THE STROKES – The New Abnormal – LP €22.99 (RCA) Available on black vinyl and limited edition red opaque vinyl – The long awaited new album from The Strokes, and the band’s first album in seven years. It was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California, with producer Rick Rubin. The album sees the Strokes roll back the years with an album of lo-fi intimate nuggets full of melodies that mark the Strokes at their best.
M. WARD – Migration Stories – LP €26.99 (Epitaph) – A prolific writer, producer and performer, M. Ward has established him-self as one of modern American music’s most unique and versatile voices.For his tenth album he journeyed to Quebec, Canada to work with Arcade
Fire’s Tim Kingsbury, Richard Reed Parry, producer/mixer Craig Silvey
(Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine) and Teddy Impakt.
MILK TEETH – Milk Teeth – LP €25.99 (Music For Nations) – Limited Edition Milky White Orange Splatter Vinyl . Punk/rock three piece fronted by charismatic frontwoman Becky Blomfield release their second album on the Music For Nations label.
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – Ballet Slippers – 3LP €41.99 (Domino) – Ballet Slippers is a live release marking the 10 year anniversary of Animal Collective’s studio album Merriweather Post Pavilion. The release is culled from several shows from that album’s North American tour and sequenced to reflect a full concert experience, complete with song transitions and interludes.
DENZEL CURRY x KENNY BEATS – Unlocked – LP €21.99 (Loma Vista) – After releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the span of 10 months (TA13OO and ZUU, respectively), Denzel Curry starts off 2020 with a menacing and concise full length produced entirely by Kenny Beats.
FLAT WORMS – Antartica – LP €24.99 (God?) – Antarctica is the third Flat Worms album in the past four years. It reflects a situation that’s dire, but not hopeless. Since the release of their 2017 debut LP — even since last year’s Into the Iris mini-LP — the sound of the trio has hardened, with the polarities of psych and post-punk smelted into a brutal cobalt alloy. No doubt they’re aided by the Steve Albini-engineered sound rendered at Electric Audio, where the album was recorded and mixed (in collaboration with Steve Albini and Ty Segall) in six days.
POTTERY – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel – LP €20.99 (Partisan) – Limited Hot Dog Yellow Vinyl – The 11 songs on Welcome to Bobby’s Motel don’t just invite you to move your body; they command you to. Fusing reckless, manic energy with painstaking precision, the record is part post-punk, part art-pop, and part dance floor acid trip, hinting at everything from Devo to Gang of Four as it boldly careens through genres and decades.
AUGUSTUS MULLER (BOY HARSHER) – Machine Learning Experiments O.S.T – LP €25.99 (Nude Club) – Limited White Vinyl – Augustus Muller, one half of Massachusetts electronic duo Boy Harsher, releases two original scores through own label Nude Club records. The films, Orgone Theory and Hydra, are Muller’s first foray into scoring. Both films were produced by UK based collective Four Chambers.
DEVONTE’ HAYNES (BLOOD ORANGE) – Queen & Slim O.S.T – LP €26.99 (Domino) – Queen and Slim is the second full-length feature film score composed by Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), following his work for Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto in 2013.
THE VAPORS – Together – LP €19.99 (Manmade Soul Ltd And TheVapors Own Records) – Together’ is the band’s first studio work since ‘Magnets’ back in 1981.
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX – We Shall See Victory – 2LP €24.99 (KSCOPE) -The U.K. progressive post-rock supergroup release live renditions of classics taken from the band’s early repertoire, and primarily material from what wasCrippled Black Phoenix’s latest release, the acclaimed ‘(Mankind) The Crafty Ape’,
THIEVERY CORPORATION – Symphonik – LP €24.99 (Ye Esl) – Thievery Corporation played a historic concert in 2017 at The JFK Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The show saw their songs re-imagined with orchestral arrangements from some of today’s leading young classical composers. The show is now legendary, and those fortunate to attend heard Thievery Corporation in an entirely new way. To honour this show and inspiration it provided, Hilton and Garza have created Symphonik – recorded with Prague’s Film Harmonic Orchestra along with Thievery Corporation’s live band and engineering and co-production by Gianmaria Conti.
THE DREAM SYNDICATE – The Universe Inside -2LP €26.99 (Epitaph) – Indies Only Blue & Red Vinyl – For the first time, every song is a group songwriting effort. What seeps in are Dennis Duck’s knowledge of European avant-garde music, Jason Victor’s passion for 70s prog, Mark Walton’s experience in Southern-fried music collectivesa nd Wynn’s love of vintage electric jazz
WHITEY – The Light At The bEnd Of The Tunnel Is A Train (15th Anniversary Remastered Edition) – LP €22.99 (No Label) – Heralded by both mainstream and indie press on its release as an instant British classic, this seminal album rocketed from the underground to five-star acclaim right across the board. A tense yet energetic journey through the highs and lows of living in the British counterculture of the time, it effortlessly mixed the old and the new, rock and roll and electronica, the past and the future- and brought this eclectic sound to a global fanbase. Now available as a 15th Anniversary Remastered Edition.
WHITEY – Great Shakes Volume 1 & 2 – 2LP €36.99 (No Label) – Whitey’s sophomore album is a dynamic pop-art amphetamine romp through rock and roll and dance history, brimming with energy and attitude. Swerving between glam, stoner rock, dance (and even affectionate nods towards the Charleston), it’s the sound of an artist unafraid to say what he wants, how he wants, with no regard for trends or genres. Due to a pre-release leak, this album was pulled by the artist- and is only now officially available for the first time as a Remastered Edition. This is being released by NO! Label in tandem with the rare Great Shakes Volume Two, which reached the public domain several years later and featured a variety of unreleased and session tunes from that same era.
ZERO 7 – The Garden (Special Edition) – 2LP €24.99 – The Garden is another timelessly classic album from a seminal electronic band and an essential soundtrack to any laidback listening. As previous Zero 7 Special Editions this release will have a premium, luxury feel using gold foil blocking & a matt laminated finish.
SUN RA – Celestial Love – LP €32.99 (Sundazed) – Recorded with Arkestra veterans at the same NY studio that hosted countless Sun Ra sessions since the late 60s, this first ever reissue of Celestial Love contains the only known recordings of the titular track and ‘Blue Intensity,’ plus a cut not on the original Saturn LP! True studio albums of Ra with the Arkestra are rare on this planet or beyond. This studio saucer is an interplanetary interpreter, here to convert even the faintest of heart to the sounds of Sun Ra.
DEXTER GORDON – A Swingin’ Affair – LP €18.99 (Blue Note) -The tenor sax hero’s classic 1964 album. His fourth Blue Note LP. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on 29th August 1962. Recorded two days after his classic album Go, and featuring the same personnel: Sonny Clark (piano), Butch Warren (bass) and Billy Higgins (drums).
JACKIE McCLEAN – A Fickle Sonance – LP €18.99 (Blue Note) -Classic 1961 hard-bop album . Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean was one of the few jazz players to come up through bebop and incorporate free jazz into his style. Even though A Fickle Sonance preceded McLean’s intense 1962 album Let Freedom Ring, the playing remained in a swinging blues-oriented style, showing no hint of the direction his music was about to take. The sidemen on the date (Tommy Turrentine [trumpet], Sonny Clark [piano], and Butch Warren [bass])
JIMMY JAMES & THE VAGABONDS & SONYA SPENCE- This Herst Of Mine / Let Love Flow On -7″ €12.99 (DNSSCR) –
Two more floor-friendly 45s from the Deptford Northern Soul Club’s record box. Includes Jimmy James and The Vagabonds’ super rare £100-valued 45, written by Motown’s Barrett ‘Money’ Strong. A great version of The Artistics’ track on what is an obscure gem from 1966 from the latter-day soul and ska hit maker.
Backed with the often-sampled smooth soul of reggae singer Sonya Spence on a Sonia Pottinger- produced track from her £70 album Sings Love. First time on seven-inch for this class slice of funky soul.
STONE FOUNDATION FEAT. LAVILLE – The Light In Us -7″ €10.99 (100% Records) – Having spent 2019 touring with Paul Weller and Mavis Staples, Stone Foundation return with the first single from their forthcoming 9th studio album. For this new single the band have teamed up with up and coming soul singer Laville (Acid Jazz Records). The b-side is the road-tested fan favourite Freedom Starts! Both tracks see the band taking another step forward whilst maintaining the classic soul sound that has seen their two most recent albums chart in the UK top 30. Strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.
MARVIN GAYE, PARIS GREEN & TAMMII TERRELL – Oh Yes – 12″ €11.99 (Virgin EMI)
SQUAREPUSHER -Lamental EP – 12″ €15.99 (Warp)
GEORGIA – Never Let You Go – 12″ €13.99 (Domino) – Hot on the heels of her recent critically acclaimed album Seeking Thrills, Georgia unleashes legendary UK DJ and producer Skream on the remix for Never Let You Go
ULRICH SCHNAUSS – Goodbye – CD €12.99 (Scripted Realities) – The third of five albums, Goodbye was originally released in 2007. Ulrich’s long term AV collaborator Nat Urazmetova has reimagined and refreshed the artwork.
VIAGRA BOYS – Common Sense – 12″EP €15.99 (Year0001) – With several Swedish Grammy nominations, an Impala Award for “European Independent Album Of the Year” and a spot at Coachella Festival 2020 in the bag, Viagra Boys unveil their new EP Common Sense.