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New Releases Friday 22nd July

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Albums Friday 22nd July

METAL/PUNK/ROCK

Despised Icon – ‘Beast’
CD – £9.99
Mythology, fable and metaphor collide with ‘Beast‘, a blistering new album marking the return of Despised Icon. The genre-defining band are fully reawakened, poised to recapture the crown with the monstrous and merciless might of their potent expression.  Featuring the men responsible for most of the band’s now classic death metal catalogue, ‘Beast‘ is a vicious commentary on the state of the world and the state of music itself.  Despised Icon renew their focus on the collision of dual vocals, technical wizardry, precision dexterity and massive bottom end they helped to pioneer.

BARB WIRE DOLLS – Desperate
CD – £9.99
Barb Wire Dolls are one of the most vital new bands in music today, representing all that is inspiring and furious about rock and roll.  Hailing from an artist commune on the island of Crete, the band sold everything they owned and left crisis-ridden Greece in 2010 for Los Angeles, at the invite of legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer.  Barb Wire Dolls’ sophomore album Desperate was produced and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer Jay Baumgardner (Bush, Evanescence, Lacuna Coil) and mastered by Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Howie Weinberg (Nirvana’s Nevermind, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, U2’s Pop).

INDIE/POP/ALTERNATIVE

XTC – English Settlement
CD – £8.99
A classic XTC album from 1982, newly mastered from the original half inch master tape sources. While looking for the (at this point still “lost in the archives”) multi-track tapes to enable Steven Wilson to undertake new stereo & 5.1 surround mixes of the album, the original half inch master tapes were discovered. These tapes were used as source masters from which engineer John Dent has prepared this new “original master edition” – making this the best this album has ever sounded on CD. An album which set standards in 1982 on release sounds, if anything, even better now.  This is Pop.

The Amazing – ‘Ambulance’
CD – £9.99
‘Ambulance’ sees The Amazing continue their journey to a place where music is free of restrictions. Despite reflecting Chris Gunrup’s often bleak worldview, the music is expansive and beautiful, marked by playing that’s as much free jazz as rock – pure music without any showiness. The songs unfold slowly, without a traditional verse / chorus structure, spinning gauzy webs of shimmering mystery with their own inimitable dynamic of sinuous, swirling guitars; rich, ambient basslines; crisp percussion and restrained, church-like, keyboard textures.  The songs brim over with tension and more implied release than actual relief.  “The Amazing specialize in a beauty that isn’t airbrushed or slick or antiseptic, it’s elemental rock – earthy, molten, aquatic, but using each of their qualities to soothe rather than destroy or intimidate.” – Pitchfork

Faun Fables – ‘Born Of The Sun’
CD – £10.99
Faun Fables are back with ‘Born Of The Sun’.   ‘Born Of The Sun’ is in itself another birthing, the songs gestating over several years, then recorded mostly in concentrated periods over the past two winters.  ‘Born Of The Sun’ reflects the rhythms of family living, where each day is a new and irreversible step forward through the necessarily scorched earth of raising children.  ‘Born Of The Sun’ is the bountiful and exuberant album of this place and time – an old, candlelit world of arcane beliefs in our brightly-lit world, growing ever more profound in the light of perpetual discovery that bathes all of Faun Fables’ songs.

Rhyton – ‘Redshift’
CD – £13.99
Rhyton are the Brooklyn-based trio of Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer & The Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride) and Rob Smith (Pigeons).  Rhyton take ancestral forms, instrumentation and scales, primarily sourced from Middle Eastern and Greek traditions and incorporate them into the context of scorching improvised rock.  On ‘Redshift’, Rhyton expand their sound and defy expectations by creating a galactic country throwdown, exemplified by the otherworldly cover of Joe Walsh’s ‘Turn To Stone’.  Artwork by legendary New York illustrator Arik Roper (Sleep, High On Fire, Howlin’ Rain, Earth, Pig Destroyer).

neil young – human highway
DVD – £18.99
Human Highway is a 1982 American comedy film starring and co-directed by Neil Young under his pseudonym Bernard Shakey. Dean Stockwell co-directed the film and acted along with Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper, and the band Devo. Included is a collaborative performance of “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” by Devo and Young with Booji Boy singing lead vocals and Young playing lead guitar. The film was shown in only select theaters and was not released on VHS until 1995.

 ELECTRONICA/DANCE/HIP HOP

Floating Points – Kuiper
12″ – £9.99
Floating Points – also knows as Sam Shepherd – has announced Kuiper, which comes after last year’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Elaenia’.  Out on his label PLUTO, the EP will be available on 12” vinyl as well as digital download.  Speaking about the new release, Shepherd says: “Since starting a band to realise the music from my LP, it has sparked a deep interest in the band itself, and so Kuiper is the result of playing with Leo, Alex and Susumu. Each time we play it, its completely different. We set the scene with electronics, and some drum machines that form the foundation to allow the unfurling of the rest of the track. The version on this EP – believe it or not – was recorded at 8am! The other side – ‘For Marmish Part II’ – is carbon dated by my singing voice. I can’t get that high anymore! It was recorded way before ‘ For Marmish’ on the album but the two tracks happened to be written around the same time.

jameszoo – fool
LP – £14.99
Van Dinther emerged from the small town of Den Bosch in the southern Netherlands in the late 2000s. First as a DJ – with wide-ranging crates of avant-garde jazz, prog and kraut rock, electronic experiments, and beat oddities – and then as a producer capable of impressive sonic and rhythmic incongruities. This spring, Van Dinther joins Brainfeeder with an album that fits right into the label’s expanding take on the modern evolution of jazz music. Across its 11 tracks, ‘Fool’ plays out Van Dinther’s journey to find a musical voice he can be proud of and which can also inspire others. Alongside Verocai, Dafé, and Kuhn, the album features a stellar cast of classical and jazz musicians. All of these different contributions and approaches are weaved together into a whole by Van Dinther, armed with electronics and naivety. At times coherent, at times seemingly haphazard, the album is always joyful.

SOUL/JAZZ/WORLD

Various Artists – ‘African Airways One & Two (Funk Connection 1973-1980, Funk Departures 1973-1982)’
First released in 2015 as two separate vinyl compilations, “Africa Airways” is a deep exploration into the furthest parts of 1970’s and early 1980’s  The last decade has seen the un-tapping of an apparent endless well of music from the mother continent and this compilation (in our not so biased opinion) uncovers some of the cream of the crop and stands as one of the finest exponents of the African take on the music that it directly influenced, that being the funk and disco from the USA. Featuring music from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa and the international African diaspora this a truly pan-African affair, full of analogue synths, polyrhythms, rich vocals, jangling guitars and production slicker than oil.

   Tim Maia – Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia
CD – £10.99   LP – £23.99
Tim Maia was the man. A soul superstar with outsize talents and appetites, he revolutionized popular music in his native Brazil in the 1970s. domain archive . He also married five times, served multiple prison sentences, and at the height of his fame, joined a UFO-obsessed religious cult.  After ten years of wrangling, Luaka Bop is set to release ‘Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia’ a fifteen track survey of Maia’s 1970s recordings, completely remastered, commemorating what would have been the Brazilian musical legend’s 70th birthday on September 28. The release is the fourth in the label’s World Psychedelic Classics series, known for unearthing long neglected masterworks by Os Mutantes, Shuggie Otis, and one of the first compilations of African psychedelia and funk.

Various Artists – Best Of Disco Demands Compiled by Al Kent
The Disco Demands series started sometime in the early 2000s – I couldn’t give you an exact year because it didn’t feel like a big deal, so I never noted it. I simply wanted to put out a compilation of some records I really liked and maybe make a little of the money back I was spending on them. Buy some food and stuff. There’s always been Disco comps around of course but there was rarely anything that strayed too far from the standards.. the same songs kept appearing over and over again, or the comps would feature records you could pick up anywhere for little money. I’ve never seen the point in that. I gave up judging a record on its value or rarity a long time ago but surely there’s more to disco than Exodus, Martin Circus, Mass Production and all those Salsoul, West End and bloody Prelude records. So it was a nice surprise to find that there were other people out there who thought the same way. Volume 1 was pretty straightforward – just some nice records, with the only edit being an instrumental of Disco Socks; a strange, thinly veiled reference to the disco sucks movement. Then on Volume 2 I included a few of my edits and introduced the cover up concept to the disco world. That caused a bit of controversy, which of course I loved. And so it continued for five volumes. What we have here then is the full series, give or take one or two cuts, all remastered, many re-re-edited, with lots of nice naked pictures to boot. For those who’ve asked since day one “will there be vinyl” I can finally say yes, you’re holding it!

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