married them with finely crafted pop-songwriting and created a body of work that allows his cult status to infiltrate the consciousness of the mainstream, whilst maintaining his commitment to making music that challenges convention.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLtd CD Info: This limited edition double disc version is exclusive to independent shops.

              Ox Eagle Lion Man

              The Lay Of The Land The Turn Of The Tide

              Following from their sold out limited 7" debut on Transgressive and their buzz laden trip to SXSW, Ox... present their first widely available release. Formed by "Fred Les" of Les Incompetents fame, the band have already amassed a die-hard fan base.

              Foals are a five-piece dance-rock band currently living in their home town Oxford. They met in their native city, where they bonded over a shared sense of humour. Bored with the interchangeable electro records they heard at every party, they decided to make the kind of music they wanted to dance to. 'We wanted to make music that was very technical, that wasn't just party music, but at the same time you could dance to it', explains vocalist Yannis. Foals quickly identified a winning formula: driving percussion high in the mix, guitars played above the 12th fret, no chords and splashes of synth colour. The result is pristine, perfectly formed dance rock.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLtd CD Info: Double limited edition version, the extra disc features the tracks; 1. Hummer, 2. Astronauts 'N All, 3. Mathletics, 4. Big Big Love (Fig.1), 5. XXXXX (Live at Liars Club, Nottingham, Feb 10th), 6. The French Open (Live at Liars Club, Nottingham, Feb 10th), 7. Balloons (Live at Liars Club, Nottingham, Feb 10th), 8. Two Steps Twice (Live at Liars Club, Nottingham, Feb 10th), 9. Mathletics (Live at Liars Club, Nottingham, Feb 10th).

              Following on from their critically acclaimed debut album, "Voices Of Animals And Men", Young Knives release their hotly anticipated follow up. A muscular clatter of pulsing guitars, head-spinning percussive thuds and harmonic, brotherly vocals provide the backbone to a rich throng of giddy, excited ideas and ageless, wry lyrical themes.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLtd CD/DVD Info: The limited edition version includes a bonus DVD featuring 13 songs.

              Iron And Wine

              Boy With A Coin

              "Boy With A Coin", the first single to be taken from forthcoming album "The Shepherd's Dog", is darkly playful, tumbling under its cascading melody and backwards guitar textures. A worthy example of the highest standard of songwriting displayed on the rest of the album and marks a departure in style from Beam's previous work, without betraying his blissful Americana roots.

              Ladyfuzz

              Oh Marie!

              Re-release of their long-deleted debut single.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS Info: The CD single features the 'Clive mix / single version' and also includes "Do You Think?".

              Battle

              Children

              Produced by Gareth Jones (Interpol, Wire, The Futureheads, Nick Cave), the explosive dynamics of "Children" provide a further teaser of the sounds of the debut album that will follow in August.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS Info: The CD single is the single version of "Children" and also includes "Talk Of Ghosts".

              Ladyfuzz

              Bouncy Ball

              Ladyfuzz were fully formed in London in early 2005 when Austrian front woman Liz Neumayr was joined by guitarist Matt Lord and drummer Ben Esser. "Bouncy Ball" is a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming debut album "Kerfuffle".

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS Info: The CD single incudes "Tock Tock" on the B-side.

              Battle

              Tendency

              "Tendency" is the second release for Battle on Transgressive Records, following the single "Demons", which sold out its 1500-only limited pressing in half a day, and the first fruits from sessions for their 'Debut Album of the Year' contender, recorded with Gareth Jones (Wire, The Futureheads, Nick Cave, Interpol and Einsturzende Neubauten) who has seamlessly managed to accommodate the epic scope of Battle's songwriting with their edgy and experimental tendencies, creating a track that you feel you've known your whole life, yet feel compelled to listen to repeatedly.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              CDS Info: The CD singles features "Tendency" and "I Am The Driver".


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