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Releases for 2 October 2020

Our pick of 2 October’s new releases start with Live Around The World, which presents a compilation of concert highlights from Queen + Adam Lambert captured the world over, with several available for the very first time. Good Luck With Whatever, the seventh studio album by the Los Angeles-based rock band Dawes, sets a tone all its own with a real live feel: it’s fresh, it’s raw, it’s a four-tiered seafood tower of all-American ear candy. After a ten-year spell in the house underground, Groove Armada are back with the eleven-track melting pot Edge Of The Horizon, with a stylistic thread lying somewhere between Hall and Oates, Prince and Roxy Music. Shiver is the exciting and beautiful second solo record from Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, who teamed up with iconoclastic producer A.G. Cook of the PC music collective in what proved to be a perfect collaboration. Rodrigo y Gabriela bring their Grammy-winning latest album to the live arena with thrilling results: Mettavolution Live captures the Mexican acoustic guitar masters in all their blazing glory, playing right at the top of their game to a passionate audience.

Our album of the week is Us + Them, which presents the powerful music of Roger Waters – founder member and main creative force behind Pink Floyd – in stunning form. The album chronicles Waters’ acclaimed 2017–2018 tour and highlights a message of human rights, liberty and love, and is well worth a listen.

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  • Us + Them presents the powerful music of Roger Waters, founder member and creative force behind Pink Floyd, in stunning form. The album chronicles Waters’ acclaimed 2017–2018 tour and highlights a message of human rights, liberty and love.
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  • As hinted at in interviews recently, Queen + Adam Lambert have now confirmed they will release their first-ever live album, Live Around The World. The set presents a compilation of concert highlights captured the world over personally selected by Taylor, May and Lambert from over 200 shows they have performed, with several featured here becoming available for the very first time.
  • Note: the LP version is available on red vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
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  • From the first downbeat, Good Luck With Whatever, the seventh studio album by the Los Angeles-based rock band Dawes, sets a tone all its own. The album unfurls with the crunchy chordal cadence of what could only be Taylor Goldsmith’s guitar. As the band quickly hop their way aboard this rhythmic rail car, we find ourselves thinking “Hey, these guys are pretty good. I’m so glad you dragged me to see some live music!” – ‘Still Feel Like A Kid’ serves as a reminder that we all love a good fillet steak, but there’s no shame in still ordering off the kids’ menu from time to time. You can hear the eye contact in the room, you can see the lyrics as they fly from Goldsmith’s mouth straight into your ears, you’ll find yourself singing along to a song you’re hearing for the first time. It’s fresh, it’s raw, it’s a four-tiered seafood tower of all-American ear candy. Think ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I’m A Toys R Us Kid’ meets ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’.
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  • After a ten-year spell back in the house underground, Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay and Andy Cato are back with the eleven-track Edge Of The Horizon. As with all Groove Armada albums, it’s a melting pot of styles, but in contrast to the guitar-laden sound of the Grammy-nominated album Black Light, the uniting stylistic thread here lies somewhere between Hall and Oates, Prince and Roxy Music. Groove Armada’s flair for blending electro elements with the energy of a live band remains at the heart of the record.
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  • Shiver is the exciting and beautiful second solo record from LA-based Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi. Not too long ago Jónsi was travelling through London where he met up with iconoclastic producer A.G. Cook, whom he admired for his boundary-breaking work with the PC music collective. He had no expectation of the meeting, but the more they talked, the more he realized they might be perfect collaborators. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Jónsi says. “I get tired of everything really easily. I always want things to be fun and exciting and fresh, and doing another album … I just wanted to have a different approach.
  • Note: the LP is pressed on 180g vinyl and is only available from indie shops.
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  • Rodrigo y Gabriela bring their Grammy-winning latest album Mettavolution to the live arena with thrilling results. Recorded on their 2019 world tour, Mettavolution Live captures the Mexican acoustic guitar masters in all their blazing glory. Featuring, as it does, all the songs from the latest record, including their epic, no-safety-net, version of Pink Floyd’s ‘Echoes’. Add in some of Rod and Gab’s biggest hits, with the dazzling duo playing right at the top of their game, plus a passionate audience and it all comes together as the ultimate live album from one of the world’s most beloved live acts.
 

 

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Releases for 25 September 2020

Our pick of 25 September’s releases start with This Dream Of You, on which Diana Krall performs variously in a quartet, a trio, duos both with a bassist and pianist, and an ensemble featuring guitar, fiddle, bass and drums – it’s music that’s both immediate and a slow burn. Blue Hearts is the fourteenth solo album by the former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould, and is “the catchiest batch of protest songs I’ve ever written in one sitting,” and indeed here are some of the most direct, confrontational lyrics of his four-decade career. Back with their first new album in 12 years, a confident and revitalised ACR jumped back into the studio following their most successful tour in over 20 years to produce ACR Loco, an album to dance to, cry to, fall in love to and most importantly, to party to. Universal Beings E&F Sides brings us fourteen new pieces of organic beat music from the sessions that produced Chicago-based drummer/producer Makaya McCraven’s critically acclaimed 2018 release. By The Fire, the seventh solo album from Sonic Youth front-man Thurston Moore, was being produced in London right up until the third week of March 2020 when Covid lock-down was imposed and features Deb Googe, Jon Leidecker aka Wobble, James Sedwards, Steve Shelley and Jem Doulton.

Our release of the week comes from the highly acclaimed IDLES, whose third album, Ultra Mono, doubles down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work. Not far beneath the surface of their self-admitted sloganeering lies a deeply complex and brutally relevant album that chews up clichés and spits them out as high art for the masses.

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  • Following Brutalism (2017) and Joy as an Act of Resistance (2018), two releases that garnered global critical acclaim, IDLES return with their highly anticipated third album, Ultra Mono. Sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record (including production contribution from Kenny Beats), the album doubles down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work. Not far beneath the surface of their self-admitted sloganeering lies a deeply complex and brutally relevant album that chews up clichés and spits them out as high art for the masses. This is momentary acceptance of the self. This is Ultra Mono.
  • Tracklist: / 1. War / 2. Grounds / 3. Mr. Motivator / 4. Anxiety / 5. Kill Them With Kindness / 6. Model Village / 7. Ne Touche Pas Moi / 8. Carcinogenic / 9. Reigns / 10. The Lover / 11. A Hymn / 12. Danke
  • Note: the LP is available on limited-edition vortex vinyl.
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  • This Dream Of You was produced in May 2020 by Diana Krall from sessions recorded in 2016 and 2017, on which she worked with her friend and longtime creative partner, Tommy LiPuma. The album features Krall in a quartet with long-time colleagues, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Anthony Wilson on ‘Almost Like Being In Love’ and ‘That’s All’, as well as a trio with Christian McBride and Russell Malone on ‘Autumn In New York’ and ‘There’s No You’. The duos include a wonderful first-take performance of ‘I Wished On The Moon’ from Krall and bassist John Clayton, and two vocal cuts – ‘More Than You Know’ and ‘Don’t Smoke In Bed’ with accompaniment by pianist Alan Broadbent, who also provided the string orchestration for ‘But Beautiful’ and string arrangement on ‘Autumn In New York’. The final session for this album took place at Capitol Studios with an ensemble featuring guitarist Marc Ribot, the fiddle of Stuart Duncan and a rhythm section of Tony Garnier on bass and Karriem Riggins on drums. This Dream Of You is music for right now but it is also a “long playing record”, one that feels like a movie that you might share with someone because you know they’ll stay with it until the final reel. As Diana says, “If ‘But Beautiful’ is the overture, then ‘Singing In The Rain’ is the end title.
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  • Blue Hearts is the fourteenth solo album by the former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould – the raging-but-catchy yin to the yang of 2019’s Sunshine Rock. Where that album was Mould’s most melodic and upbeat album in ages, he describes Blue Hearts as “the catchiest batch of protest songs I’ve ever written in one sitting.” Through some of the most direct, confrontational lyrics of his four-decade career, Mould makes his point of view clear: “I never thought I’d see this bullshit again / To come of age in the ’80s was bad enough / We were marginalized and demonized / I watched a lot of my generation die / Welcome back to American crisis.
  • Note: the LP is available on indie shops exclusive 3-colour striped vinyl.
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  • Back with their first new album in 12 years, a confident and revitalised ACR jumped back into the studio following their most successful tour in over 20 years. ACR Loco feels like an accumulation of ACR’s DNA from point zero in 1977 through to 2020 and sounds like a band who have effortlessly perfected their craft. An album to dance to, cry to, fall in love to and most importantly, to party to. On the album, core ACR members Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson are joined by long-term partners Tony Quigley, Denise Johnson and Matt Steele, plus special guests Sink Ya Teeth’s Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford, Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey and Manchester luminaries Mike Joyce and Eric Random.
  • Note: the LP is available on randomly coloured vinyl (red, white, blue or turquoise).
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  • Universal Beings E&F Sides is an addendum to Chicago-based drummer/producer Makaya McCraven’s critically acclaimed 2018 release Universal Beings, which The New York Times said “affirms the drummer and beatsmith’s position as a major figure in creative music.” But it’s more than a simple extra disc: here are fourteen new pieces of organic beat music cut from the original sessions, prepared and produced by Makaya as a soundtrack to the Universal Beings documentary film.
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  • By The Fire, the seventh solo album from Sonic Youth front-man Thurston Moore, features musicians Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) on bass and backing vocals, Jon Leidecker aka Wobbly (of Negativland) on electronics, James Sedwards on guitar, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley and Jem Doulton alternating on drums. ‘Hashish’ is the first single from the album to be released and is described by Moore as “an ode to the narcotic of love in our shared responsibility to each other during isolation.” Prior to isolation during the Covid pandemic, Thurston worked in recording studios in North London until the third week of March 2020 to complete this album.
 

 

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Releases for 11 September 2020

The first of 11 September’s releases comes from Everything Everything, whose 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. Produced by P J 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. The accompanying 10-track collection of previously unreleased demos features brand new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz. Is Love Enough? is Stone Foundation’s sixth studio album continues their fruitful collaboration with Paul Weller, who contributes vocals and guitar on several tracks. Actor Peter Capaldi provides a spoken word coda to the album, and two rising stars of the soul scene, Durand Jones and Laville, sing lead vocals on a track each. The first three albums by Richard & Linda Thompson get a welcome reissue on LP. Their debut, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight is a dark and eclectic affair with very little light, despite the uplifting and almost commercial nature of the title track. Hokey Pokey is a much jollier release than its predecessor: a mixture of darkly comic songs and more world-weary, sombre numbers. Pour Down Like Silver, also known as the Sufi album due to Richard’s recent conversion to Islam, is more restrained and spartan, and contains some of Richard’s most beautiful songs and some beautiful guitar work.

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  • 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. All things which contribute to a sense of one door closing while another awaits.
  • Note: the LP is available on milky-white vinyl.

 

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  • Produced by P J 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. This vinyl reissue is faithful to the original recording and package, cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of long-time PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish and pressed on 180g black vinyl, housed in a full-colour sleeve with printed inner sleeve, and includes a download card.
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  • This 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 includes demo versions of the singles ‘Down By The Water’, ‘C’mon Billy’ and ‘Send His Love To Me’. The audio has been mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of long-time PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish. Features brand new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz.
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    • Is Love Enough? Is Stone Foundation’s sixth studio album and was recorded at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios in Surrey and produced by Stone Foundation’s founding members Neil Jones and Neil Sheasby. It continues their fruitful collaboration with Paul Weller, who produced 2017’s Street Rituals and played on 2018’s Everybody Anyone – both of which have streaming figures in the millions. Paul contributes lead vocals to ‘Deeper Love’ and also prominent backing vocals on ‘Picture A Life’, and plays guitar on three other tracks. Stone Foundation are renowned for their collaborative approach and this time is no exception. Legendary actor Peter Capaldi provides a spoken word coda to the album, reading words by Vincent Van Gogh written about love. Additionally, two rising stars of the soul scene feature on the record. Durand Jones joins for a lead vocal on ‘Hold On To Love’ and Laville sings lead on ‘The Light In Us’.
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    • Recorded in May 1973, but not released until 1974 due to the international oil shortage, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight is a dark and eclectic affair with very little light, despite the uplifting and almost commercial nature of the title track. Richard takes lead vocal on four of the albums twelve tracks, including fan favourites ‘When I Get To The Border’, ‘Calvary Cross’, ‘We Sing Hallelujah’ and ‘The End of The Rainbow’. Linda is a perfect foil for Richard and she shines on such songs as ‘Down Where The Drunkards Roll’, ‘Has He Got A Friend For Me?’, ‘The Great Valerio’ and the title track. The iconic cover by Nancy Fouts of Shirt Sleeve Studios is deceptively simple – just the title and their names written on a steamed up window.
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    • Hokey Pokey is a much jollier release than its predecessor. Richard always envisaged it 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 and Linda’s 2nd album together is a mixture of darkly comic songs like ‘Smiffy’s Glass Eye’ and the more world-weary nature of ‘I’ll Regret It All In The Morning’ and ‘A Heart Needs A Home’. There are also more sombre songs such as ‘The Egypt Room’ which Richard described as “half way between The Coasters ‘Little Egypt’, George Formby, and Dickens by way of Patricia Highsmith”.
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    • Released in 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. ‘Hard Luck Stories’ is probably the most musically upbeat song on the album and wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the previous two albums. The album contains some of Richard’s most beautiful songs including ‘For Shame Of Doing Wrong’, ‘Beat The Retreat’ and, particularly, ‘Dimming Of The Day’ which segues into a beautiful solo guitar performance of Scots composer James Scott Skinner’s ‘Dargai’ bringing the album to a fittingly contemplative conclusion.
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      Releases for 4 September 2020

      We’ve got a little batch of gems for you released on 4 September. For his first record in just over a year, Bill Callahan has given us an album on which each of the songs has a standalone feel, like singles, giving you a sudden, deep encounter from start to finish. And what better title for a record full of singles – and let’s face it, hit singles, at that – than Gold Record. Sun Racket is Boston trio Throwing Muses’ follow-up to 2013’s Purgatory/Paradise, and it’s an outpouring of modal guitars, reverbed shapes, echoey drums and driving bass set behind Kristen Hersh’s well-thumbed notebook of storylines and haunting vocals that get into your psyche. The Pineapple Thief raises the bar again, with one of the most important albums of 2020. Versions Of The Truth represents a conceptual progression from Dissolution (a contemplation on our ‘post-truth’ world) and lyrically tackles similar themes, but from a more personal perspective. Oranges & Lemons gets the loving 200g-vinyl touch, remastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering with input from Andy Partridge, and fully approved by XTC. The album was released towards the end of the first vinyl era and was, as a result, never available as a decent quality pressing until now. All Them Witches have built a career out of playing music that cannot be pigeonholed into one specific genre. Nothing As The Ideal features the band’s signature psychedelic blues riffs, relentless drums, melodic bass lines and non-linear lyrics, resulting in a thought-provoking head-banger that is the band’s most cohesive album to date.

      Our release of the week is A Dark Murmuration Of Words from the wonderful Emily Barker, which contends with a modern era built on racial and gender inequality, poverty and slavery, environmental exploitation and the climate crisis, finding them all connected by the dark shadow of patriarchy, pursuits of power, and the suppression of history. Barker draws connections between the familial, the local, and the global.

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      • A Dark Murmuration Of Words contends with a modern era built on racial and gender inequality, poverty and slavery, environmental exploitation and the climate crisis, finding them all connected by the dark shadow of patriarchy, pursuits of power, and the suppression of history. “Finding meaning becomes challenging with the deafening clamour of social media in this age of fake news,” says Emily Barker, “but it’s important to try discerning the patterns, learning to pay attention to things closer to home as well as to overwhelming global issues.” Referencing Emily Dickinson’s assertion that “If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves,” Barker draws connections between the familial, the local, and the global.
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      • For his first record in … uh, well, just a little over a year(!), Bill Callahan has given us his first Gold Record. They can’t all be gold, and they’re not all six years apart either – all good! You could probably call the album ‘Gold Records’, too: all the songs have a standalone feel, like singles, meant for you to have a deep encounter with all of a sudden, from the start of the song to the finish. And what do you got when you have a record full of singles – and let’s face it, hit singles, at that? That’s a Gold Record for you.
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      • Sun Racket is Boston trio Throwing Muses’ follow-up to 2013’s Purgatory/Paradise, and it’s an outpouring of modal guitars, reverbed shapes, echoey drums and driving bass set behind Kristen Hersh’s well-thumbed notebook of storylines and haunting vocals that get into your psyche.
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      • With the release of their new album, The Pineapple Thief raise their exceptional standards further, having produced what may be one of the most important albums of 2020. Versions Of The Truth represents a conceptual progression from Dissolution (a contemplation on our ‘post-truth’ world) and lyrically tackles similar themes, but from a more personal perspective. Reflecting on how there can be more than one ‘version of the truth’, the album’s songs revolve around the impact the media can have on our lives and the people we love. Recording began at Bourne Place in London and Soord Studios in Yeovil after the band had completed its US tour (October 2019 to April 2020), with engineering handled by Bruce Soord and Gavin Harrison. The album has been mastered by Steve Kitch.
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      • Oranges & Lemons is the eighth in a series of classic XTC albums to be issued on 200g vinyl. The album has been mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering with input from Andy Partridge, and is fully approved by XTC. Oranges & Lemons is one of the most requested vinyl reissues as it was only on vinyl for a short period towards the end of the first vinyl era and was, as a result, never available as a decent quality pressing and poorly presented in a single sleeve. The sleeve has been re-worked to present the front colour image in all its psychedelic glory – and expanded to a gatefold to accommodate both the weight of the vinyl and the inclusion of song lyrics.
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      • All Them Witches have built a career out of playing music that cannot be pigeonholed into one specific genre. Nothing As The Ideal was recorded in Studio 2 at the world-famous Abbey Road with the help of long-time mixing engineer Mikey Allred. The history and vibe of that setting laid the groundwork for what was to come. The band’s signature psychedelic blues riffs, relentless drums, melodic bass lines and non-linear lyrics are all present. The resulting album is a thought-provoking head-banger that is the band’s most cohesive album to date.
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