• Ben Lee

New Releases: 20th November 2020

Ben brings you all the new releases and reissues to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, featuring releases ranging from indie, shoegaze, grunge, ska, Americana, punk, hip-hop, alt-rock, electronic, dance, reggae, soul, psychedelic, 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 12 Picks of the week:

Autechre - Plus


Autechre drop another new album in 2020 called PLUS - the companion piece to SIGN.


Cabaret Voltaire - Shadow Of Fear


Shadow of Fearis Cabaret Voltaire’s first studio album in 26 years. Richard H. Kirk is the sole remaining member; he’s released many acclaimed solo albums, having invented bleep techno via his groundbreaking work in Sweet Exorcist. Kirk has formed this new album from a series of pulverising live shows. The tone and personality of CV is ingrained in its core as it dances across techno, dub, house, 1970s Germany and general esoteric explorations coupled with mangled vocal samples.


Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer


A sombre, intimate and mesmerising live recording of Nick Cave's intimate solo piano show, recorded at Alexandra Palace's West Hall during lockdown and featuring 21 career-spanning tracks. Cave's solo live stream could be the most the beautiful and sombre performance he's ever given


The Cribs - Night Network


The Cribs are back and on blistering form, brandishing their brand new eighth album, Night Network. The self-produced 12-track album was recorded at the Foo Fighters Studio 606 in Los Angeles in the spring / summer of 2019. Night Network is as fresh, cathartic and vital as anything they’ve ever put out. There’s no weariness, no bitterness, just a clear desire to get back to doing what they do best – that unique blend of bittersweet melody, brutal lyrical honesty and riffs for days.

It’s wall-to-wall Cribs bangers, the fruit of that special, symbiotic relationship between the songwriting, singing brothers, drawing on the boiled-down influences they felt had always been there: The Motown stomp of Never Thought I'd Feel Again and Under The Bus Station Clock, red and blue album-era Beatles (Running Into You and In The Neon Night, respectively), melodic 70's style pop on Deep Infatuation, and even early work by their own band.

The Cribs are romantics and they’re realists, and the balance, for a hot minute, nearly tipped in the favour of the latter. But now they return empowered, beholden to no one, on the greatest form and still screaming in suburbia.


Fatboy Slim - Back to Mine (Various Artists)


Next in the compiler hotseat for seminal mix series Back to Mine is the legendary DJ and producer Fatboy Slim. Having sold over 10 million records and embarked on a number of sold out arena tours, the esteemed record collector and all round great selector delves deep into his weighty collection at his home to create a heady journey of funk and soul. The collection opens with Dave Barker and Ansell Collins Monkey Spanner – a reggae single released in 1971 from the Kingston based duo working for the infamous producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.

There are a few rare finds, Donal Leace Today Won’t Come Again, Wind Grooving With Mr Bloe and George Rene Smokey Joe’s La La. And the most recognisable for many no doubt is Betty Chung’s 1968 classic Bang Bang thanks to the vocals of the Nancy Sinatra cover being sampled in the Audio Bullys rework in 2005.

The 1975 classic Take Yo Praise from Camille Yarborough which Fatboy Slim used to sample the iconic Praise You in 1998 is found in the first half of the mix, and not forgetting his group Beats International, which Norman sampled lyrics from the featured track Jam Hot by Johnny Dynell for Dub Be Good To Me. A track that became the best-selling single in the UK in 1990.

And last but not least, two new and exclusive tracks Fatboy Slim and Roland Clark Sunset 303 (If You Believe) and The Voice Of Experience under his Yum Yum Head Food alias, known for producing his more ambient tunes including Bird Of Prey.

Fatboy Slim delivers an amazing selection of tracks which give us all a little sneak peek into the vibes generated from years of meaningful memories for this Back To Mine series. From his house to yours, listening pleasure is guaranteed.


Iron Maiden - Nights Of The Dead - Legacy of The Beast - Live In Mexico City


Parlophone Records are pleased to announce the release of Iron Maiden’s new double live album Nights Of The Dead - Legacy Of The Beast, Live in Mexico City. Containing over 100 minutes of classic Maiden music and available in multiple formats, Nights Of The Dead - Legacy Of The Beast, Live in Mexico City was recorded during the band’s three sold out arena shows there in September 2019 and is a celebration of their Legacy Of The Beast World Tour which began in 2018 and will finish next Summer in Europe.


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Live In San Francisco '16


Just under a month after delivering their award-winning 2016 album Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard took the stage at San Francisco’s The Independent for a set both wildly frenetic and meticulously executed. In one of their final club gigs before bursting onto the international scene—soon selling out amphitheaters and headlining festivals—the Melbourne septet laid down a breakneck performance that, in the words of SF Weekly, “made every organ ache just right.” Newly unearthed by ATO Records, Live in San Francisco ’16 captures an extraordinary moment in the band’s increasingly storied history, a 13-song spectacular likely to leave every listener awestruck and adrenalized.

Multi-tracked and impeccably mixed, Live in San Francisco ’16 simultaneously channels the massive energy of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s set while echoing the sweaty intimacy of the 500-capacity venue.

With nearly half the setlist made up of Nonagon Infinity tracks, Live in San Francisco ’16 unfolds with the same exquisitely controlled chaos King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard brought to that arguable masterpiece—a nine-song body of work crafted as the world’s first infinitely looping LP (i.e., each track flowing seamlessly into the next, with the album-closing Road Train linking straight back into the opener).


Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder - Restored Re-edited Remixed


Delicate Sound Of Thunder encapsulates a band at their best. In 1987, Pink Floyd made a triumphant resurgence. The legendary British band, formed in 1967, had suffered the loss of two co-founders: keyboardist / vocalist Richard Wright, who left after sessions for The Wall in 1979, and bass player and lyricist Roger Waters, who had left to go solo in 1985, soon after the 1983 album The Final Cut. The gauntlet was thus laid down for guitarist/singer David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, who proceeded to create the multi-platinum A Momentary Lapse Of Reason album, a global chart smash, which also saw the return of Richard Wright to the fold.

Originally released in September 1987, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was quickly embraced by fans worldwide, who flocked to attend the live tour dates, which started within days of the album’s release. The tour played to more than 4.25 million fans over more than two years, and, as a celebration of the enduring talent and global appeal of David, Nick and Richard was unsurpassed at the time.

Filmed at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum in August 1988 and directed by Wayne Isham, the 2020 release of the Grammy Award nominated Delicate Sound Of Thunder is sourced directly from over 100 cans of original 35mm negatives, painstakingly restored and transferred to 4K, and completely re-edited by Benny Trickett from the restored and upgraded footage, under the creative direction of Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis. Similarly, the sound was completely remixed from the original multitrack tapes by longtime Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins.

The setlist carefully balances the then-new material from A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and Pink Floyd classics, including songs from The Dark Side Of The Moon (Time, On The Run, The Great Gig In The Sky and Us And Them), the anthemic title track of Wish You Were Here, The Wall's Comfortably Numb and a cathartic Run Like Hell. Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder still stands as a record of the creative power of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright at their incendiary best.

Alongside the classic live album and full concert film (restored and re-edited from the original 35mm film and enhanced with 5.1 surround sound), included in The Later Years box set, all stand-alone editions feature 24-page photo booklets, with the 4-disc box edition including a 40-page photo booklet, tour poster and postcards. The 3-LP 180-gram vinyl set includes 9 songs not included on the 1988 release of the album, while the 2-CD includes 8 tracks more than its original release.


Sleaford Mods - Mork n Mindy


Mork n Mindy is the first track from Sleaford’s forthcoming new studio album, following their Top 10 hits and rarities collection, All That Glue and phenomenal global live stream from London’s 100 Club. It features acclaimed British singer Billy Nomates. Full of incendiary vim, vigour, attitude and observation, it sees Sleaford’s expanding their sonic palette, adding poppy touches courtesy of Nomates vocals and additional textures to their searing electronics. The B-side features an instrumental by Andrew Fearn.

Mork n Mindy is the sound of the central heating and the dying smells of Sunday dinner in a house on an estate in 1982. Concrete, dinted garages, nicotine. Where beauty mainly exists in small cracks on the shell of your imagination. Captured perfectly in Ben Wheatley’s video for the song.


Southeast of Saturn - Various Artists


Third man release a compilation of Michigan shoegaze, dream rock pop and space rock. Penned “Detroit Space-Rock”, the scene centered around Burnt Hair Records, Burnt Hair CEO Larry Hoffman’s Life According To Larry radio show, Zoot’s Coffeehouse and bands, such as Windy and Carl, Asha Vida, Füxa, Auburn Lull, and Majesty Crush. It was a modern movement of a more traditional “space-rock” sound, influenced less by The Stooges and MC5 and more by Spacemen 3, Loop, My Bloody Valentine and krautrock bands like Can and Neu!. Even the best-known artists on Southeast Of Saturn - Windy and Carl, Majesty Crush, Füxa - never achieved mainstream success, but within the rock underground, they inspired a cultish devotion that burns to this day. If you missed their evanescent output the first time around, this compilation will get you up to speed over its 19 mind-altering tracks.


The War On Drugs - Live Drugs


Culled from over 40 hard drives of recorded live shows spread out across years of touring behind multiple critically acclaimed records, Live Drugs is unlike anything previously available in The War on Drugs’ catalog.

The first volume to capture the band’s live interpretations, Live Drugs is a document showcasing the evolution of the band’s live show over the years. Additionally, Live Drugs is a portrait of the enduring relationship between Adam Granduciel and Dominic East. A longtime friend, guitar tech and stage manager, East is Live Drugs’s co-producer and the presence Granduciel credits as holding everything together.

Sequenced to reflect how a typical 70-minute set would flow, Live Drugs thrives on live set staples immortalized on record for the first time. This includes Buenos Aires Beach from the band’s 2008 full-length debut, Wagonwheel Blues, and the longtime musical interlude flowing between Under the Pressure and In Reverse - which bookend 2014’sLost In The Dream. There’s also the band’s essential cover of Warren Zevon’s Accidentally like a Martyr – a song “so true, you should ever be lucky to write a song that simple,” Granduciel says.


Amy Winehouse - The Singles Collection 12x7


A 7” singles box set comprising all of Amy’s singles from the Frank, Back To Black and Lioness: Hidden Treasures albums. Tracks include Stronger Than Me, Rehab and Love Is A Losing Game, all of which won the Ivor Novello Award for Amy in 2004, 2007 and 2008. The set also includes the Grammy Award winning Body and Soul, a duet with Tony Bennett. The singles are housed in individual picture sleeves and pressed on black vinyl. The box also features a 20-page lyrics booklet and a set of art cards.


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

Coldplay - Parachutes 20th Anniversary


Celebrating 20 years since it’s original release, Parlophone are issuing a limited edition, coloured (translucent yellow), heavyweight vinyl pressing of their number one debut album.