• Ben Lee

New Releases: 30th October 2020

Ben brings you all the new releases to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, pop into the Headingley store to get your copy or order online on the links below. Here's his roundup of his Top 5 Picks of the week:

Action Bronson - Only For Dolphins


Action keeps Only for Dolphins among family, working with producers and rappers he’s known for years. The Alchemist, Harry Fraud, Budgie, DJ Muggs, Samiyam, Daringer, and Tommy Mas provide crackling psychedelic soundscapes for Bronson’s unique tales.

His close friend Meyhem Lauren and Lauren’s brother Hologram are the only featured MCs. Bronson himself produced two of the songs, including the exuberant Capoeira, which kicks off the album with a saxophone solo. As much time as he spends on the wordplay and imagery, he’s dialed into the sonics too. 

Bronson is a collector—of experiences, of sounds, of culture. He’s especially happy with the Budgie-produced Golden Eye, a nod to the classic N64 shooter and to the resort in Jamaica; it samples a beautiful lovers rock track, which is a real point of pride for Action. The flip gives Golden Eye a lush and sweet bed for Action to lovingly describe acrobatic sex and expensive rugs, wet with spilled wine.


Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion The 12" Singles


The Depeche Mode 12" vinyl singles project continues with the release of Songs of Faith and Devotion | The 12" Singles. This collector's edition deluxe box set, contains eight 12" vinyl discs showcasing the singles - I Feel You, Walking In My Shoes, Condemnation and In Your Room - and key B-sides, mixes and live recordings contemporaneous to Depeche Mode's pivotal Songs of Faith and Devotion album.


Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never


The end of 2019 was soundtracked by one of the most unanimously critically acclaimed film scores of recent history, an anxiety-driven joyride paired to the Safdie Brothers’ noir thriller Uncut Gems. Unknowingly, Lopatin captured a universal feeling of dread that cuts even deeper in the current state of world affairs. And now, just as many artists are leaning into a newly discovered darkness as this year closes, Lopatin turns his dial towards a frequency of profound self-awareness on an even deeper journey inwards towards peace. With the backdrop of re-imagined programming for a soft rock-era format that symbolically spans from morning drive into late night hours, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never, the name a reference to a misheard play on words of Boston’s Magic 106.7, is a nostalgic and self-referential career defining body of work, collaging maximalist baroque within atmospheric glitter. Here Lopatin has mastered his own autobiography; an ornate musical double entendre from an artist making the most enlightened music of his career.Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never


Bob Marley - The Reggae Legend


5 LP set featuring Bob Marley classics and more.


Sam Smith - Love Goes


The Grammy, BRIT, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning Sam Smith releases his brand-new album Love Goes released through Capitol Records. For Love Goes, Sam has enlisted a roll call of revered collaborators from Steve Mac(Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion), Shellback/MXM(Robyn, Pink, Britney Spears), Labrinth (Love Goes title track), masterminds Stargate as well as good friend Guy Lawrence(Disclosure) and long-term collaborator Jimmy Napes to curate a collection of songs written over the last two years, all displaying individuality with every-one telling a different story. Alongside the recently released My Oasis with Burna Boy and Diamonds which showcases Sam’s unforgettable vocals at their best with a defiant tale of love lived without regret, Love Goes also features previously released bonus tracks with other notable co-collaborators including Normani, on the multi-platinum global hit Dancing With A Stranger, Calvin Harris with Promises and Demi Lovato on I’m Ready for this highly anticipated return.


Here are the rest of the new releases arriving at The Vinyl Whistle this week:

ACR - Berlin


Berlin is the second single taken from the new A Certain Ratio album ACR Loco, a remarkable piece of work that is steeped in 40 years of ACR DNA. A companion piece to the new sold #loverecordstores 7” for Friends Around Us. Includes the original version of Dirty Boy.


Black Foxxes - Black Foxxes


Over the course of two albums (2016’s I’m Not Well and 2018’s Reidi), Black Foxxes main-man Mark Holley established his band as a potent creative force, carving out a signature spot on the emotive rock ‘n’ roll map backed by strong, growing support from fans and media alike. Black Foxxes return with their most ambitious album yet. Comprised of 9 new songs, the band spent 18 months searching for that “magic sweet spot”, this is Black Foxxes in the raw - unfiltered, unfussed with.


Black Stone Cherry - The Human Condition


As the world plummeted into the COVID-19 pandemic, the four members of Black Stone Cherry were nestled deep in the woods of Kentucky, scrambling to complete their 7th album. There, they could feel the disease closing in as they watched the news daily, and it became apparent the album they were finishing featured lyrics that were eerily prescient. The resulting 13-track record is broadly emotive, and anthemic. It was finished just before the global lockdown was imposed, and it’s aptly titled, The Human Condition.


Black To Comm - Oocyte Oil and Stolen Androgens


The music of Black To Comm is as powerfully intoxicating as it is subtly unnerving. The solo project of shapeshifting German producer and sound artist Marc Richter, his mastery of sonic manipulation is matched only by his astounding clarity of vision. Following the acclaimed Seven Horses For Seven Kings released just a year ago, Oocyte Oil and Stolen Androgens applies Richter’s wild imagination to an exploration of the human voice, standing as some of his most immediate and affecting music to date. Each of his phantasmagoric works is meticulously constructed from an omnivorous array of smudged samples and other sonic detritus, painstakingly collected by Richter from across the history of recorded music or his immediate environment and altered into beguiling new shapes. Sound sources seem tantalizingly familiar and yet often just out of reach, flickering at the edges of the subconscious.


Blue States - Nothing Changes Under The Sun


Memphis Industries reissue Nothing Changes Under the Sun by the artist Blue States to mark its 20th year anniversary. It is only the second vinyl pressing of the album since 2001 and comes with a limited edition bonus disc of previously unheard songs entitled Trinity Tapes.  The album was created by Andy Dragazis, working in his bedroom, locked away with a rudimental little set up –a sampler, a sequencer, and a few keyboards. Andy confesses that he was far from certain what he was working on, but, encouraged by fledgling label Memphis Industries, he released a series of 12” EPs in 1998-99, each to increasing acclaim. Complete artistic freedom can lead to self-indulgence and musical cul-de-sacs, but by the time Nothing Changes... was released in September 2000, the results of Andy’s experimentation had been honed, refined into something very special indeed. A record that held its secrets close, Nothing Changes... set Blue States apart from the downtempo contemporaries that were flourishing at the time, full of sweeping melancholia and glorious retro-futurism.


Selah Broderick - Anam


Anam is the first collection of recordings by Selah Broderick (b. 1959, Washington, D.C.). Having grown up in a strict Catholic setting, the alternative movements of the late 60's and 70's could not come soon enough for Selah, who's love for art and music eventually sent her traveling around the country, running from a rather chaotic upbringing, in search of quieter ground. She eventually wound up in the Pacific Northwest, where she picked up a gig playing her guitar and singing at a local bar a few nights a week, and it was there in the audience that she met the man who would soon become the father of her children. When asked about a potential title for her first album, Selah referenced the book Anam Cara by John O'Donohue, the modern-day Celtic mystic whose work helped her to reconcile her Catholic upbringing with her love for Eastern spiritual disciplines. The title Anam Cara, meaning Soul Friend in Irish Gaelic, was given to atrack originally created for meditation, while the album is simply called Anam, or "Soul." You are invited to explore the soul of this beautiful woman.


Carcass - Despicable


True metal originators, Carcass influenced extreme metal all over the globe with early records like Symphonies of Sickness (1989) and Heartwork (1993). After a seventeen year album sabbatical, critics and fans alike lauded 2013’s Surgical Steel, the band’s first record since Swansong (1996), and a glorious return to form. In demand more than ever, In the lead up to a new 2021 full length release Carcass offer the 4-track EP Despicable. The collection is made up of songs not featured on the band's upcoming 2021 full length. Anchored by the caustic vocals and fluid guitarwork, respectively, of original members Jeff Walker and Bill Steer, Despicable is yet another surgical strike.


Sam Cooke - At The Copa


The restored Sam Cooke At The Copa reveals Cooke’s Copacabana performance with all of the nuance and passion that his adoring audience experienced fifty-five years ago. For those who never had a chance to hear Sam Cooke in person, Sam Cooke At The Copa affords the best seat in the house. Sam Cooke’s set at the Copa is a microcosm of his overall career insofar as it mirrored the artist’s own eclecticism. Broadway, blues, folk, jazz, gospel and even country, and, of course, soul are represented on such tracks as Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out, Frankie and Johnny, Try A Little Tenderness, and the hits Twistin’ The Night Away, You Send Me and (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons. Of special note is Cooke’s version of Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind that reflected the struggle for civil rights then underway. Dylan’s song inspired Cooke to write his like themed masterpiece, A Change Is Gonna Come.


Darlingside - Fish Pond Fish


The sense of an 'eternal present' came into sharper focus with the coronavirus quarantine, which fell into place just as the band was finalizing the last batch of songs and forced the cancellation of the final weeks of recording at Tarquin Studios with Grammy Award-winning produced Peter Katis (Interpol, The National). Since the band was unable to meet up in-person during the quarantine, each member set up a home recording rig to capture sounds individually, while mixing, writing, and arrangement decisions were all carried out virtually. Since the band's favored approaches for sound capture (playing and / or singing together around one mic, for example) and in-studio discussion were made impossible by the quarantine,the group was forced to lean more heavily on individual experimentation and decision-making, both in recording and editing — as a result, the entire album bears an imprint of each of the four members in a way their previous releases have not. Likewise, at Katis' suggestion, many components of their informal demos were preserved as layers in the produced tracks to retain the spirit of the initial recordings, resulting in a collection of songs that is simultaneously the most bedroom-tracked and production-heavy full-length album that the band has yet released.


Dispatches From Elsewhere (Music From The Elsewhere Society)


English musicians and composers Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne deliver a resonant, moving guitar-based score for Jason Segel’s anthology drama Dispatches From Elsewhere. Representing one of the mutually opposed factions in the series, The Elsewhere Society is pressed to vinyl and packaged in a deluxe sleeve.


Dispatches From Elsewhere (Music From The Jejune Institute)


English musicians and composers Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross and Claudia Sarne deliver