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NostalgiaAnnie Lennox describes Nostalgia as the album she has been waiting her whole life to record. Produced by Lennox and frequent collaborator Mike
Stevens, the collection features hauntingly beautiful takes on iconic American songs such as "Summertime," "Mood Indigo" and "Strange Fruit." While the
album pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century (Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday), the songs were also chosen for
their continuing ability to resonate in the 21st century. The Scottish artist has sold 80 million records and won four GRAMMYs, two MTV VMAs, an Oscar
and a Golden Globe. VH1 named her "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" and Rolling Stone counted her as one of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All
Time."1. Memphis In June
2. Georgia On My Mind
3. I Put A Spell On You
5. I Cover The Waterfront
6. Strange Fruit
7. God Bless The Child
8. You Belong To Me
9. September In The Rain
10. I Can Dream, Can't I?
11. The Nearness Of You
12. Mood Indigo$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Familiar TouchIt's been almost three years since DIANA released their critically-acclaimed LP, Perpetual Surrender. Now, the wait for new material has come to an end with the upcoming release of their second album Familiar Touch. The band have also shared the album's opening track, 'Confession' - a sharply focused example of their statement of intent, and which follows on from the previously shared 'Slipping Away'.
Having initially conceived Perpetual Surrender as a one-off recording project, Kieran Adams (drums, drum machines, synths), Carmen Elle (guitars, vocals) and Destroyer touring band member Joseph Shabason (synths, samplers, saxophone) regrouped after a period of time that Elle describes as "learning how to be a band." Bigger, fuller and far more open and expansive, Familiar Touch takes all of Perpetual Surrender's gorgeous qualities and pushes the songs to the forefront, upping DIANA's game tremendously.
'Miharu' is the perfect example of this: recalling the best mid-80's alt-pop, it mixes the lush soul signature of Flyte Time Productions (Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) while delivering a massive pop chorus that liquefies into their modern production nous. "I really love the silky rub between Carmen's demure approach and Gary's [Beals, additional vocals] vibrant punctuations," Adams explains, his description also perfectly encapsulating 'Moment of Silence' - another sophisticated pop track with what Adams describes as having "a very smooth top layer" and synths that give the impression of "stretching time - being stretched thin in those moments." 'Confession' also builds upon those Jam & Lewis rhythms, with Adams describing it as sounding like the pair "if they worked with Annie Lennox."
Where Perpetual Surrender was the unexpected success of a group of friends experimenting with different sounds, Familiar Touch is the sound of them taking those experiences and maximising themselves as a proper band. "There was a much different studio flow - we started working on things close to a year before we recorded them," says Adams. "Last time, we were obscuring what it was that we were doing - with washed out or distorted vocals, for example. With this album - particularly with the vocals - we conceptualised everything a lot more in advance and really committed to certain sounds and feelings. We tried to fight the instinct of trying to distort it."
One thing that's clear this time around is how much more confidence DIANA have in themselves as musicians. The trio decamped to Adams' then-apartment, where the pressures of a second album and the time constraints of a regular studio were relieved. Renting their own gear, they made makeshift vocal booths of out of clothes cupboards and Star Wars sleeping bags (or "weird, fucked up musty vocal caves" as Shabason describes them). Upon listening to the record, it's hard to believe Familiar Touch was made in such a compact environment. With its emboldened production, it sits pleasingly alongside their personal influences and seminal recordings such as Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen or Yellow Magic Orchestra's Naughty Boys.
Mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Beach House, Grizzly Bear) and mastered by Heba Kadry, Familiar Touch is also lent a skilled hand by Thom Gill (guitars, keys, piano), Bram Gielen (bass), Vince Spilchuk (trumpet), and vocalists Robin Dann, Alanna Stuart of Bonjay and aforementioned Gary Beals - runner-up on the first season of Canadian Idol. By having the space and time to work with their new ideas on their own terms, this time around, DIANA have crafted an album that sounds unabashedly vibrant and distinctly 2016.1. Confession
2. What You Get
3. Slipping Away
4. Moment of Silence
5. The Coward
9. These Words
10. Take it Over$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Eurythmics Greatest Hits (Extra Tracks) (Out Of Stock)Import
No introduction needed; everyone knows THE EURYTHMICS!
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart are still Britain's biggest selling duo and selling 75 million records worldwide. Originally released in 1991 as a 13 track album, our audiophile reissue of this classic compilation contains 5 more gems from their catalogue.
Without any doubt: pop music masterpieces, every single one of them.
* Pressed on 180 grams audiophile vinyl
* 18 track edition (previously 13 tracks)1 Love Is A Stranger (3:43)
2 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (4:50)
3 Who's That Girl? (3:44)
4 Right By Your Side (3:49)
5 Here Comes The Rain Again (4:55)
1 There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) (4:42)
2 Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves (5:54)
3 It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back) (3:43)
4 When Tomorrow Comes (4:17)
1 You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart (3:46)
2 Miracle Of Love (4:35)
3 Sex Crime (1984) (3:57)
4 Thorn In My Side (4:11)
5 Don't Ask Me Why (4:13)
1 Angel (4:47)
2 Would I Lie To You? (4:25)
3 Missionary Man (3:45)
4 I Need A Man (4:21)$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Man On The Rocks (Out Of Stock)Virgin EMI are delighted to announce Mike Oldfield's first album of new material since 2008. Featuring 11 brand new tracks, MAN ON THE ROCKS is a deeply personal song-based album that reflects many of Mike's different influences. Recorded in the Bahamas, Mike's 25th studio album has been produced by Mike with legendary British producer Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox). Man On The Rocks features players such as legendary bassist Leland Sklar (Phil Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor) and drummer John Robinson (Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk). Although Oldfield has worked with some of the world's most famous vocalists in the past, here he has found an incredible young talent to interpret his words, Luke Spiller from the Struts.
Its working title, 'Rock' emphasises the album's directness, heard especially on the guitar-driven 'Irene', inspired by the category 3 hurricane that hit the Bahamas in 2011. However, it is - as you would expect from the man who gave the world Tubular Bells and so much more besides - an album of great variance and contrast; from the commercial punch of opening track, 'Sailing', to the beautiful folk-influenced 'Dreaming In The Wind' to the emotional gravitas of its closer, a cover of William McDowell's gospel song, 'I Give Myself Away'.
Last seen performing at the personal request of Danny Boyle to a global audience of 900 million at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Man On The Rocks underlines Mike Oldfield's status as one of the most singular talents to ever emerge from the UK. The recent 2013 BBC 4 Documentary . . . plus Tubular Bells - the story of Mike and iconic album - further enforces that fact.
It has been a pleasure making Man On The Rocks with such a dedicated team of performers, says Oldfield. "For a long period, I felt that I wasn't going to record any new music again. But, after the elation of the Olympics and the explorations of my catalogue, I felt the time was right to return with this, one of my favourite albums to date."LP 1
3. Man On The Rocks
1. Dreaming In The Wind
4. Following The Angels
6. I Give Myself Away$38.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock