NEW RELEASES 18.09.20
by Adrian Walshe on Sep 17, 2020
RUN THE JEWELS – RTJ4 – 2LP €26.99 (BMG) Limited Neon Magenta Vinyl / 4LP €39.99 Deluxe Neon Magenta & Gold Vinyl - has a Bonus Album of the Instrumental Versions.) - Run The Jewels, the lauded duo of El-P and Killer Mike, release their feverishly anticipated new album, Run The Jewels 4. This eleven song, 40 minute powerhouse is their more ferocious and focused effort to date, and sports a lineup of all-star guests including Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, DJ Premier and Greg Nice. Recorded primarly at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios and the iconic Electric Lady Studios in NYC, RTJ4 represents two years of intensive writing, recording, distilling and amplifying the most potent elements of their music. The result is a collection of wall-to-wall bangers illuminating the group’s unique ability to straddle the worlds of pointed social commentary and raw, boisterous fun.
CHARLI XCX – How I’m Feeling Now – LP €19.99 (Atlantic) – Limited Neon Orange Vinyl - Now in 2020, Charli is already breaking boundaries – this year has seen her first BRIT nomination for British Female Solo Artist, marking a huge moment of validation from a mainstream audience that Charli has built on her own terms. The new album was written, recorded and released in 39 days, completely in self-isolation. The creative process was also to push her collaborative stream in a unique way; opening up the recording, writing, artwork, music videos and more to fans for feedback and contribution – she also further inspired her fans’ creativity, allowing them access to song stems to create remixes and greenscreen footage to be edited using their own imagination.
DAVID BOWIE - Young Americans (45th Anniversary) - LP €20.99 (Rhino) - Limited Gold Vinyl - Originally released in March 1975, Young Americans was the David Bowie’s ninth studio album. To celebrate its 45th anniversary Parlophone is proud to announce a special limited edition gold vinyl version of the album. Young Americans was a huge departure for Bowie, creating a sound during sessions in Philadelphia and New York that he described as ‘Plastic Soul’. The album’s two hit singles, the title track and the John Lennon co-write Fame, are viewed as amongst Bowie’s very best with the latter giving him his first US #1.
YUSUF / CAT STEVENS – Tea For the Tillerman 2 – LP €20.99 (UMC) - 50 years after the original made him a global superstar Yusuf / Cat Stevens has rerecorded an entirely new version of his 1970 classic album Tea For The Tillerman. With many of the album’s songs sounding more relevant than ever today, Tea For The Tillerman 2 offers up striking and sensitive new renditions of stone-cold classics like Father And Son, Wild World and Where Do The Children Play?.
BEARS DEN & PAUL FRITH – Fragments – LP €23.99 (Commuinion) – Limited White Vinyl - Fragments is a collaboration album between Bear’s Den and award winning composer Paul Frith, stemming from some live shows in 2018. Fragments sees Paul Frith rework and arrange a number of songs from the Bear’s Den catalogue with an orchestra; from adding orchestral flourishes to the originals to completely pulling apart and reimagining tracks – hence Fragments.
MATT BERRY – Phantom Birds – LP €22.99 (Acid Jazz)– Limited Red Vinyl - Renowned for his love of all things musical and genre defying inventiveness over the course of his previous output, Phantom Birds is an extraordinary album that not only see Berry on vocal duties but for the most part playing most of the instrumentation, aided and abetted by legendary pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole and like-minded drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett).
NEIL YOUNG - The Times - CD €11.99 (Warner) - The Times is a moving and topical solo acoustic performance, a unique collection of songs, recorded by Neil Young at home during lockdown as part of the raw and personal, Fireside Sessions series.
CULTS – Host – LP €21.99 (Sinderlyn) – Limited Evergreen Vinyl - Cults have embarked on a radical reimagining, both of the band’s sound and its dynamic, and the result is the NYC indie duo’s utterly mesmerizing fourth album, Host. Written more collaboratively than ever before and recorded primarily with live instruments for the first time, the collection marks the start of a bold new chapter for the band, one fueled by an ever-deepening trust and a boundless appetite for growth and experimentation.
ED HARCOURT – Monochrome To Colour – 2LP €25.99 (The Point of Depature Recording Co) - Haunting and other-worldy new record from Ed Harcourt, his ninth studio album
YELLOW DAYS – A Day In A Yellow Beat – 2LP €24.99 (Columbia) - All versions bar the Standard CD come with an exclusive Bonus CD Singles 2018 – 2019 featuring five old tracks that have never had a physical release. A Day in a Yellow Beat is Yellow Days’ sophomore record and his first for Columbia. George is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and self-medicated auteur who has never quite fitted into one style or space. His sound continues to warp funky, while his words dig deeper into modern malaise and mental health. It is, as he says, “Upbeat existential millennial crisis music.”
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – The 1967 Broadcast Album – LP €20.99 (1960's Records) - The Experience’s first three releases were 45s on Track Records, the independent label owned by The Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. All three reached the top ten of the UK pop charts in early 1967: Hey Joe / Stone Free made #6 in January, Purple Haze #3 in March and The Wind Cries Mary #6 in May. Naturally, their TV appearances at this time were largely vehicles for promoting these records but the most unusual broadcast we feature here is a studio session recorded for the experimental Dutch TV show Hoepla, where the band was encouraged to perform extended versions of their songs. Sound quality ranges from excellent (Dutch, FrenchTV) to acceptable (UK TV). This album shows us just how good they sounded as they transition from psychedelic pop group to stadium rock band.
NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS – Live At The Roundhouse – 2LP €36.99 (Sony) - Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse is a live recording taken from the band’s sold-out shows at the legendary London venue in May 2019. Receiving huge acclaim throughout their first tour, Live At The Roundhouse captures the true essence of a band reviving the music that had rarely featured in Pink Floyd’s live shows since those early days and some of the songs were never played at all by Floyd.
FENNE LILY – Breach – LP €22.99 (Dead Oceans) – Limited Flame Orange Vinyl - Isolation is nothing new for Fenne Lily – in fact, she’s written an album of songs all about it. “It’s kind of like writing a letter, and leaving it in a book that you know you’ll get out when you’re sad – like a message to yourself in the future,” she says, referring to Breach, her Dead Oceans debut she wrote during a period of self-enforced isolation pre-COVID.
LAIBACH – Bremenmarsch – Live At Schlachthof 12.10.1987 – LP+CD €24.99 (Mig Music) - On 12th October 1987 Laibach made a stop at the Bremen Schlachthof. Here the live album Bremermarsch was recorded, which is now released 33 years later. In spring 2020 Laibach edited the “old” original recordings and digitally mastered them in their studio. The recordings sound fresh and unspent, the sound is great, the mood in the audience as well.
FLYING COLORS – Flying Colors – 2LP €22.99 (Music Theories) – Limited Light Blue Vinyl - Re-issue of Flying Colors’ debut album. Limited to 1000 copies on light blue vinyl worldwide. Flying Colors is a prog supergroup composed of Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Adrenaline Mob), Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band), Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard), and Steve Morse (Deep Purple).
FLYING COLORS – Second Nature – 2LP €22.99 (Music Theories)– Limited Light Blue Vinyl - Re-issue of Flying Colors’ second studio album. Limited to 1000 copies on light blue vinyl worldwide.
FLYING COLORS – Third Stage: Live In London – 3LP €23.99 (Music Theories) – Limited Orange Vinyl - Continuing their pattern of making a studio album, followed by a live album, “Third Stage: Live In London” is the 3rd live album by the prog-supergroup. It was recorded in December 2019 in London on a short and highly anticipated tour, directly after the release of their studio album “Third Degree”.
GARY MOORE – Bad For You Baby – 2LP €27.99 (Ear Music) - ad For You Baby, released in 2008, is the last studio album by the Northern Irish guitarist before his sudden death in 2011. Like on the preceding albums, Moore has combined his own soulful creations with unique interpretations of blues greats.
GARY MOORE – Close As You Get – 2LP €27.99 (Ear Music) - With Close As You Get, Gary Moore continues the musical journey he started with his highly successful album Old New Ballads Blues by mixing reinterpretations of Blues classics such as Have You Heard? by John Mayall or Thirty Days by Chuck Berry with own compositions. Being out of print on vinyl for a while, Close As You Get is now back on wax
GARY MOORE – Old New Ballads Blues – 2LP €27.99 (Ear Music) - On the highly acclaimed Old New Ballads Blues, the blues-rock legend Gary Moore is stepping back in time, mixing self-penned songs with blues classics such as Willie Dixon’s You Know My Love and All Your Love by Otis Rush.
FLEETWOOD MAC – Then Play On – 2LP 55.99 (BMG) – Expanded Edition Vinyl - Expanded edition featuring original UK tracklist plus four bonus tracks.
ANNA MEREDITH – Fibs – LP €23.99 (Moshi Moshi Records)– Limited Winter Wind Blue Vinyl - FIBS gets a Limited Repress on ‘Winter Wind’ Coloured Vinyl and has been Shortlisted for The Mercury Music Prize 2020.
BILLY BROOKS – Windows Of The Mind – LP €30.99 (We Want Sounds) - We want sounds presents this reissue of Billy Brooks’ much sought-after album Windows Of The Mind, released in 1974 on Ray Charles’ Crossover Records. It includes one of the most famous samples in hip hop history in the form of Fourty Days which forms the backbone of A Tribe Called Quest’s 1990 anthemic Luck of Lucien. Newly remastered, the reissue comes with original artwork.
VARIOUS – Ministry Of Sound: Origins Of Funk – 2LP €24.99 (Ministry Of Sound) - Ministry of Sound’s Origins series is back again, this time with the soulful sounds of Funk, from some of the most legendary names in the game. This 2x LP release explores the origins of the genre from its early beginnings with likes of Curtis Mayfield, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind and Fire, Gil Scott-Heron and many more.
BRAD MEHLDAU – Suite: April 2020 – LP €19.99 (Nonesuch) - While sheltering at home with his family in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, pianist and composer Brad Mehldau wrote twelve new songs about what he was experiencing; he was able to record them safely in an Amsterdam studio, together with interpretations of three tunes that mean a great deal to him personally. The resulting solo album, Suite: April 2020, was first made available in June as a limited-edition deluxe 180-gram vinyl LP
JOHN COLTRANE – Giant Steps (60th Anniversary) – 2LP €34.99 (Atlantic) – Deluxe Edition Vinyl - Newly Remastered Version Of The Jazz Saxophonist’s Influential Atlantic Records Debut, Plus Eight Alternate Takes.
THELONIOUS MONK – Palo Alto – LP €24.99 (Impulse) - Palo Alto is a previously unknown + unreleased live Thelonious Monk recording.
AMBIANCE – Into A New Journey – LP €28.99 (BBE) - Unearthed by The Mighty Zaf for BBE Music, Into A New Journey by Ambiance is an impossibly rare and sought-after private label spiritual jazz masterpiece from 1982 with Latin, Brazilian and Afro overtones.
BANDE GAMBOA – Horizonte – 2LP €27.99 (Heavenly Sweetness) - Bandé-Gamboa is a project made up of two All-Star bands, created to reinterpret extremely rare or unreleased tracks from Guiné-Bissau and Cabo Verde, a project explicitly dedicated to the living memory of Amílcar Cabral, the intellectual force and strategist behind the independence of both countries, whose dream was to have them forever united.
ELZA SOARES – The Woman At The End Of The World – LP €21.99 (Mais Um) - Teaming up with the cream of São Paulo’s avant-garde musicians Elza has delivered an album of apocalyptic, experimental rock-influenced samba sujo (‘dirty samba’). Over a sprawl of distorted guitars, squalling horns, taught strings and electronic shards, samba is savaged by rock ‘n’ roll, free-jazz, noise and other experimental music forms as Elza sings, spits and screams tales of a life in Brazil that is anything but a tropical paradise. A true legend of Brazilian music Elza has an incredible musical oeuvre that stretches back over seven decades mixing samba with jazz, soul, funk, hip hop and electronica, whilst her life-story is a rags-to-riches-to-rags rollercoaster of triumphs and tragedies that has made her a voice for Brazil’s repressed female, black, gay and working class populations.
YES – The Ladder – LP €27.99 (Ear Music) - The British progressive rock legends Yes released their studio album The Ladder in 1999, which marks the first studio recording including Igor Khoroshev as a full-time band member. Furthermore, The Ladder was the first album in a long time to not be produced by the band itself, but by an external producer Bruce Fairbairn.
RAINBOW – Live In Munich 1977 – 3LP €32.99 (Ear Music) - “Live In Munich 1977” features the line-up including vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Cozy Powell. Due to trouble with the police after a gig in Austria two nights before, the Munich show needed to be postponed and took place one day later than planned. But this only seemed to give the band additional motivation to perform a truly remarkable concert. First time ever in the original performed song order on vinyl!
KNUCKLE PUCK – 20/20 – LP €20.99 (Rise) – Limited Vinyl - Since forming in Chicago’s south suburbs a decade ago, Knuckle Puck have become one of the aggressive pop-punk genre’s preeminent forces thanks to a relatable lyrical approach and similarly engaging musical sensibilities
JOYCE MANOR – Songs From Northern Torrance – LP €26.99 – Limited Bone Vinyl - a collection of b-sides and alternate versions of fan favorites pulled from the band’s personal archives.
MOVEMENTS – No Good Left To Give – LP€24.99 (Fearless Records) – Limited Purple Vinyl - Movements realize the full scope of their storytelling, musicianship, and vision on their second full-length album, No Good Left To Give recorded with long-time producer and frequent collaborator Will Yip (Title Fight, Turnover).
BLACK VEIL BRIDES – ReStitch These Wounds – LP €22.99 – Limited Clear & Neon Yellow / Black Splatter (Sumerian Records) - Black Veil Brides release a new rerecorded version of their debut album We Stitch These Wounds entitled Re-Stitch These Wounds.
HEATHEN – Empire Of The Blind – 2LP €26.99 (Nuclear Blast) - Bay Area thrash legends HEATHEN are back! New album, Empire of the Blind, picks up where the group’s vaunted trio of full-lengths—Breaking the Silence (1987), Victims of Deception (1991), and The Evolution of Chaos (2010)—left off, but pushes the limits of aggression, melody, and heaviness. Indeed, the idea behind Empire of the Blind was an all-eras full-length, one that had a distinct attitude complemented by shorter, more focused songwriting.
NAPALM DEATH – Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism – LP €26.99 (Century Media) - Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is Napalm Death’s 16th studio album, produced by longtime collaborator Russ Russell.
FINNTROLL – Vredesvävd – LP €26.99 (Century Media) - The trolls are back – angrier, hungrier and meaner than ever! Vredesvävd is Finntroll’s seventh full-length, the first in seven years. The title translates to “Wrath-woven”, which aptly implies what the vigorous, unapologetic and ill-spirited record is all about
BEHEMOTH – And The Forests Dream Eternally – LP€33.99 (Metal Blade) – Limited to 666 copies on White Vinyl - is the rare debut EP by Polish Metall band Behemoth. It was originally released in August 1995, through Italian label Enthopy Records.
MOON DUO – Escape (Expanded Edition) – LP €20.99 (Sacred Bones Records) – Limited Pink Vinyl - To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Moon Duo’s long-out-of-print debut LP Escape, Sacred Bones is proud to present a new deluxe version of the album. The new reissue includes the original album in its entirety, plus three additional rare tracks taken from Moon Duo’s wild early days.
VALIUM AGGELEIN – Black Moon – 2LP €37.99 (Numero) - Just as Duster’s landmark debut album Stratosphere was making its first orbit, Clay Parton, Dove Amber, and Jason Albertini tracked a largely improvised companion capsule under their Valium Aggelein alter ego. An ode to ’70s Kosmische, Hier Kommt Der Schwartze Mond is a skeletal space nap for the prozac generation. Remixed and remastered from the original 16 track analog tapes, the 1998 album has been adjoined by 15 period-appropriate bonus tracks. A fuzzy masterpiece, hidden in plain sight, by the most important slowcore band of all time.
ARCA – &&&&& – LP €21.99 (PAN) - Reissue of the 2010 mixtape. For anyone who can remember, Arca’s &&&&& was a moment. Its 25-minute stretch of coiling, contorted grime and glitch; dub and hip hop dropped with the buzz of an impending co-production credit on Kanye West’s Yeezus in 2013. It included cuts of sound and beats that were too weird for that pop project, while becoming a piece of experimental art that what would come to define what is by now broadly known as a ‘post-club’ sound. It’s music that is as visceral as it is experimental; made as much for the mind, as it is for the body.
SARAH DAVACHI – Cantus, Descant – 2LP €28.99 (Late Music) – Limited Clear Vinyl - The new Sarah Davachi record is an 80 minute, 17 track double album meditation on impermanence and endings, framed by minimalistic organ études and careful harmonic layering. On two tracks the artist’s own vocals are also heard for the first time. This is the first release on the artist’s own label, Late Music.
VARIOUS – Avalon Emerson: DJ Kicks – 2LP€28.99 ( !K7) - valon Emerson’s contribution to !K7’s DJ-Kicks series, encompasses her maverick sound. The 70-minute mix traverses a wide range of tempos, styles and eras with the grace of an experienced selector who distinguishes herself based on technical skill, clever methodology and a unique vision. Old-school house records mingle with references to rave and Italo, but the set isn’t confined to a specific era or style — besides her own.
VARIOUS – Mirko Loko: Detroit Love Vol 4 – 2LP €25.99 (Planet E) - Following contributions from Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen and Wajeed, Swiss DJ and producer Mirko Loko steps forward to mix the fourth volume of Planet E’s mix series, Detroit Love.
AMMAR 808 – Global Control / Invisible Invasion – LP €20.99 - AMMAR 808s previous album Maghreb United was a powerful mixture of deep TR-808 bass and Pan-Maghreb beats and voices received widespread critical acclaim and shook dancefloors throughout Europe, North Africa and beyond. This time Brussels-based Tunisian electronic producer Sofyann Ben Youssef (aka AMMAR 808) has travelled to the Tamil Nadu region of southern India for a breath-taking new adventure.
BUSHWACKA! – Listen Up! Vol. 02 (1995 – 2005) – 2LP €27.99 (Above Board Projects) - A stunning collection from the vaults of one of London’s true maverick electronic producers – Matthew ‘Bushwacka!’ B.
PHACTION – Ubiquitous EP – 12″ €13.99 (Metalheadz) - This time jumping over to Metalheadz Platinum for the ‘Ubiquitous EP’, Phaction has conjured up 4 uncompromising solo cuts that combine his passion for creativity and discernible production talents.
HLZ - Amethyst EP - 12" €13.99 (Metalheadz) - The Italian-born, London-based producer encapsulates the modern day Metalheadz sound across 4 sublime solo tracks.
SEMISONIC – You’re Not Alone – 12" €20.99 (Pleasuresonic Recordings) - Alt-rock legends Semisonic’s new EP, You’re Not Alone, is their first release in nearly two decades.
THE BEATLES – NME Poll Winners 1965 EP – 7″ €10.99 (1960's Records) - The NME called it “the greatest pop show in the world” and who are we to argue. The 3 ½ hour show was witnessed by 10,000 fans at Wembley’s Empire Pool who saw The Animals, The Bachelors, Cilla Black, Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, Freddie and The Dreamers, Herman’s Hermits, The Ivy League, Tom Jones, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Rockin’ Berries, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, The Seekers, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Them and Twinkle. The Beatles performed just five songs.
THE TIMES – Red With Purple Flashes – 7″ €8.99 (Static Shock) - Originally released in 1981 on Dan Treacy from the Television Personalities label Whaam! Records, The Times were the brainchild of Ed Ball. He was a co-founding member of the Television Personalities, Teenage Filmstars and ‘O’ Level. This single is just over three minutes of pop perfection that will not leave your stereo for weeks
NORMIL HAWAIINS – In The Stone / Where Is Living? – 7″ €7.99 (Upset The Rythmn) - First new music from the renowned post-punk group Normil Hawaiians since 1985. A pressing of 500 copies only for the world.
SOFT CELL – Magick Mutants – 7″ €15.99 (Frock) - Magick Mutants, the exclusive EP features four previously unreleased tracks: three brand new re-workings of the early Soft Cell classics Bleak Is My Favourite Cliche, Science Fiction Stories and The Girl With The Patent Leather Face, alongside a cover of the late Fad Gadget’s seminal 1979 single Back To Nature, and the EP release is also dedicated to Fad Gadget who studied alongside Marc Almond and Dave Ball at Leeds Polytechnic.
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FOUR TET – New Energy – 2LP €24.99 (TEST)