Records of the Week: Alex Maas, Com Truise, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Norris and Tom Sanders.

Records of the Week: Alex Maas, Com Truise, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Norris and Tom Sanders.

A chilly howdy from Drift, with new releases to warm your stereo.



Hello, Friends.


Our first Record of the Week for December is Luca, the solo debut LP from Alex Maas of The Black Angels. Such a great set this, his voice is unmistakable and the soul-baring tracks are warmly produced and super engaging. Gently paced, it really does cast a lush vibe.


Arctic Monkeys release a Live At The Royal Albert Hall this week, an absolutely epic live album from Sheffield's finest, with all proceeds going to War Child.

+ Available on very limited double clear vinyl if you're quick.


Richard Norris started the Music For Healing series in lockdown, releasing one calming, anxiety relieving track each week for three months. Available on a VERY limited CD edition (including an augmented reality 3D sleeve)Music For Healing is very special indeed, spiritual music.


Deafheaven would have been on the road this year, celebrating ten years of pure brutal energy. That didn't happen, so they instead recorded 10 Years Gone, a live set from Atomic Garden that would have formed those shows. Man alive, it's pure SMASH. 

+ Available on limited green and yellow swirl vinyl.

Deafheaven 10 Years Gone

Much like its predecessor, In Decay, the 2014 compilation of unreleased, early Com Truise recordings, In Decay, Too unlocks a new set of rarities and unheard fragments from the past for the producer’s legion of fans. 

+ Available on Synthetic Storm Coloured vinyl.

May Our Chambers Be Full is thrilling, a collaboration between singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle and doom metal band Thou. They fit around one-another amazingly, its like light and dark. 


London-based songwriter and frontman of much-loved UK band Teleman, Tom Sanders, releases his debut album Only Magic. Such a lush set this, a great pace and it's really nice to here it all so stripped back.

+ Limited Indie shop version LP is pressed on 'Tropical Pearl' coloured vinyl. 


Nick Cave has teamed up with Belgian composer Nicholas Lens to release L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S, his self described “lockdown opera”. At Lens’s request, Cave penned 12 litanies – “petitions to a divine maker” – simple, moving texts. CD and double LP sounding super impressive on Deutsche Grammophon.


Lee Fields & The Expressions release Big Crown Vaults Vol. 1, unreleased recordings from the Special Night & It Rains Love sessions. He sounds like pure fire.

+ Indie LP is Lavender Swirl Opaque vinyl. 


Crazy Hearts is the nineteenth studio album of noise, riffs and 'outsider pop' from the iconic Half Japanese

+ Limited Edition LP is Transparent Purple vinyl. 


Burrows is the debut LP from Leeds trio Caro. They'll be playing (online) instore for us next Monday.


Spread across 4 beautiful LPs (and including a 52-page booklet), Homecoming is Beyoncé's unforgettable headline show at Coachella 2018.


Weird! is the second LP from Doncaster's Yungblud. Co-produced with longtime collaborators Chris Greatti (Poppy, Grimes) and Zakk Cervini (Bishop Briggs, Machine Gun Kelly). Standard LP is White vinyl. Indie Edition is Black vinyl with alternative Night Time cover. 


For The Music is the new LP from Blackfield, the collaborative project between Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen and English songwriter/musician Steven Wilson.

+ Limited edition Pink vinyl pressing.


We have a really limited (gold vinyl) 10" of Virgil Abloh's remix of Solid Ground, taken from Michael Kiwanuka's Mercury Prize winning album.


As it's December, we can start now start Drift Christmas Corner™. Great little bundle for you this week.

Coldplay release a Christmas Lights 7", but we sold out. Bad start. Chilly GonzalesA Very Chilly Christmas will be back in the building later today. We have a few copies of the Abba Happy New Year 7" picture disc. We have GONE DEEP on Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas [Expanded] on CD. LP isn't going to happen, but we have the expanded CD at a really nice price. Calexico return in seasonal mode with Seasonal Shift, eight originals and some hand-picked covers. Really love this and it's also pressed on limited Indie Edition is pressed on Violet colour vinyl. Featuring members of Durand Jones & The Indications and The Dap-Kings, Kelly Finnigan's A Joyful Sound is a future soul classic with all the elements of a classic R&B record, but with a joyful holiday lean. Pressed on limited Norway Spruce Green vinyl, too!

Chuck another log on the fire, pour yourself a large one, unwrap your brand-new turntable and stick on Lost ChristmasA Memphis Industries Festive Selection Box. A Christmas compilation of (mostly) original holiday songs from the likes of Field Music, The Go! Team, Jesca Hoop, Haley, The Phoenix Foundation, Stats, Francis Lung, Warm Digits, Rachael Dadd and The Cornshed Sisters.

Late Night Tales – Khruangbin

Domino reissue These New Puritans' Hidden [MMXX], one of the most essential and out-there albums of 2010. A decade on and it's still mind-blowing and totally unique.

An absolute must-have for all you Rammstein faithfuls with a special XXV Anniversary Edition of Herzeleid. Looks superb this.

We have that VERY VERY VERY limited 6 X 7" Boxset edition of The Who's WHO. Ready? online, now!

More great reissues this week with S. Carey's beautiful All We Grow getting a tenth anniversary edition on Seaglass Wave Translucent vinyl. BONKERS colour pressing of the long out of print debut album by The Coathangers. New and essential Blue Note editions with McCoy Tyner's The Real McCoy and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Roots & Herbs.


Porridge Radio's Every Bad gets a Deluxe end of the year edition on Purple & Blue Nebula Vinyl. We'll also have a very few signed LP copies available as part of this weekend's Love Record Stores event.


The stunning soundtrack to some of the most incredibly bleak images ever captured to celluloid. Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet's amazing and quite chilling Requiem For A Dream soundtrack on heavyweight 140-gram high-performance double vinyl.


Lastly this week, we knew these cats had good record collections, but damn! Khruangbin in expert curatorial form for the Late Night Tales series. A mind-blowing selection of tracks that cross borders and cultures. Asian pop to Nigerian reggae, Japanese mellow groove to Latina flavas, united by Khruangbin’s deep love of global grooves.


So it's been a pretty big week already right? A reminder that Deluxe 21 is shipping in all mail order and you can pick a copy up in person as of next week. Our Fuzz ROTY edition is flying out, so please don't miss out. The weekly playlist is live on the Drift site for your listening pleasure too.

- Drift