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Robyn
Honey

Robyn started her music career over twenty years ago with throwaway pop songs, working with the likes of pop supremo Max Martin (Backstreet Boys, Westlife - urrrgggh, two of the greatest artists of all time!). She has really come into her own since those days though. With credible pop classics like Dancing On My Own she balanced dancefloor hit with heartbreaking lyrics. She continues this artistically successful formula with her new album, Honey. LP on Island.

Amy Winehouse
Back To Black

Back To Black was the second and final album by Amy Winehouse. It was regarded as a classic pretty much upon on its release. Here she found her ideal musical partner in Mark Ronson whose soulful production was the perfect backdrop to her incredible voice. Contains Rehab, Love Is A Losing Game and Tears Dry On Their Own.

Nick Drake
Five Leaves Left

Five Leaves Left was Nick Drake's debut LP on Island and probably counts as one of the most autumnal records ever made. It's understated and hushed take on folk music was not a hit at the time but slowly over the years it found an audience of like minded sensitive souls. Notable for Robert Kirby's brilliant string arrangements, this is a gorgeous work not to be missed.     

Pulp
His 'n' Hers

Gangly proto-Brit-poppers Pulp had been lurching around the scene for quite some time when they released 'His 'n' Hers'. Thankfully the album finally rid them of the tag of 'nearly people' that had been following them around and they finally found some crossover success. Tracks like 'Do You Remember the First Time?' and 'Lipgloss' set the scene for what would come next... the number one smash 'Different Class'. 

Nirvana
Nevermind

Of Nirvana’s three studio albums, the middle one, Nevermind, is probably the most well known, but it is after all, the one that got them noticed. It kicked down the doors and allowed everybody through. Their mix of classic rock and punk was sprinkled with magic dust by the then unknown producer Butch Vig. It was also the first album to feature the now Foo Fighter, Dave Grohl on drums. It is great.

Keane
Cause and Effect

After Roy Keane and perhaps Robbie Keane, post-Coldplay soft-rockers Keane are the third-most-famous of the Keane-clan. We imagine a hewn-from-granite hardman like Roy is positively revolted by the fact that he shares a name with this bunch of Snow Patrolers, but maybe he’s got used to them by now. Or maybe he simply gives them not a second's thought. Anyway, on Cause And Effect - the band’s fifth LP and first for seven years - we find them up to their usual tricks. Expect to hear lead single ‘The Way I Feel’ during TV coverage of football tournaments for the next few years.

Pulp
Different Class

Following the recent renewal of interest in Britpop comes the reissue of Pulp's widely revered 1995 LP 'Different Class'. Pressed onto 180g vinyl, this special issue comes with an insert featuring Cocker's bitingly deft lyrics. Alluding to society and the British class system, 'Different Class' was definitely of its time, but still resonates today.       

Amy Winehouse
Frank

Frank was the debut album by Amy Winehouse. She made a massive impact with this upon its release in 2003. Firstly as a major new talent had just unleashed itself on the world and secondly because her lyrics didn’t pull any punches, hence the title.The title is also a nod to one of her heroes, Frank Sinatra.

Ariana Grande
thank u, next

thank u, next is without a doubt one of 2019's great pop albums. Released a mere six months after 2018's Sweetener, the album finds Ariana Grande dealing with personal upheaval by releasing a collection of self-confident bangers. Includes the 'My Favourite Things' interpolating '7 rings',  as well as singles 'thank u, next' and 'break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored'. On Island.
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Marvin Gaye
What’s Going On Live

What's Going On was Marvin Gaye's legendary politically aware 1971 opus but have you ever heard it performed live? This recording was made on Marvin Gaye Day in Washington DC in 1972 but was only released once as a bonus disc on the 2001 CD release of it's parent album. Now you can enjoy the soul superstar swooning through the album plus a medley of his 1960s hits on vinyl newly mixed and mastered for your ear entertainment.  

Paul Weller
Stanley Road

I don't know which Paul Weller album this is. It doesn't really matter. If you like him you'll be interested in getting it on vinyl. Whether you can afford the £32.99 asking price is another matter. The music industry screwed itself up in the past by charging £16 for CDs that cost pennies to make. Looks like they are off the same way with vinyl. Obviously this format is more expensive to produce so a higher retail price is understandable but this is really taking the piss especially when there are no extras and nothing deluxe. 

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
Out Of Season

For those of you hungry for more Portishead content I have some good news. In 2002 Beth Gibbons connected with Talk Talk's Paul Webb (here using the name Rustin Man) to produce 'Out Of Season'. It's a record that's much more indebted to folk and jazz than the trip hop Gibbons is known for, and alongside her recording of Górecki's 'Symphony No. 3', proves she's one of the most versatile vocalists alive.

Portishead
Dummy

Island is reissuing Portishead's seminal trip-hop album, 'Dummy'. Originally released in 1994, their first record is a collection of dark and sonorous electronic tunes inspired by rock music , jazz and hip-hop alike. 'Dummy' helped synthesize a new sound that became essential to the Bristol scene, coinciding with bands such as Massive Attack to put West Country trip-hop on the map. It also garnered a few hits, including "Numb". 

The Slits
Cut

It is 40 years since the Slits unleashed Cut their debut and most well known album. Their early ferocious live performances were reigned in expertly by producer Dennis Bovell and the band tempered their DIY punk enthusiasm with dub and world music influences. The result is an innovative album which matches Ari Up's yelps with Viv Albertine's scratchy discordant guitar runs and Budgie's off kilter dub-influenced drumming. It influenced... well.. everyone particularly the later riot grrl and DIY punk scenes.  
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  • Island

The Roots
Things Fall Apart

One of the first hip hop acts to operate as a fully-fledged band, The Roots combine live instrumentation and percussion with traditional sampling elements and the dense prose of Black Thought. Their fourth album is a stone-cold classic of hip hop where jazzy beats collide with politically conscious wordplay. It includes energetic numbers such as 'Dynamite!', 'Step Into The Relm', and 'You Got Me' which features fellow Soulquarian Erykah Badu. Their breakthrough earned them a Grammy nomination, but they unfortunately lost out to Eminem on the night.
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  • Island

Nick Drake
Bryter Layter

Bryter Layter should obviously be in your record collection, and luckily you don’t have to spend £1,000,000 on a crackly old dog of a copy anymore. Island have faithfully remastered and reissued this beautiful thing from the (almost) original master tapes, and packaged it so it’s just like how your Dad would have bought it back in the day. PLUS you get high-res digital files of the tunes, as well as all sorts of trinkets and gubbins to help you imagine like you was there in 1971, baby.

Florence + The Machine
Lungs (10th Anniversary Edition)

Does Florence And The Machine’s debut LP Lungs hold up a decade on from its release? Only one way to find out I guess. As tenth anniversary editions go this new pressing of Lungs is fairly low-key - just some new colours on the vinyl this time around. For the cheap seats - Lungs is the one with ‘You’ve Got The Love’, ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and the definitely-lyrically-watertight ‘Kiss With A Fist’ on it.

Pulp
This Is Hardcore

This is Hardcore is the sixth and final album from long running Brit-poppers Pulp and the 'difficult' follow up to their worldwide smash Different Class. Although it had none of the hits of the former, it was a dark and complex work and the sort of artistic statement that showed that the band weren't just Brit-pop stadium puppets. I'd hope in these more enlightened days the artwork would be less degrading to women but them were different days. I'm sure everyone has moved on and learned.   
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Nick Drake
Pink Moon

Pretty much one of the most beautiful albums ever made. Just Nick, his ever fluid guitar playing, husky voice and on one track, a slither of piano. Listen to it late at night, on the headphones and admire the wonderful natural way the album was recorded. The songs are exquisite, odd at times, soothing at others. To me, the best Nick Drake album more because what isn't on it than what is. 

Drake
If Your Reading This You're Too Late

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is either an album or a mixtape, but whatever it is, it grabbed the whole internet’s attention when it suddenly dropped without warning last year. Drake can certainly play the game. Now this high-grade release gets pressed to wax for a double LP issue on Island.
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  • Island

Of Monsters and Men
Fever Dream

They became the first Icelandic band to reach one billion streams for their ubiquitous hit ‘Little Talks’ at the start of the decade - now, Icelandic group Of Monsters And Men deliver a third studio album. Produced once again with the help of Rich Costey, Fever Dream represents a subtle change of direction, if lead single ‘Alligator’ is anything to go by.

Parliament
Up For The Down Stroke

Released a long four years after their debut album, 1974’s Up For The Down Stroke was where Parliament’s career really took off. Containing the title track, which was the group’s first significant hit, as well as ‘Testify’, the LP gets a 180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue this summer. 

Disclosure
Moonlight

Critically acclaimed and commercially successful Surrey-based electronic duo, Disclosure delve into previously uncharted waters with their new mini-LP, Moonlight. The tracks are a mix of African rhythms, vocal jazz, disco and deep house - sample based and picked from genres that the pair have always loved, but never recorded. 180g limited edition mini-LP on Island.
  • Vinyl LP (7702584)
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The B-52's
The B-52's

Kooky lyrics, nimble rhythms and irresistible pop harmonies met on The B-52’s self-titled debut album when it was released back in the summer of 1979, putting them at the front of the new-wave scene. This is a fortieth anniversary re-issue on vinyl, featuring printed lyric inserts. Eventually the SEO friend RuPaul would feature in one of their music videos.

Julian Cope
Jehovahkill

While Peggy Suicide debuted the “mature” Julian, this three-sided follow-up went all-out, with the emphasis on the ‘out’. Largely inspired by Krautrock, Jehovahkill captures all the intensity and variety of that genre, from eccentric acid folk to full-on psych bombast. The subject matter takes in stone circles, Christ, and the repression of pagan culture. Arguably his finest hour, and a great place for the uninitiated to dive in.
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Drake
Views

Canadian rapper Drake returns with his smooth blend of hip-hop and R&B. With poetically crafted love stories, exotic dancehall beats, and record-shattering sales statistics, Views boasts international chart toppers One Dance and Hotline Bling and features a guest spot from Rihanna. Released as double-vinyl LP on Island Records.
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Keane
Perfect Symmetry

The point at which Keane’s bafflingly enormous popularity finally started to wane, 2008's Perfect Symmetry saw the trio try to gently expand upon the piano-led formula that had brought them such ubiquity in the mid-Noughties. This is a 180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue to mark the album’s tenth anniversary. 

Marvin Gaye
You’re The Man

Ooooh, a ‘lost’ album by soul superman Marvin Gaye is now being made available! You’re The Man was meant to follow on from What’s Going On in 1972, so you can imagine how high the quality is here. This is the first time these tracks have been presented in their proper album context, and there is also a nice extended version of Gaye’s Christmas song. Double LP reissue on Island, celebrating what would have been his 80th birthday.

James Brown
Get On The Good Foot

Get On The Good Foot by James Brown was originally released in 1972. As you might expect, it’s funky as hell. The title track was released as a single, split into two parts for some reason, and has been sampled numerous times. If you think you haven’t heard it before, you probably have.

Parliament
Chocolate City

180g heavyweight vinyl re-issue of Chocolate City, the third studio album by George Clinton’s legendary Parliament which was originally released in 1975. Boasting their classic line-up and conceived of as a positive reversal of the contemporaneous concern of ‘white flight’ from city centres, it included the singles ‘Chocolate City’ and ‘Ride On’. 

Spring King
A Better Life

The North can party too you know. Manchester's Spring King show us how it's done with their second album of primal, joyous and thundering party anthems. The lads have got the party started for the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian on recent tours and so know how to make lots of people stay awake at the same time.    

Bob Marley & The Wailers
Legend (35th Anniversary Edition)

A grand double vinyl edition of the album that your dad always had in the car, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ greatest hits compilation Legend. To be fair, these are indeed greatest hits, with each track a fairly indisputable entry in reggae’s canon. You should never be far away from the classic live version of ‘No Woman No Cry’, and now you don’t need to be… on vinyl!
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  • Island

Various
The Harder They Come

The unshakeable masterpiece is back for another ten rounds. We're sure you’ve heard this before, but the influence of the soundtrack to Jimmy Cliff’s 1972 film The Harder They Come cannot be overstated. One of the LPs to take Jamaican music worldwide, the record is a peerless collection of rocksteady, ska and reggae. Literally every song is a classic.
  • Label(s):
  • Island

Bombay Bicycle Club
So Long, See You Tomorrow

So Long, See You Tomorrow is the 4th album from indie heavyweights Bombay Bicycle Club. The album was produced by singer Jack Steadman in their very own studio. Includes the singles Luna and Carry Me. So Long, See You Tomorrow is available on vinyl box set with bonus 7” and songbook and vinyl LP.

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Balance

Catfish & The Bottlemen are back after five whole years with their third album The Balance. The Welsh stadium-filling and festival-headlining indie rockers are hugely popular with the kids. To be fair to them though, they are an incredibly hard working bunch. They’ve been touring pretty much constantly in the last few years. 180g black vinyl LP and CD on Island.

U2
No Line On The Horizon

This is the one by redundant stadium rockers U2 about the fictional characters of a drug addict, a soldier and a traffic police officer. Eno, Lanois and Lillywhite did the rather good production. It also got Taylor Deupree all in a flap because it has the same cover as an album he did with Richard Chartier. Bono, didn’t you know that photos expire after one use?

The Charlatans
Up At The Lake

Up At The Lake by The Charlatans was originally released in 2004. In comparison to other albums by the North-West indie old-hats, it doesn’t seem to be quite as well remembered. The critics liked it back then though. Anyhow, here’s your chance to relive it with a lovely vinyl reissue. 180g LP on Virgin.

Various
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)

Pretend it's the nineties again by sticking this on your turntable: the soundtrack to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the classic British crime comedy flick. Cornerstones of cool are brought in, such as James Brown and The Stooges, to keep the slick capers rolling. All here, along with extracts of dialogue. Double LP on Island.
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  • Island

Mumford & Sons
Delta

You know when a band is expected to shift a few units when the press release bangs on about the massive tour the band are about to embark on. In this case it’s the trust-fund Wurzels (thank you, Charlie Brooker) Mumford & Sons. Their new and fourth album filled with anthemic folk-rock is locked and loaded and ready to go. Produced by master polisher Paul Epworth whose production credits range from Adele to Friendly Fires to Thurston Moore. Lovely double LP and CD on Island. 

Disclosure
Ultimatum

Disclosure! They're good. These lads know how to do sunny dance music, even if the timing of this release is a little on the late side to be 2018's Big Summer House Classic. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence recently discovered the amazing, heartfelt and powerful voice of Malian singer and musician Fatoumata Diawara and here she is lending her vocals to another smash. That's 'Ultimatum'. Limited 12" single on Island records.

The Charlatans
Wonderland

This was from back in 2001 when Twitter wasn't a thing and Tim Burgess had 'normal' hair. It was their seventh album and contained such smash hits as 'Love Is the Key' and 'A Man Needs to be Told'.  If that doesn't convince you to re-purchase then remember that Jamie Oliver said that this album has been a really big inspiration for his cooking.  

Tricky
Maxinquaye

Tricky’s Maxinquaye has retained its power and significance long after the term / scene that it first appeared in, trip-hop, has faded from favour. Working closely with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, Tricky lurks his way around some real classics. 180 gram vinyl reissue for the 20th anniversary, on Music On Vinyl.
  • Label(s):
  • Island

Kevin Ayers - John Cale - Eno - Nico
June 1, 1974

Some A&R guy at Island Records suggested that Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Eno and Nico, a real bunch of musical mavericks, get together for a gig in an attempt to promote Island as a rock label. All four artists had recently signed with the label and had released, or were about to release, their own albums. It happened, as the title suggests, on June 1, 1974. The album features some key performances from Cale, Eno and Nico on side one, whilst side two is entirely performed by Kevin Ayers. As an additional garnish to the already stellar cast, Mike Oldfield plays bass and Robert Wyatt plays drums. Limited edition reissue of 1000 copies on Island.

Various
The Man From Mo' Wax

The Man From Mo' Wax is the title of a new documentary film about -- yes, you guessed it -- the Mo' Wax label which was run by head honcho and DJ James Lavelle between 1992 and 2002. During that time the label remained a pioneering presence and its influence has had a long reach on trip-hop and beat-makers to this day. Included on the collection are key tracks from the label's heady heyday as well as music which influenced Lavelle and led him to start the label, all included in the forthcoming film.
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  • Island

Drake
Scorpion

Drizzy/Champagne Papi/October’s Very Own/Aubrey Graham/Wheelchair Jimmy/Drake continues to dominate the world of pop with a polite ruthlessness. His fifth LP Scorpion comes out at just the right time to jack the momentum Kanye West has built up this past month. This thing is 25 tracks long (!) and has guest spots from Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and - somehow - Michael Jackson.
  • Label(s):
  • Island

Julian Cope
Peggy Suicide

Cope’s seventh album marks his reinvention and the beginnings of his Arch-Drude persona. Having moved away from attempts at chart pop with the understated home-recorded albums Skellington and Droolian, this sprawling double LP showed a more ambitious and fully-formed new direction. The songs are politicised, dealing with environmentalism and the then-recent poll tax riots, and imbued with a feminist perspective. 60s psych and garage rock influences are given free rein on the likes of Safesurfer and Drive, She Said, while Pristeen and Beautiful Love see Cope launching into pop with a renewed sense of idiosyncratic purpose.

Sparks
The Best & The Rest Of The Island Years 74-78

Although they've intermittently done brilliant stuff over the years (and continue to do so), the golden era for Sparks was probably the 1974-1978 era when they were signed to Island. This included great albums such as Kimono My House and Propaganda. This collection comprises the 'best' bits and on LP2 you get the 'rest' - i.e. all the B sides from the period.   

Anne Dudley
Plays Art Of Noise

Composer Anne Dudley was actually in the Art of Noise the unique 80s group helmed by Trevor Horn and Paul Morley. Now she plays the Art of Noise but the press release doesn't make clear if these are re-interpretations of Art of Noise track or are new things inspired by the band. I guess we'll find out eventually. 

Ben Howard
Noonday Dream

England’s Bon Iver returns with his third LP. On Noonday Dream the comparison between Ben Howard and Justin Vernon extends beyond Howard aping the quivering croon of tracks like ‘Skinny Love’. In his own way, Howard has done a 22, A Million here. His experiments aren’t as out-there as Vernon’s, but tracks like ‘A Boat To An Island On A Wall’ often subjugate Howard’s songwriting for tape-loops and post-rock atmospherics ala Explosions In The Sky. Don’t worry, there are some nicey-nicey numbers too - opener ‘Nica Libres At Dusk’, for instance.

Noah And The Whale
Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down

For those people who started and got behind the campaign for the debut album by Noah and the Whale to be released on vinyl, take a bow, your wish has come true. Originally released in 2008, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down had a lukewarm critical reception but is most definitely a hit with the fans. Includes the singles 5 Years Time and The Shape Of My Heart.

Noah And The Whale
The First Days of Spring

Now this is an LP that knows how to drag you through a break-up. Charlie Fink’s pained and delicate vocals combined with warbling violins make you want to check right back into heartbreak hotel. I guess the record's producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith, Antony & The Johnsons) knows the language of nostalgia pretty well. A decade after it was first released in 2009, and three years since the group disbanded, it’s stood the test of time surprisingly well. That’s pretty tricky for indie folk rock. 

SCARLXRD
DXXM

After joining Birmingham alt. rockers Myth City via some basic Googling, rapper, SCARLXRD toured with them for two years. Now he has decided to take his unpronounceable name into the world of solo recording. In the twelve months since going it alone he has recorded five albums. DXXM is his latest offering. Red vinyl LP on Island. Oh, Doom by Scarlord, I understand nxw!
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  • Island

Julian Cope
My Nation Underground

Cope’s fourth LP may have marked something of a dead end to the first part of his solo career, but it’s not without its charms. Taking Funkadelic, Sly Stone and 60s garage rock and psychedelia as inspirations, the album includes covers of The Vogues’ 5 O'Clock World and Someone Like Me by The Shadows of Knight. The highlight is undoubtedly the single Charlotte Anne, but difficult sessions couldn’t entirely hamper Cope’s exuberance and inherent melodicism. Worth checking out if you like its better-selling predecessor, Saint Julian.

Pulp
We Love Life

Pulp closed off their excellent recording career, and arguably the Britpop era as a whole, with We Love Life. It contains the singles ‘Bad Cover Version’, ‘Sunrise’ and ‘The Trees’, and it was produced by none other than Scott Walker! This Island Records reissue puts Pulp’s last stand back onto wax.

Keane
Under The Iron Sea

A re-issue of the second album by everyones favourite posh lad keys, bass and drums trio Keane. This got to number one in the hit parade on release back in 2006 and sold 222,297 units in the UK alone. It features the smash hit single 'Is it Any Wonder?' plus 11 other prime examples of their sturdy piano rock. 

Sandy Denny
I've Always Kept A Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny

She always... she always kept a unicorn. Bet you didn't know that about Sandy Denny, folk rock pioneer beloved for her part in the Fairport Convention of the late '60s. Here's a double LP of leafy strums anthologised for your cafe-comfy pleasure. It includes cuts from all over the place, from the Strawbs to the Convention.

The Killers
Day & Age

Here are the Killers, surfin’ on reissue waves with 180-gram vinyl iterations of selected albums. First unleashed in 2008, this is the band’s fourth album Day & Age. By this point, they’ve really nailed the radio-friendly, overproduced alt-rock sound. Unlike the yelling on e.g. Hot Fuss, Brandon Flowers’ voice is also much more controlled and elegant.

The Killers
Direct Hits

In a ballsy move, The Killers are re-releasing their greatest hits album, this time on extra solid 2x12” 180 gram vinyl. Direct Hits features all those classics off their first four albums that redefined the word “indie” from meaning “independent” to nothing in particular, as well as two previously unreleased songs. Highly recommended if the Hot Fuss repressing is sold out.

Nick Drake
Family Tree

Nick Drake has always been an intimate listen, but never more so than on this collection of rarities and lo-fi home recordings. Family Tree includes a number of treats, from a gorgeous cover of Jackson C. Frank’s ‘Blues Run The Game’ to some songs by Nick’s mother, Molly Drake. Double LP reissue.

Sparks
Propaganda

Since adding a portable CD player to my kitchen I've needed some interesting upbeat music to listen to whilst doing the dishes. First on my list was Sparks Propaganda  - an absolutely incredible album which showcases the band at their pomp. Almost as good as Kimono My House I reckon. This catches them at work with their classic early sound which is both tough as teak and operatic. Brilliant stuff now on LP via Island. 
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  • Island

Sparks
Kimono My House

Demented electro-pop duo Sparks celebrate 40 years of sharp wit and falsetto crooning. The deluxe reissue of Kimono My House adds new material and essays to the endlessly weird and catchy chamber pop arrangements, strange productions and glamorous theatrics within. What more do you want; there’s a song called "Thank God It’s Not Christmas".

Sparks
Indiscreet

Indiscreet was the fifth album by the wonderfully weird duo Sparks. It was originally released in 1975 as the follow-up to Propaganda and produced by none other than Tony Visconti. Whilst it didn’t meet the commercial heights of Propaganda, or Kimono My House, which was arguably their best-known work, it was an artistic success - stylistically an odd, yet fantastic mix of glam rock and show tunes.
  • Label(s):
  • Island

Sparks
Big Beat

Big Beat was the 6th album by Sparks. It was the follow up to the rather fabulous Indiscreet. Like its predecessor, it failed to reach satisfactory sales figures, but don’t let that put you off, things were different in 1976, this was probably buried under a pile of fresh punk. It led to them appearing, and playing two songs, in the 1976 disaster film Rollercoaster after Kiss declined the offer.
  • Label(s):
  • Island

U2
Songs Of Experience

Latest creation from the inevasible U2. On Island Records. Available on double LP cyan blue vinyl. Or there’s a limited edition deluxe box-set version including CD, blue double LP, a themed ‘newspaper’ and a handful of extra tracks if the regular 13 wasn’t enough for you. There you go.

Jessie Ware
Glasshouse

After starting her career guesting on tracks by SBTRKT, Disclosure and Bobby Womack, singer-songwriter Jessie Ware gained rather a lot of attention. Her first album, Devotion, was released in 2012. The critically acclaimed Tough Love followed in 2014 and now comes Glasshouse which sees the culmination of three years work. Available on vinyl and CD on Island.

Dizzee Rascal
Raskit

He’s back back back baby: the original grime crossover hero Dizzee Rascal returns with this sixth album, following a four year wait. Raskit features a number of American producers on the beats, leading Rascal into some more hip-hop territory than previously, while still maintaining grime credentials and pop smash power. Double LP on Island.

Flyte
The Loved Ones

This looks promising. Flyte are an English alternative pop band with nods towards Orange Juice and Simon and Garfunkel. This is their debut album which showcases their shimmering, very English sound which has a vintage , sepia-tinted tone but their songs are complex too with a hint of Sparks about them.  

Mondo Cozmo
Plastic Soul

From a landscape gardener to a true gem in the underground pop-rock scene, Mondo Cozmo has become a chart topping artist in the US. His moody vocals and relaxed backing music give a recognisable theme to his music- think Primal Scream of the future. Plastic Soul is available on vinyl LP and CD, on ‘Island’.

Mr Jukes
God First

Jack Steadman is certainly known for being the guitarist and frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club, but to the side of the indie he has been working on his passion of crate-digging, soul and hip hop. His debut album as Mr Jukes brings slick, sunny, soul-filled beats and grooves and a load of guests, including BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, and Laleh Hathaway.

Paul Weller
Heavy Soul

Heavy Soul is the fourth solo album by Jam-man Paul Weller, initially issued in the Britpop-imperial days of 1997. As befits an album with the name Heavy Soul, Weller gets back to his soul / R&B roots, via blues and rock. Heavy Soul has been remastered for this reissue, and is pressed to heavyweight vinyl. Out on Island.

The Weeknd
Echoes of Silence

Echoes of Silence is one third of Trilogy, the debut release by Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Abel Tesfaye, who is more famously known as The Weeknd. The album is a compilation of his early work which was initially given away as free download. Echoes of Silence is now available as a stand alone double vinyl LP

The Weeknd
Starboy

Sweet-voiced yet bearded R&B superstar Abel Makkonen Tesfaye returns with his third album 'Starboy' an 18 track extravaganza of smooth sounds which has been helped along by the involvement of French disco robots Daft Punk. Expect slightly unsettling chilled out mega R & B heavy on the atmospherics and disconcerting lyrical verbosity.  

The Weeknd
House of Balloons

House of Balloons is one third of Trilogy, the debut release by Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Abel Tesfaye, who is more famously known as The Weeknd. The album is a compilation of his early work and encompasses R&B, soul, trip-hop and dream pop. House of Balloons is available for the first time as a stand alone double vinyl LP

Toothless
The Pace Of The Passing

Toothless is the new project of Ed Nash, who you’ll surely know from his time in recently-dissolved indie group Bombay Bicycle Club. New debut album The Pace Of The Passing is a punchy set of indie-pop that also features Marika Hackman and Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. Released by Island Records.

Aquilo
Silhouettes

Aquilo are an outfit who have become very good at producing the kind of dramatically-wrought neoclassical piano and cinematic vocal music that gets featured in major movies and TV shows (as indeed Aquino’s music has been). Silhouettes is their first full-length album, produced with the help of SOHN and Ólafur Arnalds. Out on Island.

Drake & Future
What A Time To Be Alive

Instantly memorable as much as it was unexpected, the highly quotable collaboration between two hip-hop juggernauts makes its way to the vinyl format just over a year after its 2015 release. Toronto’s Drake flew out to Future’s Atlanta base and with just under a week together in the studio, the pair churned out a victory lap record executive-produced by their respective wingmen 40 and Metro Boomin. With Boomin on most of the instrumentals, it’s very clear Future’s on home turf though both rappers thrive across the LP’s over-the-top boasts and beats. Closing out the record, “Jersey” and “30 for 30 Freestyle” see both artists show off their signature sound as solo rounds.
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Beach Baby
No Mind No Money

The kindly named Beach Baby continue to make a watery indie pop as much in reverence to the clean-as-whistle nostalgia vibes of Mac DeMarco and Hospitality as it is to the weird scrambled egg rawk of older lo-fi acts. 'No Mind No Money' is their new record and it's written in tribute to that post-university time where you're just doing a bunch of stuff and hoping something sticks.

AlunaGeorge
I Remember

AlunaGeorge - that’s... Aluna Francis and, um, George -- return to follow up their corporeal ‘Body Music’, with I Remember. It promises 12 more tracks of pop at the very edge, with a soulful feel; in the way they do so confidently. Plus, the title track was helmed by Flume. So there’s that. And Popcaan. LP and CD on Island.

Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal
Johannesburg

Professional waistcoat wearers Mumford and Sons team up with Sengalese singer / guitarist Baaba Mal in this somewhat unexpected collaboration, recorded in Johannesburg with Sweden's Johan Hugo (AKA The Very Best). Expect the usual Mumford fare, but with some added African vocals which are nice. 

Spring King
The Summer

Spring King have been working hard the old fashioned way by doing actual gigs supporting the likes of everyone before recording their debut album. Therefore they will have garnered a fanbase slavering in anticipation.  This their new single sits somewhere in between Interpol and the England football team circa the '82 world cup. A weird dark rock singalong. C'mon everybody sing with me...'the summer....' etc.  
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Nick Drake
A Treasury

A Treasury is a fifteen track compilation of songs by the incomparable folk singer/songwriter Nick Drake. It was originally released in 2004. It includes tracks from his three studio albums Bryter Layter, Five Leaves Left and Pink Moon and one tracks from his odds-and-ends album Time of No Reply. Drake sadly died in 1974 aged 26 following an overdose.

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Ride

The second record from unfathomably popular indie rock group who have proved that having the worst name in the history of pop music and producing music that is by numbers at best is absolutely no hindrance to world domination. Kind of like a Manic Street Preachers without the politics which despite my personal despair leads to a situation a lot of people are very happy with...particularly those at Island records (home to Nick Drake etc).  

Spring King
Tell Me If You Like To

Tell Me If You Like To is the debut album from Manchester post-punks Spring King. They're seemingly already on the road to success after being bigged-up by the NME with the music mag calling them the most promising new band of 2016. They also have the accomplishment of being the first band Zane Lowe played on his new Beats 1 show. It's like when Tony Blackburn played 'Flowers in the Rain'. 

PJ Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project

The Hope Six Demolition Project is the ninth album by PJ Harvey. It is her first album since 2011’s Mercury Music Prize winning Let England Shake. The songs were created in sessions that were open to the public as part of an art installation at London’s Somerset House in 2015.  From snippets we’ve heard it sounds like she has returned to the punchy and riff-heavy indie-rock of albums such as Dry, Rid of Me and Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. Should be good then!

Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom
Don't Believe The Hyperreal

On Don’t Believe the Hyperreal, Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom take a break from their day jobs in The Burning Hell for some sharp wit and deadpan balladry. These charming acoustic arrangements and self-aware ditties recall Jeffrey Lewis at his most confident. Available on vinyl LP and CD from BB*Island, the Public Enemy referencing title should be enough to convince you.

Disclosure
Caracal

Dance duo Disclosure aka Surrey siblings Howard and Guy Lawrence were hugely successful with their million-selling debut, Settle. Sam Smith made his name with a guest vocal on their hit Latch. Their new album, Caracal, therefore has been eagerly anticipated. Sam Smith guests again on the track Omen and there are other high-profile names along for the ride too with Gregory Porter, Lorde and Kwabs putting in appearances.

The Yeah You's
15 Minutes


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Luke Toms
Peace By Myself


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Terra Naomi
Under The Influence


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Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More

Released back when Marcus Mumford And His Merrie Men were but a group of humble poshos from West London, little did we know that Sigh No More would go on to become such an all-consuming cultural phenomenon. You know the score by now - Sigh No More is full of banjo-twanging and tub-thumping and all sorts of fiddle-dee-dee japery. It is Jacob Rees-Mogg in sound.

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Balcony

Named after a chance encounter between lead vocalist Van McCann and an Australian busker called Catfish the Bottleman, this gaggle of Llandudno-based indie rockers have already been featured on the Radio 1 playlist, and this their debut album was overseen by über producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys / Adele). Add to that a slot at pretty much every UK festival going, it's hard to imagine how they can possibly not acheive mega fame. They can't not. That's how not. 

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