• Ben Lee

New Releases: 11th December 2020

Ben brings you all the new releases and reissues to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, featuring releases ranging from indie, RnB, hip-hop, electronic, soundtrack, pop, 80s psychedelic, jazz, punk and rock. To order, you can find the items on the links below. Here's Ben's roundup of his Top 10 Picks of the week:

The Aliens - Electronville


The Aliens are a Scottish band consisting of former Beta Band members Gordon Anderson (aka Lone Pigeon, lead vocals, guitar), John Maclean (keyboards, backing vocals) and Robin Jones (drums, backing vocals).

A decade on, The Aliens mark their return with the Electronville EP, an album length concept EP (they’re aliens and they’ll do what they want!) driven by the mercurial songwriting of Gordon Anderson AKA Lone Pigeon, former alumni on Domino Recordings.

Renowned for their genre zapping abilities, The Aliens cross further boundaries with Electronville - psychdelically splicing and probing across Electronica, Dance, Avant Garde and even Classical. Electronville is inspired by The Aliens galaxy hopping during their absence from Earth. A truly extra-terrestrial experience is guaranteed.


The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You


Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You andWildflower, but stepping boldly into new terrain, We Will Always Love You is the new full length masterpiece from The Avalanches.

Sampling remains at the core of The Avalanches sound, but alongside all of the sample ghosts, We Will Always Love You features an array of living guests who contribute vocals and lyrics: Blood Orange, Rivers Cuomo, Pink Siifu, Jamie xx, CLYPSO, Denzel Curry, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, Sampa the Great, Sananda Maitreya and Vashti Bunyan and more. The Avalanches’s music has always dripped with melody, but because of this expanded role for guest singers and writers, We Will Always Love You is their most song-oriented album yet.

Take Care In Your Dreaming featuring alt-rapper Denzel Curry, Tricky and Melbourne based Zambian rapper-singer Sampa The Great is a song about unrealised dreams and navigating unexpected journeys through life. “The song is a ‘careful what you wish for’ kind of thing.”

Music Makes Me High is truly an up tempo number, this disco-funk tune has a golden glow that simultaneously casts back to tunes like The Whispers’s And The Beat Goes On and to the filter- house echoes of that era such as Stardust Music Feels Better With You and Gusto’s Disco’s Revenge. “There’s a gospel choir on there, but very softly in the mix, singing over the ‘music makes me high’ sample.”

Sparkling with the treble frequencies that made Since I Left You such a dizzy thrill, We Will Always Love You is dedicated to probing “the vibrational relationship between light, sound and spirit.” But the goal now is elevation rather than intoxication.


Belle and Sebastian - What To Look For In Summer


Belle and Sebastian present twenty-two live performances featuring songs from across their 25 year career. The recordings showcase the Scottish septet at the height of their power during their 2019 tour, including tracks performed on the band's own Mediterranean cruise, The Boaty Weekender.


Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose – Live At Brixton


Stunning live set from Bombay Bicycle Club featuring their debut album recorded at Brixton Academy.


Gerry Cinnamon - The Bonny Definitive


Gerry Cinnamon releases the new definitive version of his Number 1 album, The Bonny, now featuring new single Ghost and long-awaited new recordings of tracks Kampfire Vampire and Fickle McSelfish. Both CD and vinyl have new artwork, taken from the series used for the alternating covers on the original pressing. The new double LP release (white vinyl and black vinyl etched with the lyrics to the song The Bonny). Ghost is brand new music from Gerry and proof that you can’t keep a great songwriter down.


The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live In Maui


Experience Hendrix announces a brand new collection that couples the new feature length documentary 'Music, Money, Madness... Jimi Hendrix In Maui' with the accompanying live performances on both audio and video. The film chronicles the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s storied visit to Maui, and how the band became ensnared with the ill-fated Rainbow Bridge movie and incorporates never before released original footage and new interviews. – This is a ltd, x3 LP Vinyl set + Blu-Ray featuring Hendrix, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell at the height of their playing powers, newly restored and mixed by longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer.


Kehlani - It Was Good Until It Wasn't


It doesn’t really need an explanation - you know exactly what Kehlani means when she sings. Without sugarcoating or softening a word, the Bay Area-born two-time Grammy® Award-nominated multiplatinum songstress will drop a hard truth in one breath and flip a middle finger in the next. She may extend a seductive invitation or an empathetic plea before leaving you in your thoughts and feelings. Either way, she finds a way to consistently relate without filter. With each move, she strengthens this connection to listeners everywhere. Kehlani’s 2015 breakout mixtape You Should Be Here received a 2016 Grammy® Award nod in the category of “Best Urban Contemporary Album.” On its heels, her 2017 full-length debut SweetSexySavage bowed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and eventually went gold. Between selling out dates on the SweetSexySavage Tour, the record closed out the year on Pitchfork’s “The 50 Best Albums of 2017” and Rolling Stone’s “20 Best R&B Albums of 2017.”

Along the way, she contributed to Suicide Squad: The Album and The Fate of the Furious: The Album and guested on Cardi B’s double-platinum Ring, Kyle’s platinum Playinwithme and Justin Bieber’s Get Me, to name a few. By 2020, she picked up three gold solo singles - You Should Be Here, Honey, and Distraction, for which she received her second Grammy® nomination for Best R&B performance.


The Killers - Imploding the Mirage


Imploding The Mirage is the sixth album from Brandon Flowers and co.


Roisin Murphy - Roisin Machine


Róisín Murphy releases her fifth album, titled Róisín Machine via Skint and BMG. The album, which was made with Murphy's regular collaborator Crooked Man, AKA DJ Parrot, follows 2015's Hairless Toys (which was nominated for a Mercury Prize) and 2016's Take Her Up To Monto, as well as her four-EP project with Maurice Fulton in 2018. Among its ten tracks are previously released singles likeNarcissus and Murphy's Law.


MUSE - Simulation Theory Deluxe Box Set


Muse brings their Simulation Theory tour to life in this limited edition 80s-inspired deluxe box set. The box set includes a pink / blue marbled LP with selections from the band’s September 2019 performance at London’s O2 Arena housed in a gatefold jacket, a VHS-like box containing a HD 5.1 DTS Master Audio Blu-Ray of the film, a fluorescent pink cassette of the film score written by Matt Bellamy, a Marvel Simulation Theory comic book and an 11x17 Marvel Muse poster. Each box has metallic foil packaging.


Here are the best reissues coming out this week at The Vinyl Whistle:

A Certain Ratio - I'd Like To See You Again


One of four limited edition pressings to commemorate the release of the new A Certain Ratio album ACR Loco.

Album four, and ACR pushed their sounds into new directions again. This is a more jazz-infused album that continues to receive critical acclaim today after the initial confused reaction, just like all the real classic albums that were misunderstood originally.

Pressed on white vinyl with all of the artwork converted to black and white, limited to 1000 copies.


A Certain Ratio - Sextet


One of four limited edition pressings to commemorate the release of the new A Certain Ratio album ACR Loco.

The band’s third album and a firm fan favourite with Tilly on vocals and includes the haunting Lucinda, which rapidly reached 1million streams on Spotify not long after being reissued.

Pressed on white vinyl with all of the artwork converted to black and white, limited to 1000 copies.


Back To The Future - Soundtrack


Mondo is proud to present the original soundtrack album, for one of the most beloved films of all time: Back to the Future. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the film, Mondo has partnered with the legendary poster artist Drew Struzan, the artist behind the original theatrical one-sheet, to create all-new packaging for this re-issue. Featuring illustrations and unused poster art created in 1985 for the film, this vinyl reissue has been remastered and pressed on 180 Gram Colored vinyl.


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - So Far (Re-issue)


Originally released in 1974, CSNY’s first compilation album So Far highlights the group’s first two critically acclaimed and highly successful albums; Déjà Vu and Crosby, Stills and Nash. After David Crosby left The Byrds, Stephen Stills’ band Buffalo Springfield had broken up and Graham Nash had left The Hollies; the trio formed one of the first, and still to this day greatest, supergroups. Under the same CSN, they recorded the band’s debut album Crosby, Stills and Nash to real fanfare. It shot the group into superstardom, culminating in a Grammy award for Best New Artist in 1970. Previously also part of Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young joined the band as their fourth member and the result was the band’s opus, Déjà Vu; a folk-rock classic. The album is revered to this day, consistently included in best albums of all-time lists in the media. So Far includes tracks from both of these albums, as well as the highly popular non-album single Ohio, alongside its’ B-side Find The Cost Of Freedom.


Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome


The debut album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was released in 1984 after the runaway success of the singles Relax and Two Tribes. It had orders of over a million copies and went straight in at number one in the UK album chart. Produced by Trevor Horn, it was seen as a ground-breaking release and helped define pop music production in the eighties.


Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks (10th Anniversary)