New Releases: 13th November 2020
Ben brings you all the new releases and reissues to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, featuring releases ranging from indie, punk, hip-hop, alt-rock, electronic, reggae, soul, jazz, pop, and folk. To order, you can find the items on the links below as we will send items as normal for delivery during lockdown. Here's Ben's roundup of his Top 6 Picks of the week:
AC/DC release their seventeenth full-length album Power Up. This marks the legendary band’s first new music since 2014. For the album, the band reunited with producer Brendan O’Brien who helmed Black Ice in 2008 and Rock Or Bust in 2014. Charged up for the next decade, AC/DC cut twelve new tracks for the album, proudly maintaining their signature sound and all of its powerful hallmarks. Click here for the black vinyl version - ACDC Power Up.
Big Crown Records present the Leon Michels produced Liam Bailey debut Ekundayo. This album is a long time in the making, and after listening, clearly worth the wait. It didn’t take a long time to record, but it did take years for all the stars to line up. Credit to Leon's hand, elements of Jamaican production are everywhere, peppered throughout the record. Like the pitch-perfect organ stabs that push through the authentically positive White Light, or the muted, percussive guitar strums that chug along in the back of Fight. In the same vein of any fantastic singer/songwriter album, Ekundayo is a reflection of who Liam Bailey is, taking on topics and approaches he never would think of just a few years ago. Some evidence: Ugly Truth is about reconnecting with his biological father, a subject he once thought would be too personal to address. The journey from conforming to major labels to this latest record has been a long one for Liam, and a bit of a struggle. But struggle may be the only way we truly grow and evolve. With a new clarity of purpose, sound, and life, Liam has found joy out of those struggles.
The Bats release their 10th full-length album, Foothills. Spanning the last 38 years, The Bats have clocked nine incredible albums; each one seeing the band evolve with new material from the prolific songwriting hand of Robert Scott. Add to that tally the extra singles, b-sides, EPs, compilations and tribute songs they’ve recorded, creating a succinct setlist is a nearly impossible task. Foothillswas recorded in Spring 2018 at a country retreat pop-up studio. At that time, 15 songs were captured and immortalised in the Canterbury foothills of the Southern Alps, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Only too well, The Bats know the possibilities, potentialities and sonic vistas that arise when one takes the reins for the recording process in a beautiful place that’s on home turf.
Hey Clockface was recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles. Following the solo recording of, No Flag, Hetty O’Hara Confidential and We Are All Cowards Now at Suomenlinnan Studio, Helsinki by Eetü Seppälä in February 2020, Costello immediately traveled to Paris for a weekend session at Les Studios Saint Germain. Costello tells us, “I sang live on the studio floor, directing from the vocal booth. We cut nine songs in two days. We spoke very little. Almost everything the musicians played was a spontaneous response to the song I was singing. I’d had a dream of recording in Paris like this, one day.” The assembled album, Hey Clockface is “An Elvis Costello & Sebastian Krys Production” following on from their work together on Elvis Costello and The Imposters Grammy-winning album Look Now.
New Order Be a Rebel is the first brand new music from the band since the release of the critically acclaimed album Music Complete In 2015. Available on Dove Grey coloured vinyl, packaged with a blue metallic ink outer sleeve and full colour inner sleeve. Includes a high definition download code. Vinyl features additional remixes from the band’s own Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris.
NYC's Peel Dream Magazine dazzled listeners with their recent release "Agitprop Alterna," a smart album that draws from a wide set of post-punk, shoegaze and indiepop influences but still has an assured, unique sound. Now they're following up with "Moral Panics," a companion EP that features unreleased songs from the "Agitprop Alterna" sessions. Far from being outtakes, these are all songs that stand strong on their own, and gathered together function as a useful corollary to the album. The EP's title comes from Stanley Cohen's "Folk Devils and Moral Panics," a pivotal study of the media treatment of the mod movement and the poltical, societal and cultural faultlines that the media panic embodied -- it's a reference that's quite revealing about some of the ideas behind Peel Dream. Songs like "New Culture," "Verfremdungseffekt" and "Life At The Movies" continue PDM's investigations into those frought areas where art, culture and commerce meet, and the EP as a whole comprises a crucial piece of the Peel Dream discography.
Here are the best reissues coming out this week at The Vinyl Whistle:
Warp Records reissue Bibio’s Hand Cranked album on vinyl for the first time. The album was originally released in 2006 by Mush and was one of the releases that caught the ear of the Warp label before signing Bibio for Ambivalence Avenue in 2009. Hand Cranked, his second release, saw him delve further into the sounds he crafted on his debut, Fi, with a focus on saturated guitars, found sound and field recordings and an affinity for the pastoral inspiration of his Northern England surroundings. Hand Cranked stepped it up a level though, bringing in Bibio's unique take on folk and blending it with electronic loops; a sound that he would continue to help refine throughout his career. This fourteen track collection saw Bibio bring an increased confidence to his music, highlighting his virtuosic guitar playing and shedding light on his more whimsical pop inclinations that he's explored on releases since then. Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release over 10 years ago, Hand Cranked makes for a perfect lazy Sunday listening, a nostalgic drive through the country or simply a peak into an artist beginning to discover the full breadth of his talent.
Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like “explosive” and “thunderous” barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way.First released in 1998, catalog staple Amplifier Worship sees its first-ever reissue with minimalistic album art from the first-press Japanese CD via Third Man Records. The Stoughton gatefold jacket will house both officially remastered LPs, pressed at Third Man Pressing.
Amplifier Worship is Boris’s most intense and unrelenting album to date. Not for the faint of heart, the group incorporates mythic doom-drones, up-tempo psych-sludge and even a refreshing ribbit into their signature concoction of celestial and heavy music. AmplifierWorship is a critical chapter in the Boris canon. The album is a testament to the group's bullishness in pushing metal to it’s uncomfortable and unfamiliar edges. And it is also undoubtedly one of their best.
Remastered version of No Need to Argue by The Cranberries. Originally released in 1994, No Need To Argue was the band’s biggest selling album with global sales in excess of 17 million and contained the band’s most commercially successful single Zombie. Dolores O’Riordan - the band’s powerful and captivating lead singer - tragically passed away in January 2018. Also included are 19 previously unreleased tracks including two songs not officially released in any format: Yesterday’s Gone - recorded unplugged for MTV in New York in 1995 - and a demo of Serious, which until now has only existed as a low quality live bootleg on YouTube.
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UKs festival scene, the Ozrics layer ambient and ethereal landscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves and psychedelic progressive rock. It is an open exploration of music and the soul. For over 30 years, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock and roll life. The band has flourished through several line-up changes, spawned several side projects, created their own record label, scored a hit record & sold over a million albums world-wide. And yet, the basic motivation behind the bands existence has never wavered. Their signature blend of hippy aesthetics and raver electronics with spiraling guitars, textured waves of keyboard and midi samplers, and super-groovy bass and drum rhythms continues to delight fans across the world to this day.
Dance Hall at Louse Point is an excellent and often unfairly overlooked collaboration between the Dorset rock queen and her long-time collaborator John Parish. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but this is late-night mood music of the highest order. The lo-fi, stripped-down production and Parish's stark musical backing perfectly compliments some of Harvey's rawest vocals to date. Throughout the record she swings dramatically between different vocal registers, from angelic choirgirl falsetto to creepy whisper to shredded gut howls, as if she's role-playing different characters for each song. She sings every song on this album with a demonic, throat-clenching intensity that's almost frightening. Produced by Parish and Harvey, and originally released in September 1996, Dance Hall At Louse Point features the single That Was My Veil. Reissue is faithful to the original recording with vinyl cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, overseen by John Parish.
Prats Way Up High is a compilation of tracks by The Prats, featuring the three 7"s, demos and songs from their John Peel session recorded in 1979. It was 1978 in Edinburgh and the spirit of punk had hit high school as four friends got together to form The Prats. Paul McLaughlin, Dave Maguire, Greg Maguire and Tom Robinson were then aged between 12 and 14, and while their instruments were basic - including a cardboard drum kit - their enthusiasm carried them through. The band quickly produced a demo tape and sent it to Edinburgh's legendary indie label Fast Product (early home of the Human League). This led to the band's debut on the Fast Product EP Earcom 1. A series of singles then followed, including General Davis - which featured in the opening titles of Hollywood blockbuster The Manchurian Candidate - and Die Todten Reyten Schnell, which was released on German indie label ‘Da Da Records’.
Their third and last album for the Fire label, Separations. By 1992 Pulp had already transformed from their debut It through the dark electronic phase of Freaks and were garnering significant momentum. Now critically acclaimed and with a live reputation matched by only a few, most of the songs on Separations sound fully-realised in that undeniably Pulp manner that was soon to be experienced everywhere. And, for the first time, there was an inescapable disco pulse. This is the transition album where Pulp, caught between a doomed romantic outsider past and an acid-bright future, made an album that brilliantly reflects both. Beautifully re-mastered and repackaged and with liner notes by Everett True, the disc includes four bonus tracks, including Death Goes To The Disco, Is This House, as well as an extended version of the single Countdown and the previously unreleased Death Comes To Town. Separations spawned two of Pulps most successful singles to date in Countdown and My Legendary Girlfriend, with the latter topping the singles of 1991 lists by major music publications.
Given her extensive and varied recording catalog, if you're looking for a place to explore the talents of the late Nina Simone, then 1965's I Put a Spell On You is a great place to dip your toes - particular if you want to start with her more pop oriented sides. As was the case with many mid-1960s releases, Simone's record label had a major say in the material she was allowed to record and it shows on this set which features a truly eclectic mixture including stabs at jazz (the instrumental Blues On Purpose), R&B (the title track), French chanson (Ne Me Quitte Pas) and a number of show tunes.
The raw and forthright energy of Nina Simone hits you like a tsunami on the opening track of Pastel Blues. Nina Simone’s rendition of Be My Husband to the tune of an old African American work song, Rosie, is everything you need to know about Simone. Her voice so full of power and resistance, accompanied by nothing but the hammer strike of the percussion. It sends your spine tingling. Like much of her music it has its roots African American tradition and unabashed levels of pride and suffering in equal measures. The album is a collection of jazz and blues standards played by Simone in New York between 1964 and 1965. Her arrangements are relatively understated, the beauty of the album pours out of her fingers and her rich mahogany voice. Her conversational piano- play is beyond charming throughout, like a knowing look from an old friend, but her classical training glistens with glorious melancholy on End of the Line and later explodes on Sinnerman (arguably the greatest piano riff in pop music).
Trees classic albums, beautifully packaged as a four-disc anniversary edition includes 12” book with liner notes from founder member David Costa and comedian Stewart Lee - Features two new discs of alternate mixes, early demos, BBC session tracks and 2018 live recordings in London - Includes lost demos of Polly On The Shore and Streets Of Derry. It’s now over fifty years since Trees’ formation and, although ‘Acid Folk’ has now become a sub-category in the lexicon of record dealers and music critics, and although founder member David Costa feels the original noughties reissue helped consolidate a gathering wave of curiosity, they themselves remain in the shadows. Earth’s new Trees collection brings together both albums adding shiny alternate mixes of key tracks along with a selection of radio sessions and demos, all sounding brighter and cleaner than ever before. There’s a definite shift between the records, the second being darker and more ambivalent. Here Trees don’t tell you what to think. You’re left to formulate your own response to this odd, opaque music. The Streets of Derry session version leans into the brain vibrating drone-groove they somehow found at the traditional tune’s centre. Polly On The Shore, another traditional tune, is one of the definitive moments of English folk rock.
Beauty Behind The Madness was the most-streamed album of 2015, it was a smash hit that elevated The Weeknd to superstardom, and created a new vision of a Pop-Star, one openly driven by his demons. The Neo of R&B, The Weeknd adeptly changed the landscape by being tough and vulnerable all at the same time and bringing progressive synth-pop back into the mainstream.
Here are the best of the rest of the new releases arriving at The Vinyl Whistle this week:
Remix album of 1000 gecs featuring mixed by Fall Out Boy, Charli XCX, Hannah Diamond, Injury Reserve, Tommy Cash, Rico Nasty, and more.
Since his debut in the late nineties, Aesop Rock’s writing has been of the highest caliber, but one thing that has continually evolved is his near-flawless and diverse flow, now perfectly infused with his personality and a gift for visual imagery. On Spirit World Field Guide, characters, inanimate objects, and their surrounding environments vividly come to life as Aesop describes each passing moment throughout the album’s twenty-one chapters.
Originally released in 1996, Boris’s 60-minute 13-second debut “single” Absolutego sees an officially remastered reissue on Third Man Records. This reissue includes the original album art and full “one long song” spread across one and a half LPs, with 1997 recording Dronevil 2 filling out side D of the second LP, all fitting in a neatly packaged single-pocket LP jacket pressed at Third Man Pressing. Absolutego is a trek over a staggering mountain of sound. The tension builds with wave after wave of massive feedback, drums leading into a crushing crescendo of full-band repetition and clarity before descending deeper until finally reaching a surreal divebomb purring drone finale. This song takes notes out of the Melvins playbook and pushes the sound to its absolute logical and visceral extreme. It sets a solid foundation for why Boris is considered to be one of the most important metal bands of the 21st century.
Take Five is probably one of the jazz titles that is best-known to a mass audience. It was composed by Paul Desmond and it appeared on the album Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Pianist Brubeck had studied veterinary medicine before turning to music, and in 1949 he formed an octet, and then in 1951 his famous quartet with Paul Desmond playing saxophone. He signed with Columbia in 1954 and built up an excellent reputation, but in 1959 he became famous around the globe thanks to two titles, Take Five and Blue Rondo à la Turk.
Fast forward to 2020 and, just like everyone else, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons had to cancel a lot of carefully-laid plans when the global pandemic descended on us all. But as if to confirm their absolute dedication to blowing people’s heads off with thunderous rock’n’roll, the band refused to cancel plans to record a follow-up to their widely lauded debut. Recorded and engineered during lockdown by guitarist Todd Campbell, the second Bastard Sons album may be just the tonic people need right now. It’s called We’re The Bastards and it’s bigger, better and even more raucously uplifting than its predecessor. In fact, it’s the sound of a great band hitting their stride and buzzing with confidence.
Hailing from the far north of Norway's Arctic circle, Alta, Petter Carlsen creates his own unique mix of progressive rock and indie-pop without limits; fusing atmospheric vocals, melancholic soundscapes and indie guitars with a prog feeling. His 2020 album 'The Sum of Every Shade', is exactly that. Taking inspiration from all aspects of his career, from his prog rock explorations with Anathema's Daniel Cardoso, his epic rock duo Pil & Bue, his own solo career and his indie-folk contributions with Juliet Alapnes, Petter's broad range of influences is on full display on this record. Bringing them together with influences from Michael Jackson to hard rock from his teenage years, into a seamless fusion of atmospheric indie rock.
Ceremony's In the Spirit World Now (Synthetic Remixes) sees the band's critically acclaimed 2019 album reimagined with a new emphasis on synth instrumentation. Limited edition one-time vinyl pressing.
Before signing their deal with Roadrunner Records, Creeper released a self-titled debut EP on their own label. The EP included tracks that are still live set classics and fan favourites to this day with huge anthems such as VCR and Novena. The EP was released digitally and on a hugely limited run of vinyl that sold out immediately and is much sought after still. On Friday 13th – a lucky day for all Creeper fans – Roadrunner Records reissues that debut EP on vinyl for the first time since. These special limited pressings feature the original artwork and lyric sheet inside and come on Glow In The Dark vinyl and Pumpkin Orange Transparent vinyl. With the band’s star rising hugely since, culminating in their second album debuting at number 5 in the UK album charts in August, these limited pressings are sure to sell out quickly.
Under the Spell of Joy is a space-gospel record. While singer and multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel knew their intention for the album before a single note was written, the actual nature and direction of the music was a mystery. The initial inspiration for the record came from the jubilant spirit of Ethiopian funk records the band had been listening to on tour, but once they began to channel the songs it seemed like the music came from somewhere not in the past but in the future. In the weeks leading up to recording, Death Valley Girls relied on their subconscious and effortlessly conjured Under the Spell of Joy’s eleven tracks as if they’d tapped into the Akashic Chronicle and pulled the music from the ether. If you’re looking for transcendental rock music, look no further.
Filmed live from her home with her family amidst a mixture of loveable fun and chaos, they were a means of virtual escapism for many and became weekly moments of united sequinned catharsis for the hundreds of thousands tuning in. This is a collection of the songs that sound-tracked her lockdown kitchen disco. The album features all of Sophie's biggest and best-known disco hits in one place for the first time ever! It include 6 Top 10 hits, Murder On The Dancefloorand Take Me Home, plus the brand new lead single Crying at the Discotheque.
Paloma wrote most of the songs for Infinite Things before the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world. Then we went into lockdown, and she ripped them all up and started afresh. She spent her downtime creating, learning to engineer her own music and just thinking about the world. The enforced downtime was creatively fruitful and taught her that she had been on a sort of conveyor belt of music and promo. The lockdown gave her the space to take stock of her frenetic career, and decide what is meaningful to her. She is emerging from lockdown with a new sense of her priorities which has seen her reconnect with her roots steeped in creativity. As well as exploring relationships and love, the LP is also a "rumination on sickness and loss".
For fans of Anemone, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Beach House, Helena Deland, Kevin Krauter, Sharon van Etten. Falcon Jane's second album Faith started coming together at the beginning of 2019 when Sara May, the artist behind the band, experienced a string of deaths in her family. Attending a seemingly endless number of traditional Catholic funerals within the space of a year caused May to dive inwards, reassessing her own notions of memory, grief, love, ceremony and identity. "Music is how I process vulnerable emotions like sadness and grief," she says, "and for me these funerals were traumatic in a way." Faith is a way of excavating her truth through clear-eyed self-examination. "This album is just as much about trying to figure out what kind of person I am as it is about death," she says. "Where do my beliefs lie? Am I a good person? There needed to be a big collapse in order to grow. A total exhale so that I could breathe in new life, new faith." This new faith is presented in Heaven, a track that culminates these internal struggles with an idyllic, peaceful state. "That's where I'm trying to get to," May adds. "The rest of the songs are doing the hard work to try to get there."
Must-have Lambchop cover album featuring renditions in a classic Lambchop style of songs by Wilco, Stevie Wonder, George Jones, Mirrors, James McNew and Michael Jackson. Recorded December 2–7, 2019, at Battletapes in Nashville, TN, and produced, engineered, and mixed by Jeremy Ferguson (with the exception of Reservationswhich was co‐mixed by Ferguson and Matthew McCaughan), TRIP sounds like a culmination of the band’s older work and current work. There’s a looseness and freedom that recalls their older sound mixed with a group sophistication and innovation derived through the process of playing together for so long. The title TRIP refers to the circumstances surrounding its creation and the endeavor of “touring” itself. “It also seems to describe a life in music and the situations we created in our life as a band over the years,” Wagner adds. “It’s been a trip…”
Hope Sandoval, David Roback, The Winter of '94 and a year after the release of the sublime So Tonight That I Might See, Mazzy Star find themselves still touring and promoting the album, some of the songs featured here are from that album such as Into Dust, Bells Ring the title track and the hit single Fade Into You. Whilst songs like Flowers in December would turn up on the next album released a whole two years later. Four of the selections are from the critically acclaimed first album She Hangs Brightly issued in 1990, including the Sylvia Gomez penned Give You My Lovin' and the obscure German band Slapp Happy cover of Blue Flower. Mazzy Star is best known for the song Fade into You which brought the band success in the mid-1990s and was the group's biggest mainstream hit, earning extensive exposure on MTV, VH1, and radio airplay. Roback and Sandoval are the creative centre of the band, with Sandoval as lyricist and Roback as composer of the majority of the band's material.
Sixth studio album by the British pop rock band. Their first studio album since 2010's 'Above the Noise', it features the singles 'Happiness' and 'Tonight Is the Night'. Blink-182 member Mark Hoppus appears on the track 'Growing Up'.
Nebraska songwriter David Nance returns to Trouble In Mind with his fifth (proper) studio album Staunch Honey, his follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 album Peaced and Slightly Pulverized. Returning to the home-recorded magic of his early albums, Staunch Honey was recorded entirely to tape by Nance himself at his Omaha home with the occasional assistance from his longtime live bandmates Jim Schroeder and Kevin Donohue. Staunch Honey is the culmination of two years of hard work - Nance worked and reworked the album three times over, recording and rerecording songs until they sounded just so - a stunning batch of sonic manna that hums with feeling and mood; expertly crafted, but sounding simultaneously off-the-cuff.
Available for the first time on vinyl, All That We Needed was a pivotal release for massive Chicago rock band Plain White T’s. This album, which is now holds a RIAA Gold certification, was the world’s first introduction to the hit Hey There Delilah which was later re-released as a single and now boasts a quadruple-platinum certification and earned the band two Grammy Award nominations. This pressing celebrates the 15-year anniversary of the release.
II: The Next Wave is the long-awaited and immense second album from hip-hop production supergroup Quakers. Quakers is Supa K (fka Katalyst), 7STU7, and Fuzzface, aka Geoff Barrow. It features over 25 MCs over 30 tracks.. Featured MCs include Sampa the Great, Koreatown Oddity, Jonwayne, Guilty Simpson, Grandmilly, Jeremiah Jae, and more. The album is as authentic as hip hop can be.
London band Stats release their new album Powys 1999, via Memphis Industries. While the band’s critically acclaimed debut album Other People’s Lives - loved by everyone from Elton John to Phoebe Waller-Bridge - was recorded in a two-day burst, capitalising on a gap in front man Ed Seed’s busy schedule touring with Dua Lipa, Powys 1999 is different. There’s a dense narrative to the album that explores personal upbringing - and the potential untrustworthy memories that come with such reflection - along with the industrial, financial and political landscape of the countryside. The album from the Sparks-esque On The Tip Of My Tongue to the pulsing dance floor rager of Kiss Me Like It’s Over via the electro-pop-funk swagger of Naturalise Me and the stirring piano stabs and vocal harmonies of Travel With Me Through This Ghost World (featuring Emmy The Great). The record flows like the rolling hills that surrounded its creation. The band being locked away living and eating and playing together also drew out the deep musical bond they share.
Fully Remastered recordings of the second and arguably most important solo Nikki Sudden album. Features Dave Kusworth and soon to be Waterboys; Mike Scott and Anthony Thistlethwaite. Redesigned with deluxe gatefold sleeve with expanded photos for the time and notes from Nikki’s diary about recording the album plus the original Colour version of the LP cover (issued in monochrome originally in 1982 ). Includes the classic and fan favourite track Chelsea Embankment sung sublimely by ‘Lizard’. Bible Belt was the template and springboard for the forming of the Jacobites
Following the release of their highly acclaimed new album Sister in March 2020, Ultraísta release a remix package featuring the talents of Floating Points, FaltyDL, Zero 7, Crate Classics and Leifur James.
The first rule of Punk is there are no rules and Vice Squad ably illustrate this with Battle of Britain. Written, Recorded and Mixed by Beki Bond and Paul Rooney in their home studio.The 13 track album opens with the blistering Ruination which cuts through the bullshit of small time promoters and blaggers with consummate swagger and melody while I Dare To Breathe is an amphetamine driven anthem to paranoia. The penultimate track, You Can’t Fool All Of The People mixes baritone guitar with violin and Celtic rhythms climaxing in an epic James Bondesque heavy guitar / orchestral blend and breaks every rule in the Punk Police hand book whilst pleading for unity against a rigged political system. Pulling Teeth with its ominous riff and hilariously frustrated lyrics ‘Dithering jibbering solid as jam, is it fair I’m both the woman and the man’ closes the album in manic style.