New releases for 28th August
Coming Friday, 28th August
A big week for reissues, returns and re-imaginings!
Plus, a final reminder for RSD on Saturday.
The Magic Gang release their buoyant new album Death Of The Party. The quartet approached the album with two objectives in mind. They aimed to broaden the scope of their harmony-rich, melodically focused pop. And inspired by Lou Reed, Alex Turner and especially Jonathan Richman they wanted to take a more observational lyrical approach.
Madness, everyone’s favourite British musical institution, release this 1LP abridged version of their comprehensive Full House 4LP best of on 28th August.
The Lottery Winners return with Sounds Of Isolation. A new 11 track covers album that immortalises the lockdown exploits of one of the nation’s most active and innovative bands of the last 3 months.
At least nine of the eleven songs on Whole New Mess should sound familiar to anyone who has heard All Mirrors, Olsen’s grand 2019 masterpiece that earned high honours on prestigious year-end lists and glossy spreads in stylish magazines. But these are not the demos for All Mirrors. Instead, Whole New Mess is its own record with its own immovable mood.
Employee of The Month is packed full of candour as post-punk, indie-pop troubadour Stephen Evens unleashes his alter-ego. This beatnik, indie-punk escapade is accompanied with swooping motoric guitars, squelching effects and crackling sounds that fluctuate from the exotic, improvisational to a deadpan realism.
Legendary Jamaican artist Frederick “Toots” Hibberts returns with his first studio release in more than a decade. Got To Be Tough is an energizing provocation that renews the near six-decade career of the man who launched a new sound and genre with his 1968 release, Do The Reggay.
The Heptones - Back On Top
You can't overestimate the importance of The Heptones in the evolution of Jamaican music, after they defined the transition from ska to rocksteady and on to reggae. This album, "Back On Top", captures the band in the early '80s, when they had reached an international audience after working with Lee 'Scratch' Perry and releasing on Island Records.
PVRIS release their highly-anticipated third studio album Use Me, on Reprise / Warner Records. On the new record, frontwoman, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Lynn Gunn steps into a new chapter, as she owns her role as PVRIS’ leader and sole architect.
Saskatchewan country artist Colter Wall releases his third album Western Swing and Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs via La Honda Records / Thirty Tigers. Characterized by his distinct, gritty baritone, Colter Wall’s career has been marked with critical praise from his breakout EP, Imaginary Appalachia to his debut and sophomore records produced by Dave Cobb.
Sneaks, the solo project of Washington D.C.'s Eva Moolchan returns with her fourth album. Moolchan's unique sound clashes the wobbly, minimal bass grooves of postpunk heroes Pylon and ESG with deadpan vocals and trippy electronic pop earworms that's garnered comparisons to Neneh Cherry, Tierra Whack and M.I.A.
Undercurrent, the new LP from the long-running Milanese duo of Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti. Following on from high-profile releases on Boomkat Editions and Shelter Press in the last few years, the eight untitled pieces making up Undercurrent continue the pair's hypnotic and disorientating practice of improvisation based on tape loops.
Moon Attendant’s psychedelic grungepop debut LP wields deranged analogue synths within a cozy jacket of fuzzy guitars and over saturated sonics.
A memorable name with an outstanding cover, Fuzzy Duck is a classic slice of underground London art rock and melodic psychedelia. Originally released on MAM in 1971, it’s truly a musical force of infectious riffs and fiery solos, sharp tempo changes, a tight rhythm section and heavy, Hammond-drenched grooves.