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Co-produced by Alan Moulder (The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins), ‘Different Creatures’ is the grittier, ‘night time’ counterpart to the breezy summer vibes of its Top 10 predecessor ‘Young Chasers’, exuding a newfound swagger. Shaped by Kieran’s perceptive songwriting ability to reflect his disenchantment with the changes he sees in the world, ‘Different Creatures’ showcases a louder and more vital band, nudging their sonic palette into a territory shared with rock heavyweights such as Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age.

STAFF COMMENTS

says: As anthemic as soaring skate-punk but formed with a deft appreciation for the importance of variety and excitement, 'Different Creatures' segues skillfully between the fist-pumping highs of a good chorus and the nuanced construction required to bring disparate elements together into an engrossing but accessible whole.

FORMAT INFORMATION

CD Info: The standard CD comes in a fold out card wallet (mintpack).

2xCD/DVD Info: The deluxe CD/DVD comes with the standard album as disc one, plus a second disc which is a DVD of the band’s sold out Brixton Academy show from October 2015.

Mixing the heartfelt angst of a singer/songwriter with the cocky brashness of a garage rocker, Ryan Adams is at once one of the few artists to emerge from the alt-country scene to achieve mainstream commercial success and the one who most strongly refused to be defined by the genre, leaping from one spot to another stylistically while following his increasingly prolific muse.

On new album Prisoner, Ryan said: "I was reflecting on the different states of desire and what it means to be a prisoner of your own desire… I felt like I had been robbed of... the most valuable thing in a person's life…Time."

The twelve tracks that make up Prisoner came to Adams over a prolific period stretching back as far as the week his 2014 self-titled album entered the U.S. album chart at a career high of #4. During that run, Adams toured the world, recorded and released both his Live at Carnegie Hall collection and full-album cover of Taylor Swift's 1989, and saw the aforementioned Ryan Adams garner two Grammy nominations - Best Rock Song for "Gimme Something Good" and Best Rock Album.


STAFF COMMENTS

says: A "break-up album" but don't run away! Beautifully poetic lyrics and top tunes put this right up there with RynAd's very best work. Smiths meets Boss in a lonesome bedroom on a lonely highway!

2016 is Blossoms’ year. Catapulted into the musical subconscious in January, listed fourth in the BBC Soundpoll as well as almost every other ‘ones to watch’ list - Blossoms have been carefully carving out their position in the canon of Great British Rock’n’Roll ever since.

The band have earned rave critical comparisons to everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Depeche Mode to The Doors, shapeshifting between psychedelia, synth-pop and powerhouse indie, a mercurial sound at once familiar and unique. 

'Nearly a year since their rapturous home demo 'Trust Me… I'm A Genius' started pricking the ears of tastemakers and industry alike, The Family Rain are pleased to announce details of their debut album, Under The Volcano, recorded over four weeks at Berlin's famed Hansa Studios with Jim Abbiss (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys). It's ten tracks of primal rock ‘n roll. From barnstorming singles such as the track 'Feel Better (Frank)', the crunching 'Reason To Die', and high octane belter 'Pushing It' - which led the band's first EP earlier this year - the noise and intensity of this record could only be produced by three brothers who know each other inside out. Nagging melodies combine with heavy, metallic riffs to produce a searing rock record of intelligence and wit. The Family Rain have spent the past 12 months relentlessly touring the UK and Europe, winning over legions of new fans wherever they play. An firm favourite at Reading and Leeds Festival this year, the band recently wrapped up an extensive UK tour with Miles Kane and went on tour with Jake Bugg. "Three bearded brothers playing blues-infused rock, it's no wonder the comparisons with the Kings Of Leon are coming thick and fast." BBC Introducing.

The Chemical Brothers

Surrender

    Continuing with celebrating 40 years of disruption of the Virgin Records label, we’re pressing a very limited number of the some of the labels land mark albums as single and double vinyl LPs.

    Released in 1999 'Surrender' proved that the Chemical Brothers were always bigger and better than the one dimensional big beat genre they'd been lumped with earlier in the decade. Showcasing Tom and Ed's expansive musical tastes the album takes in motorik krautrock rhythms, 80s electro-disco ('Out Of Control' featuring Bernard Sumner), Beatlesesque psychedelic block rockers ('Let Forever Be' with Noel Gallagher), fierce technoid bangers, sun-dappled dreaminess ('Asleep From Day' featuring Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval) and mega festival smashes ('Hey Boy Hey Girl'). all given the widescreen Chemicals production feel.


    Public Image Limited

    This Is Not A Love Song

      One of  a series of classic 7"s release on limited edition picture disc, to celebrate 40 years of Virgin Records.

      Simple Minds

      Don't You (Forget About Me)

        One of a series of limited edition picture discs released to celebrate Virgin Records' 40th anniversary.

        David Bowie

        Scary Monsters

          "David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters. Though it doesn't have the vision of his other classic records, it wasn't designed to break new ground -- it was created as the culmination of Bowie's experimental genre-shifting of the '70s. As a result, Scary Monsters is Bowie's last great album. While the music isn't far removed from the post-punk of the early '80s, it does sound fresh, hip, and contemporary, which is something Bowie lost over the course of the '80s." - Allmusic.


          Laura Marling’s 2008 debut album "Alas, I Cannot Swim" proved to be one of the most endearing critical successes of recent years and earned the young singer-songwriter a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and more importantly being one of our top five albums of the year. Now Marling is back with her second album, "I Speak Because I Can". Crafted with producer Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Paolo Nutini, Rufus Wainwright), "I Speak Because I Can" sets quintessentially English lyrical themes and stories to a backdrop of music that recalls prime Americana and the Laurel Canyon scene. Backed by sublime performances by musicians including Mumford & Sons, the album represents a coming-of-age for Laura; her unique identity - thoroughly English, unapologetically female, and a fully-fledged musician – now freshly defined.

          Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

          Take Them On, On Your Own

          The second album by BRMC sees them retain the moodiness and menace from their debut and crank it up another notch, the end result being (to wheel out the old cliche) 'none more black'. As with countless other bands, this lot eschew the sunny West Coast vibes of their native California in favour of a dark, rumbling, anglophile sound much indebted to the likes of My Bloody Valentine and the shoegazing movement of the early 1990s. Full of coruscating effected guitars, drone-like bass playing and vocals that fight to be heard on top, these 13 tracks consolidated their position as one of the best, most passionate, not to mention loudest, bands in the world, back when it was originally released in 2003.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have played a big part in my life in the past 10+ years and although I must admit that they seem to have lost their edge a little bit I still call them my favourite band. Their first album 'B.R.M.C.' is probably just as good, if not better, than 'TTO,OYO', but the latter is my personal favourite and far too underrated. It is also the only record that has earned itself a place on my wall.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          CD Info: New edition, includes the bonus tracks "High / Low", "Take Them On, On Your Own" and "Waiting Here".

          The debut album from Wimbledon's finest rascal. Jamie T is a tall, skinny suburban lad obsessed with The Clash, The Specials, Tom Waits and Rancid as much as he's influenced by the UK garage and drum and bass raves he grew up attending. Armed with an acoustic bass guitar, the 19 year old Jamie trawled the back rooms of pubs in Soho, Hounslow and Twickenham playing his unique tales of young suburbia (think The Streets meets The Arctic Monkeys) and the result is this: a clever, dead playful, madly articulate, indie-punky-poppy album. He's got the guts to be doing his own thing. He's a proper character and this is a great debut album, teeming with life.

          Van Der Graaf Generator

          Still Life

          Originally released in 1976, "Still Life" saw Peter Hammill attempting to incorporate a more introspective mood into their sound.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          CD Info: Remastered and expanded, it includes the bonus track "Gog" recorded live at the Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor in 1975.

          Van Der Graaf Generator

          Godbluff

          1975s "Godbluff" saw a change of direction for Van Der Graaf Generator as they expanded on the darker introspective sound that Hammill had been developing in his solo work.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          CD Info: This expanded, remastered edition incldes two previously unreleased bonus tracks: "Forsaken Gardens" and "A Louse Is Not A Home".

          Brian Eno

          Music For Films

            The third batch of Brian Eno reissues - his "Soundtracks" works. The tracklisting is exactly the same as the original vinyl release. As with all of the reissues in this series, these albums have been digitally transferred from the original masters by Simon Heyworth & mastered using 'Class A' Analogue Electronics combined with the best Analogue to Digital conversion.

            Ilya

            Heavenly / Heavenly (Ilya Remix)

            Another fantastic track from Ilya! Imagine a fusion of David Axelrod and Norman Connors epic production sounds mixed with a lush downbeat feel and a torch song / 60s style easy listening vocal. Mmmm! Their own remix on the flip is more cinematic and mostly instrumental, with a more leftfield feel.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            12" Info: Limited upfront promo - there's only a couple of hundred of these, and we've managed to get a handfull!


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