Scorching end to July. Some quick notes on this week's new releases via 4g...
We write to you this week from the beautiful Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall (for the last time). Assuming the 4g has held up, here are some brief notes about the records on the racks this week.
Our July Record of the Month is and has been Sarathy Korwar's More Arriving on The Leaf Label. Recorded over two and a half years in India and the UK, More Arriving draws on the nascent rap scenes of Mumbai and New Delhi, incorporating spoken word and Korwar’s own Indian classical and jazz instrumentation. Such an inspiring album this one, full of light and energy, brilliant stuff.
+ Limited Edition indies only LP on Transparent Red vinyl.
Record of the Week is the riotous and explosive Dudu from New Yorkers B Boys. We were lucky enough to run a Dinked Edition of this one, so we've been listening to it TONS over the last month or so. Playful, funny and jacked with energy.
+ Indie shop edition is pressed on White vinyl.
David Brewis - musical genius of Field Music - returns for his third album as School of Languagewith 45, an album about Donald Trump - his dubious rise in politics, his capricious behaviour while in office and the motley cast of characters he has surrounded himself with. Such a smart songwriter, brilliant and inventive this is.
+ (Very very very limited) Indies Exclusive edition is on Yellow vinyl.
Matador release Everything Hits At Once this week, a flawless compilation of Spoon's best-known, best-loved tunes. Twenty-five years as a band and honestly it always mystifies us how these guys aren't better-known, they are impeccable. Really nice price on both CD and LP, and to celebrate we have a special edition Spoon tambourine! Buy the album this week (including those of you who preordered) and we'll do a draw next week.
On the topic of prize draws, we'll pick a Thom Yorke winner on Monday.
Modern Studies' much praised Welcome Strangers album from 2018 is re-imagined by designer / musician Tommy Perman as Emergent Slow Arcs. This is lush, and the die cut sleeve has our hearts popping!
We're also expecting arrivals from Susan James, Mini Mansions Kaiser Chiefs and Clark. Keep an eye on the website and socials for more on them.
Special edition repressing of the iconic self-titled Crosby, Stills & Nash album. Love this to bits.
+ 140 Gram Vinyl housed in Special Stoughton Gatefold and LP Insert on Textured Paper.
+ Burgundy Red Vinyl.
Iconic, innovative and internationally renowned force in avant-garde music The Art Ensemble of Chicago release their 50th anniversary celebratory album We Are On The Edge, and Erased Tapes are honoured to have the physical editions of this exceptional body of work. A double album featuring a meticulous studio session of the newly assembled group of musicians, combining re-recordings of works spanning the last 50 years, some never before recorded, as well as new compositions. Real mind melting stuff.
Undoubtedly one of the most important, influential and groundbreaking UK jazz musicians of all time, during the ‘50s and early ‘60s, Tubby Hayes stood apart from many of his UK-based contemporaries, displaying a self-confidence and virtuoso musical delivery that placed him shoulder to shoulder with many of the leading American jazzmen of the day. This week, Decca Records reissue the entirely forgotten Grits, Beans And Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1970. Upon discovery of the tapes, Decca hired high-end vinyl specialists Gearbox Studios to master the sessions for the first time. They created a 180-gram vinyl edition employing an original 1960s-era Studer C37 tape machine and a Scully Lathe (the same model employed by jazz record engineering god Rudy Van Gelder).
Last one this week, and Numero have hit a massive home run with the previously unissued soundtrack to the 1964 western noir, discovered after 55 years in the Wayne Louis Moody archive. Sixteen languid guitar instrumentals, femme fatale dirges, and cinematic country crooners score the loneliest night of one man’s life. Packaged in a replica of the original octagonal film canister, with 36” x 27” fold out movie poster. It looks amazing!
If we end up with any signed stock from the artists at the festival, it'll be online next week.