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Releases for 27 May 2022

Our selection for 27 May kicks off with Diamond Star Halos, the brand-new album from Def Leppard, which contains nods to T.Rex, David Bowie and Mott The Hoople and mixes the classic Def Leppard spirit with modern fire. The Original Recordings collects 20 Sex Pistols tracks from ‘Anarchy In The UK’ through Never Mind The Bollocks, with a wealth of early demos, cover versions and essential B-sides. Daft Punk cited Wendy Carlos, the composer of the original Tron film, as inspiration for their highly acclaimed soundtrack to Tron: Legacy, which features an 85-piece orchestra. The genesis of the idea for Bob Marley & The Chineke! Orchestra came via the acclaimed cellist Sheku Kenneh-Mason OBE, whose pioneering and original arrangements of ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and ‘Redemption Song’ captured the attention and appreciation of Tuff Gong and the Bob Marley estate. Acid Jazz presents Forward Thinker, the second LP from Glasgow-based jazz ensemble Nimbus Sextet: an exuberant, innovative and uplifting album that sees the band stepping out of the turbulence of the last couple of years with a positive message and buoyant outlook.

Our release of the week is C’mon You Know, riding on the huge success of Liam Gallagher’s previous studio albums, As You Were (2017) and Why Me? Why Not (2019), which have established his iconic status for a whole new generation. Between his triumphs as a solo artist and his phenomenal success with Oasis, Liam has spent a combined total of almost six months at number 1 across eleven chart-topping albums, and C’mon You Know looks set to add plenty more weeks to that figure.

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  • C’mon You Know follows the huge success of Liam Gallagher’s previous studio albums, As You Were (2017) and Why Me? Why Not (2019), which have established his iconic status for a whole new generation. His MTV Unplugged also went straight to number 1 on the album chart. Between his triumphs as a solo artist and his phenomenal success with Oasis, Liam has spent a combined total of almost six months at number 1 across eleven chart-topping albums, and C’mon You Know looks set to add plenty more weeks to that figure.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos
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  • Diamond Star Halos is the brand-new album from Def Leppard, their first since 2015’s chart-topping self-titled record. Written by the band over the past two years, the album features 15 tracks including the anthemic, stadium-ready singles ‘Kick’ and ‘Fire It Up’, with guest vocals from Alison Krauss on ‘This Guitar’ and ‘Lifeless’. The title Diamond Star Halos references T.Rex’s ‘Bang A Gong (Get It On)’, and there are nods to Marc Bolan, David Bowie and Mott The Hoople across the album, which mixes the sound of Def Leppard’s classic spirit with modern fire.
  • Sex Pistols - The Original Recordings
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  • For the first time in over a decade, 20 of the Sex Pistols’ recordings from 1976 to 1978 are collected together to tell the story of one of the world’s most influential and extraordinary bands. The tracks here cover the entire initial period of the band’s recording career – from ‘Anarchy In The UK’ through Never Mind The Bollocks to the post-John Lydon Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle soundtrack featuring early demos, cover versions and more. The compilation is completed by some essential B-sides – ‘I Wanna Be Me’ (the flipside of ‘Anarchy…’), ‘Satellite’ (the B-side of ‘Holidays In The Sun’) and ‘Did You No Wrong’ (from ‘God Save The Queen’).
  • Note: The LP is initially available on yellow vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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  • Daft Punk cited Wendy Carlos, the composer of the original Tron film, as inspiration for the score of Tron: Legacy, as well as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, John Carpenter, Vangelis and Maurice Jarre. The soundtrack, which features an 85-piece orchestra recorded at AIR Lyndhurst Studios in London, received awards from both the Austin Film Critics Association and the International Film Music Critics Association and was nominated for the 54th Grammy Awards.
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  • The genesis of the idea for Bob Marley & The Chineke! Orchestra came via the acclaimed cellist and 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kenneh-Mason OBE. Although now a full-time solo artist and no longer an active Chineke! member, it was Kenneh-Mason’s pioneering and original arrangements of Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and ‘Redemption Song’ that initially captured the attention and appreciation of Tuff Gong and the Bob Marley estate, and so the Chineke! musical journey, via Abbey Road Studios, began.
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  • Acid Jazz presents Forward Thinker, the second LP from Glasgow-based jazz ensemble Nimbus Sextet. Led by Joe Nicholls, the ensemble emerged in 2020 with their debut, Dreams Fulfilled, and a series of remixes and singles on Acid Jazz, establishing them as one of the most exciting jazz groups in the UK. The band offered a taster of the new album in January with ‘To The Light’, play-listed by Jazz FM, alongside a debut at Ronnie Scott’s and a series of live dates. Forward Thinker is an exuberant, innovative and uplifting second effort that sees the band stepping out of the turbulence of the last couple of years with a positive message and buoyant outlook.
 

 

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Releases for 20 May 2022

The pick of 20 May’s crop kicks off with Melbourne quintet Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, who recorded Endless Rooms in a mud-brick house in the bush, and the resulting album stands as a testament to their collaborative spirit and live power. Porridge Radio’s third full-length, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky, was inspired by three vivid words: joy, fear and endlessness, and the artwork is a surreal image that evokes the ducks and dives, slippery slopes and existential angst of life in recent times. Once Twice Melody, the first album produced entirely by Beach House, marks the first time the band have recorded with a live string ensemble. Everything Everything set about revolutionising modern pop music on Raw Data Feel, feeding LinkedIn T&Cs, Beowulf, 4Chan forum text and the teachings of Confucius into A.I. automation processes and using its responses as a basis for the record’s lyrics, song titles and artwork. And hugely acclaimed young artist SOAK, who has again and again been described as ‘the voice of a generation’, has finally shaken the pressures of early fame with their stunning third album, If I Never Know You Like This Again.

Release of the week is Harry’s House, the third solo studio album from Grammy award-winning global superstar Harry Styles. The 13-track album was recorded in multiple locations across the UK, Los Angeles and Tokyo in 2020 and 2021. It was written by Harry along with frequent collaborators Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson and Mitch Rowland.

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  • Harry’s House is the third solo studio album from Grammy award-winning global superstar Harry Styles. The 13-track album was recorded in multiple locations across the UK, Los Angeles and Tokyo in 2020 and 2021. It was written by Harry along with frequent collaborators Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson and Mitch Rowland.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on yellow vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
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  • Melbourne quintet Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return in 2022 with Endless Rooms, their third album proper. Described by the band – Fran Keaney, Joe White, Marcel Tussie and brothers Tom and Joe Russo – as them “doing what we do best: chasing down songs in a room together,” the album stands as a testament to the collaborative spirit and live power of RBCF. While initial ideas were traded online during long spells spent separated by lockdowns, the album was truly born during small windows of freedom in which the band would decamp to a mud-brick house in the bush around two hours north of Melbourne built by the extended Russo family in the 1970s.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on yellow vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Porridge Radio - Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky
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  • When Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin, one of the most vital new voices in rock, began to consider the themes of her new album, three vivid words began to emerge: joy, fear and endlessness. The artwork of the band’s third full-length, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky, is a surreal image that evokes the ducks and dives, slippery slopes and existential angst of life in recent times. “To me, the feelings of joy, fear and endlessness coexist together,” says Dana. “You’re never just happy or unhappy.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on translucent green vinyl. The deluxe LP is exclusive to independent shops, pressed on pink vinyl and comes in an alternative sleeve.
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  • Once Twice Melody, the first album produced entirely by Beach House, was recorded at Pachyderm Studio in Minnesota, United Studio in Los Angeles and Apple Orchard Studios in Baltimore. For the first time, Beach House has employed a live string ensemble, with arrangements by David Campbell, and the album was mixed mostly by Alan Moulder, with some tracks mixed by Caesar Edmunds, Trevor Spencer and Dave Fridmann.
  • Everything Everything - Raw Data Feel
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  • Everything Everything, nominated twice for the Mercury Prize and five times for Ivor Novello awards and critically acclaimed, bring us their latest studio album, Raw Data Feel, on which they set about revolutionising modern pop music. Lyricist Jonathan Higgs abandons his brain and lets technology do at least some of the thinking, feeding LinkedIn T&Cs, Beowulf, 4Chan forum text and the teachings of Confucius into A.I. automation processes and using its responses as a basis for the record’s lyrics, song titles and artwork.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on pink vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • With their new album, If I Never Know You Like This Again, SOAK has finally shaken the hangover of their starry debut Before We Forgot How To Dream, and the pressures that came with it, hiding in the wings of their ambitious follow-up, Grim Town. Having come up through BBC Music Introducing at the tender age of 15 before signing to Rough Trade Records, as well as winning the RTE Choice Music Prize, The Northern Irish Music Prize and being the youngest ever Mercury Prize nominee, SOAK has again and again been described as ‘the voice of a generation’.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition eco vinyl.
 

 

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Releases for 13 May 2022

13 May’s six smashers start with Dropout Boogie – released one day before the twentieth anniversary of The Black Keys’ first album – which harks back to the stripped-down blues rock of their early days making music together in basements in Akron, Ohio. The deep connection that Bear’s Den have with their fans has been built through relentless touring, but also through Andrew Davie’s poignant, emotionally relatable songwriting, and Blue Hours beautifully addresses themes of mental turmoil and isolation, but with a sense of redemption and hopefulness weaved throughout. A live performance by Anna von Hausswolff is an extraordinary and commanding experience, and Live At Montreux Jazz Festival contains sensational renditions of tracks from her two beloved albums, The Miraculous and Dead Magic, with the backing of a full band. The Pineapple Thief – one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain – presents Give It Back, a new album featuring 10 fresh versions of earlier works, making this a must-have that showcases the evolution of The Pineapple Thief. The Washington Square Church performances represent some of the finest recorded examples of the Frippertronics series, with Robert Fripp exploring every sonic avenue available to him as a guitar player: mesmerising loops, overlaid with beautiful solos, fast-running lines, powerful Scary Monsters-type guitar noises and more besides.

Our release of the week is Dance Fever, which was recorded by Florence + The Machine in anticipation of the world’s reopening, conjuring up what Florence missed most in the midst of lockdown – clubbing, dancing at festivals, being in the whirl of movement and togetherness – and the hope of reunions to come. The album brings back the very best of Florence: the festival-headlining Boudicca, wielding anthems like a flaming sword.

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  • Dance Fever was recorded by Florence + The Machine predominantly in London over the course of the pandemic in anticipation of the world’s reopening. It conjures up what Florence missed most in the midst of lockdown – clubbing, dancing at festivals, being in the whirl of movement and togetherness – and the hope of reunions to come. It’s the album that brings back the very best of Florence: the festival-headlining Boudicca, wielding anthems like a flaming sword. Just before the pandemic she had become fascinated by choreomania, a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people – sometimes thousands – danced wildly to the point of exhaustion, collapse and even death. This imagery resonated with her, after more than a decade of non-stop touring, and in lockdown it felt oddly prescient.
  • Note: The deluxe CD is packaged in a 92-page A5 hardback book with built-in CD wallet, and includes 5 bonus tracks. The LP is available on grey vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • Dropout Boogie will be released one day before the twentieth anniversary of The Black Keys’ first album, The Big Come Up. As they have done throughout their entire career, the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney wrote all of the material in the studio, and the new album captures a number of first takes that hark back to the stripped-down blues rock of their early days making music together in basements in Akron, Ohio. “That’s always been the beauty of the thing Pat and I do. It’s instant,” Auerbach says. “We’ve never really had to work at it. Whenever we’d get together, we’d just make music, you know? We didn’t know what we were going to do, but we’d just do it and it would sound cool.
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  • The deep connection that Bear’s Den have with their fans has been built through relentless touring, but also through the way their songs have naturally woven themselves into the fabric of some of the most important chapters of their fans’ lives. The emotional fuel for this has often been Andrew Davie’s lyrics, and his poignant and emotionally relatable songwriting is at the heart of Blue Hours, which beautifully addresses themes of mental turmoil and isolation, but with a sense of redemption and hopefulness weaved throughout.
  • Note: The LP is available on white vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Anna von Hausswolff - Live At Montreux Jazz Festival
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  • Anybody who has witnessed a live performance by Anna von Hausswolff and band can attest to the extraordinary and commanding nature of the experience. The distinctive music that you know from her albums comes to life, shifting from hypnotic and mantra-like moods to thunderous drama, dissonance and cacophony. The musicians master playful dynamics and wield immense power. Across six pieces, on Live At Montreux Jazz Festival Anna von Hausswolff performs sensational renditions of tracks from her two beloved albums, The Miraculous and Dead Magic, with the backing of a full band including additional vocals from her sister, cinematographer Maria von Hausswolff.
  • Note: The LP is available on black/white marbled vinyl vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • The Pineapple Thief is one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, led by post-progressive mastermind Bruce Soord and reinforced by Gavin Harrison (King Crimson) on drums. In the lead-up to their extensive 2022 European and US tour in support of their latest studio album, Versions Of The Truth, The Pineapple Thief presents Give It Back, a new album featuring 10 new versions of earlier works including songs taken from the albums Little Man, All The Wars, Tightly Unwound and more. Frontman Bruce Soord’s newly recorded vocals and guitars, fresh drum parts from Gavin Harrison, new mixing by Soord and Harrison and mastering by Steve Kitch propel this new release into a must-have that showcases the evolution of The Pineapple Thief.
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  • The Washington Square Church performances represent some of the finest recorded examples of the Frippertronics series. Unlike other such recordings where the loops are on tape in the DGM archive but Robert Fripp’s solos require painstaking matching of existing audience recordings and bootlegs to those loops to complete the picture, the solos for these shows were actually recorded but not labelled as to which solos matched which loops. It only became possible to match them together when DGM audio engineer Alex R. Mundy realised that the loops had been picked up, at microscopic audio levels, by the guitar pick-ups playing the solos, allowing for identification. David Singleton was then able to mix and produce the resulting audio. The music played more than rewards such efforts as Fripp appears to explore every sonic avenue available to him as a guitar player – mesmerising loops, overlaid with beautiful solos, fast-running lines, powerful Scary Monsters-type guitar noises and more besides.
 

 

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Releases for 6 May 2022

Our soaraway six for 6 May open with Waysides, the third collection of songs from Bedouine, which summarises her creative headspace over the past year and a half, tying together many songwriting threads that act as a prologue of sorts. A Bit Of Previous is the tenth studio album by Belle & Sebastian and their first in seven years, during which they’ve released a trilogy of EPs, a soundtrack, a live album and hosted a four-day music festival on a cruise liner sailing the Mediterranean. Radiate Like This, the much-anticipated new record from Warpaint, arrives with its own very modern mythology intact, continuing the strange, brilliant, beautiful story of the band in all their glory, a luminous coalescence of sound and vision. Arcade Fire’s latest, WE, distils “the longest we’ve ever spent writing, uninterrupted, probably ever” into a concise 40-minute epic divided into two distinct sides: Side ‘I’ channels the fear and loneliness of isolation, and Side ‘WE’ expresses the joy and power of reconnection.

Our release of the week is We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong, on which Sharon Van Etten looks at how we feel, mourn, and reclaim our agency when we think the world – or at least, our world – might be falling apart, and articulates the beauty and power that can be rescued from our wreckages.

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  • Sharon Van Etten has always been the kind of artist who helps people make sense of the world around them, and her sixth album, We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong, concerns itself with how we feel, mourn, and reclaim our agency when we think the world – or at least, our world – might be falling apart. How do we protect the things most precious to us from destructive forces beyond our control? How do we salvage something worthwhile when it seems all is lost? And if we can’t, or we don’t, have we loved as well as we could in the meantime? Did we try hard enough? In considering these questions and her own vulnerability in the face of them, Van Etten creates a stunning meditation on how life’s changes can be both terrifying and transformative. We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong articulates the beauty and power that can be rescued from our wreckages.
  • Note: The LP is available on smoke vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
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  • Waysides is the third collection of songs from Bedouine, comprising some older material and a cover. It summarises her creative headspace over the past year and a half, tying together many songwriting threads that act as a prologue of sorts. “The luxury of time afforded this whole album,” she explained. “It feels like going back in time, uncovering little capsules. I would never have gotten to do this if I didn’t have this abundance of time at home. It was my silver lining in this mess and gave me purpose.
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  • A Bit Of Previous is the tenth studio album by Belle & Sebastian and their first in seven years. This may be surprising to anyone following the recent life pursuits of the Glasgow 7-piece: a trilogy of EPs; a soundtrack for the directorial debut of The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird; The Boaty Weekender – a 3000-capacity star-studded four-day music festival on a cruise liner sailing the Mediterranean; a live album showcasing the band’s present-day iteration as savvy main-stage entertainers; and in 2020 a collaborative project with fans called ‘Protecting The Hive’. But in all these idiosyncratic endeavours, as intrinsic to the band’s DNA as the stage invasion at the end of each of their shows, a new studio album has eluded us. Until now.
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  • Radiate Like This, the much-anticipated new record from Warpaint – not to mention that it’s their first in almost 6 years – arrives with its own very modern mythology intact, continuing the strange, brilliant, beautiful story of the band and quite neatly picking up where Heads Up left off. If the previous album was the coming of age, Radiate Like This presents Warpaint Mk II in all their glory, a luminous coalescence of sound and vision which stubbornly belies its genesis, with the quartet of Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Stella Mozgawa and Jenny Lee Lindberg all recording their parts separately in various cities.
  • Note: The LP is available on orange vinyl, exclusive to record shops.
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  • Arcade Fire’s latest, WE, distils “the longest we’ve ever spent writing, uninterrupted, probably ever” into a concise 40-minute epic – “one as much about the forces that threaten to pull us away from the people we love, as it is inspired by the urgent need to overcome them,” according to Win Butler. Produced by Nigel Godrich, Butler and Régine Chassagne and recorded in multiple locales including New Orleans, El Paso and Mount Desert Island, the album’s cathartic journey follows a definable arc from darkness into light over the course of seven songs divided into two distinct sides: Side ‘I’ channels the fear and loneliness of isolation, and Side ‘WE’ expresses the joy and power of reconnection.
  • Note: The LP is available on white vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
 

 

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