LIAM GALLAGHER – MTV Unplugged – LP €27.99 (Warner) – Limited Edition Splattered Vinyl – Last summer Liam Gallagher joined the list of all-time greats (Paul McCartney, Page and Plant, Nirvana and many more) who have filmed a prestigious MTV Unplugged session. Having missed Oasis’s 1996 session through illness, the show at Hull’s City Hall found Liam fulfilling some unfinished business entirely on his own terms.
LIAM GALLAGHER – MTV Unplugged – LP €20.99( Warner) – Black Vinyl
JEHNNY BETH – To Love Is To Love – LP €21.99 (20L07 MUSIC) – Limited White Vinyl – Jehnny Beth, or Camille Berthomier to give her her real name, is known for fronting rock band Savages and also as one half of French lo-fi duo John and Jehn. With To Love Is To Live she is stepping out, on record, on her own for the first time. It was produced by Atticus Ross, Flood, and Johnny Hostile, whilst The xx’s Romy Madley-Croft, Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy, and IDLES frontman Joe Talbot all contribute to the album.
EILEEN GOGAN & THE INSTRUCTORS – Under Moving Skies – LP €19.99 (Dimple Discs) – ‘Under Moving Skies’ is the second album by Dublin based singer-songwriter Eileen Gogan and features guest appearances from musical luminaries such as Sean O’Hagan, Cathal Coughlan, Damian O’Neill, Terry Edwards and Stephen Ryan. Self-produced by Gogan, the record showcases the skills of this talented artist.
BIBIO – Sleep On The Wing – LP €21.99 (warp) – Bibio returns, just over a year on from his latest album Ribbons, with a new ten track LP titled Sleep On The Wing on Warp Records. The release follows a pattern Bibio has established in his work; releasing a follow up LP after an album exploring similar sonic ground. This release draws on a familiar range of influences from traditional folk, peaceful atmospheric soundscapes and field recordings from the natural world. Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio) once again demonstrates the breadth of his musicality, embracing a wide range of self-played instruments including the strings which gave Ribbons much of its flavour and features some new accouplements for good measure
SPORTS TEAM – Deep Down Happy – LP €20.99 (Island) – Limited Orange Vinyl – Here’s the thing… Sports Team are a band of six singular characters who have been variously described as one of the most raucous, electrifying and chaotic acts in the UK. This is their highly anticipated debut record, ‘Deep Down Happy’, which follows the acclaimed EPs, Winter Nets and Keep Walking!, and is their first release on the legendary Island Records label.
JACK GARRATT – Love, Death & Dancing – 2LP €23.99 (Island) – Indies Exclusive Transparent Vinyl – Jack Garratt releases his second album Love, Death and Dancing, his first new music since 2016. The music is performed solely by Jack, and produced alongside Jacknife Lee and James Flannigan. Love, Death and Dancing is a joyous album. It isn’t afraid to lay bare the torment that led up to and informed its creation. But it is also a triumphant testament to survival, and to courage. Standouts include the naked soul baring She Will Lay My Body On The Stone, the bluesy spaciousness of Anyone which recalls Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac and the anguished, propulsive Better, which channels the Beach Boys, Daft Punk and Beat It.
NORAH JONES – Love, Death And Dancing -LP €20.99(Virgin/EMI) – Limited Indies BlacK & White Vinyl – Norah Jones didn’t mean to make another album. After she finished touring 2016’s Day Breaks — her beloved return to piano-based jazz — she walked away from the well-worn album cycle grind and into an unfamiliar territory without boundaries: a series of short sessions with an ever-changing array of collaborators resulting in a diverse stream of singles (with Mavis Staples, Rodrigo Amarante, Thomas Bartlett, Tarriona Tank Ball, and more). But then an odd thing happened. Slowly but surely, the session songs Jones hadn’t released congealed into that very thing she’d meant to avoid — an album, lucky for us. Because ‘Pick Me Up Off The Floor’ is not some disjointed collage. It holds together beautifully, connected by the sly groove of her piano trios, lyrics that confront loss and portend hope, and a heavy mood that leans into darkness before ultimately finding the light.
PETER GABRIEL – Rated PG – LP €21.99 (Real World) – 180G Vinyl Half Speed Mastered – Rated PG is a collection of Peter Gabriel songs from the movies. Originally compiled for a limited edition picture disc LP release for Record Store Day 2019, due to fan demand the album is now being made more widely available with this black vinyl LP
DRAB CITY – Good Songs For Bad People – LP €22.99 (Bella Union) – What a great album – imagine Julee Cruise doing the soundtrack to Killing Eve? Or Mazzy Star miraculously transported back to ye-ye France. A heady air of dislocation envelops Drab City’s debut album, where songs of innocence and experience merge with dub, hip-hop, dream-pop and jazzy soundtrack vibes to intoxicating effect.
DJ BORING – Like Water – 12″€11.99 (Technicolour) – Melbourne born, London based producer DJ Boring (real name Tristan Hallis) joins Technicolour to release Like Water, his first EP in two years. The tracks were originally produced as part of his acclaimed live show, which consisted of 100% new, unreleased music, and sparked much excitement amongst fans, who have been searching for the tracks ever since. .
ORLANDO WEEKS – A Quickening – LP€34.99 (PIAS) – Limited Deluxe Clear Vinyl – Orlando Weeks recently launched his solo career with Safe In Sound, a track that was A-listed at BBC 6 Music and inspired comparisons with the likes of The Blue Nile and Talk Talk. Now he releases his debut album A Quickening via Play It Again Sam.
ULRICH SCHNAUSS – Goodbye – 2LP€26.99 (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
JANIS JOPLIN – Pearl – LP€21.99 (Sony) – The final Janis lp from 1971 recorded with the full tilt boogie band found Miss Joplin in fine form belting her way through classics such as Move Over, Kristofferson’s Me and Bobby Mcgee (Janis’ majestic posthumous number one) and the evergreen Mercedes Benz.
BLACK DEVIL – Lucifer is A Flower – LP+7″ €23.99 (Lo Recordings) – Limited Red Vinyl – Lucifer Is A Flower is the final album from the legendary Black Devil. His story is as deep and strange as the music itself. His first album Black Devil Disco Club is one of the most enigmatic electronic masterpieces ever made. So ahead of it’s time that no one could believe it was made in 1977 (released 1n 1978). Many thought it was a hoax and that the music was made by Aphex Twin or Luke Vibert but when Lo Recordings released the 28 After album in 2006, the truth was finally revealed.
VARIOUS – Under The InfluenceVol 8: Compiled by Woody Bianchi – 2LP €23.99 (Z Records) – Z Records continues its commitment to unearthing the obscure and long forgotten tracks from the last 40 years through the ever-popular Under The Influence series. The story behind U.T.I is this, being a seasoned record collector Z label boss Dave Lee (Joey Negro) has made the acquaintance of many of the worlds other vinyl junkies. People that may be unknown to the general public but are hardcore enthusiasts who have built some of the best collections of soul, funk and disco on the planet. The idea of UTI isn’t about big name djs but is to give a musical platform to those who have the knowledge to put together a track listing of killer tunes.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Gold Against The Soul (Remastered) – LP €22.99 (Columbia) – Includes Download with all the B sides – Gold Against the Soul is the second album by the Manic Street Preachers. It was originally released on 21 June 1993 by Columbia.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Gold Against The Soul (Remastered) – 2CD HARDBACK BOOK €54.99 (Columbia)
METAMATICS – Midnight Sun Pig – 2LP €26.99 (Hydrogen Dukebox) – Limited Sun Pig Pink Vinyl – The complete album for the first time ever on LP – Limited Edition Coloured Double Vinyl. A classic of its time, Midnight Sun Pig was first released by the now defunct Swedish based Dot Records at the dawn of the Millennium and gives a fascinating insight into the mind of Metamatics, with a distinctive sound that is impossible to pigeonhole. Metamatics – aka the influential Lee Anthony Jude Norris whose numerous albums and singles across a string of labels under the monikers of Metamatics, Norken, Nacht Plank and Autumn Of Communion have captivated electronica aficionados for two decades.
24 CARAT BLACK- III – LP €31.99 (Numero) – From Shrine to Stax, Isaac Hayes to Gloria Ann Taylor, The Mad Lads to The Staples Singers, Detroit to Atlanta, Kendrick to Pusha-T, Dale Warren’s singular voice is the lone constant. Beneath the ethereal beauty of his productions was a genius crippled by his unbridled id. His ever-evolving 24-Carat Black project spanned the ’70s, producing a masterpiece and an unfinished follow up. Discovered in a storage space were Warren’s 1980s demos cut with grown n’ sexy divas Princess Hearn, Vicki Gray, and LaRhonda LeGette right before his untimely death at the age of 50. III is an unfinished symphony that peels away the final layer of Dale Warren’s mysterious oeuvre.
JOHN WILLIAMS – Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 2LP Picture Disc €39.99 (UMC) – Limited Edition –
JIMI HENDRIX – Band Of Gypsies (50th Anniversary) – LP€34.99 (Legacy) – Limited Dark Red Marbled Vinyl – Band of Gypsys was originally released in March 1970, at a time when Hendrix was at the peak of his powers. Featuring a new line up consisting of drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox, it was recorded across two performances at the Fillmore East on New Year’s Day 1970. The resulting live album captured an incendiary mix of blues, rock, and funk.
RON GEESIN – Pot-Boilers – Ron Geesin Soundtracks To Stephen Dwoskin Films, 1966 – 1970 – LP €22.99 (Trunk) – Sublime, unique, sexy and peculiar unreleased scores by electronic and jazz pioneer Ron Geesin, made for the sublime, unique, sexy and peculiar films by maverick director Stephen Dwoskin. There. we’ve said it. And if you have not heard of one or either of these two dudes it doesn’t really matter. Geesin made great music and worked with Pink Floyd. Dwoskin made odd films, most of them are in the BFI permanent collection. They are great and a bit strange.