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Records of the Week: Mary Lattimore, North Americans, Andy Bell, Future Islands, Mint Field and John Coltrane.

Records of the Week

Records of the Week: Mary Lattimore, North Americans, Andy Bell, Future Islands, Mint Field and John Coltrane.

We always love new release day, but this week, we really love new release day.

Hello, Friends.

Released tomorrow, our October Record of the Month is Silver Ladders, the ethereal and utterly stunning new album from Mary Lattimore. The Los Angeles-based harpist has really created an intricate and quite overwhelming set, epic sonic landscapes to get totally lost in. She produced it with Slowdive's Neil Halstead and it has a beautiful flow of modern layers and something altogether more ancient. It truly is a wonder.

You'll all be thrilled to know that we kept back a handful of our beautiful Dinked Editions;

+ Exclusive transparent sand coloured vinyl.
+ Exclusive full-colour sheet music for single and title track 'Silver Ladders'.
+ Just 400 copies pressed.
+ Individually numbered.

Led by duo Patrick McDermott and pedal steelist Barry Walker, the Los Angeles-based musician collective North Americans feature a rotating cast including Mary Lattimore and William Tyler. Our Record of the Week, Roped In, is a transcendental joy. An amazing headspace. This is delicious, instrumental, psychedelic folk music.

+ We have a limited edition 'Rainbow Trout' pressing.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Weyes Blood's Cardamom Times EP and we were honoured to have it as our second Dinked Archive Edition. It could be five years old, it could be fifteen, it could be fifty, it's got such an amazing timeless quality to it. It's a spooky gem. The Dinked Edition pressing was one of our fastest-ever sellers, but we did get hold of plenty of copies of the Black vinyl pressing and they're on the racks today.

Mary Lattimore

Baltimore's Future Islands return with As Long As You Are, their sixth studio record via 4AD. As with each of their albums, it's ever more refined and the production is really striking. Samuel T. Herring still sounds urgent, but a little more competitive perhaps and although still anthemic, there is an intimacy to this that's quite rare with BIG albums.

+ Limited Indie shop version LP is pressed on petrol blue coloured vinyl.

Sentimiento Mundial is the second (I think) album from Mint Field and it is absolutely lush! Sun-bleached kosmische from Mexico, full of organic ebbs and flows. We are really feeling this.

+ Pressed on super limited (Only 700 copies worldwide) Transparent / Black marble coloured vinyl.

The View From Halfway Down is the debut solo album from Ride guitarist and singer Andy Bell. It really is a beautifully cultured one- this. Finger-picked folk through psych pop to some brilliantly off-kilter electronic burrs. Really lush vibe.

+ Limited Indie Shop version is pressed on blue coloured vinyl. Pretty sure this one is sold out now, so please do get involved sharpish if you want one of ours.

Cut Worms returns with Nobody Lives Here Anymore, a new double album of lonesome twangs and razor sharp lyrics. This one really does have a great character to it, little bit new, little bit old.

+ Indie shop version LP is pressed on limited 'coke bottle clear' coloured vinyl.

Future Islands

So many excellent new releases this week. Hit our news section for a playlist to help you navigate.

Fire Records have done a fine bit of musical archeology this week and release the almost mythical, never-before-released Harry from Dead Famous People. Do check this out, it's right up our street.

Machinedrum returns with A View of U on Ninja Tune. Absolutely love this; chopped beats, a great set of guest contributors and really special production too.

+ Indie shop exclusive version LP is pressed on smoky marbled vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve... Which looks amazing!

Still on topic, we have a limited edition Gold vinyl pressing of Machinedrum's dazzling Vapor City LP.

SISTER is the very pretty new LP from Mina Tindle on 37d03d. METZ release the brutal new Atlas Vending on Sub Pop, we have a few limited Loser Editions left. Self-Surgery is the collaborative debut LP between Chelsea Wolfe and Jess Gowrie as Mrs. Piss. Our limited Indie shop version LP is pressed on 'self-surgical' red and black coloured splatter vinyl... the sleeve is something else! Keeping it sweary, Malibu Liquor Store is the new LP from the ever essential Shit & Shine on Rocket Recordings. We have a limited Red / Blue Swirl vinyl pressing. Good Luck With Whatever is the seventh studio LP from the Los Angeles-based DawesEmmy the Great returns on Bella union with April / 月音, keep an eye on our socials as she sent us something nice to give away. Paradise Cinema is the new self-titled project from multi-instrumentalist Jack Wyllie (Portico Quartet/Szun Waves). The iconic Staten Island-based Budos Band mark their fifteenth year with Long In The Tooth, a new LP of premium funk and soul vibes. We have a really limited edition pressed on clear, silver and black splatter vinyl in a super alt sleeve. Celestial human Laraaji returns with Moon Piano, the second part of his Piano trilogy.

Foals have consistently explored their interest in dance and electronica. Now the band chart the most essential remixes from their career so far as they share the new remix package Collected Reworks Vol 1Three LPs, 140g pressed on Mint Green, Yellow and Pink Vinyl.

Sleepless Night EP is a limited 12" from the mighty Yo La Tengo, with a new song and five choice covers. Mates... I am so sorry, we got as many as we could, but it is gone gone gone. 


Now we already told you earlier this week about all those amazing Kraftwerk, Love and Talking Heads albums; but that huge shelf-worth aside, there are an excellent batch of not-new releases in this week's reissue corner...

If you like your 90s South African dance-pop, then Penny Penny honestly is the only guy you need. His '96 album Yogo Yogo is released in full this week on Awesome Tapes From Africa.

We have a Limited edition repress of Buffalo Tom's second album, Birdbrain. Full of delicious J Mascis-shaped fuzz to the production.    

Earth release a twentieth anniversary pressing of Bert Jansch's excellent and brooding 2000 LP Crimson Moon.

A 2020 colour vinyl repress of pre-Sandy Alex G with DSU on Lucky Number.

Released on what would have been his eightieth birthday, Gimme Some Truth is a new compilation of solo John Lennon cuts. The double LP includes a 20 page booklet, fold-out double sided poster and GIMME SOME TRUTH bumper sticker.

The singular Robert Wyatt releases His Greatest Misses - a compilation spanning his decades-long career - on vinyl for the first time ever. Such a great jump-off point to investigate his amazing music.

Commune was the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Goat's astonishing debut album, World Music. This 2020 repress includes new artwork throughout and is also pressed on wild-looking Silver and Red Swirl vinyl.

Lastly this week, we have two absolutely essential John Coltrane reissues with Ballads and the iconic A Love Supreme. Both are released as part of the Acoustic Sounds' series, mastered from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged in Stoughton board sleeves. They honestly look, feel and sound incredible. Can't rave about these enough.

And that, is that. What a week. Have fun checking all of this out, you know where we are.

- Drift