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The Smile

Wall Of Eyes

    The Smile’s new album Wall Of Eyes, will be released on 26th January on XL Recordings. The new album, was recorded between Oxford and Abbey Road Studios, and is produced and mixed Sam Petts-Davies. It features string arrangements by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Wall Of Eyes is the follow up their 2022 debut LP A Light For Attracting Attention


    1. Wall Of Eyes
    2. Teleharmonic
    3. Read The Room
    4. Under Our Pillows
    5. Friend Of A Friend
    6. I Quit
    7. B7ending Hectic
    8. You Know Me

    Jai Paul

    Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)

      The initial pressing was limited to 3,000 copies available exclusively via artist and label webstore, selling out in minutes. This second edition features a new XL house bag sleeve design and is now available via retailers globally.


      Matt says: Pretty mad story behind this one. Originally supposed to be out in 2013, it got leaked and consequently pulled and has been the subject of feverish urban folklore ever since. Still sounding remarkably fresh ten years later - the LP plays like a warped amalgamation of pop, r&b, dancehall, bass and beats; its slick, wavy, hi-gloss, big bass production the perfect formula for XL.


      1. One Of The Bredrins
      2. Str8 Outta Mumbai
      3. Zion Wolf Theme (Unfinished)
      4. Garden Of Paradise (Instrumental, Unfinished)
      5. Genevieve (Unfinished)
      6. Raw Beat (Unfinished)
      7. Crush (Unfinished)
      8. Good Time
      9. Jasmine (Demo)
      10. 100,000 (Unfinished)
      11. Vibin' (Unfinished)
      12. Baby Beat (Unfinished)
      13. Desert River (Unfinished)
      14. Chix (Unfinished)
      15. All Night (Unfinished)
      16. BTSTU (Demo)


      Famous Last Words

        The long-awaited debut album from CASISDEAD, released via XL Recordings. Famous Last Words is a fully realised expansion of the dystopian futurism that has captivated audiences since CAS first announced himself in 2013. Over the past decade, he’s dipped in and out of the shadows, blessing fans with cult hits while maintaining his anonymity and shunning media attention; a rejection of the spotlight that’s helped to create folklore around a rapper who’s widely regarded as one of the UK’s most inventive lyricists.

        Famous Last Words is as much a sci-fi film as it is a rap record, a labyrinth of vice, crime and faded glamour. The listener steps through a portal into a realm narrated by CASISDEAD, whose command of storytelling drops you right into the underground of a city where he is the main character in a shady network of gangsters, girls and drug deals. However, Famous Last Words isn’t a story of bravado or posturing; much of the album deals in themes of loss, regret and paranoia, a persona constantly self-reflecting amongst the madness that surrounds him. The album features a carefully curated roll call of collaborators including Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant, Desire, and Connie Constance. The vocalists are immersed in CASISDEAD’s hallmark 80’s-inspired synthpop soundscapes, aided and abetted by a production cast that includes Stranger Things composer Kyle Dixon and ‘Italian’s Do It Better’ label founder Johnny Jewel.


        1. Do You Trust Me?
        2. A Spark
        3. Loosin’
        4. Steptronic
        5. DEADCORP
        6. Pineapple Juice
        7. I Wanna Go Home
        8. Actin’ Up
        9. Sarah Connor
        10. Do You Remember What It Was Like?
        11. Marilyn
        12. Aghast 6
        13. Boys Will Be Boys
        14. Venom
        15. Traction Control
        16. The Ants
        17. Matte Grey Wrap
        18. Pat Earrings
        19. Before This
        20. Jane
        21. Sugar Free
        22. Access Denied
        23. Skydive

        Basement Jaxx

        Kish Kash - 2023 Reissue

          The third BASEMENT JAXX album KISH KASH features an array of stellar guest vocalists including punk icon Siouxsie Sioux on the title track, London grime superstar Dizzee Rascal on “Lucky Star”, the mighty pipes of Rock n’ Soul diva Lisa Kekaula (of LA”s “The Bellrays” ) on “Good Luck” and rounds off with the mellow tones of Meshell Ndegeocello.

          Released on XL Recordings in 2004, the album subsequently won the inaugural GRAMMY award for “Best Dance/Electronic Album” and was nominated for the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize.


          A1. Good Luck (ft. Lisa Kekaula)
          A2. Right Here’s The Spot (ft. Meshell Ndegeocello)
          A3. Petrilude
          A4. Supersonic Ft. Totlyn Jackson
          B1. Benjilude
          B2. Lucky Star (ft. Dizzee Rascal)
          B3. Plug It In (ft. JC Chasez)
          C1. Living Room
          C2. Cish Cash (ft. Siouxsie Sioux)
          C3. Tonight (ft. Phoebe)
          D1. Hot ‘n’ Cold
          D2. Cosmolude
          D3. If I Ever Recover
          D4. Feels Like Home (ft. Meshell Ndegeocello)

          Friendly Fires

          Paris - 15th Anniversary Edition

            Aeroplane’s remix of Friendly Fires’ ‘Paris’ has been out of print on vinyl for over a decade. A cover more than a remix, their version of Friendly Fires’ first big single was all over the radio waves when it was first released, surely due to its sweet female vocal provided by Au Revior Simone. Now reissued for its 15th Anniversary on gold vinyl, the 12” also contains a remix by Justus Köhncke.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
            2. Paris (Justus Kohncke Remix)

            Friendly Fires

            Friendly Fires - 15th Anniversary Edition

              ‘Friendly Fires’ was the debut album from the St Albans-three piece, Ed McFarlane, Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge. Featuring hit singles ‘Jump In the Pool’ and ‘Paris’, it was an era-defining record. It launched the band to huge critical and commercial success, nominated for The Mercury Prize and a Brit Award. The LP is now reissued for its 15th Anniversary on silver vinyl.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Jump In The Pool
              2. In The Hospital
              3. Paris
              4. White Diamonds
              5. Strobe
              6. On Board
              7. Lovesick
              8. Skeleton Boy
              9. Photobooth
              10. Ex Lover

              King Krule

              Space Heavy

                Archy Marshall announces Space Heavy, the fourth studio album under his King Krule alias, via XL Recordings. Coming 10 years on from his debut album, Space Heavy presents King Krule at his most articulate; using his years of experience to create a dynamic body of work that reveals something new with every listen.

                Written from 2020 to 2022, between London and Liverpool, Space Heavy took shape over the course of commutes between the two cities where Archy Marshall was splitting his time. Befitting an album quite literally written on the commute between the two places he called home, Archy found himself fascinated by the notion of “the space between” - the space haunted by dreams of love, touching a narrative of lost connection, losing people and situations to the guillotine of the universe. Once written by Archy, the music was developed by frequent collaborator and producer Dilip Harris and long-time band mates Ignacio Salvadores (Saxophonist), George Bass (Drummer), James Wilson (Bass Guitarist) and Jack Towell (Guitarist).

                The result is a 15-track full-length by the musical polymath that inhabits the deepest reaches of the subterranean sonic world that Archy has constructed over the course of his career as King Krule. In it you hear a generational artist stepping into the height of their artistic powers – the auteurism apparent on his debut 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, the shapeshifting sonic palette of The OOZ, the primality of Man Alive! and the raw vulnerability expressed on You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down all coalesce into a wizened, dynamic body of work that reveals new elements with each listen. In line with Archy’s interest in the space between, it is an album wherein the negative space demands the same attention as the positive space. If one is willing to wade into the mire the reward is rich.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Liam says: The gravely voiced troubadour is back! Following on from 2020's 'Man Alive', 'Space Heavy' showcases King Krule masterfully balancing his trademark mix of scatty punk and lo-fi jazz - resulting in some of his most dynamic and impressive work to date. Superb stuff!

                TRACK LISTING

                Pink Shell
                That Is My Life, That Is Yours
                Tortoise Of Independency
                Empty Stomach Space Cadet
                From The Swamp
                Our Vacuum
                Space Heavy
                When Vanishing
                If Only It Was Warmth
                Wednesday Overcast

                Layo & Bushwacka!

                Love Story (vs Finally) - Paul Woolford 2023 Remixes

                  Layo & Bushwacka!’s ‘Love Story (vs Finally)’, released 20 years ago, was one of those tracks you couldn’t get away from. Whether you were in the club or just listening to the radio, in 2003 it was everywhere. Infiltrating the UK Charts Top 10 and getting a Gold disc for sales, this mash up of the duo’s original ‘Love Story’ and Kings Of Tomorrow’s ‘Finally’ was the duo’s crowning jewel.

                  Of course XL had to celebrate ‘Love Story’ and its anniversary, deciding to do so by commissioning Paul Woolford to make a version that would hit the dancefloor just as hard 20 years later. This ‘floor ready remix proves that classics never die; Paul Woolford breathes new life into a track that “changed the course of dance music history” (DJ Mag).

                  Grammy nominated producer, remixer, songwriter and DJ Paul Woolford has been redefining and reinventing all shapes of dance music for over 20 years. Released in the XL classic house bag, Paul adds another huge remix to the track’s rich history.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A: Love Story (vs Finally) Paul Woolford 2023 Extended Mix
                  B: Love Story (Original)

                  Basement Jaxx

                  Remedy - 2023 Reissue

                    Remedy is Basement Jaxx’s joyous debut album from 1999. It was one of the most assured, propul-sive full-lengths the dance world had seen since Daft Punk’s Homework. A set of incredibly diverse tracks, Remedy is indebted to the raw American house of Todd Terry and Masters at Work, and even shares a penchant for Latin vibes (especially on the horn-driven “Bingo Bango” and the opener, “Rendez-Vu,” which trades a bit of salsa wiggle with infectious vocoderized disco).

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Romeo
                    A2. Breakaway
                    A3. SFM
                    B1. Jus 1 Kiss
                    B2. Broken Dreams
                    B3. I Want U
                    C1. Get Me Off
                    C2. Where’s Your Head At
                    D1. Do Your Thing
                    D2. Freakalude
                    D3. Crazy Girl
                    D4. All I Know

                    Basement Jaxx

                    Rooty - 2023 Reissue

                      Named after their infamous Brixton club night, Basement Jaxx’s second album Rooty saw Basement Jaxx continue to push the boundaries of pop and club music. The album mixes classic house with generous lashings of punk, funk, R&B, jazz, hip hop, 2-step and pop song-craft in a mad genre crash that works like a charm. It features the massive tracks “Where’s Your Head At”, “Romeo” and “Do Your Thing”.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Romeo
                      A2. Breakaway
                      A3. SFM
                      B1. Jus 1 Kiss
                      B2. Broken Dreams
                      B3. I Want U
                      C1. Get Me Off
                      C2. Where’s Your Head At
                      D1. Do Your Thing
                      D2. Freakalude
                      D3. Crazy Girl
                      D4. All I Know

                      King Krule

                      You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down

                        Mere weeks before the world went into lockdown, King Krule had performed a handful of European shows which featured tracks from his critically acclaimed third album Man Alive! Performed with a ferocious intensity, the recordings offer fans a glimpse into a live tour that never was, while also reminding them of the artist's unique stage presence and incredible performances delivered across his entire catalogue. Available on double LP and CD, You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down features a setlist of 17 songs that span the acclaimed artist’s entire discography including fan favourites “Easy Easy,” “Baby Blue,” “Out Getting Ribs” and more.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: 'You Heat Me Up..' perfectly displays the energetic live show that Marshall has become so known for, and includes some of the biggest tracks from the past couple LP's we've sold so many of in the past few years. A wonderfully immersive and thoroughly worthwhile listen.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Out Getting Ribs
                        Emergency Blimp
                        A Slide In (New Drugs)
                        The Ooz
                        Stoned Again
                        Slush Puppy
                        Rock Bottom
                        Comet Face
                        Perfecto Miserable
                        Alone, Omen 3
                        Baby Blue
                        Half Man Half Shark
                        Energy Fleets
                        Please Complete Thee
                        Easy Easy

                        Radiohead announces KID A MNESIA, a multiple format triple-album release marking the 21st anniversary of Kid A and Amnesiac, out via XL Recordings.

                        KID A MNESIA collects Radiohead’s fourth and fifth albums alongside the debut of a newly compiled third disc titled Kid Amnesiae. Exclusive to this release, Kid Amnesiae is comprised of unearthed material culled from the Kid A / Amnesiac sessions. Along with alternate versions and elements of Kid A and Amnesiac album tracks and B-Sides, Kid Amnesiae features the never-before-heard "If You Say the Word” and a previously unreleased studio recording of "Follow Me Around." 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Vinyl Tracklisting:
                        Kid A:
                        Side A:
                        1. Everything In Its Right Place
                        2. Kid A
                        3. The National Anthem
                        4. How To Disappear Completely
                        5. Treefingers
                        Side B:
                        1. Optimistic
                        2. In Limbo
                        3. Idioteque
                        4. Morning Bell
                        5. Motion Picture Soundtrack

                        Side C:
                        1. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
                        2. Pyramid Song
                        3. Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
                        4. You And Whose Army?
                        5. I Might Be Wrong
                        Side D:
                        1. Knives Out
                        2. Morning Bell/Amnesiac
                        3. Dollars And Cents
                        4. Hunting Bears
                        5. Like Spinning Plates
                        6. Life In A Glasshouse

                        Kid Amnesiae:
                        Side E:
                        1. Like Spinning Plates (‘Why Us?’ Version)
                        2. Untitled V1
                        3. Fog (Again Again Version)
                        4. If You Say The Word
                        5. Follow Me Around
                        Side F:
                        1. Pulk/Pull (True Love Waits Version)
                        2. Untitled V2
                        3. The Morning Bell (In The Dark Version)
                        4. Pyramid Strings
                        5. Alt. Fast Track
                        6. Untitled V3
                        7. How To Disappear Into Strings

                        CD Tracklisting:
                        CD1 Kid A:
                        1. Everything In Its Right Place
                        2. Kid A
                        3. The National Anthem
                        4. How To Disappear Completely
                        5. Treefingers
                        6. Optimistic
                        7. In Limbo
                        8. Idioteque
                        9. Morning Bell
                        10. Motion Picture Soundtrack

                        CD2 Amnesiac:
                        1. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
                        2. Pyramid Song
                        3. Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors
                        4. You And Whose Army?
                        5. I Might Be Wrong
                        6. Knives Out
                        7. Morning Bell/Amnesiac
                        8. Dollars And Cents
                        9. Hunting Bears
                        10. Like Spinning Plates
                        11. Life In A Glasshouse

                        CD3 Kid Amnesiae:
                        1. Like Spinning Plates (‘Why Us?’ Version)
                        2. Untitled V1
                        3. Fog (Again Again Version)
                        4. If You Say The Word
                        5. Follow Me Around
                        6. Pulk/Pull (True Love Waits Version)
                        7. Untitled V2
                        8. The Morning Bell (In The Dark Version)
                        9. Pyramid Strings
                        10. Alt. Fast Track
                        11. Untitled V3
                        12. How To Disappear Into Strings 

                        BADBADNOTGOOD return with their highly anticipated album, "Talk Memory", the sixth full length excursion from this Canadian trio if you count their collaboration with Ghostface Killah amongst their discography. Collaborators include legendary composer Arthur Verocai and contemporary icons such as Terrace Martin, Karriem Riggins and Laraaji.

                        It's high octane, ambitious and noisy, modern jazz set firmly in present times and holding no punches with its delivery. The boys can play, make no mistake, effortlessly drifting from languid passages to all-out throttle. Considering there's only three of them, it's a full and realized sound; slightly gritty but sophisticated in its execution; with each musician challenging the next to out-better themselves. As the songs swirl into a mighty cresendo you can almost picture them trying to compete with each for dexterity and flair... I'm sure they'd be an amazing prospect live.

                        Favourite moment for me is the opener of disc two, "Love Proceeding", featuring Arthur Verocia, which glides in on optimistic and cinematic sax before erupting into an explosion of augmented 7s and frenzied drums; the ultimate example of jazz's fusion of tension and release; a formular that's executed with aplomb throughout the album.

                        Advanced and highly accomplished, "Talk Memory" finds these bastions of modern jazz in exquisite form. Recommended. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: BadBadNotGood return for their first LP for XL Recordings, with their trademark enthusiastic jazz fusion sound in full force, bolstered with a number of huge music industry names. It's yet another groundbreaking juxtaposition of loungey downbeat jazz and rhythmic hip-hop, both innovative and warmingly familiar.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Signal From The Noise
                        2. Unfolding (Momentum 73) Featuring Laraajii
                        3. City Of Mirrors Featuring Arthur Verocai
                        4. Beside April Featuring Karriem Riggins, Arthur Verocai
                        5. Love Proceeding Featuring Arthur Verocai
                        6. Open Channels (physical Only)
                        7. Timid, Intimidating
                        8. Beside April (Reprise) Featuring Arthur Verocai
                        9. Talk Meaning Featuring Arthur Verocai, Terrace Martin And Brandee Younger

                        ‘Still Slipping Vol.1’ is the debut full length project from Joy Orbison. Fans of Joy O’s DJ sets and radio shows will already be aware of his diverse tastes and inspirations, represented here through a roll call of delicately curated, mainly UK, collaborators that include Herron, James Massiah, Bathe, Léa Sen, Goya Gumbani and TYSON.

                        Just as important are the voices of Joy Orbison's family - mum, dad, sister Sarah, uncle Frankie, uncle Keith (recently departed), auntie Helen and cousins Lola and Mia, as well as Leighann, who was the first person to introduce him to drum and bass and garage as a kid and stars on the mixtape’s cover art.

                        They appear throughout the record via a series of voice notes, his only contact with his family during this year of worldwide lockdown and an intimate, vicarious glimpse into the personal world of an artist who has generally side-stepped the public gaze. 

                        It's a long time coming since 2009's "Hyph Mngo" revolutionized and married the worlds of bass and techno together. Instrumental in advancing dance music and merging tribes of different electronic genres together, his Sunklo items have become treasured artifacts of dance music lineage and it seems utterally bewildering that it's taken him until now to release a full length album.

                        Painfully succinct, delicately poised and highly advanced; all the trademarks that mark this singular and innovative producer / DJ. Sequenced to perfection and playing more like a mixtape tape than a collection of individual tracks, you'll struggle to take the needle off the record until its completion I can assure you! Highly recommended!  

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Can you believe this is Joy-O's first long player?! His tracks seem to have influenced and soundtracked the better dancefloors of the last decade on a near-permanent basis. Over a transient, constantly-morphing LP we get the skitty, advanced kinetics; emotive washes and his shadowy, blurred vox all showcased at their most intimate and astonishing. One of our royal treasures of electronic music.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        W/ Dad & Frankie
                        Sparko (feat. Herron)
                        Swag W/ Kav (feat. James Massiah & Bathe)
                        Better (feat. Léa Sen)
                        Rraine (feat. Edna)
                        Glorious Amateurs
                        S Gets Jaded
                        Froth Sipping
                        Layer 6
                        In Drink
                        Playground (feat. Goya Gumbani)
                        Born Slipping (feat. TYSON)



                          Norwegian duo Smerz have announced the release of ‘Believer’, their forthcoming debut album that pushes Smerz far beyond their previous EP releases, 2017’s Okey and 2018’s Have Fun. Since releasing the ‘Believer’ trailer back in October 2020 followed by a video for the tracks ‘I don’t talk about that much/Hva hvis’, the duo of Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt have slowly revealed a new auditory world. The duo meld sonic touchstones from their youth, like musicals and classical music, with swirling, trance-indebted synth lines and hip-hop plus R&B vocals that is distinctly Smerz.

                          Last fall the duo performed at Oslo’s Ultima festival; in early 2020 they scored a performance by Carte Blanche, the Norwegian national company of contemporary dance, as well as performed at Mira festival in collaboration with legendary visual maverick Weirdcore.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Versace Strings
                          4 Temaer
                          Hester *
                          The Favourite
                          Rap Interlude
                          Grand Piano
                          I Don’t Talk About That Much 

                          After two feverishly received albums as King Krule, plus another low-key outing under his own name, this extraordinarily gifted 25-year-old from Peckham in South London adds further depth and substance to his oeuvre with another wondrous long-player called ‘Man Alive!’. It arrives packed full of his trademark sonic ambition and compositional skill, as well as the now-familiar corrosive lyricism and lurid social observation.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Following on from his riotously well received LP's, and equally desirable solo album, Marshall returns with his darkest and most clashing outing yet. Snappy percussion and jazzy breaks work their way skilfully below the shadowy vocals and post-punk distortion. Experimental but cohesive, this is definitely the best Krule album yet.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Cellular
                          2. Supermarché
                          3. Stoned Again
                          4. Comet Face
                          5. The Dream
                          6. Perfecto Miserable
                          7. Alone, Omen 3
                          8. Slinky
                          9. Airport Antenatal Airplane
                          10. (Don't Let The Dragon) Draag On
                          11. Theme For The Cross
                          12. Underclass
                          13. Energy Fleets
                          14. Please Complete Thee

                          New album from Jungle which follows on from 2014's award winning and acclaimed debut album. Jungle highlighted the aspirational sound of young London at a turbulent time in the city's history. Shunning the dark, claustrophobic sound of grime, or the frenetic, inhuman electronics of (ironically) jungle or its many mutations; for a much sunnier, dare-I-say friendlier sound, indebted to soul and pop music.

                          Masterminded by Josh 'J' Lloyd-Watson and Tom 'T' McFarland, a production and multi-instrumentalist duo who never expected to leave their bedroom studios, far less become the core of a talent-filled seven-strong collective that morphed into a killer live outfit. "Jungle" garnered rave reviews, untold amounts of hype and a Mercury Music Prize nomination; Noel Gallagher declared the album 'fucking amazing' and it achieved half a million sales.

                          "For Ever" follows up with a lot of prove. Less dreamy and more direct, it's 'inspired by real life experiences of places they've always dreamed of'. Swapping Shepherds Bush for the Hollywood Hills, J and T set up camp in Los Angeles to write and record the album. Over time however, their romanticization of The Californian Dream clashed with the reality of actually living it, the feeling of being adrift on the West Coast compounded by the collapse of long-term relationships. Returning home to London, they teamed up with highly regarded young producer Inflo where they sought to create a 'post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs', whittling down loads of ideas this concept spawned into the core 13 tracks you have before you. "For Ever" is for real, deeper and higher, more intimate and more expansive, feel-good and, just occasionally, feel-bad. It is, then, a proper second album and solidify Jungle as a true UK talent to cherish.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Smile
                          2. Heavy, California
                          3. Beat 54 (All Good Now)
                          4. Cherry
                          5. Happy Man
                          6. Casio
                          7. Mama Oh No
                          8. House In LA
                          9. Give Over
                          10. Cosurmyne
                          11. Home
                          12. (More And More) It Ain’t Easy
                          13. Pray

                          Everything Is Recorded

                          Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell

                          Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell features an eclectic international and inter-generational cast of collaborators and musicians who include (in order of appearance on the album) Sampha, Obongjayar, Kamasi Washington, Giggs, Ibeyi, Wiki, Syd, Rachel Zeffira, Infinite, Green Gartside, Peter Gabriel and Owen Pallett. The twelve track album features previous singles ‘Close But Not Quite (feat. Sampha)’, ‘Mountains Of Gold (feat. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki and Kamasi Washington)’ and ‘Show Love (feat. Syd and Sampha)’, which have been described as “the embodiment of pure, creative freedom” by Noisey and “a celebration of artistic freedom” by Dazed, while The New Yorker stated “Russell’s vision, it seems, is about the power of collaboration … a grand synthesis of XL’s stylistic history."

                          Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell was recorded at Russell’s west London studio, The Copper House. Over the past couple of years, the studio became a creative second home for the revolving cast of both new and established artists who passed through to write, record and share ideas, mixing traditional recording sessions with extended, uninhibited live jams that lasted long into the night. With Russell at the production helm, a spirit of soundsystem-inspired collaboration and experimentation runs through the heart of an album that is born out of some spontaneous moments of togetherness and periods of intense personal reflection for its creator, and is at once soulful, timeless and boldly modern.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Intro
                          2. Close But Not Quite (feat. Sampha)
                          3. She Said (feat. Obongjayar & Kamasi Washington)
                          4. Wet Looking Road (feat. Giggs)
                          5. Mountains Of Gold (feat. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki & Kamasi Washington)
                          6. Show Love (feat. Syd & Sampha)
                          7. Echoes In The Bone - Interlude (feat. Rachel Zeffira)
                          8. Bloodshot Red Eyes (feat. Infinite & Green Gartside)
                          9. Cane (feat. Ibeyi)
                          10. Purify - Interlude (feat. Infinite & Peter Gabriel)
                          11. Be My Friend (feat. Infinite)
                          12. Everything Is Recorded (feat. Sampha & Owen Pallett)


                          Frankie And Jonny

                            Taken from Powell’s upcoming album Sport, the Frankie/Jonny 12” contains two tracks of signature Powell style but with the added luxury of vocals from Jonnine Standish of the lauded minimal electronic duo HTRK.Powell belongs to a very small pool of dance artists whose music is a style in itself.” Resident Advisor

                            “The whole thing is a giddy mess, slathered in squelchy bass synth, broken-Bontempi drumming, drunken-bumblebee arpeggios, and even gnarly hard-rock guitar riffing, just because.” Pitchfork

                            “Class A wind-up merchant and new beta techno mutant, Powell bends expectations to the fullest with a remarkably emotive, hook-riddled and tumultuous debut album called Sport for the original rave mongrels at XL.” BOOMKAT



                              Powell recently announced his debut album ‘Sport’ via e-mail to fans. Billboards featuring the producer’s email address appeared in London and New York and fans got in touch seeking details about his next record. Now he’s made a proper announcement.

                              Emerging five years ago with little announce but an instantly strong aesthetic both musically and design-wise, Powell’s sound immediately stood out in a world of producers making techno that sound took its cues from post-punk, turning the style on its head he made post-punk that had techno ideals.

                              ‘Sport’ is an album that sounds like the perfect snapshot of his eclectic DJ sets and live gigs, Melon Magic NTS shows and the Diagonal imprint he co-runs with Jamie Williams (home to the releases from the likes of EVOL, Russell Haswell and Not Waving).

                              On the subject of ‘Sport’: “I called it that because I wanted it to be fun and playful, hence the games we’ve been having via these billboards,” Powell wrote in an email to one fan. “People think of my music in certain terms I think, but I don’t agree with them most of the time.

                              “Also, like sport, I think of this record as being something for mind and body. I mean, you’re shit at sport if you don’t bring both things to it, so yeah, the music is physical and you can dance to it, but I also want to drag people’s brains along for the ride too.

                              “It’s not a techno record, a dance album, a ‘no-wave techno’ thing, whatever the fuck that is. It’s just the sound of what goes in my head.”

                              Vocals on ‘Frankie [feat. Frankie]’ are by Jonnine Standish. Jonnine is a musician and visual artist bestknown as one-half of the lauded minimal electronic duo HTRK.

                              In a collage of fuzz guitars, tuning radios, pitched up soul samples, pitched down exotica records, and a whole lot of background chatter, The Avalanches return after an unprecedented 16 year wait. Created by the band’s core duo - Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi – "Wildflower" is nothing less than The Beach Boys’ "Smile" reimagined in the Daisy Age - a mind-bending cartoon road movie that’s best viewed with closed eyes and an open mind. Unmistakeably the work of Australia's sample kings, "Wildflower" is a Technicolor kaleidoscope of everything great and groovy about music, blessed with the warm and dreamlike aesthetic we first fell in love with on the sublime "Since I Left You". A throwback to those halcyon days when artists made albums, as opposed to a couple of radio singles and eight tracks of filler, The Avalanches sophomore LP drifts from one track to the next, taking us on a tripped out tour of downtown Melbourne in the summer time.

                              Lead single "Frankie Sinatra" divided the critics on its initial release, making a marmite statement with its oddball calypso samples, oompah brass and unhinged lyrics from Danny Brown and MF DOOM. Here, nestled comfortably between the gorgeous summertime soul of "Because I'm Me" and the sampledelic disco of "Subways", the track makes perfect nonsense. The inner city synth pop of "If I Was A Folkstar" strolls through the sunshine like a laid back relative of Cut Copy's "Bright Like Neon Love", while the spectral "Colours", featuring some heavily treated vocals from Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue, is as dreamy and doped up as pop music gets. Elsewhere Ariel Pink, Father John Misty, Warren Ellis (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)  and Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick make cameos, as does Biz Markie on the light-hearted, full stomached old school hip hop of "Noisy Eater". The dusty sixties soul of "Harmony" leaps out the grooves in the middle of a succession of dreamy sketches (in a day-glo Dilla style) before the triple threat of "The Wozard Of Iz", "Over The Turnstyles" and "Sunshine" form the apex of an outstanding LP. "Kaleidoscopic Lovers" and "Stepkids" serve up a pair of pastoral love songs before the driving haze-gaze of "Saturday Night Inside Out" leads us off into the sunset with the widest smile of our lives. Against all odds and expectations, The Avalanches have done the impossible, following up an instant classic with a second album which is even better than the first. If we have to wait another sixteen years for the next one, at least we'll be waiting in the company of two flawless records. 

                              TRACK LISTING

                              01. The Leaves Were Falling
                              02. Because I’m Me
                              03. Frankie Sinatra
                              04. Subways
                              05. Going Home
                              06. If I Was A Folkstar
                              07. Colours
                              08. Zap!
                              09. The Noisy Eater
                              10. Wildflower
                              11. Harmony
                              12. Live A Lifetime Love
                              13. Park Music
                              14. Livin’ Underwater (Is Somethin’ Wild)
                              15. The Wozard Of Iz
                              16. Over The Turnstiles
                              17. Sunshine
                              18. Light Up
                              19. Kaleidoscopic Lovers
                              20. Stepkids
                              21. Saturday Night Inside Out
                              22. Frankie Sinatra (Extended Mix)

                              Radiohead's ninth LP proper sees them once again couple with mega-producer Nigel Godrich. Together they have created possibly the band's most coherent record of their whole career.  Some of these songs date well back in time and that coupled with the accessibility of comeback single Burn The Witch and their recent  dare-I-say fan-pleasing set-lists suggest a group finally comfortable in their own skin, embracing all that they really are.  So you do still get electronica, but less of the fractured kind. Sure, Thom still sings of alienation, doubt and paranoia, but  in the most beautiful way imaginable. These songs  build and build, swept into shape by Johnny Greenwood's London Contemporary Orchestra strings, peppered with psych-folk and even dub reggae vibes. It's heavy, (let's face it) depressive, but eminently listenable. One for diehards, but crucially, the casual listeners too. 

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Andy says: These songs build and build, swept into shape by Johnny Greenwood's London Contemporary Orchestra strings, peppered with psych-folk and even dub reggae vibes. It's heavy, (let's face it) depressive, but eminently listenable. One for diehards, but crucially, the casual listeners too. One of the last bands standing that truly matter to their people. They just don't disappoint!

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Burn The Witch
                              Decks Dark
                              Desert Island Disk
                              Ful Stop
                              Glass Eyes
                              The Numbers
                              Present Tense
                              Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
                              True Love Waits

                              Kaytranada presents his highly anticipated debut album ‘99.9%’ via XL Recordings. The album finds the Haitian born, Montreal raised producer delivering on the promise of his early self-released EPs and remixes.

                              Since the age of fourteen, when he first began to DJ and when his brother introduced him to music production software, his output has been relentless. He explains, “after he showed me the basics, from that day on I couldn’t stop making beats,” pumping out a handful of tracks per day for the next couple of years.

                              Single releases like ‘Drive Me Crazy’ with Vic Mensa and ‘Leave Me Alone’ with Shay Lia soon spread his name like wildfire. With that release Kaytranada cemented his reputation and his sound; an undeniable swing of the drums comparable to Dilla’s, a signature soulful touch in the melodies and a healthy dose of funky basslines.

                              Spread across a wide range of genres including house, bass, hip hop and R&B, '99.9% continues that tradition. The album features a wealth of guest talent, including acclaimed percussionist / producer Karriem Riggins, rising Toronto vocalist River Tiber, UKG favourite Craig David, AlunaGeorge, Badbadnotgood, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon and many more.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Following ley-lines laid by Anderson.Pak and Kendrick Lamar, Kaytra takes musical genres and flips them on their head - taking the gangstas out of hip-hop and adding the raving club-goer to pop music. The result is an album both welcoming and challenging in equal measure.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Track Uno
                              Bus Ride (ft Karriem Riggins & River Tiber)
                              Got It Good (ft Craig David)
                              Together (ft AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
                              Drive Me Crazy (ft Vic Mensa)
                              Weight Off (ft BADBADNOTGOOD)
                              One Too Many (ft Phonte)
                              Despite The Weather
                              Glowed Up (ft Anderson .Paak)
                              Breakdance Lesson N.1.
                              You’re The One (ft Syd)
                              Vivid Dreams (ft River Tiber)
                              Lite Spots
                              Leave Me Alone (ft Shay Lia)
                              Bullets (ft Little Dragon)

                              Southport-raised, London-based 19 year old singer, songwriter and producer Holly ‘Låpsley’ Fletcher releases her debut album ‘Long Way Home’ on XL Recordings.

                              The twelve track album features new versions of her previous acclaimed releases ‘Hurt Me’, ‘Falling Short’, ‘Painter’ and ‘Station’, as well as brand new single ‘Love Is Blind’. Sitting somewhere in the intersection of the Venn diagram that includes Adele, Rosie Lowe and James Blake in the outer circles.

                              ‘Long Way Home’ documents a turbulent time in Låpsley’s life - a period in which she revelled in her new-found music career as it took her from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and back again. “It’s an autobiography of my emotions and events over the past year,” she says. “Everything that’s happened, I’ve channelled in some way into a song - whether that’s the theme of a long distance relationship, or something that he’s said, or the way that I’ve felt, or an argument. I only revisit the memories of that relationship when I go into the studio. I think it’s helped me, to be able to collect everything for those moments when I’m writing. I think that’s what’s driven this album.”

                              Låpsley’s determined views on her own production have ensured her involvement in every element of these songs, a fact that in the early days seemed to confuse many of the producers she met. “They didn’t want to listen to me,” she says, “or they think a girl’s just there to add a top line, or they come to the table with ideas already. Straight away if I come in to a studio and someone says ‘I’ve written something for you’, then I’ll just walk out. I don’t care. I’m not there for that.”

                              For the bulk of ‘Long Way Home’ she worked with XL’s in-house producer Rodaidh McDonald. “This album wouldn’t be how it is if it wasn’t for Rodaidh,” she says. “He’s at the top of the thank yous.” There were two tracks recorded with Paul O’Duffy, a producer she admired because “the way that he thinks is different to anybody else. He’s not tainted by a commercial idea, it’s so creative and beautiful and what I aspire to be like in the future.”

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Hurt Me
                              Falling Short
                              Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)
                              Tell Me The Truth
                              Love Is Blind
                              Seven Months

                              “My last record was a break up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make up record. I’m making up with myself. making up for lost time. making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

                              So says Adele about her new long player '25'. "Highly anticipated" doesn't quite cut it, with the video for lead single 'Hello' clocking in at 404,293,556 views the last time I looked (and undoubtedly more by the time you read this). '25' might be the event record of 2015, but really it's a continuation of the sound that brought '21' 9 x platinum global sales. The intimate piano ballads, epic swelling choruses, R&B pop hints and BIG production are all present and correct on '25', along with the emotional catch in Adele's voice - the thing that lifts her head and shoulders above all the melisma-ing X-Factor wannabes. The album features co-production from Greg Kurstin, Tobias Jesso Jr ('When We Were Young'), Danger Mouse ('River Lea') and Swedish pop svengalis Max Martin & Shellback ('Send My Love (To Your New Lover)') 

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Hello
                              2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
                              3. I Miss You
                              4. When We Were Young
                              5. Remedy
                              6. Water Under The Bridge
                              7. River Lea
                              8. Love In The Dark
                              9. Million Years Ago
                              10. All I Ask
                              11. Sweetest Devotion

                              Following a BBC Sound Of 2015 nomination and signing to XL Recordings, the hotly-tipped talent Shamir comes correct with his debut album "Ratchet". The Las Vegas-based singer crept slowly into the awarenesses of music fans with a steady rise in popularity following the release of debut EP "Northtown", which was put out on the Godmode Records label. Hypnotic single "On The Regular" marked the transition to the indie label giant XL and promised an album of addictive rhythms and bold pop magic.

                              Dismissing any questions of over hype straight off the bat, Shamir opens the LP with the Sylvester "I Need Somebody To Love Tonight" stylings of "Vegas", delivering the best low tempo cut of the year so far. From that point forward there's no looking back as the young gun unites Larry Levan-era house, DFA-style beats and strikingly sincere and lyrics into a ménage à trois which calls to mind the finest work of Hot Chip, Holy Ghost! and Tiga. Alongside the pure pop majesty of "Make A Scene" and "On The Regular", there's the thumping house hit of "Call It Off" and "Hot Mess" before the smooth R&B stylings of "Demon" closes the A-side. As we dive to the flip, LP standout "In For The Kill" goes woozy and wonky in an explosion of brass backed 'Arthur Russel goes house' genius. "Youth" channels Hot Chip at their dancefloor best (think of "My Piano") before "Darker" heads off on an emotive FKA Twigs-esque crank anthem. And how better to finish this glorious artistic statement off than with a high camp, high energy house slammer, which is exactly what "Head In The Clouds" is.

                              "Ratchet" sees Shamir live up to the hype and reset the bar for danceable pop music - get involved.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Make A Scene
                              On The Regular
                              Call It Off
                              Hot Mess
                              In For The Kill
                              Head In The Clouds

                              East India Youth

                              Culture Of Volume

                                Over the last year, London-based East India Youth has combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and has quickly become recognised as one of the most experimental and captivating artists around.

                                Here he delivers brand new album, titled ‘Culture Of Volume’; his first since signing to XL Recordings. The record follows his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’ (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.

                                ‘Culture Of Volume’ opens with the synth sweep of instrumental track 'The Juddering', which does indeed judder. It then switches tack to 'End Result', an emotive, melancholic number featuring live instrumentation. 'Beaming White' and 'Turn Away', while 'Hearts That Never' and 'Entirety' head to the peak-time dancefloor with 90s rave beats, fidgeting keyboard lines and a touch of an unrelenting Underworld feel to it. Wearing its heart on its sleeve, solo vocal / synth number 'Carousel' sounds like a number U2 should have written for the Spiderman musical, but didn't. Firing up the club rhythms again, jittery 2-stepping drum & bass-ish cut 'Don’t Look Backwards' is catchy pop with fancy footwork. The album closes with the sparkling machine-pop of 'Manner Of Words' and 'Montage Resolution', which, like 'The Juddering', does exactly what it says on the tin. 

                                Mostly recorded and produced in his bedroom at home in London and named after a fragment of verse from the poem ‘Monument’ by Rick Holland, ‘Culture Of Volume’ was mixed by Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis, Boymerang) and the artwork was created by visual artist Dan Tombs (inspired by Andy Warhol’s experiments with computer technology).

                                Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern alt-soul-pop that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal.

                                Debuting on Chess Club 45 with ''Platoon' and 'The Heat' back in 2013, Jungle gained instant praise for their seductive sounds and equally mesmeric videos of a breakdancing child and rollerskating duo. Minus the striking visuals Jungle are just as impressive with a delicate yet immediate music that brings to mind the likes of Prince, the Bee Gees, The xx, Bon Iver, Portishead, krautrock, Curtis Mayfield, ELO, P-Funk, MGMT psychedelia, Disclosure and more, all fed into the Junglist blender creating a refreshing soul-pop smoothie. Now signed to XL Recordings the duo / septet's debut long player looks set to be the crossover album of summer 2014.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. The Heat
                                2. Accelerate
                                3. Busy Earnin’
                                4. Platoon
                                5. Drops
                                6. Time
                                7. Smoking Pixels
                                8. Julia
                                9. Crumbler
                                10. Son Of A Gun
                                11. Lucky I Got What I Want
                                12. Lemonade Lake


                                The Bends

                                  "Fans of Radiohead's 1993 single "Creep" basically divided into two camps: those who loved it as a dynamic slice of self-loathing rock & roll, and those who just enjoyed the skrakunk-skrakunk guitar distortion before every chorus. On their later albums, Radiohead would throw their lot in with the skrakunk-skrakunk crowd, pushing the boundaries of sonic experimentation. But for one record, they demonstrated how good they could be when they stuck to guitar rock. Singer Thom Yorke explored the expressive power of moaning, while guitarist Jonny Greenwood proved equally gifted with restrained strumming and electric flare-gun solos. When critics describe bands such as Coldplay as sounding like Radiohead, they usually mean that they sound like Radiohead's brilliant second album.

                                  The title of The Bends refers to decompression sickness, when deep-sea divers come up too quickly — a comment on the band's sudden fame. The lyrics are filled with Yorke's unhappiness rendered as health metaphors: He makes himself a cripple who can't climb the stairs in "Bones," and with "My Iron Lung," he immobilizes himself even more completely and complains, "This is our new song/Just like the last one/A total waste of time."

                                  The record is filled with lovely ballads, full of longing, jealousy and critiques of consumer culture. But the best is the last: "Street Spirit (Fade Out)." Over chiming guitar arpeggios, Yorke sings a hymn to his own claustrophobia and insignificance, making them sound like exalted states of being. When he intones, "Cracked eggs, dead birds scream as they fight for life," he finds solace in the vowels, transforming them into a melody of hope. By the end of the song, with harmonies swirling around, the beauty has touched even him: The final words on an emotional, bleak album are "Immerse your soul in love." - Rolling Stone.

                                  About its release Adele says 'I'm very excited, nervous, eager, anxious but chuffed to announce my new album! It's taken a while and it knocked me for six when writing it. It's different from "19", it's about the same things but in a different light. I deal with things differently now. I'm more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles. Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly this record is called "21". The whole reason I called my first album "19" was about cataloging what happened to me then and who I was then, like a photo album you see the progression and changes in a person throughout the years.'

                                  Most of the album was made in Malibu with the legendary Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and back in Kensal Rise in London with Paul Epworth (Plan B, Bloc Party, Florence). Adele cites Wanda Jackson, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Mary J Blige, Mos Def, Elbow, Tom Waits and Kanye West amongst others as key influences on "21".

                                  Critically acclaimed by many of her musical contemporaries, Adele well and truly made her mark with "19". Chapter two begins here.



                                    After two hugely acclaimed albums (2005’s "Arular" and 2007’s "Kala"), the global success of "Paper Planes", Oscar nominations, and that Grammys performance, MIA is back with a brand new album "/\/\/\Y/\" ("MAYA" in slashes!), which sees her as incendiary and forward thinking as ever. Recorded in Los Angeles, the album features production from Rusko, Diplo, Blaqstarr and Switch, a collaboration resulting in dubstep bass and grinding industrial noise being added to MIA’s unique armoury of electro sounds. Just as shouty and in yer face as ever, this is pop music as a polar opposite to the polished sheen of Lady Gaga and Kylie. "MAYA" draws influence from our technologically changing world, now that our every thought and action is documented and posted for everyone to see. The album is an uncensored screen-grab of 2010.



                                      The majority of MIA's second LP "Kala" was made when she was supposed to be taking time out and travelling. When she ended up in Chennai, India, she spent weeks recording live drum patterns with local percussionists, writing new songs like "BirdFlu" and "20 Dollar", holed up in a studio used normally for Bollywood soundtracks. Subsequent trips found her writing and recording in Trinidad, Jamaica, Australia, Japan and briefly in the US, and then these 'field recordings' were turned into full tracks with the help of Baltimore's Blaqstarr, Aussie hip hopper Morganics, Switch and Hollertronix man Diplo, creating the globetrottin' electro-rockin' monsters you have before you. So while "Arular" was a bedroom dancehall rocker, "Kala" is a different beast, it's the beat of the street itself — the sound of roadside sound systems, taxicab transistors, DVD-wired dollar vans, motorbike couriers and parking lot pull-ups. It's also the sound of MIA digging in as both an artist and a producer.

                                      Dizzee Rascal

                                      Maths & English

                                        Dizzee Rascal returns with new album "Maths & English". On the one hand it's easily his most accessible record to date. On the other, it's as brutally honest and confrontational as anything he's done to date. Check out first single "Sirens" – with its Korn-inspired metal guitars. Or the Lyn Collins-sampling "Pussyole", which is the straightest hip hop track he's ever done. The album also features a host of special guests, including the vivacious backchat of Lily Allen on "Wanna Be", the Shy FX-produced "Da' Feelin", and the gangster rap anthem "Where's Da G's" with US legends Bun B and Pimp C (UGK). Then there's the reggae infused "Temptation" which samples Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys. While "Maths & English" may have been inspired by a huge number of different styles and influences, the album retains its distinctively British identity and only goes to enhance that Dizzee Rascal really is one of the country's best musical talents.


                                        I Might Be Wrong

                                          Live album comprising mainly of material from "Kid A" and "Amnesiac", and the featured songs here take on a new and looser life. Also featured is the long unreleased classic "True Love Waits", this is an essential accompaniment to their last two albums.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1 The National Anthem (Live In France)
                                          2 I Might Be Wrong (Live)
                                          3 Morning Bell (Live In Oxford)
                                          4 Like Spinning Plates (Live)
                                          5 Idioteque (Live In Oxford)
                                          6 Everything In Its Right Place (Live In France)
                                          7 Dollars & Cents (Live)
                                          8 True Love Waits (Live In Oslo)

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