09 Aug Newsletter 02/08/19 ft: Ty Segall | Rupa | Föllakzoid
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We’re in the depths of Summer and the music industry has decamped to hotter climes so prepare for the quietest week in releases so far this year… (Be sure to read to the end to hear of some special, last minute, mega-limited-edition releases!!)…
Ty Segall steps up for the first of the few this week. “First Taste” is an introspective set after the extroversions of 2018’s “Freedom’s Goblin” — yet just as steeped in party beats somehow, even as Ty trails through his back pages, reflecting on family, re-encountering pasts, anticipating futures.
Ty’s creative juices suggested that “First Taste” be written and executed with some radical new instrumentation — koto, recorder, bouzouki, harmonizer, mandolin, saxophones and brass, voices, and sure, a sprinkling of keys. Another excellent album from the prolific multi-instrumentalist.
The 4th Föllakzoid album is finally upon us and it’s a multidimensional reconsideration of what the process of songwriting, performance, and creating a work of recorded music can be.
Unlike past Föllakzoid records, that were done in single takes with the full band, this record took three months to construct out of more than 60 separate stems – guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, and vocals, all recorded in isolation. Producer Atom TM, who was not present for recording, was then asked to re-organize the four sequences of stems without any length, structural restrictions or guidelines. Those sequences ultimately became the four long tracks that appear on “I”. Their previous record was one of our album’s of the year so we have high hopes for this one!
Next up is the long-awaited re-issue of the rare Indian disco album from Rupa Biswas, known simply as Rupa, entitled “Disco Jazz“. Recorded in Calgary’s Living Room Studios with a crack team of Indian and Canadian studio rats alike, “Disco Jazz” is a perfect fusion of East and West. Sarod and synthesizer intricately weave around one another for 37 transcendent minutes, culminating in the viral hit “Aaj Shanibar.” Remastered from original analogue source material. On limited edition orange vinyl.
“Blume” is the debut album from jazz septet Nérija. Recorded in the boat-shaped confines of London’s legendary Soup Studios, the overarching goal with Blume was to simply capture the rawness, warmth, joy and the spirit of their relationship and performance. One of the recording aims was to channel the feel of Teo Macero and Stanley Tonkel’s records with Miles Davis during his Columbia years, thinking “forward” as they did but for this band, capturing the controlled chaos and frame it with a timeless elegance. Limited edition double crystal clear vinyl with etched D-side.
“A Dream Is U” is the debut album of jangly indie from former Wu Lyf bassist Francis Lung, following on from the home-recorded Volumes 1 + 2 EPs, which contained tidbits written during his time in the band.
In 1975, Pepe Willie booked time at Cookhouse Recording Studios in Minneapolis to demo five original compositions with his band 94 East. Known colloquially as “The Cookhouse 5” these recordings showcase a 16-year-old guitar prodigy named Prince Rogers Nelson. A crucial document concerning the origins of the Minneapolis Sound, the B-side boasts instrumental versions of each infectious tune, providing an even greater vantage point from which to admire the Purple One’s expressive playing style, already evident in his teenage years.
Idles‘ “Mercedes Marxist” 7″ single features two new tracks that were recorded during the sessions for “Joy As An Act of Resistance” but not included on the album.
“Brothers & Sisters” is a re-issue of Coldplay’s 1999 debut single, now on coloured vinyl for the first time. There are 2 separate versions: ‘Brothers’ on pink vinyl and ‘Sisters’ on blue vinyl, each with a different b-side.
25 years after the release of Blur’s seminal album “Parklife”, Parlophone Records are releasing a 1994 BBC Radio 1 live session “Live At The BBC” on 10″ vinyl. Featuring 4 tracks – “Girls & Boys”, “Jubilee”, “Trouble In The Message Centre” and “Lot 105”.
That deluxe edition of Thom Yorke‘s new LP “Anima” sees a release this week – Limited edition 180g double orange vinyl, plus hardback book containing both the lyrics and many strange drawings done in pencil by Stanley Donwood & Dr Tchock. Awesome!
Pre-order delights this week from:
Japanese artist Zombie-Chang with her first international release “Petit Petit Petit” on Toothpaste Records. On limited edition transparent blue vinyl.
Hobo Johnson with “The Fall Of” LP on white vinyl.
“The Best Of” Fad Gadget reissued on limited edition double silver vinyl.
First time stand-alone audio release for Nirvana‘s “Live And Loud“.
Quentin Tarantino‘s personally curated “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood” soundtrack album.
Plus plenty more!
Well that’s all from us. As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend and, in the immortal words of Bill & Ted, ‘Be Excellent To Each Other’.
STOP PRESS!! JUST IN!!
“Dexter & Sinister” – Limited edition one-track 10″ with a new Elbow track and etched B-side.
Thom Yorke – “Not The News Remix EP” – Just announced for release this week.
Jay Reatard / Sonic Youth – “Hang Them All / No Garage” – split single to accompany the 10th Anniversary of “Watch Me Fall” – black / white split vinyl.
ALL INCREDIBLY LIMITED!