• Ben Lee

New Releases: 9th October 2020

Updated: Oct 9, 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:

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