Lady Gaga releases her highly anticipated sixth studio album Chromatica via Interscope Records. The album is executive produced by BloodPop® and Lady Gaga. The album comes on the heels of Friday’s release of the high-energy pop smash Stupid Love, which debuted at #1 on iTunes in 58 countries.
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.
Often thought of as a maverick outsider who doesn't care much for being an electronica celebrity, Norris has gained a flawless reputation for his mesmerising electronica with his self-professed aim to "stimulate synapses rather than devastate dance floors". Looking to Eno, Numan and Depeche Mode more than his fellow electronic contemporaries, Lee has become a hugely influential artist in his own right among serious music makers - cred-stokingly namedropped by Radiohead's Colin Greenwood, Laurent Garnier, Nicolas Lutz and John Foxx amongst others. Original pressings of his albums have become much sought-after as time has moved forth changing hands for upwards of £100 a piece. Hydrogen Dukebox, with whom Lee has had a long-term working relationship, have resurrected the cult LP, releasing the whole album as a two LP set for the first time. As many fans will agree, this is the only way Midnight Sun Pig should be given the re-release treatment, pressed onto vinyl in its entirety with new artwork by life-long Hydrogen Dukebox collaborator and designer Chris Thomson and all 10 tracks presented across two pristine slabs of Sun Pig Pink 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.