• 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 a haunting electronic score for Jason Segel’s 2020 anthology drama Dispatches From Elsewhere. Representing one of the mutually opposed factions in the series, The Jejune Institute is pressed to vinyl and packaged in a deluxe sleeve. 


Dizzee Rascal - E3 AF


East London-born music legend and all round boundary-breaking innovator, Dizzee Rascal, releases his 7th studio album, entitled E3 AF via Island Records. This new release marks the genesis of a new era for Dizzee and is the first album wholly written, recorded and produced in the UK in over a decade. E3 AF is a 10-track layered, purposeful statement of intent, rooted in Dizzee’s inedible ties to both east London and Black British music’s legacy. He sound is sharper, stronger and more self-assured than ever, and it is obvious that he has poured the creative energy of the past few years into E3 AF as a body of work.


Eels - Earth To Dora


Eels release their highly anticipated new album Earth to Dora via E Works. The album was produced by band leader Mark Oliver Everett a.k.a. E, and performed by E, Koool G Murder, The Chet and P-Boo. Just one song was done in the thick of the early pandemic days, Are We Alright Again, which is kind of a quarantine daydream. It includes the surprise single releases Baby Let’s Make It Real and Who You Say You Are. Earth to Dora marks the 13th full length Eels album, and first since 2018’s The Deconstruction, their first in four years.


Embrace - Out Of Nothing


First ever vinyl reissue of the long-deleted UK number 1 2004 album Out Of Nothing by Embrace. The band’s first release signed to London’s Independiente label includes UK top 20 singles Gravity (no. 7), Ashes (no. 11), Looking As You Are (no. 11) and A Glorious Day (no. 28).


Grateful Dead - American Beauty (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)


By any measure, 1970 was a high-water mark for the Grateful Dead. Hot on the heels of the incredible success of Workingman’s Dead that summer, the band returned in the autumn with the equally stunning American Beauty. Those back-to-back classics not only introduced songs that would be a key part of the group’s live repertoire for decades, but they also opened a gateway into the world of the Grateful Dead for generations of Dead Heads. American Beautycelebrate its 50th anniversary this year with two new releases. American Beauty (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) includes the band’s previously unreleased live performance from February 18, 1971 at the Capitol Theatre, one of the most requested archival recordings in the Dead’s vault. On stage that night, the Dead debuted a whole new batch of songs, five in all: Wharf Rat, Playing In The Band, Bertha, Greatest Story Ever Told and Loser. Fans were also treated to a few standbys from the previous decade, including St. Stephen and an inspired Dark Star jam that led into Wharf Rat and back to Dark Star. Notably, keyboardist Ned Lagin (who played piano on Candyman on American Beauty) sat in with the band for the show.


Greater Manchester Punk Two - Now We Are Heroes 1978 - 82 (Various Artists)


More rare and previously unreleased punk / post punk gems from the cellars of Greater Manchester. This compilation delves into the archives and focuses on the lesser well known bands of the time and shows the various styles of punk recorded between 1978-82. Some were recorded in studios and some recorded on a portable four track. None of these bands reached the status of bands like The Buzzcocks, Joy Division and The Fall but were an integral part of the Manchester music scene of this period. It features cuts from The Hoax, The Filth, Fast Cars, Colours Out of Time, V2, Untermensch Ashfield Valley etc.


Greater Manchester Punk 1977 - 1981 (Various Artists)


14 rare and previously unreleased Punk and Post Punk tracks from the more obscure original Manchester bands of the time. The majority supported established acts such as the Buzzcocks and Joy Division and some went on to form legendary bands in later eras (Mike Joyce, The Hoax.) In the spirit of the DIY ethos of the punk era, most were recorded in small studios and released in limited pressings and have become a must have for the discerning punk collector. It features V2, the Hoax, The Panik, The Change, Armed Force, Fast Cars, Elti-Fitz, Steroid Kiddies and more.


Holy Sons - Raw and Disfigured


The music of Emil Amos is at once intimate and expansive. Under the name Holy Sons, as well as with bands Om, Grails, and Lilacs and Champagne, Amos harnesses boundless sonic textures to embellish delicately crafted songs, he plays the bulk of the instruments and sings the majority of the vocals throughout the album, and is joined on a few pieces by drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). His music balances cues from classic and indie rock traditions with tenderness and sense of foreboding through unparalleled artistry. Holy Sons’ first double album Raw and Disfigured showcases Amos’ mastery of songcraft through a seemingly impossible combination of subtle yet potent gestures, bold arrangements, and resolute vulnerability. Recorded at Sonic Youth’s studio Echo Canyon West, Raw and Disfigured stands as Amos’ most ambitious and comprehensive album yet, a panoramic gallery of songs as beautiful as they are crushing.


Jah Lion - Colombia Colly


Jah Lion, The Black Lion of Judah, (born Patrick Lloyd Francis, 29 August 1947) was a Jamaican reggae singer, deejay and producer. Francis began his career in the mid-1960s as a singer in The Mediators. Then, recording as Jah Lloyd, he turned his hand to deejaying, enjoying hits in Jamaica with Black Snowfall, World Class, and Beware of the Flour. He then recorded with Lee 'Scratch' Perry, who decided to rename the deejay Jah Lion, the fruits of their association released on the Colombia Colly album in 1976 on Island Records. Wisdom from the album was featured in the soundtrack to the film Countryman, and Soldier and Police War (a deejay version of Junior Murvin's Police and Thieves) topped the reggae chart. Jah Lion growls and burns out words with a rich, tasty backing of swirling scratchey guitar, thumping bass and surges of gutteral dub.


John Legend - Bigger Love


Seventh studio album on Columbia Records from 11 time Grammy Award winner John Legend. A 16 song album of pop, soul, R&B with some hip hop influences. Executive production from Raphael Saadiq, with collaborators including Koffee, Charlie Puth, Rapsody, Jhene Aiko, Gary Clark Jr, Ryan Tedder, Julia Michaels, Anderson Paak and more.


Amy MacDonald - The Human Demands


The chart-topping Scottish singer-songwriter is back with her most raw album to date, The Human Demands.


Mildlife - Vapour Remixed


The two remixers tackling Automatic track Vapour here need little introduction. JD Twitch, one half of Glasgow’s Optimo Espacio and discerning curator of all things Caledonian and beyond, takes the reins for remix two, adding some clattering post-punk energy to the rhythm, turning Vapour into something approaching a take-no-prisoners anthem. Cosmodelica is the remix handle for Colleen Murphy (aka DJ Cosmo), the hostess of the hugely popular Classic Album Sundays series. She is fresh off the back of a superb Róisín Murphy reworking and her offering here is simultaneously faithful to the original while lending it some serious dancefloor power.


Joni Mitchell - Early Joni 1963


Since her debut album arrived in 1968, Joni Mitchell’s songs have been embraced across generations, inspired multitudes of artists around the world, and earned every conceivable accolade. She is now opening her vault for the first time to create the Joni Mitchell Archives, a new series of releases that will span the next several years, featuring deep dives in to unreleased content from different eras of her storied career. Mitchell has been intimately involved in producing the archive series, lending her vision and personal touch to every element of the project. Early Joni – 1963 is Joni’s earliest-known previously unreleased recordingwhere a 19-year-old Mitchell performs at CFQC AM, a radio station in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Like several of Mitchell’s past albums, the cover for Early Joni features a self-portrait and marks her first new art in many years. Barry Bowman was working as a DJ at radio station CFQC in 1963 and provides the notes for Early Joni.


Sleaford Mods - Austerity Dogs


Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic situations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performance around Nottingham, Williamson moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009. Soon after that he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Steadily burning a whole in the underground, Sleaford Mods' wonky brand of vitriolic domestic audio abuse is so unique that they can sound like John Cooper Clark, Billy Childish, Wire, any post-punk band worth their salt, and still be like nothing else on the planet.


Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit


The mighty Sleaford Mods are back. 'Divide and Exit' contains 14 new tracks all written over the last 12 months and the result is as immediately in your face as its vicious predecessor 'Austerity Dogs'. If you need a pointer try and imagine an East Midlands take on Suicide that survived rave culture and looked to the Wu-Tang Clan for the escape hatch. The down to earth observations and story-telling of Ian Dury or Patrik Fitzgerald are maybe closer than any other names flung about in desperation. If you wish to tag and place Sleaford Mods you're only limiting yourself.


Motorhead - Ace Of Spades 40th Anniversary


Ace Of Spades - the title track of Motörhead's 1980 iconic, game changing album isn’t just one of the greatest hard rock songs ever written - it has truly become a lifestyle anthem for several generations of rockers, metalheads, punks, bikers, athletes, rebels, outcasts, and freethinkers all around the world. Few songs in modern history can instantly ignite the adrenaline of music fans the way the song’s opening dirty bass riff, and drum roll can. From zero to 100 mph in a matter of seconds. That speaker-destroying opening riff is unstoppable. And the song altered the course of hard rock…forever. The Ace Of Spades album; brand new half speed master created from the original tapes. Original album pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl as part of a triple album in a 20 page bookpack and also available as deluxe 2CD mediabook. Includes a live album of a newly unearthed, 17 song, previously unreleased concert from the Ace Up Your Sleeve tour.


Nothing - The Great Dismal


The Great Dismal, Nothing’s new full-length album explores existentialist themes of isolation, extinction, and human behavior in the face of 2020’s vast wasteland. Closing in on the band’s ten-year mark, frontman Domenic Palermo finds himself stringing together songs of misanthropic tales of Philadelphia with a refined and refreshed take on Nothing's classic sound. “The Great Dismal refers to a swamp, a brilliant natural trap where survival is custom fit to its inhabitants,” Palermo states. “The nature of its beautiful, but taxing environment and harsh conditions can’t ever really be shaken or forgotten too easily.” The ever progressive Nothing keep true to their chaotic outlook on life, keeping a keen eye to avoid repetition. With a radical cast of talented contributors such as harpist Mary Lattimore, classical musician Shelley Weiss, and singer/songwriter/producer Alex G., The Great Dismal showcases yet another essential side of the band’s trademark American Post-Shoegaze.


Ozric Tentacles - Curios Corn (2020 Ed Wynne Kscope Remastered)


The classic 1997 album reissued and remastered by Ed Wynne on purple coloured vinyl for first time on Kscope. 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.


Plants and Animals - The Jungle


On the day Plants and Animals recorded the title track to their new album, it was one of those increasingly rare moments when everyone seemed to be watching the same thing at the same time. A judge was on trial. So they watched too, on somebody’s laptop in the front room of the building where the recording studio is. It was addictive and galling. There’s one song Nic sings to his teenage son who was dealing with climate change anxiety and drifting into uncharted independence. The band carries it out slowly together into a sweet blue horizon. Warren wrote the words to another shortly after losing his father. It’s about the things we inherit not necessarily being the things we want. In a broader sense, that’s where a lot of people find themselves right now.


The Prodigy - World's On Fire


The 2010 live CD/DVD from The Prodigy's 65,000 capacity headline show at Milton Keynes Bowl has been remastered to mark the 10th anniversary of this iconic event and is being released for the first time on vinyl. Featuring 17 tracks from the live set split over 2 heavyweight vinyl records.


Jonathan Richman - I, Jonathan


I, Jonathan is the fourth solo album by Jonathan Richman, released by the Rounder Records label in 1992. This is the first time it has ever been available on vinyl.

As the founder of influential protopunk band The Modern Lovers, Richman had strived to convey authentic emotions and storytelling with his music. I, Jonathancontinued this aesthetic with simple and sparse rock and roll arrangements, and straightforward lyrics about mundane topics. Songs on the album addressed topics such as backyard parties (Parties in the U.S.A), memories of neighborhoods in which Richman had lived (Rooming House on Venice Beach and Twilight in Boston) and his admiration of his primary musical inspiration, the Velvet Underground (Velvet Underground). The latter song includes a brief interlude of the Velvet Underground song, Sister Ray.


The Style Council - Long Hot Summers: The Story Of The Style Council


A brand-new, definitive career anthology. Endorsed, approved and co-compiled by Paul Weller. Includes all the band’s classic singles – 12 top-20 hits, key album tracks and fans’ favourites. Also includes two unreleased tracks – an intriguing demo of My Ever Changing Moods with strings, and the extended, 5-minute plus version of Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse. Featuring an introduction by ‘super-fan’ Martin Freeman and a new essay by Lois Wilson. Includes rare photos and memorabilia.


Surprise Chef - Daylight Savings


Daylight Savings is the follow-up to the group's debut album All News Is Good News. That album earned the band a much-deserved following across the world and triumphantly marked their arrival onto the international stage. Their new album was recorded in Spring 2019, almost exactly a year after they recorded All News Is Good News. It was the weekend that daylight savings time started in Australia, and the studio was filled with the smell of the towering Jasmine bush on the exterior back wall of the house. The record is subsequently filled with the optimism that comes with the impending warmer months and longer days in Australia. Recorded in their own home studio in Melbourne, the production approach for Daylight Savings is a big step up from their debut.


Suuns - Fiction EP


Recommended If You Like: A Place to Bury Strangers, Clinic, Exploded View, Jerusalem In My Heart, Lightning Dust, Portishead, Frank Zappa. Featuring performances by Jerusalem In My Heart, Amber Webber (Lightning Dust, Black Mountain). Suuns are future-oriented. New sounds, new techniques, new ways of thinking; above all, new environments are the lifeblood of the band. Whether in a sweltering studio in Dallas with John Congelton, self-recording in Montreal's storied Breakglass Studio, or playing acoustic instruments at Hotel 2 Tango, the group's environment has always had an indelible impact on the sound of whatever future Suuns are imagining at the time. And true to form, here on Fiction EP, Suuns are exploring fresh processes as a result of their current surroundings and global circumstances. Produced from old remnants, it is entirely new; done in relative isolation, and is also something of a live album. The songs have been meticulously reworked, and yet the entire collection feels deployed with hardly any reflection, done in one breath. It's the sound of SUUNS regrouping, and then poised, and then driving towards the future.


Teenanger - Good Time


Good Time is Teenanger boiled down to its very essence. A lean and muscular eight- song album that is the sound of a band who simultaneously has everything and nothing to prove. It’s what happens when seasoned songwriters flex their chops in an environment that fosters boundless creativity. It is also Teenanger’s most fun album. Choruses soar to previously unattained heights, descending to a rhythmically fertile ground to pull earworms that will stick inside listeners’ heads fordays. If its songs were citizens, they would reside in a diplomatically neutral city-state, melting pots of art rock, pop, dub, post-punk and new wave. The music of Good Time certainly elicits pleasure, but lyrically things are more weighty. The band does not shy away from its commentary on contemporary issues. There are calls to reject societal norms, ruminations on humanity’s obsession with technologyand warnings about our impact on the environment. Teenanger never gets too earnest, delivering everything with an irreverence that has been there since day one. Good Time captures a pivotal point for Teenanger. The decision was made to take a leap of faith, leaving the confines of their past and moving into a space they could call their own. This allowed the band members to embrace a new way of making music and existing together.


Tobacco - Hot Wet & Sassy


It’s been four years since Sweatbox Dynasty, the fourth solo LP from Pennsylvanian experimentalist Tobacco. In that time, Tom Fec’s project has toured with Nine Inch Nails, provided the theme song to HBO series Silicon Valley, and teamed with Aesop Rock for a collaborative album as Malibu Ken. He now returns to Ghostly International for Hot Wet and Sassy, a full-length album oozing with his most playful and approachable songs to date, which, conversely, express notions of antilove, self-hate, and disappointment in others.

Pop impulses have always surged beneath the surface of his sound — blown-out bass, analog synths, drum machines, and Fec’s unmistakable analog gurgle and hiss — here they’ve bubbled to the top. The track Babysitter features a collaboration with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.


Toto - Fahrenheit


Fahrenheit is the sixth studio album by Toto, released in 1986. It was their first album to feature Joseph Williams on lead vocals. Former lead singer Fergie Frederiksen was fired due to problems with his ability in the studio. However, he sings backing vocals on the song Could This Be Love. Fahrenheit is the most soulful and funky Toto album.


Toto - Toto IV


Toto IV is the fourth studio album by Toto released in the spring of 1982 by Columbia Records. Toto IV features the band at peak musicianship and includes the shuffle beat classic Rosanna, power ballad I Won’t Hold You Back and pop classic Africa.


Touche Amore - Lament


Touché Amoré has been burrowing through angst, alienation, cancer, and heartbreak throughout four adored studio albums. After over a decade of working through darkness, the bands gorgeously gruff fifth album, Lament, finds the light at the end of the tunnel. Through 11 songs, Touché Amoré looks back at its past and uses hard-won optimism to point its fans toward light, and love. For the follow up to the their critically acclaimed 2016 release, Stage Four, Touché Amoré have opted to get out of their comfort zone and work with a new producer, the famously demanding Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn, At the Drive-In). Both Robinson and Touché Amoré are known for their trademark intensity.


Meghan Trainor - A Very Trainor Christmas


Grammy winner Meghan Trainor releases a holiday / christmas album titled A Very Trainor Christmas.


Trees Speak - Shadow Forms


Second album from Trees Speak new on Soul Jazz Records. Trees Speak’s new album Shadow Forms is a blend of 1970s German electronic and ‘motorik’ Krautrock instrumentals (think Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Popul Vuh, Neu!), haunting and powerful 1960s and 1970s soundtracks (think Italian prog-rock Goblin and John Carpenter horror movies, Morricone and existential John Barry spy movies), together with a New Nork no wave electronic synth and guitar analogue DIY-ness (think Suicide, anything on Soul Jazz’s New York Noise series or Eno's New York No Wave)! Trees Speak’ segue together all these elements into Shadow Forms, which follows on from their critically-acclaimed debut LP Ohms, released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago. Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz are from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes.


U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind


Celebrating the 20th anniversary of U2’s 10th studio album All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Number 1 in 32 countries, it includes the hit singles Beautiful Day, Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, Elevation and Walk On and has sold over 12 million copies to date.


Jim White - Misfits Jubilee


The ever-elusive Americana maverick Jim White returns with his most upbeat, hallucinogenic record to date, on Loose. Known for his catalog of dark ruminations on all things Southern, White’s latest outing, Misfit’s Jubilee, features a nonstop parade of manic, blue-collar conflagrations exploring realms dark and light, mystic and mundane, cynical and heartfelt; all presented within a buoyant, hook-laden sonic framework. The Americana maverick has let his sonic demons fly herein, setting the skies fully ablaze, like some LSD fueled 4th of July fireworks spectacular. Get ready to be dazzled.

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