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Sam Morton

Cry Without End

    SAM MORTON – the musical duo comprising singer, songwriter and acclaimed actor and director Samantha Morton, and music producer and artist Richard Russell – release a new single, “Cry Without End”, via XL Recordings. Featuring musician and composer Alabaster DePlume, “Cry Without End” is simultaneously fragile and powerful, a gorgeous, heart-jangling song that sees Morton’s ethereal vocal – acapella for the first verse – ultimately enveloped by delicate, lush orchestration. The single is complimented by a deeply personal music video directed by, and featuring, Morton herself.

    Despite a lifelong love of, and involvement in, music, SAM MORTON is Samantha Morton’s first ever artist project. The collaboration came out after Russell reached out following her much talked-about appearance on Desert Island Discs and shared love of one of her song selections in particular: “I Remember” by Molly Drake. A period of spontaneous and intense collaboration followed, one that yielded more than an album’s worth of music and acted as a cathartic vehicle for their part-autobiographical lyricism and song-writing.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Cry Without End (feat Alabaster DePlume)

    Nourished By Time

    Catching Chickens EP

      2023 was a transformative year for the Baltimore singer-songwriter and producer, Nourished By Time. His critically-acclaimed debut album, Erotic Probiotic 2 picked up Pitchfork’s 'Best New Music' and featured on ‘Best Of 2024’ lists on Gorilla vs Bear (#1), Pitchfork (#5), The Guardian, The Fader, Paste and more. He collaborated with Yaeji on “Happy” from her debut album With A Hammer and remixed Dry Cleaning’s “Gary Ashby”, who he also supported on tour. Meanwhile, he embarked across Europe for his debut headline tour before returning to the US to open for Vagabon.


      Signing to XL Recordings, Nourished By Time returns to announce his new EP Catching Chickens will be released on 22 March digitally and on 12” vinyl. Written between 2022 - 2023 in his home studio in Baltimore, Catching Chickens takes inspiration from the iconic scene in Rocky II where his trainer makes him chase and catch chickens as a test of agility. With tracks like “Hell of a Ride,” in which Nourished By Time contemplates the fall of the American empire and late-stage capitalism loneliness, and “Had Ya Called”, which deals with the frustrations of growing distance in friendships, Nourished By Time chronicles his own test of agility as he weaves through the motions of his newfound notability.


      To celebrate the EP news, Nourished By Time releases “Hand On Me” single and music video. Shot by Josh Renaut, “Hand on Me,” explores paranoia that corrodes love and trust in a traumatic relationship. As he puts it, “the video is about being reminded that you’re an angel by other angels, featuring a surrealist commentary on celebrity culture”

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Hell Of A Ride
      2. Hand On Me
      3. Poison-Soaked
      4. Had Ya Called
      5. Romance In Me

      Burial

      Dreamfear / Boy Sent From Above

        XL Recordings announce Burial’s ‘Dreamfear’ /‘Boy Sent From Above’ single. 

        Available to independent retailers on 12” vinyl in a remixed XL housebag

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Shadow lurking bass music pioneer Burial returns with two more idiosyncratic pieces of bleak futurism and dystopian escapism. Expanding on the arrangement style explored in more recent releases, he still adds fragments of the hardcore continuum into the mix - making it distinctly identifiable as the producer's work. Another masterpiece.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Dreamfear
        2. Boy Sent From Above

        The Smile

        Wall Of Eyes

          Following on from 2022 debut LP 'A Light For Attracting Attention', which garnered a top 20 spot in our 2022 end of year review, 'Wall Of Eyes' sees Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner once again coming together for another art-rock opus that is inventive and boundry-pushing; whilst still remaining incredibly accessible and potent at it's core. With string arrangements by the London Contemporary Orchestra, 'Wall Of Eyes' comfortably shrugs off the burden of being "just another Radiohead side-project" and in the process leaves us hoping there's more from The Smile for years to come.





          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Though it's easy to compare The Smile to Radiohead (for obvious reasons), and there is a similarity to the sound that Yorke & Greenwood bring, the end result ends up quite drastically different. The Smile are a lot less rooted in rock music, ending up presenting something that's both beautifully organic and free-flowing whilst never straying too far into experimental territories. Lovely stuff.

          TRACK LISTING

          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

          CASISDEAD

          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.

            TRACK LISTING

            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.

              TRACK LISTING

              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

                    Flimsier
                    Pink Shell
                    Seaforth
                    That Is My Life, That Is Yours
                    Tortoise Of Independency
                    Empty Stomach Space Cadet
                    Flimsy
                    Hamburgerphobia
                    From The Swamp
                    Seagirl
                    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
                            Cellular
                            Stoned Again
                            Slush Puppy
                            Rock Bottom
                            Comet Face
                            Perfecto Miserable
                            Alone, Omen 3
                            Baby Blue
                            Half Man Half Shark
                            Underclass
                            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

                            Amnesiac:
                            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)
                            Bernard?
                            Runnersz
                            Rraine (feat. Edna)
                            Glorious Amateurs
                            S Gets Jaded
                            Froth Sipping
                            Layer 6
                            In Drink
                            Playground (feat. Goya Gumbani)
                            Born Slipping (feat. TYSON)

                            Smerz

                            Believer

                              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

                              Gitarriff
                              Max
                              Believer
                              Versace Strings
                              Rain
                              4 Temaer
                              Hester *
                              Flashing
                              The Favourite
                              Rap Interlude
                              Sonette
                              Glassbord
                              Grand Piano
                              Missy
                              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)

                              Powell

                              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

                                Sport

                                  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)

                                  LISS

                                  First EP

                                    Danish teenagers Liss bring us their brand new single. Premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ on BBC Radio 1, "Sorry" is a enchanting slice of R&B built around singer Søren Holm’s distinct, soulful vocal.

                                    "Sorry" is the follow up to Liss’ debut single "Try / Always" released in November 2015 via the highly-respected Danish label Escho. Described by The Guardian as “a liquid piece of fast-paced funk pop that imagines what might have happened had Michael Jackson recorded with Arthur Russell” and Crack Magazine simply as “nonchalantly effortless pop”, it was an irresistible first statement from the Aarhus, Denmark-based quartet, and a compelling introduction to Liss’ unique brand of Nordic soul.

                                    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)

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

                                    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

                                    Heartless
                                    Hurt Me
                                    Falling Short
                                    Cliff
                                    Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)
                                    Painter
                                    Tell Me The Truth
                                    Station
                                    Love Is Blind
                                    Silverlake
                                    Leap
                                    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

                                    Vegas
                                    Make A Scene
                                    On The Regular
                                    Call It Off
                                    Hot Mess
                                    Demon
                                    In For The Kill
                                    Youth
                                    Darker
                                    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).

                                      Ibeyi

                                      Ibeyi

                                        Ibeyi (pronounced “ee-bey-ee”) is Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, daughters of the late Cuban percussionist 'Anga' Diaz of Buena Vista Social fame. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba. Their love of Yorùbá choirs was inspired by their mother.

                                        Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World and twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture.

                                        Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruba and they have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers brought up in Paris. This self-titled debut album, produced by XL’s Richard Russell, is an inventive collision of the old and the new - stark electronic atmospherics, heartfelt soulful vocals and melodies inspired by slave chants to produce what Ibeyi themselves have dubbed “contemporary negro spirituals”.

                                        For fans of James Blake, Bjork etc.


                                        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

                                        Radiohead

                                        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.

                                          Bobby Womack

                                          The Bravest Man In The Universe

                                            Bobby Womack is a funk and soul legend with more hits under his belt than we can count. 'The Bravest Man In The Universe' is his first album for 18 years. It was recorded and co-produced by Damon Albarn, which came about when he did guest vocals for The Gorillaz's 'Plastic Beach' album, and XL label boss Richard Russell who was behind the controls on Gil Scott Heron's final album 'I'm New Here'.

                                            Recorded at Albarn's Studio 13 in west London and New York's Manhattan Center between October and December 2011, the album occupies a similar space to Russell's work with Gil Scott-Heron, letting Womack's heart-rending soul vocals ride over more contemporary electronic backing tracks. The album also features vocal contributions from African singer Fatoumata Diawara and Lana Del Rey.


                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Philippa says: Bobby Womack's first album in 18 years, co-produced by Damon Albarn. Soul with a downbeat edge. Includes vocal contributions from Fatoumata Diawara and Lana Del Rey.

                                            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.


                                            MIA

                                            /\/\/\Y/\

                                              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.

                                              Gil Scott-Heron

                                              I'm New Here

                                                THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2011

                                                'I’m New Here' sees proto-rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron still looking forward, still challenging conventions and expectations, with his first album in 13 years. Without doubt one of the most important voices in 20th century music, Gil Scott-Heron’s unfailingly sharp and ironic eye spared neither Black Power phonies or scheming presidents. In 1971 he laid out the blueprint for the whole rap genre with his slinky anthem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" while, throughout a career spanning five decades, his deep, soulful voice spoke of nukes, Reaganomics or apartheid, always from deep inside the tradition. "I’m New Here" sees Gil Scott-Heron sounding as vital as ever; a record that reveals something unexpected at every turn; one that sees Scott-Heron pushing, probing and testing the boundaries just as he always has. Alongside his "I’m New Here" collaborator – producer and XL Recordings head Richard Russell – Scott-Heron has made an album that eschews the cosy arrangements and retrospective leanings one might expect from an artist over forty years into their career.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Laura says: A truly remarkable album, and an almost permanent fixture on my turntable this year. Gil's storytelling is second to none; from the melancholy of opening track, "On Coming From A Broken" home, to the raw blues-stomp of "Me And The Devil" to the dark brooding "Where Did The Night Go" he paints vivid pictures of his world. He even takes a Bill Callahan (Smog) song and makes it his own. (It's so good in fact that it gives the album its name!) Sad, witty, melancholic, uplifting and thought provoking - this is Gil on top form.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 1)
                                                2. Me And The Devil
                                                3. I’m New Here
                                                4. Your Soul And Mine
                                                5. Parents (Interlude)
                                                6. I’ll Take Care Of You
                                                7. Being Blessed (Interlude)
                                                8. Where Did The Night Go
                                                9. I Was Guided (Interlude)
                                                10. New York Is Killing Me
                                                11. Certain Things (Interlude)
                                                12. Running
                                                13. The Crutch
                                                14. I’ve Been Me (Interlude)
                                                15. On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 2)

                                                Vinyl Bonus Disc:
                                                1. Piano Player (Intro)
                                                2. Home Is Where The Hatred Is *
                                                3. Winter In America *
                                                4. Jazz (Interlude)
                                                5. Is That Jazz *
                                                6. A Place To Go (Interlude)
                                                7. My Cloud **
                                                * Live Studio Version
                                                ** Previously Unreleased

                                                Basement Jaxx

                                                Scars

                                                  Basement Jaxx are back with their fifth long player, "Scars". The set features a host of special guests including Yoko Ono, Sam Sparro, Santigold, Kelis and Chipmunk, and is as innovative in its sound as it is in its vision. Their sound still remains as urgent and as impactful as ever – there's no need for Basement Jaxx to try and embrace any kind of retro outlook to their music. From the Top 20 smash hit summer anthem of "Raindrops" featuring Felix's twisted vocals, to the string-drenched, grime-esque title track "Scars2 and the gorgeous "My Turn", which features Lightspeed Champion on vocals, Basement Jaxx deliver an album that outshines any dance act in the UK.

                                                  Friendly Fires

                                                  Friendly Fires

                                                    Having wowed us with a 45 and a couple of ace 10"s on People In The Sky, Friendly Fires now deliver their full length debut album. Two years in the making, this long player is a heady mixture of dancefloor friendly monsters, amidst beautiful washes of understated lo-fi pop music. The album opens with "Jump In The Pool", a mixture of angular punk-funk jerkiness and big emotion-drenched chorus, while "In The Hospital" mixes post-punk disco with guitar slashes and all sorts of alt-funkiness. "Paris" opens with frenzied percussion before morphing into a sing-along stadium favourite, and "Strobe" pushes the indie envelope further with its jangly guitars before adding a nice dose of sparkling electronics. And so the album continues, blending disco-punk rhythms with an emotional intensity to work both the feet and the brain.

                                                    Monkey

                                                    Journey To The West

                                                      Created by the team behind Gorillaz (Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn), "Journey To The West" is performed by European and Chinese musicians and singers, and produced by Damon Albarn. The album is based on "Monkey; Journey To The West", the opera which premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2007. With lyrics based on ancient Chinese text, the album has been recorded in London and Beijing over the last 12 months. The album opens with "Monkey's World", moves into a "Heavenly Peach Banquet", is escorted by "Monkey Bee" and closes with the "Disappearing Volcano". With a running time of 50 minutes, "Journey To The West" consists of 22 tracks with vocals in Mandarin. Check the BBC Olympic Games coverage for Monkey music and animation by Jamie Hewlett.

                                                      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.

                                                        Radiohead

                                                        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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