The last few days of September and another set of great releases. It's been a big old month you know.
Record of the Week at Drift is the return of Girl Band with the pounding new The Talkies LP on Rough Trade. It is hard and provoking throughout, relentless in its noisy experimentalism with pretty thrilling changes of pace. Above all else it's the self confidence to just do whatever they like that makes for such a success, it really is wonderfully weird and pretty essential listening. Do check this out.
+ Limited edition Indie LP is on Blue vinyl.
+ Purchase a copy today and we'll enter you into the draw to win our exclusive test pressing with 1/1 custom artwork from Dara of the band. Look here.
Another big return in these parts with Moon Duo releasing Stars Are The Light on Sacred Bones. There are still layers of tightly wound introspection, but where as the band started with burnt-out psych jams that were only one step away from Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo have grown ever further apart and this new LP is a joyous treat, a bouncy sort of bubbling dream-pop album. Whispery and swirling, full of sweet charm, it's really lush.
+ The Indie Edition LP is on opaque red vinyl.
+ It was of course also Dinked No.23 and we have just a few copies available... Now!
Keeping things Dinked, we announced our 32nd instalment yesterday afternoon with a really superb-looking edition for Smoke Fairies with Darkness Brings The Wonders Home. Already flying so do get involved ASAP.
2017 Sea Change headliners Temples return this week with their new LP Hot Motion. Full of modern takes on vintage psychedelia, chugging organs and vocally James Bagshaw is still one of the most interesting and quietly commanding singers around.
+ Limited 2LP edition is transparent red with black marble edition.
+ Indies-only zoetrope version (US import, due 11th November). Forest green and tan mixed vinyl with red and yellow splatter. Standard weight. Includes animated zoetrope labels, gatefold jacket, double-sided fold-out poster, custom inner sleeve, and digital download card.
London Jazz stalwart Binker Golding releases Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers on the impeccable Gearbox Records. The young saxophonist leads the quartet here brilliantly with gestures to the 60s/70s whilst still sounding suitably contemporary. One we'll be playing a lot.
Another Sea Change connection this week with our good friends Red River Dialect returning with Abundance Welcoming Ghosts. The songs are full of depth, fascinating imagery with lots of eerie charm. Guest appearances also from Joan Shelley and Tara Jane O’Neil.
+ Limited Indie Shop Edition is limited to just 600 copies and comes pressed on ghost-white coloured vinyl.
Afghan singer Elaha Soroor and award-winning producer duo Kefaya (Al MacSween and Giuliano Modarelli) join forces on Songs Of Our Mothers. Such a lush mixture of spiritual jazz, dub, Indian classical music and electronica. Wild ride, this.
+ The LP format is on orange vinyl and includes download.
Volume Massimo is the solo LP from Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails. Some lush synth tones here.
+ Limited indie shop version is pressed on translucent turquoise coloured vinyl.
Organist James McVinnie releases All Night Chroma on Warp. Composed and produced by Tom Jenkinson of Sqaurepusher.
Sturgill Simpson returns with Sound & Fury, a "sleazy, steamy rock n roll record". He sounds amazing here. Indie shop pressing on red and black vinyl.
Max de Wardener releases Kolmar on Village Green, vintage kosmische. Very lush.
We have a super-limited indie shop white vinyl LP (plus CD bundle) of 65daysofstatic's replicr.
London acid rockers Swedish Death Candy release Are You Nervous?, including a limited Indie LP version in pressed on translucent, deep orange coloured vinyl. We have a couple of very limited 7" singles to give away if you're quick too!
Lots of new not-new today.
The Go! Team release a 15th anniversary edition of Thunder, Lightning, Strike, pretty sure it's silver vinyl. Love this record!
Also fifteen is Interpol's seminal Antics. Pressed on an ice white vinyl that matches the sleeve. I remember a joyous day back in '04 testing a new set of speakers with this record... Very, very loudly.
Little bit older, The Roots' Things Fall Apart gets a twentieth anniversary pressing on triple vinyl. Again, an essential album.
Lovely new box set called Dead Man's Pop from The Replacements this week that includes demos, a live show, and a fascinating, stripped-down remix of the band’s 1989 album Don’t Tell a Soul. The box includes 60 tracks from the Minneapolis rock and roll renegades, 58 of which have never been heard before.
In 1964, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled “Le Chat dans le Sac” (“The Cat in the Bag”). Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to this film. In June of that year, Coltrane’s ‘Classic Quartet’ entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio and recorded five previously-recorded Coltrane originals. Now, with the release of Blue World, we can hear these newly discovered recordings for the first time. It has obviously sold like hot cakes and we won't have restocks for a few weeks... So get involved quick!
Lastly this week, The Beatles' Abbey Road receives a 50th Anniversary repressing, with a new stereo mix by Giles Martin, plus two discs of alternate takes and extras. Hearing the development of the tracks is pretty exciting and the weirder moments really highlight how pioneering they were. The last run of tracks from You Never Give Me Your Money through The End is pretty magic... It's all pretty Macca heavy, as the best tracks always are. The drumming on The End is the best Ringo ever sounded... it's like he was suddenly loads better.