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New Releases 26th August

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Albums Friday 26th August

METAL/PUNK/ROCK

 Kiss – Rocks Vegas
“In November 2014 KISS brought their legendary live show to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for a Las Vegas residency. KISS Rocks Vegas captures the event in all its pyrotechnical glory as the band power through hit after hit in front of the adoring KISS Army. Nobody delivers a live concert spectacle like KISS and this concert film finds them in peak form. It’s a must have for all KISS fans.Filmed in high definition and simultaneously released on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD set, DVD+2LP set and Deluxe Edition containing DVD, Blu-ray & 2CDs in a 60 page hardback book. DVD+2LP set is packaged in a gatefold sleeve. Packed with KISS classics including: Rock And Roll All Nite, Psycho Circus, I Love It Loud, Hell Or Hallelujah, Tears Are Falling, Detroit Rock City, Lick It Up, Shout It Out Loud, Creatures Of The Night and more!”

W.A.S.P. – The Sting: Live In Los Angeles
On April 22nd 2000, the undisputed masters of shock rock returned to the Key Club in Los Angeles to deliver us some evil. The show that fateful night re-established W.A.S.P. as one of the most entertaining, skillful and controversial rock bands on the planet. Containing all of the band’s greatest hits and unforgettable performances from Lawless and Holmes, this live CD and bonus packed DVD captures W.A.S.P. at their uncensored best. This deluxe 2 disc set comes packaged in a Mediabook with a 24 page colour booklet.

Wreckless Eric – Wreckless Eric
First ever stand alone CD release of the classic debut album by Wreckless Eric. Wreckless Eric was one of the original crop of wonderful stars on the infamous Stiff Records label, along with The Damned, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, and a couple of years later Madness. Features Eric’s most famous song – the legendary ‘Whole Wide World’, now critically considered to be one of the best punk rock singles of all time. ‘Whole Wide World’ has appeared in several films, most recently in the 2006 film ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ where Will Ferrell starts singing the song while playing the guitar before the original version takes over. Bonus tracks are the b-side and fan favourite ‘Semaphore Signals’ and Wreckless Eric’s two contributions to the classic Live compilation from the first Stiff tour – ‘Stiffs Live Stiffs’.

INDIE/POP/ALTERNATIVE

ATTICA RIOTS – Attica Riots EP (RSD store exclusive 7″)

Canadian pop-rock outfit ATTICA RIOTS make a brand of synth driven energetic pop rock that oft graces the shores of 6Music.  Described by VICE/NOISEY as ‘infectious alternative anthems’ their energetic live shows are thing of legend, bringing down the house at exclusive shows at THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and the JUNO AWARDS.  For Fans Of: The Killers, The Wombats, Reverend & The Makers, Years & Years, Friendly Fires, New Order, Happy Mondays, Waving Your Hands In The Air Like You Just Don’t Care.

CASS McCOMBS – Mangy Love
Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters.  It’s a career that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them.  His new record, “Mangy Love,” ventures into realms of experimental soul, twisted psychedelia, and straight-up rock, resulting in a sound that articulates his live show better than ever before. Thematically, it’s far darker, tackling heavy issues through McCombs’ uniquely cracked lens of (oftentimes hilarious) lyrical wit and acumen toward subtlety.  Hip-hop and Beat poetry influences have never been more evident, with several songs employing a speechstyle and clever fast-paced wordplay.  There are guest appearances by many fellow musicians of his tribe ranging from Angel Olsen to Blake Mills, under the production of veteran Rob Schnapf, and the overall result is his most immediate and upbeat record to date.
 
Scott Walker – 5 Classic Albums
A selection of 5 classic studio albums packaged together in a new slim line slipcase from the man who is noted for his distinctive baritone voice and for the unorthodox career path which has taken him from 1960s pop icon to 21st century avant-garde musician. Includes the albums: Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 & Til’ The Band Comes In.                 

Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Hot Rats is the second solo album by Frank Zappa. It was originally released in October 1969. Five of the six songs are instrumental (“Willie the Pimp” features a short vocal by Captain Beefheart). It was Zappa’s first recording project after the dissolution of the original Mothers of Invention. In his original sleeve notes Zappa described the album as “a movie for your ears.” This was the first Frank Zappa album recorded on 16-track equipment and one of the first albums to use this technology. Machines with 16 individual tracks allow for much more flexibility in multi-tracking and overdubbing than the professional 4- and 8-track reel-to-reel tape recorders that were standard in 1969.   

Thompson Twins – Into The Gap
Remastered double 180g vinyl album set featuring the original album plus a bonus disc of 6 tracks originally only available on the 1984 Cassette Edition of the album. Tom Bailey has provided exclusive sleeve notes for this Limited Edition two album set. This is the fourth studio album by the band and originally released in February 1984. This remastered edition comes with heavyweight wide spined sleeve and newly designed inner bags. The second disc contains the 12inch Extended Versions of “Doctor Doctor’, ‘Hold Me Now’ and ‘Sister Of Mercy’ and remixes of ‘Day After Day’ and ‘You Take Me Up’ under the guise of ‘Panic Station’ and ‘Down Tools’ respectively. There is also the intrumental ‘Leopard Ray’.

             Morgan Delt – ‘Phase Zero’
The invocation of classic West Coast psychedelia that permeates Morgan Delt’s Sub Pop debut album feels like a continuous sunrise, never concealing its influences yet perfectly putting its songs through a gauzy lens that blurs and obscures. The ten song collection, performed entirely by Delt, recorded in his Topanga Canyon studio and mastered by JJ Golden, is a home-fi construction with a more subtle, braintickling character than its predecessor and somewhat reflects a realist take on the flower power fantasy of 1967. Doused in echo and haze, slow chords lap in like Pacific waves, flanked by gentle whispers of multi-tracked, cooing vox, phased guitars and fuzz that calmly surrounds the listener’s head less than it jabs at the cortex.  
 
 
 
 
 
The Parrots – ‘Los Niños Sin Miedo’
The Parrots – Diego García (vocals / guitar), Alex de Lucas (bass) and Larry Balboa (drums) – are a loose-hipped, primordial rock ‘n’ roll band from Madrid who met at university in the city and evolved from the same firmament of like-minded artists, photographers, DJs and musicians that recently spawned the acclaimed band Hinds. (The Parrots’ Diego produced Hinds’ recently released acclaimed album ‘Leave Me Alone’.)  The band recorded ‘Los Niños Sin Miedo’ in one week last September down by the sea in Cádiz at the studios of much-loved Spanish sound engineer Paco Loco. An idyllic setting conducive to the recording of the album, Paco’s infectious enthusiasm and artistic insight made the process even easier.
 
 
New Model Army – ‘Winter’
This is their first full studio album since their acclaimed long-player “Between Dog and Wolf” kick-started a creative renaissance in 2013. The album is a powerful and emotionally intense body of work. From the opening epic “Beginning” through to the closing song “After Something” the album builds on the new directions taken by “Between Dog and Wolf”, yet also has familiar echoes of the immediacy and engagement of the band’s classic albums “The Ghost of Cain” and “Thunder and Consolation”.
                                

 ELECTRONICA/DANCE/HIP HOP

De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody…
The creation of and the Anonymous Nobody has been several years in the making. De La Soul wanted to make another sample-based album in the vein of 3 Feet High and Rising. In order to do so, and avoid the legalities of sample clearance, they spent a few years recording more than 300 hours of live music, converging everything from bossa nova, soul and hip-hop to funk, disco and reggae, creating their own sample library. The body of work is a concept and continuous story, even down to the transitions of songs with sound effects and instrumentals. The features-based record is mixed by Bob Power, Morgan Garcia and De La Soul, and was produced by De La Soul and Dave West. Guest appearances include Snoop Dogg, Usher, 2 Chainz, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Jill Scott and more.
 
 
 
Red Pill – Instinctive Drowning
Red Pill is a member of the Hip-Hop collective Ugly Heroes consisting of producer Apollo Brown (Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass, Vinnie Paz, Masta Ace), & MC Verbal Kent and he’s previously worked with Oddisee & L’Orange. This album is produced entirely by illPoetic. The deeply personal narrative starts with Pill in the hospital in 2013 when doctors thought he had brain cancer and may be dying. It turned out he had viral meningitis – common to drunks – and only one doctor had the balls to tell him to stop drinking. Red Pill told himself he was going to stop drinking but after two weeks of sickness, he went to the liquor store again and hasn’t stopped. The story deepens as Red Pill reveals that his mom died from alcoholism when he was 19 in the most gut wrenching song you’ll ever listen to as your eyes fill with tears knowing there is too much truth.

SOUL/JAZZ/WORLD

Hiatus Kaiyote – Breathing Underwater (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix & Instrumental)
In recent years Hiatus Kaiyote have gone from Down Under to somewhere near the stratosphere. After 2012’s ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ had drawn the attention of Europe and the US, the exciting Aussie quartet officially reached big deal status when Gilles Peterson bestowed upon them his coveted Breakthrough Act of the Year in 2013.Featuring an unabashed tribute to Stevie Wonder, with ‘Breathing Underwater’ seeing lead singer and Wonder disciple Nai Palm pay homage to the superstar. Taking a short cut through the whole six degrees of separation equation, DJ Spinna, another conspicuous fan of the band and someone who knows a thing or two about Wonder, made sure the man himself got to hear the track, ahead of remixing the original and bringing close a dancefloor from far far away. Spinna’s own take on cosmic disco is all in a day’s work for a producer who time and again shows ease of transition between hip-hop, soul, groove, disco, funk and all in between. A mixture of warmth and fragility, across both vocal and instrumental versions, continues the band’s starry ascent.

Various Artists – Kon & The Gang
Vinyl obsessive, renowned DJ and leading light of the global edit scene, Kon knows a thing or two about good music. His latest project, Kon & The Gang, introduces a selection of tracks, remixes and edits that the Boston native has lent his golden touch to over the years. Featuring artists à la mode Truccy (Compost’s Rainer Trueby & Corrado Bucci), Eli Escobar, Seven Davis Jr, Medlar and Thatmanmonkz, the album gives newcomers to the scene a fantastic taste of the DIY disco / throwback house revival which is currently taking the underground by storm. A mixture of effortlessly cool, slow slung disco & boogie and deftly edited dancefloor gems, ‘Kon & The Gang’ is sure to delight fans of soulful music old and new.

Various Artists – Off Track Vol. 2 Compiled & Mixed by Kon & Amir
To celebrate 20 years of Barely Breaking even, we’ve been hard at work re-stocking a few of our most sought-after back catalogue gems. The second volume in Kon & Amir’s famed ‘Off Track’ series, this 2008 collection of obscure classics was dedicated to the New York borough of Queens. The duo’s fanatical love of music and inexhaustible appetite for the next sound puts them in a perfect position to select three disc’s worth of magical soul, funk and Afro-beat, spanning three decades from the 60’s through to the ’80s. This eclectic and wonderful compilation sees Kon taking us on a magical disco mystery tour, peppering his mix with his customary re-edits. Amir takes us on an African safari, his mix evoking the sounds and smells of this beautiful continent.

BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY

Sandy Denny  – 5 Classic Albums
A selection of 5 classic studio albums packaged together in a new slim line slipcase from the female folk artist, who has been described by  music publications Uncut and Mojo, as well as the Sunday Express as Britain’s finest female singer-songwriter. Includes the albums: The North Star Grassman and The Ravens, Sandy, Like An Old Fashioned Waltz, Rendezvous & Gold Dust (Live At The Royalty Theatre).  
 
 
 
Various Artists – The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues
The profound effect of the bottleneck style on the Mississippi Delta blues is demonstrated by legends such as Charley Patton, Son House and Bukka White. They were able to harness the heightened resonance and volume that it allowed, and create extraordinary effects such as that of a train whistle. Bukka White’s ‘Jitterbug Swing’ shows how his guitar style was influenced by playing the diddley bow or jitterbug as a child, a single-stringed instrument played using a slide and thought to derive from West Africa.