NEW RELEASES 11.09.20
by Adrian Walshe on Sep 10, 2020
THE FLAMING LIPS – American Head – 2LP €25.99 (Bella Union ) – Limited Blue / Pink Tri Colour Vinyl - American Legends The Flaming Lips release their 21st studio album, American Head via Bella Union. The album is comprised of thirteen new cinematic tracks, produced by longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann and The Lips
DOVES – The Universal Want – LP €21.99/ Limited White Vinyl €24.99 / Limited Boxset €84.99 (VIRGIN) - Doves release their fifth long player The Universal Want on Virgin EMI.
PJ HARVEY – To Bring You My Love – LP €23.99 (Island) – 180g Vinyl - Reissue on vinyl of the third PJ Harvey studio album To Bring You My Love. Produced by PJ Harvey with Flood and John Parish, and originally released in February 1995, To Bring You My Love features the singles ‘Down By The Water’, ‘C’mon Billy’ and ‘Send His Love To Me’. The album – which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year – received wide critical acclaim on release, with nominations for Grammy Awards and the Mercury Music Prize
PJ HARVEY- To Bring You My Love : Demos – LP €23.99 (Island)– 180g Vinyl - 10 track collection of previously unreleased demos of all songs from the third studio album by PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love – from 1995.
MARILYN MANSON – We Are Chaos – LP €23.99 / CD 12.99 (Loma Vista) – Limited White Vinyl - Marilyn Manson returns with his eleventh studio album We Are Chaos via Loma Vista Recordings
SUZANNE VEGA – An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories – 2LP €24.99 -On An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, Vega revisits some of the most iconic songs in her repertoire as well as more hidden gems in a stunning live recording on which she is backed by longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and keyboardist Jamie Edwards.
HANNAH GEORGAS – All That Emotion – LP €21.99 (Brassland) - All That Emotion is poised to be Georgas’ international breakout – deeply personal songs reckoning with the past set in a warm, enveloping sound world with lyrical themes of change and resilience. For fans of Aimee Mann, Feist, Phoebe Bridgers, Taylor Swift, Sharon Van Etten, This Is The Kit and The National.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER – The Dirt And The Stars – 2LP €25.99 (Lambent Light Records) – Five-time Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenters 15th studio album, The Dirt And The Stars, finds the singer-songwriter pondering lifes intimate, personal moments and exploring its most universally challenging questions at an unprecedented time. Written at her rural Virginia farmhouse before stay-at-home orders became the new normal, the songs celebrate invaluable experiences and irreplaceable wisdom, while also advocating exploration of the best in all of us.
GRANT LEE PHILLIPS – Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff – LP+7″ €32.99 (Yep Roc) – Vinyl - Grant-Lee Phillips’ latest album, Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff, is a turbulent and highly musical rumination that finds the veteran singer-songwriter at his most inspired. His tenth solo release bears the markings of his prolific output, a melodic prowess and an ear for lyric in everyday conversation.
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – Re-Animator – LP €21.99 (EVERYTHING EVERYTHING RECORDS) – Limited Milky Vinyl - the band’s approach to Re-Animator was to streamline the creative process by focusing on harmonies and melodies over synths and programming. Inspiration came thick and fast: wonderment at the wider world despite the horror of its politics; existentialism and the prolonged, if fading, youthfulness of being in a touring band; and the ominous threat of climate change.
ANGELHEADED HIPSTER: The Songs Of Marc Bolan And T Rex – 2LP €21.99 (bmg) – Limited White Vinyl - An extraordinary tribute album to one of rock’s great composers, Marc Bolan, which was also made under the direction of the legendary Hal Willner, AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex is a collection of major stars including Elton John, U2, Joan Jett, Nick Cave, Peaches and Marc Almond who have reinterpreted and reimagined some of Marc Bolan and T.Rex’s greatest tracks including Jeepster, Bang A Gong (Get It On) and Ride A White Swan.
RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON – Hard Luck Stories (1972 – 1982) – 8CD €86.99 – Deluxe Boxset - 8CD Set featuring all 6 studio albums remastered from the original tapes, with 30 previously unreleased recordings including Outtakes, Demos and Rarities along with Live concerts from 1975 and 1977. Also contains a 72 Page hard cover book featuring brand new essays plus many rare and previously unpublished photographs.
RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight – LP €20.99 (Island) – Vinyl - Originally released in April 1974 and has some of Richard’s most enduring compositions. Through out the album Richard’s sombre, dark songs are driven by his masterful understated electric guitar and Linda’s haunting spiritual vocals. One of the most essential British folk rock records ever!
RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON – Hokey Pokey – LP €20.99 (Island) – Vinyl - Richard and Linda’s second LP. Released in 1975. Hokey Pokey is a much jollier release than its predecessor, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight. Richard always envisaged Hokey Pokey as “a music-hall influenced record”. He was a big fan of Harry Lauder and Gracie Fields, and this inspiration can be seen in the Victorian style cover by Shirt Sleeve Studio, and is audible on the title track, Hokey Pokey and also Georgie On A Spree.
RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON – Pour Down Like Silver – LP €20.99 (Island) – Vinyl - Richard and Linda’s third studio album from 1975. , Pour Down Like Silver also known as The Sufi album due to Richard’s recent conversion to Islam, is a more restrained and spartan album compared to its lusher sounding predecessors
FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS – Heavy Roller – LP €26.99 (Greenway Records)– Limited Blue And Bone Split Vinyl - Reissue of the 2016 album. Remastered from original source tapes. Blue and Bone Split Colour Vinyl with new art and intense spot UV covers. Heavy Roller is the descendent of Helter Skelter, Sweet Jane, The 99th Floor (and a bunch of other echodelic Texan rockers) and even some Syd Barrett-via-Robyn Hitchcock psychedelia, especially as you get deeper into the album.
OH SUSANNA – Sleepy Little Sailor (Deluxe Edition) – 2LP €24.99 (MVKA) – Limited White Vinyl - Americana singer-songwriter Oh Susanna releases a deluxe edition of her stunning critically acclaimed album Sleepy Little Sailor on MVKA. The original 11 songs are accompanied by acoustic recordings of 5 of the songs from the album including the title track.
AFEL BOCOUM – Lindé – LP €23.99 (World Circuit) - Afel Bocoum is among the last of a breakthrough generation of African musicians who cross-pollinated their own traditional music with the new sounds that arrived from all over the world throughout the 20th century. Hailing from Niafunké in the Timbuktu region of Mali, an area that straddles the cultural riches and political tensions between the northern and southern areas of the country, Bocoum spent decades touring and recording with desert blues pioneer Ali Farka Touré. His debut album Alkibar (1999, World Circuit) propelled him to international recognition, leading him to work with Damon Albarn and Toumani Diabaté on 2002’s Mali Music, as well as contributing regularly to the famed Africa Express projects, and collaborating with Béla Fleck, Habib Koité, and Tartit Ensemble among others.
EMILY BARKER – A Dark Murmuration Of Words – LP €22.99 (Everyone Sang) – Limited White Vinyl - Australian singer-songwriter
DELTA SPIRIT – What Is There – LP €19.99 (New West Records) – Limited Clear And Black Marbled Vinyl - Enduring California rock quintet – Matthew Logan Vasquez
UNIFORM – Shame – LP €20.99 (Sacred Bones) – Limited Smoke Coloured Vinyl - Fourth full length album from Uniform, This record marks the debut of Mike Sharp on drums, adding a natural fire to the engine. His presence grinds down their metallic industrial edge with a live percussive maelstrom. Once again, Greenberg assumed production duties behind the board at Strange Weather. Building on the approach from their last LP, the band perfected the powerful hybrid of digital and analog, electronic and acoustic, synthetic and actual that has become their hallmark.
HURTS – Faith – LP €27.99 (Lento Records) - Formed in Manchester over a decade ago, Hurts are an electronic pop band featuring vocalist Theo Hutchcraft and multi instrumentalist and producer Adam Anderson. Known for their striking and stylish videos, Hurts make epic, dramatic pop music that takes inspiration from a finely curated mix of influences including ’70s Krautrock, ’80s new wave, and ’90s R&B.Hurts return with their fifth album and first on Lento Records.
KENNELMUS – Folkstone Prism – LP €32.99 (Modern Harmonic) - Psycho-delic sonic oddity! The rarer than palm hair, 1971 unlikely and delicate blending of influences as diverse as the Chantays, Lee Hazlewood, Ennio Morricone, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Electric Prunes, this private press sonic oddity features blistering instrumental cuts plus others with vocals just odd enough to fit with the psych-surf-garage instro assault!
REX ORANGE COUNTY – Bcos U Will Never B Free – LP €23.99 (Rex Orange County Records) - First time on vinyl. Bcos U Will Never B Free is the debut album by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rex Orange County. Written and recorded in his bedroom at the age of 16, it caught a wave of interest when it was self released on 4th September 2015 on his bandcamp page.
STRAY CATS – Rocked This Town: From LA To London – 2LP €21.99 (Mascot) – Limited Light Blue Vinyl - The iconic American rock ‘n roll trio the Stray Cats release their new live album Rocked This Town: From LA to London via Surfdog Records. Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker, and Slim Jim Phantom reunited in 2019 to celebrate their 40th Anniversary, released their first new studio album in 26 years called 40, and toured Europe and America, celebrating 40 years of timeless rock ‘n roll and rockabilly.
ROACHFORD – Twice In A Lifetime – LP €20.99 (BMG) - Roachford, whose most famous song Cuddly Toy has been a mainstay of radio airplay for over three decades now, is back and about to release what is assuredly the best album of his career in Twice in a Lifetime.
DANNY KEANE – Roamin – 2LP €22.99 (MVKA) - Danny Keane’s long apprenticeship with some of the world’s greatest artists – Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Mulatu Astatke – has given him a profound musical grounding from which to create his own unique musical vision. Drawing on a rich and and varied career, Roamin’ is a thrilling coming together of a lifetime’s worth of ideas and influences. Bursting with flavours of jazz, Indian folk traditions, African rhythms, European classical and contemporary dance music, Danny Keane traverses many genres and geographies pulling them all together into a unifying, dizzying whole.
ARTEMIS – Artemis – LP €€22.99 (Blue Note) - All-star Collective Featuring Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana, Ingrid Jensen, Noriko Ueda, Allison Miller & Cécile Mclorin Salvant.
HARRY BECKETT – Joy Unlimited – LP €28.99 (Cadillac Records) – Limited Edition Vinyl - The greatly missed trumpeter Harry Beckett has become incredibly collectable in recent times, with this album reaching significant sums, appealing to both Brit-jazz fans and the digging community after those elusive open drum breaks. The music is amongst the best he made in his career and features the funky guitar of Ray Russell in a number of superb Latin and Caribbean jazz fusion workouts. A gem and a lost classic.
STANLEY TURRENTINE – That’s Where It’s At – LP €36.99 (Blue Note) - What happens when you combine Stanley Turrentine’s blues-drenched tenor saxophone with Les McCann’s soulful and funky piano? You end up with one of both men’s best albums, an album considered to be one of the foundational sessions of soul jazz. Turrentine and McCann are joined by bassist Herbie Lewis (a member of McCann’s group at the time) and drummer Otis “Candy” Finch. Stand out tracks include Smile, Stacey, the deep blue groove of Soft Pedal Blues and the in-the-pocket soul of Light Blue. That’s where it’s at!
BOBBY HUTCHERSON – The Kicker – LP €36.99 (Blue Note) - Recorded in 1963, The Kicker was actually vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson’s first session as a leader for Blue Note, but for reasons lost to time it was shelved, and instead Hutcherson’s album Dialogue was released as his debut two years later. First released in 1999, and getting its first-ever vinyl release here, The Kicker is a sequel to guitarist Grant Green’s masterpiece Idle Moments, which was recorded one month earlier with the exact same personnel featuring Green, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Duke Pearson, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Al Harewood.
VARIOUS – The Rough Guide To Urban Mali – LP €15.99 (Rough Guide) – Music has long been central to Mali’s identity, and this Rough Guide provides a unique snapshot of today’s burgeoning urban scene, from classic rap and hip-hop to RnB, afro trap and electronic music.
ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER – CAVERNA MAGICA (UNDER THE TREE – IN THE CAVE) – LP €21.99 (MIG Music) -
ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER – BEHIND THE GARDENS – BEHIND THE WALL – UNDER THE TREE – LP €21.99 (MIG Music)
SPOON – Transference – LP €19.99 (Matador) - Transference is the seventh studio album by Spoon, newly recut from the original masters.
SPOON – Gimme Fiction – LP €19.99 (Matador) - Gimme Fiction, the fifth studio album from Spoon, originally released in 2005 and featuring the single I Turn My Camera On. Newly recut from the original masters.
SPOON – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – LP €19.99 (Matador) - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon’s sixth studio record, featuring the singles The Underdog and You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb. Originally released in 2007 and now newly recut from the original masters
AESOP ROCK – Float – 2LP €25.99 (Rhymesayers Entertainment) – Limited Green Vinyl - In 2000, Aesop Rock released his first official album, Float, following his steady ascent in the underground from two previous releases, the collection of works CD of lore, Music For Earthworms (1997), and the Appleseed EP (1999). And, while every album Aesop has done since then has captured his continual evolution as both a producer and a writer, Float was undeniably exceptional in its own right.
NIGEL – Tantrum – LP €28.99 ( Fake Four Inc) - Fake Four Inc. is releasing a special limited press of ‘Tantrum,’ the full-length album by mysterious MC Nigel. Executive produced by underground rap staple Onry Ozzborn, the project features Aesop Rock, Nxick, Mr. Dibbs, Sapient, NyQwil and Nigel’s cousin Lil Pippy.
OCEANS OF SLUMBER – Oceans Of Slumber – 2LP+CD €30.99 (Century Media) - “Holy shit… that’s pure perfection!”, “Her voice is beautiful!”, “The musicianship is insane!”, “The next big thing in metal” are some of countless YouTube reactions on the songs of Texas prog metal act Oceans Of Slumber whose singer Cammie Gilbert turned heads of music fans worldwide. This band combines an extreme metal fundament (death metal in particular) with dark, atmospheric melodies, doomy heaviness, tinges of prog and classic rock, and rounds it off with soulful, smoky vocals.
DAWN RAY’D – The Unlawful Assembly – LP €26.99 (Prosthetic Records) – Limited White Vinyl - breathes new fire into black metal’s small but sturdy leftist tradition, crafting potent, violin-laced atmospheric black metal songs that double as battle hymns for the class war.
VENOM PRISION – Animus – LP €26.99 (Prosthetic Records) – Limited Orange And Blue Splatter Vinyl - Hailing from South Wales, Venom Prison combine death metal brutality and hardcore aggression in a way that is both completely unlike ‘deathcore’ as we’ve come to know it, and completely fucking awesome.
SIGH – Scorn Defeat – LP €22.99 (Peaceville) – Limited White Vinyl - Cult Japanese black metal legends materpiece debut album reissue.
SERPENT OMEGA – II – LP €30.99 (ICONS CREATING EVIL ART) – Limited Blood Red / Forest Green Vinyl - The long-awaited sequel. To say it sounds grotesquely heavy and good is obviously an understatement. Seven years since its debut, the Stockholm-based quartet offers perfect soundtrack to what may well be the end of the world as we know it...
NOCTURNUS – The Key (30th Anniversary) – LP €25.99 (EARACHE) - 30th anniversary for this much sought-after debut album from the Florida Death Metal pioneers.
HELLOWEEN – Unarmed (25th Anniversary) – 2LP €26.99 (Nuclear Blast) – Limited Clear Vinyl - 25th Anniversary celebration album by the German power metal band Helloween. It is a compilation of re-recorded versions of Helloween songs in an acoustic/symphonic style.
IHSAHN – Pharos – 12″ €24.99 (Candlelight) – Limited Turquoise White & Black Swirl - The light to the dark of Ihsahn’s two EP’s this year, Pharos showcases his lighter, more progressive rock capabilities, countering his first EP Telemark which stuck to his Black Metal roots. Pharos features 3 new original songs and two covers of A-Ha’s Manhattan Skyline and Portishead’s Roads. This is Ihsahn exploring further than he’s ever dared before.
PHEW – Vertigo KO – LP €23.99 (Disciples) - A compilation of unreleased material from the Light Sleep and Voice Hardcore sessions alongside specially recorded new material, including a cover of The Void by The Raincoats. Include a 20 page zine designed by Studio Tape Echo featuring photography from Masayuki Shioda and writing from both Disciples and Phew.
AZU TIWALINE – Magnetic Service EP – 12″ €11.99 (Livity Sounds) - Livity Sound present the Magnetic Service EP from Azu Tiwaline exploring the intersections of Berber music, dub culture and techno hypnosis across four mesmerising tracks.
THE LATHUMS – All My Life – 7″€9.99 (Island) – Limited Clear Vinyl - hey’re the phenomenal Wigan four-piece that sings about the French Resistance, digital culture and the materialistic age, while routinely sending sold-out audiences into full-voiced rapture. With the world at their feet and fans in all corners of the UK pushing them ever onwards, The Lathums release their debut single on Island Records.
THE MOONS – Today – 7″€8.99 – Limited White Vinyl - The Moons return with their second single from the forthcoming new album Pocket Melodies
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The Disciples – Mission Of Dub - 10″ €16.99 (Partial) - Limited to 300
Rhythmites – Dub Of Independence / Paranormal Dubwise - 10″ €16.99 (Partial) - Limited to 300
Alpha & Omega – Pure And Clean - 7" €12.99