Newsletter 12/07/19 ft: New Order | Gorillaz | Tycho | Suicide

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Some really great new releases and reissues this week so let’s get straight into it…

First up we have New Order with live album ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) – catchy title eh?

In June 2017, New Order returned to the stage at Manchester’s Old Granada Studios where Joy Division made their TV debut on Tony Wilson’s ‘So It Goes’ programme in 1978. For the celebrated show ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes .. New Order deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt a wealth of material from throughout their career: familiar and obscure, old and new.Featuring tracks such as “Disorder”, from Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” and not played live for 30 years, up to 2015’s “Plastic” from their critically acclaimed Top 5 album “Music Complete” – this is the perfect document of those 5 nights. The album was recorded live on 13th July 2017 and includes the full show and encore plus 3 additional tracks recorded over the residency to give listeners a full representation of the breadth of material performed. We have the limited triple transparent vinyl edition (red / light green / blue) with 24 page 12″ sized booklet.

Next up is the new long player from Tycho entitled “Weather“. Gifted photographer and graphic designer Scott Hansen’s music project Tycho is influenced by and has been compared to artists such as DJ Shadow, Ulrich Schnauss and Boards Of Canada. His music captures the sound of lo-fi analog media while remaining both progressive and futuristic in composition and style. Themes of nostalgia, longing, childhood and the natural world are interspersed throughout Tycho’s work. Brief interludes or vignettes also feature in his earlier work. In “Past Is Prologue”, Hansen includes excerpts from broadcasts accompanied by atmospherics to capture a specific moment or mood. His music is characterized by a mixture of electronic synths, live instrumentation, and vintage sound clips.

“Weather” is Hansen’s 5th album and first for Ninja Tune. Unusually for Tycho, most of the tracks here are vocal-led, including collaborations with Rum Gold and Saint Sinner aka Hannah Cottrell. Cottrell lends her voice to multiple tracks on the record, and was an integral piece to Hansen’s vision for “Weather”. “When setting out to record “Weather”, I wanted to finally fulfill what had been a vision of mine since the beginning: to incorporate the most organic instrument of all, the human voice,” he comments. “I met Hannah Cottrell, and the vocal component of the album immediately came into focus. Our initial sessions were incredibly productive and I strongly identified with the imagery in her lyrics. Her vision folded effortlessly into mine and her voice integrated seamlessly into the sonic landscape, opening new spaces for me as a songwriter and producer.” We have the limited edition indies-only clear vinyl version.

Essential reissue action this week comes in the form of Suicide‘s debut album “Suicide“. Released in 1977 on indie label, Red Star Records and produced by Craig Leon and Marty Thau. The album was recorded in four days at Ultima Sound Studios in New York and featured Martin Rev’s minimalist electronics and harsh, repetitive rhythms paired with Alan Vega’s rock and roll-inspired vocals and depictions of urban life. Upon its initial release, “Suicide” was greeted with positive reception from the UK press, but received mixed reviews in the United States, where it failed to chart. However, the album would soon be regarded as a milestone in electronic and rock music.

In 2013, Pitchfork named it one of the greatest albums of the 1970s and Rolling Stone placed it on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time even though, upon its release they descibed it as “absolutely puerile” and Alan Vega’s vocals as “nothing but arrogance and wholesale insensibility”. The album has heavily influenced artists in various genres including the Fleshtones, Spacemen 3, Peaches and even Bruce Springsteen who stated that his song “State Trooper” from the album Nebraska was heavily influenced by “Frankie Teardrop”. We have the limited red vinyl version.

The Fall” by Gorillaz was first released on the 25th December 2010 to stream for free on the Gorillaz website, only available as a download for paying members of the band’s Sub-Division club, a premium access campaign the band ran throughout 2010. The album features guest artists including Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash and Bobby Womack. The entire album was recorded on group co-founder Damon Albarn’s iPad over the course of 32 days during the North American leg of the ‘Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour’ in October 2010 and mixed in England. Albarn said of the recording: “I literally made it on the road. I didn’t write it before, I didn’t prepare it. I just did it day by day as a kind of diary of my experience in America”. A vinyl version was released on Record Store Day in 2011 and quickly sold out and now sells for large sums, so here, finally, is a full release.

Our favourite release this week comes from the relatively unknown Drab Majesty. “Modern Mirror” is the third album from the Los Angeles based artist Deb Demure and collaborator Mona D. Fusing the sonic aesthetics of predecessors like New Order and The Cure within the cautious instruction of Greek mythology and modern science fiction, Drab Majesty has birthed a hybrid of dreamy malaise, captured for a future moment. Stand out track “Ellipsis” got us hooked on this album with its catchy nostalgic dark synth pop – we suggest you check it out! We have the limited edition double clear vinyl version.

We’ve got a very limited number of signed pink vinyl copies of Bella Union’s new signing Penelope Isles‘ debut LP “Until The Tide Creeps In” – if you like a bit of psych-dream-fuzz, this is for you. We also have “Hasta El Cielo” from Khruangbin – this is a dub version of their 2nd album “Con Todo El Mundo” with 2 bonus dubs from legendary Jamaican producer Scientist. The band’s exotic, spacious, psychedelic funk aligns with the dub treatment particularly well. On limited numbered indies only edition with both LP and 7″ on yellow vinyl. Also in is debut album “How Would You Know I Was Lonely?” from London’s The Rhythm Method. This was described by The Guardian as “A Balearic vision of romance as imagined from a parochial nightclub dancefloor” and lauded by Mike Skinner, Chris Difford, Elton John and Suggs.

Further reissues from:

David Bowie (yep, another) with the 50th anniversary edition of “Space Oddity“. The double 7” set comes in a box including a double-sided poster featuring an original Space Oddity print advertisement and a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage at the ‘Save Rave ‘69’ concert at the London Palladium on 30th November, 1969, the backdrop featuring a N.A.S.A. astronaut. The set also includes an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the Space Oddity promo single cover session…

One for the serious collectors only – The Velvet Underground – “The Complete Matrix Tapes“. In 1969, Robert Quine (later to be guitarist in The Voidoids) made a series of mixing desk recordings of Velvet Underground shows in St Louis and San Francisco which would become legendary and sought-after bootlegs. This 8 LP (!!) box collects recordings of the band’s two-night stint on November 26 and 27, 1969, at San Francisco club The Matrix, owned and operated by Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin…

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – “Rock ‘N’ Roll With The Modern Lovers” – The 3rd Modern Lovers album and 2nd since the rebranding as ‘Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers’ and the accompanying change in musical style from Velvets-esque proto-punk rock to a stripped-back rootsy rock ‘n’ roll band. An immensely fun album with songs about leprechauns, rollercoasters and ice cream, and it contains the bona fide instrumental classic “Egyptian Reggae”.

Plus 3 excellent Blue Note reissues in the form of Reuben Wilson‘s “Blue Mode“, Lonnie Smith‘s “Think!” and Bobbi Humphrey‘s “Blacks & Blues“.

Also: Banks comes with her third album appropriately titled “III“. Banks: “This album is an ode to my journey….It documents a major growth spurt. Of self-acceptance, letting go, forgiveness, and deep love. It has been painful to realize that life is not black and white. Romanticism leads to fierce reality checks, which leads to wisdom, which leads to deeper empathy which leads to greater love. This album documents the cycle.”

Frightened Rabbit‘s “Tiny Changes: A Celebration Of The Midnight Organ Fight” joins us this week. Before Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison died, an idea was formed to celebrate 10 years of their seminal album “The Midnight Organ Fight” by asking some of their talented friends in music to take a crack at their own versions of a song on the album. The whole album was recorded and was due to be released last summer, but then unfortunately Scott passed away last May. The band have decided they still want to release the record as a testament to the album, and to Scott…

Ed Sheeran releases “No. 6 Collaborations Project“, a follow up to his 2011 project of similar name. This time featuring collabs with Eminem, 50 Cent, Stormzy, Bruno Mars, Skrillex and more.

Pre-orders this week from: Devendra Banhart with new album simply called “Ma“… Belle & Sebastian with the soundtrack to “Days Of The Bagnold Summer” featuring 11 brand new songs and a few re-recorded classics… Freddie Gibbs & Madlib with “Bandana” the follow-up to their 2014 album “Piñata”, with guest spots from Pusha T, Killer Mike, Yasiin Bey, and Black Thought… The Wedding Present with a re-recorded, 30th anniversary edition of “Tommy” cleverly titled “Tommy 30“… Stereolab are back with some more reissues. This week they announce expanded editions of “Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night” from 1999, “Emperor Tomato Ketchup” from 1996 and “Dots And Loops” from 1997. These plus a constant influx of more, more, more!

Well that is all from us. As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Sister Ray

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