This week's releases! 03/07
Coming Friday, July 3rd:
"On Sunset is a soul album. At the same time it’s also an electronic album, an orchestral album, an album packed with masterly pop songs and heart-tugging ballads, and an album filled with touches of experimentalism. It’s also an album that sees Weller taking a rare glance into the rear-view mirror as he speeds into the 2020s."
Keleketla! - Keleketla!
Limited to 300 copies, this double LP is pressed on recycled vinyl and comprises collaborations between Ninja Tune cofounders Coldcut and a cadre of South African musicians including Yugen Blakrok and Tony Allen.
Limited edition (only 70 copies!) bundle of one LP, two 7" singles and one CD single. All the recordings made for the short-lived label Fred Records.
A.A. Williams - Forever Blue
After her self-titled EP and a collaboration with Mono, Forever Blue is Williams' acclaimed debut album, "a rapturous blend of post-rock and post-classical, smouldering with uncoiling melodies and haunted atmospheres."
Ray LaMontagne - Monovision
The 8th studio album from Grammy Award winning artist Ray LaMontagne, all written, performed and produced by the man himself.
Pioneering pop perennials Sparks return with their follow up to 2017's universally acclaimed album Hippopotamus. Double splattered picture disc (it looks really cool) and the first few copies come with exclusive postcards.
The band's second album, reissued on double clear vinyl alongside remastered tracked from the oft-bootlegged live show from Chicago in 1991, known as Isolation 21.2.91, a holy grail amongst fans.
Prince Fatty puts his own stamp on Kraftwerk's 1978 electro masterclass The Model, with vocalist Shniece McMenamin and Drummer / MC Horseman. Includes a killer dub remix.
A few recent releases you may be interested in...
The debut album from Coriky, featuring Ian MacKaye, his Fugazi bandmate Joe Lally, and his Evens bandmate Amy Farina, all sharing singing responsibilities. Closer to The Evens than any of his other projects, but with a bit more of that Fugazi-esque grit in the mix.
A Britpop cult classic, reissued for the first time on heavyweight blue vinyl.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard -
and Murder of the Universe
newly pressed to 1000 copies on eco-wax made from rancid rainwater, carbon offset and packaged with recycled, biodegradable cardboard!
Making its debut on vinyl, this box set celebrates arguably the most important label in UK pop history, collating rare and obscure tracks from a diverse range of acts. It features 63 tracks over 8 LPs, including cuts from New Order, Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, A Certain Ratio, Section 25 and many others and includes sleeve notes written by Paul Morley.
Plus all these online and in-store now:
My pick of the week:
Sounds like if the Dead Kennedys had recorded Remain In Light. The debut album from the Montreal band combines funk and punk, hits you with groove after groove and captures a slightly mad live energy; the fun they obviously had recording permeates every song from start to finish. Familiar melodies repeat throughout the relentless funk jamming, lending a cohesiveness to an album seemingly on the edge of collapse. Apparently they're brilliant live - listen to this and you'll believe it. Make sure you know all the words for when live music returns - there are plenty of gang chants and you don't want to be left out.
Highlight: 'Hot Heater' (listen on Spotify)