• Ben Lee

New Releases: 27th November 2020

Ben brings you all the new releases and reissues to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, featuring releases ranging from indie, soul, electronic, ambient, grunge, pop, 80s, folk, techno, soul, psychedelic, punk and rock. 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 10 Picks of the week:

Daniel Avery - Love and Light


Daniel Avery's third full-length album, Love + Light arrives unexpectedly, following his collaborations with Alessandro Cortini on the critically acclaimed Illusion of TimeLP. Avery’s previous solo album Song For Alpha was released in 2018 to similar acclaim.

Avery shares, “This record has been a real positive force of energy in my life, to the point where it almost formed itself in front of me. In that same spirit, I wanted to share it with you now, as soon as it was finished. As I started to collect the pieces together, it was apparent that the album would be split into two distinct halves but halves that were inexorably tied together. One could not have existed without the other. Music has always been a source of personal strength for me yet I remain fascinated by the power it can possess of its own volition. Releasing the record in this way, just a couple of weeks after the final note had fallen, felt like a decision made by an outside force yet one I agreed with entirely. Stay safe, friends and I’ll see you on the other side soon.”


Blossoms - Live From the Plaza Theatre - Stockport / In Isolation


Blossoms release a double set In Isolation/Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport.

The In Isolation side of the double album features a collection of tracks recorded by the band over the last few months in isolation, including re-worked takes on their own songs and a number of cover versions. The album also features some very special guests including Courteeners’ Liam Fray on a version of Please Don’t, The Coral’s James Skelly on a version of Dreaming Of You and Miles Kane on their Tame Impala cover The Less I Know The Better. Live At The Plaza Theatre, Stockport, features a full live set from the band’s ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ album launch show on 11th February at Stockport Plaza.


Craven Faults - Enclosures


This mini-album is Craven Faults’s second vinyl release on The Leaf Label. Thirty-seven minutes of music over three epic tracks - longform analogue electronic journeys across the north of England. Presented in full bleed monochrome sleeve with obi strip and limited to 300 copies on black vinyl and download code.

These 37 minutes of music are the start of the next journey. New terrain and more refined methods of travel. Dark clouds gathering. On Erratics and Unconformities, Craven Faults often found a calm inner space in the vistas. Here the tensions of the early EPs return, with a focus on how human ‘progress’ has impacted and shaped the landscape. How the land was divided now shapes our present and future, and retracing that journey is particularly pertinent. Click here for Grey Vinyl version.


Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Leo Abrahams - Small Craft On A Milk Sea


Big-time producer, art-rock god, and ambient mastermind Brian Eno returns with his first album for Warp records - surely a marriage made in heaven, with the best electronic label releasing music from the legendary electronic man. Recorded with collaborators Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams and taking as inspiration the concept of soundtrack music, this is an expertly crafted, intelligent and also passionate musical essay from one of the true masters of the art form - a seriously stately record, from the craft, breadth and gravity of the music to the sumptuous packaging, this is a glorious addition to an already immense body of work as well as evidence of an undimmed enthusiasm and restless intellect.


Peter Gabriel - Growing Up Live


The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, across 3x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell. The album looks amazing with a gatefold sleeve and full colour printed inner bags. This is the first time that Growing Up Live has been available on vinyl, with the LP designed by Marc Bessant at Real World.

In 2002 and 2003, following the release of his album UP, Peter Gabriel went on the road with his Growing Up tour, once again collaborating with production designer Robert Lepage to create a spectacular and theatrical live experience. The tour took in thirty-two cities across the USA, Canada and Europe and this concert performance was recorded over two nights at the Filaforum in Milan in May 2003, with Peter Gabriel and the band performing in the round at the centre of the arena. A concert film capturing the live show was released in late 2003, but Growing Up Live has never previously been on vinyl.


Little Simz - Drop 6


Little Simz releases Drop 6 her new five track EP. Drop 6 is her first solo release since the mercury nominated Grey Area album. The EP was recorded during lockdown. Little Simz produced the tracks herself, with additional production from Kal Banx, BLK VYNL, St Francis Hotel, and OTG. The tracks are urgent, immediate, powerful lyrically with a stripped back production.


Motley Crue - The End


On the 31st december 2015 mötley crüe took to the stage of the staples center in their home city of los angeles for their last ever live performance.

it was the culmination of a farwell tour which had started in july 2014 and travelled around the world taking in north and south america, japan, australia and new zealand, europe and the middle east. the band had signed a legally binding “cessation of touring” contract that prevented them touring as mötley crüe beyond the end of 2015 and so this concert truly was “the end”. being mötley crüe, they did of course go out in style with a spectacular light show and stage set, pyrotechnics, tommy lee’s incredible rollercoaster drum solo and a set list packed with mötley crüe classics. they may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten. the last-ever mötley crüe live performance. filmed in high definition. dvd+2lp set is packaged in a lp sized gatefold sleeve includes girls, girls, girls, dr feelgood, looks that kill, smokin’ in the boys room, saints of los angeles, home sweet home, live wire, primal scream and more!"


Smashing Pumpkins - CYR


The Smashing Pumpkins return with a new double album. The LP features 20 tracks, including the title track Cyr and The Colour of Love, and was recorded in the band’s native Chicago with Billy Corgan serving as producer.

Cyr marks Smashing Pumpkins’ second LP since their semi-reunion with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, following 2018’s Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The album is also the band’s first with Sumerian Records, who recently signed them.


The Snuts - Always


The Snuts return with their tender new single Always which has an anthemic chorus.


Paul Weller - On Sunset (Remixes)


One of the singles originally taken from On Sunset, the sublime More, is given an other-worldly dreamy remix by Skeleton Key, which is an alias for James Skelly of Liverpool band The Coral. Senegalese drummer Seckou Keita creates a beautifully stripped back version of Rockets featuring his added vocals and sparkling delicate strings, whilst acclaimed psych-folk singer Jane Weaver also plays with Rockets but gives it a completely different mind-bending trippy feel.

Welsh songstress and synth player Gwenno contructs a minimalist and atmospheric sound on Old Father Thyme creating a trance-like and abstract version. Le SuperHomard, who’s singer, Julie Gros, appeared as guest vocalist on More, gives the album’s title track their own special French je ne sais quoi which conjures up disco balls in plush nightclubs.


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

Billy Talent - Billy Talent II


Billy Talent’s second album debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart and also reached the first spot in the German chart. Compared to their debut album, which focused mainly on anger, this one is more mellow, dealing with real-life issues, to the praise of fans and critics. The band shows off some of it’s more melodic side with songs like Fallen Leaves, Where’s the Line (this song has a great chorus and sing along), The Navy Song and Surrender. Billy is another example of an awesome Canadian band making it big...and that’s a good thing!


Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis


A reissue of Jarvis Cocker’s 2006 self-titled debut Jarvis. Jarvis comes with a 7” featuring his rabble- rousing classic single Running The World, which was the subject of a UK fan campaign to get it into the Christmas charts in the aftermath of the general election.


Doves - Some Cities


It took a gap of almost three years for third album, Some Cities to emerge in February 2005. The album was co-produced by the band and Ben Hillier in typically nomadic fashion, completing sessions in Manchester, Liverpool, London and a former Benedictine Monastery in the Scottish Highlands. As a statement of intent, lead single, Black and White Town stopped traffic; a rug-cutting stomp that recalled the talc-dusted, amphetamine rush of the northern soul, only to be followed by the incisive Snowden, with Jez William’s ethereal guitar accents and ‘that’ melodramatic wall of strings as its returning motif. Third single, Sky Starts Falling sits in league as a neighbouring, chart-friendly rabble rouser, yet the orchestral, ambient beauty of The Storm, the tender anthem-in-waiting, Walk In Fire and the mournful, pub piano ballad of Shadow Of Salford, sung by Andy Williams, confirmed Doves’ greatest asset to be their versatility. The band’s musicianship, breadth of musical passions and collective and individual strengths – Jimi’s direct and credible delivery, Jez’ strokes of perfectly judged guitar and Andy’s wide-ranging percussive gift – had produced arguably their most rewarding album to date and the second Doves album to go straight to number one in the UK Albums Chart.


Echobelly - Black Heart Lullabies


Black Heart Lullabies is being made widely available for the first time. The album is a collection of of rarities, B-sides and bonus material from Echobelly and the 2 CD version comes as a 3-panel Digipak with 20-page booklet. Featuring tracks such as To The End, Still Running, Something That Remains and Sparks which are all previously unreleased and Heroes In June which was only ever available in the US and France.


Aretha Franklin - Soul Sister


Year after Aretha Franklin had been crowned the Queen Of Soul, she decided to leave Columbia in 1966 for her famous time at Atlantic.

Just before she recorded her first album with Atlantic, Columbia released "Soul Sister"; a collection of recordings from the Columbia vaults. Aretha may not have yet reached the heights she would in her later career, this collection shows an artist in the making, her raw talent budding with hope, grace and fire.

"Soul Sister" is not only made available again for the first time since 1966, Music On Vinyl is also releasing it with completely re-mastered audio for optimal listening pleasure!