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Steve Mason
About The Light

The Beta Band are a distant image in the rear view mirror of Steve Mason these days. Following their break up he continued under the King Biscuit Time moniker before releasing Boys Outside (2010) under his own name. About The Light is his fourth solo album. Previously all of his solo albums have been made alone, this time he got his live band involved from the start to try and capture the energy of their live show. Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs) produced the album. LP and CD on Domino imprint Double Six.

The Beta Band
The Three EPs (20th Anniversary Remaster) [Deluxe Edition]

Noted for *that* moment in High Fidelity when the guy in the store says "let's sell some records" and puts a Beta Band track on and people start wandering up to the counter to find out what it is. It's a reminder that the early the Beta Band was a good thing - their reputation is based on these three early EPs. The fact that they subsequently disappeared down a rabbit warren of their own making is, in time, starting to be forgotten.  

The Beta Band
The Beta Band

The Beta Band’s eponymous debut LP turns twenty in 2019, so Because Music are preemptively reissuing the record. Though it wasn’t to everyone’s taste at the time it came out (including the band themselves), when heard now The Beta Band sounds ahead of the curve. The way these tracks run roughshod over the constraints of genre is sometimes good, sometimes less so, but certainly never dull. Its closest relatives are albums like Beck’s Odelay and The Avalanches' Since I Left You.

Steve Mason
Meet The Humans

Steve Mason of the Beta Band recorded this album with Craig Potter, best known as the producer and chap on the keyboards for Elbow. The follow up to Mason's ‘double political concept album’ ‘Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time’ this is a more straightforward and accessible undertaking. Taking in influences from the re-invigorated deep house scene, pop, dub as well as folk it's central themes are optimism, joy and hope. Released on 180g Vinyl or digipak CD versions.

Steve Mason & Emiliana Torrini
I Go Out


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Steve Mason
Boys Outside

Ah remember 2013? What a golden year that was. And if you were lucky it was soundtracked the baggy oddball pop of the Beta Band's Steve Mason. Mason is the sort of man who does his best to sound like an interesting Guy Garvey with polished considered pop and a few electronics hurled in. Now back out on vinyl. 

The Beta Band
Heroes To Zeroes

With hindsight, Heroes To Zeroes by The Beta Band could be seen as their last attempt at hitting the big time, by their label, at least. The original recording of the album was rejected by the label who drafted in Radiohead super-producer, Nigel Godrich to mix the album. Ultimately, the band split up owing the label a wad of cash. This album is worth the admission price alone for opening track, Assessment.

The Beta Band
Hot Shots II

Hot Shots II was the second album (not counting the 3 EPs) by The Beta Band. It was the follow-up to their self-titled debut which the band described as ‘shit’ before its release - an opinion still held by Steve Mason. Hot Shots II, then, was very much a return to form. Features the singles Squares and Broke.