• Ben Lee

New Releases: 9th October 2020

Updated: Oct 9

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:

Andy Bell - The View From Halfway Down


The product of a gradual, four-year process and finished during lockdown, the album was entirely written and recorded by Andy, engineered by Gem Archer and mastered by Heba Kadry. From the ecstatic psych pop of ‘Love Comes In Waves’, to the heady loops of ‘Indica’ and deeply groove-led ‘Skywalker’, the eight tracks mix summery melodies with soundscapes and studio experimentation. The end result sits neatly between Ride’s widescreen shoegaze and GLOK’s textured electronics, variously inspired by The Stone Roses, Spacemen 3, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Beta Band, Stereolab, Neu!, Can, John Fahey, The Kinks, The La’s, The Who and the United States Of America.


Black Sabbath - Paranoid (50th Anniversary Edition)


Black Sabbath’s 1970 sophomore album Paranoid turns fifty. Paranoid is the album that defined the sound, style and intensity of heavy metal. The vinyl box containes five LPs, including live tracks and never-before-released quad stereo mixes, and the CD edition housing four discs, a 60-page hardback book, poster and a replica tour programme. Both formats include two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels.


Foals - Collected Reworks


From their early days hosting parties in Oxford through to the huge success of their two-part Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost album, Foals have consistently explored their interest in dance and electronica. Now the band chart the most essential remixes from their career so far as they share the new remix package Collected Reworks Vol 1. The tracks featured on Collected Reworks, are a compilation from an eclectic range of artists who have uncovered new angles to Foals’ discography. It includes one of their earliest remixes, from Ewan Pearson who blends Balearic bliss into Olympic Airways, as well as Solumun’s huge version of Late Night, which has been viewed over 50 million times at YouTube. Another standout moment is Hot Chip’s inventive interpretation of My Number, alongside Hot Since 82’s brand new remix of Into The Surf.


Machinedrum - A View of U


Machinedrum (Travis Stewart) returns with his definitive new album “A View of U” featuring an incredible cast of collaborators including Freddie Gibbs, Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Father (Awful Records), Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder), Tigran Hamasyan, Jesse Boykins III, Rochelle Jordan and Tanerélle. Stewart is a rarity in dance music, aside from his chameleon-like ability to skip - apparently effortlessly - between tempos and styles, he has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and fans alike for his consistently progressive approach to electronic music & his ability to blend hip-hop rhythms and the tightly programmed experimental electronic sounds of idm makes his output very popular with dsps.


The Travelling Wilburys - The Travelling Wilburys Volume 1


The debut record from the Traveling Wilburys, first released in October of 1988, comes to coloured vinyl for the first time. The album includes the hits End of the Line and Handle with Care. The Traveling Wilburys would have never referred to themselves as a supergroup. Though comprised of some of the biggest names in modern music, the band was much more nonchalant than that. Formed out of friendship, spontaneity (and some would say pure kismet) the Traveling Wilburys were Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and (until his passing) Roy Orbison.


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

Buffalo Tom - Birdbrain


From the first notes of Buffalo Tom's second album, Birdbrain, it was clear the band had done more than their share of growing up since their self-titled debut, which had come out the year before. The title cut leaps out of the gate with a tight snap that leaves anything on the first album in the dust; drummer Tom Maginnis and bassist Chris Colbourn sound far tighter and more unified as a rhythm section, and guitarist and vocalist Bill Janovitz reveals a taut, slashing authority that was quite a change from the sloppy, sometimes meandering sound he'd summoned up his first time at bat. Just as roadwork had firmed up Buffalo Tom's sound, their songwriting was also steadily improving.


John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (Definitive Audiophile Version)


Third release in the new audiophile Acoustic Sounds series. Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two-and-a-half years.


Cut Worms - Nobody Lives Here Anymore


The shopping malls have closed down, the dressing rooms are filled with ghosts, and the carousel is covered in cobwebs. Nobody Lives Here Anymore, the latest and greatest from Max Clarke as Cut Worms, is the haunted reverie of an American landscape in-and-out of Clarke’s mind. Recorded between May and November 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee, the album is a snow globe of the mid-twentieth-century’s popular music filled with chiming guitars, honkey tonk pianos, and Telstar organs. He explores the wistfulness of the past in search of answers for tomorrow. And while his grand anthems overflow with timeless pop charm, his ability to dig deeper than lollipops and holding hands sets his work apart from the days of 45s and Top of the Pops.


Dead Famous People - Harry


it’s more philosophical than Dons Savage's earlier work. It feels like the right one for a world of apocalyptic pandemic, uncertainty and quarantine. Dons' power over melody and knack for profundity remains unchanged since Dead Famous People's original incarnation. A rare record in a time of musical factionalism and a world divided into camps of willful obscurity and grotesque mockeries of stardom and art, it’s a document of unadorned perfection.


Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels


One of all time great albums. ''Searching For The Young Soul Rebels' captures the original eight-piece group infusing passionate self-belief into songs based on 60s mentors Geno Washington and Jimmy James. Rowland's expressive voice is perfectly matched by pumping horns and punchy rhythms, but the intensity of their performance ensures the set never falls into pastiche. Each song bears the stamp of a manifesto, one that was largely Rowland's, a myopic vision that brought this line-up to an acrimonious, premature end. His commitment, however, ensured the lasting qualities of this album.


The Divine Comedy - A Short Album About Love


A Short Album About Love was conceived as a companion piece to the band's previous album Casanova. It was recorded live at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London in 1996 with a 30-piece orchestra, and was released in time for Valentine’s Day 1997, charting at 13 in the UK. Seven of the most heart-stoppingly gorgeous, romantic smoochers you have ever heard, all drenched in strings and emotion. The single Everybody Knows (Except You) reached 14 in the UK chart.


The Divine Comedy - Absent Friends


Absent Friends was first released in 2004. Describing the album, Neil said: "The songs use stories and characters as a framework to pin my ideas on. It's mostly about the eternal battle between the pull of personal freedom and the comfort of domesticity”. The album was recorded by Guy Massey, mixed by Nigel Godrich and features guest appearances by 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne and French multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen. Stand out tracks from the album include singles Come Home Billy Bird and Absent Friends, as well as fan favourites Our Mutual Friend and Charmed Life.


The Divine Comedy - Bang Goes The Knighthood


Bang Goes The Knighthood was first released in 2010. Written in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Bang.. took an acerbic look into the lives of the rich and powerful, and their impact on the rest of us “down in the street below.” Includes the singles At The Indie Disco and I Like, and live favourites Assume The Perpendicular and The Complete Banker. The album has been remastered from the original tapes at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by mastering engineer Frank Arkwright (Blur, The Smiths.) 


The Divine Comedy - Casanova


Casanova was the band's third album and the first to bring real success. First released in 1996 it explored and dissected a world of casual affairs, loose morals and a thousand anxieties in between. Singles Something For The Weekend, Becoming More Like Alfie and The Frog Princess became chart hits and airplay staples while an alternate version of Songs Of Love became the theme music for legendary Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.


The Divine Comedy - Fin De Siecle


Fin de Siècle was first released in 1998. Chock full of millennial angst, it was the band's most ambitious album to date. The album charted at number 9, but it was the third single from the album, National Express, that provided The Divine Comedy with their first top ten single. Other stand out tracks from the album include Generation Sex, The Certainty Of Chance and Sunrise.


The Divine Comedy - Liberation


Liberation was the band’s first full album. Released in 1993 it achieved few sales but plenty of critical acclaim. Tracks such as Your Daddy's Car, Europop, and Lucy are fan favourites still performed live by the band to this day while Pop Singers Fear Of The Pollen Count was released as a single from the 1999 Best Of.


The Divine Comedy - Promenade


Promenade, originally released in 1994, loosely recounts a day in the life of a pair of friends / siblings / lovers. It was an immediate hit with the critics and catapulted Neil to early notoriety in France. Stand out tracks include Don't Look Down, The Summerhouse and Tonight We Fly, the song with which, to this day, the band close every live set.


The Divine Comedy - Regeneration


Regeneration was originally released in 2001. Recorded with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, the album was a more stripped back, guitar-oriented affair, and a big break with their trademark orchestral sound. Key tracks from the album include singles Love What You Do, Bad Ambassador and Perfect Lovesong.


The Divine Comedy - Victory For The Comic Muse


Victory For The Comic Muse was first released in 2006. Recorded virtually live in the studio over a two-week period, 'Victory...' showcased Neil's restless creativity and his flair for observation and narrative. Singles from the album include To Die A Virgin, Diva Lady and live favourite A Lady Of A Certain Age.


Emmy The Great - April / 月音


It is her second for indie label Bella Union. The album is inspired by a trip back to Hong Kong, where she was born, to visit her parents. It was inspired by what she found in the former British colony - people searching to find their shared identity with mainland China. Since her third album was released in 2016, Emma-Lee Moss has worked as a critically-acclaimed composer for radio, TV, film and stage. Her credits include original songs for Starlee Kine’s groundbreaking US podcast ‘Mystery Show’; Sara Pascoe’s ‘Out of Her Mind’ for BBC2; Mia Lidofsky’s ‘Strangers’, which featured Girls’ Jemima Kirke as a singer-songwriter called ‘Emmy’. She also wrote music and libretto for Sara Pascoe’s stage adaptation of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ at the Nottingham Playhouse, and is working on HEEL, a new musical about female wrestling with the playwright Isley Lynn.


Sylvan Esso - Free Love


What started out in LA with Jon Hill and was finished back in North Carolina at Sylvan Esso’s home studio, Free Love asks major questions about self-image, self-righteousness, friendship, romance, and environmental calamity with enough warmth, playfulness, and magnetism to make you consider an alternate reality. These are Sylvan Esso’s most nuanced and undeniable songs—bold enough to say how they feel, big enough to make you join in that feeling.


Future Islands - As Long As You Are


The Baltimore group release As Long As You Are, their sixth studio record, via 4AD. As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close.


Inhaler - Falling In


Inhaler, one of the hottest new bands to emerge from Ireland, have just released the latest single off their forthcoming debut album. Inhaler include Hewson the son of U2's Bono, and you can hear his father's influence in the vocal style on this massive sounding anthemic nugget. On the flip is a cover of Mazzy Star's Fade Into You.


John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth


John Winston Ono Lennon would have been 80 on October 9th 2020. In celebration of his life and the incredible pleasure his music has brought to millions in his lifetime, a new Best Of will be released. A multi-format collection, entitled Gimme Some Truth., this set has been personally curated by the Lennon estate and mixes the biggest hits like the classic and timeless Imagine with campaigning songs such as Give Peace A Chance and the evergreen classics like Happy Christmas (War Is Over) and is culled from all of his solo albums including the posthumous Milk And Honey. John Lennon is simply one of the most recognised and respected musicians of the modern era. As one half of perhaps the most successful songwriting partnerships of all time he deserves his place in history. That this partnership was with Paul McCartney in The Beatles means that he is also one of the most successful recording artists in history. With every succeeding generation falling for their genius, their legend continues to grow and they dominate the pop landscape. Check out the deluxe edition of this release here - John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth (4LP).


Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Edition


To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the release of their debut album Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park release a 20th Anniversary Edition.  The 3 Album (4 x LP) set features the original album, the Reanimation remix album on double vinyl and a bonus LP of B-Side Rarities includes mixes, radio sessions and live tracks.

Deluxe edition is a boxset of 4LP, 5 CD, 3 DVD, Tape, Book, Poster, and Lithos (Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition).


Mrs Piss - Self Surgery


Mrs. Piss is a new collaboration between Chelsea Wolfe and Jess Gowrie . Drawing on their collective rock, metal, and industrial influences, the project began while the two were touring around together during Wolfe’s Hiss Spun album in 2017. The result is their debut album Self-Surgery, which was recorded at The Dock Studio in Sacramento, CA and in Wolfe’s home studio, The Canyon. These songs feel more urgent and visceral than anything either of them has created before: heaviness spurred on by punk spirit.


Paul Simon - Graceland


With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days) was a powerful marketing tool and that the catchy music succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they'd never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar. As eclectic as any record Simon had made, it also delved into zydeco and conjunto-flavored rock & roll while marking a surprising new lyrical approach (presaged on some songs on Hearts and Bones); for the most part, Simon abandoned a linear, narrative approach to his words, instead drawing highly poetic ("Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"), abstract ("The Boy in the Bubble"), and satiric ("I Know What I Know") portraits of modern life, often charged by striking images and turns of phrase torn from the headlines or overheard in contemporary speech. An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured.


Paul Simon - One Trick Pony


We Are Legacy release - Paul Simon's fifth solo album originally released in 1980 in conjunction with the film of the same name. Includes the hit Late In The Evening. A 10 song album featuring 2 live songs recorded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1979, plus 8 studio cuts.


Slow Pulp - Moveys


Slow Pulp’s remarkable full-length debut Moveys is a testament to hard-fought personal growth. In the process of making their new record, the Chicago-based indie rock band powered through health challenges, personal upheaval, and a pandemic, all while learning how to be better songwriters and friends. Full of blistering energy and emotional catharsis, this compelling 10-track collection highlights the band's resourcefulness and resilience to come together even when they were states away. As the band was in the midst of finishing the album, Massey's parents got in a severe car accident forcing her to pause recording and return home to Madison and take care of them. A week later, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. "I wasn't able to come back to Chicago for a while. How were we going to finish this apart from each other?" thought Massey. With Stoehr leading engineering, mixing, and production duties, the band managed to continue recording in an isolated, post-COVID world.


Sophia - Holding On / Letting Go


Robin Proper-Sheppard (of 90’s noise-rock legends The God Machine) returns with Sophia’s 7th studio album featuring his new collective of road-wisened multi- instrumentalists (now often referred to as Sophia 2.0) and yet again somehow manages to balance his whisper-soft acoustic melancholy with great swathes of dirt, noise and aggression and still sound distinctly Sophia. Includes singles Undone Again, We See You (Taking Aim) and Alive featuring maestro Terry Edwards (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey) on saxophone.


The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses


For National Album Day, on clear vinyl. Some albums really can change the world, and in 1989 this was one of them. The psychedlic dance extravaganza that was the Stone Roses ushered in the era of Madchester, baggy trousers, Kangols, and the Hacienda. From the magnificent protracted opening of I Wanna be Adored (where, for once, the arrogance wasn't overdone) to the dying seconds of I Am the Resurrection, every note was perfect. Jon Squire's guitarwork was a thing of magic, a new hero for a new age, Ian Brown sang with gusto, and the rhythm section had paid attention during the second summer of love.


Sub Focus and Wilkinson - Portals


UK drum and bass heavyweights Sub Focus and Wilkinson release a collaborative album. An eleven-track release, Portals includes no fewer than three smash singles, with the breakbeat epic Just Hold On, club hit Illuminate and last month’s Air I Breathe all featuring. Inspired by a resurgence of depth in electronic music albums with the likes of Jon Hopkins, Bonobo and Bicep, Portals sees Sub Focus and Wilkinson shift their styles in a more expansive and ambitious direction, with the duo experimenting with different tempos and recording live instrumentation with a selection of talented players to add more scope and feeling into their corner of the electronic music world.


Suede - Beautiful Ones The Best of 1992-2018


From their early singles and their 1993 Mercury Music Prize-winning debut album to their break-up in 2003, Suede were a fixture in the single and album charts, and in the music press too. They scored twenty hit singles and five hit albums (three of which debuted at number 1), and a double album of B-sides even charted at number 9. They have released three new studio albums since 2013. This set features the huge 90s hits like Metal Mickey, Animal Nitrate, Stay Together, The Wild Ones, Trash, Filmstar, Beautiful Ones, Saturday Night, She’s In Fashion, Everything Will Flow and Can’t Get Enough, along with favourite B-sides like To The Birds, My Insatiable One and Killing Of A Flashboy. The collection brings the story up to date with seven tracks from the three recent albums, including Life Is Golden, It Starts And Ends With You and Outsiders. Check out the extensive Boxset edition of this release here - Boxset.


The Take Vibe - Take Vibe EP


2020. Full On Lockdown: Musician Laurence Mason puts together this off the wall idea meshing together two of his biggest musical heroes, Dave Greenfield of the tough 1970's proto-punk band The Stranglers with the oh so cool 1960's jazz of Dave Brubeck. He puts up his demo on Youtube not really expecting much in the way of feedback. And gets ONE MILLION hits. And hundreds of requests for a release. Jazz Room Records Head Honcho Paul Murphy says "Do you wanna record that and release it?"."Affirmative!" The result is this grooving Soulful and Funky Jazz version of "Golden Brown". We're rush releasing this as when announced we were swamped with requests asking when it will be available. On the "B" side is a languid and super cool version of "Walking On The Moon", originally by 80's Supergroup The Police.


Tears For Fears - The Seeds of Love


The Seeds of Love is the third studio album by Tears for Fears. The album was released in September 1989, entering the UK Album Chart at No.1 and would be certified Platinum by the BPI within three weeks. In the US, the album peaked at no.8, and was also certified Platinum. The album also reached the top ten in various other countries around the world. The album contained the Singles: Sowing the Seeds, Woman in Chains, Advice for the Young at Heart and Badman’s Song, upon release it was seen (and still is) as one of the greatest albums of the 80’s


Mina Tindle - Sister


The third full-length from Mina Tindle, Sister is an album populated by mythic creatures of all kinds: lions on parade, lovers turned to cannibals, kings and Sirens and women with wings. Like any great fabulist, she threads her storytelling with a fragile wisdom, revealing essential truths about all the danger and wildness within the human heart. With each moment elevated by her spellbinding vocal work — a gift she’s shown in recording and touring as a singer for The National — Sisterultimately makes for a transportive listen, at turns impossibly dreamlike and profoundly illuminating.


Robert Wyatt - His Greatest Misses

In its title, His Greatest Misses acknowledges that Wyatt’s career has taken place outside the limited space and definition of commercial pop success but simultaneously recognises that Wyatt’s non-careerist career has nevertheless proven both productive and rigorous. The collection, originally released as a Japanese edition, includes selections dating from Rock Bottom (1974) to Cuckooland (2003), although its running order is non-chronological. This makes the subtle point that Wyatt’s recordings are best considered as a non- linear catalogue; this is a world through which the listener can move at any pace in any direction. Born in Bristol in 1945, Wyatt was a founding member of the bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, before embarking on a solo career. His discography is one that flows with the force and intensity of a river in full spate. Each recording on His Greatest Misses is a benchmark in the life and work of a steadfast and true original and provides the opportunity for the listener to enjoy some wild swimming through this powerful, idiosyncratic and unclassifiable catalogue.


Yo La Tengo - Sleepless Night EP


Yo La Tengo returns with an EP comprised of the new original track Bleeding and five covers written by Bob Dylan, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, The Delmore Brothers, and more. The new EP includes original cover artwork by renowned Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara along with an etched illustration by YLT’s own James McNew on the disc’s b-side. The Matador release follows the debut of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Yoshitomo Nara solo exhibition and corresponding catalog, which includes the six new Yo La Tengo tracks along with a B-side of other musicians curated by the artist.

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