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Kanye West returns to the top of the album charts today in historic fashion, as ye –released digitally on June 1 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings – becomes his eighth #1 album, and West ties the record for most consecutive #1 album debuts in chart history. ye’s seven tracks amassed a total of 180 million on-demand streams in its debut week, and reached a total album equivalent of 208,000 units. ye was unveiled last Friday at a once-in-a-lifetime listening event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, seen around the world via a global livestream courtesy of the WAV app. Fans, media, radio programmers, tastemakers, artists and celebs flew in from all over world to be part of the ye Wyoming experience, and gathered around a bonfire in to hear the album for the first time. ye’s tracks immediately shot to the top of the Spotify Global chart, and reached #1 in 83 countries on Apple Music. Now receiving a physical release on CD jewelcase with 8pg booklet and 1 x black heavyweight vinyl, spined sleeve with a white inner. 

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

Apart

    Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s forthcoming EP release ‘Apart’ is the follow up to their critically-acclaimed 2009 album ‘Break Up.’ This is a 5 track EP released on  a Heavyweight black vinyl with printed inner bag.

    “Bad Dreams,” is the first single to be taken from the new EP, Apart. The EP features four brand new recordings and a new version of “Tomorrow,” a song that originally appeared on Yorn’s last album, 2016’s ArrangingTime. Scarlett Johansson adds, “Being able to revisit this project with Pete in a totally different context but within the same creative parameters is a unique artistic opportunity for me. It is always a pleasure to sing with Pete because I think our voices and stories complement each other.”

    Whenyoung

    Given Up EP

      Following their recent singles ‘Heaven on Earth’ and their cover of the Cranberries classic ‘Dreams’, Limerick’s finest indie-poppers Whenyoung have announced their new EP ‘Given Up’ to be released through Virgin EMI.

      The title track itself is a perfect example of the band’s sound. Underpinned by a driving, Pixies-esque bassline and chiming guitars, it’s mix of gritty alt-rock edge with a shimmering chorus showcases just how special the band’s song writing is. In the band’s own words, “Given Up was written after a series of late nights and self-inflicted misdirection. The central message is to take your life by the reins and create your own future.”

      The EP will be released on 10” blue vinyl, continuing the primary colours trilogy following on from their debut 7”s.

      2018 has already been a landmark year for the young band. It’s seen them perform in Dublin as part of Shane Mcgowan's 60th birthday celebration alongside the likes Nick Cave and Sinead O'Connor. They’ve also supported the likes of Dream Wife, Declan McKenna, The Vaccines and Peace.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 10" Info: Limited blue vinyl 10"

      Kanye West and Kid Cudi have unveiled their new collaborative album, "Kids Sees Ghosts". The seven-track release has the same minimalist ethos of "Ye" but sounds completely different, featuring more polished, haunting production and some surprising musical samples, as well as features from Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign, and Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def).

      Kid Cudi unveiled the album artwork designed by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Known for coining the postmodern art movement 'Superflat' influenced by the cartoon-like style of manga and anime. Murakami takes inspiration from a traditional Japanese landscape watercolour and converts it into a psychedelic scene for the album's artwork.

      "Kids See Ghosts" is the third of five new album projects from Kanye West. It follows on from Pusha T's Kanye-produced album "DAYTONA" and Kanye's eighth solo album "Ye". Next up: the release of Yeezy-produced albums from hip hop icon Nas and G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor (aka the star of Kanye's "Fade" video).


      Slaves' newest outing throws off the punky shackles of 2016's 'Take Control' with a more nuanced outlook, featuring some heavier moments like the thudding grind of 'Bugs' or the heavy thrash and militant stomp of 'Artificial Intelligence', but interspersed with more heartelt quieter moments like the sombre Arctic Monkeys-like swagger of 'Daddy' or the jagged metallic edges of 'Chokehold'. 

      If you like slaves thus far, it will please you to hear them furthering their sound, and if you're yet to hear them, there might be a little more here to pull you into the fray. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Heavyweight black vinyl, spined outer sleeve with embossing, printed inner, download card.

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Miles Kane releases his third solo album ‘Coup De Grace’, a blistering exercise in modern rock ‘n’ roll, August 10th on Virgin EMI.

      Currently in the midst of a rip roaring UK club tour with his explosive new band, Miles has been previewing several album highlights including the current single ‘Loaded’ written by Miles, Lana Del Rey and Jamie T; the T Rex inspired ‘Cry On My Guitar’ and the insanely catchy ‘Too Little Too Late’.

      ‘Coup De Grace’, is Miles’ first solo album since 2013’s ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ and well worth the wait. Recorded in LA, produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent), Miles wrote much of the album with Jamie T.

      “This record for me is the most important record I’ve made to date” said Miles. “It’s been 5 years in the making, a lot of emotion and excitement has gone into making this album!”

      Since joining The Little Flames 14 years ago, Miles has seen the pop climate change considerably but still believes the magic’s in the music. He’s like an excitable schoolboy who just went to his first gig. His enthusiasm is contagious. “For me to really love someone, I have to want to be them,” he enthuses. “You want to look the way they look, move the way they move. To me, going to my first gigs, it was always otherworldly: how do I get there?”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Arm-waving rock anthems, distorted bass and thumping glam hooks from Miles Kane, brilliantly bombastic and full of swagger, there's no way you won't be nodding your head to this one. A bold and confident outing, bursting with energy.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Heavyweight black vinyl, printed inner bag, download card.

      CD Info: Indies exclusive pink vinyl, printed inner bag, download card, sticker.

      Florence & The Machine

      High As Hope

      Florence + the Machine announces new album, ‘High As Hope’. For perhaps the first time, ‘High As Hope’ is a record that is as intimate as it is epic, with the more restrained sound -relatively speaking; Florence knows herself well enough now to declare “I’m never going to be minimal” -mirroring this sense that happiness doesn’t always have to be big and dramatic:There’s a lot of love in this record, loneliness too, but a lot of love.”

      An album that mixes high and low–from a tribute to Patti Smith one minute to being ghosted over text by a date the next –‘High As Hope’ is made up, says Florence, “of joy and fury”...

      "Towering performer twirls back with power and poetry" - Evening Standard,
      "A euphoric return by a singular talent" - Telegraph,
      "an appealingly visceral force" - Guardian.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Millie says: Florence returns with her distinctive billowing vocals, holding intimate feelings and powerful strength. ‘High As Hope’ is heaving with emotion and never fails to create the strongest cathartic feelings from the soaring variations weaved into each song. Truly beautiful.

      Ryan Adams

      Baby I Love You / Was I Wrong

        A ONE TIME pressing on PINK COLOURED vinyl with backed on the B-Side by "Was I Wrong".

        EXCLUSIVE TO INDIES!

        No, it isn’t a cover of the Ronettes classic of the same name, but it’s "A song to one’s baby, whom they love - a unique twist on Ryan Adams’ classic recipe, with key ingredient ‘sad’ replaced by ‘happy,’” according to the press release. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Massive ringing, descending chords and a yearning, killer melody make this RynAds' most heartfelt and direct single in a long time.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 7" Info: Indies exclusive pink coloured 7". Limited to just 750 copies.

        The hugely anticipated third studio album from the adored electro-pop trio from Glasgow, Chvrches. Following on from their critically acclaimed 2015 album 'Every Open Eye'. They've got a knack for writing massive, emotive synth-led and 80's inspired tracks.

        Love Is Dead is an album about growing up and 'coming to terms with the fact that there are great things in the world and there are awful things in the world and that you can’t get one without the other'.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: There's something innately satisfying about a beautifully constructed pop song, and Chvrches mix the retro synthetic soundscapes of Italians do It Better, but with the saccharine sweet vocal stylings of Lauren Mayberry glistening over the top. Lovely stuff.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        CD Info: CD comes in a mint pack and contains a 16 booklet.

        'Blossoms second album sees them return with 11 tracks of 80s inspired synth-layered pop bliss. On lead single 'I Can't Stand It', the band bring the tempo up and combine it with cascading synth riffs, while 'There's A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)' brings a previously unheard anthemic rock quality to the bands sound'...

        Furthering their domination of the northern music scene, they take the rawkous sound of their debut and bolster it with the experience learnt from their time touring, absorbing influence from all corners of the musical spectrum. This is a confident and mature follow-up and one sure to cement their reputation and productivity for years to come. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Blossoms have not YET managed it, but with these brilliantly measured and perfectly written anthemic indie stormers, are moving ever closer to being cool like me.

        One day.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xDeluxe LP Info: 2 x black heavyweight vinyl, gatefold sleeve with silver foiling, 8pg booklet and a download code.

        LP Info: Black heavyweight vinyl, gatefold sleeve, 8pg booklet and a download code.

        2xDeluxe CD Info: Deluxe CD comes in a mint pack and a 12pg booklet and acoustic album.

        CD Info: CD comes in a mint pack with a 12pg booklet.

        Hailed in advance by Rolling Stone as a "euphoric blast of experimental pop,” Beck’s 13th album Colors has been confirmed for an October 13 release on Virgin EMI.

        Possibly the most aptly titled work in Beck’s storied discography, Colors unfolds in an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats, making it a shoo-in for summeriest smash of the autumn season.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Brimming with throbbing bass hooks, gated reverbs and FM synth slaps, this is a brilliantly effervescent suite of satisfying melodies, impeccable production and undeniable lyrical genius.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xDeluxe LP Info: Deluxe LP – 2 x heavyweight red vinyl on 45 RPM, spined sleeve with diecut to the front, 4 x red transparencies to allow you to change the colour of the sleeve, printed inner bag.

        2xDeluxe LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies exclusive yellow vinyl.

        Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Benjamin Clementine

        I Tell A Fly

          Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine has announced plans for his much-anticipated second album, ‘I Tell A Fly’, Having recently collaborated with Damon Albarn for the latest Gorillaz album, Clementine’s debut album, ‘At Least For Now’, looked inwards and backwards, follow-up ‘I Tell A Fly’ looks forwards and outwards; to a changing world, ancient struggles, and the individual response. The results render 'I Tell A Fly' as compassionate and empathetic as it is angry, satirical, and critical. 

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          The Killers

          Wonderful Wonderful

            The Killers have revealed details for their highly anticipated new album, Wonderful Wonderful. The band’s fifth studio album, and their first in five years. Produced by Jacknife Lee, it was recorded at the group’s own Battle Born recording studio in Las Vegas, and at Jacknife’s Los Angeles studio. The album art was shot by Anton Corbijn.

            Following the release of blistering first single The Man, The Killers played a surprise unannounced set at Glastonbury Festival in June, sold out their British Summer Time show in Hyde Park in record time, and conquered the European festival circuit with a crowd pleasing set of hits. 

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP Info: Gatefold vinyl.

            Deluxe CD Info: Deluxe CD digipak with 13 tracks.

            CD Info: Standard CD Jewel case with 10 tracks.

            'Haiku From Zero is the fifth album from Grammy nominated electronic band Cut Copy and their first on seminal dance label Astralwerks. The Australian band recorded the album with Deerhunter and Animal Collective producer Ben Allen. Cut Copy have announced details of ‘Haiku From Zero’, their first studio album in four years. Written and recorded at studios around the world (Melbourne, Copenhagen, Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta), the nine tracks on ‘Haiku From Zero’ nonetheless present a united sonic front, due in no small part to the guiding ear of producer Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Neon Indian). Songs like “Counting Down” and “Living Upside Down” offer glimpses of beauty in a state of disco-fueled flux.

            Part of that inspired wave of Australian indie-electro-pop, alongside Empire Of The Sun; Cut Copy have been Piccadilly favourites from day one. This new album sees them in comfortable stride, encompassing modern tastes in both instrumentation and rhythm wonderfully. You can imagine every track finding a place in the modern world we live in, something the band always seem to capture - the soundtrack to our life through a serious of electric melodies and heartfelt vocals. They've not lost the pizzazz or shimmer, but "Haiku From Zero" sees them broaden their horizons into adventurous new territories and will keep the diehard fans reassuringly on their toes. 


            Jake Bugg releases his stunning new album ‘Hearts That Strain’, recorded in Nashville, September 1st on Virgin EMI. The first taste of which is the breezy single ‘How Soon The Dawn’, a collaboration with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), video out 04.08.17. Working with Grammy Award winning producer David Ferguson and Matt Sweeney, Jake recorded the album in Nashville with some of the best players in the history of popular music. As part of American Sound Studio’s legendary house band The Memphis Boys, Gene Chrisman and Bobby Woods provided the chops on such pivotal records as Dusty In Memphis, In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and Dark End Of The Street, cutting their teeth in sessions with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            Hot on the heels of it's exclusive tidal release, mr Z finally makes all the record shops in the land happy with the physical release of his new opus, 4:44. Starting off with the third-person retrospective of 'Kill Jay-Z' sees the rapper in fine form, reciting verses over the top of vocal snippets and dusty MPC breaks, before moving on to 'The Story Of O.J' and the brilliant 'Smile' 

            'Caught In Their Eyes' is a brilliant discourse between Jay-Z and man of the moment, Frank Ocean, with each vocalist providing a superb stylistic counterpoint to the other, backed with bolschy brass and skittering vocal snippets. 'Family Feud' is the much lauded response to 'Yoncé's brutally honest and insightful subjects on her 'Lemonade' album, and comes across as an honest and sincere apology for all of his past foibles. 

            Throughout, we see Jay-Z in fine form, providing an honest, fascinating and most of all impeccably conceived outing, furthering his reputation as one of the greatest rappers of all time. 

            Fake Sugar’ is the debut album from the critically acclaimed vocalist Beth Ditto. The former lead singer of Indie Rock mainstay’s the ‘Gossip’, Ditto’s first solo album encompasses 12 tracks of driving blues, malt-shop pop, swooning rock and countrified soul, including the single ‘Fire’. In addition to releasing six acclaimed albums with the Gossip, Ditto has recorded with such artists as Blondie, disco legend Cerrone and drumstep DJ Netsky, collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier on her eponymous plus-sized luxury clothing line, modeled for Marc Jacobs and appeared in Tom Ford's Oscar-nominated film, Nocturnal Animals. She’s also a newlywed, which has given her a fresh perspective on romance that informs several songs on Fake Sugar. "This is adulthood, baby," she quips. "You fought for marriage equality, now you gotta live in it." 

            The Strypes

            Spitting Image

              The Strypes are pleased to announce their third album – ‘Spitting Image’ – due for release on June 16th on Virgin EMI. The news comes alongside the announcement of a UK headline tour in the summer. A fabulously diverse record that effortlessly transcends the bands roots in adrenalized R&B, which has been produced by Ethan Johns (Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, The Vaccines, Laura Marling) and son of the legendary Rolling Stones / Beatles studio giant Glyn Johns. 

              Indie favourite Marika Hackman is back with her second studio album released from new home AMF Records (Loyle Carner). The album sees a transformation into a gutsier sound packing a real punch with The Big Moon as the backing band. The artwork for the LP & CD features an impactful gatefold design by artist Tristan Pigott.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              The follow-up to 2014’s Hold My Home marks the band’s sixth to date and first for major label Capitol Records. According to a press release, it was inspired by the SoCal indie rockers’ hometown of Los Angeles.

              In anticipation, Cold War Kids have unboxed “Love Is Mystical”, an upbeat lead single punctuated by stomping piano. “It’s about supernatural love — looking for inspiration and meaning, surrendering to feeling, love calling out your name and that journey we must go on to find it,” said frontman Nathan Willett in a statement.

              Massive Attack

              The Spoils

              After returning earlier in the year via the "Ritual Spirit EP", Massive Attack keep the good stuff coming with two more brand new songs ‘The Spoils’ and ‘Come Near Me'. Both tracks were written and produced by Massive Attack’s Daddy G and collaborator Stew Jackson and feature vocal contributions from Hope Sandoval and Ghostpoet respectively. We're in classic Massive Attack territories on the A-side as "The Spoils" delivers the kind of melancholic downbeat which swept through "Mezzanine" and "100th Window" with beauty and sadness both alive and well in the sweeping strings, subtle electronics and sublime vocals from Hope Sandoval. On the flip "Come Near Me" treats us to the other end of the Massive Attack spectrum, filtering hip hop and bass culture through the kind of gloomy, brooding sonics which made up the other side of "Mezzanine" and came to the fore on "Heligoland". Growling bass, mordant beats and serrated guitars sit under the mumbling stumbling vocals from Ghostpoet. ‘The Spoils’ will be pressed onto a beautiful 12" Heavyweight (180 gram) Lavender coloured vinyl housed in a black polylined inner hand placed into 3 mm spine sleeve printed 4 colour process + special screen printed 5th colour Yves Klein blue and matt UV varnish designed by Hingston Studios and the man himself, Rob Del Naja. All manufactured, with pride, by The Vinyl Factory Manufacturing Ltd.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Patrick says: Both sides of Massive Attack on one special edition 12" here. "The Spoils" trades in beauty and sadness with cinematic strings and Hope Sandoval's gorgeous vocals, while "Come Near Me" grumbles and glowers through the darkness topped with Ghostpoet's mumbled vocals. So good!

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 12" Info: Limited coloured 12"

              Following on from the success of Slaves’ top 10 Mercury-nominated debut album ‘Are You Satisfied’, the duo mark their return with first single ‘Spit It Out’, an explosion of punk-rock fury that trails second album, ‘Take Control’. ‘Take Control’ was produced by one of the legends of early hip hop and New York punk, Mike D!!

              London four piece Bastille return with their long-awaited second album ‘Wild World’, following their worldwide number 1, multi-platinum debut album ‘Bad Blood’ which spawned the humungous chart and radio hit singles ‘Pompeii’, ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ and ‘Of The Night’. Bastille toured the world many times over in support of ‘Bad Blood’ writing and recording ‘Wild World’ along the way. Wild World retains the vivid, rich, filmic song-writing of its predecessor but pushes the band’s distinctive sound in exciting new directions.

              KT Tunstall returns with an explosive 11 track collection of songs on her fifth record ‘KIN’. A year later and ‘KIN’ was born. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle and Sebastien), and written and recorded by KT in LA, it exemplifies the very best of guitar pop. The album’s new focused sound is best heard on current single ‘Evil Eye’; a stripped back, primal rock ‘n’ roll track that seeded the whole record. The diverse collection also includes a duet with fan James Bay, the raucous rebellion of ‘It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am’, the shimmering pop of new single ‘Maybe It’s A Good Thing’ and ‘Run On Home’, the call to arms of ‘Hard Girls’, and the beautiful album closer ‘Love Is An Ocean’. 

              The Libertines

              Anthems For Doomed Youth

              The Libertines release their highly anticipated new album Anthems For Doomed Youth through Virgin EMI Records.

              Anthems For Doomed Youth was produced by Jake Gosling and recorded at Karma Sound Studios, Thailand, over 6 weeks during April and May 2015. It is The Libertines’ third album and their first in eleven years.

              Bleeding Heart Pigeons

              A Hallucination

                Bleeding Heart Pigeons' hauntingly eccentric EP is available on limited heavyweight 12" vinyl with artwork designed by the band. Their inventive new music earned them a slot on latitude this year and early praise from 6music, clash and DIY. With an incredible album to come early next year this is just the beginning from the Irish three piece! Their sound is unique and genre-bending but comparisons have been made to early Radiohead, Everything Everything, Wild Beasts, Pink Floyd and alt-J.

                The Strypes are back with the new album ‘Little Victories’ which sees the young Irish fourpiece take an ever confident step forward from their acclaimed debut album ‘Snapshot’. The last 2 years have seen Josh, Ross, Evan and Pete tour around Europe, Australia, Japan and the US before returning to the studio to work on new music. The new album features the brand new single ‘Get Into It’ as well as live show favourites ‘Eighty-Four’ and ‘Scumbag City’.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Deluxe CD Info: The deluxe edition comes with a 12 page full colour booklet & 4 extra tracks.

                The Strypes

                Flat Out EP

                  Three track EP from this Irish four piece. They've stepped up a notch from their debut album which was recorded while they were still at school. It's still full on blues rock, but with a slightly harder edge and some killer guitar riffs.
                  Includes a cover of the MC5's 'Kick Out The Jams'.

                  TV On The Radio

                  Trouble / Dubble

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    Limited edition split colour vinyl - half mauve half translucent blue. Nice!
                    Also comes in a lovely die-cut sleeve.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Ltd 12" Info: Just found a couple of copies of this long deleted RSD release.

                    Brian Wilson

                    Then Right Time

                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                      Capitol Records 45 house bag for the 7” It features 2 tracks from the forthcoming album.  



                      Matt and Kim, aka Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums), get things rolling in their exuberant style with a performance lyric video for the song “Get It”: Three minutes and seven seconds of heaven for anyone who has, or hasn’t yet, seen Matt and Kim’s legendary live shows.

                      Previously, Matt and Kim’s video for “Lessons Learned,” in which they strip naked in Times Square on a very cold February day, won an MTV Music Award for “Breakthrough Video” in 2009. 2012’s Lightning (FADER) featured the Alternative radio hit “Let’s Go” and single “Daylight” was certified Gold in the US and very close to platinum certification. All the while they toured the globe, becoming the go-to band for raw exuberance, bombastic beats, sing-along refrains and dance-ready anthems on larger and larger scales.

                      Jamie T releases his third and much-anticipated new album “Carry On The Grudge”, his first album since 2009’s “Kings & Queens” and reintroduces one of the most distinctive voices in British music over the past decade.

                      The album announcement follows the incredible reaction to “Don’t You Find”, the first piece of music Jamie has released in over four years. It received it’s world exclusive first play on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show as Hottest Record In The World. A bold, brave return, it sets the scene perfectly for “Carry On the Grudge”.

                      “Carry On The Grudge” is a big step forward. Musically and lyrically, it’s a boiled down, intense listen, with not a word or note wasted. The likes of “Zombie” recall the urgency of Jamie’s past records but it’s balanced with the likes of “They Told Me It Rained” and “Mary Lee”. The old influences of punk, folk and reggae are all still here, but reshaped into something new whilst still defiantly the work of Jamie T.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd LP Info: 180g vinyl.

                      New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem return with their eagerly-anticipated new album ‘Get Hurt’. Recorded at the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys and Jake Bugg), ‘Get Hurt’ sees The Gaslight Anthem pushing their raw, stripped back rock ‘n’ roll into new territory, drawing on a fresh palette of influences ranging across folk, punk, and Americana. It is an album that is heavier, and yet at the same time more intimate, than anything they have produced to date.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd CD Info: Deluxe CD edition includes 3 bonus tracks.

                      JACK WHITE, JEFF TWEEDY, FUN., JARVIS COCKER, JACK BLACK, AND A HOST OF OTHERS JOIN BECK TO BRING ACCLAIMED SHEET MUSIC-ONLY ALBUM TO LIFE

                      The now legendary Beck, Song Reader - twenty Beck compositions previously released exclusively as stunningly illustrated sheet music in partnership with McSweeney’s - receives a long awaited traditional release when Warby Parker/Capitol Records issues the Beck Song Reader compilation album, produced by Beck and Randall Poster, known for his music supervision work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and many others. Warby Parker will commemorate the release of Song Reader by reissuing limited-edition Carmichael frames created in collaboration with Beck, this time in Black Cherry—as well as a new edition of the Song Reader book, featuring two new prints from artist Marcel Dzama.

                      The 20-track all-star collection features exclusively recorded versions of Song Reader charts by the likes of Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Jason Isbell, Fun., Eleanor Friedberger, and several more including Beck himself.

                      The Warby Parker release of Beck Song Reader marks the first officially recorded incarnation of the project, which has already inspired interpretations from hundreds of musicians the world over. The record includes the studio-quality debut of songs previously only played live either by Beck himself or at one of the handful of Song Reader concerts staged over the last two years. The most recent of these was presented by the L.A. Philharmonic in partnership with McSweeney’s and Warby Parker at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. Described by The Los Angeles Times as an “expertly delivered and received night… another big step in Beck's long, fascinating evolution,” the show’s highlights included Jarvis Cocker’s interpretively danced “Why Did You Make Me Care?" and Jack Black’s borderline frightening “We All Wear Cloaks,” the latter of which makes its recorded debut on the Beck Song Reader album.

                      This is a brand new album from the iconic Paul Weller; 'More Modern Classics'. It is a fitting title: a high quality stylish collection featuring tracks taken from Paul’s albums of the last 15 years of his solo career. These 15 years have seen a constant artistic high, with each subsequent album release being heralded as ‘his best yet’. There are few artists with as many incarnations as Paul who can claim to have achieved such an ongoing renaissance, keeping each of their album releases sounding fresh and showered with plaudits.

                      ‘More Modern Classics’ is the long awaited follow up to 1998’s “Modern Classics” which showcased the first part of Paul Weller’s highly successful solo career. This album confirms Weller’s status as the most resilient survivor from punk’s class of '76 and outclassing and outperforming many of his earlier and later years’ contemporaries. It showcases his continuing progression as an artist, never afraid to take chances, move forward and buck trends – always staying fresh and transcending the zeitgeist. More Modern Classics continues to serve as a reminder of his wide range and gift for melody and song writing.

                      Touted as one of the most anticipated albums of 2014 by Mojo, Q, NME and the Sunday Times, ‘Morning Phase’ is the upcoming 12th album from Beck - his first for six years. The album has been described as a “companion piece” to the largely acoustic ‘Sea Change’ released in 2002. Jack White worked with Beck on three of the tracks on the album which also features Meidal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr and Jason Falkner.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Andy says: Mellow and, of course, melodic. Worth the wait.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                      Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                      Multi-million selling rock legends Pearl Jam are back with the release of their wildly anticipated tenth studio album, ‘Lightning Bolt’.

                      Produced by Brendan O’Brien, ‘Lightning Bolt’ marks Pearl Jam’s first studio album since the highly acclaimed ‘Backspacer’, which was released nearly four years ago in September 2009.

                      With a meteoric rise that has seen her firmly established as one of 2013's most original, individualistic and talked-about new artists, Lorde brings us 'Pure Heroine', her feverishly awaited debut album.

                      Alongside singles and firm fan favorites 'Tennis Court' and 'Royals', 'Pure Heroine' includes 8 brand new tracks, constituting an encompassing statement of intent from this much in-demand young star.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Ryan says: Having been first signed at 12, the now 16 year old Lorde hits hard with her own refined version of James-Blake-esque blog-pop.

                      Arcade Fire return with a stunning album Produced by James Murphy, Markus Dravs and themselves. 'Reflektor' is closer to turning-point classics such as U2's 'Achtung Baby' and Radiohead's 'Kid A' - a thrilling act of risk and renewal by a band with established commercial appeal and a greater fear of the average, of merely being liked.

                      ‘Reflektor’ is the bands most epic-in-scale album yet; 13 tracks split across 2 discs.

                      Both formats are beautifully packaged in 'reflektive' mirror board sleeves.

                      Lorde

                      Tennis Court EP

                        Enigmatic 16-year old star in the making ‘Lorde’ is Ella Yelich O’Connor from New Zealand.

                        Inspired by the likes of Burial, James Blake and David Lynch films – she’s inventing her own sound, writing music filled with inventive lyricism. Currently recording her album for September release.


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