If you like news of new music, you are very much in good luck.
Record of the Week is a really glorious one. Legacy + is a double album from two generations of Kuti, one of the most iconic musical lineages in music. Femi Kuti and his son Made Kuti honour Fela Kuti's music and politics with a double set (Femi’s 'Stop The Hate' and Made's 'For(e)ward'). Such good vibes, united in tone but full of unexpected turns amongst the driving Afrobeat.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy back in September, Fleet Foxes released their fourth LP SHORE online. My word, have we fielded a lot of confused questions about its release date since then. Well, this week - we're delighted to report - brings the physical release of that album on CD and LP... and it really is lush. The production just sounds incredible, so warm. This really is a lovely listen.
+ Act quick for the super-limited Clear vinyl pressing.
As we mentioned earlier this week, we are delighted to make Black Country, New Road's thrilling debut - For The First Time - our February Record of the Month. It is aggressive and inspiringly searching music, they are doubtless one of the most exciting artists to have emerged in the last few years. It's far from easy going, but it really is a must-listen.
Our exclusive edition on this one is super nice. It is pressed on 140g White vinyl, with an inverted negative effect artwork... Super limited!
It is another triple Dinked week, folks! Another set of very different new releases that we're awful proud to have been involved in and three we'll be playing all year long!
The exquisitely voiced Tamara Lindeman returns as The Weather Station with new LP Ignorance, her first in partnership with Fat Possum. We've long adored her work (she is a Sea Change alumna you know), but there is something very special about this one, beautifully delivered and fascinating.
+ Indie LP pressed on Silver vinyl.
A big return, this. The Telescopes release Songs Of Love And Revolution, their twelfth studio LP - some thirty years into their career - and it's a peach! They lock into some pretty hypnotic rhythms and the drones are just lush. Heavy, dense, swampy and really good.
Oh my word how we do love a good jangling guitar!!! Some excellent Antipodean vibes from the Toronto four-piece Kiwi Jr, who drop Cooler Returns, their second LP and first for Sub Pop. They really nail the delivery, it's smart and full of hooks, but also super carefree and really good fun.
+ Limited Dinked Edition in stock now.
+ Limited LOSER pressing is on White Vinyl.
There is still so much more...
Also new to Sub Pop this week is Uppers, the visceral debut album from rising London quartet TV Priest. More like The Fall than their contemporaries in IDLES or Fontaines D.C, which always goes down well with our Lee. A real belter this one.
+ Indie LOSER LP pressed on Grey Marbled Vinyl.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets return on Marathan with SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound, another set of glimmer psych expanses for the frontal lobes. There is honestly so much going on here, it's quiet the trip.
+ Limited Indie shop version is pressed on orange and white splatter vinyl.
Sisters The Staves return with Good Woman (we have an exclusive clear vinyl pressing). Producer Puma Blue releases his eagerly anticipated debut In Praise Of Shadows (First pressing on Milky Clear vinyl). We have Kids Talk Sun (Limited first pressing on “Sunshine” Yellow coloured vinyl), the lush and utterly dreamy electro-pop from Camila Fuchs. Foo Fighters release their new studio LP Medicine at Night (pressed on Blue vinyl). A Beautiful Revolution marks the return of modern-day renaissance man Common (pressed on Red/Blue swirl vinyl). John Carpenter releases Lost Themes III, his first collection of 'non-film' music (pressed on limited Red vinyl). Coil's Musick To Play In The Dark now arrives on Transparent Yellow Vinyl for any of you who missed out. El Perro del Mar's super limited Free Land (Super limited / Hand numbered) is finally with us too.
Closing out the week's new releases, we have Future, Past & Present, really lush, ebbing and flowing jazz-funk from Toronto's Badge Époque Ensemble. Really like these guys.
Nearly the last of the Love Record Stores exclusives are with us now, with BC Camplight on Bella Union and a Fire Records triplet from Modern Studies, Islet and Brigid Mae Power. Browse those guys and more here; driftrecords.com/lrs
We said the other day that we'd be announcing Dinked 96 this week. That was incorrect, that's actually next week. We will however be announcing something well-good tomorrow afternoon, so keep your peepers peeled on the Drift socials.
We made a super nice playlist for you on the Drift site, there is an awful lot to get your ears around!