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Albums Friday 5th August
Tarja – The Shadow Self
Brand new FULL heavy rock album. In Spring 2016, Tarja announced not only one but two (!) heavy rock albums. With over 50 minutes of brand new music, “The Brightest Void” – the prequel and a full album on its own – will lead the way and sweeten the wait to the new studio album “The Shadow Self” in August. Tarja’s incredible creative urge and incredible musical output shows on both musical releases which can be seen as two independent records which stand on their own. “The Brightest Void” and “The Shadow Self” are unpredictable. They amaze with their original ideas, heavy guitar riffs, a high class production as well as crystal clear sound. The Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots
Nashville’s best-kept secret, THE CADILLAC THREE, will uncover their talent worldwide on August 5 with the release of BURY ME IN MY BOOTS. Jaren Johnston (lead vocals), Neil Mason (percussion) and Kelby Ray (lap steel) all contributed writing credits to the 14 tracks featured throughout their long-awaited album on Big Machine Records, including their current single “Drunk Like You.”
Blues Pills – ‘Lady In Gold’
This young American-Swedish-French quartet create a very unique, intense and extraordinary rock atmosphere while at the same time having a major mainstream appeal that takes you right back to the time of Blues Pills’ ancestors Aretha Franklin, The Original Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Cream. Driving basslines, grooving drums and guitar solos from another planet by the only 19 year old Dorian Sorriaux, harmonized and tied together with such easiness and delight by Elin Larsson’s incredible voice. Blues Pills’ new album, entitled ‘Lady In Gold’, sees the quartet truly spreading their wings across the album’s bewitching 10 tracks. Incorporating delicate keyboards and lush backing vocals within their soulful blues attack has resulted in an incredible leap in songwriting and style. Exclusive clear vinyl edition LP available to independent retailers (limited to 300 copies).
Carnifex – ‘Slow Death’
While approaching ‘Slow Death’, their sixth full length album, Carnifex possessed a distinct vision. The San Diego metal quintet would build on the expansiveness of 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Die Without Hope’ as they brought a definitive darkness to the fold. “We wanted to take the next step,” affirms Scott. “On the last album, we started utilizing orchestration and additional programming in terms of classical and electronic sounds. We elevated that to a new level here. That’s why there’s a dark vibe that runs through the whole album. It adds a layer of atmosphere that gives you a different feeling.”
Marillion – Somewhere In London
Marillion formed in 1979 and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Rightly regarded as legends of progressive rock, the band have also continued to evolve and have been keen to embrace the possibilities of the internet, using innovative ways to interact with listeners resulting in an incredibly loyal legion of fans around the world. ‘Somewhere In London’ was filmed over the final 2 nights of the ‘Somewhere Else’ album tour at the London Forum in June 2007. Directed and edited by Tim Sidwell, this is now available in a CD / DVD set. The DVD audio is presented in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound, mixed by Michael Hunter.
The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise
Make Some Noise is the third album under The Dead Daisies’ belt and surely not a weak counterpart to its predecessors. Names behind the collective say it all, as far as the musicianship is concerned, whereas the unit of twelve songs included on the CD remains cohesive stylistically. Each track on Make Some Noise oozes sheer power and unaffected catchiness, all of them being certain and worthy addition’s to the band’s overall catalog.
GOV’T MULE – The Tel-Star Sessions
MULE’S PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED FIRST RECORDINGS FROM 1994! THE TEL-STAR SESSIONS ARE REMIXED & MASTERED. In early summer of 1994, the original Mule line-up of Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, and Matt Abts assembled at Tel-Star Studios outside Sarasota, Florida, to lay down on tape their vision to exhume the rock power trio – with influences ranging from Cream and Blue Cheer to ZZ Top. The result of those sessions caputured the band’s rawness and excitement that Mule fans will love: straight-ahead rock- and blues-based song structures, explorative but tight and tough as a clenched fist.
Blossoms – Blossoms
2016 is Blossoms’ year. Catapulted into the musical subconscious in January, listed fourth in the BBC Soundpoll as well as almost every other ‘ones to watch’ list – Blossoms have been carefully carving out their position in the canon of Great British Rock’n’Roll ever since. The band have earned rave critical comparisons to everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Depeche Mode to The Doors, shapeshifting between psychedelia, synth-pop and powerhouse indie, a mercurial sound at once familiar and unique. Released on a Mint Pack CD and a Full colour gatefold 12” LP with gold foil, double sided 180gsm heavyweight black vinyl.
Dinosaur Jr. – ‘Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not’
With all the insanity that is stalking the Earth in 2016, it’s nice to have something to rely on. Who’d’ve dared to think it’d be Dinosaur Jr.? There’s no doubt about it – this is the record that the fans have been waiting for since the original line up reformed. The songs on ‘Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not’ were recorded over the past year or so, again at Amherst’s Bisquiteen Studio (located in a secret nook of J’s basement). The sound is great and roaring with J’s various bleeding ear psychedelic guitar touches oozing their way into the smudge-pop modelling, while Murph’s drums pound like Fred Flintstone’s feet and Lou’s bass weaves back and forth between proggy melodicism and post-core thug-hunch. Exclusive purple vinyl format available to independent retailers.
Wild Beasts – ‘Boy King’
The quartet’s ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming’s dueting vocals, Ben Little’s sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot’s potent rhythm section carries in ‘Boy King’, an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe’s own psyche. The raw pop of ‘Boy King’s songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe’s libidinous lyricism: “it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male,” he says. “I’m letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I’d tucked him away, but he came screaming back like The Incredible Hulk.” Here lies Boy King’s greatest success – between the slide of prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It’s yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st Century male malaise.
Russian Circles – Guidance
CD Digipak. Gatefold LP + download card.“Guidance features a more bad-ass Russian Circles, a group that seems less elegiac, and more ready to plant their feet solidly on the ground, fighting back bloodied and bruised against each body blow.” – Pitchfork / “…the album – the group’s sixth – is moody, dense and dynamic, the gripping soundtrack to an un-filmed drama.” – Rolling Stone.
Steve Jansen-Tender Extinction
Steve Jansen’s second solo album ‘Tender Extinction’ is an evocative blend of songs and instrumentals enlisting some of the singer/songwriters that appeared on Jansen’s previous solo work ‘Slope’, namely Tim Elsenburg (Sweet Billy Pilgrim) (UK) and Thomas Feiner (Anywhen) (Norway), as well as featuring new collaborations with Perry Blake (Ireland), Melentini (Greece), Nicola Hitchcock (UK) and including some vocal performances by Jansen himself. Atmospheric sound design creates a bed of complex, often atonal qualities, with delicate synth and orchestral arrangements drifting throughout to produce a multi-layered, emotive and hauntingly intimate album.
Jad And David Fair – Shake, Cackle And Squall
In 1974 Jad and David Fair teamed up to form a band called Half Japanese. The route was simple, at first. If one pounded on drums the other could squeeze sounds from an electric guitar. There were no other band members to stay in tune with, so there was no particular reason for them to worry about tuning the guitar in a traditional manner or learning traditional chords. They were free from the start to express their music in their own way. They traded off the guitar and drumming rolls. Whichever one sang the words also played the guitar and the other one drummed. For a couple of years they wrote, recorded and performed this way, without the convention of more members. 40 years later; 40 years better. One pick, two sticks and heart-warming vocals…… That’s all they needed; two brothers, still rockin’ the same damn deal!
The Pretty Things – SF Sorrow
The Pretty Things Classic Album S.F. Sorrow re-issued with original UK artwork on Madfish. The Pretty Things created some of the most exciting and innovative records of the late sixties and early seventies. Winners of the Hero award at the 2009 Mojo Honours, the band have been name checked over the years by an array of artists ranging from The Clash, David Bowie and Aerosmith through to The Libertines and Kasabian. ‘SF Sorrow’ is one of the great classics of the psychedelic era. The album stands favourable comparison with ‘Sgt Pepper’ and ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ as one of the defining records of the time. Originally recorded at Abbey Road in 1967 and 1968 it was the first and the most complete rock-opera to be recorded and released, pre-dating ‘Tommy’ by a full year.
ELVIS PRESLEY – WAY DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM
“The most complete and comprehensive collection of Presley’s final studio recordings ever assembled in one anthology – this is an essential addition for every fan’s library. With original recordings produced by Elvis Presley & Felton Jarvis, ‘Way Down In The Jungle Room’ brings together for the first time in one collection the master recordings and rare outtakes laid down during two mythical sessions (February 2nd-8th 1976 and October 28th-30th 1976) in Graceland’s den known as the Jungle Room.
Alex G – Rules
Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both TRICK and RULES the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick and Rules follow on the acclaimed heels of the November 2014 international release of Alex’s fifth album, DSU. Recorded prior to DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the albums have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time. Rules is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks further highlight that Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting. Both Trick and Rules continue to showcase a prodigious song-writing talent, reaffirming that Alex G is one of the most promising and prolific American musicians today.
Alex G – Trick
Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both TRICK and RULES the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick features many of the fan favourites that Alex has been playing at shows recently, including the infectious off-kilter anthem ‘Forever’, the dreamy and surreal ‘Animals’ and the charmingly lo-fi ‘Change’. Trick is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks affirming that underneath all the unconventional guitar lines and scrawls of fuzz, Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.
DaM-FunK / Nite-Funk – Believer / Can U Read Me
DaM-FunK’s DJ-Kicks was a deep exploration of the groove; a rare snapshot behind the shades of the man behind ‘Modern Funk’. Across the mixes nineteen tracks, Dam transported the listener through the lineage of this self-coined genre, spanning obscure funk, boogie, electro, house, ambient and soul cuts washed down with some exclusive tracks and collabs along the way – “A push and pull of nostalgia and progressiveness” says DaM. One of the choice tracks from the mix, the DaM-FunK produced instrumental, “Believer”, has been handed over and remixed by none other than Larry Heard -one of the earliest innovators of this Modern Funk sound, and Godfather of House music himself. Reworked under his rare Mr. Fingers alias, Heard teases and stretches the tight funk grooves to around the ten minute mark, lathering the beat in codeine smeared keys and shimmering pads in a heady trip through the L.A Hills and into coastal dance inter-zones.
Various Artists – Shapes In Space Vol. 2
Shapes: In Space’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations put together by A&R and co-owner (and renowned DJ) Robert Luis. Encompassing the best of the Brighton based label’s eclectic and international current roster, as well as some classic cuts and three exclusive tracks. As well as the sonic variety, this collection also highlights the diverse origins of the music on the label. From the UK, there are the soulful, forward-looking and beat-laden offerings of rising stars , while from the USA there is Moonchild, Lost Midas, The Seshen and Space Captain. Repping the authentic New Orleans sound, Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band have continued to win more and more fans across the world since they first started working with Tru Thoughts a decade ago. “As a DJ you can’t ignore it when a package comes from Tru Thoughts… brilliant stuff” – Gilles Peterson
Various Artists – Americana – Rock Your Soul – Blue Eyed Soul and Sounds from the Land of the Free
If you were inclined to put a location as the source of our Americana compilation – although the music here largely originates from other parts of the great union – it would be California. With its vast open-plan landscape and one season (summer) per year, it typifies the expansive style of songwriting that is contained in this compilation. There’s arguably something in the climate that dictates much of our musical terrain, whether it be the sweaty loose-hipped funk of New Orleans or the frenetic and frosty four-on-the-top of Detroit’s Motown. American songs are born out of an optimism that is probably piped in the water. I’d wager most of the acts we’ve compiled here shared – as well as a reticence to visit their barber – a love of Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young) as, indeed, would any self-respecting music lover. This cadre of – mainly – white musicians, although clearly influenced by some African-American music, were the first generation not to be fixated solely by the music of black America. This was a flowering of something more general, less clearly defined, as hazy as an Los Angelean daybreak. What is notable about the music is that it’s neither black nor white, but contains elements of both, and though its influences undoubtedly derive from R&B (in the old meaning of the word), there are country, jazz, funk, rock and disco tinges to many of the songs.
Sonzeira – Tam Tam Tam Reimagined
‘Tam Tam Tam Reimagined’ is the second album to come from Gilles Peterson’s Sonzeira project. Where ‘Brasil Bam Bam Bam’ brought together the all-stars of Brazilian music, this album focuses on a key moment in the country’s history; a record made at a crucial moment serves as the jumping off point for an open-ended project of musical reimagining. The album was taken as a starting point for creating something new. Working with production associates Will Horrocks from UK bass-meddling duo LV and Rob Gallagher from 2 Banks of 4 – along with appearances from drumming prodigy Moses Boyd and Kassin from Rio’s Orquestra Imperial – they picked out phrases and snippets to build songs and tracks around. Released in 1957, ‘Tam Tam Tam’ celebrates a distinctly Afro-Brazilian culture that was later suppressed following a coup in the early 1960s that led to a military dictatorship. From sparkling recreations of the atmospheric original to reverb-laden dub, the album takes a magpie-like approach to re-interpreting the most exciting aspects of Prates’ postcard of Brazil to the world. ‘Tam Tam Tam’ Reimagined forms another part of the Sonzeira project’s aim to take apart and reassemble the pieces of what makes Brazil’s music so unique.
Best of Disco Demands compiled by Al Kent
“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. 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!”
The Young Senators – Jungle / That’s The Way It Is
The Young Senators are an exemplary progenitor of DC’s hyper-local, hyper-celebrated Go-Go scene. Peers of Chuck Brown’s Black Heat and Soul Searchers, the septet was led by energetic singer and conga player Jimi Dougans, and featured saxophonist Leroy Flemming, guitarist Calvin Charisty, keyboardist Frank Hooker, drummer James Johnson, bassist Wornell Jones, and trumpeter Phillip Guilbeau. The band issued two singles on the the tiny Innovation label, before joining up with Motown’s Eddie Kendricks in 1972 for his sophomore effort People…Hold On. The Young Senators’ fuzzed-out brand of psychedelic soul is often bootlegged, but finds it first legitimate release in 45 years via these remastered sides
The Young Senators – RINGING BELLS (SWEET MUSIC) PART 1 B/W PART 2
The Young Senators are an exemplary progenitor of DC’s hyper-local, hyper-celebrated Go-Go scene. Peers of Chuck Brown’s Black Heat and Soul Searchers, the septet was led by energetic singer and conga player Jimi Dougans, and featured saxophonist Leroy Flemming, guitarist Calvin Charisty, keyboardist Frank Hooker, drummer James Johnson, bassist Wornell Jones, and trumpeter Phillip Guilbeau. The band issued two singles on the the tiny Innovation label, before joining up with Motown’s Eddie Kendricks in 1972 for his sophomore effort People…Hold On. The Young Senators’ fuzzed-out brand of psychedelic soul is often bootlegged, but finds it first legitimate release in 45 years via these remastered sides.