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Releases for 14 May 2021

We open 14 May’s selection of tasty treats with Fat Pop (Volume 1), the brand-new album from Paul Weller, who is in the midst of an unbelievably prolific purple patch: this new album is an absolute scorcher, and among his most compelling. The Black Keys’s tenth studio album, Delta Kream, celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards, including songs by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, that they have loved since they were teenagers. With Afrique Victime, the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar rips a new hole in the sky – boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and ‘rock music’ by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women’s rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers. Phoebe Bridgers’ latest 12", Copycat Killer, features 4 exclusive new orchestral arrangements of songs from her wildly acclaimed Punisher album that are sure to delight existing fans and give new listeners a sense of what makes her one of the most special artists today. In his tenth year with Acid Jazz, the ever-prolific Matt Berry has crafted a psych masterpiece, once again proving that his artistic ambition, and progression, knows no bounds: Blue Elephant is arguably his best album to date, and performed entirely – except the drums – by Matt himself.

Our release of the week comes from Sons Of Kemet, who follow 2018’s Mercury Prize-nominated breakout release Your Queen Is A Reptile with Black To The Future, which features guest vocalists and instrumentalists including Kojey Radical, Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid, Joshua Idehen, D Double E, and is one not to be missed!

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    • Sons Of Kemet  Black To The Future  Pre-sale offer CD £11.99 / 2-LP £28.99
  • Sons Of Kemet returns in 2021 with their new album, Black To The Future, the follow-up to 2018’s Mercury Prize-nominated breakout release Your Queen Is A Reptile. This is their fourth record, and their second on Impulse! Compared with Your Queen Is A Reptile, this album has featured vocalists and more of an emphasis on fuller compositions and arrangements. Guest artists include Kojey Radical, Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid, Joshua Idehen, D Double E.
  • Note: The LP is available on orange vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Paul Weller - Fat Pop
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    • Paul Weller  Fat Pop  Pre-sale offer CD £11.99 / Deluxe 3-CD £19.99 / LP £26.99
  • We may be cursed to be in the midst a global pandemic, buffeted by all of its stresses and pain. But everyone knows that art provides succour, that music is the most reliable balm. And for many there is further significant comfort to be drawn from the knowledge that Paul Weller is in the midst of an unbelievably prolific purple patch. Paul Weller will not let us down when we need him most.
  • Fat Pop (Volume 1) is Paul’s 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992, released just under twelve months after June 2020’s magnificent, chart-topping On Sunset. It’s not hyperbole to state that this new album is an absolute scorcher, and among his most compelling.
  • Note: The LP is available on indie-shops exclusive yellow vinyl.
  • The Black Keys - Delta Kream
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    • The Black Keys  Delta Kream  Pre-sale offer CD £12.99 / LP £24.99 / Indie LP £33.99
  • The Black Keys release their tenth studio album, Delta Kream. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of various blues legends. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover.
  • Auerbach says of the album: “We made this record to honor the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us starting out. These songs are still as important to us today as they were the first day Pat and I started playing together and picked up our instruments. It was a very inspiring session with Pat and me along with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton in a circle, playing these songs. It felt so natural.
  • Note: The indie exclusive LP is pressed on smokey marbled vinyl.
  • Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
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    • Mdou Moctar  Afrique Victime  Pre-sale offer CD £10.99 / LP £17.99
  • With Afrique Victime, the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar rips a new hole in the sky – boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and ‘rock music’ by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women’s rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.
  • Listeners to the album are beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar – the man and the band – who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.
  • Note: The LP is available on exclusive indies-only purple vinyl.
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Copycat Killer
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    • Phoebe Bridgers  Copycat Killer  Pre-sale offer 12" £15.99
  • Copycat Killer is a 12" featuring 4 exclusive new versions of songs from Phoebe Bridgers’ wildly acclaimed Punisher album. Collaborating with arranger Rob Moose (Sufjan Stevens, The National, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Jay-Z), these are brand-new orchestral arrangements of the songs ‘Kyoto’, ‘Savior Complex’, ‘Chinese Satellite’ and ‘Punisher’, all given a luscious revamp that is sure to delight any fans of Phoebe’s album and serve as perfect gateway for new listeners into what makes her one of the most special artists of 2020 and beyond.
  • Note: The 12" is available on available in limited-edition ‘mountain blast’ green vinyl.
  • Matt Berry - Blue Elephant
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    • Matt Berry  Blue Elephant  Pre-sale offer CD £10.99 / LP £21.99
  • In his tenth year with Acid Jazz, the ever-prolific Matt Berry has crafted a psych masterpiece, once again proving that his artistic ambition, and progression, knows no bounds.
  • Blue Elephant follows the acclaimed Top 30 album Phantom Birds, and is arguably his best album to date. Recorded during the summer of 2020, the new album is testament to Matt’s exceptional musicianship, production skills and songwriting prowess. Every instrument on the album – with the exception of drums, supplied by Craig Blundell – is played by Matt, including guitars, bass, a variety of keyboards and synthesizers (piano, Wurlitzer, mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Vox and Farfisa organs).
  • This music soundtracks an album that explores themes surrounding today’s close scrutiny in all its bewildering, objectifying and unnerving experiences. Very much a conceptual and, therefore, continuous long-player, the infectious grooves come to the fore on standout tracks ‘Summer Sun’, heavy-psych instrumental ‘Invisible’, the three-part ‘Blues Inside Me’, which encompasses a psych journey through a late ’60s and early glam filter mixed with the propulsive ‘Like Stone’.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition blue vinyl.
 

 

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Releases for 7 May 2021

7 May’s six smashers start with Latest Record Project: Volume 1: a 28-track delve into Van Morrison’s ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazz and soul, his 42nd record and his most dynamic and contemporary album in years. Musical pioneer Moby revisits highlights from his 30-year career on Reprise with new arrangements for orchestra and acoustic instruments, helped by a stellar line-up of guest artists from across the musical spectrum. Archive Series Volume No. 5: Tallahassee is the lost-in-time debut album from Iron & Wine, recorded three years prior to his first release, strangely confident and more polished than The Creek Drank The Cradle. Cooked up in the Blue Note Lab, RMX presents last year’s band-defining masterpiece, GoGo Penguin, re-imagined through the filter of some of the world’s finest producers and remixers, including Squarepusher, Cornelius and Yosi, James Holden, Portico Quartet, Clark and Nathan Fake, Rone, Machine Drum, and Manchester’s own Graham Massey (808 State) and new discovery Shunya. And finally, education entertainment recreation is a brand-new live album from New Order, recorded at London’s Alexandra Palace on 9 November 2018 at the band’s only UK show of that year and featuring their latest acclaimed album, Music Complete, some early dancefloor bangers and Joy Division’s finest work.

Our release of the week is one of 2021’s most highly anticipated albums. Squid’s debut, Bright Green Field, is a work of towering scope and ambition: deeply considered, paced and intricately constructed. Some bands might be tempted to include previous singles on their debut – and the band had already released ‘Sludge’ and ‘Broadcaster’ in 2020 – but instead Bright Green Field is completely new material. This sense of limitlessness and perpetual forward motion is one of the the key ingredients that makes Squid so loved by fans and critics alike.

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    • Squid  Bright Green Field  CD £11.99 / 2-LP £23.99 / Cassette £15.99
  • Squid’s debut album, Bright Green Field, is one of 2021’s most highly anticipated albums. It’s an album of towering scope and ambition: deeply considered, paced and intricately constructed. With all band members playing such a vital and equal role, this album is very much the product of five heads operating as one.
  • Some bands might be tempted to include previous singles on their debut – and the band had already released ‘Sludge’ and ‘Broadcaster’ in 2020 – but instead Bright Green Field is completely new material. This sense of limitlessness and perpetual forward motion is one of the the key ingredients that makes Squid so loved by fans and critics alike.
  • Note: The LP is available on indie-shops exclusive green vinyl.
  • Van Morrison - Latest Record Project: Volume 1
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    • Van Morrison  Latest Record Project: Volume 1  2-CD £13.99 / Deluxe 2-CD £18.99 / 3-LP £36.99
  • Latest Record Project: Volume 1 is a 28-track delve into Van Morrison’s ongoing love of blues, R&B, jazz and soul. It’s his 42nd record and his most dynamic and contemporary album in years.
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  • Musical pioneer Moby’s new album, Reprise, finds him revisiting and reimagining musical highlights from his 30-year career. Together with the Budapest Art Orchestra, he has re-envisioned some of his most recognisable rave classics and anthems with new arrangements for orchestra and acoustic instruments. He’s also joined by a stellar line-up of guest artists from across the musical spectrum, including Alice Skye, Amythyst Kiah, Apollo Jane, Darlingside, Gregory Porter, Jim James, Kris Kristofferson, Luna Li, Mark Lanegan, Mindy Jones, Nataly Dawn, Skylar Grey and Víkingur Ólafsson.
  • Note: The LP is available on indies-exclusive grey vinyl.
  • Iron And Wine - Archive Series Volume No.5: Tallahassee
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    • Iron And Wine  Archive Series Volume No.5: Tallahassee  CD £10.99 / LP £22.99 / Indies LP £24.99 / Cassette £8.99
  • Archive Series Volume No. 5: Tallahassee is the lost-in-time debut album from Iron & Wine – a collection of songs recorded three years prior to his official Sub Pop debut, The Creek Drank The Cradle (2002), a period before the concept of Iron & Wine existed and principal songwriter Sam Beam was studying at Florida State University with the intent of pursuing a career in film.
  • Tallahassee documents the very first steps on a journey that would lead to a career as one of America’s most original and distinctive singer-songwriters. Creek arrived like a thief in the night with its lo-fi, hushed vocals and intimate nature, while Tallahassee comes almost inversely with a strange sense of confidence. Perhaps an almost youthful discretion that likely comes from being too young to know better and too naïve to give a shit. The recordings themselves are more polished than Creek and give a peek into what a studio version of that record might have offered up.
  • Note: The LP is available on indies-exclusive yellow splatter vinyl.
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  • Cooked up in the Blue Note Lab, RMX presents last year’s band-defining masterpiece, GoGo Penguin, re-imagined through the filter of some of the world’s finest producers and remixers. For RMX the idea was both simple and inspired: commission a remix of every track from last year’s album and present a total re-imagination of the record; a remix, or as the band title it, a RMX. In the end they went one better, with a remix of every track (and two of one) plus a remix of the track ‘Petit_a’, which was originally released only in Japan before surfacing on their Live From Studio 2 digital EP.
  • The idea behind RMX was also the catalyst for a remarkably inspired collaboration; the Manchester trio’s music has always drawn heavily on electronica (alongside jazz, indie and classical influences) and so commissioning ten of their favourite artists from that world to rework their music made perfect sense – and the results are spectacular, one of the very best remix projects you will hear anywhere. Amongst the many highlights are Squarepusher’s thumping remix of ‘F Maj Pixie’, alongside Japanese producers Cornelius and Yosi creating sublime new landscapes with the band’s music on ‘Kora And Embers’. James Holden assembles an epic synth odyssey around ‘Totem’ and Portico Quartet produce a sympathetic reworking of ‘Don’t Go’. Band faves Clark and Nathan Fake produce inimitable reworkings as does noted French producer Rone, while American producer Machine Drum turns ‘Atomised’ into dance floor-friendly belter. Finally, the band have not forgotten their hometown – Manchester is well represented, with remixes from elder statesman and dance music legend Graham Massey (808 State) and new discovery Shunya, whose enigmatic reworking of ‘To The Nth’ almost steals the show.
  • Note: The LP is available on indies-exclusive red/blue vinyl.
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    • New Order  education entertainment recreation – Live From Alexandra Palace  2-CD £18.99 / 2-DVD + Blu-Ray Box set £36.99 / 3-LP £59.99
  • education entertainment recreation is a brand-new live album from New Order, recorded at London’s Alexandra Palace on 9 November 2018 at the band’s only UK show of that year. Sonically spectacular and spanning 2 hours 20 minutes, the show joyously mixes New Order classics, their latest acclaimed studio album Music Complete and Joy Division’s finest work.
  • Opening with ‘Singularity’ from Music Complete, they eased back in time to 1993’s ‘Regret’, ‘Love Vigilantes’ from 1985’s Low-Life and ‘Ultraviolence’ from 1983’s Power, Corruption And Lies. Later, they demonstrated their power over the dance floor with sublime performances in the manner of their celebrated extended 12-inch remixes – on ‘True Faith’, ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Temptation’ – before a four-song Joy Division mini-set to end the evening.
 

 

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