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Mercury Prize, Mercury Prize 2021, music, records, soho, staff picks, vinyl -

Come on Mercury Prize you’re fooling no one. Dangle the carrot of a freaky jazz album then snatch it away and beat us with the Wolf Alice stick. I jest. Long-time fan of Pharoah Sanders and big fan of early Floating Points so was excited to hear this collaboration. My enduring memory of Sanders is me relaxing to one of his more…adventurous…records when my wife came up from work to make a sandwich. She looked at me with pure bemusement and said “is THIS what you listen to when I’m not here?!?”. While the pairing don’t quite go into the...

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I've been following Wolf Alice since I was a teenager, and my relationship with their music has shifted in parallel to their progressing style. From the angsty heavy riffs of their brilliant debut to the often melancholic tone of this latest release, it feels like their music has accompanied many of the major shifts of my life. It's hard to express what the old tracks mean to me and the people I grew up with. I can't hear 'Bros' without tearing up, thinking of the years I spent as a teenager following Wolf Alice with friends who are now scattered across...

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Black Country New Road, Mercury Prize, Mercury Prize 2021, music, records, staff picks -

Hi all, Oli here to follow up Eric's favourite nominee in Sister Ray's 2021 Mercury Prize Picks with my personal choice.  I've chosen the debut album by Black Country, New Road, 'For The First Time'.  Emerging from a tidal wave of hype and following rave reviews for their stunning live shows, 'For The First Time' is a mighty beast of an opening statement from the Cambridge seven-piece.Having followed this group from an early gig in 2019, seeing the progression of these tracks has been a thrilling experience and this resulting record is nothing short of breathtaking.  From the fervent opening klezmer jam of...

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hannah peel, Mercury Prize, Mercury Prize 2021, music, records, staff picks -

Hello everyone, it's been a while since we posted any updates on here and I thought there would be no better way to relaunch the Sister Ray blog than with our staff picks for this years Mercury Prize.  My name is Eric. I only recently started at Sister Ray and thought I could introduce myself by taking the first pick.  Hannah Peel has been at the forefront of indie music over the past decade, branching out from Folk music in the early 2010's towards a sound draped in electronica and synth pop in recent years. For me her latest LP...

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Announcement, Record Store Day, RSD, RSD2021, soho, Store News -

A few housekeeping notes in this edition of the blog. Time for some thank yous, farewells and welcomes. I'd like to express my gratitude and whole hearted thanks, along with the rest of the SR Crew to Kit, who sadly moved on yesterday. A  top top fella, who is now pursuing a career in carpentry. We wish him and his Techno collection all the best. Big welcomes to Whitby, who fills in the Kit role handsomely and Connor who will be working alongside John (the geezer with the beard) on the shop floor. Both of them have made their debuts to rave...

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