The week's releases - 17/07
Coming on Friday, the 17th July:
Long-awaited returns from Lianne La Havas and Jarvis Cocker, a lost Bowie album, reissues from Slowdive and Joy Division... and more!
Lianne’s third album and her first in five years is an album of startling beauty and insight—made entirely on her own terms. An exquisite, rich, and tender expression of love, loss, and rebirth that marks a new era for the British artist.
Beyond the Pale is the debut album from Jarv Is...via Rough Trade Records. This is the first original music from Jarvis Cocker since the Further Complications album in 2009.
Rough and Rowdy Ways is Bob Dylan’s first album of original material in 8 years and his first since becoming the only songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 2016. Its 10 tracks include the three new songs released this spring: the album’s lead-off track, I Contain Multitudes, the nearly 17-minute epic Murder Most Foul and False Prophet.
Produced and recorded by Arca, KiCk i defines a new era of multiplex harmony for the Venezuelan artist, singer, DJ, performer and experimental music composer. With appearances from Björk, Rosalía, Shygirl and Sophie.
Following the release of Relatives In Descent, the band’s critically acclaimed headlong dive into the morass of American life in 2017, Ultimate Success Today continues to further expand the possibilities of what a Protomartyr album can sound like.
Pop on Floor It!!!, the new and second full-length effort from the Texas Gentlemen, and prepare your eardrums to be hit with everything from woozy, brass-fueled Dixieland-style jazz (Veal Cutlass), to slinky, chicken-scratch country funk (Bare Maximum) to lushly orchestrated pop-soul balladry (Ain’t Nothin’ New) - and that’s all in just the first 10 minutes of play time.
No Age’s number 2 record for Drag City, kicks into gear, takes you out west and gets some dirt on it, with what’s possible their most honed in and direct record yet.
black midi return with a new 12” featuring Sweater and 7-eleven. Both tracks were recorded with Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey during the same period that resulted in Schlagenheim, and Sweater was the last of the tracks recorded during those sessions.
Following releases of the UFO and Supercar soundtracks, Thunderbirds is the third in the series from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic TV shows. It is newly compiled, mastered and designed by the creative team at Fanderson (The Official Gerry and Sylvia Anderson Appreciation Society), who have access to Barry Gray's original studio tapes.
One of the best known and most important ska and rocksteady groups of all time. Reggae comes in many forms and the music of the Maytals is a seamless blend of reggae and soul. Their second international album In The Dark is a ska / reggae classic that captures the Maytals in their prime.
Tin Machine II is the second and final studio album by Tin Machine. The album's reputation has only increased over the years. Uncut magazine placed the album on their list of 50 Great Lost Albums (their list of great albums not currently available for purchase), calling the album “extraordinary”.
Slowdive’s debut was hurriedly written in the studio, the band experimenting with sounds and cannabis during the process. This reissue is pressed on 180g orange vinyl and is limited to 4000 individually numbered copies worldwide.
A 40th anniversary edition of sophomore album Closer pressed on crystal clear vinyl.
Pick of the week
The final chapter in Brian Christinzio's 'Manchester Trilogy', following How To Die In The North and Deportation Blues, and by far the best. The album seamlessly jumps between styles, from woozy synth-pop to old-school rock and roll, and offers humourous insight into the personal turmoil that influenced it; Christinzio, originally from Philadelphia, has struggled with drink, drugs, depression and homelessness, and was deported from the UK after overstaying his visa due to a broken leg. There are genuinely funny moments, not only during a short inter-song standup routine but in the snappy delivery of lines such as 'I woke up in a Nando's car park dressed in a banana suit / This wouldn't bother me so much if I owned a banana suit'. To appreciate all the lyrics on t he album will require repeated listens, which you'll be happy to give it.
Highlight: Born To Cruise - listen on Spotify.