19 Jul Newsletter 19/07/19 ft: Thom Yorke | Prince | Rhye | Massive Attack
Pre-orders and new releases available online now! July 19 2019
Thom Yorke heads up the new release schedule this week with new offering “Anima“, his third solo album.
Inspired by seeing Flying Lotus improvising live with loops, Yorke and longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich developed “Anima” through live performances and studio work. Yorke would send Godrich “sprawling” unfinished tracks and Godrich would edit the tracks into shorter samples and loops, which Yorke wrote vocals to.
“Anima” comprises electronic music with “layers of electronic fuzz and deconstructed noise”. Yorke said the themes behind the album included anxiety and dystopia: “For some reason I thought a really good way of expressing anxiety creatively was in a dystopian environment.” The title “Anima”, a reference to the psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s concepts of the anima and animus, came from Yorke’s ‘obsession’ with dreams.
The album is accompanied by a 15-minute film, also titled “Anima”, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It was released on Netflix on the day of the album’s digital release and features Yorke’s partner, actress Dajana Roncione, plus choreography by Damien Jalet and projections by Tarik Barri, who has toured with Yorke.
Philip Sherburne of Pitchfork wrote that it is Yorke’s “most ambitious and assured solo album yet” and “the first one that feels complete without [Radiohead] behind him”, awarding it “Best New Music”.
Available in limited deluxe 2xLP with book, limited 2xLP orange vinyl, 2xLP standard and CD versions.
Next up we have “Originals“. Extracted from the legendary Prince vault, this compilation features Prince’s vocal versions of songs he gave to other artists including Apollonia 6, The Time, The Bangles, Sheila E, Vanity 6, Mazarati, Kenny Rogers, Jill Jones, Martika, Taja Sevelle and The Family. It compiles the original demo versions of the songs all of which are previously unreleased except for his version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” which was officially released in 2018.
The songs were written and the demos recorded from the early 80s to the early 90s, but a specific emphasis was placed on those recorded between 1981 and 1985 due to the size of Prince’s unreleased archive. Troy Carter, a music manager and entertainment adviser to Prince’s estate, selected the tracks, with some input from Jay-Z, who “pushed” for Prince’s demo for Martika’s 1991 single “Love… Thy Will Be Done” to be included.
We have the limited double purple 180g vinyl plus CD and hardback 12″ gatefold book edition as well as the standard 2xLP and 2CD versions.
Canadian singer Mike Milosh returns with his alt-RnB project Rhye and new album “Spirit“. This is his fourth studio album under this moniker having also previously released albums under the name Milosh. Apparently the impetus of “Spirit” came when Milosh’s girlfriend came into possession of a slightly beaten up baby grand piano. Milosh found himself spending every morning sitting at the instrument, reconnecting with his classical routes as he sketched out the beginnings of new music. Features guests Thomas Bartlett and Ólafur Arnalds. We have the limited baby pink vinyl version.
No introduction needed for this classic. Massive Attack‘s double platinum album “Mezzanine” receives the 20th anniversary treatment. The original has been remastered and also includes an album of previously unreleased dub mixes from the Mad Professor. This version is on 2x orange vinyl and 1x pink vinyl with 48-page hardback book and 32 page art book.
Also out this week: “Sunny Side Up“, the new compilation on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label highlighting the underground musical scene in Melbourne. Featuring nine different groups, many of them sharing members and studios, the record surveys the musical contours of this bubbling scene, nodding to house, broken beat, samba, p-funk and soul. On limited indies only magenta coloured vinyl.
On Mr Bongo, “Mantra Moderne” the debut album from duo Kit Sebastian, fusing Anatolian Psychedelia, Brazilian Tropicalia, 60’s European pop and American jazz. The duo is formed of Kit Martin, who lives between London and France and plays all instruments on the album, and Merve Erdem, vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist from Istanbul, now based in London. The album explores universal themes such as love, loss, decay, language and ideology, mixing three different languages: English, Turkish and French.
Ash Walker releases his third studio album “Aquamarine“, and is described as “the take-off of an audial spaceship, a sound discovered in the grooves of thousands of records, united in one.” We have the teal coloured 180g vinyl version as well as CD.
“Heaven Is Humming“, the debut album from Goon has been 3 years in the making, the band having started work on it in the summer of 2016 around the release of their debut EP “Dusk Of Punk”. Goon take the sounds of foundational groups like Pixies and Boards of Canada and contextualise them through a modern lens, placing Goon alongside contemporaries like Forth Wanderers, METZ, Young Jesus, and Partisan label-mates Dilly Dally.
We also have “Emotional Education” the debut album from London duo IDER consisting of Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville, released this week on Glassnote.
Reissues this week from: Brian Eno with an extended edition of “Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks“. Since its release many of the songs from “Apollo” have found a life of their own, making their way into any number of films, television shows and commercials, most notably Trainspotting, Traffic, 28 Days Later, Drive and Love. “An Ending (Ascent)” was also used in the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Silverchair‘s second album “Freak Show“, originally released in 1997, is reissued this week. After their debut “Frogstomp” they were fusing more elements together in their music for a more versatile sound in comparison to their earlier work and this LP marks the beginning of the definitive band sound.
We also have a 3xLP compilation of classic Patrice Rushen cuts; “Remind Me: The Classic Elektra Recordings 1976 – 1984“. This features highlights from the five albums Patrice made for Elektra: “Patrice”, “Pizzaz”, “Posh”, “Straight From The Heart” and “Now” and includes her biggest hit “Forget Me Nots” and disco classic “Haven’t You Heard”.
Pre-order goodies this week: Bon Iver with fourth album “I, I“… Welsh language pop album from Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys called “Pang“… Bobby Krlic AKA The Haxan Cloak with the “Midsommar OST“…20-year-old multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Clairo, with excellent debut album “Immunity“… Metronomy announce new LP “Metronomy Forever“… Anna Meredith with new album “FIBS“… King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard with another new LP – “Infest The Rats’ Nest“… and loads more of course!
Well that’s all from us. As always, thanks for reading and have a marvelous weekend!