Welcome to this week’s bounty from a sunny Drift HQ.
This Week's Record of the Week sees the return of Kevin Morby, an artist we are very high on indeed. Sundowner continues his trajectory as one of the finest songwriters around. These are dense, thoughtful and wistful songs that are all beautifully delivered. Last year's Oh My God was one of our albums of the year and this late arriving Autumn gem is going to be right up there in this year's list. Fantastic stuff and very highly recommended indeed.
+ Indie Exclusive on Clear Pink Vinyl
+ All LP formats ship with a signed art card whilst stocks last
Also, for any of you who buy the album today and tomorrow (or who preordered), we're going to enter you into the hat for a pair of tickets to watch Friday night's (USA time) Noon Chorus session. More info here.
Serpentine Prison, is the debut solo record from Matt Berninger, front man of internationally-acclaimed The National. He has such an addictive turn of phrase and this one is brimming with understated confidence. His vocals lead the show, but the production - by renowned Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones of Booker T. & The MG’s!!! - is smart and subtle. One for fans and new fans alike, it's a fine addition to his ample discography.
+ Very limited Indie version vinyl is pressed on blue coloured vinyl.
Skins n Slime marks the return of Oliver Coates on RVNG Intl. with a really quite stunning new set. Incorporating ambient, psych, and drone metal techniques with repeating melodic hooks, this is powerful and emotional music. No idle wandering, it's meticulous whilst feeling full or organic flows. Pretty special stuff, this.
Happy new release day tomorrow to a couple of Dinked Editions that we have very much enjoyed working on. Firstly, Daylight Savings from Melbourne's Jazz, funk and cinematic soul journeymen Surprise Chef. It was such a short pressing and we're afraid the Dinked has gone gone gone, but we have a good wedge of black vinyl and any of you with a passing interest in BBNG are about to really fall head over heels.
Our other Dinked release for the week is Friend Ship, the dazzling new LP of Psychedelic pop - with all star guests - from New Zealand six-piece The Phoenix Foundation. Such good vibes here, the production is really breezy and the different voices really keep it rolling. We've just allocated all orders and we're delighted to pop our last few copies online now, including;
+ Dinked Exclusive Turquoise Vinyl
+ Alternate Screen-printed sleeve
+ Artwork by Raissa Pardini
+ Includes two exclusive 2 bonus flexidiscs
+ Numbered Edition of just 500
Anyone who has picked up issue 20 of Deluxe will have read that the band spoke to Slow Boat Records of New Zealand for us. We'll publish that on our website this week.
Morning Pageants is the debut LP from Delmer Darion. Really lush experimentalism, with pretty flourishes and industrial clunks making for good bedfellows. Limited gatefold LP and we also have an exclusive numbered 24-page chapbook and a signed and numbered double-sided art print.
SIGN is the long awaited new album from electronic pioneers Autechre.
Transmissions: The Music Of Beverly Glenn–Copeland is a thoughtful and beautifully paced career retrospective of the iconic singer, composer and transgender activist. New age experimentalism, folk and roots, a really fantastic body of work. This first pressing of the LP format includes a bonus 7" single.
Fake It Flowers is the eagerly anticipated debut LP on Dirty Hit from Beabadoobee. We have a limited Transparent Red vinyl pressing.
Woodkid returns with the new S16 LP. We have it on a limited double red vinyl pressing.
As our mate Michael always says, you can't beat a bit of the Pixies, can you? New and limited 12" single with Hear Me Out / Mambo Sun pressed on yellow vinyl.
Lastly, Tape 3/Tape 4 is the latest 4 track tape recorded release from Felbm. It really is superb. Somewhere between minimal, field recordings, ethio-jazz and driving instrumentals. A real cracker, this.
Hit Me! is a brand new collection covering the entire career of the unique and incomparable Ian Dury. Limited Indie shop only 2LP version is pressed on white coloured vinyl.
ATO release a deluxe edition of the Grammy-nominated breakout self-titled debut album from Black Pumas. Listened to this a lot over the summer, good vibes.
This week we have an expanded version of Tom Petty’s seminal Wildflowers album. Entitled 'Wildflowers & All The Rest'. This release finally gathers together all 25 songs from the original recording sessions - the fifteen songs from 'Wildflowers', plus All The Rest - the ten songs that were omitted from the original release. Loads of different formats, it's a lush looking thing.
Lastly this week, we've been talking about Blue Note Re:Imagined for ages, and we finally have the album in the house. In the true spirit of the iconic label, this new edition is stacked with the best of the best. An amazing release featuring contributions from a rollcall of internationally acclaimed jazz, soul and R&B acts to include; Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Mr Jukes, Steam Down, Skinny Pelembe, Emma-Jean Thackray, Poppy Ajudha, Jordan Rakei, Fieh, Ishmael Ensemble, Blue Lab Beats, Melt Yourself Down, Yazmin Lacey, Alfa Mist, and Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith, all reworking iconic cuts from the Blue Note vaults. As far as we're concerned, this is essential listening and we really hope that this is just the start.
Well that was another excellent week full now wasn't it! Hit our news section to listen to this week's playlist, get stuck in!