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Albums Friday 8th July

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Albums Friday 8th July

METAL/PUNK/ROCK

 

CRADLE OF FILTH – Dusk And Her Embrace… The Original Sin
CD – £9.99
The unreleased album from Cradle Of Filth.  Recorded in Spring 1995 at Magnum’s Studios produced by Zak Bajjon (ex-Witchfinder General) and Andy Reilly, and engineered by Mike Cowling.  The album was written by the iconic line-up behind debut ‘The Principle of Evil Made Flesh’.  Remastered by Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studio, with completely new artwork and layout by Drake Mefesta.

GONE IS GONE – Gone Is Gone
CD – £9.99
Gone Is Gone may be a new name in the rock world, but its members are anything but unfamiliar. This rock supergroup includes members of Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age and At The Drive-In.  With combined sales of over 4,500,000 albums and 3 unique diehard fan-bases, it’s easy to see why this release is so highly anticipated by fans and critics alike.  The explosive debut EP includes 8 songs that combine elements of each members’ previous projects, while still being original and uncommon. Gone Is Gone is not just another flash in the pan side project, or session studio release amongst friends, it’s a calculated effort that is sure to leave listeners wanting more.

INTER ARMA – Paradise Gallows
CD – £9.99
After already having taken forward-thinking extreme music to unprecedented heights over the course of their short but propulsive career, Richmond’s INTER ARMA are back with another opus of epic proportions.   Harsh and acoustic passages (including the band’s first-ever foray into clean vocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks over 71 minutes of expansive, progressive heaviness.  Dense, funereal, and richly evocative, Paradise Gallows is a vibrant blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, avant-garde, black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band’s already monumental discography.  FOR FANS OF: Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Yob, Tombs, Ulcerate, Mastodon. 

BIFFY CLYRO – Ellipsis
CD – £10.99/£12.99   LP – £16.99/£19.99
Biffy Clyro follow 2013’s critically acclaimed #1 double-album ‘Opposites’ with their seventh studio album ‘Ellipsis’ which will be released on Warner Bros. Records / 14th Floor Recordings.  Citing influences as diverse as Tears For Fears’ ‘Songs From The Big Chair’ album, DJ Arca and Deafheaven, Simon Neil has described ‘Ellipsis’ as “more of a punch to the nose than a big cuddle.”  Lyrically, the album’s songs tackle personal issues with the idea of “fighting back” a recurring theme.  Such themes are also apparent in the album’s visceral first single ‘Wolves of Winter’ which captures Biffy Clyro’s famous blend of angular riffs, pummelling rhythms and strident hooks. 

Crazy Lixx – Sound Of The LIVE Minority
CD – £11.99
”It’s a milestone for every rock band” – that’s what lead singer Danny Rexon says with Crazy Lixx about to release the first ever live album of their career. And a milestone it is, in more than one way. On the one hand it is the perfect record to sum up four studio albums and more than a decade as a touring band in over an hour of energetic, live rock n’ roll with the very best songs from their catalogue and most requested fan favorites. On the other hand it also marks the end of the band’s most successful line-up with guitarist Andreas Z Eriksson as the lead guitar slinger with this recorded live performance being his last show with the band.      

    Trick Or Treat – Rabbit’s Hill Pt. 2
CD – £11.99
Trick Or Treat are certainly a crazy bunch of guys… while they are an absolute and super-tight Power Metal band, at the same time they like to share some fun with their audience. Formed originally in 2002 as a tribute band to Helloween, Trick Or Treat soon become a very popular live attraction in their area. on this new album, Trick or Treat had the honor to work with great international guests and friends like Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica and, in the role of the evil general Woundwort, Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest – ex-Malmsteen).

FATES WARNING – THEORIES OF FLIGHT
CD – £11.99          
On the ‘Inside Out’ label, this is the 12th album from long-running US progressive metal band Fates Warning. Press reviews and features expected in Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Powerplay, Fireworks, Total Guitar, Rhythm, Classic Rock Society, Record Collector, Terrorizer & more.
                               
KRISIUN – THE GREAT EXECUTION
CD – £11.99
This is the jewel-cased, 2nd life format, of the x10 trk Progressive Death Metal album from Brazilian rockers KRISIUN, released on the ‘Century Media’ label.

Vanna – ‘All Hell’
CD – £7.99
New England’s Vanna release their new album, ‘All Hell’, via Pure Noise.  The album was produced and engineered by Will Putney, who has previously worked with The Amity Affliction and Miss May I.  “‘All Hell’ is everything we’ve been through, all the problems, all the pain, all the lessons we’ve learned or were forced to face. But make no mistake. These songs aren’t confessions – they’re us being proud and owning the people we are now. This record is you on the other side of the hell you’ve gone through: better, stronger, and ready for more. No matter what you fought through, bled about and survived, we feel it, we’re with you and this records is our anthem. This is the sound when ‘All Hell’ comes crashing down.”  For fans of Architects, While She Sleeps, Your Demise, Beartooth.

Heart – Beautiful Broken
CD – £12.99
Heart has sold over 35 million records, and this anticipated album is their first in four years. Beautiful Broken, their sixteenth album finds Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, but taking some of their favourite “cherry picks” from their catalogue and rerecording and rethinking them. The title track and first single features a dynamic guest vocal contribution by Metallica’s James Hetfield with Ann Wilson.

INDIE/POP/ALTERNATIVE

Shura – Nothings Real    
CD – £9.99
In many ways ‘Nothing’s Real’ is the perfect title for Shura’s debut album, which mixes the personal and the fantastical to beguiling, immersive effect. It features songs written and painstakingly recorded across two years in her Shepherds Bush bedroom – the site of which is blown up on the album’s striking artwork – but also reaches back further than that: into parents, childhood, past relationships and the possibilities of the future. All threaded together across the album’s often-affecting narrative, the record assimilates everything Shura loves – from early Madonna to Sci-fi, and War on Drugs to gaming – but is also the sound of an artist pushing themselves hard, further into the unknown

 Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers – Rehab Reunion
CD – £11.99
How does a platinum selling recording artist follow a summer of “Fare Thee Well”  as a member of the Grateful Dead for their historic 50th anniversary concerts in Chicago and Santa Clara in front of 100,000 people each day ?  If you’re Bruce Hornsby, you saddle up with your own merry band of Noisemakers and make a fantastic new record, “Rehab Reunion.”

Dead Can Dance – ‘Dead Can Dance’
LP – £15.99
 On their eponymous debut album, originally released in 1984, Dead Can Dance successfully harnessed a bewitching barrage of sounds, layering grinding guitars and even a dulcimer-like yang chin over a taut wash of percussion. If the range of the group is staggering, then so too is their disciplined economy, no song lasting more than four minutes or degenerating into formless cacophony. With the five group members continually interchanging instruments, only the vocals of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry remain as a constant focus.  This 2016 LP version is a repress of the original release.

Dead Can Dance –  ‘Into The Labyrinth’
LP – £18.99
 Originally released in 1993, ‘Into The Labyrinth’ is Dead Can Dance’s sixth album. One of their most successful releases, its title a reference to the Greek legend of Theseus going into the Labyrinth to slay the Minotaur. It came when Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard had embarked on more individual personal paths, writing their songs independent of one another and on separate continents. Engineered and produced by Brendan at his Quivvy Church studio in Ireland, the album is an audiophile benchmark and also noted for being their first without any guests, instead they played all the instruments.  This 2016 vinyl version is also a double LP like the original release but comes with brand new cover artwork and an altered track sequence.
 
Dead Can Dance – ‘Spleen And Ideal’
LP – £15.99
 Dead Can Dance’s second album, ‘Spleen And Ideal’ (1985), saw them experiment more with instrumentation, abandoning guitars in favour of cello, trombone and timpani. Widely acclaimed, there was now a richness of unification between voice and music, lyrics and structure, showing they had a concrete sense of the aural ideal they were striving towards. It’s title was taken from ‘Spleen et Idéal’, a collection of poems by 18th century French poet Charles Baudelaire. This 2016 LP version is a repress of the original release.

THE RAVE-UPS  – Town + Country
CD – £12.99
AMERICANA PIONEERS’ DEBUT – REISSUED AND EXPANDED!  While the members of The Rave-Ups held day jobs in the mail room at A&M Records, they were able to use the label’s studios at night and during lunch breaks to record what would become a genre-defining release.  Enlisting the help of producer Stephen Barncard (Grateful Dead’s American Beauty) as well as the legendary pedal-steel player Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Town + Country appeared on the scene in 1985.  The album gained enough attention to get the band featured in John Hughes’ classic 1986 film, Pretty In Pink. Sadly, their “Positively Lost Me” didn’t make the soundtrack, and the Fun Stuff Records issued Town + Country fell out of print . 

 ELECTRONICA/DANCE/HIP HOP

The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower’
CD – £9.99   LP – £18.99/£22.99
Following an unprecedented sixteen-year gap between albums and all the revolutions the world has made since the release of their hugely acclaimed, award winning debut album ‘Since I Left You’ (2000), The Avalanches announce their new album, ‘Wildflower’, featuring Danny Brown, MF Doom, Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi, Jennifer Herrema, Biz Markie and more.  Created by the band’s core duo – Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi – ‘Wildflower’ is nothing less than The Beach Boys’ ‘Smile’ reimagined in the Daisy Age; a mind-bending cartoon road movie that’s best viewed with closed eyes and an open mind.  In the years since the release of ‘Since I Left You’ the album has established a rarely seen loyalty, its influence ever growing in the age of digital music, sampling and bedroom producers. The Avalanches, meanwhile, have become the stuff of folklore, with rumours abounding about a long awaited follow-up record. Today the rumours end. Available on the following formats: CD; deluxe heavyweight double vinyl in a quadruple gatefold sleeve with poster and a copy of the album on CD; standard double vinyl with CD.

Aphex Twin – ‘Cheetah’
CD – £7.99   LP – £11.99
The Aphex Twin ‘Cheetah’ EP uses digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today.  To assure you that your ‘Cheetah’ EP will give you many years of enjoyment, please be sure to read the owner’s manual carefully before attempting to operate the ‘Cheetah’ EP.  If you wish to experiment and create some sounds of your own, first try editing some sounds we’ve already made for you, before attempting to create a patch from scratch. We sincerely hope that having battled through the programming of the ‘Cheetah’ EP, you have not become familiar with the exceptional potential of this record.  Have fun programming and if you create any superb patches and tones which you feel deserve to be appreciated by other ‘Cheetah’ EP buyers, send a MIDI System Exclusive Dump of them, on a disc to WARP and if we also think they are superb, you could be rewarded for your efforts.

Róisín Murphy – ‘Take Her Up To Monto’
CD – £9.99
‘Take Her Up To Monto’ is the follow up to Róisín’s critically acclaimed Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Hairless Toys’ and is billed as her most daring and creative yet. Never an artist to stand still, ‘Monto’ features everything Murphy has always done but seen afresh, boasting disco fancy, dark cabaret, the sonorities of classic house and electronica and the joy and heartbreak of pure pop drama resulting in her most magnificent song structures so far.  The follow on from Roisin’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Hairless Toys’ album last year, Róisín is at her most creative peak yet.

Eminem – The Slim Shady LP
LP – £21.99
‘The Slim Shady LP’ is the second studio album and first commercial release from the American rapper Eminem. It was released on February 23, 1999, under Interscope Records and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. Recorded in Ferndale, Michigan following Eminem’s recruitment by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the album features production from Dr. Dre, the Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself. The majority of the record’s lyrical content is written from the perspective of the rapper’s alter ego Slim Shady, whom the rapper created on ‘Slim Shady EP’ (1997).

Various Artists – Jackmaster DJ-Kicks
CD – £10.99
The next episode of DJ Kicks comes from Jackmaster. The Numbers cofounder and charismatic Glaswegian delivers an honest journey, unearthing a serious passion for the obscure boundaries of house and techno. “The mix is influenced heavily by how I used to DJ at the first party I ever promoted, named Seismic, and another named Monox which was a straight up techno night where I was a resident from the age of 17. And although it wasn’t my plan, it turned into a kind of tribute to the cities that really formulated me as a DJ: Detroit, Chicago and Glasgow.”

Lindstrøm – Windings EP
12″ – £8.99
Like one of his endlessly building tracks, HansPeter Lindstrøm is only moving further upwards. The Norwegian spacedisco wizard’s new EP, Windings , is three tracks of that nowclassic sound closely associated with Lindstrøm’s name: skyward synths, effervescent rhythms, and melodies that spiral beautifully into the great unknown. This is Lindstrøm in the zone—and if you’ve been paying close attention over the last decade, it’s a zone he’s never left. Reliable without sounding complacent and expansive while sounding impossibly selfcontained, Windings is the latest reminder that HansPeter Lindstrøm is on an unbelievable run. It’s an impressive display of virtuoso talent that only the stars can contain, and a dizzying collection of tracks that, as ever, test the limits of achieving total bliss and reaching towards total artistic infinity.

Throwing Shade , Machinedrum, Ibibio Sound Machine – ‘Amai Ndiwulule / Lewasi / Dream Scene’
12″ – £8.49
Ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey made 35,000 recordings across Africa between the 1920s & 70s, in an epic bid to preserve the music of Africa for future generations. Sixty-five years later, artists are being allowed to access the archives of the International Library of African Music (ILAM) for the first time, with contemporary producers putting a fresh perspective on the never-heard-before sounds to help bring them to a new generation. Beating Heart is a music initiative which seeks to use sounds of the past to address problems of the present – money raised will go directly to help communities where the music was originally recorded. Tracklisting 1: Amai Ndiwulule – Ibibio Sound Machine  2: Lewasi – Machinedrum  3: Dream Scene – Throwing Shade

Jane Weaver – ‘The Amber Light’ Vinyl
LP – £17.99
After almost two years of busy tour schedules and widespread unanimous critical acclaim, longstanding experimental pop crusader Jane Weaver finally commits one of her most requested projects to vinyl in the shape of dedicated mini-album ‘The Amber Light’, presented here on exclusive, transparent amber vinyl.  Originally issued as a limited CD only bonus disc for ‘The Silver Globe’ album, ‘The Amber Light’ surprised fans expecting B-sides and outtakes with what for many stood up as its own isolated project including some of Jane’s best material to date, including the pulsating synth anthem’ I Need A Connection’, which since became a radio favourite also appearing on film and fashion shows throughout the latter half of 2015.
 
With You. , Clap! Clap! , Luke Vibert – ‘Africable / Kulira / No Resistance’
12″ – £8.49
Ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey made 35,000 recordings across Africa between the 1920s & 70s, in an epic bid to preserve the music of Africa for future generations. Sixty-five years later, artists are being allowed to access the archives of the International Library of African Music (ILAM) for the first time, with contemporary producers putting a fresh perspective on the never-heard-before sounds to help bring them to a new generation. Beating Heart is a music initiative which seeks to use sounds of the past to address problems of the present – money raised will go directly to help communities where the music was originally recorded. Tracklisting 1: Africable – Luke Vibert  2: Kulira – Clap! Clap!  3: No Resistance – With You.

SOUL/JAZZ/WORLD

Sarathy Korwar – ‘Day To Day’
CD – £9.99   LP – £17.99
The extraordinary debut album from percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar, ‘Day To Day’ fuses traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with jazz and electronics.  The album is a collaborative release by Ninja Tune with The Steve Reid Foundation. Sarathy is an alumnus of the Foundation’s development program, mentored by Four Tet, Floating Points, Koreless, Emanative and Gilles Peterson, all trustees of the foundation.

BADBADNOTGOOD – ‘IV’
CD – £10.99   LP – £16.99
BADBADBADNOTGOOD is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They formed and became inseparable friends at Humber College’s Music Performance program in 2011 and have been on a critically acclaimed, rule bending musical journey ever since.  The boys are back with the new album IV, their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. IV continues their forward thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session in space between Can, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Weather Report, Arthur Russell & MF DOOM.

 
William Bell – This Is Where I Live
CD – £12.99
William Bell is a Stax Records original. Perhaps best known for his classic hit, “You Don’t Miss Your Water”, a prototypical slice of country-soul, he is one of the most influential artists in soul music history. Now, the renowned singer and composer returns with This Is Where I Live, William’s first album of new music in over 10 years and his first album on Stax in over 40 years. With help from GRAMMY winning producer, co-writer and instrumentalist, John Leventhal, This is Where I Live is philosophical, eloquent and soulful, and extends William’s creative footprint into fresh new territory.   
 
The Dells – We Got To Get Our Thing Together / No Way Back
CD – £9.99
Caroline International, in association with SoulMusic Records, is proud to announce the reissue of WE GOT TO GET OUR THING TOGETHER and NO WAY BACK, two classic ‘70s albums by legendary group The Dells, the first album available for the first time on CD worldwide and the second only available as a limited edition Japanese reissue. Both albums have been long treasured by loyal and steadfast fans of the group; this reissue, produced by David Nathan of SoulMusic Records, is  remastered from original tapes by Donald Cleveland and features notes by renowned UK writer Charles Waring and includes quotes from group member Chuck Barksdale specifically for this reissue.          

    MAXWELL – blackSUMMER’s night           
£11.99
U.S. ‘Neo Soul’ pioneering singer/songwriter/producer MAXWELL returns with the much-anticipated follow up to 2009’s platinum-selling #1 album “BLACKsummers Night”. The new x12 track album is available on double LP Vinyl & standard CD formats.

    Gloria Jones – Gone With The Wind is My Love
7″ – £8.99
Light of Love Wax Co. is honoured to release Gloria Jones and The Tiara’s “Gone With The Wind is My Love” Mastered specifically for vinyl by Grammy®-award winning engineer Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles. Paired with the Tiaras B-side, “You’re My Man”, “Gone with The Wind Is My Love” is available as a limited edition pressing. Issued in a custom tri-color sleeve evocative of the Dore imprint the record was originally released on in 1967. “Gone With The Wind Is My Love” is the latest release on Gloria Jones’ Light of Love Wax Co. imprint. Ms Jones set up the Light of Love Wax Co. as a vehicle to help support Music & Film schools in West Africa. Proceeds from every Light of Love Wax Co. sale helps support this cause.

MILES DAVIS – MILES AHEAD – OST
LP – £19.99
A cinematic exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis, the movie feature “MILES AHEAD” marks the directorial debut of Don Cheadle, who co-wrote the screenplay & stars as the legendary musician in the film. The accompanying motion picture soundtrack explores the breadth and depth of Miles Davis’ musical innovations, combining x11 highlights from the legendary trumpeter, composer & bandleader’s Prestige and Columbia Records catalogues with original new compositions written and performed by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper. Select new tracks on the soundtrack include guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, rapper Pharoahe Monch and more. Feature revelatory new liner notes penned by Don Cheadle. CD was released early April.

Various Artists – DJ Spinna Presents The Wonder Of Stevie Volume 3
LP – £21.99
The list of musical highlights for Vincent Williams aka DJ Spinna are too numerous to list, from his seminal hip hop duo Jigmastas and DJ sets across the globe, to his iconic solo productions and remixes. But if you ask him, it’s the relationship he’s forged with personal hero Stevie Wonder that Spinna considers to be his single greatest achievement. An extension of the Wonderfull parties, this album represents a celebration of the life, music and cultural impact of Stevie Wonder. Few compilers can boast Spinna’s understanding of Stevie’s back catalogue, not to mention the large number of songs he’s written for other artists over the years. Featuring stunning cover versions you may well have never heard before alongside songs many of us had no idea he’d written, Spinna’s vast knowledge of and boundless enthusiasm for Stevie’s music shines with every selection. As both a super-fan and a close friend, surely there is nobody better placed to compile this wonderful document of Stevie Wonder’s music, inspiration and influence.