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Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Out Of Touch

    In this age of constant connectivity, switching off has become one of the great luxuries of modern life and it’s one of the reasons Jaakko Eino Kalevi has called his new album ‘Out Of Touch’. He explores what he calls this “essential, blissed out” state on his second album for Weird World as he meditates, in classic Jaakko fashion, on the merrygo- round of the daily grind.

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    Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies exclusive features deluxe insert featuring comic strip designed by Jyrki Nissinen plus LP pressed on 180g heavyweight black vinyl with digital download
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    ********[The Drink]

    The Drink [********]

      ******** are re-releasing their first and final record ‘The Drink’.

      ‘The Drink’ is a twelve-track album addressing a duo’s contemporary and indifferent existence in The West. ******** are comprised of Ailie Ormston, who works in a kitchen and Ω, one half of the partnership Edinburgh Leisure.

      ********’s vision of the world is portrayed through “rudimentary bass and de(con)structive guitar” (Neil Cooper). With hacked drum machines and preprogramed keyboards, they create compositions that complement their lyrical content, itself demonstrating a harsh and contemptuous reality. The album presents a series of theatrically characterised scenarios; universal summaries of the day-to-day; habitual and excessive; promising and disparaging.

      Recorded during a six-month period and originally released solely on YouTube, the album itself addresses new modes of working and an interest in musical versatility.

      Being unrehearsed, unknowing and capable of compromise are key to the ******** ethos, with an emphasis on changing the form of each song to suit different performative environments. Authorship and individualism are discouraged; preciousness of ownership is challenged. 85% honest, 15% misquoted; 100% sincere.

      You will find them in the pub. Drink the dark, depressive drink.

      “I’m a huge fan of ********!” - Saul Adamcweski, Insecure Men / ex-Fat Whites

      “******** are the future” - Rosy Bones, Goat Girl

      “Like having a pint with Brass Eye. One of my favourite albums, ever.” - Liam Ramsden, Mellah

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      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Xenoula

      Xenoula

        Xenoula is Romy Xeno. Romy spent her early years in South Africa where she was influenced by the elemental songs of nearby villagers and the (tranquil) rhythms of nature. Here she developed an introspective affinity with flora and fauna rather than with man and machines.

        Teaming up with producer Sam Dust aka LA Priest, whose recent work includes his own debut solo album as well as Connan Mockasin collaboration Soft Hair, Xenoula’s songs are adorned in a chameleon-like coat of shape shifting sonic textures and glide over an energetic core of ground shaking rhythm.

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        LP Info: 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

        Weird World introduce Los Angeles’ Alex Izenberg and his debut album, ‘Harlequin’.

        ‘Harlequin’ may be Izenberg’s debut album proper but it also marks the culmination of over five years of highly prolific writing and recording under a variety of pseudonyms.

        ‘Harlequin’ is almost a study in distraction - a restless, feverish dream sequence which variously invokes Scott Walker’s obtuse, off kilter worlds of sound, Simon and Garfunkel’s psychedelic yet practical string arrangements, the vaudevillian pomp and preening of Wild Beasts’ early material and Grizzly Bear’s pastoral early steps. All this is cut through with moments of total silence, patches of noise, found sound and countless dynamic leftturns and moments of non-sequitur.

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        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        How To Dress Well - AKA Tom Krell - releases his fourth album, ‘Care’, via Weird World / Domino.

        Written by Krell, mixed by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, fun.) and featuring co-production from Krell alongside Jack Antonoff, Dre Skull, CFCF and Kara- Lis Coverdale, ‘Care’ is a sensual, dazzling alt-pop tour de force.

        ‘Care’ is the next step in the evolution of Krell’s sound, which began with his first critically-lauded album, ‘Love Remains’, in 2010 and continued up through his widely acclaimed previous album, ‘What Is This Heart?’, released in 2014.

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        Indies Exclusive LP Info: Exclusive coloured marble vinyl 2LP with 16 page
        12”x12” booklet available to independent retailers.

        Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Silicon is Kody Nielson, a songwriter, producer and visual artist from Auckland, New Zealand, formerly of cult Flying Nun band The Mint Chicks, a group he started with his brother Ruban - now of Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

        ‘Personal Computer’ is a seductive electronic pop record that pits Nielson’s brilliant soul, funk and disco influenced songwriting against a backdrop of extra-terrestrial noir sonics, calling to mind the varied likes of Flying Lotus, Panda Bear and Portishead in the process.

        Jaakko Eino Kalevi

        Jaakko Eino Kalevi

        Finnish songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and tram driver Jaakko Eino Kalevi follows up on the global exposure of his essential Beats In Space release with a glorious LP of oddball pop songs-not-songs. Vivid, sensual and technicolour, the self titular LP sees the musician meld elements of disco, new wave, R&B, house, dub, pop and prog into a record that’s adventurous, original and full of charm. "JEK" opens the LP in emotive synth-soul form before fan favourite "Double Talk" bathes us in drifting new wave beauty. "Deeper Shadows" fuses pastoral prog melodies with a slick Timbaland style R&B groove and dub production, while "Say" and "Night At The Field" update "More Songs About Buildings And Food" for the modern listener. On "Mind Like Muscle", Destroyer, The XX and John Cale get nice and intimate in Jaako's mind, before he takes a leaf out of Ariel Pink's book for "Don't Ask Me Why". The final three tracks on this kaleidoscopic listening experience take in the leftfield disco of Arthur Russell, Laurie Anderson experimentalism and Jean Michel Jarre's "Souvenirs De Chine" to round off a career defining LP.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Martin says: Jaakko Eino Kalevi's output has drawn comparison with Aerial Pink's, but that would be a little misleading. There is irony in the music, but not just that; he undeniably loves the crisp, faultlessly crafted blend of soft rock, electronic pop and Euro-disco he is affectionately sending up. Perhaps it wouldn't be Finnish if it weren't shot through with a hint of melancholy, but that only adds to its strange charm.

        Hookworms

        The Hum - Deluxe Transparent Vinyl Edition With Bonus 7"

        The Hum comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album Pearl Mystic – a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013′s most impactful breakout statements. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, The Hum further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music.

        The Hum takes the blueprint of Pearl Mystic – proto-punk, garage rock, Washington DC hardcore, 80’s British spacerock – and further stamps it with the band’s seal. Leaner, meaner and more propulsive thanks to the muscular playing of new drummer JN, the record boasts both the most straight-up punk song the band have written to date in eviscerating opener ‘The Impasse’ (“we wanted it to sound like Suicide if they had a full band”, explains MJ) and moments of patient, widescreen beauty only hinted at previously.

        “We were writing Pearl Mystic to an audience in the same way your diary has an audience”, says guitarist SS. “It’s written to one but if no one ever reads it that’s not a big deal. This time round though we knew we had a really clear audience, so The Hum is really about different freedoms and constraints – with Pearl Mystic the possibilities were almost too vast, this time around we had a much clearer idea of what the record should be like and that became freeing because we didn’t need to worry about its direction so much.”

        That word “free” is a good way to approach The Hum, a record that could only be made by a band in total command of their personality. “It’s like that bit on Fugazi’s Instrument documentary where Brendan Canty says that a jam they’ve got sounds ‘good, but not Fugazi’ ”, says MJ – “we sound more like Hookworms rather than anyone else on this record.”

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        Ltd LP Info: 180g Heavyweight Transparent Vinyl. Includes a Bonus 7” with new tracks.

        Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        'The Hum' comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album Pearl Mystic – a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013′s most impactful breakout statements. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, The Hum further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music.

        'The Hum' takes the blueprint of 'Pearl Mystic' – proto-punk, garage rock, Washington DC hardcore, 80’s British spacerock – and further stamps it with the band’s seal. Leaner, meaner and more propulsive thanks to the muscular playing of new drummer JN, the record boasts both the most straight-up punk song the band have written to date in eviscerating opener ‘The Impasse’ (“we wanted it to sound like Suicide if they had a full band”, explains MJ) and moments of patient, widescreen beauty only hinted at previously.

        “We were writing Pearl Mystic to an audience in the same way your diary has an audience”, says guitarist SS. “It’s written to one but if no one ever reads it that’s not a big deal. This time round though we knew we had a really clear audience, so The Hum is really about different freedoms and constraints – with Pearl Mystic the possibilities were almost too vast, this time around we had a much clearer idea of what the record should be like and that became freeing because we didn’t need to worry about its direction so much.”

        That word “free” is a good way to approach The Hum, a record that could only be made by a band in total command of their personality. “It’s like that bit on Fugazi’s Instrument documentary where Brendan Canty says that a jam they’ve got sounds ‘good, but not Fugazi’ ”, says MJ – “we sound more like Hookworms rather than anyone else on this record.”

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Martin says: Hookworms formed around a love of DC hardcore and an appreciation for the psychedelic things in life, blending these influences to mutually beneficial effect, marrying the colour and exoticism of psych-rock to the directness and energy of punk, robbing the former of a tendency to pretention and the latter of a tendency to being formulaic. Following 'Pearl Mystic' was never going to be an easy task, but our cross-Pennine cousins have been more than equal to the challenge; with 'The Hum' they have added depth, variety and texture to their power, without losing an atom of potency. There are drone-wash interludes for sure (“iv”,”v’, “vi”), there is buoyant, riotous pop (“Tokyo Radio”), but all the while, lurking predator-like behind the edgy dreaming and MB’s patient, repetitive bass, vocalist MJ’s demons are waiting to explode screaming into life, careering the vehicle vehemently, euphorically upward.

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        LP Info: 180g Heavyweight Black Vinyl.

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Rising up from the bed of the River Tyne, a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane.

        Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tunesmithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback.

        His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds unknown.

        New album ‘Nothing Important’, released by Weird World, hypnotises from its tender dark whispers to its wild screams, an unparalleled voice in today’s over-preened and manufactured music world.

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        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        When we last heard from Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, it was early 2012 and they had just released their third full-length album, the fuzz-dub brilliance of "Lucifer". That album led off with "Beautiful Son", a piano-laced paean to their newborn son. Two years down the line and just like their inquisitive toddler, Peaking Lights are into everything! Shimmering and resplendent, "Cosmic Logic" is teeming with dance grooves that draw on influences as diverse as Jamaican digital dancehall, cosmic Italo, Chicagan acid, Afrobeat, Zamrock, early West Coast hip hop and disco. In fact, if you closed your eyes you'd be forgiven for thinking this eclectic tribute to all things dancefloor was a vintage DFA release. It's fitting then that our favourite husband and wife duo were ably assisted by former LCD bassist and undercover Mancunian Matt Thornley.

        The success of "Cosmic Logic" is the ease with which Aaron and Indra have filtered these new-found influences through the unmistakable Peaking Lights prism, never losing sight of their own identity for a second but merely allowing the natural progression in their evergrowing sound; the lo-fi fuzz of their earliest albums now replaced by a bright, joyous pulse. The multicoloured sleeve is the perfect reflection of the kaleidoscopic sounds within, as the warm new wave of album opener "Infinite Trips", gives way to the Space Lady synth pop of "Telephone Call", bubbling Italo of "Hypnotic Hustle" and synth funk of "Everyone And Us". Each track introduces fresh ideas, which are expertly worked into the band's rhythmic aesthetic, resulting in a constantly surprising LP which still sits perfectly as a whole. 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Peaking Lights blow the fog away from their sound and reveal themselves to be a joyous mix of On-U Sound dub (which we already knew) and now DFA disco (which we didn't!) It's skewed pop and it's great!

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        Ltd LP Info: Special vinyl format available exclusively to
        independent retailers housed in a gatefold sleeve and
        featuring a bonus 12” with two exclusive remixes by
        Peaking Lights: ‘BreakDUB’ and ‘Bad With The Good
        Euromix’.

        Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        How To Dress Well

        What Is This Heart?

        Arriving two years after the haunting, glacial neo-soul of 2012’s much-loved ‘Total Loss’, ‘What Is This Heart?’ is the next step in Tom Krell, AKA How To Dress Well’s unique and searching artistic trajectory.

        The album’s twelve songs were conceived and written during months of gruelling international touring and realised with producer Rodaidh McDonald in a Berlin studio in the height of summer 2013. The result is an ambitious 21st century pop album that takes influence from artists as varied as Prince, Bill Callahan, Burial and Tracy Chapman as well as Krell’s oft-cited R&B influences, managing to exist in a perfectly judged hinterland of fragility, sexuality and overwhelming joy as a result.

        An album that celebrates the healing power of American pop music in all its various guises, ‘What Is This Heart?’ once again asserts Krell as an artist of great courage, taste and craft.

        Jaakko Eino Kalevi

        Dreamzone

        Already something of a cult figure in Helsinki, where he lives and works part-time as a tram driver, Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s debut release for the label is an alluring introduction to a charismatic artist whose softly psychedelic pop blends funk and folk in an intriguing and highly satisfying manner.

        A self-taught multi-instrumentalist who is happiest behind the drums, Jaakko plays, sings and produces all his own material.

        Having released a steady stream of diverse music on local labels for several years, Jaakko has long been considered one of Finland’s most promising young artists, and with his signing to Weird World becomes the first ever Nordic artist to work with Domino or its subsidiaries in the label’s 20 year history.

        As a taster for his album (due next spring), ‘Dreamzone’s four songs take their cues from influences as broad-ranging as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (for his “singularity and drive”, explains Jaakko), the “softness and adultness” of Chris Rea, Finnish composer Jimi Tenor and the hyper-vivid fantasy worlds of the more contemporary Ariel Pink and Connan Mockasin. The result is a hugely enticing window into Jaakko’s world.

        For fans of Ariel Pink, Connan Mockasin, Toro Y Moi.

        12” strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.

        Following on from his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Within And Without’, Ernest Greene AKA Washed Out’s next album is a progression in terms of musicality; utilising an array of 50 different instruments - many of which are obscure analogue synthesizers - Green creates the most imaginative, transportive and colourful work of his career to date.

        The album is produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley), who also produced ‘Within And Without’,

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: More shoegaze-with-beats from Ernest, this improves on his debut and reminds me of melancholy UK indie-pop but filtered through My Bloody Valentine's warp and wang. Really good.

        Melody’s Echo Chamber is the name given to the work of Paris-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Melody Prochet. Possessing a penchant for wild-eyed psychedelia, homespun motorik rhythm and an effortless flair for the sort of melodic classicism redolent of chamber song, Prochet is at once both an aficionado of pop’s outer limits and off-kilter to its expectations.

        Melody’s Echo Chamber was recorded between Perth (with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker) and her grandparents’ beach house in Cavalière in France. With her smoky, sensual voice and romantic presence, Prochet embodies a distinctive kind of elegance and bold sense-of-self long associated with France’s more notable musical exports. But as much as her national identity runs through the fibre of the eleven tracks that make up Melody’s Echo Chamber, there’s worldliness at play too; a looking beyond the fringes of personal experience to trawl through Europe’s art pop lineage – kraut, space-rock, dream-pop, electronica - in a way that’s as much cinematic in its scope as it is musical.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Ryan says: If you like Tame Impala you will love this, although the sound is similar, this is cleaner and prettier. More than fitting for Melody's vocals.

        How To Dress Well is the stage name of songwriter and producer Tom Krell.

        His debut album ‘Love Remains’ was widely praised for both its conceptual strength and immediate emotional resonance, and saw Krell credited with having given birth to a new, narcotized strain of R&B that has since spawned a host of imitators.

        Now we see him pull back the curtain on a whole new body of work with his new album ‘Total Loss’, released on Weird World and co-produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule).

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Philippa says: Following his Tri Angle LP outing, How To Dress Well is back with more of his post-R&B, slow-fi, synthwave-tinted melancholic pop.

        With 'Lucifer', the golden duo of Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis continue to crystallize their mesmerising sound and find new dimensions within.

        Recorded in Brooklyn at Gary's Electric studio over the course of a month and self-produced with the help of engineer Al Carson (Yeasayer, Oneohtrix Point Never), Peaking Lights consider ‘Lucifer’ a nocturnal version of their sound. “To us this record is about play and playfulness, unconditional love, rhythms and pulses, creation and vibration,” says Coyes. ‘Lucifer’ is also Peaking Lights’ most ambitious release to date in terms of its approach and scope – boasting much to please anyone previously seduced by the genre-defying, gritty grooves and enchanting, sensual melodies of the band’s earlier work but also proving an altogether more heavy, propulsive and focused effort. Incredibly, there’s even space within ‘Lucifer’ for Coyes and Dunis’ already insanely broad palette of influences to widen even further – touches of analogue electronic dance music, sound collage and straight up pop joining the dub, krautrock and minimal disco of ‘936’ in a hypnotising concoction.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Darryl says: Last year Peaking Lights’ superb "936" album scored a number one album in the Piccadilly Records end of year chart, and now hot on the heels of that the mesmerizing duo of Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis deliver "Lucifer". Recorded over the course of a month in Brooklyn "Lucifer" captures a more nocturnal side of their sound adding even more dimensions to their already broad sound palette. Bringing forth mellow chillwave pulses, blissed-out dub, playful pop, hypnotic avant-kosmische rhythms, and sensual melodic vocals, this will more than appease anyone who’s loved the band’s earlier work. "To us this record is about play and playfulness, unconditional love, rhythms and pulses, creation and vibration," says Aaron Coyes. All in all, an ideal 4am post-party comedown record for all the family!

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        LP Info: Limited edition LP pressed on heavyweight coloured vinyl, and comes with download codes and special mantra poster pull out.

        Peaking Lights

        936

          THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2011

          It is with great excitement that Weird World announce the signing of West Coast dub-pop duo Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, AKA Peaking Lights.

          The husband-wife duo’s first release for the label is the first domestic release of this year’s highly acclaimed ‘936’ album, hitherto only available as a much sought-after import outside of North America (where it was released by the great Not Not Fun.)

          A hauntingly beautiful, intensely immersive record that merges elements of dub, psych, minimal house, disco and Krautrock with a distinct pop sensibility, ‘936’ is a fiercely unique, exciting work and a great window into a wonderfully close, creative and prolific songwriting partnership.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Enchanting and seductive, Peaking Lights’ "936" sounds like a lost declaration of love from the future, received through a 1950s transistor radio. Its infectious melodies could well have existed since the beginning on time itself while the production is deliciously warm, organic and real. The boyfriend / girlfriend production duo of Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis seem to be letting us right inside their lives; pillow talk through a futuristic array of hand built noise boxes and synths, while Indra's ghostly whispers yearn of childish desire and naive bliss. Dropping at the start of the year, and causing the same level of excitement as when we first heard Sun Araw, the CD maintained full staff backing and has soundtracked (to our delight) many a rainy afternoon in the shop right through the year - a sure test of its credentials!

          Laura says: Virtually every review I’ve read of this album name checks Sun Araw, and while both bands set off from a similar hypnotic dream-psyche base, to my ears, Peaking Lights veer off onto a very different path. It’s a path built firmly on foundations from the past: the throbbing Kraut rhythms of Neu!, early 80s post-punk and the claustrophobic bass-heavy dub of On-U Sound. Where those influences could have made for a heavy, dark sound, the use of home made synths, intricate guitar patterns and nonchalant Nico-esque female vocals make it floaty, almost dream-like and although I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s a pop record, there’s plenty of melody woven around the pulsating bass rhythms. I was blown away by this, pretty much from first listen and it’s remained a constant favourite and will no doubt be for years to come.

          Darryl says: Superb avant-kraut-hypno dub sounds on Not Not Fun. Groovy and spacious with stunning drifty female vocals, it hits like a more minimal and melodic Sun Araw. The shop is united in its love for this: Yes, it's that good!! Album of the year so far!


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