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BADBADNOTGOOD

Mid Spiral

    At the start of 2024 BADBADNOTGOOD were brimming with new creative energy. Having just come off a run of one-off international tour dates and a series of sessions for projects with artists Daniel Cesar, Charlotte Day Wilson, reggie, Baby Rose, and Turnstile, the Canadian-trio of Al Sow, Chester Hansen and Leland Whitty were eager to get back into the studio to simply create. The trio called on some of their closest friends and collaborators, BADBADNOTGOOD touring member Felix Fox-Pappas (keys) and a few key-players in the Toronto jazz scene including Kaelin Murphy (trumpet), Juan Carlos Medrano (percussion) and LA musician Tyler Lott (guitar), for an intensive and productive one-week of recording at Valentine Studios in Los Angeles in February 2024. The result of those sessions is the Mid Spiral series, originally released as 3 parts – Chaos, Order and Growth – digitally earlier this year and now collected altogether on a double LP and CD.

    The 'Mid Spiral' suites see BADBADNOTGOOD return to their roots of instrumental jazz while once again pushing the boundaries of how they cross pollinate genres, incorporating their love of hip-hop, neo-soul, psychedelic, funk and more. For the sessions, the trio incorporated additional musicians to add more voices of instrumentation, resulting in a deeply collaborative and expansive new sound. As the trio sifted through the weeks’ worth of material, it was clear that three distinct moods emerged, a deeper reflection of where the musicians are within their own personal lives, along with the state of the wider world: Chaos, Order and Growth.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Eyes On Me
    2. Take Me With You
    3. Weird & Wonderful
    4. Mid Spiral
    5. Last Laugh
    6. Your Soul & Mine
    7. Playgroup
    8. Juan's World
    9. Taco Taco
    10. Sétima Regra
    11. Sunday Afternoon's Dream
    12. Rewind Your Mind
    13. First Love
    14. Audacia
    15. Celestial Hands
    16. Ways Of Seeing
    17. White Light

    Fontaines D.C.

    Romance

      Fontaines D.C. announce details of their highly-anticipated fourth album, Romance. Romance is the band’s first album with producer James Ford and is without doubt their most assured, inventive and sonically adventurous record yet. It’s set to build on the success of the Dublin-made, now London-based band’s acclaimed 2022 album Skinty Fia, which reached number 1 in the UK and Irish album charts and saw the band receiving a host of accolades including “International Group of the Year” at the 2023 BRIT Awards.

      Heralding Fontaines D.C.’s latest creative (r)evolution is the explosive lead single “Starburster”. Inspired by a panic attack lead singer Grian Chatten suffered in London’s St Pancras station, the song is punctuated by sharp feral intakes of breath. Its propulsive beat and unrelenting lyrics establish self-destruction as fantasy before a brief moment of sobering clarity when the drums fall away and Chatten moves from spitting, almost-rap into an almost-psalm, his baritone rich and dreamy. It’s accompanied by a cinematic music video from director Aube Perrie (Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles, The Hives) that captures the song’s cathartic intensity to brilliant effect.

      Romance is Fontaines D.C.s most ambitious, expansive record yet, its 11 tracks constellating ideas that have been percolating among Grian Chatten (vocals), Carlos O’Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan (bass), and Tom Coll (drums) since they released Skinty Fia in 2022. These ideas crystalised while touring the U.S. and Mexico with Arctic Monkeys as the five band members shared music and found a throughline with artists that deftly build out their own sprawling creative worlds: the attitude and aesthetic sheen of artists like Shygirl and Sega Bodega, the bolshy sonic palettes of hip hop and heavy metal, Mos Def, A$AP Ferg, OutKast and Korn. They had time apart to build more singular visions for what future music could be: O’Connell went to Spain’s Castile-La Mancha and later became a new father, while Chatten spent time in LA, and Deegan in Paris. They laid deeper roots in London. Each member spent time pushing their boundaries – experimental riffs, chord progressions, and far-flung lyrical references without intentions for a record. After wrapping up the US arena tour in Autumn 2023, they spent a month writing together again, three weeks of pre-production in a North London studio, and a month in a chateau close to Paris, sleeping among studio equipment, completely immersed.

      Of the album’s title, Conor Deegan says, “We’ve always had this sense of idealism and romance. Each album gets further away from observing that through the lens of Ireland, as directly as (Mercury Prize-nominated debut) Dogrel. The second album (the GRAMMY-nominated A Hero’s Death) is about that detachment, and the third (Skinty Fia) is about Irishness dislocated in the diaspora. Now we look to where and what else there is to be romantic about.”

      Expounding on the theme, Chatten recalls Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s anime Akira, where the embers of love develop despite a maelstrom of technological degradation and political corruption around its characters. “I’m fascinated by that - falling in love at the end of the world,” he says. “The album is about protecting that tiny flame. The bigger armageddon looms, the more precious it becomes,” while O’Connell adds “This record is about deciding what’s fantasy – the tangible world, or where you go in your mind. What represents reality more? That feels almost spiritual for us.”

      The sonic evolution of the band, who bared their teeth in early records with antagonistic punk sensibilities, is an ascent into grungier breaks, dystopian electronica, hip-hop percussion, and dreamy Slowdive-esque textures that may surprise fans. The shoegaze touchpoints first pressed on Skinty Fia unfold on Romance like a purpling bruise. But any “retro aesthetic”, as Chatten describes it, is left behind. Reflecting on the impending release, Chatten says, “We say things on this record we’ve wanted to say for a long time. I never feel like it's over, but it’s nice to feel lighter.” The fantasy is felt for better or worse, and Fontaines D.C. welcome either end of oblivion.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Romance
      2. Starburster
      3. Here's The Thing
      4. Desire
      5. In The Modern World
      6. Bug
      7. Motorcycle Boy
      8. Sundowner
      9. Horseness Is The Whatness
      10. Death Kink
      11. Favourite

      Thom Yorke

      Confidenza OST

        In January it was revealed that Thom Yorke composed the original score for Daniele Luchetti’s film Confidenza, an adaptation of the Italian drama based on Domenico Starnone’s novel of the same name. XL Recordings announces that Thom Yorke’s Confidenza original soundtrack will be released digitally on April 26, with vinyl and CD to follow on July 12.

        Confidenza follows Yorke’s previous full-length score and original soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 Suspiria remake, Suspirium receiving a GRAMMY-nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Produced by Sam Petts-Davies (Suspiria, The Smile Wall Of Eyes), Confidenza sees Petts-Davies and Yorke working again with the London Contemporary Orchestra alongside a jazz ensemble which included Robert Stillman and fellow The Smile bandmate Tom Skinner. In 2019 Yorke contributed music to Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn and in 2022 he wrote two original tracks for the series finale of Peaky Blinders.

        As of late, Yorke has been touring with The Smile (Tom Skinner, Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke), who released their second studio-album Wall Of Eyes in January which follows the band’s 2022-debut album A Light For Attracting Attention.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. The Big City
        2. Knife Edge
        3. Letting Down Gently
        4. Secret Clarinet
        5. In The Trees
        6. Prize Giving
        7. Four Ways In Time
        8. Confidenza
        9. Nosebleed Nuptials
        10. Bunch Of Flowers
        11. A Silent Scream
        12. On The Ledge

        Overmono & The Streets

        Turn The Page

          Overmono first performed their version of The Streets’ seminal 'Turn The Page' at the 2022 edition of Lost Village Festival to a rapturous response. Hailed by Rolling Stone UK as a "glitchy techno banger”, it has since grown into a word-of-mouth phenomenon and a pinnacle moment in the duo’s critically acclaimed live show. From their Coachella debut to their viral Boiler Room and more recent sold-out headline show at London’s Roundhouse, the track continues to resonate across continents, solidifying its status as a timeless dancefloor anthem. Now available for pre-order on 12” black vinyl with laser etched lyrics on the b-side.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Turn The Page

          Sam Morton

          Daffodils & Dirt

            Sam Morton, the musical duo comprised of singer, songwriter and acclaimed actor and director Samantha Morton and music producer and co-songwriter Richard Russell release their highly-anticipated debut album. Titled Daffodils & Dirt. Over twelve startling tracks, the pair build a deeply personal musical world that feels simultaneously intimate and delicate yet powerful and tough. The part-autobiographical suite of songs see Russell’s spartan soundscapes providing a rich foundation for Morton’s gorgeous, ethereal vocal, aided by a cast of musical collaborators that include Alabaster DePlume, Laura Groves, Jack Peñate and additional vocalist Ali Campbell (on “Broxtowe Girl”).

            Despite a lifelong love of, and involvement in, music, SAM MORTON is Samantha Morton’s first ever artist project. The collaboration came about after she appeared on Desert Island Discs in October 2020 and Russell happened to be listening. He was struck not only by her song choices (including a shared love of one song in particular: “I Remember” by Molly Drake) but by the way the music weaved through her lived experiences. The pair connected and corresponded, swapping ideas, sketches and stream-of-consciousnesses. Finally, months later, they met in the studio and engaged in a period of spontaneous, intense and open-ended collaboration, one which proved to be a cathartic musical process for both parties. Daffodils & Dirt, completed during 2023, is the captivating result.

            The album cover artwork features an archive photograph from acclaimed British-American photographer and visual artist Nick Waplington, who documented life on Nottingham’s Broxtowe Estate at the same time Morton was growing up there in the mid-1980s.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Airy, drifting electronic backdrops akin to Bonobo or James Blake beneath Morton's sumptuous vocal lines, crisp percussion and hypnotic ambience. It's a dynamic mix of post-dubstep, electronica and r&b and it absolutely swims with vibe. Brilliant.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Highwood House
            2. Hungerhill Road
            3. Purple Yellow
            4. The Little White Cloud That Cried
            5. Kaleidoscope
            6. Cry Without End
            7. Broxtowe Girl
            8. Let's Walk In The Night
            9. Greenstone
            10. Double Dip Neon
            11. The Shadow
            12. Loved By God

            Peggy Gou

            I Hear You

              Artist, producer, DJ and cultural trailblazer Peggy Gou announces details of her long-awaited debut album. One of the most hotly-anticipated debut records in recent years, I Hear You will be released on 7th June 2024 via XL Recordings. The ten track album is the culmination of years of work for the Korean-born artist, who’s uniquely revered as both an underground icon and global sensation, sticking by her own unwavering vision to become one of the most in-demand electronic music artists and DJs in the world. Featuring previous singles, the 2023 chart-topping global hit “(It Goes Like) Nanana” and her Lenny Kravitz collaboration “I Believe in Love Again”, the LP sees Gou stepping into the next level of her artistry and boldly claiming her voice through the kaleidoscopic lens of ‘90s house music.

              Talking about I Hear You, Peggy Gou says:
              “I Hear You is more than just my debut album. It embodies countless hours of dedication in my journey to create something timeless, and is a testament to the power of listening, to ourselves and to each other.”

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Nostalgia hits differently doesn't it? The shining clarity of modern house music certainly has something about it that's satisfying, but has anything in the past ten years come close to tickling the same nostalgic 90's rave / breaks / house receptor that Peggy Gou's music has? Definitely not. A brilliant and long-awaited debut album from one of the hottest names in the dance music world.

              TRACK LISTING

              Your Art
              Back To One
              I Believe In Love Again
              All That
              (It Goes Like) Nanana
              Lobster Telephone
              Seoulsi Peggygou (서울시페기구)
              I Go
              Purple Horizon
              1+1=11

              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

                  Nourished By Time won the hearts of everyone at Piccadilly HQ last year with his debut LP "Erotic Probiotic", which later appeared in many other End Of Year lists (we're were there first though ;) - Ed).

                  The "Catching Chickens EP" - marking his signing to XL Recordings - sees the singular Baltimore artist further cement his stylistically eccentric; lyrically poignant brand of songwriting even further with five tracks that could only have emanated from his own astral plane.

                  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.

                  “Hand On Me”, complete with music video shot by Josh Renaut, 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'.

                  As we've quickly come to expect, NBT has no problems laying bare his own truth with painstaking honesty; and thankfully he's seen no desire to change the production process on this outing, with a DIY take on freestyle, soul, RnB and boogie built around a humble collection of synths and drum machines. It's a beautifully succinct, well-rounded follow up to "Erotic Probiotic" which should see him expand his cult adored fan base and rachet up a whole heap of accolades as the year progresses. 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Highly antipated by us all here at Picc HQ. One of the hottest acts of 2023 follows up with a killer EP further cementing his unique songwriting prowess. We love you Marcus!

                  TRACK LISTING

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

                  Charlotte Day Wilson

                  Cyan Blue

                    'Cyan Blue' finds Wilson crafting a smoothly woven cyan tapestry of her eternal influences; thumping gospel piano, warm soul basslines, atmospheric electronics, and penetrating R&B melodies. Yet, it possesses a sense of vastness that rings in a new era for Wilson, one in which she’s embracing collaboration and newfound creative openness tinged with wistfulness and yearning and a reflection on youthful innocence. “I want to look through the unjaded eyes of my younger self again,” Wilson explains of making 'Cyan Blue'. “Before there wasn’t as much baggage, before so much life was lived. But I also wish that my younger self could see where I am now. It would be nice to be able to impart some of the wisdom and clarity that I have now onto her.”

                    Working with producers like Leon Thomas (SZA, Ariana Grande, Post Malone), and Jack Rochon (H.E.R, Daniel Caesar), 'Cyan Blue' demonstrates Wilson’s sonic expertise while also showcasing the next evolution of her time-bending songwriting. Through 13 hypnotizing tracks, she continues to use music as a vessel for unpacking relationships, which in turn allows her to meet and understand herself in life-spanning, panoramic focus. But, on 'Cyan Blue', she challenged herself to kick her perfectionist tendencies. “Before, I was extremely intentional about creating music with a strong foundation, a bed of artistic integrity,” Wilson reflects. “But that was a bit stifling, like, ‘Let me just make a great piece of art that will stand the test of time, no pressure.’ Now, I think I'm getting out of this frozen state of needing everything to be perfect. I'm more interested in capturing feelings in the moment as they happen and leaving them in that moment.”

                    While this is only her second album, Wilson’s influence in music has made a major mainstream impact. Wilson broke out in 2016 with her critically acclaimed EP, 'CDW', followed by 2018’s 'Stone Woman' and made her debut studio album an official coming out moment in 2021 with the critically acclaimed, self-released 'Alpha'. Over the past decade, she’s been sampled by Drake, John Mayer, and James Blake, while Patti Smith has recently praised and covered Wilson’s 2016 breakout single “Work.” Additionally, she’s collaborated with artists like Kaytranada, BADBADNOTGOOD, and SG Lewis, demonstrating that there’s no sound Wilson can’t adapt to and sprinkle her cyan-colored magic over.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: There's a strong thread of soul through Charlotte Day Wilson's brilliant 'Cyan Blue', but it smoothly moves between jazzy chord progressions and blazing synthpop lead lines, forging a path entirely of her own. Brilliantly inventive, full of groove and brilliantly produced.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. My Way
                    2. Money
                    3. Dovetail
                    4. Forever (ft. Snoh Aalegra)
                    5. Do U Still
                    6. New Day
                    7. Last Call
                    8. Canopy
                    9. Over The Rainbow
                    10. Kiss & Tell
                    11. I Don't Love You
                    12. Cyan Blue
                    13. Walk With 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

                        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.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          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.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          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)

                          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)

                                            The Avalanches

                                            Since I Left You - 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

                                            The Avalanches’ era defining debut album ‘Since I Left You’ has finally come of age. Now 20 years old, ‘Since I Left You’ gets a timely reissue along with an additional record of fifteen remixes from the likes of MF DOOM, Stereolab and Carl Craig. The Avalanches made ‘Since I Left You’ out of hundreds of vinyl samples, the grand finale and biggest climactic triumph of the Sampladelic Decade. Containing classic singles ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ and ’Since I Left You’, the reissue’s remixes give each track a new lease of life, while still maintaining the sunny disposition of the originals.

                                            Do you remember what you were doing twenty years ago? I do. I was a fifteen year old kid from the burbs, spending my summer playing football and recreating WWF classics in the back yard while dressed like a nerdish Eminem (bleach blonde hair and everything). Then a wacky-ass radio track packed with film snippets and horse noises worked its way into my teenage brain and changed things for good. The Avalanches were insane, inspired and in full effect; following the 'horse song' ("Frontier Psychiatrist") with a soulful and swooning summer jam ("Since I Left You") which has played in my head ever since. Family Allowance firmly in hand I took my privileged ass off to the Market Hall, picked up a CD copy of this album and spent the whole bus journey home feasting my eyes on the liner notes and sleeve artwork. As I hit the play button on my naff home stereo, I was whisked away Dorothy-style and taken on a head spinning journey through 50 years of popular music. Leaving the monochrome mundanity of Bolton behind, I soared through technicolour stage sets of paradise islands, Brooklyn block parties and countryside BBQs, Sci-Fi spectaculars and rewired romances as 3,500 samples were sticky taped together before my very ears. The plunderphonic sound of six men who spent their adolescence rummaging through the bargain bins of Melbourne's record shops, "Since I Left You" applies hip hop's cut'n'paste mentality to the full gamut of weird and wonderful pop, from exotica to erotica, disco and funk to lounge and psych. Unlike anything I'd ever heard before, and better than any imitators I've heard since, The Avalanches are truly in a class of their own. 


                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            4LP
                                            Disc 1
                                            Since I Left You
                                            Stay Another Season
                                            Radio
                                            Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
                                            Avalanche Rock
                                            Flight Tonight
                                            Close To You
                                            Diners Only
                                            A Different Feeling

                                            Disc 2
                                            Electricity
                                            Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life
                                            Pablo's Cruise
                                            Frontier Psychiatrist
                                            Etoh
                                            Summer Crane
                                            Little Journey
                                            Live At Dominoes
                                            Extra Kings

                                            Disc 3
                                            Since I Left You (Cornelius Remix)
                                            Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Edan Remix)
                                            Frontier Psychiatrist (Mario Caldato Jr's 85% Remix)
                                            Close To You (Sun Araw Remix)
                                            Since I Left You (Stereolab Remix)
                                            Flight Tonight (Canyons Travel Agent Dub)
                                            Radio (Sinkane Remix)

                                            Disc 4
                                            Since I Left You (Prince Paul Remix)
                                            Electricity (Harvey's Nightclub Re-edit)
                                            Summer Crane (Black Dice Remix)
                                            Extra Kings (Deakin Remix)
                                            Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (MF DOOM Remix)
                                            Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Dragged By Leon Vynehall)
                                            A Different Feeling (Carl Craig's Paperclip People Remix)
                                            Thank You Caroline (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)

                                            2CD
                                            Disc 1
                                            Since I Left You
                                            Stay Another Season
                                            Radio
                                            Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
                                            Avalanche Rock
                                            Flight Tonight
                                            Close To You
                                            Diners Only
                                            A Different Feeling
                                            Electricity
                                            Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life
                                            Pablo's Cruise
                                            Frontier Psychiatrist
                                            Etoh
                                            Summer Crane
                                            Little Journey
                                            Live At Dominoes
                                            Extra Kings

                                            Disc 2
                                            Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (MF DOOM Remix)
                                            Summer Crane (Black Dice Remix)
                                            Frontier Psychiatrist (Mario Caldato Jr's 85% Remix)
                                            Electricity (Dr. Rockit's Dirty Kiss Remix)
                                            Electricity (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)
                                            Thank You Caroline (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)
                                            Thank You Caroline (Andy Votel Remix)
                                            So Why So Sad (The Avalanches Sean Penn Mix) – Manic Street Preachers
                                            The Shining (The Avalanches Good Word For The Weekend Mix) – Badly Drawn Boy
                                            Pablo's Cruise (Original Avalanches Demo Tape)
                                            I'm A Cuckoo (The Avalanches Remix - DJ Edit) – Belle And Sebastian
                                            Chico (The Avalanches Wernham Hogg Mix) – The Concretes
                                            Fade Together (The Avalanches Remix) – Franz Ferdinand
                                            Since I Left You (Stereolab Remix)
                                            Flight Tonight (Canyons Travel Agent Dub)
                                            Radio (Sinkane Remix)
                                            A Different Feeling (Ernest Saint Laurent Remix)
                                            A Different Feeling (Carl Craig's Paperclip People Remix)
                                            Two Hearts In 3/4 Time (Jackson & His Computer Band Remix)
                                            Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Dragged By Leon Vynehall)
                                            Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life (Edan Remix)

                                            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 

                                              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

                                              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

                                              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.

                                                    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

                                                    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

                                                    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.

                                                            Tyler, The Creator

                                                            Goblin

                                                              Tyler, The Creator is the 20 year old rapper, producer, writer, video director, visual artist, skater, cultural lightning rod and leader of LA’s acclaimed Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA). OFWGKTA are an eleven strong hip hop collective from Los Angeles who have self-released twelve solo albums over the last three years, including Tyler’s solo album "Bastard". Tyler, The Creator now delivers his second album ‘Goblin’ worldwide on XL Recordings. The 15 track album features the track "Yonkers", whose Tyler-directed video has already racked up nearly five million hits on Youtube.


                                                              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.

                                                                      MIA

                                                                      Kala

                                                                        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.

                                                                          Dizzee Rascal

                                                                          Showtime

                                                                            Over the past twelve months, Dizzee has travelled the world, and been on a rollercoaster ride of new experiences. "Showtime" is a bigger-sounding album than his acclaimed debut "Boy In Da Corner" but it's equally individual. It's a force of nature; a volcanic ride of crazy wordplay, ghetto techno and bottom-heavy bass. "Boy In Da Corner" was stunning because of it's penetrating power and singular evocation of inner city life, and "Showtime" hits the spot for similar reasons – but with added bass rumble and, crucially more tunes. What Mills has dropped in neurosis he has gained in precision-guided anger.

                                                                            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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