New releases for 11 August 2023

The first of this week’s sizzlers is the exciting creative collaboration of two rock icons from different generations. Face to Face is an album of original duets written by KT Tunstall and Suzi Quatro that covers themes of love and loss, fear and triumph – all essential to their experiences as groundbreaking women in rock. Tracks like ‘Shine a Light’ and ‘Truth Is My Weapon’ showcase the dynamic flow Suzi and KT created while recording together in England.

Volcano follows Jungle’s previous album, Loving in Stereo, which proved to be a landmark moment for the acclaimed UK duo. The free-spirited energy that runs right through Volcano reflects how organically it came together. J and T wrote most of the record on tour while staying in an Airbnb in Los Angeles, and it was later recorded and completed back home in London at their favourite location, Studio B at Metropolis Studios. This time around, the duo wanted to include a wider variety of voices within the album. In addition to Erick The Architect, they reunited with Bas (who previously featured on the Loving in Stereo single ‘Romeo’) for ‘Pretty Little Thing’, as well as calling on talents in the shape of Roots Manuva, Channel Tres and JNR Williams.

Ryan Bingham’s new release, Watch Out for the Wolf, finds the Grammy award-winning artist crafting his most raw and intimate work to date. Written and recorded by Bingham in the wilderness of Montana, the haunting and evocative songs on this collection seamlessly intertwine to capture a moment suspended in time, filtered through the stillness and echoes of the desolate surroundings in which they were created. Guided by his signature poetic lyricism and soulful delivery, Watch Out for the Wolf is the first project produced, performed, and mixed entirely by Bingham – carving a distinctive space in the singer-songwriter’s ever-evolving catalogue.

Chrome Dreams, one of Neil Young’s most individual and powerful albums, was scheduled to be released in 1977; but, as is often the case with Young, things change. And then change again. And now this legendary lost album, which includes some of rock’s most unforgettable songs, is finally set to be released as Neil Young envisioned it. Alongside the original album, which includes the original versions of a number of songs that would become classics when featured on later albums, this release includes a selection of studio recordings from 1974 to 1976, including two previously unreleased versions and four tracks never before released on vinyl.

The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons, the colossal new album from The Hives, reignites the band’s lore in arresting fashion, exploring the disappearance of the band’s mysterious sixth member, Randy Fitzsimmons. The band are without their best man, who went missing some time ago, and things are not well in the manor. Maybe, just maybe, the release of new music will get Randy’s attention and bring him back from the void …

Our replease of the week comes from Public Image Ltd (PiL), who began writing and recording End of World, their 11th studio album and first in 8 years, in 2018 during their 40th anniversary tour. After The Great Pause, the band regrouped in the studio and, as John Lydon says, “there was just this massive explosion of ideas.” The result finds PiL set to release 13 of the best tracks they have ever written.

Public Image Ltd - End of WorldSuzi Quatro & KT Tunstall - Face to FaceJungle - VolcanoRyan Bingham - Watch Out for the WolfNeil Young - Chrome DreamsThe Hives - The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons

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