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by Adrian Walshe on Jul 02, 2020


PAUL WELLER - On Sunset - 2LP ltd. Pink Vinyl €26.99/ Black Vinyl €28.99 /Deluxe CD €15.99/ CD €13.99 (Polydor) - On Sunset features ten classic yet modern Paul Weller songs. On Sunset is a soul album. At the same time it’s also an electronic album, an orchestral album, an album packed with masterly pop songs and heart-tugging ballads, and an album filled with touches of experimentalism. It’s also an album that sees Weller taking a rare glance into the rear-view mirror as he speeds into the 2020s.

SPARKS - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip - 2LP €23.99 / PICTURE DISC €26.99 /CD €12.99 / Deluxe CD €17.99 (BMG) - Pioneering pop perennials Sparks - Ron and Russell Mael - return with their new studio album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip.

MAX ROMEO - Revelation Time - LP €14.99 (17 North Parade) - Recorded at Randy’s Studio 17 and Lee Perry’s Black Ark, Max Romeo’s Revelation Time is rightfully regarded as one of the cornerstones of Jamaican music. Released in JA in 1975 on Black World, the album was picked by United Artist for US release and later by listed in The Rough Guide to Reggae as one of the essential reggae albums to own. Includes the classic Lee Perry production Three Blind Mice and one of the all-time high-grade ganja anthems A Quarter Pound Of I’Cense.

THE CHARLATANS - Between 10th & 11th (Expanded Edition) - 2LP €28.99 (Beggars Banquet) - Limited Clear Vinyl - Beggars Arkive reissue Between 10th and 11th, the second album by The Charlatans. Available on double clear vinyl and double CD, the reissue contains the original album plus remastered tracks from the oft-bootlegged live show from Chicago in 1991, known as Isolation 21.2.91, a holy grail amongst fans.

RAY LaMONTAGNE -Monovision - LP €20.99 (Columbia) - Monovision is the new album from Grammy Award winning artist Ray LaMontagne. This 10 track collection is Ray’s his 8th studio album, and finds the artist in the multiple roles of songwriter, singer, producer, engineer, as well as performing all the instruments on every track.

BURY TOMORROW -Cannibal - LP Picture Disc €24.99/ LP €20.99 - Bury Tomorrow‘s 2018 album Black Flame catapulted them into metal’s upper echelons, taking them on a tour which culminated with a huge show at London’s iconic Roundhouse. But with follow up Cannibal, the band have taken another leap forward. Already, the Southampton quintet are responsible for some of metalcore’s most rousing anthems, and Cannibal is stacked with more glorious vocal hooks, razor-sharp riffs and sublime melodies that will solidify their seat at UK metal’s top table.

A.A. Wiliams - Forever Blue -LP €22.99(Bella Union) - Limited Silver Vinyl + Download - After one self-titled EP and the 10” vinyl collaboration Exit in Darkness with Japanese post- rockers Mono, the London-based singer-songwriter has signed to Bella Union and made a stunning debut album, Forever Blue. A rapturous blend of post-rock and post-classical, Forever Blue smoulders with uncoiling melodies and haunted atmospheres, shifting from serenity to explosive drama, often within the same song. Williams is a fantastic musician as well as songwriter, playing the guitar, cello and piano, and her voice has the controlled delivery of a seasoned chanteuse whilst still channelling the rawest of emotions

Various Artists - Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller Present Jazz On The Corner Two - 2LP €22.99/2CD €12.99 (Acid Jazz UK) - A follow up to 2018’s Jazz On The Corner which has now sold over 10,000 copies, and last year’s equally successful Soul On The Corner, this compilation see Martin and Eddie return to the world of jazz for another bite at the cherry after Volume one was declared to be “the best jazz compilation of the last 20 years” by Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips.

Jameszoo & Metropole Orkest (conducted by Jules Buckley) - Melkweg - 2LP €24.99 (Brainfeeder) - Jules Buckley leads the 49-piece Metropole Orkest, plus Richard Spaven (drums); Niels Broos (organs, synths, Rhodes); Frank Wienk aka Binkbeats (percussion); John Dikeman (saxophone) and Mitchel van Dinther aka Jameszoo (electronics, synths and Wurlitzer) on a truly joyful journey, elevating compositions from Jameszoo’s 2016 album Fool to transcendental realms. Recommended if you like BADBADNOTGOOD, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal, Snarky Puppy.

Keleketla! - Keleketla! - 2LP €25.99 (Ahead Of Our Time) - Keleketla! started as a musical meeting ground between Ninja Tune cofounders Coldcut and a cadre of South African musicians (introduced by the charity In Place Of War), including the raw, South African-accented jazz styles of Sibusile Xaba, and rapper Yugen Blakrok (Black Panther OST). From those initial sessions, the record grew to encompass a wider web of musical luminaries, including Afrobeat architects Tony Allen and Dele Sosimi, legendary L.A. spoken word pioneers The Watts Prophets, and West Papuan activist Benny Wenda.

WILLIE NELSON - First Rose of Spring - LP €20.99 - New 11 song studio album (his 70th solo album!) from the 87 year old legend who has won Grammys with his last two albums (2019’s Ride Me Back Home Best Solo Country Performance and 2018’s My Way Best Traditional Pop Album)

JAYDA G - Both Of Us / Are U Down - 12" EP €14.99 (Ninja Tune) - Her first new material since 2019’s debut album Significant Changes arrives with a great deal of anticipation.

Lithics - Tower of Age - LP €22.99 (Trouble In Mind Records) - Limited Tri-Colour Vinyl - The band's austere approach to composition and wordplay elevates them above and beyond bands seeking similar sounds. It's not that they use less, it's HOW they use less. For fans of Bush Tetras, Shopping, Delta 5, Pylon, Y Pants etc.

T.Rex - Truck On - 7" Blue Vinyl €11.99 / Picture Disc €12.99 (Easy Action) - he last year of recordings of the classic line up of T. Rex {Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Mickey Finn, Bill Legend) and with Tony Visconti producing. Recorded in the U.S and Germany less than a month apart. Truck On having been demoed acoustically in Tony Visconti’s flat with wife Mary (Hopkins) harmonising in October 1971 it took 20 months to actually record the song, which was then issued as a single within the next 5 months in November 1973 and was the first T.Rex single to not enter the top 10 stalling as it did at 13. This version is less polished and much more appealing to fans than the released version it’s been argued. Satisfaction Pony a re-recorded final version ended up on the B side of the Teenage Dream single in February 1974. These recordings from Marc’s own tapes (part of the material stolen from his and Gloria s house and now repatriated with the estate)

MC YALLAH & EOMAC - MAMA WALIWAMANYII - 12"€13.99 (PHANTOM LIMB) - Purple Vinyl - Ugandan rapper MC Yallah joins Phantom Limb for the release of her blistering new 12” Mama Waliwamanyii. Produced by Irish electronic artist Eomac (one half of R&S Records’ Lakker), the EP fuses Yallah’s breakneck Luganda language rapping with Eomac’s powerful, purposeful beats. Formed remotely between Dublin and Kampala, Mama Wailwamanyii represents several months of work, sending beats, loops and song-stems back and forth until the results boiled down to the two vital cuts of exhilarating, experimental, unpredictable hip-hop that make up the EP

ALHOUSSEINI ANIVOLLA & GIRUM MEZMUR - AFROPENTATONISM - LP €23.99 (PIRANHA RECORDS) - A pan-African Allstar band merging two cultures. desert blues man Alhousseini Anivolla meets Ethio-jazz guitarist Girum mezmur. Their album Afropentatonism features repetitive grooves, hypnotic jams and raw guitar sounds.

DREAM WIFE - SO WHEN YOU GONNA… - LP €20.99 (LUCKY NUMBER) - Limited Neon Pink Vinyl - Dream Wife are back with their second album, So When You Gonna…. Just like the title suggests, this is a record brimming with adrenaline and playful excitement. From the jagged, CSS-like guitar of So When You Gonna… to the hooky brightness of album opener Sports! and the whip-smart lyrical asides of Validation, these are moreish, pumped up, sparkling tracks that feel like newer, dynamic evolutions of debut standouts, like F.U.U. and Hey Heartbreaker.

GREG FOAT - SYMPHONIE PACIFIQUE - 2LP €28.99 (STRUT) - Symphonie Pacifique marks another major step forward in Foat’s evolution as one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists and composers.

MULATU ASTATKE & BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE - TO KNOW WITHOUT KNOWING - LP €22.99 / CD€13.99 (AGOGO RECORDS) - A grooving transcontinental gem, recorded in Melbourne, Australia and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Filled with the warmth of the mentorship and friendship of their creative partnership honed over a decade of performing together in Africa, Australia and UK / Europe. Mulatu Astatke is the Father of Ethio-Jazz and one of Africa's most influential and enduring musical figures. Black Jesus Experience is a community of artists, centred around a twelve piece global-funk-machine born of Australia's vibrant multiculturalism.

POLLY SCATTERGOOD - IN THIS MOMENT - LP €23.99 (FUTURE PARADISE) - Limited Clear Vinyl - Polly Scattergood returns with her fourth studio album in early 2020, In This Moment. Sonically, the album is powerful and cinematic, scattered with moments of raw intimacy and delicate soundscapes