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Jungle

Heavy, California / Cherry

    Jungle return with a set of new songs, each showcasing a very different side of their sound.

    AA-sided single cuts 'Happy Man' and 'House In LA' are the first tracks to be revealed from Jungle's forthcoming second album which was recorded in London; J and T describe it as "a post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs”.

    If Jungle’s first album was their imaginary soundtrack to the places they had never been, their new record captures the landscapes they had so often dreamed of. To write and record the new album, J and T swapped Shepherds Bush for the Hollywood Hills. Their romanticization of The California Dream clashed with the reality of living it—although the experience led them back home to London to finish the album, the journey itself ultimately defining the music it produced.

    'Happy Man' sees the band visiting themes of disenfranchised youth in an era where the dreams of the Baby Boomers are out of reach for a younger generation (lyrical terrain previously explored in Jungle's crossover anthem 'Busy Earnin’).

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Jungle’s new sound is irresistibly good, the lyrics and rhythm are pure goodness and oh so catchy. They’ve come a long way since their self-titled album nearly four years ago (!!) and it’s good to have them back.

    Baba Stiltz

    Showtime

    'This EP is a collection of songs that were recorded during the past couple of years,' says Baba. 'They all represent things I’ve been going through, just day to day stuff; travelling, DJing, meeting people, being alone a lot, falling in love, parties, hang-overs etc. 'Showtime’ as a title just means it’s showtime. Before every gig, every day of travel. Always somewhere. Pressure, stress, excitement. Gig-economy self-loathing and megalomani.'

    Swedish-born 24-year-old Baba Stiltz (real name) has been steadily releasing his idiosyncratic take on dance music to growing fanfare. His is a playful brand of electronic music, injected with a personal touch that crosses boundaries and genres unlike anyone else. Opening the EP with jazz inflected slow-jam "Showtime", with a direct address of his current life situation; the EP peaks with "Maze" - the kind of Summer floor-filler Baba is such a natural at crafting. Alongside a duo of other unique, soul-flecked jams, Baba finds his full range on show for this XL released, "Showtime EP". Fun, musical and most enjoyable - a future BBQ favourite surely and an EP you don't wanna be without during this, one of the best Summer's for years.... Tip top.



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Unique vocal stylings meet an advanced but crowd pleasing sound design resulting in a fresh sounding EP with loads of commercial, radio and cross over potential to the clubs and outdoor parties.

    Jonny Greenwood

    Bodysong

      ‘Bodysong’ is an album by Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood as well as a soundtrack to a film of the same name. On the album, Greenwood fuses elements of jazz, electronic, classical and experimental music.

      The soundtrack was originally released in 2003. Now remastered by Christian Wright.

      F**k me this takes me back. Stone cold classic sci-fi d'n'b release "Piper" by Jonny L originally came out in 1997. It is 100% pure, unadulterated tension and drama embodied into one singular piece of music. Shit-your-pants scary and with a video as equally distressing. It's something a then 13 year old Kickin' Pigeon went absolutely ape shit for - and now it's back! Remixed by a who's who of modern bass / industrial tecnologies, this may well herald a new slew of mid 90s d'n'b which, though destined to make me feel ever closer to Dave's grand ol' age, is sure to re-ignite the fires of many young jungalists and bass heads. So, following XL's much acclaimed reissue of the encasing album, "Sawtooth", we get a tasty remix package with Peverlist, Overmono Powell and Zomby all offering up interpretations on this subterrainian anthem. 

      In their own words:

      Peverelist
      I was 18 when ‘Piper’ came out. It was a time when drum and bass was evolving rapidly and tunes like ‘Piper’ were at the vanguard of that change. I remember there was red and green 10" versions of the single, the red one had the Grooverider mix on, a subtle reworking of the original. I could never figure out which I preferred. My remix is influenced by both, stark, mechanical, robotic and futuristic but rolling with a deep groove, hopefully I’ve retained that.

      Overmono
      There’s so much gold on the XL back catalogue, but some of it shines more brightly than the rest. ‘Piper’ is one of those tracks that has genuinely stood the test of time - an understated classic.

      Powell
      I'll never forget the snap of that snare in the club and Piper's kind of rigid, uptight sense of funk. It was a huge tune for me. I was hooked on that whole stripped, ice cold, tech-steppin' sound — neurofunk as Simon Reynolds once called it. I wanted to explore that feeling of sleek, skeletal coldness in my remix. Huge tune [the original, not mine ; )]

      Zomby
      Been dancing to his music since hurt u so came out 

      Norwegian duo Smerz follow up a prolific 2017 with some fresh tackle for XL Recordings. Blending deconstructed club music, minimalist R&B and experimental pop and techno, Smerz are also prolific DJs who's DJing style takes a similar route. Mixing live vocals over their own music and interlaced with choice cuts aimed squarely at the dancefloor, this duo DJ hard in a live setting and are thrilling to watch as well as listen. Landing somewhere between Modeselektor, Sophie, Peaches and James Blake takes some precision, but Smerz have navigated this specialist runaway with aplomb.

      Smerz currently host their own monthly NTS Radio residency, mixing cutting-edge dance music and darker tones, in what is turning in to their trademark style.

      Get a taste of summat new!


      Thom Yorke

      Tomorrow's Modern Boxes



      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Printed with a metallic silver laminate and multi-tone black, the album is pressed onto heavyweight 180g white vinyl completed with undersize 75mm centre labels, housed within heavy white board inner and outer sleeves (Side B contains a locked groove).

      CD Info: The CD is a ‘mini gatefold’ with an 8 page artwork booklet.

      Various Artists

      Kurupt FM Present The Lost Tape

        XL Recordings are very happy to announce the release of ‘The Lost Tape’. Having already made history by single-handedly bringing back UK garage, the stars of BBC’s BAFTA winning comedy ‘People Just Do Nothing’, Kurupt FM, have decided to do it again with the greatest mix ever recorded - according to them. The legendary set was broadcast live in 2011 on Kurupt FM 108.9 and was recorded onto cassette tape by an anonymous listener. Once lost in a backpack in deepest Brentford, the lost tape has now been uncovered, remixed and mastered for the very first time.

        ‘The Lost Tape’ is a journey across an entire CD, documenting the seminal tracks which have shaped club culture from Hammersmith Boulevard to the Champagne Steam Rooms.

        Featuring MCs DJ Beats and MC Grindah and mixed live by Steves, it’s over an hour of UK Garage, Grime and 100% Kurupt originals, including ‘Suttin’ Like That’.

        With a feature documentary from legendary filmmaker Ewen Spencer on the way, who has previously made documentaries about The Streets and Massive Attack as well as his scene-defining piece ‘Brandy & Coke’, Ewen’s film will cement Kurupt FM even further in to UK music history.

        ‘The Lost Tape’ is the culmination of a big 18 months that’s seen Kurupt FM named GQ Men Of The Year, collaborate with Ed Sheeran for Comic Relief, sell out Brixton Academy, two nights at London’s Roundhouse and festival slots from Reading and Leeds to Lovebox.

        One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling “The OOZ”, the much anticipated follow up to his debut “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With “The OOZ”, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.

        Where “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, “The OOZ” snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks. “Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)”, and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and first single “Czech One”. Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)”, can stanch the suffering.

        Although seeming at first abstract, “The OOZ” as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis”. But it works on a more figurative level too, with the OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say - but we need The OOZ in order to exist.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive - one orange and one blue vinyl.

        Ibeyi

        Ash

          French-Cuban twins Ibeyi are back with their second album ‘Ash’, a record that tackles subjects as diverse as womanhood, spirituality, activism and racism, all conveyed in Ibeyi’s own unique blend of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic influenced music that incorporates the traditional sounds of Yorùbá. ‘Ash’ is the follow-up to the twin’s 2015 critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album that made Ibeyi a globally recognized name.

          While Ibeyi’s first album grappled with the past—the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included. By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded.

          ‘Ash’ was recorded in November 2016 in London with producer Richard Russell at his studio The Copper House. The album features twelve new tracks, including ‘Away Away’ which was released in June, and includes appearances from Kamasi Washington, Mala Rodriguez, Chilly Gonzales, Meshell Ndegeocello.

          ‘Deathless,’ the second track to be debuted from ‘Ash’, features the incomparable Kamasi Washington on saxophone, and was written in the wake of an experience that Lisa-Kaindé had when she was sixteen that involved her being wrongly arrested by French police. She went home and wrote the emotive ‘Deathless,’ in which she describes her experience: “I was writing ‘Deathless’ as an anthem for everybody!” Lisa-Kaindé says. “For every minority. For everybody that feels that they are nothing, that feels small, that feels not cared about and I want them to listen to our song and for three minutes feel large, powerful, deathless. I have a huge amount of respect for people who fought for, what I think, are my rights today and if we all sing together ‘we are deathless, ’they will be living through us into a better world”.

          Step out of the gloom and into Ibeyi’s world, a place of optimism, openness and acceptance. The modern world never looked so beautiful as it does through Ibeyi’s lens

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Martin says: The French-Cuban twins return with their sophomore release ‘Ash’, fusing a unique blend of hip-hop, jazz, modern electronic pop and the traditional sounds of Yorùbá.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: Initial pressings come in a foldout sleeve, housed with a yellow bellyband.

          Radiohead

          OK Computer - OKNOTOK 1997-2017

          Rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage… OKNOTOK will be issued on June 23rd through XL Recordings, coinciding (roughly) with the original 1997 release date(s) of Radiohead’s landmark third album OK COMPUTER.

          OKNOTOK features the original OK COMPUTER twelve track album, eight B-sides, and the Radiohead completist’s dream: “I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War.” The original studio recordings of these three previously unreleased and long sought after OK COMPUTER era tracks finally receive their first official issue on OKNOTOK.

          All material on OKNOTOK is newly remastered from the original analogue tapes.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: I can't think of anyone that wasn't floored by Radiohead's transformation from grungy gloom mongers to the indie/electronic greats they have become today, and this was the turning point. Liberally spread with their trademark morosity but with an unheard technical ability, ‘OK Computer’ was a stinging criticism of modernity delivered via a new sonic language. Now, twenty years after its landmark release, the band revisits this masterpiece with the definitive version. Alongside the original twelve track LP we’re treated to eight B-sides and a trio of previously unreleased tracks from the same era. This isn’t just an LP, it’s a historical document.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          3xColoured LP Info: Indies only opaque blue vinyl.

          3xLP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

          Box set Info: Inside a black box emblazoned with a dark image of a burned copy of OK COMPUTER are three heavyweight 180 gram black vinyl records and a hardcover book containing more than 30 artworks, many of which have never been seen before, & full lyrics to all the tracks except the ones that haven't really got any lyrics.

          Under this weighty tome are yet more surprises: a notebook containing 104 pages from Thom Yorke's library of scrawled notes of the time, a sketchbook containing 48 pages of Donwood and Tchock's 'preparatory work' and a C90 cassette mix tape compiled by us, taken from OK COMPUTER session archives and demo tapes.

          FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

          “Here’s my voice and all my guts: feel free to judge it. It’s like a bullfight: you’re watching emotional violence for pleasure. So this is a character who, almost as a mockery of the transaction, goes uncomfortably deep, into selfmutilation. ‘You want gore? Here’s gore.’” - Arca on ‘Arca’

          Arca releases his third full length album. The selftitled record will be the Venezuela-born, London based artist’s first on XL Recordings and follows the release of his two previous albums: 2014’s ‘Xen’ and 2015’s ‘Mutant’

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Riding the spooky post-dubstep wave, Arca smashed it out of the park with 'Mutant' and this is unbelievably, one step further. Futuristic swarms of crackling percussion, constantly evolving synthwork and haunting omnipresent vocals. Deeply rewarding downbeat synth anthems.

          XL Recordings release Nines’ eagerly awaited debut album ‘One Foot Out’. It follows his ‘One Foot In’ mixtape, titles informed by the desire to move away from street activity and towards the industry recognition he deserves.

          For those not familiar with with the most authentic name in London’s exploding underground scene, Nines hails from the Church Road Estate in North West London. Without the approval of the industry, Nines’ previous four music videos have amassed over 31.2 million views on YouTube. He has self-released four mixtapes since 2011 and his debut single ‘Yay’ sold over 30,000 copies - staggering figures that fully justify the hysteria surrounding Nines’ rap pedigree and which reinforce that this is no false dawn but a golden age for UK rap music.

          In addition to the mixtapes and singles, Nines is also infamous for his ‘JD Sports Shutdown’ and ‘Turkey Shutdown’ videos (the former featured on Worldstarhiphop.com), which saw the rapper taking kids from his neighbourhood to JD Sports to buy them new trainers, as well as providing Christmas turkeys to those less fortunate to the whole of his Church Road Estate.

          With production from the likes of Jevon (New Gen) and Menace (Desiigner’s ‘Panda’) and featuring guest appearances from Taylor Gang’s Berner, previous collaborator Tiggs Da Author, J Hus and Akala, ‘One Foot Out’ sees Nines stepping out of his comfort zone and displaying the depth of UK rap. His charismatic, laid back flow covers braggadocio on ‘High Roller’ (“Came through in the Audi you’re in that Honda Accord / All this gold got me looking like a Oscar Award”), soul searching on ‘I Wonder’ (“Wonder how all these guns get in to my area / wonder why they care about celebs instead of Syria”) and is filled with pop culture references (“acting like he’s shotting all that coke / looking invisible in the club like he’s got on Harry Potter’s cloak”), ‘One Foot Out’ is a statement of intent that should promote Nines into rap’s premiere league.

          Radiohead

          Pablo Honey

            Released in 1993, Pablo Honey is the debut studio album from Radiohead. Produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie, the album was recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios and Courtyard Studio, Oxfordshire. The album features the singles, "Anyone Can Play Guitar", "Stop Whispering", and "Creep". - The standout single "Creep" was the international hit that helped propel Radiohead and Pablo Honey to popular acclaim. Released several months before the album itself, "Creep" went on to define the band's early career. Also included on Pablo Honey are ethereal rocker "You", fan favorite "Thinking About You", and "Blow Out", all of which point to the band's future sonic manipulations.

            This Deluxe LP is a limited edition triple LP, cut at 45rpm on coloured vinyl and including two exclusive instrumentals. 

            Jamie xx releases his debut album 'In Colour' on Young Turks. The 11 track LP includes previous releases ‘Girl’ and ‘Sleep Sound’ as well as forthcoming single ‘Loud Places’, which features vocals from Romy Madley Croft.

            The release of 'In Colour' comes on the back of an incredible six year creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between his role as founding member and producer of the xx, and creator of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single ‘Far Nearer’, remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus 'We’re New Here' - Jamie’s reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final studio album - hinted at what was to come. With 'In Colour' - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft (‘Seesaw’ and ‘Loud Places’) and Oliver Sim (‘Stranger In A Room’), Young Thug and Popcaan (‘Good Times’) and Four Tet (‘Seesaw’) - Jamie delivers his definitive artistic statement.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

            Sigur Rós

            ()

              ‘( )’ is the third full-length album from Icelandic band Sigur Rós, first released in October 2002.

              It comprises eight untitled tracks, divided into two parts: the first four tracks are lighter and more optimistic, while the latter four are bleaker and more melancholic.

              The two halves are divided by a 36-second silence and the album opens and closes with a click of distortion.




              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLtd LP Info: Reissued here on heavyweight 180g double vinyl by XL Recordings. Includes a copy of the album on CD.

              Sigur Rós

              Von

                ‘Von’ is the debut album from Icelandic post rock band Sigur Ros, originally released in 1997.

                The sixth track consists of 18 seconds of silence and gave name to Sigur Rós’ official website, ‘eighteen seconds before sunrise’.

                The last track starts with six minutes and fifteen seconds of silence, then consists of a portion of ‘Myrkur’ played backwards, hence the name of ‘Rukrym’.

                Reissued here on heavyweight 180g double vinyl by XL Recordings.

                Includes a copy of the album on CD.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                Sigur Rós

                Ágætis Byrjun

                  ‘Ágætis Byrjun’ (pronounced ‘Ow-gy-tiss Bi-ar-yun’ - A Good Beginning) is the second album by the Icelandic post rock band Sigur Rós, originally released in 1999.

                  ‘Ágætis Byrjun’ was recorded between Summer 1998 and Spring 1999 with producer Ken Thomas. It became Sigur Rós’ breakthrough album, both critically and commercially.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Darryl says: The sophomore release from Iceland's favourite sons, this was the album that propelled them to a wider audience. Soaring and comforting soundscapes with a glacial chill that perfectly encapsulates both their surroundings and winter's frostiness.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xLtd LP Info: Reissued here on heavyweight 180g double vinyl by XL Recordings. Includes a copy of the album on CD.

                  Recorded over 15 months in the band’s east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey, it’s the follow-up to the band’s 2007 debut Strange House, the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011) – a record that entered the charts at Number Five, featured prominently in the end-of-year magazine/newspaper polls, and was anointed NME's Album Of The Year.

                  Luminous is an album that, for once, merits that over-used phrase “keenly-anticipated”. Tipped to be one of the biggest British albums of 2014, it follows the breakthrough success of the silver-selling Skying, an album beloved of heroes and peers such as Bobby Gillespie, Alex Turner and Trent Reznor and that also brought The Horrors into the world of the Radio 1 A-list and Later… With Jools Holland. Tasking themselves with, as ever, moving onwards, The Horrors determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic. ‘We’ve refined our sound,” affirms lead singer Faris Badwan, “and in terms of songwriting it is the record I'm happiest with.” Or, in the words of bass player Rhys Webb, “it’s not so much about heavier guitars as a heavier potency… We want to make music you can dance to, music that elevates…” Luminous by name, luminous by nature: this is an album radiating light and energy. These songs are The Horrors writing at their instinctive, intuitive and accessible best.

                  By way of explaining the intense but unhurried writing and recording of the album, the frontman says that, “If you're happy with one record I think you always have those fears that you'll somehow never be able to write a good song again. But I think between us we would never allow something that we weren't happy with to be released. I can imagine it taking us 10 years to finish something – but I'd rather that than be a band who regress with each release.” Shedding some light on the intra-band, in-studio creative process, keyboard player Tom Furse mentions an ever-evolving playlist featuring “so much, the usual – Beatles, Sabbath, Kraftwerk also Eno, J Dilla, Metroplex/Trax Records…but as always psychedelic music from all over the world, soul, funk, dub…”

                  Further input came from producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, Foster The People) on the track Falling Star. There was also a crucial role for a new piece of kit. Badwan reveals that Richard Russell, boss of their label XL, “had the pyramid synth from our Changing The Rain video built for us.”

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Andy says: Beautifully produced, deep, melodic, doomy yet somehow skyscraping album. Great songs, bringing the past into the future. Their best album.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xLP Info: Standard vinyl comes in a wide spined sleeve and includes a download code.

                  Radiohead

                  Kid A

                    "Kid A is like getting a massive eraser out and starting again," Thom Yorke said in October 2000, the week this album became the British band's first Number One record in America. "I find it difficult to think of the path we've chosen as 'rock music'."

                    "In texture and structure, Kid A, Radiohead's fourth album, renounced everything in rock that, to Yorke in particular, reeked of the tired and overfamiliar: clanging arena-force guitars, verse-chorus-bridge song tricks.

                    With producer Nigel Godrich, Yorke, guitarist Ed O'Brien, drummer Phil Selway, bassist Colin Greenwood and guitarist Jonny Greenwood created an enigma of slippery electronics and elliptical angst, sung by Yorke in an often indecipherable croon. The closest thing to riffing on Kid A was the fuzz-bass lick in "The National Anthem"; the guitars in "Morning Bell" sounded more like seabirds.

                    The result was the weirdest hit album of that year, by a band poised to be the modern-rock Beatles, following the breakthrough of OK Computer. In fact, only 10 months into the century, Radiohead had made the decade's best album — by rebuilding rock itself, with a new set of basics and a bleak but potent humanity. Yorke's loathing of celebrity inspired the contrary beauty of "How to Disappear Completely," with its watery orchestration and his voice flickering in and out of earshot. His electronically squished pleading in "Kid A" sounded like a baby kicking inside a hard drive.

                    Ironically, Radiohead, by the end of this decade, had fulfilled much of that modern-Beatles promise by following rock's first commandment: Go your own way.

                    "Music as a lifelong commitment — if that's what someone means by rock, great," Yorke said in that 2000 interview. By that measure, with Kid A, Radiohead made the first true rock of the future." - Rolling Stone.

                    Atoms For Peace

                    Atoms For Peace - Limited Etched 12" Box Set

                      Ooh this is a real treat!

                      Each of the nine tracks from Atoms For Peace 'AMOK' album, cut on to an individual 12" with an etching on the B side and housed in a hand printed sleeve and all packaged together in a screen printed box.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      12" Box Set Info: Very limited quantity back in stock!

                      Vampire Weekend

                      Modern Vampires Of The City

                      Vampire Weekend’s third album is ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’, released on XL Recordings.

                      When asked in interviews about the new record, the band have been guarded in describing it, but have stated the album is darker and warmer, saying in Triple J Magazine that “this is our most American album” and citing New York City at night as inspiration for the new sound. The band told interviewer Zan Roew that they focused on “good songwriting”, saying “we wanted the songs to just be amazing”, working towards a sound in which “something that sounds traditional and maybe something that seems modern come together and it feels natural.”

                      The cover art is a 1966 photograph by Neal Boenzi of the smoggiest day in New York City history, on which the air pollution killed at least 169 people.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

                      Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                      ‘Amok’ is the debut album from Thom Yorke (Radiohead)’s new project Atoms For Peace.

                      Atoms For Peace include Thom Yorke (vocals, keyboards, programming, guitars), Nigel Godrich (production & programming), Joey Waronker (drums), Mauro Refosco (percussion), Flea (bass).

                      In Thom Yorke’s own words: “We formed to learn to play ‘The Eraser’ record, if you know that, and discovered a really good energy doing that… and it fell into this record. I’m still reeling from being on tour for much of the year but we are planning to get together and play etc next year! We’re figuring all that out right now. Atoms… is an ongoing and open ended project, where it leads I know not for certain... which is what is nice about it.”

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      2xLP Info: Double LP with widespine sleeve.

                      Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                      CD Info: Housed in a 4-panel wallet.

                      Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                      The long awaited new album from Mr Jack White.

                      Produced by White and recorded at his own Third Man Studio in Nashville, 'Blunderbuss' has been described by White as "an album I couldn't have released until now. I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas."

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      LP Info: LP pressed on heavyweight 180gm vinyl and features download code and poster.

                      Radiohead

                      OK Computer

                        THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 1997

                        This is the album that started to show their real potential and their first use of electronics (which mix beautifully with their older rawer rock style). The album that pushed them to the very top.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Martin says: There can be few greater endorsements for anything than winning over a convinced sceptic. I started off from the premise that I didn't like this corporate indie sellout, but that, I am happy to say, proved an utterly impossible position to maintain after I actually heard it. Every last track is an utterly mesmerizing glimpse into blighted existence; a beautifully rendered, multilayered kaleidoscope of angst. 'Classic' is an overused word, but this is precisely the kind of idea it was coined for.

                        Radiohead's eighth studio album, "The King Of Limbs", is an experimental progression on the sound of its predecessor, 2007's "In Rainbows". Lyrically the record harks back to 2001's "Amnesiac", and indeed the heavy use of electronic instrumentation and distortion also recalls both "Amnesia" and "Kid A". Announced only a week before its intended release date, "The King Of Limbs" is named after an ancient tree near Radiohead's recording studio.

                        Karen Elson's transformation from fashion’s favourite redheaded ingénue to beguiling chanteuse has been something of a slow burn. In 2003 she provided vocals for a version of Robert Plant's "Last Time I Saw Her" and in 2006 she recorded an English language version of "Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus" ("I Love You… Me Neither") with Cat Power for a Serge Gainsbourg tribute album, but her main musical outlet has been as a founding member of New York City cabaret The Citizens Band, a downtown collective of musicians, performers, artists and acrobats whose lively Weimar-esque performances have enjoyed successful theatrical runs of their politically thematic shows.

                        The 11 original compositions on "The Ghost Who Walks" were all written following Karen Elson’s 2005 relocation from New York City to Nashville. While making her home – and raising two children - in the city of country music, Karen took to writing songs for The Citizens Band and found she had plenty of other melodies in her head. Her and spouse Jack White quickly put a band together: Karen’s cabaret cohort Rachelle Garniez on accordion and vocals, The Dead Weather's Jack Lawrence on bass, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel on pedal steel and brother-in-law Jackson Smith on guitar. Jack White took the role of producer and provided drums. Karen added a cover of Garniez's "Lunasa" to the recordings and within a matter of weeks she had an album's worth of material. Two of her more theatrical tracks, "100 Years From Now" and "Mouths To Feed", inspired in part by author Tim Egan’s dust bowl saga "The Worst Hard Time", were originally penned for her cabaret troupe. The rest of the album richly evokes the lonesome feel of country ("Cruel Summer"), the tormented side of the blues ("The Truth Is In The Dirt") and the haunted stories of traditional folk balladry ("Stolen Roses").

                        Graphic artist Rob Jones took inspiration from Karen’s penchant for peach and black to create gorgeously smoldering album art.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Darryl says: A surprisingly excellent album from Jack White's missus, awash with sweet country tinged melodies.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Ltd LP Info: Vinyl is US only on Third Man. 180-gram, in a single-pocket gatefold jacket.

                        The White Stripes

                        Under Great Northern Lights

                        In the summer of 2007, The White Stripes embarked on a cross-country Canadian tour to accomplish their goal of performing in every province and territory across the expansive northern nation. Presented here is a unique documentation of that journey, providing a fascinating look into the on and off stage lives of one of the world’s most enigmatic bands.

                        Having first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009, the film "Under Great White Northern Lights" documents the band playing to crowds in towns of all sizes across the Great White North - from traditional venues to matinee gigs at unusual locations such as a bowling alley, a boat and even on a city bus - culminating in a momentous 10th Anniversary show at the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. A captivating mix of striking live footage and poignant off-stage moments, this visually stirring and emotive feature length film celebrates the band’s 10 year history, bringing the band full circle in their career to a place reminiscent of how they first started out; shows where no one knew who they were, where they were left to make a first impression with their music.

                        The live album continues that celebration and is a perfect companion piece to the film, featuring 16 songs recorded at various shows throughout the Canadian tour - a collection that captures all the aural intensity and spontaneity that The White Stripes have become known for. A compelling reflection of the band’s career - both the live album and the documentary will allow fans to reminisce about where they were when they first heard The White Stripes, while also adding extraordinary pieces of work to their already stunning artistic cannon.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xCD/DVD Info: The DVD included here is the documentary film Under Great White Northern Lights, directed by Emmett Malloy (92 mins). Region code 0 (Zero).

                        Discovery is the recording project of Rostam Batmanglij and Wes Miles, friends who began recording together in the summer of 2005. One year later they had committed themselves to their respective bands, Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, but nonetheless continued to record together when they both found themselves in the same city. The project is many things: it's partly an attempt to realize Wes's concept of a band where everyone plays synthesizers, and of Rostam's concept for an album where handclaps keep the backbeat instead of snare drums. It's an embrace and also a commentary on the pop music of the past decade, of booming 808 bass and jittery sixteenth note high-hats; elements of European electronic dance music skittering in double time over steady R&B.

                        Jack Peñate

                        Be The One

                        Though both tracks share the same timeless, dancefloor informed feel, his previous single "Tonight's Today's" blissed-out house grooves give way to bold, swaggering soul on this Paul Epworth produced single. Featuring walls of anthemic brass and a skyscraping chorus, "Be The One" again finds Jack sounding inspired and full of confidence. It's another pointer to the depth and variety of his forthcoming second album "Everything Is New" which has been recorded over the last twelve months in Paul Epworth's home studio.

                        The Horrors follow-up 2007's critically acclaimed debut "Strange House" with "Primary Colours", a record that represents a band striving for musical progression and, in doing so, finding an interesting new direction. While the gothic punk influence of such bands as The Cramps remains, there is now a strong 80s Chameleons / Echo & The Bunnymen style flavour to The Horrors' sound, resulting in a well-rounded and engaging listen. Includes the single "Sea Within A Sea".

                        Having escaped civil war in Sri Lanka, Maya Arulpragasam, aka MIA, spent her childhood on a London sink estate, ending up at St Martins School Of Art. Inspired by the likes of Peaches and Justine Frischman, she burst onto the London scene with the amazing Ross Orton (Fat Truckers) produced raggaclash track "Galang". After a handful of other singles (the XL released "Sunshowers" and re-released "Galang", promo-only "Hombre" and "Bucky Done Gun") she now delivers her scorching debut album "Arular". The tracks are built from a mongrel mix of hip hop, dancehall and electro, creating a backdrop of dislocated beats and pounding basslines for MIA to add her scattergun vocal delivery to, with topics ranging from teenage prostitution and poverty to war and consumerism. Full of in yer face punk attitude, but with depth too, "Arular" is set to be one of THE albums of 2005. Love it!

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        CD Info: CD comes with die-cut outer slipcase.

                        Vampire Weekend

                        A-Punk

                        Taken from their eponymous debut album, this single is a smart, direct and danceable gem of a tune that showcases exactly why they've become one of 2008's most hotly tipped new acts. The 7" is packaged with a CD single featuring both tracks and brilliant Hammer & Tongs produced video which the band describe as 'jittery Charlie Chaplin meets The Mighty Boosh'!

                        Dealing in genres the band have dubbed 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa' and 'Upper West Side Soweto', Vampire Weekend is a breath of fresh air, both musically and lyrically, with this New York band endeavouring to make music that is anything but straight ahead rock. This is indie-rock that isn't indie-rock, a joyously exuberant carnival of melody and rhythm. Strings. Organs. Afro-funk guitars. Courtly 18th century harpsichord. A bit of post-punk (maybe Franz Ferdinand crossed with the Bhundu Boys?). Lyrics about grammar and architecture and preferred bus routes and the British Imperial origins of American preppie fashion. With fleet-footed pizzazz Vampire Weekend deploy all these to craft a tinglingly refreshing sound. Anyone for brainy party music?

                        Adele

                        19

                          Already the winner of a Brit Award (Adele was voted the 'Critics Choice' - the most exciting new British artist expected to 'make it big' in 2008) (and didn't she just!), "19" is Adele's debut album. She combines the full range of her influences: Etta James, Jill Scott, Bjork, Dusty Springfield, Billy Bragg, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, The Cure and Peggy Lee with her stunning voice on this great debut. Includes her classic debut single "Chasing Pavements"

                          Radiohead

                          In Rainbows

                            Following the landmark independent digital release of Radiohead's seventh LP whereby customers could name their own price, the experimental British rock stalwarts finally issued "In Rainbows" in its physical formats. Musically, this release can be seen as a logical culmination of much of the band's previous work, incorporating the avant-garde electronics of later records and more traditional guitar-heavy elements synonymous with their inception. The overt political themes of previous album "Hail To The Thief" are largely jettisoned for an altogether more romantic milieu, with songs such as "Videotape" and "Nude" showcasing the intimate nature of singer Thom Yorke's voice.

                            Perkins' debut album started life as a collection of home-made demos, which were cut to analog tape, then fleshed out (with the help of a small group of friends and fellow musicians), in a Burbank studio and at a Victorian house in L.A. The resulting material is "Ash Wednesday", a beautiful album in which Perkins transforms circumstances of his personal life into compelling, dream-like songs with lyrics that teeter between the specific and the surreal. He's been compared to the likes of Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, and current troubadour Willy Mason, and the good news is that he wouldn't be out of place amongst such exalted company. He's a star waiting to happen.

                            This is the first time the White Stripes have ever recorded and mixed an album at a conventional modern studio. It was still, however, recorded to reel-to-reel, and mixed to tape in complete analogue fashion. It was recorded in three weeks - the longest they've ever spent working on a record. Here's some more interesting facts about the album, "Icky Thump" has no piano performances or piano-based songs (unlike it's predecessor which was mostly written and performed on piano). It has the most guitar solos Jack White has ever recorded to tape. It is the first time the band has collaborated with horns and bagpipes. "Icky Thump" contains the first spoken dialogue song to appear on one of their albums; "Rag And Bone". It is the second longest album of the Stripes pantheon thus far. Second to "Elephant" with more than 48 minutes in running time. The album's title is a morphing of the phrase 'Ecky Thump' which is an exclamation of surprise or wonderment in Northern England. The synthesizer used in the title track was also used on the song "Telstar" recorded by Joe Meek.

                            The Raconteurs

                            Broken Boy Soldier

                            Thick blues, groove, heavy pop record alert! Sounding like a cross between Led Zep ("3" era, twisting dark folk into their blues) and Black Sabbath (any record; the doomy drones and weird magic) this keeps the flame burning good and proper!

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            CDS Info: The CD single includes the KCRW Session version of "Broken Boy Soldier" and "Yellow Sun".

                            Loved by true innovators as diverse as Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop, Bjork, Josh Homme, Lil Kim, Marilyn Manson, Kelis, 2 Many DJs, MIA and LCD Soundsystem not to mention the entire fashion and art world, Peaches returns with a brand new album. Well, she hasn't cleaned up her act with "Impeach My Bush" you'll be heartened to hear, it's a massive record, as ambitious as ever – it's pure Peaches. Recorded at Jeff Porcaro's (the drummer from Toto, no less) old self-built studio in Laurel Canyon, LA, the album rolls out Ms P's distinctive minimal electroclash and electrock'n'roll sound. The guests who dropped by to party and play on the record include Joan Jett (who features on vocals and guitar on the raw rock of "You Love It"), Josh Homme, Feist (who both appear on "Give 'Er"), Samantha Maloney, Darlin' Dave Catching and Brian 'Big Hands' O'Conner.

                            Tapes 'n Tapes

                            Insistor / Crazy Eights

                            God I love this band, and this is one of the best tracks from their full length debut "The Loon". An irresistable rush of lo-fi indie rock majesty that takes influences from the likes of Pavement's wayward angular looseness to the brooding wails of the Pixies. It's a hit goddam it!!

                            Eagerly anticipated fifth album from Jack and Meg White. Written and produced by Jack, the album contains thirteen original songs recorded in just fourteen days. It sees The White Stripes in new territory – thirteen songs, only three being electric guitar based – the album being written on piano, acoustic guitar and marimba.

                            White Stripes

                            Blue Orchid

                            The White Stripes return with their new single "Blue Orchid", a trailer for the massively anticipated "Get Behind Me Satan" LP. And they've done it again! Firstly, they've surprised us cos they've done nothing like this before. Secondly and most importantly this is a superb song. Almost Metal with its gonzoid, fuzzed and repetitive guitar riff topped by a tight-trousered/androgynous falsetto, this song has a surprise ending and even features the odd (OK, one!) production trick. This record's got presence. They're a cut above.

                            Six years, three top five albums, numerous stellar collaborations, countless globetrotting technicolour punk carnival live appearances – now, on CD, XL bring us Basement Jaxx: "The Singles". Spanning everything from the proto punk garage of early hit "Flylife" to the Motown monster that is "Good Luck", taking in worldwide smashes like "Red Alert", "Where's Your Head At", "Rendez Vu" and "Romeo". Where most greatest hits albums fall down at least once there can be no argument that this collection delivers the bangers and nothing but.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            2xCD Info: Special edition includes bonus disc of rarities, bootlegs and remixes.

                            Radio Dept

                            Ewan

                            Great shoegazery pop from this band from Malmo, Sweden. "Ewan" is taken from their debut album "Lesser Matters" and is backed with two new B sides, the instrumental "Slottet", and the spectacular "The Things That Went Wrong", which hints at the direction for the next Radio Dept album.

                            The Prodigy

                            Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

                            The Prodigy return with a monster new LP chock-full of in-yer-face electro-rock breaks and celebrity guests. All the tracks were programmed and recorded by Liam Howlett, who's obviously been influenced by the whole electroclash scene, as well as old school hip hop, rock (reworking Shocking Blue / Nirvana's "Love Buzz") and disco (reworking "Thriller"), which he fuses together here to create a stunning whole. Vocal guests include Juliette Lewis, Princess Superstar, Ping Pong Bitches (on the 80s electro-pop-disco influenced "Girls"), Kool Keith (that Ultramagnetic MCs "Poppa Large" sample anyway), Liam Gallagher (on the full throttle punk-breaks of "Shoot Down"), Twista etc.

                            The Radio Dept.

                            Where Damage Isn't Already Done

                            The Radio Dept. return with another pop gem! Where as their last single was a fuzzy My Bloody Valentine meets Mary Chain affair, this one sounds more like Dinosaur Jr, with hushed, groaning vocals akin to J Mascis and crunching guitar bursts. Both formats also includes to gorgeous drifting Summery pop songs "You And Me Then?" and "Peace Of Mind".

                            Young Heart Attack

                            Tommy Shots

                            This single features a duet with Lemmy (yes the Motorhead fella!) who travelled to Austin recently to record a cover version of "Get It Hot" by AC/DC for the b-side.

                            Young Heart Attack

                            Over And Over

                            Like ZZ Top and Butthole Surfers before them, Young Heart Attack present an ageless hybrid of all that's great about rock & roll - with a particular attitude, a certain twist which comes from living in their hometown of Austin, Texas. This track was originally released on a limited edition Rex Records 7".

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            7" Info: The 7" includes "Taco Bail Bondo" on the B-side.

                            CDS Info: The CD single includes "(Sick Of) Doing Time" and "Taco Bail Bondo".

                            Radiohead

                            Hail To The Thief

                              Has anyone ever done this before? Achieved massive commercial success and followed it with three totally uncompromising, madly unexpected records. You have to admire their integrity. This album is something of a consolidation of their post- "OK Computer" direction. While it's choc-ful of analogue electronics, jazz-rock oddness, techno Gothic wierdness, scatterbrained drum-machines and insanely-inspiring words - there is actually more to properly grab a hold of this time. There's a number of conventional(ish!) piano songs including one acheingly gorgeous standout called "Sail To The Moon". There's also more obvious(ish!) rockier moments like "2+2=5" which ends in punky, thrashed guitar, and "A Punch-Up At A Wedding" that has lyrics you can follow (!!) and a sweet, undulating bassline. This album's just as challenging as the last two, but a lot more rewarding.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              2xLP Info: The vinyl is a beautifully packaged double, in a gatefold sleeve.

                              The White Stripes

                              Elephant

                                Recorded in ten days flat, in England's own Toe Rag studio (8-track, valve amps, nothing new in fact since 1963!) the White Stripes' fourth album is everything you ever wanted it to be. Same formula, but with a warmer, fuller tone, but... we're in it for the songs, aren't we? Well, NME nailed it when they said this album's like a White Stripes' Greatest Hits, every song's a potential single - it really is that strong. Who'd have thought they could actually go one better?! It feels stupid to write about stuff this pure, real, honest and passionate; I know you'll just buy it, play it, and allow yourselves to be taken over! Analysis ain't necessary, it's rock'n'roll distilled and it's happening right now. We're very lucky girls and boys!

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                The White Stripes

                                White Blood Cells

                                  THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2001

                                  The band's commercial break through, this 2001 album went gold, spinning off the Top 20 Modern Rock hits "Fell In Love With A Girl" and "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground".



                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Darryl says: The selection of songs is dynamic, everything from country tinged ditties to dirty garage blues style fizzbuckets, with the Led Zeppelin / Beatles songbook thrown in to throw the dogs off the scent. This is their best album to date.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                  The White Stripes

                                  The White Stripes

                                    In 1999, Jack and Meg White released their self-titled debut album, introducing an explosive new mix of punk, blues, and garage rock. Jack has described the album as 'really angry... the most raw, the most powerful, and the most Detroit sounding record we've made.'



                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Darryl says: First album from this Detroit brother / sister duo. Raw as you like dirty blues in a Royal Trux / Blues Explosion stylee. This is gonna be huge, you have been warned!!

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                    The White Stripes

                                    De Stijl

                                      The band's second album, recorded on 8-track analog tape in Jack's living room, was released in 2000 and today is a cult classic.




                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Darryl says: Detroit brother / sister duo's second album. Fantastic heavy raw blues that bring to mind Royal Trux / Blues Explosion at their best.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.


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