• Ben Lee

New Releases: 5th February 2021

Updated: Feb 5

Ben brings you all the new releases and reissues to arrive at The Vinyl Whistle this week, featuring releases ranging from indie, post-punk, psychedelic, lofi, hip-hop, afrobeat, electronic, ambient, rock, folk, prog, soul, jazz, punk, synthwave, reggae, soundtrack, shoegazing and pop. To order, you can find the items on the links below. Here's Ben's roundup of his Top 10 Picks of the week:

Black Country, New Road - For The First Time (Rock / Post-Punk)


The debut album from Black Country, New Road - the latest stars from the burgeoning and famed Brixton Windmill scene, which also fostered the rise of contemporaries, black midi, Squid, Fat White Family and Shame.

Recorded with Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine) during the early part of this year and then finished at the end of the nationwide lock-down, the album is the perfect capturing of a new band and all the energy, ferocity and explosive charge that comes with that whilst also clearly the work of a group who have no interest in repetition, one-note approaches or letting creative stagnation set in. Featuring six new songs including reinterpretations of early tracks Sunglasses and Athens, France, For the First Time is a sonic time capsule that somehow manages to bottle the past, the present and the future.


Common - A Beautiful Revolution Pt1 (Red/Blue Swirl vinyl) (Hip Hop)

Common - A Beautiful Revolution Pt1 (Hip Hop)


Common releases his new project, A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1, through Loma Vista Recordings. This instant hip hop classic and call to action from the modern-day renaissance man - a Grammy-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning artist, activist, actor, and two time New York Times Bestselling author - features seven new songs and two new interludes that catch Common at a new prime in his career. With a core band that includes Robert Glasper (keys), Karriem Riggins (drums), Burniss Travis (bass), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), and PJ (vocals), plus features from Black Thought and Lenny Kravitz, A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 is music meant to “uplift, heal, and inspire listeners dealing with racial injustices as well as other social injustices,” says Common.


Fleet Foxes - Shore (Folk Rock / Indie)


Shore the new Fleet foxes album is a celebration of life in the face of death, honouring lost musical heroes, from David Berman to John Prine to Judee Sill to Bill Withers, embracing the joy and solace they brought to people's lives and honoring their memory. Shore is an object levitating between the magnetic fields of the past and the future.

The album was recorded in upstate New York at Aaron Dessner's Long Pond Studio, in Paris at Studios St. Germain, in Los Angeles at the legendary Vox, in Long Island City at Diamond Mine, and New York City's Electric Lady.


Foo Fighters - Medicine At Midnight (Rock)


Medicine At Midnight is the new album from Foo Fighters, packing nine new songs into a tight ass 37 minutes. This collection includes the smoldering new single, Shame Shame. Medicine At Midnight is produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters and is the band's 10th album. Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee.


Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - Shyga! The Sunlight Mound (Rock)


Psychedelic Porn Crumpets continue to assert their status as one of Australia's hardest working bands - pandemic be damned - with the release of their new album, Shyga! The Sunlight Mound. For the Perth group, creativity and production hasn't stopped in 2020. Despite much of this year's tour plans being put on pause, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have used their time off road to continue preparing for the release of their fourth studio release, and an eventual blistering return to stages around the world.


Puma Blue - In Praise Of Shadows (Indie / Lofi / Alternative / Jazz)


Over the course of two EPs, two singles and a stripped-back live album, Puma Blue has established himself as one of the UK’s most vital new talents. Now comes the long awaited debut album In Praise of Shadows via Blue Flowers. In Praise of Shadows is a delirious dreamland of soulful vocals, D’Angelo-ish guitars and muted electronic beats. Its fourteen tracks are a contemplation on “the balance of light and dark, the painful things you have to heal from or accept, that bring you through to a better place” says the 25-year-old Puma Blue, real name Jacob Allen “It’s about finding light in darkness - and realising that it’s what got me here today.”

The album astonishing in its openness, from bittersweet reflections on past relationships - “I never learnt to cherish her” Jacob laments on Cherish (furs) - to pure love-laden soliloquies such as Already Falling or Sheets, one of the albums most personal moments, which borrows a sample from the score of Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and repurposes it as a lilting love-song that Allen describes as “like a really personal note that you’d leave in the house to be found when you’ve got to head out early.” Nowhere is that openness more apparent though than on lead single Velvet Leaves. Propelled by a crisp hip-hop beat and culminating in reverb-drenched wails reminiscent of one of Allen’s biggest influences, Jeff Buckley, the track explores an incident that still leaves him near panic attacks today.


The Staves - Good Woman (Folk / Indie)


It’s a decade since The Staves self-released their first EP and a lot has happened since then. Their third album Good Woman was written and recorded amid major upheaval, heartbreak and bereavement. The new-found boldness, loudness and lyrical directness on this record are indicative of lives forced to become a serious concern.

In early 2020 the band resumed touring, unveiling their expansive and exhilaratingly powerful new sound, and previewing these emotionally affecting songs in intimate venues across the country; with tickets selling out in seconds. They ended the tour with a triumphant homecoming appearance at the 6 Music Festival.

The Staves’ first album in five years is an accumulation of everything that life has thrown at them in that time. Emily: “You find strength in the vulnerability and you find beauty in the sadness and magic in the despair. We lost so much, but we found so much. And while the album is not all about mum, something shifted in us when she died that made us make the record in the way that we made it. We became more fearless.”

Camilla: “It feels more about trying to take ownership of these events and not letting sadness or trauma rule you.”

Jessica: “It’s a record about sisterhood, motherhood and daughterhood; love, loss, change and trying to be a good person, a good woman.”


Sun June - Somewhere (Indie / Dreampop)


The five members of Sun June spent their early years spread out across the United States, from the boonies of the Hudson Valley to the sprawling outskirts of LA. Having spent their college years within the gloomy, cold winters of the North East, Laura Colwell and Stephen Salisbury found themselves in the vibrant melting-pot of inspiration that is Austin, Texas. Meeting each other while working on Terrence Malick’s Song to Song, the pair were immediately taken by the city’s bustling small clubs and honky-tonk scene, and the fact that there was always an instrument within reach, always someone to play alongside. Sun June returns with Somewhere, a brand new album.

It’s a record that feels distinctly more present than its predecessor. In the time since, Colwell and Salisbury have become a couple, and it’s had a profound effect on their work; if Years was about how loss evolves, Somewhere is about how love evolves. “We explore a lot of the same themes across it,” Colwell says, “but I think there’s a lot more love here.” Somewhere showcases a gentle but eminently pronounced maturation of Sun June’s sound, a second record full of quiet revelation, eleven songs that bristle with love and longing. It finds a band at the height of their collective potency, a marked stride forward from the band that created that debut record, but also one that once again is able to transport the listener into a fascinating new landscape, one that lies somewhere between the town and the city, between the head and the heart; neither here nor there, but certainly somewhere


TV Priest - Uppers (Loser Edition) (Post-Punk)


Unsurprisingly, there isn’t a precedent for launching a band during a global pandemic, but among the general sense of anxiety and unease pervading everything at the moment, TV Priest’s entrance in April with the release of debut single “House Of York” - a searing examination of the Monarchy set over wiry post-punk and fronted by a Mark E. Smith-like mouthpiece - served as a breath of fresh air among the chaos, its anger and confusion making some kind of twisted sense to the nation’s fried brains.

It’s the same continued global sense of anxiety that will greet the release of Uppers, and it’s an album that has a lot to say right now. Taking musical cues from post-punk stalwarts The Fall and Protomartyr as well as the mechanical, pulsating grooves of krautrock, it’s a record that moves with an untamed energy. Over the top of this rumbling musical machine is vocalist Charlie, a cuttingly funny, angry, confused, real frontman. Uppers sees TV Priest explicitly and outwardly trying to avoid narrowmindedness. Uppers sees TV Priest taking musical and personal risks, reaching outside of themselves and trying to make sense of this increasingly messy world. It's a band and a record that couldn’t arrive at a more perfect time.


The Weather Station - Ignorance (Folk / Indie)


The Weather Station - project of Tamara Lindeman - releases her new album, Ignorance, on Fat Possum. Through Ignorance, Lindeman has remade what The Weather Station sounds like, using the occasion of a new record to create a novel sonic landscape, tailor-made to express an emotional idea. Ignorance is sensuous, ravishing, as hi-fi a record as Lindeman has ever made, breaking into pure pop at moments, at others a dense wilderness of notes; a deeply rhythmic and painful record that feels more urgent and clear than her work ever has. Ignorance began when Lindeman became obsessed with rhythm; specifically straight rhythm, dance rhythm, those achingly simple beats that had never showed up on a Weather Station album before. The album marks Lindeman’s first experience writing on keyboard, not guitar, and her first time building out arrangements before bringing them to a band. Montreal producer Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire) co-produced, with Lindeman, and also mixed the record. The lyrics across Ignorance roil with conflict. The narrator confronts characters who turn away from love. “I used to be an actor, now I’m a performer,” Lindeman says. In those roles she often finds herself to be the subject of projection, reflecting back the ideas and emotions of others. In turn, the album cover shows Lindeman laying in the woods, wearing a hand made suit covered in mirrors. Throughout Ignorance, she sings of trying to wear the world as a kind of ill fitting, torn garment, dangerously cold; “it does not keep me warm / I cannot ever seem to fasten it” and of walking the streets in it, so disguised and exposed.


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

Brainbox - Brainbox (Rock / Prog)


Brainbox is a Dutch rock group that was initially active from 1968 until 1972, and then reformed in 2009. Brainbox is best described as a progressive blues rock band infused with jazz elements. Their eponymous debut album, released in 1969, is also the only Brainbox record that features founding guitarist Jan Akkerman, who left the band in late 1969 to join Focus. Nevertheless, Brainbox is considered a legendary Dutch band of international allure. Brainbox is now available as a limited edition of only 500 individually numbered copies on purple vinyl.


The Byrds - Live In Amsterdam 1970 (Rock)


The version of the Byrds that played Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw in July 1970 was very different to previous incarnations. The Skip Battin / Gene Parsons rhythm section was tight and allowed the guitars of Roger McGunn and Clarence White room to roam, most noticeably on an extended Eight Miles High. Thoroughly road-hardened, the band played material from throughout their entire career and threw in some previously unreleased cover versions as well.


The Derek Trucks Band - Joyful Noise (Rock / Blues / Folk)


Joyful Noise is the third studio album by American jam band The Derek Trucks Band. The record is known for covering a wide range of genres, including gospel, blues, jazz, Latin and East Indian music. It features many well known guests artists like Susan Tedeschi (wife of frontman Derek Trucks) and Solomon Burke. It is also the first record to feature Kofi Burbridge as the bands new songwriter, keyboardist, flutist and backingvocalist. Produced by Russ Kunkel and Craig Street, this album is a must have for all fans of Southern rock. Joyful Noise is available as a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on translucent green vinyl.


Fleetwood Mac - BBC Sunday Concert April 9th 1970 (Rock / Folk)


Listening to these nine tracks it is hard to believe that this version of Fleetwood Man had only a few weeks left to run. An acid-damaged Peter Green would leave six weeks after this gig and they would never sound this good again. This high quality BBC recording includes contemporary hits such as The Green Manalishiand Rattlesnake Shake as well as album tracks featuring the melodic skills of Danny Kirwan (World In Harmony, Underway) and some unreleased rockers from Jeremy Spencer (Tiger, Great Balls Of Fire).


Clive 'Azul' Hunt - Bad Bad Bad (Reggae)


Bad, Bad, Bad is a historical compilation of Clive Hunt’s exceptional 1970s and 80s roots reggae productions, featuring various artists that helped build his reputation. The collection includes rare tracks by Bonny Gayle, Dennis Brown, The Abyssinians, Junior Murvin, Max Romeo, and Marcia Griffiths, among others, including Hunt himself in his ‘Lizzard’ persona and as the lead singer of the In Crowd.


Islet - Eyelet (Indie Rock / Experimental / Alternative)


A Powys trio whose free-spirited invention and exuberant intensity flows through experimental pop: hypnotic, exhilarating and defiantly unique. The Welsh band Islet return with the release of their long-awaited new album.

'Eyelet' was recorded at home tucked away in the hills of rural Mid Wales. It took form the months following the birth of band members Emma and Mark Daman Thomas’ second child and the death of fellow band member Alex Williams’ mother. Alex came to live with Emma and Mark, and the band enlisted Rob Jones (Pictish Trail, Charles Watson) to produce.


Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition was In) (Soul / Funk)


Throughout their career, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings remained in high demand both publicly and privately to recreate and often re-imagine songs by other artists. More often than not, these covers were recorded by request – commissioned for placement in movies, television programs, tribute albums, or for samples. This album compiles some of their most popular as well as never-before-heard renditions.

Though the band has mostly built their career on a prolific catalog of originals, these forays into other artists’ compositions lay bare their gift for arrangement and the unmatched studio prowess that earned them their reputation as The Baddest Band in the Land.


Brigid Mae Power - Head Above The Water (Folk)


Brigid Mae Power paints expansive songs that are effortless, hypnotic and folk-oriented like Judee Sill, Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten. The third album from the celebrated singer / songwriter, Head Above The Water is a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country - an engaging blend of strings, bouzouki, piano and Power’s distinctive vocal make this an achingly beautiful body of work. Recorded in analogue studio The Green Door in Glasgow with Alasdair Roberts co-producing alongside Brigid and Peter Broderick. It’s a continuing tale of everyday survival; more diverse, different, a bigger canvas, with broader brushstrokes… Country and traditional folk rub shoulders, making for a juxtaposition of threads, with added instrumentation from five musicians lured into the studio to provide larger dynamics.


Bob Marley BOX SET - Songs of Freedom The Island Years (Reggae)


A newly revised ‘Island Years’ edition of the Classic Bob Marley Box Set, featuring many classics from “Concrete Jungle” through “Redemption Song,” plus rare 12” mixes, B-Sides, Jamaican singles, and alternates. The 6LP set is presented on standard 180g black vinyl with custom labels also includes a 20-page booklet with rare photos, several essays and track information. The first time on vinyl outside Jamaica and on vinyl anywhere in nearly 30 years. The CD Collection with custom labels also includes a 96-page booklet with rare photos, essays and track information.


The Maytals - Monkey Man (Reggae)


First released by Trojan in the wake of the Maytals' 1969 UK hit, Monkey Man, the appropriately titled album quickly became a must-have for all British fans of the exciting new reggae sound that had emerged from Jamaica. The LP showcased the trios' inimitable style for an international audience and in so doing, proved instrumental in establishing the trio of Toots and the group as global stars. Despite the original album's popularity, copies have long since been collector's items, selling for sums well beyond the budgets of most record buyers. Now, at long last, this classic album, showcasing the work of one of Jamaica's most popular groups is finally available on vinyl once again.


Old Dominion - Meat & Candy (Country / Folk)


In celebration of its 5th anniversary Sony Music is proud to release the debut album from acclaimed country hit makers on vinyl for the first time. The album contains the #1 hit singles ‘Break Up With Him’ and ‘Song For Another Time.’ Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands out of Nashville, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. Their lyrical wit and hook heavy songwriting has certainly proved a winning method: since breaking onto the music scene in 2014, the band has notched eight US #1 singles, surpassed one billion on-demand streams, earned several Platinum and Gold single certifications and headlined arenas and amphitheatres around the globe.


Smokie - Bright Lights and Back Alleys (Expanded) (Pop Rock)


Bright Lights and Back Alleys is the fourth studio album by Smokie, released in 1977. Recorded primarily at Whitney Recording Studios in Glendale, California, from March to April 1977, it was produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, as were the band’s all previous albums. Three singles were spawned; “Needles and Pins”, “It’s Your Life”, and “Baby It’s You”.

This expanded edition contains 4 bonus tracks: “Here Lies a Man”, “Now You Think You Know”, “Alone in a Cell” and “Lay Back in the Arms of Someone”. The package contains 2 printed innersleeves and extensive liner notes. The D-side has a cool etch of the Smokie band logo.


Sun Ra and His Outer Space Arkestra - A Fireside Chat With Lucifer (Jazz)


An F-bomb saturated hip-hop call and response club cut...from Sun Ra?! While the most renowned track in this omniversal opus is the atomic expletive-filled reparteeNuclear War, there is so much more to this dark mysterious journey through the mind of Sun Ra.

The sprawling, suite-like 20-minute title track sustains a lyrical edge in spite of an open framework and textures, which encourage sonorities to surface and emerge from the band as if there was no human intention behind them. In opposition to Nuclear War, Ra's organ playing here was built less on bombast and sonic terror than it is on whispers, stutters, shivers, and swells. Fireside Chat offers a wide stylistic array, as was the artist's intent, reflecting his eclectic, seemingly irreconcilable approach to compositional extremes. With Sun Ra you get everything... except predictability. First ever reissue of this iconic album!


Toots and the Maytals - Live (Reggae)


The legendary reggae artist Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, together with his band The Maytals, toured Europe in 1980. During those days they had one of reggae and ska's finest live shows and Toots stepped out as the showman. Featuring “Funky Kingston”, “Pressure Drop”, “54-46, That's My Number” a.o and more


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

Animal Collective - Bridge to Quiet (Alt Rock / Ambient / Electronic)


Bridge to Quiet is an EP from Animal Collective originally released digitally in July 2020 and now available on vinyl. The band took some of their unreleased improvisations, remixed them, collaged them and built them into fully formed songs, finding their way to Bridge To Quiet.


Badwan / Coxon - Promise Land (Post Punk / Alternative)


Badwan / Coxon release a stunning limited 12” on Tough Love Records featuring 15-minutes of music over 2 tracks, Boiling Point and Promise Land. A collaboration between Faris Badwan (The Horrors / Cat’s Eyes) and renowned guitarist John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack / Spiritualized / Treader), it is the first release of an ongoing collaborative series between Faris and other artists. Boiling Point is a mammoth nine and a half minute raw and expressive piece that recalls hearing Spacemen 3 for the first time.


Guy Blakeslee - Postcards From The Edge (Indie)


Perhaps best known as the upside-down, guitar-wielding frontman of psych-legends The Entrance Band, and solo albums released under the Entrance moniker, notably 2004’s country blues epic Wandering Stranger , 2006’s self-released cult classic Prayer of Death (which led to the formation of The Entrance Band) , and most recently 2017’s Book of Changes, Blakeslee has typically used his own name to release his most experimental and confounding records.Postcards From The Edge is no exception.

Nearly two decades into a lifer’s voyage of shapeshifting through shadowy realms of the American underground, Guy Blakeslee, poses these and other conundrums on his dramatic new album Postcards From The Edge. Recorded in New Orleans at the house studio of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with former Sonic Ranch engineer and producer, Enrique Tena Padilla (Oh Sees, Wand), and featuring appearances from singers Lael Neale, Hale May, Rachel Fannan, and drummer Derek James of The Entrance Band, Postcards From The Edge is electrified by the spirit of sonic experimentation, and the fervent desire to chart a map into unknown territory. Across the record’s seven tracks, Blakeslee’s questing lyrics teem with stormy emotion, his plaintive voice finding succour in richly-textured melodies that soar over lushly-produced soundscapes, always on the verge of collapse. A wandering soul who has spent the better part of his musical life on the road, Blakeslee, a Baltimore native and LA transplant currently residing in the wilds of Virginia, has supported the likes of Spiritualized, Beach House, Cat Power, Mazzy Star, Interpol, and Father John Misty to name a few.


Clifford Brown and Max Roach - A Study In Brown - Definitive Audiophile Version (Jazz)


One of the most lauded (not to mention brilliant) trumpet players in the history of jazz, Clifford Brown adds to his luster on this varied program of nine engaging tunes. The 1955 line-up of the Clifford Brown / Max Roach Quintet – one of the premiere early hard bop units – included tenor saxophonist Harold Land, pianist Richie Powell, and bassist George Morrow.


John Carpenter - Lost Themes III (Electronic / Ambient / Synthwave)


Much has changed in the musical life of renowned composer and director John Carpenter since 2016’s Lost Themes II. Following the release of that album, he went on his first-ever concert tour, performing material from the Lost Themes albums, as well as music from his classic film scores. He re-recorded many of those classic movie themes for 2017’s Anthology album, working alongside son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies. The following year, he was asked to executive produce and compose the music for the new Halloween movie directed by David Gordon Green, which promptly became the highest-grossing installment in the series. Now, he returns with his first album of non-soundtrack music in nearly five years, Lost Themes III: Alive After Death.

Underpinning Carpenter’s renaissance as a musician has been his collaboration with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. They’ve composed and performed as a trio throughout this entire run, on studio albums, on soundtracks, and onstage. Here, the trio reaches a new level of creative mind meld. Richly rendered worlds are built in the interplay between Davies’s guitar and the dueling synthesizers played by the Carpenters.

“We begin with a theme, a bass line, a pad, something that sounds good and will lead us to the next layer,” John says of the trio’s process. “We then just keep adding on from there. We understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, how to communicate without words, and the process is easier now than it was in the beginning. We’ve matured.”

Whereas the original Lost Themes album came as a pleasant surprise after years of relative silence from Carpenter, the third installment sees him in the midst of a resurgent moment as a cultural force. The 2018 Halloween score gave his music its biggest audience in decades, and the world he releases his new album into is one that has, at long last, given him the credit he deserves as a founding father of modern electronic music.


Cobalt Chapel - Orange Synthetic (Electronic / Rock / Psychedelic / Prog)


Cobalt Chapel release Orange Synthetic, the follow-up to their much lauded self-titled debut album and its companion piece Variants. Orange Synthetic is an exploration of the epic county they call home, Yorkshire. Written during this tumultuous turn of the decade, it is inspired by the humanity, anecdotes and folklore of the region, and the surrounding landscape.

The album delves into stories which exist at the edge of history and myth: the drowning of a village under Lake Semerwater, the mystery of the lost geodesic domes of RAF Fylingdales, the fate of John Hotham of Hull, beheaded for treason during the English Civil War, a psychedelic folk song about an infamous Cragg Vale farmer killed in a fight over a flock of sheep, the cry of Skylarks over Erringden Moor.

The album’s name stems from a line in the title track, telling the story of the fateful Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival in Krumlin, fifty years ago. Hit by a violent storm, it resulted in the devastation of the site, near-deaths from exposure and the promoter being found wandering the moors, days later.

Cobalt Chapel’s atmospheric style remains distinctively their own, through Cecilia Fage’s crisp English vocals and choral arrangements, and Jarrod Gosling’s use of organs such as the Vox Continental, Philicorda, and the USSR-era Elektronika Organ. These are the foundations of their rich, experimental yet melodic sound, and this album sees them expand on it with the addition of mandolin, guitars, and drawing on Cecilia’s classical background, with clarinets and recorders.

Orange Synthetic is music grounded in the Yorkshire earth: its people, the surrounding nature, landscape, and its mythology, from the distant past to modern life. The story of the Krumlin Festival captures something about this island in its disaster – how you can start out with a dream and end up wrapped in a survival blanket, suffering from exposure, on a wild, beautiful, unforgiving Pennine hillside. It’s an image which reflects the lost, end-of-days feeling of where we’re at now.”


Deacon Blue - Riding On The Tide Of Love (Rock / Pop)


Riding On The Tide Of Love is the companion album to Deacon Blue’s recent hit record City of Love. Recorded during the ongoing pandemic, the companion album features 8 brand new tracks, all previously unheard, unreleased and individually recorded by the band members.Riding On The Tide Of Love, also the album’s focus track, presents a mix of newly written songs and previously unheard material from the City of Love writing sessions.


Gryff - Calypso Drip FM (Electronic / Synthwave)


Sunsets. Cocktails. Colours. Electricity. That 80s looking car you see in movies. Only known by the moniker of Gryff, the author wanted a project that reminded listeners of radio stations of decades past. Particularly the type you would have on GTA: Vice City.

Gryff is a 90s kid, but the track list of his debut album plays like a greatest hits of a much mature songwriter and producer. Almost exclusively written by himself, requesting the help from Andrew Threlfo in production for Do You Feel Like This?, and with NY songstress Primo The Alien as guest and co-writer for Reverse, his undeniable talent is showing in spades.


Internet Money - B4 The Storm (Hip Hop)


InternetMoney, the LA-based production collective behind hits from Lil Uzi Vert, XXXTentacion and more, with their debut album, B4 The Storm. The star-studded compilation includes 15 brand new tracks (17 in total) and guest appearances from Trippie Redd, Juice WRLD, Wiz Khalifa, Future, Swae Lee, Gunna, NAV, Don Toliver, Lilspirit, TheHxliday, Lil Tecca, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, iann dior, Lil Mosey, Lil Skies & more!

Internet Money was born out of necessity, a hybrid company that has filled in the gaps between the rap industry, the producer community, and the online marketplace. Disillusioned with the industry, and the way he saw rap producers being taken advantage of, Taz Taylor formed the collective in 2016 as a way to share the knowledge he’d gained from years spent selling his ‘type beats’ online and navigating the internet’s ever-growing impact on the production landscape. Four years in, Internet Money has expanded as a collective, including Grammy-nominated producers like Nick Mira and JR Hitmaker, who have produced for Drake, Trippie Redd, Juice WRLD and many more.


Kiwi Jr - Cooler Returns (Rock / Indie)


Kiwi Jr. is a phenomenal “rock” and/or “punk” and/or “indie-rock” (whichever you like more) band from Canada, made up of Jeremy Gaudet (mic, guitar), Brohan Moore (drums), Mike Walker (bass), and Brian Murphy (guitar). Cooler Returns is their second album, and their first for Sub Pop. Despite being a snapshot of the pandemic-infused beginnings of this decade, Cooler Returns is truly a whole lot of fun. RIYL indie-pop from down under, things that are smart / exuberant / catchy all at once. Buildings burning in every direction; macabre unknowns in your friendly neighbor’s basement; undecided voters sharpening their pencils: under pressure we could call Kiwi Jr.’s Cooler Returns“timely.” But what year is it, again? On Cooler Returns, Kiwi Jr. cycle through the recent zigs & looming zags of the new decade, squinting anew at New Year’s parties forgotten and under-investigated small town diner fires, piecing together low-stakes conspiracy theories on what’s coming down the pike in 2021. Put together like a thousand-piece puzzle, assembled in flow state through the first dull stretch of quarantine, sanitized singer shuffling to sanitized studio by streetcar, masked like it's the kind of work where getting recognized means getting killed, Cooler Returns materializes as a sprawling survey from the first few bites of the terrible twenties, an investigative exposé of recent history buried under the headlines & ancient kings buried under parking lots.


Femi Kuti and Made Kuti - Legacy + (Afrobeat / Highlife / African)


Legacy + features Femi Kuti's album Stop The Hate and Made Kuti's album For(e)ward.

Legendary activist and Afrobeat originator, Fela Kuti, used his music to lament social injustices and political corruption in his native Nigeria. Fela’s legacy spans decades and genres, touching on jazz, pop, funk, hip-hop, rock, and beyond. While this impact can be felt in Nigeria and the entire world, it also greatly affected Fela’s son Femi and his son Made, both of whom carry his legacy as torchbearers for change. Partisan Records release two albums from Femi and Made, packaged together and appropriately titled Legacy +.

Both albums that make up Legacy + are steeped in the tradition of Afrobeat invented by Fela, but each also offers their own unique vision. Femi’s Stop The Hate honours Fela in a traditionally fun, sharply political, and affirming way. Meanwhile Made’s For(e)ward is a modern and progressive freedom manifesto, pushing boundaries of the subgenre even further. Made also performs every instrument on his album. Both albums also feature portraits of Femi and Made, done by Brooklyn-based artist Delphine Desane, whose work was recently featured on the cover of Vogue Italia.


Willie Nelson & Bobbie Nelson - December Day: Willie's Stash Vol. 1 (Folk / Country)


Bright Lights and Back Alleys is the fourth studio album by Smokie, released in 1977. Recorded primarily at Whitney Recording Studios in Glendale, California, from March to April 1977, it was produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, as were the band’s all previous albums. Three singles were spawned; “Needles and Pins”, “It’s Your Life”, and “Baby It’s You”.

This expanded edition contains 4 bonus tracks: “Here Lies a Man”, “Now You Think You Know”, “Alone in a Cell” and “Lay Back in the Arms of Someone”. The package contains 2 printed innersleeves and extensive liner notes. The D-side has a cool etch of the Smokie band logo.


Nina - Sleepwalking (Pop / Electronic / Synth Pop)


Nina aka Nina Boldt is a German singer-songwriter. Her music is a fusion of Pop, New Wave and Electronic music, often nostalgic in spirit. Her 2018 debut album Sleepwalking features artist LAU (Laura Fares) and was produced by Oscillian, Richard X, The New Division and Sunglasses Kid.


Paranoia - Junkie XL OST (Soundtrack)


Paranoia is a 2013 american thriller film directed by robert luketic.

its score was created by tom holkenborg, better known as junkie xl, a grammy nominated multi-platinum producer, musician, composer and educator. his other scoring credits include mad max: fury road, deadpool, man of steel and the dark knight rises. this special edition of the paranoia soundtrack includes 4 extra songs from the movie: “the hurry and the harm” by city and colour, “alive (zedd remix)” by empire of the sun, “1, 2” by lissie and “demon dance” by surfer blood.


Polo G - The Goat (Hip Hop)


Second album release on Columbia Records from US hip hop/drill/rapper/singer/songwriter/producer. A 16 track double LP set on black vinyl. Collaborators include Juice WRLD and Lil' Baby.


Prophet & Tyler The Creator - Peach Fuzz (Hip Hop / Soul / Funk)


10-inch, shaped picture disc. Peach Fuzz is Tyler, the Creator's reworked version of Prophet's Wanna Be Your Man produced by Prophet, Mndsgn, and Swarvy. The record has the two tracks on Sides A and B. The record is packaged in a poly bag with printed O-card.


Tamil Rogeon - Son Of Nyx (Jazz / Funk)


Melbourne-based violist / violinist and orchestral composer, Tamil Rogeon, returns to his jazz roots on his soaring and celestial new album, Son Of Nyxcoming soon on Greg Boramans' new imprint Soul Bank Music (part of the !K7 Music Group).

From conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the 2500-seated Hamer Hall to writing and co-producing his first full-length album in three years and one of the very few viola-led jazz LPs of our time, Rogeon joins forces with several stars of Melbourne’s thriving and acclaimed jazz scene (Allysha Joy, Sam Anning et al.), channeling the cosmic energy of Yussef Lateef, Herbie Hancock and the like.

Whilst often not an instrument typically associated with jazz, violin greats from Jean-Luc Ponty, Stéphane Grappelli to Billy Bang, have gone on to become iconic figures in the jazz canon, yet little can be said for the viola. Often considered the older sibling to the violin, the viola is larger in size and the tone is a lot deeper, something Rogeon was keen to make use of on Son Of Nyx.


Role Model - Our Little Angel (Pop)


Maine-born, LA-based musician, songwriter and vocalist with his new EP ‘our little angel’. The project is the follow-up to last year's ‘oh, how perfect’ EP, which Ones To Watch noted "sets a new precedent for bedroom pop," and includes the previously released singles ‘going out’, ‘blind’ and for the people in the back’, the latter of which received a stripped back performance from him in July.

"This EP sort of stemmed from the day I wrote and recorded ‘alive’. That song felt like a middle finger to everything I have been through, sort of like a rebirth. After recording that song I wanted to keep that feeling throughout, and there is this underlying tone of confidence in myself and embracing flaws. I've accepted that this world is fucked, I've accepted that my brain doesn't work the way it's supposed to, I've accepted that I'm not perfect. So, in a way, nothing has changed, I've just learned to accept the imperfections, and I can only hope it will help others do the same. “


Anna B Savage - A Common Turn (Rock / Indie / Alternative)


The debut album of London based singer-songwriter Anna B Savage! Her 2015 EP was deeply intriguing and quickly drew the attention of Father John Misty and later Jenny Hval, both of whom brought Savage out on European tours.

Anna B Savage’s first full-length record A Common Turn is question mark music. Her songs are heavy with unanswered queries, with dilemmas and insecurities, or often just with wondering.

Savage’s voice is endlessly warm, but producer William Doyle (East India Youth) consistently finds the iron in it. Even the darkest moments in this music don’t stick in their devastation, though – Savage’s fire burns too brightly. Her voice can drop to a whisper, but then it will open all the way up in a flash flood of cavernous guitar, echoes, and swelling strings that expand and then vanish just as suddenly as they arrived.

Savage’s music is deeply vulnerable, without being submissive. She lays claim to her own fragility, and the stories she tells are of taking up space, finding connections, and owning the power in not knowing all the answers. Hers are songs for anyone who thinks hard, feels deeply, and asks big questions. Produced by William Doyle (East India Youth), A Common Turn presents us a nest of fully-formed and room-filling artistry.


Richard Skelton - These Charms May be Sung Over a Wound (Electronic / Ambient)


Seminal British experimental musician Richard Skelton joins Phantom Limb for the release of stunning new album These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound, his first for the label, first on vinyl in over a decade, and a standout record in his own catalogue. With new album These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound, however, Skelton has abandoned acoustic instrumentation altogether to map out a new territory of buzzing sine tones and square waves, immersed in shimmering clouds of distortion and suspended over landscapes of thrumming bass. The result is a new and transcendental experience: while the key themes of Skelton’s music remain - stark and lonely geographies, ancient myths buried deep within the land, slow-moving glacial evolution - we are transported to a darker and more mechanical place. The intensity and sound design here are more akin to quasi-industrial, abandoned-factory sonics than to earthy, organic tones of earlier Richard Skelton albums. Abul Mogard and Alessandro Cortini could be considered peers now, just as much as Eno and Basinski had been before.


Slowdive - 5 EP (In Mind Remixes) (Shoegazing / Electronic / Experimental)


The shoegazing giants Slowdive had their track In Mind remixed by Bandulu and Reload. Bandulu take the minor chords and stretch them into a dub-inflected whirlwind. The standout is the Reload mix by Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard (aka Global Communication). The result is a shimmering, blissful track with downtempo rhythm and futuristic soul. The ambient, experimental techno remixes are cut on 45 rpm, but there are several DJs who preferred to play this at 33 1/3 rpm.


Solo Star Wars Story - OST (Soundtrack)


Mondo, in collaboration with Walt Disney Records, is proud to present the premiere vinyl release of John Powell's brilliant score to Solo: A Star Wars Story

The origin story of science fiction’s greatest rogue is a Star Wars story through and through: a rollicking adventure, full of humor and suspense - and in the grand tradition of the franchise, features an epic sweeping score worthy of the biggest screen (or, in this case, speakers) imaginable.

John Williams' new The Adventures of Han Theme kicks things off in a spectacular fashion, setting the tone for John Powell's fantastic original score to enter the Star Wars canon (only the third composer to ever tackle the film series in its 40+ year legacy).


Sonniku - Sweat (Sophie Remix) (Electronic / House)


SOPHIE distorts SONIKKU’s latest single ‘Sweat’ into an alien euro-dance affair inspired by sweaty escapades at the infamous Berlin club, Berghain. “When SOPHIE and I met, we played each other our favourite disco music, and I think we view pop music in a very similar way,” SONIKKU, aka London-based producer Tony Donson, explains. “A mutual friend played ‘Sweat’ to her, and she connected with it instantly. To collaborate with an artist whose music I admire feels unreal, I could listen to ‘Nothing More To Say’ (by SOPHIE) on repeat endlessly. I feel the same hypersonic energy of that track was brought to the ‘Sweat’ remix.”


Sunn 0))) - Flight of The Behemoth (Metal / Electronic / Rock)


Flight of the Behemoth is the third album by Sunn O))). The band collaborated with legendary Japanese noise artist Merzbow, who mixed tracks 3 and 4. The first ever use of a drum machine on a Sunn O))) track is heard on F.W.T.B.T., a deconstructive interpretation of Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls. This punisher also features the first ever vocals heard as evoked from the band themselves.

LP - Contains full colour 24”x36” folded poster and all this grimness is housed in a glorious case-wrapped gatefold jacket. Also contains the vinyl only bonus track: "Grimm and Bear It”.

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