NEW RELEASES 15.05.20
by Adrian Walshe on May 15, 2020
MOSES SUMNEY - græ - 2LP €32.99 (Jagjaguwar) -Limited Black & White Vinyl - Moses Sumney evades definition as an act of duty: technicolour videos and monochrome clothes; Art Rock and Black Classical; blowing into Fashion Week from a small town in North Carolina; seemingly infinite collaborators, but only one staggering voice. A young life spent betwixt Southern California and Accra, Ghana — not so much rootless as an epyphite, an air plant. The scale is cinematic but the moves are precise deeds of art and stewardship. Sumney’s new, generous album, græ, is an assertion that the undefinable still exists and dwelling in it is an act of resistance.
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT - Reunions - LP €24.99 (Southeastern) - Limited Dreamsicle Orange Vinyl + Print - In a press release announcing the album, Isbell says: “There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write fifteen years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction. In that sense it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.
SLEAFORD MODS - All That Glue - 2LP €28.99 (Rough Trade) - Limited White Vinyl - a collection of songs spanning the last seven years of the bands career; an array of crowd pleasers, B sides, unheard tracks and rarities for fans and the curious, released via Rough Trade.
PERFUME GENIUS - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately - 2LP €23.99 (Matador) - Limited Transparent Blue Vinyl - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately is the fifth studio album from Perfume Genius on Matador Records. The album explores and subverts concepts of masculinity and traditional roles, and introduces decidedly American musical influences. Throughout Hadreas plays with themes of love, sex, memory and the body, channeling popular music mythologies while irreverently authoring its own – from the delirious, Cyndi Lauper-nodding celebratory pop of On The Floor, specters of Elvis on haunted tremolo waltz One More Try, to the harpsichord- punctuated baroque pop of Jason, and gliding steel guitar and Balearic rhythm of Without You.
MOBY - All Visible Objects - 2LP €25.99 (Little Idiot) - Limited Clear Vinyl - Recorded in the legendary EastWest studios, Moby created this album in Studio 3 where Pet Sounds was recorded, using the same board that was used in the making of Ziggy Stardust and the same piano that Sinatra used to record some of his most notable hits. Keeping with Moby’s history of donating to charity (in 2018, he started selling off his records and collection of synthesizers and drum machines, donating the proceeds to charity), he is using this album as a sounding board to bring attention to a long list of charities dedicated to preserving our planet and all its inhabitants.
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR and Boogie 1972-1986 - 2LP €51.99 (Light In The Attic) - With Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR and Boogie 1972-1986 Light in the Attic dig deeper into those sounds of bubble-era Japan. From the proto-City Pop funk of Bread and Butter and Eiichi Ohtaki to the crate-digger favourites Eri Ohno and Piper, the latest entry in Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series brings another set of sought-after tunes, most of which have never before been available outside of Japan. Tomoko Aran and Anri, also included in this compilation, are just a few of the artists who have gained popularity in recent years thanks to Vaporwave, the meme-genre that heavily samples Japanese City Pop to create its particular aesthetic.
PARADISE LOST - Obsidian - LP €25.99 (Nuclear Blast) - Limited to 300 copies on Blue Vinyl - The sixteenth Paradise Lost studio album, Obsidian eschews its immediate predecessors’ gruesome, myopic approach in favour of a richer and more dynamic deluge of black shades. From the deceptive elegance and dual atmospheres of opener Darker Thoughts through to the crushing, baroque doom of war-torn closer Ravenghast, Obsidian reveals a band in masterful control of a broad array of vital ideas. Most noticeably, the record boasts several songs that draw heavily from the much-loved, Kohl-encrusted days of ‘80s gothic rock: in particular, newly-minted Paradise Lost anthems Ghosts is a guaranteed dancefloor-filler at any discerning goth nightclub.
PARADISE LOST - Obsidian - Limited Deluxe Boxset featuring Picture Disc LP, Deluxe CD, 6 Piece Coaster Set and Booklet. €49.99 (Nuclear Blast)
ADULT - Perception is/as/of Deception - LP €23.99 - Opaque Green Vinyl -Adult make a triumphant return after their 2018 album This Behavior, dubbed “…one of the best records of their career…” by Ryan Lathan of Pop Matters. This chilling continuation takes the form of Perception is/as/of Deception, an anxiety fueled cyclone of pandemonium that only Adult. would know how to harness.
JERRY PAPER - Abracadabra - LP €26.99 (Stones Throw) - Limited Green Vinyl - Abracadabra is the second album on Stones Throw from leftfield indie pop artist Jerry Paper. Jerry Paper has previously collaborated with Tyler, The Creator; Weyes Blood; Charlotte Day Wilson, and BadBadNotGood.
LAMONT BUTLER - It's Time For A Change - LP €22.99 (Acid Jazz) - A highly anticipated reisueLamont’s only official album release which has been very popular for record collectors around the world. Bringing together all of his influences from R&B, jazz, soul and gospel. The result is very raw, almost low-fi sound.
THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN- Temple - LP €23.99 (Ribbon Music) - Transparent Salmon Vinyl - Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, the San Francisco-based band fronted by singer and songwriter Thao Nguyen, release their fifth studio album Temple via Ribbon Music. The album is among Thao’s most open and honest work yet, finding her coming out in her public life after a long career in which she kept her queer identity quiet in an effort to avoid turmoil with and alienation from a family and culture she deeply loves.
DONEY BENET - The Don - LP €23.99 (Dot Dash) - Limited Gold Vinyl - Donny Benét is an adult entertainer, hit maker, attentive lover, and one of Australia's most acclaimed and experienced jazz musicians. The Dons gigs are rammed with 20-somethings partying like a scene out of Miami Vice. Recorded in the infamous Donnyland studios using the finest Japanese, American and Italian synthesizers, The Don speaks to the heart, promising love as soft as Italian leather.
EDIKANFO -The Pace Setters - LP €20.99 (Glitterbeat)- The first-ever reissue of the classic 1981 debut album from this much revered Ghanaian band. Vibrantly produced by British sound explorer Brian Eno in Accra, Ghana. Highlife meets afro-funk. Spirited, horn driven & trailblazing.
HAMILTON LEITHAUSER - The Loves of Your Life -LP €23.99 (Glass Note) - Hamilton Leithauser has proven himself as a master collaborator and solo artist throughout his nearly 20 year career .His latest work and second solo record The Loves of Your Life was written and produced by Hamilton in his home studio and is a collection of stories about real people he's met over his years living in New York City.
NAS - The World is Yours - 7" €18.99 (MR. Bongo) - It's a perfect nugget of a single, weaving in the brashness of Scarface, the repetition of a snatch of T La Rock's early Def Jam gem 'It's Yours' and piano courtesy of Ahmad Jamal's I Love Music from his own timeless The Awakening album (1970). Presented for the first time on 7", the vocals of the album version and the instrumental on the flip provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy and compare the work of two masters at the top of their game. Pete Rock's seamless weaving of disparate samples into a compelling whole, the then little-known Nas' statement of intent. With a maturity beyond his tender years, Nas put himself straight at the top of the pile, this Queensbridge chronicle hinting at the ambition and greatness he harboured within himself.
OZRIC TENTACLES - Pungent Effulgent (2020 Ed Wynne Remaster) - LP €24.99 (KSCOPE) - Pungent Effulgent, the Ozric’s first ‘official’ album in 1989, after self-releasing material on cassettes, is the first produced to label standards and retains their explorative style based on improvisations whilst performing live. The band’s early influences from peers such as Hawkwind, Gong and Pink Floyd are evident in this transformative release.
VICTOR RICE - Drink - LP €17.99 (Easy Star) - Victor Rice, winner of multiple Latin Grammy's and longtime fixture on the US ska scene, returns with a follow-up to 2017's celebrated 'Smoke' release. 'Drink' continues Rice's efforts to create a Samba-Rocksteady musical hybrid, with amazing results. This album adds new elements to the mix, like guitar work on the lead single "Simao".
MAMMAN SANI ABDOULAYE - Unreleased Tapes 1981 - 1984 - LP €22.99 (Sahel Sounds) - Limited to 500 Copies - Sahel Sounds is proud to announce that One of the legendary Nigerien avant-garde organist Mamman Sani's most sought-after releases Unreleased Tapes 1981 - 1984 is back in print on LP. Dreamy organs and droning melodies reinterpret ancient folk tradition into sublime fantastical soundscape. Never before released recordings from the very beginning - unreleased tracks from his first album, recordings of a short lived trio, and a cover of an American folk ballad.
THE TESKEY BROTHERS - Live At The Forum - LP €22.99 (Decca) - Limited Indies exclusive Blue Vinyl with Alternate Cover - Recorded live to tape from The Forum, Melbourne Australia. Featuring live versions of tracks including, So Caught Up, Rain and including never released cover of John Lennon's Jealous Guy.
THE WEEKEND - Kiss Land - 2LP €32.99 (Island) - Kiss Land is The Weeknd's first studio debut album after releasing three mixtapes in 2011 and commercially releasing Trilogy - a collection of his previous mixtapes - in 2012. Tapping into that same signature mystique, Kiss Land is an elegant pastiche of love, longing, and lust set to a futuristic soundtrack of shimmering keys, disruptive synths, and airy atmospherics. It's dark. It's dangerous. It's decidedly sexy. It's The Weeknd.
FRAZY FORD - U kin B the Sun - LP €21.99 (Arts & Crafts) - On her third album U kin B the Sun, Vancouver-based singer / songwriter Frazey Ford inhabits an entire world of shapeshifting rhythm, elevating every beat and groove with the subtle magnetism of her mesmerizing voice. With its graceful collision of soul and psychedelia and sometimes ’70s funk, it’s a body of work that invites both self-reflection and wildly joyful movement, and ultimately sparks a quiet transcendence.
WAILING SOULS - Trouble Maker / Run My People - 12" €14.99 (Soul Jazz Records) - Two fantastic tracks from one of Jamaica’s finest ever vocal groups, these heavy hitting anthems were recorded for the legendary Studio One label in the early 70s. Surprisingly both tracks have never been released as singles, previously only appearing on two different rare and long deleted Jamaican LPs.