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The Killers

Imploding The Mirage

    Sixth studio album by the American rock band. 'Imploding the Mirage' was recorded in various locations, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Park City, Utah, and produced by Canadian producer Shawn Everett, and Jonathan Rado of the band Foxygen. It features contributions from Lindsey Buckingham ('Caution'), k.d. lang ('Lightning Fields'), Weyes Blood ('My God'), Adam Granduciel from The War on Drugs, Blake Mills and Lucius.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: Gatefold sleeve.

    The Avalanches

    We Will Always Love You

      Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You and Wildflower, but stepping boldly into new terrain, We Will Always Love You is the new full length masterpiece from The Avalanches. Set for release around the galaxy on December 11. Features Ann Druyan (Director of the Voyager Golden Record Project) on the album cover, her cosmic love story with Carl Sagan inspiring this body of work.

      An exploration of the vibrational relationship between light, sound and spirit, We Will Always Love You doubles as “an exploration of the human voice” and a spiritual reckoning via the big questions “who are we really? What happens when we die?’”. So says Robbie Chater, who alongside bandmate Tony DiBlasi and collaborator Andrew Szekeres has moved beyond the party-up exuberance of The Avalanches’s youthful music to a tender, reflective sound infused with hard-earned life wisdom.

      If there’s a single spark for We Will Always Love You it’s the story of the love affair between Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan: “science communicators” whose writings and TV programs brought the ever-deepening mysteries of astronomy and astrophysics to the mass audience. Chater was profoundly moved by the fact that the couple’s romance was captured and carried into space, thanks to the Voyager Interstellar Message Project. Druyan served as Creative Director in charge of curating the Golden Record: earthling music and assorted terrestrial sounds gathered for the contemplation of any alien civilisations that might be out there and be advanced enough to construct a playback system.

      Originally, Druyan was set to be a presence on We Will Always Love You: a studio was booked to record her telling her own story. That never transpired, but Druyan “gave us permission to use her photo on the album cover,” says Chater. “We photographed it off a static-y television set and ran it through a spectograph to make the cover image. So that was a beautiful way that Ann could still be part of the record. We turned her into sound and back again”

      Sampling remains at the core of The Avalanches sound, but alongside all of the sample ghosts, We Will Always Love You features an array of living guests who contribute vocals and lyrics: Blood Orange, Rivers Cuomo, Pink Siifu, Jamie xx, CLYPSO, Denzel Curry, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, Sampa the Great, Sananda Maitreya and Vashti Bunyan and many more exciting collaborations to be revealed over the coming months. The Avalanches’s music has always dripped with melody, but because of this expanded role for guest singers and writers, We Will Always Love You is their most song-oriented album yet.

      “For us, to make the same record again, no matter how well executed, wouldn’t have been satisfying," says Chater. "We were looking to do something that would open up possibilities for the future. Take a bit of a left turn that frees us up to do whatever we want to next.”


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      Patrick says: Inspired by love, humanity, space and at least 6,000 sample-able records, 'We Will Always Love You' sees The Avalanches return in record time for a third LP. Featuring a who's who of guest musicians (Blood Orange, Rivers Cuomo, Neneh Cherry and Vashti Bunyan amongst others), the LP dips into hip hop, disco, house and electronica with all the warmth, wit and wanderlust we've come to expect from the Aussies.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xColoured LP Info: Indies Exclusive.
      Double 180 gram coloured vinyl, COLOUR IN COLOUR Configuration - Coke Bottle Green & Kelly Green.

      2xDeluxe LP Info: Double 180 gram coloured vinyl, A SIDE / B SIDE Configuration - Doublemint & Electric Blue.

      2xLP Info: Double 180 gram black vinyl.

      Dizzee Rascal

      EF A3

        East London-born music legend and all round boundary-breaking innovator, Dizzee Rascal's new release marks the genesis of a new era for Dizzee and is the first album wholly written, recorded and produced in the UK in over a decade. ‘E3 AF’ is a 10-track layered, purposeful statement of intent, rooted in Dizzee’s inedible ties to both east London and Black British music’s legacy. His sound is sharper, stronger and more self-assured than ever, and it is obvious that he has poured the creative energy of the past few years into ‘E3 AF’ as a body of work. First single, L.L.L.L (Love Life Live Large), features Tottenham born MC Chip and kicks open the door with the force of a steel toe capped boot. Chip, adds another thwack of bravado to the rumbling, Dizzee-produced beat. ‘E3 AF’ confirms Dizzee’s status as an artist still very much in his prime, sonically it draws on the infectious pace of grime and resolutely forward-thinking UK rap. From one song to the next, you are taken on a journey through Black British musical excellence. Ice-cold UK drill drips on Smoke Boys-featuring ‘Act Like You Know’ (produced by MK the Plug) and Eastside pulses with pure grime courtesy of Chubby Dreadz and Platinum 45. Self-produced opener ‘God Knows’ (featuring P Money) and high-octane ‘You Don’t Know’ pull from dubstep, grime and drum ‘n’ bass while threatening to wreak havoc with your speakers. By the time Alicai Harley’s warm up vocals float over sunny syths on the deeply personal ‘Energies + Powers’ (produced by Steel Banglez), the album practically radiates heat. ‘E3 AF’ is set to confirm Dizzee Rascal’s status as the master at the top of his game.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Limited edition yellow vinyl

        The Lathums

        All My Life

          By selling out their debut 2020 UK tour in a day, and upgrading venues in most major british cities, The Lathums are challenging the time-worn theory that a band doesn’t just emerge fully formed. For many, they’re already as good as it gets. Their first gig was a hen-do (in the Lathom area of Ormskirk - the rest is history!) and just 18 months later, following a huge social media response,The Lathums sold out their First ever UK headline tour in 30 minutes, this included Glasgow’s King Tuts

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          7" Info: Transparent 7"

          Sex Pistols

          Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols - Back To Black Vinyl Edition

            As one of the most iconic and influential albums in music history ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ still sounds as powerful and unique as ever, 37 years since the original release.

            The Sex Pistols defined a generation and captured a feeling within the nation that simply no one else could of. The band created a truly distinctive sound and ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ impact and influence still strongly resonates with musicians, artists and people to this day.

            This release has used the original master tapes from the 1977 recording sessions thought to be lost for many years. Now thankfully rediscovered, the tapes have been remastered, for the very first time, by Tim Young under direction from original producer Chris Thomas.

            Sex Pistols - NMTB is now released on 180g heavyweight vinyl as part of the Back To Black series. 

            The Soft Machine

            Volume 2 - Remastered Edition

            During the time between their first and second albums, Soft Machine toured with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and even briefly employed future Police guitarist Andy Summers as a replacement for Daevid Allen. Bassist and songwriter Kevin Ayers left the band and was replaced by Hugh Hopper, a move that put to rest the psychedelic pop era of Soft Machine: from here on out, the band would be heavily influenced by jazz. "Volume Two" is as much a transitional release for Soft Machine as their debut album, as it represents the band at a period just before they developed their mature style.

            Tracklisting
            1. Pataphysical Introduction, Pt. I
            2. A Concise British Alphabet, Pt. 1
            3. Hibou Anemone And Bear
            4. A Concise British Alphabet, Pt. II
            5. Hulloder
            6. Dada Was Here
            7. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
            8. Have You Ever Bean Grean?
            9. Pataphysical Introduction, Pt. II
            10. Out Of Tunes
            11. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still
            12. Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening
            13. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging
            14. Pig
            15. Orange Skin Food
            16. A Door Opens And Closes
            17. 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom

            The La's

            BBC In Session

            This is the first time these session recordings, from between 1987 and 1990, have been made officially available, and given that Lee Mavers turned up, played on them, allowed them to be broadcast and didn't go round telling everyone not to listen to their radios, we can assume that the mystical Scouser was actually happy with these versions! He's only done one LP so you may aswell bag this too, because, well: it's brilliant! Ironically, the only duffer is a rather clangy, rigid "There She Goes", but everything else probably surpasses the album versions. You also get the superb "Calling All", a huge song which was going to give the debut album its title, until it was mysteriously dropped at the eleventh hour. Basically, if you love The La's then you need this CD. Is right!

            Silje Nergaard

            At First Light

            More cool jazz coming from Scandanavia. Silje Nergaard takes the styles of singers like Astrid Gilberto, Hoagy Carmichael and Stina Nordenstam and blends it with a jazz trio. Then gives it a modern edge with added brass for colour and a very contemporary production feel.

            Mushroomhead

            XX

            New album from Cleveland's Mushroomhead. Blending sonics and attitude borrowed from metal, techno / industrial and rap, with their thundering tribal drums, big, snarling guitars, vocals and samples, with keyboards filling in all the cracks.

            Julian Cope

            The Collection

            As the title suggests, this is a compilation of some of the finer moments of his solo career so far.


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