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Releases for 19 July 2024

The first of 19 July’s smashers is Back Catalogue, which collects the early EPs and singles by Sprints, whose music is honest, often politically charged and authentic. Vertigo – that pit-of-your-stomach, up-is-down sense that the world is spinning faster than you can keep up with – is explored by on her new album by Griff, British pop’s most modern, exciting voice. Guts (Spilled) is an extremely limited-edition deluxe vinyl version of Olivia Rodrigo’s latest album featuring brand-new artwork and 5 extra tracks, including brand-new track ‘So American’. English Teacher’s EP Polyawkward was listed in NME’s 100 best debut EPs, with the magazine describing it as a “playful yet polished” release that “sees fury and fun overlap”. And, last but definitely not least, Duran Duran’s first five studio albums – stone-cold classics, every one – get a loving reissue on CD and LP, from their self-titled 1981 debut to 1988’s Big Thing.

Our release of the week is Alternative Live, a fourteen-song double live LP pulled from the super-deluxe reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1979 album Tusk, including seven songs from the Tusk tour, four from the 1977 Rumours tour and three from the 1982 Mirage tour.

  • Fleetwood Mac - Alternative Live
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    • Fleetwood Mac  Alternative Live  2-LP £39.99
  • Alternative Live is a fourteen-song double live LP pulled from the super-deluxe reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1979 album Tusk, including seven songs from the Tusk tour, four from the 1977 Rumours tour and three from the 1982 Mirage tour. This special 2-LP is now available again following a very limited Record Store Day release in 2021.
  • Sprints - The Back Catalogue
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    • Sprints  The Back Catalogue  LP £23.99
  • Driven by experience, tough political climates and social and economic uncertainty, Sprints’ music is honest, often politically charged and authentic. Back Catalogue collects the band’s early work together for the first time.
  • Their 2020 debut single The Cheek won them early support from BBC 6music legend Steve Lamacq, DIY and NME among others.
  • 2021’s Manifesto EP saw the band develop sonically and politically, with the title song quickly becoming a fan favourite. This marked the beginning of a fruitful working relationship with Gilla Band’s Daniel Fox as producer.
  • 2022‘s A Modern Job EP received critical acclaim, including widespread radio and streaming playlisting for lead single ‘How Does The Story Go?’
  • Back Catalogue marks the end of one vital, visceral chapter in the Sprints story and the beginning of the next, marked by the release of their debut album. Charting the rise of the band from their formation in 2019 to the present day, it takes listeners on a journey through the highs and lows of elation to anxiety at trademark breakneck speed.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition pink vinyl.
  • Griff - Vertigo
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    • Griff  Vertigo  CD + Zine £14.99 / LP £31.99
  • Vertigo: that pit-of-your-stomach, up-is-down sense that the world is spinning faster than you can keep up with, and your own place in it has never felt less secure. It’s a journey of self-discovery that Griff has taken fans on in real time over the three volumes of her landmark project, weaving songs that resonated with the Vertigo arc into work that moves through melancholy and heartache into healing and joy. A coming-of-age album shaped for complex times, Vertigo witnesses Griff scaling new creative heights without compromising the hand-stitched, home-made magic that first marked her out as British pop’s most modern, exciting voice.
  • Note: The LP is pressed on ‘bio-petrol’ vinyl, and is initially available on clear vinyl, which is exclusive to independent shops.
  • Olivia Rodrigo - Guts (Spilled)
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    • Olivia Rodrigo  Guts (Spilled)  LP £36.99
  • 3-time Grammy-winning artist Olivia Rodrigo reissues Guts (Spilled) on extremely limited-edition deluxe vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket, featuring brand-new artwork and 5 extra tracks, including brand-new track ‘So American’. This special edition is the only pressing featuring the full collection of Guts songs. Guts was recorded with producer Daniel Nigro, who also collaborated with Olivia on Sour, her chart-topping, 4x platinum debut album. “For me, this album is about growing pains and about trying to figure out who I am at this point in my life and exactly what I want to say in my songs.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition purple and red splatter vinyl.
  • English Teacher - Polyawkward
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    • English Teacher  Polyawkward  LP £21.99
  • English Teacher, who formed in Leeds in 2020, consist of vocalist Lily Fontaine, guitarist Lewis Whiting, drummer Douglas Frost and bassist Nicholas Eden. The band appeared on Later… with Jools Holland in November 2023. Their song ‘Nearly Daffodils’ was named one of the 10 best songs of 2023 by Time magazine, and their debut album This Could Be Texas is set to debut in the Top 10 of the UK Charts. The band’s first extended play, Polyawkward, was released 22 April 2022 and was listed in NME’s 100 best debut EPs, with the magazine describing it as a “playful yet polished” release that “sees fury and fun overlap”.
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  • Duran Duran - Duran Duran
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    • Duran Duran  CD £10.99 / LP £29.99
  • The band’s self-titled debut album, Duran Duran, was originally released in 1981 and includes the hits ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Girls on Film’. It’s considered a significant album in the new-wave and synth-pop movements of the early ’80s.
  • Duran Duran - Rio
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    • Rio  CD £10.99 / LP £32.99
  • Duran’s second album, Rio, was released in 1982 following the success of their debut album. Rio electrified the already-rising ‘second British invasion’, dominating the American charts with singles such as ‘Rio’, ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ and ‘Save a Prayer’.
  • Duran Duran - Seven and the Ragged Tiger
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    • Seven and the Ragged Tiger  CD £10.99 / LP £26.99
  • Originally released in 1983, Seven and the Ragged Tiger was the final Duran album (until 2004) featuring the original five members. This third album was the first of Duran’s to reach #1 in the UK charts.
  • Duran Duran - Notorious
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    • Notorious  CD £10.99 / LP £29.99
  • Notorious signified a musical change for Duran in 1986. Produced by Nile Rodgers, it focuses on brassy numbers and Chic-inspired dance rock. Over time, it has become a cult favourite of fans for the more mature compositions and sophisticated directions. It was the first album to feature the band as a trio after the departure of Roger and Andy Taylor.
  • Duran Duran - Big Thing
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    • Big Thing  CD £10.99 / LP £32.99
  • The band continued to explore different styles, culminating 1988’s in Big Thing. The album was a reflection of the changing musical climate during the late ’80s and had a more experimental and electronic approach compared with earlier Duran releases.
 

 

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Releases for 12 July 2024

First out of the blocks on 12 July is Sturgill Simpson, who makes his long-awaited return to music with Passage du Desir, released under the name Johnny Blue Skies. London-based English-Brazilian singer-songwriter Liana Flores is influenced by bossa nova, ’60s British folk and the Romantic poets, and she opens a window to the sublime in the everyday with simplicity, emotional candour and the rhythms of the seasons on Flower of the Soul. Filled with raw, imagistic, sometimes smutty vignettes set to entrancing, slow-burn pop songs, Cigarettes After Sex’s latest album, X’s, captures every emotion inspired by the romantic arc of a four-year relationship. More than just another ‘unreleased recording’, Louis In London captures the last great performance by perhaps the most influential American musician of all time, featuring some of the most inspired singing and trumpet playing of Louis Armstrong’s career. Kiasmos – Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Faroese musician Janus Rasmussen – return with II, the triumphant follow-up to their universally acclaimed 2014 debut, this time weaving traditional Balinese percussion and field recordings of their natural surroundings into their majestic soundscapes.

Our release of the week is the original score composed by Thom Yorke for the Italian drama film Confidenza by Daniele Luchetti, based on Domenico Starnone’s novel of the same name and produced by Sam Petts-Davies, with contributions from the London Contemporary Orchestra alongside a jazz ensemble including Robert Stillman and fellow Smile bandmate Tom Skinner.

  • Thom Yorke - Confidenza OST
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    • Thom Yorke  Confidenza OST  CD £11.99 / LP £26.99 / Independent shops exclusive LP £28.99
  • Confidenza is an original score composed by Thom Yorke for the Italian drama film by Daniele Luchetti, based on Domenico Starnone’s novel of the same name. Yorke’s previous full-length score and original soundtrack, for Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake of the giallo classic Suspiria, received a Grammy nomination. Confidenza was produced by Sam Petts-Davies (who also worked with Yorke on Suspiria and The Smile’s Wall of Eyes), and sees Yorke and Petts-Davies working again with the London Contemporary Orchestra alongside a jazz ensemble including Robert Stillman and fellow Smile bandmate Tom Skinner.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on cream vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Johnny Blue Skies (Sturgill Simpson) - Passage du Desir
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    • Johnny Blue Skies (Sturgill Simpson)  Passage du Desir  CD £14.99 / LP £24.99
  • Sturgill Simpson makes his long-awaited return to music this year with an extensive tour along with a new album. The album is being released under the name Johnny Blue Skies, after Simpson promised to release only five studio albums under his own name. Passage du Desir is being released on his own independent label, High Top Mountain Records, and includes eight songs co-produced by David Ferguson and recorded at Clement House Recording Studio in Nashville and Abbey Road Studios in London.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on metallic gold vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Liana Flores - Flower of the Soul
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    • Liana Flores  Flower of the Soul  CD £14.99 / LP £24.99
  • Liana Flores is a London-based English-Brazilian singer-songwriter influenced by bossa nova, ’60s British folk and the Romantic poets. With her music, which calls to mind artists from Nick Drake and Astrud Gilberto to contemporaries like Laufey and Faye Webster, Liana aims to open a window to the sublime in the everyday with simplicity, emotional candour and the rhythms of the seasons – inviting each listener into what she describes as a “fantastical realm”. Liana’s debut album, Flower of the Soul, is an 11-track collection of vignettes that illustrate co-existent playfulness and sincerity, the suggestion of ephemerality and the consonance of soul and soil.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on limited-edition ‘summer berry’ vinyl.
  • Cigarettes After Sex - X’s
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    • Cigarettes After Sex  X’s  CD £11.99 / LP £24.99 / Deluxe 2-LP £26.99 / Independent shops exclusive LP £25.99
  • Filled with raw, imagistic, sometimes smutty vignettes set to entrancing, slow-burn pop songs, Cigarettes After Sex’s latest album, X’s, captures every emotion a romantic arc inspires. But where previous albums have drawn from an amalgam of relationships, X’s focuses for the most part on just one relationship that spanned four years. “The record feels brutal,” admits bandleader Greg Gonzalez. “I could sit and talk about this loss to someone, but that wouldn’t scratch the surface. I have to really write about it, sing about it, have the music, and then I can start to analyse and learn from it. Or just relive it – in a good way. I don’t have that Eternal Sunshine-thing of wanting to forget.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
  • Louis Armstrong - Louis in London
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    • Louis Armstrong  Louis in London  CD £14.99 / LP £28.99
  • More than just another ‘unreleased recording’, Louis In London captures the last great performance by perhaps the most influential American musician of all time. Louis Armstrong affixed a note to his personal copy of the tapes on which he wrote ‘FOR THE FANS’. Therein is our mandate, our privilege and our collective charge: to share Louis’s message and these recordings with the world. Louis’s music has the widest global appeal and the audio release is supported by live video footage of every track, capturing some of the most inspired singing and trumpet playing of Louis’s career.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on green vinyl, exclusive to physical record shops.
  • Kiasmos - II
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    • Kiasmos  II  CD £14.99 / 2-LP £32.99 / Independent shops exclusive 2-LP £34.99
  • Kiasmos – Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Faroese musician Janus Rasmussen – return, renewed and restored, with II, the triumphant follow-up to their universally acclaimed self-titled 2014 debut, which re-envisioned minimal techno with orchestral flourishes and weightless production. They made most of that first album in just two weeks; this time it’s been 10 years. The making of II was a test of their friendship, but also testament to how great musical chemistry can always go the distance and be just the same as it ever was. They did a lot of the work on II during the lost year of 2020–21, including a trip to Ólafur’s studio in Bali. The pair sampled traditional Balinese percussion like the gamelan and incorporated Janus’s field recordings of their natural surroundings – the sound of birds, crickets and, on standout track ‘Dazed’, echoing the sunrise over the lush landscape.
  • Note: The LP is initially available on clear vinyl, exclusive to independent shops.
 

 

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