Best New Reissues: Fridge, Nucleus, Calexico, Kikagaku Moyo, Malcolm McLaren and Kikagaku Moyo.

Best New Reissues: Fridge, Nucleus, Calexico, Kikagaku Moyo, Malcolm McLaren and Kikagaku Moyo.

We’re slowly getting back off the wagon.

Hello, Friends.

We’re starting off this slightly short new week with a deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of Fridge's defining and hugely innovative fourth LP, Happiness. Sonically it is just delicious, a sprawling and innovative mix of pastoral tones with acoustic clatters, field recordings and production cues from hip-hop through to minimal electronics. This new edition has been restored and remastered by founding member Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet), it really is a joy.


Also celebrating an anniversary, we have a 20th year, triple LP presentation of Calexico’s beautifully warm Feast Of Wire. The original album pressed at 45rpm plus a third disc with a 2003 ‘More Cowboys In Sweden’ live set.

Turning ten is Lonerism, the second studio LP from Tame Impala in scorched-out psychedelic mode. Also across 3LPs, this one includes demos and a deluxe 24-page booklet.

Also ten is Charli XCX’s True Romance Original Angel, available for the first time in ages and on limited Silver colour vinyl.

And then lastly, we have a five-year anniversary pressing of Lucy Dacus' critically acclaimed second LP, Historian. Quite limited and pressed on Opaque Red colour vinyl.

Getting us even hotter under the collar this week is a FOUR album drop from British jazz-fusion icons Nucleus, to include the 1970 debut LP Elastic Rock, the ambient and rich We’ll Talk About It Later, the blastin’ Solar Plexus and the high energy Snakehips Etcetera; an amazing four album run. Really can’t rave about these stunners enough and worth flagging that we managed to get hold of more copies of later works Labyrinth, Alleycat, Under The Sun and the absolute all-timer Roots. What a rush.

Another four-pack absolutely right up our street is Japanese psychedelic band Kikagaku Moyo. We have 2023 editions of House In The Tall Grass, the self-titled Kikagaku Moyo, Masana Temples and Forest Of Lost Children. Lavish editions - they are not cheap - but trust us, these are all absolute essential listening and cornerstones of any decent collection.

Kikagaku Moyo

Still so many great reissues this week, including; A new half-speed Abbey Road master of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, plus a second album that unites several beguiling versions of Oldfield’s masterwork for the first time. Third Man Records have made a very limited pressing of The Exploding Hearts infamous and instant-classic debut Guitar Romantic LP. We have the sprawling second album - Countdown to Ecstasy - from Steely Dan, which we don't mind admitting is going down real nice in this warm and woozy weather.

Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s collaborative Jazz Samba gets reissued as part of the Acoustic Sounds series. A light and shimmering melding of Bossa Nova, Samba rhythms and West Coast cool; it’s a vibe, for sure.

+ Transferred from analogue tapes and remastered on 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.

The bank holiday has played havoc with arrivals, but we’re shortly expecting Japanese folk singer Hako Yamasaki’s stunning 1975 debut LP Tobimasu and the following Tsunawatari. Really excited to have these ones in the building.

Also due to land any minute now is the 40th Anniversary Edition of Malcolm McLaren’s Duck Rock. Loving to have it back in the racks, featuring a second LP of B-sides that were never released on vinyl. We know that a lot of energy has gone into the art and the audio, so we’re excited for this one.

Ending briefly with the new releases; we announced a Dinked Edition pressing first thing today for On The Inside, the hugely impressive debut LP from acclaimed Leeds trio Gotts Street Park. We also wanted to update that we *think* we’ll have *most* of the SAULT LPs arriving this week. Sounds like they’ve had a nightmare, but we know loads of you are waiting.

- Drift


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