4/30/2021 New Releases at Mills Record Company

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Following the global broadcast of Venture Into Cures, on November 18, 2020, Eddie Vedder released a pair of singles- "Matter of Time" and "Say Hi" via Seattle Surf Co./Republic Records. Additionally, Vedder shared an animated music video for the powerful, passionate, and poetic "Matter of Time" and live video for "Say Hi," an oft-sought after live favorite now officially available for the first time. Limited Edition 7-inch vinyl.

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The Million Masks of God showcases the strength and boundary-pushing invention of Manchester Orchestra’s catalog, and is a testament to the kinship of its songwriting duo—the bond that enables them to take something so tragically personal and turn it into limitless, compassionate, communal, revelatory art.

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soft pack with 20 page booklet and spot gloss finish on CD jacket.

The Million Masks of God
showcases the strength and boundary-pushing invention of Manchester Orchestra’s catalog, and is a testament to the kinship of its songwriting duo—the bond that enables them to take something so tragically personal and turn it into limitless, compassionate, communal, revelatory art.

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The Million Masks of God showcases the strength and boundary-pushing invention of Manchester Orchestra’s catalog, and is a testament to the kinship of its songwriting duo—the bond that enables them to take something so tragically personal and turn it into limitless, compassionate, communal, revelatory art.

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ICE MELT, Crumb's second LP, begins with a chaotic scene and ends with a lullaby. "Lyrically," says frontwoman Lila Ramani, "my goal was to return back down to earth from a strange, floating place, and write about real substances and beings that live on this planet." The sounds, too, feel more grounded and of this earth, evoking moods of both isolation and deep connection. Recorded to 2-inch tape by analog masters Jonathan Rado and Michael Harris, ICE MELT is Crumb's most ambitious collection of songs to date, at turns totally in control and willing to spin off into oblivion.
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After two UK #1 albums, 2 million album sales and an array of international acclaim, you might’ve thought you knew what to expect from Royal Blood. Those preconceptions were shattered when they released ‘Trouble’s Coming’ last summer. Hitting a melting pot of fiery rock riffs and danceable beats, they delivered something fresh, unexpected and yet entirely in tune with what they’d forged their reputation with.

When Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher sat down to talk about making a new album, they knew what they wanted to achieve. It involved a conscious return to their roots, back when they had made music that was influenced by Daft Punk, Justice, and Philippe Zdar of Cassius. It also called for a similar back-to-basics approach to what had made their self-titled debut album so thrilling, visceral and original. 

We sort of stumbled on this sound, and it was immediately fun to play,” recalls Kerr. “That’s what sparked the creativity on the new album, the chasing of that feeling. It’s weird, though - if you think back to ‘Figure it Out’, it kind of contains the embryo of this album. We realised that we didn’t have to completely destroy what we’d created so far; we just had to shift it, change it. On paper, it’s a small reinvention. But when you hear it, it sounds so fresh.”

Those traits pulsate throughout the new single and title track. Kerr’s spiralling bass riff casts an hypnotic allure as it grows in intensity, while his vocals switch at will between a raw rock roar and a soulful falsetto. It’s underpinned by Thatcher’s thundering beats, his taut rhythms infused with groove-laden hi-hats.

After setting the tone with ‘Trouble’s Coming’, the album opens in breathless, take-no-prisoners style with the fierce metallic grooves of ‘Who Needs Friends’ hitting an early visceral peak. Royal Blood further reference their fresh array of influences by deploying vocodered vocals on ‘Million & One’ before dynamically switching between the biggest contrasts of their sound with ‘Limbo’. Already a fan favourite having been a regular during the duo’s 2019 shows, ‘Boilermaker’ lives up to its reputation and is more than matched by ‘Mad Visions’, which evokes a hyper-aggressive Prince. It ends with a final surprise in the shape of the stark piano ballad ‘All We Have Is Now’, a vulnerable and revealing reminder to live in the moment.

This new approach manifested itself in the duo’s decision to produce the majority of ‘Typhoons’ themselves. ‘Boilermaker’ was produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the two bands having first connected when Royal Blood supported them on a huge North American tour. Meanwhile, the multiple Grammy Award winner Paul Epworth produced ‘Who Needs Friends’ and contributed additional production to ‘Trouble’s Coming’.

Royal Blood - Typhoons [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Curacao Blue LP]
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PJ Harvey

Uh Huh Her [LP]

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Reissue on vinyl of the sixth PJ Harvey studio album Uh Huh Her.  The album was self-produced and originally released in May 2004.  Uh Huh Her features the singles ‘The Letter’, ‘You Came Through’ and ‘Shame’.  Reissue is faithful to the original recording and package, with cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer Head.

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Collection of unreleased demos of written for the sixth PJ Harvey studio album Uh Huh Her, including demos of ‘The Letter’ and ‘Shame’.  Features brand new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz.  Artwork is overseen by Maria with Rob Crane.  Mastering by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer Head.

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Newly remastered from the original tapes, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the initial release of The Poet, the Bobby Womack album that served to relaunch his career and established him as a renewed force to be reckoned with in R&B in the 1980s. Expanded package w/ new liner notes.

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Newly remastered from the original tapes, this reissue features Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Wilton Felder. As with its predecessor, The Poet II found both commercial & critical success on both sides of the Atlantic with the UK's NME naming it Best Album of 1984. Among the album's highlights are 3 duets w/ LaBelle including "Love Has Finally Come At Last" which was a presence on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart for 17 weeks, ultimately rising to #3. Expanded package w/ new liner notes.

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Lil Baby

My Turn [Black Ice Deluxe 3 LP]

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MP3 Album: $13.49 Download

Grammy-nominated rap superstar, Lil Baby, brings us the deluxe version of his latest studio project, “My Turn” via Quality Control Music. With a massively dedicated fan base and constant flow of  hits, “My Turn” quickly became the first album of 2020 to go double platinum. Black Ice Deluxe 3 LP available for the first time ever. Gatefold Jacket.

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Twelve inch vinyl pressing. Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Robert Glasper releases his new single "Better Than I Imagined" featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello, two of the most powerful female voices in contemporary music. The song is paired with a beautiful video animated by Gianni Lee, which paints a surreal and post-apocalyptic world where heroes come to heal the Black community through love. Glasper's exposure has been strong coming off his heralded new project Dinner Party and 2019 mixtape Fuck Yo Feelings.
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Amigo the Devil

Born Against [LP]

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Amigo The Devil has become a dark folk anomaly drawing attention from everyone from the likes of Noisey, Consequence of Sound, Kerrang, Brooklyn Vegan and more. LA Weekly described him as “Johnny Cash at his blackest, mixed with Father John Misty, if he exhumed graves at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.” While Rolling Stone proclaimed, “Kiranos unflinchingly explores dark and grim subject matter from suicide to serial killers… he spins these topics into dark love songs that explode into heavy-metal catharsis. He also balances out this bleak material with an undercurrent of humor that really translates in his gregarious live performances.

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Pink Floyd’s “Live At Knebworth” recorded at Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK, on June 30, 1990 in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Music Centre and The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Remixed from the original master tapes on 180-Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, with 16-page booklet. Cut at 45 RPM for enhanced audio quality.

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2020, The Year Of Our Pandemic: A year of social unrest, police violence and a monumental US election. The year of COVID-19 and it's mounting death toll. A massive explosion and mass death in Lebanon. Political upheaval in Belarus. A spiraling world economy. Global protests. If ever a stage was set for new music from Serj Tankian, this is it. With his trademark eclecticism and one-of-a-kind vocal style, Serj delivers, Elasticity, a five song EP that run the gamut from hard-driving, electronically enhanced anthems like the title track to rallying cries for his beloved Armenia ("Electric Yerevan") to the tongue-in-cheek political mash-up of "Your Mom." Elasticity is comprised of songs originally intended for System Of A Down. But it didn't quite work out that way. The EP will delight fans of System who have waited a long time for new music.
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Thirty years has passed since the appearance of the Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves Mad Burnish appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team Burning Rescue, and Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish begins.

The epic soundtrack to the acclaimed Promare is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano ( Attack On Titan , Kill La Kill ...).

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Guided By Voices

Earth Man Blues [LP]

Vinyl: $20.98 UNAVAILABLE
Is it really a musical?! The 33rd Guided by Voices album, Earth Man Blues, is a magical cinematic rock album, full of dramatic and surreal twists and turns. Lyrics and liner notes trace the growth of young Harold Admore Harold through a coming of age and a reckoning with darkness. Vivid scenes appear: snapshots of youth, fantastical nightmares, unknown worlds. The music hasn't softened a bit. One will hear the impossibly perfect melodies and word play that you expect from Robert Pollard, with the band playing at peak-heavy. "Trust Them Now" rocks like an instant classic, "The Batman Sees The Ball" is lean, mean rock muscle. Opener "Made Man" tears and slashes at the ears and heart. Sweeping, colossal tracks like "Lights Out (In Memphis, Egypt)" and "Dirty Kid School" stretch far beyond the ordinary vocabulary of rock. Doug Gillard's brilliant guitar playing explodes out of the speakers. The rhythm section of Kevin March and Mark Shue, always strong and reliable, has grown into a breathing composite organism. Along with Bobby Bare, Jr on rhythm guitar, they drive the songs and make one's head shake. Producer Travis Harrison ties the talents of the band together, once again recorded remotely and individually, pandemic-style. This group brings to life the sounds in Pollard's technicolor imagination.
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Can

Delay [Limited Edition Pink LP]

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Limited pink colored vinyl LP pressing. Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed a group which would utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music. This classic album of tracks recorded at the beginning of Can's life, and features original vocalist Malcolm Mooney. Thief is now a rejuvenated Can classic having been covered by Radiohead and since then discovered by a new generation of fans. Can's powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.
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Can

Future Days [Limited Edition Gold LP]

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Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed a group which would utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music. Damo Suzuki's last album with Can as Vocalist. Only 4 tracks, but includes the astonishing 20 minute version of Bel Air and the 3 minute pop masterpiece Moonshake. This 1973 epic encapsulates everything great about Can then and now. Can's powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.
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Peach Pit

Being So Normal

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 album from the Canadian indie band.
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Turn Up That Dial (Coke Bottle Green) [INDIE EX] On Dropkick Murphys' new album, Turn Up That Dial, the band boots in the front door of 2021 with a record that punches you square in the face and says, in the words of Ken Casey, "Get up, get out of those sweatpants you've been wearing for the last year... better times are ahead - LET'S F-in' GO!!"
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NOFX

Single Album [LP]

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NOFX's fourteenth full-length studio album, Single Album comes complete with a six-minute post-hardcore opener, a meta send-off for the band's best-known song, and even a piano ballad. Recorded at San Francisco's Motor Studios with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Teenage Bottlerocket), the 10-song collection has been described as "unpredictable" and the band's "most personal" to-date. "I wanted to make a perfect double album, and I didn't accomplish that. So I decided to just make a single album, hence the title," says Fat Mike. Move over Punk in Drublic, there's a new sheriff in town!
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The Reverberation Appreciation Society is proud to launch a brand new live series, Live at LEVITATION. Recorded over the history of the world renowned event, professionally mixed and mastered, this series represents a valuable moment in time for live music in Austin, TX. The bands showcased here are performing at their strongest and with something to prove.
 
This series captures key moments in modern rock and roll history, and live music in Austin, Texas. The artists and sets showcased here are the best of the best, with key artists performing for a crowd of their peers and fans who gather at Levitation annually from all over the world.
 
This LP captures a slice of the early days of the festival, and the band as a psychedelic rock powerhouse with tracks from The Black Angels 1st two LPs - with 6 tracks recorded at Austin Psych Fest 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The Black Angels - Live at Levitation has been given deluxe treatment, mind melting vinyl available to Indie Stores in the USA and UK/EU.

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if i could make it go quiet, the debut album from girl in red, is the musical distillation of Marie Ulven’s solitary conversations on the road: it’s an album brimming with the things we wish we could say to others, but tell ourselves instead. The album is girl in red in its purest, elevated form. She has never been braver, and the music follows suit, whether it’s collaborating with pop mastermind and Billie Eilish collaborator FINNEAS on “Serotonin,” a huge pop anthem that speaks to Ulven’s struggles with mental health, or flexing her instrumental chops with album closer “it would feel like this.” Betrayal, lust, longing, pulling herself out of a depressive spell -- nothing is off-limits on if i could make it go quiet.

 

“I really poured my heart into a lot of these lyrics, fully,” she says. “I just feel like I emptied myself in this album.”

girl in red - if i could make it go quiet [Gatefold Black LP]
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Limited orange colored vinyl LP pressing. In 2017 Vancouver's Archspire returned with their third full-length slab, Relentless Mutation, a blast of supreme technical death metal. Relentless Mutation is the sound of truly extreme metal colliding with the future at warp speed. Dizzying guitar and bass acrobatics and gonzo drum blasting carve through the savagery with surgical precision, while rapid fire vocals attack at inhuman speeds. The complexity and fluidity of the compositions is astonishing, and it saw Archspire emerge as one of death metal's apex predators.
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Ali Toure Farka

Red A

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Vinyl LP pressing. In 1982, the great Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist Ali Farka Touré, then still in the early years of his recording career, teamed up with the brilliant percussionist Hama Sankare. Together, from a base in Ali's home village of Niafunké they travelled through Northern Mali, refining a collection of new songs. When they were ready to record they followed the River Niger as it wound down through the desert, to the capital city of Bamako. In one afternoon, the great Radio Mali house engineer Boubacar Traore captured these eight superb performances on two microphones: two voices so close it was thought they were double tracked, one guitar (the distinctive Bulgarian acoustic model that Ali treasured) and Hama's calabash percussion making it's first appearance on record. Remastered from the original tapes in 2004 for release on World Circuit, 2021 sees this classic album back on vinyl for the first time since it's original 1984 release.
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Special Request continues his impeccable run of form with a typically fervent entry into the DJ-Kicks mix series. His adventurous 25 track mix takes in personal favourites, new school classics and of course a selection of his own brand new and exclusive edits, dubs and reworks next to some overlooked gems.

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Innov Gnawa

Lila

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Vinyl LP pressing. Daptone Records is honored to announce the release of Innov Gnawa's full length, Lila. Hailing from Morocco, but based in NYC, Innov Gnawa have been making waves locally and abroad with their hypnotic live shows - which is why Producer, Bosco Mann invited the group to come record at the Legendary Daptone House of Soul. Gnawa is music and spiritual tradition rooted in Morocco and dates back many centuries. Liberated slaves of Northern and Western Africa integrated their musical rhythms and religious beliefs into the culture of Morocco creating a unique style of music and dance called Gnawa. It's not religious music, but rather music and rhythms that promote healing through trance and spirituality. The infectious rhythms of Gnawa songs are invocations for Saints and Spirits of freedom and liberation.
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Leon Vynehall returns with new album ‘Rare, Forever’ — the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Nothing Is Still’, which garnered widespread praise including appearing in ‘Album of the Year’ lists from Rough Trade, Mixmag, Esquire, Resident Advisor and received an 8.2 review from Pitchfork (also included in their Albums of the week roundup).

Vynehall has collaborated with Eric Timothy Carlson and Aaron Anderson (both Grammy nominated for their work with Bon Iver) on the 'Rare, Forever' artwork and imagery .

Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever [LP]
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Vinyl LP pressing. Fuzztones' seminal 1985 debut album Lysergic Emanations remastered for vinyl and expanded with a whole live album (recorded in May 1985 at L.V.C. in Leiden, Holland and Zabolinde in Nürnberg, Germany) included as bonus. Original artwork in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner bags. Notes by Rudi Protrudi plus unseen photos. Comes complete with a specially designed perforated acid sheet!
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Limited 180gm electric blue colored vinyl LP pressing. Lacquer cut at half-speed by engineer-extraordinaire Miles Showell (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who) at Abbey Road Studios. With an insanely prolific year, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard return with their twelfth album, Polygondwanaland to journey into the depths of the mind and the limits of the universe. The Australian 7-piece have made a name for themselves with a steady stream of new material since their inception 2010, blending everything surf rock, prog, soul, folk, metal, garage rock, and even elements of spoken word and cinematic presentation, creating a large buzz and rabid fanbase stretching far across the globe from their Melbourne roots. This album is full of the psychedelic rock outfit's jazz and groove laden jams.
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Very limited LP pressing of 300. Porridge Radio started as Dana Margolin's bedroom project, but are now a Brighton-based 5-piece who make 'a perfect blend between cool lo-fi rock and strange, morbid sadcore' (Wake The Deaf), inelegantly knotting together beautiful melodic pop songs with vicious and furious emotional outpour. After a series of home-recorded solo demos, a split EP with West America, and the growing legend of their live shows, they released their first full band LP in 2016. Originally released on cassette, Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers is now re-released by Memorials of Distinction on a beautiful red vinyl. The album documents struggles with life, love and boredom - spelt out with sticky fingers by five idiot savants. RP & OF's lyrics, title and artwork, as well as the group's name, brings to mind a certain scrapbook absurdism at the core of Porridge Radio's work. Faced with the dark abyss of existence, the band scrapes together some value from the nonsensical and the pointless, and then cling to it, giggling, for dear life. Regulars on the Brighton scene, with a couple of UK tours behind them, and described by Everett True as 'the greatest band in the world', Porridge Radio are overwhelmed.
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Grey Daze, who won widespread praise for Amends (the stirring, full circle album that found the surviving band members fulfilling a promise made to singer Chester Bennington) return this year with a 5-song EP, dubbed Amends. Stripped. This is an intimate, acoustic take on Amends and includes a trio of `90s-era radio interviews with the band.

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Over the past several years, the recorded output of Carl Stone has been turned on it's head. In previous decades, Stone perennially toured new work but kept a harboring gulf of time between the live performances and their recorded release. This not only reflected the careful consideration of the pieces and technical innovations that went into the music but also the largely academic-minded audience that was themselves invested in the history and context of the work. The time span of Stone's recorded output in both sheer musical duration and year range was generously expansive. Following multiple historical overviews of Stone's work on Unseen Worlds and a re-connection with a wider audience, the time between Stone's new work in concert and on record has grown shorter and shorter until there is now almost no distance at all. Stone's work has often at it's core explored new potential within popular cultural musics, simultaneously unspooling and satisfying a pop craving. On Stolen Car, the forms of Carl Stone's pieces have also become more compact, making for a progressive new stage in Stone's career where he is not only creating out of pop forms but challenging them. Stolen Car is the gleeful, heart racing sound of hijack, hotwire, and escape. Stone carries the easy smirk and confidence of a car thief just out of the can, a magician in a new town setting up a game of balls and cups. With each track he reaches under the steering wheel and yanks a fistful of wires. Boom, the engine roars to life, the car speeds off into the sunset, the cups are tipped over, the balls, like the car, are gone. "These tracks were all made in late 2019 and 2020, much of when I was in pandemic isolation about 5000 miles from my home base of Tokyo. All are made using my favorite programming language MAX. However distinct these two groupings might be they share some common and long-held musical concerns. I seek to explore the inner workings of the music we listen to using techniques of magnification, dissection, granulation, anagramization, and others. I like to hijack the surface values of commercial music and re-purpose them offer a newer, different meaning, via irony and subversion." - Carl Stone, Los Angeles, September 2020
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Khalab & M'berra Ensemble

M'berra [LP]

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An out-of-the-ordinary musical scene spread within the 50,000 people living in M'berra camp, in the hot desert of Mauritania, at the border with Mali. Despite the harsh living conditions of people fleeing multiple conflicts, Arab and Tuareg musicians-refugees started to make music together. A unique musical style is born, a mixture of antique tunes, blues & improvisation. The artist's royalties of this record will be donated to Intersos in order to support future humanitarian projects.

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Following up their 8th studio album, Guardians, which debuted at #1 on the Rock and Vinyl charts, August Burns Red return with, The Guardians Sessions EP. Featuring 6 tracks, including: 2 unreleased studio tracks recorded during the Guardians recording sessions, re-imagined instrumental versions of 2 tracks off of Guardians "Extinct By Instinct" and "Paramount," and covers of the Westworld theme song and System of a Down's "Chop Suey!" Pressed on 10" White Smoke LP.

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Shame

Drunk Tank Pink

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There are moments on Drunk Tank Pink where you almosthave to reach for the sleeve to check this is the same bandwho made 2018's Songs Of Praise. Such is the jump Shamehave made from the riotous post-punk of their debut to thesprawling adventurism and twitching anxieties laid out here.The South Londoner's blood and guts spirit, that wink andgrin of devious charm, is still present, it's just that it's growninto something bigger, something deeper, more ambitious andunflinchingly honest. The genius of Drunk Tank Pink is how these lyrical themesdovetail with the music. Opener Alphabet dissects the premiseof performance over a siren call of nervous, jerking guitars, it'schorus thrown out like a beer bottle across a mosh pit.Songs spin off and lurch into unexpected directions throughouthere, be it March Day's escalating aural panic attack or theshapeshifting darkness of Snow Day. There's a Berlin era Bowiebeauty to the lovelorn Human For A Minute while closer StationWagon weaves from a downbeat mooch into a souring, soullifting climax in which Steen elevates himself beyond the cloudsand into the heavens. Or at least that's what it sounds like. From the womb to the clouds (sort of), Shame are currentlyvery much in the pink.
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Royal Blood

Typhoons [LP]

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After two UK #1 albums, 2 million album sales and an array of international acclaim, you might’ve thought you knew what to expect from Royal Blood. Those preconceptions were shattered when they released ‘Trouble’s Coming’ last summer. Hitting a melting pot of fiery rock riffs and danceable beats, they delivered something fresh, unexpected and yet entirely in tune with what they’d forged their reputation with.

When Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher sat down to talk about making a new album, they knew what they wanted to achieve. It involved a conscious return to their roots, back when they had made music that was influenced by Daft Punk, Justice, and Philippe Zdar of Cassius. It also called for a similar back-to-basics approach to what had made their self-titled debut album so thrilling, visceral and original. 

We sort of stumbled on this sound, and it was immediately fun to play,” recalls Kerr. “That’s what sparked the creativity on the new album, the chasing of that feeling. It’s weird, though - if you think back to ‘Figure it Out’, it kind of contains the embryo of this album. We realised that we didn’t have to completely destroy what we’d created so far; we just had to shift it, change it. On paper, it’s a small reinvention. But when you hear it, it sounds so fresh.”

Those traits pulsate throughout the new single and title track. Kerr’s spiralling bass riff casts an hypnotic allure as it grows in intensity, while his vocals switch at will between a raw rock roar and a soulful falsetto. It’s underpinned by Thatcher’s thundering beats, his taut rhythms infused with groove-laden hi-hats.

After setting the tone with ‘Trouble’s Coming’, the album opens in breathless, take-no-prisoners style with the fierce metallic grooves of ‘Who Needs Friends’ hitting an early visceral peak. Royal Blood further reference their fresh array of influences by deploying vocodered vocals on ‘Million & One’ before dynamically switching between the biggest contrasts of their sound with ‘Limbo’. Already a fan favourite having been a regular during the duo’s 2019 shows, ‘Boilermaker’ lives up to its reputation and is more than matched by ‘Mad Visions’, which evokes a hyper-aggressive Prince. It ends with a final surprise in the shape of the stark piano ballad ‘All We Have Is Now’, a vulnerable and revealing reminder to live in the moment.

This new approach manifested itself in the duo’s decision to produce the majority of ‘Typhoons’ themselves. ‘Boilermaker’ was produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the two bands having first connected when Royal Blood supported them on a huge North American tour. Meanwhile, the multiple Grammy Award winner Paul Epworth produced ‘Who Needs Friends’ and contributed additional production to ‘Trouble’s Coming’.

Royal Blood - Typhoons [LP]
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