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Blossoms

Foolish Loving Spaces

    Blossoms have today revealed the details of their new album, Foolish Loving Spaces. Set for release on January 31, 2020, Foolish Loving Spaces is the follow up to the band’s 2018, top 5 album Cool Like You and features recent single Your Girlfriend, released earlier this year.

    Foolish Loving Spaces was produced by the band’s consistent and talented team of James Skelly and Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Tom Ogden’s increasingly direct lyrical range turns album three into a romantic page-turner of light and shade, while its divergent moods are supplied by Myles Kellock’s piano and keyboard lines, careering from urgent stabs of TV game show-theme synth to more classic, rolling notes. The record’s multi-instrumental colour and widescreen sound is provided by pedal steel / lead guitarist Josh Dewhurst, while Joe Donovan on drums and Charlie Salt on bass bring fluidly danceable grooves throughout, complemented on occasion, by a wall of gospel harmony.

    Speaking about the inspiration for the album, the band explain:
    'It’s just a pure celebration of love in all of its splendid and baffling guises, toying with the so-called sins of lust and forbidden infatuation … inspired, in ways, by a summer spent listening to Stop Making Sense, The Joshua Tree & Screamadelica’.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xDeluxe CD Info: 2CD Deluxe (includes Acoustic version of the album.

    Beck

    Hyperspace

      Beck's 14th album feels like an amalgamation of previous albums, given a light dusting of pop sheen, thanks to the production of Pharrell Williams amongst others.

      It's largely set at a fairly slow pace, with nods to the folk tinged melancholy of ‘Sea Change’ or ‘Morning Phase’, some lovely slo-mo synth-soaked pop and occasional upbeat moments: "Saw Lightning" harks back to his "Loser" days and is as upbeat and catchy as anything he's ever done.

      On ‘Hyperspace’, he's hit the sweet spot between his adventurous, experimental past and the more accessible 'pop' leanings of his recent releases.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: As ever, a brilliantly produced and impeccably conceived outing from the ever-reliable Beck. This one has a little more reliance on big rock choruses contrasting to Morning Phase's hazy atmospheres and languid curves. It's as brilliant as anything he's done for a long while, and shows clearly that there's no end to this man's talents, at least not yet!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Indies Exclusive LP Info: Metallic silver coloured 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

      Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Yak

      Atlas Complex EP

        'The EP, largely recorded at the Third Man Studios, follows on from the release of their critically acclaimed second album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness earlier this year. Frontman Oli Burslem explains, “‘Atlas Complex’ was recorded between Nashville and South London at the beginning of this summer. The "atlas complex" is centred around an idea of losing all sense of everything. It’s a state of mind in which a person believes that the world is on their shoulders and they're unable to deal with what they perceive as endless problems and uncertainty.” 

        Despite almost three decades of active audio duty, Common remains at the cutting edge, and his 12th solo LP, "Let Love" is yet another example of his golden age brilliance. This brand new album includes the new single "Hercules”, as well as recent JAM! “HER Love” featuring Daniel Caesar, special guest Dwele, and an unreleased beat from J mother fucking DILLA. The likes of Jill Scott, Swizz Beats and A-Trak offer assistance on the lovestruck affair, while Common updates his conscious style with shout outs to Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, and Tyler The Creator. This is an album of pure positivity, a place of light in these dark times, and another winner from this legendary artist.

        Rock provocateur Marika Hackman will release her highly anticipated new album ‘Any Human Friend’ via AMF Records and on Sub Pop in North and South America'.

        Any Human Friend’ has been co-produced by David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, Let’s Eat Grandma) and Marika herself, and shows off a sharper and more liberated sound than ever before.

        Marika is a ‘Rid of Me’-era PJ Harvey for the inclusive generation: unbounded by musical genre, a preternatural lyricist and tunesmith who isn’t afraid to go there. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: A brilliant outing here from Marika Hackman, beautifully marrying the synths and rhythmic drive of 80's pop music with her notoriously superb songwriting prowess, immediately rewarding but develops with every listen. A wonderful change of pace.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Pink marbled vinyl.

        Slaves

        The Velvet Ditch

          Kent’s favourite two-piece punk provocateurs, Slaves are back with their first new material since the release of their top-ten album, ‘Acts of Fear and Love’. The EP sees the band showcasing the two sides of their collective personality.

          Side 1 is a balls-to-the-wall display of the band’s more aggressive tendencies, ‘One More Day Won’t Hurt’ starts with a Thrash Metal-inspired riff which descends into a heavy mid-paced groove, with Isaac roaring over a thundering beat, while ‘It Makes Me Sick’ shows the influence of breakneck hardcore punk, such as Minor Threat, the Casualties and Discharge.

          Side 2 finds the duo in a more contemplative mood. The EP’s title track has Laurie strumming out a slow, acoustic blues line while Isaac laments the commercialisation of our culture in a style akin to Baxter Dury. ‘When Will I Learn’ on the other hand is new territory, a plaintive piano ballad showing the band in a more vulnerable light.

          “The Velvet Ditch is four songs from four different corners of our band.” Laurie explains. “This EP was us approaching small town mentality, destructive behavioural patterns, and the mental cycles that can be such a struggle for us all to break. The dark recesses within all our minds and how to keep them at bay is what we were exploring through these different styles of music.”


          Bastille

          Doom Days

            Doom Days, Bastille’s grippingly confident third album, is a record of hope for turbulent times. Made by Dan Smith with bandmates Kyle Simmons, Will Farquarson and Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, and producer Mark Crew, it sees the Grammy nominated, Brit winning four-piece stretch out and open-up like never before.

            Doom Days marks something of a shift in perception from its widely acclaimed No.1 predecessor ‘Wild World’, which confronted the world and the actions of those in power. Recorded throughout 2018 at the band’s South London studio, “One Eyed Jacks”, the new album captures the need to temporarily switch off and escape whilst taking the listener on a big night out in search of distraction from the surrounding apocalypse; be that screaming along to the radio in the back of an Uber careering through the city (the electric Quarter Past Midnight), getting loved up in the company of good friends (future classic 4AM), a casual hook-up (Another Place) or the end-of-night longing to be with somebody (the captivating Those Nights). It revels in the bad decisions we make both personally in our relationships and collectively on a macro scale (Bad Decisions), tells a relatable tale of being cornered into a deep discussion about the world’s problems when all you want to do is have a good time (Million Pieces), and wryly confronts modern anxieties, taking side-swipes at phone addiction, porn addiction, fake news and climate change denial (the uncompromising Doom Days).

            Doom Days finds Bastille at their most lyrically provocative, most accomplished, and most vital. It taps into globally felt worries whilst also working on a much more intimate level. Setting the album over the course of one night allows the band to hold a mirror up to the world using personal, relatable situations.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Coloured LP Info: Red with black splatter vinyl.
            PVC transparent sleeve.
            Sound of vinyl download card.

            Brand new 12 track album. A huge moment for the trio, "RTRN II JUNGLE" marks fifteen years since the group started releasing music (and nine years since THAT infamous, "Blind Faith" MCR warehouse...) and touring the world. With this landmark moment in mind, Chase and Status have gone back to their roots and their passion - jungle music. The genre that sculpted their career in the 90’s is back, and re-crafted in an authentic way that's both sympathetic to the genre yet up-to-date with modern production standards.

            Instead of sampling dancehall, the group have gone back to Jamaica - creating their own new music to sample, and forging an organic and irresistible sound. The sound, project and accompanying documentary and installation revist this classic UK genre, shining a light on its timeless infectiousness and dancefloor slaying force. Recommended! 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Never been a huuuge fan of these guys but this is mega! Boring purists will find summat to complain about I'm sure, but across 12 tracks Chase & Status respectfully visit all sides of the jungle spectrum (and nearly every break too!), updating it with new vocals (those old ragga samples were getting pretty stale anyway) and snappy, radio-friendly arrangements; surely introducing it to a global audience. UK jungle should be celebrated in 2019 and who better to present it to the world.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP Info: Black heavyweight vinyl.

            Whenyoung

            Reasons To Dream

              London’s (via Limerick) premiere indie songsmiths, whenyoung have announced theywill be releasing their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Reasons to Dream’. The culmination of years of playing and writing together, ‘Reasons to Dream’ showcases their ability to craft spikey yet melodic songs which delve lyrically into everything from love and insecurities to pacifisms and the gap between the haves and have-nots in Britain today.


              Bastille

              Other People's Heartache

                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                Exclusive limited edition vinyl release of the 4th instalment of Bastille’s Other People’s Heartache mixtape series. The mixtapes are huge amongst the Bastille fans and have even thrown up a Top 3 single (Bastille’s No.2 single Of The Night started life as an illegal bootleg on OPH Pt.1) The mixtape features covers of hits by: Cat Stevens, SFA and Charles and Eddie. Guests include: Craig David, Jacob Banks, Moss Kenna, Lily Moore and many others. Available as a 12” clear vinyl in a PVC sleeve.

                Blossoms

                Cool Like You / BBC Sessions (RSD19 EDITION)

                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                  In support of Record Store Day 2019, Blossoms release new track ‘I’ve Seen The Future’ alongside their critically acclaimed second album ‘Cool Like You’. The second LP on this limited edition exclusive double vinyl features a range of live covers taking straight from Blossoms’ BBC Sessions, including a cover of The Stone Roses – ‘She Bangs The Drums’, and John Lennon’s classic ‘Woman’

                  KT Tunstall

                  Extra Wax

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    In celebration and support of Record Store Day 2019, KT Tunstall releases an exclusive 7” titled EXTRA WAX. The grey coloured and numbered 7” featuring tracks John The Conqueror and Throw Down Boy, which initially appeared on deluxe physical release of latest album WAX, in addition to cover of Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun released for the first time! Grey 7”, numbered outer sleeve

                    Jessie Ware

                    Adore You/ Overtime

                      In support of Record Store Day 2019 – Jessie Ware releases a 10” double-A side white vinyl featuring her latest records ‘Overtime’ and ‘Adore You’. ‘Adore You’ and ‘Overtime’ are a continuous reminder of Jessie Ware’s ability to transcend the British clubbing scene in sophisticated fashion. Boasting an ethereal core and sophisticated vocals all round, this is a fresh cut of classic UK house and dance music from the soul powerhouse. ‘Adore You’ has a funk-infused and rhythmic production, thanks to Metronomy’s Joseph Mount, harmonises perfectly with Jessie’s captivating sound, exciting a subtle essence of nostalgia to keep the spirit of clubbing music alive. Whereas, ‘Overtime’ was produced by by Andy Ferguson & Matt Mcbriar of Bicep & James Ford. It has been a transformative period for Jessie that has seen her reconnect with her roots. Jessie has been in the studio working on her next album and ‘Adore You’ and ‘Overtime’ are a taster of what’s to come.

                      "No Geography", the Chemical Brothers tenth studio album since 1995, features singles "Free Yourself" and "MAH" ('a short & bloody ride into our modern media psychosis' - The Guardian) and the forthcoming single "Got To Keep On". Many tracks feature vocals by Norwegian singer / songwriter Aurora while Japanese rapper Nene features on "Eve of Destruction".

                      It's quintessentially a Chemical experience from start to finish - combining the duo's uncanny knack at sound design and break manipulation with their usual playful, stadium-slaying production. Like contemporaries Modeselektor, Tom & Ed never take themselves too seriously, yet ably compete with the world's best producers. They combine the myriad and often fractured, disparate influences and styles across the dance music spectrum into something that they can confidently declair their own. 25 years in the game and you still know when it's a Chemical Brothers beat! Unmissable stuff from two of Northern England's greatest dance music exponents.




                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Brothers Chem return ahead of another world tour. Have they lost their magic? Definitely not. Like good wine, they get better as time goes on. Effortlessly turning their hand to whatever trend dance music throws at them; Tom and Ed ride again!

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      2xLP Info: Double black heavyweight vinyl, wide spined sleeve, printed inners.

                      New single from our favourite block rockers, The Chemical Brothers. Arriving ahead of a much anticipated summer touring schedule alongside a brand new LP in April!

                      "Free Yourself" combines the playful, electro-house flurries that have characterized their more recent productions with a cheeky female vocal part. Rachet up a load of buzzing sawtooths, sine waves and harmonic distortion and you've got the kinda stadium-slaying electronic battle weapon that we know they are capable of!

                      "Mah" is equally punishing; rolling out more buzzing low end synthesis and glitchy rhythmic sequences as a slamming 4/4 marches forth. Blistering hats and a growling mid-range hook make this another electro-house barn-stomper for the peaktime! Tom and Ed ride again! 


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Brothers Chem return with a double A side of stadium splitting, electro-house bang n clatter.

                      Yak had blazed a trail through the indie rock scene with their debut album ‘Alas Salvation’ and ended that era of their career with a landmark show at London’s Scala. There’s always been an element of chaos to the London-based trio Yak, which made their exhilarating live shows so memorable. It’s an approach that they take to a new level with their second album.

                      They headed to RAK Studios with producer Marta Salogni (Björk, Django Django) and spent 10 hectic days recording 29 songs, 11 of which feature on the album!

                      Ian Brown

                      Ripples

                        Ian Brown's comeback record is everything you'd want from the funky monkey. Care-free, breezy, uplifting vibes with words that mix the cosmic with a conscience, this record was made almost totally independently. Just Ian, his sons and his old engineer provide that unique blend of the groovy, quirky, and endlessly catchy that we've all come to love and expect.

                        There's mellow, soulful, bluesy funkers, a rock reggae cover, a reggae reggae cover, a couple of slinky, bouncy, elastic shufflers, some massive, psych-tinged slowies (Syd meets Lennon!) and his most Roses sounding tune so far: evidently a ballad ABOUT The Roses (insert broken-hearted emoji here!?)

                        Soundwise this is Ian's most beautifully produced record by a mile. Warm, fat and analogue, with killer basslines and a big bottom end, there's a sparseness in the textures but a depth and width in the mix that's more akin to late 70's reggae than any old 'indie' rock. Ripples is all about the SPACE. Ian's voice and words, as charismatic and enigmatic as ever, are central to it all. And he's never sounded better. Self produced, self written (bar 3 co-writes with his sons. What could be more natural?) and with zero session musicians in sight, this feels like Unfinished Monkey Business, the Second Chapter. But with way better songs, way lusher production; a glorious combo of Tunes, space and sound. The dream belongs to the dreamers!

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: Limited edition indies only coloured vinyl. Heavyweight white vinyl, spined sleeve, printed inner sleeve.

                        CD Info: Jewel case, 16 page booklet.

                        Ian Brown

                        First World Problems

                          Ian Brown has released a brand new single, ‘First World Problems’, his first solo material in nine years. The single precedes the new album ‘Ripples’, which will be released on February1, 2019. Played mostly by Ian, but aided by two of his sons, this  return to pop bodes well for his forthcoming new LP.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Andy says: Bouncy, baggy, uplifting vibes, a top melody and cool message make this a freed-up, groovy return for the erstwhile (but soon to be reinstated!) King Monkey.

                          Even by his own exceptional and unconventional standards, 2018's been a big year for Yeezy. Fresh from a derailed world tour, free of addiction to prescription painkillers and mostly on top of his mental health, the man responsible for some of the greatest hip hop and pop records (and best selling trainers) of the last twenty years got himself back in studio and slammed out a flawless string of killer releases on his G.O.O.D. music imprint. Sure, he still found time to stand beside Trump, shout out Candace Owens, offer some poorly thought out views on slavery and impersonate a highly conceptual Joseph Beuys piece, but music was his main focus this year - and all those incidents and accidents, hints and allegations make there way into the lyrical content of the mighty "Ye".
                          His production work for Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Nas and the Kids See Ghosts LP was fire by anyone's standards, but Kanye always saves the best beats for himself, and "Ye" finds Kanye fusing autotuned soul, trap and the post Dilla sampling of his early years into an unpredictable soundbed, perfectly suited to his confessional lyricism.

                          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.

                          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.

                          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. 

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          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. 

                            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

                              Deluxe CD Info: Deluxe CD digipak with 13 tracks.

                              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.

                              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. 

                                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.

                                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.

                                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.

                                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.

                                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.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                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.

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                                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.

                                Lorde

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                                  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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