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Releases for 24 September 2021

24 September’s ear-ticklers start with Bright Magic, the most ambitious undertaking yet from Public Service Broadcasting, an album in three parts that brings you into the heart of the cultural and political metropolis that is Berlin: it’s an impressionistic portrait of a city from the ground up. As the 70s lurched into the 80s, The Specials – multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement – sang of racism, war, unemployment and the rough edges of urban life; now, on the 40th anniversary of their greatest protest song, ‘Ghost Town’, Protest Songs 1924–2012 shows that The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off! How Beautiful Life Can Be is the debut album from Wigan’s The Lathums, who were kick-started by growing pains and life’s unlucky twists, fuelled by the simple salvation of six guitar strings and supercharged by their growing legion of fans; their story may turn out to be the perfect not-all-nice-guys-finish-last tale. Kids Off The Estate is the eagerly awaited debut album from South Yorkshire band The Reytons, and it fairly bursts with working man grit and tales from the local boozer married with infectious riffs and refreshingly honest melodies that will travel round your mind for years to come. Last but certainly not least, the legendary Blancmange release a new album, Commercial Break – their fourteenth – which explores acoustic textures and field recordings within their synthesiser exoskeleton.

Our release of the week is Sad And Beautiful World, the full-length follow up to Jesse Malin’s 2019 album Sunset Kids, which was co-produced by long-time lead guitarist Derek Cruz and Grammy-winning engineer Geoff Sanoff (Bruce Springsteen, Dion, Darlene Love), with contributions from Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby, Ryan Adams, Dave ‘Immy’ Immergluck of Counting Crows, Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, and more.

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  • Sad And Beautiful World is the full-length follow up to Jesse Malin’s 2019 album Sunset Kids, and was co-produced by long-time lead guitarist Derek Cruz and Grammy-winning engineer Geoff Sanoff (Bruce Springsteen, Dion, Darlene Love). The album contains two songs produced by Lucinda Williams and Tom Overby, and features Ryan Adams, Dave ‘Immy’ Immergluck of Counting Crows, Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, and more.
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  • Public Service Broadcasting’s fourth album, Bright Magic, is an album in three parts (Building A City / Building A Myth / Bright Magic) that is their most ambitious undertaking yet, bringing you to Europe’s heart and de facto capital, the cultural and political metropolis that is the ‘Haupstadt’ of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Doing this felt inevitable, somehow,” muses J. Willgoose, Esq. “In my head, it was whirring and pulsing away for a long time, even before Every Valley – this fascinating, contrary, seductive place. I knew the album was going to be about the city, and its history and myths, and I was going to move there. So it’s quite a personal story. It’s become an album about moving to Berlin to write an album about people who move to Berlin to write an album…
  • Though PSB’s use of electronics and surging guitar rock remain familiar, Bright Magic uses samples, and the English language, sparingly. It differs from their previous albums in other ways: less linear and narrative, instead it’s an impressionistic portrait of a city from the ground up. A Eureka moment of sorts came in November 2018 when Willgoose heard Walter Ruttman’s radical Berlin tape-artwork Wochenende (or Weekend), which is sampled on three of Bright Magic’s tracks. Created in 1928, the piece collaged speech, field recordings and music into a sonic evocation of the city. Resolving to integrate these long-gone fragments with new manipulated sound sources, he set about making his own Wochenende, a narrative drama for the ears which decodes and realises the dreams of Berlin he’d constructed in his mind.
  • The Specials - Protest Songs 1924–2012
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    • The Specials  Protest Songs 1924–2012 CD £12.99 / Deluxe CD £14.99 / LP £24.99
  • What makes a protest song? The Specials should know. First time around, back when the 70s were lurching into the 80s, they sang of racism, war, unemployment and the rough edges of urban life, and never in the same way twice. As the multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, they made a political statement every time they stepped on stage.
  • June 2021 saw the 40th anniversary of their greatest protest song, ‘Ghost Town’, a record that will retain its eerie power as long as there are concrete jungles, empty dancehalls and desperate spasms of violence. Protest Songs 1924–2012 features twelve singular takes on protest songs specially chosen across an almost 100-year span and shows that The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off!
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition transparent yellow vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • The Lathums - How Beautiful Can Life Be
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    • The Lathums  How Beautiful Can Life Be CD £12.99 / LP £23.99
  • How Beautiful Life Can Be is the debut album from Wigan’s The Lathums. Kick-started by growing pains and life’s unlucky twists, fuelled by the simple salvation of six guitar strings and supercharged by the fans that found them slogging their gear into pubs and small venues across the north of England, The Lathums’ story may turn out to be the perfect not-all-nice-guys-finish-last tale.
  • Note: The LP is available on silver vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • The Reytons - Kids Off The Estate
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  • South Yorkshire band The Reytons (the ‘right ones’ to those from out of town) bring us their eagerly awaited debut album Kids Off The Estate. Produced by David Watts at Chairworks Studios, deep in the heart of Yorkshire, this album is bursting with working man grit and tales from the local boozer. Expect infectious riffs and refreshingly honest melodies that will travel round your mind for years to come.
  • Note: The LP is available on crystal clear vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Blancmange - Commercial Break
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  • Blancmange release a new album, Commercial Break – their fourteenth – which explores acoustic textures and field recordings within their synthesiser exoskeleton.
  • Note: The LP is available on grey vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
 

 

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Releases for 17 September 2021

17 September’s super six opens with the latest chapter in Bob Dylan’s highly acclaimed Bootleg Series: Springtime In New York (Vol. 16) revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalogue, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions he was taking as a songwriter and a recording artist between 1980–85, creating an essential new chapter in his legacy. Live From Lafayette contains 15 tracks that Rumer performed with a full band at the Lafayette in London, and features tracks spanning her career, including ‘Slow’, ‘Take Me as I Am’ and ‘Hard Time For Lovers’. Innovative hybrid orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble brought their genre-bending music to fans around the world through their 2020–21 virtual performance season, including a collaborative concert with roots-rock duo Larkin Poe, streamed live from the Miami Beach Bandshell and presented here as Paint The Roses: Live In Concert. Few people have managed to become quite so celebrated worldwide quite as quietly as José González has, and Local Valley, his long-awaited fourth album, serves as a relieving reminder that you don’t have to be loud to be heard. The anticipation is there in Elizabeth Stokes’ solo guitar riff under the opening lines of ‘I’m Not Getting Excited’: a frenetic, driving force daring a packed Auckland Town Hall to ignore the song’s title and get excited! As the opener of Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 expands to include The Beths’ full band, the crowd screeches and bellows: a collective exhalation, in one of the few countries where the live concert experience is currently possible.

Our release of the week comes from one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Lindsey Buckingham. As well as being the lead guitarist and one of three singers in Fleetwood Mac, he has released six solo albums and three live albums to date. Now Lindsey is releasing his brand new – self-titled – solo album, featuring all-new material.

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  • Lindsey Buckingham is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. As well as being the lead guitarist and one of three singers in Fleetwood Mac, he has released six solo albums and three live albums to date.
  • Now Lindsey is releasing his brand new – self-titled – solo album, featuring all-new material.
  • Note: The LP is available on independent shops exclusive blue vinyl.
  • Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985)
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  • Springtime In New York, the latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series, revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalogue, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter and a recording artist between 1980 and 1985.
  • In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalogue.
  • Rumer - Live From Lafayette
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  • Live From Lafayette contains 15 tracks that Rumer performed with a full band at the Lafayette in London, and features tracks spanning her career, including ‘Slow’, ‘Take Me as I Am’ and ‘Hard Time For Lovers’.
  • Larkin Poe & Nu Deco Ensemble - Paint The Roses: Live In Concert
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    • Larkin Poe & Nu Deco Ensemble  Paint The Roses: Live In Concert CD £8.99 / LP £15.99
  • Innovative hybrid orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble brought their genre-bending music to fans around the world through their 2020–21 virtual performance season. On 12 December 2020 they performed a collaborative concert with roots-rock duo Larkin Poe, streamed live from the Miami Beach Bandshell and resulting in Paint The Roses: Live In Concert.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition orange vinyl.
  • José González - Local Valley
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    • José González  Local Valley CD £11.99 / LP £22.99
  • Few people have managed to become quite so celebrated worldwide quite as quietly as José González has. Local Valley, his long-awaited fourth album, serves as a relieving reminder that you don’t have to be loud to be heard.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition transparent green vinyl.
  • The Beths - Auckland, New Zealand 2020
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    • The Beths  Auckland, New Zealand 2020 CD £11.99 / LP £27.99
  • The anticipation is there in Elizabeth Stokes’ solo guitar riff under the opening lines of ‘I’m Not Getting Excited’: a frenetic, driving force daring a packed Auckland Town Hall to ignore the song’s title and get excited!
  • As the opener of Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 expands to include The Beths’ full band, the crowd screeches and bellows. It’s a collective exhalation, in one of the few countries where the live concert experience is currently possible.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited-edition hot pink vinyl.
 

 

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Releases for 10 September 2021

Our six of the best for 10 September opens with Hey What, in which Low find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, with layers of distorted sound building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered. I’ve Been Trying To Tell You, an album about the unreliability of memory from Saint Etienne, is made largely from samples and sounds drawn from the turn of the new century, a period topped and tailed by Labour’s election victory and the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. Back In Love City finds The Vaccines both perfecting their winning formula and pushing their sound forward, evolving from their previous foundations with an album that reflects on escapism as a necessary part of modern living. Surviving Stranglers band members JJ Burnel, Baz Warne and Jim Macaulay completed Dark Matters, their first album since 2012, remotely during lockdowns, and it includes a moving tribute to keyboard player Dave Greenfield. Hawkwind’s brand-new studio album Somnia – their 34th – makes many allusions to sleep; through the Roman god of sleep Somnus, the lyrics tell the tale of sleepless paranoia, strange encounters, fever dreams and meditation through thirteen blistering tracks.

Our release of the week is The Ultra Vivid Lament, the 14th studio album from one of the UK’s most consistently brilliant rock’n’roll bands, Manic Street Preachers. It is both reflection and reaction: a record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged by often painful memories, to focus on an open window framing a gleaming vista of land melting into sea and endless sky.

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  • The Ultra Vivid Lament is the 14th studio album from Manic Street Preachers. It is both reflection and reaction: a record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged by often painful memories, to focus on an open window framing a gleaming vista of land melting into sea and endless sky. Musically, The Ultra Vivid Lament is inspired by a formative years record box (ABBA, post-Eno Roxy, The Bunnymen, Fables-era REM, Lodger), though the end result could only be the unique union of James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore, collectively one of the UK’s most consistently brilliant rock’n’roll bands for over three decades.
  • Track listing: 1. Still Snowing In Sapporo / 2. Orwellian / 3. The Secret He Had Missed / 4. Quest For Ancient Colour / 5. Don’t Let the Night Divide Us / 6. Diapause / 7. Complicated Illusions / 8. Into The Waves of Love / 9. Blank Diary Entry / 10. Happy Bored Alone / 11. Afterending
  • Note: The LP + 7" version is exclusive to independent shops.
  • Low - Hey What
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  • Hey What is Low’s thirteenth full-length release in twenty-seven years, and their third with producer BJ Burton. The new album finds the group focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share. These ten pieces – each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook – are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them. The ineffable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse – building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered.
  • Note: The LP is available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Saint Etienne - I’ve Been Trying To Tell You
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    • Saint Etienne  I’ve Been Trying To Tell You CD £10.99 / Standard LP £19.99 / Clear LP £21.99
  • I’ve Been Trying To Tell You, the new album from Saint Etienne, is made largely from samples and sounds drawn from the turn of the new century, a period topped and tailed by Labour’s election victory and the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. “Its about memory,” Bob explains, “and how it can fog and play tricks on you. Specifically, its about the late Nineties, and current nostalgia for that time.” The album is accompanied by a specially made film directed by acclaimed fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan and sleeve notes from socialist writer Owen Hatherley.
  • The Vaccines - Back In Love City
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    • The Vaccines  Back In Love City CD £10.99 / Cassette £7.99 / LP £20.99
  • Back In Love City finds The Vaccines both perfecting their winning formula and pushing their sound forward, evolving from their previous foundations with an album that reflects on escapism as a necessary part of modern living.
  • The Stranglers - Dark Matters
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    • The Stranglers  Dark Matters CD £12.99 / LP £24.99
  • Surviving Stranglers band members JJ Burnel, Baz Warne and newest member Jim Macaulay completed Dark Matters, their first album since 2012, remotely during lockdowns. The album features the single ‘And If You Should See Dave…’, an honest tribute to their much-missed keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who tragically passed away a year ago from Covid-19.
  • Note: The LP is available on smoky red vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Hawkwind - Somnia
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  • Hawkwind release brand-new studio album Somnia, which follows their critically acclaimed 2020 Hawkwind Light Orchestra album Carnivorous and live album 50th Anniversary Live.
  • The band’s 34th album is a superb addition to the space-rock genre they created. The concept of Somnia makes many allusions to sleep; through Roman mythology and the god of sleep Somnus, the lyrics tell the tale of sleepless paranoia, strange encounters, fever dreams and meditation through thirteen blistering tracks.
 

 

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Releases for 3 September 2021

Our six back-to-school belters for 3 September kick off with 21st Century Love Songs, the brand new album from The Wildhearts and the spiritual heir to 1994’s P.H.U.Q., with a new-found subtlety and a sense of adventure in the unorthodox arrangements of the songs – The Wildhearts are in control. Over the course of her lush, expansive, defiantly sprawling new album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, the award-winning, Mercury-nominated Little Simz delivers an undeniable modern classic that thrillingly bridges the gap between urgent modern treatise and hip-hop. While Bob Marley And The Wailers gave an intimate performance at Capitol Studios in Hollywood in October 1973, producer Denny Cordell captured the event on camera, and the painstakingly restored and edited Capitol Session ’73 is arguably the finest audio-visual recording of this legendary band in existence. The 50th anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s eponymous 1971 debut solo album brings a brand-new mix plus a bonus disc full of previously unheard out-take and alternate-take bonus tracks, and a 40-minute film of Rory’s first ever solo concert with the super-deluxe version. And special guests Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller join Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor for the second instalment of Ronnie’s live album trilogy, Mr Luck: A Tribute To Jimmy Reed, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 November 2013.

The release of the week can only be Senjutsu, the 17th studio album from Iron Maiden and their first in 6 years. The title loosely translates as ‘tactics and strategy’, and the 82-minute album was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-producer Steve Harris, with the spectacular Samurai-themed cover artwork created by Mark Wilkinson, based on an idea by Harris.

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  • Iron Maiden’s epic 17th studio album, Senjutsu – their first in 6 years – was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-producer Steve Harris. For Senjutsu, loosely translated as ‘tactics and strategy’, the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai-themed cover artwork, based on an idea by Steve Harris.
  • Note: The LP is available on red marbled vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
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  • The Wildhearts are proud to announce the release of 21st Century Love Songs, their brand new full-length studio album. 21st Century Love Songs is the follow-up to Renaissance Men, their highest charting album since 1994’s P.H.U.Q., which debuted at number 11. As front-man Ginger explains: “This time we let the songs simmer until absolutely ready. We let the theme of the album present itself. There’s a subtlety to this album, something that people don’t often associate with The Wildhearts, and a sense of adventure in the unorthodox arrangements of the songs. This time we’re in control.
  • Note: The LP is available on purple vinyl, exclusive to independent record shops.
  • Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert
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    • Little Simz  Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert CD £10.99 / 2-LP £23.99
  • Over the course of her lush, expansive, defiantly sprawling new album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, the award-winning, Mercury-nominated Little Simz delivers an undeniable modern classic, effortlessly condensing any number of disparate styles and genres into music that thrillingly bridges the gap between urgent modern treatise and hip-hop.
  • Note: The LP is available on transparent red and yellow vinyl, exclusive to independent record shops.
  • Bob Marley And The Wailers - The Capitol Session ’73
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    • Bob Marley And The Wailers  The Capitol Session ’73 DVD £17.99 / 2-LP £29.99 / Limited edition 2-LP £32.99
  • In October 1973 Bob Marley And The Wailers gave an intimate performance at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. While they were performing and recording twelve classic songs, producer Denny Cordell captured the event on camera from the sidelines. Now painstakingly restored and edited, The Capitol Session ’73 is ready for release and arguably the finest audio-visual recording of this legendary band in existence.
  • Note: The LP is available on limited edition red and green vinyl.
  • Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher (50th Anniversary)
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    • Rory Gallagher  Rory Gallagher (50th Anniversary) 2-CD £14.99 / 3-LP £39.99 / Super-deluxe 4-CD + DVD £92.99
  • Rory Gallagher’s eponymous 1971 debut solo album celebrates its 50th anniversary with a brand-new mix of the original album plus a bonus disc full of previously unheard out-take and alternate-take bonus tracks.
  • The super-deluxe box set of the album includes an additional 12 alternate takes, a six-song 1971 BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert, and four BBC radio session tracks. Also included is a 40-minute DVD of Rory’s first ever solo concert which was filmed in Paris, France for the ‘Pop Deux’ TV show.
  • The Ronnie Wood Band - Mr Luck: A Tribute To Jimmy Reed
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  • Ronnie Wood, along with Mick Taylor, are joined by special guests Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller for the second instalment of Ronnie’s live album trilogy, Mr Luck: A Tribute To Jimmy Reed, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 November 2013.
 

 

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