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Antidotes, the acclaimed debut album by UK quintet Foals, won them attention, and the opportunity to evolve in a space of their own. Coming two years after that impressive introduction is Total Life Forever, the sound of a band settling into and surveying the decay of old protocols. Written primarily in the basement of their Oxford HQ and recorded in Gothenburg, Total Life Forever is an album as persuasive emotionally as Antidotes was physically.1. Blue Blood
3. Total Life Forever
4. Black Gold
5. Spanish Sahara
6. This Orient
8. After Glow
10. Two Trees
11. What Remains$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What Went DownThe Oxford five-piece released their debut album Antidotes in 2008, followed by 2010's breakthrough Total Life Forever. Both are certified gold. Total Life Forever was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize and an Ivor Novello award, and they received five nods at the 2011 NME awards, winning Best Single for Spanish Sahara. Over the past year, Foals has made several visits to the U.S including a headlining tour last spring, as well as appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands since the release of their third album Holy Fire. The Flood & Moulder-produced album has received effusive critical praise: Foals have established themselves as one of the most exciting bands in the UK said Q, which gave the album four stars. NME gave Holy Fire a rare 9/10 review, declaring 2013 is in safe hands, and VICE agreed, saying they're back and they're f**king good. Foals and Holy Fire were nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize and won the Q Award for Best Live Act. Holy Fire was voted Album of the Year by fans in NME's 2013 poll with their track My Number nabbing Track of the Year.1. What Went Down
2. Mountain at My Gates
3. Birch Tree
4. Give It All
6. Snake Oil
7. Night Swimmers
8. London Thunder
9. Lonely Hunter
10. A Knife in the Ocean$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AntidotesThis is the debut from Oxford, England's five-piece dance-rock band. Completing the circuit between the minimalism of American composer Steve Reich, guitars that sound like insects, and tennis player Andy Roddick, theirs is a uniquely winning formula. Driving percussion high in the mix, guitars played above the 12th fret, no chords, and splashes of synth color all come together like the schematics for a piece of precision engineering.1. French Open
3. Red Socks Pugie
4. Olympic Airways
5. Electric Bloom
7. Heavy Water
8. Two Steps Twice
9. Big Big Love (Fig. 2)
10. Like Swimming
13. Mathletics$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Holy FireIt's all a long way from the group's early years in Oxford, where Yannis Philippakis (26), Jack Bevan (27), Walter Gervers (28), Edwin Congreave (28) and Jimmy Smith (28) convened after spells in various well regarded bands such as The Edmund Fitzgerald, whose intricacies were a league away from the Libertines-influenced indie skiffle and American garage rock that dominated at the time.
Debut album Antidotes (2004) attempted to capture the live energy and sense of spontaneity that had made Foals one of the most sought-after live acts in the UK. 2007 follow-up Total Life Forever was a surprise to many (Foals never sit still for long) dealing in more expansive, eloquent sounds and a more mellow feel inspired in part by Foals' long-time enthusiasm for weed. Now, as they approach their 30s, Foals are moving on from the kind of lost boys club element to how we've lived for the past six years to make their best music yet.1. Prelude
3. My Number
4. Bad Habit
6. Late Night
7. Out of the Woods
8. Milk & Black Spiders
11. Moon$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Every Now & ThenJagwar Ma returns with their second album Every Now & Then.
The Sydney-formed band came together for sessions across a handful of studios and locations in Australia, the UK, and France to shake up an altogether inspired new offering. Full of spirit and exploding with the energy of new ideas, Every Now & Then is formed from the building blocks of a myriad of sonic touchstones upon which Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield concoct a heady, uplifting brew that very much owns it's own space on the spectrum.
Singer/guitarist Gabriel Winterfield and multi-instrumentalist Jono Ma originally joined forces at the turn of the decade, having reached an impasse with their previous bands. Liberated, they instantly felt their horizons opening up, culminating in the kaleidoscopic dub-pop of Jagwar Ma's 2013 debut album Howlin. Augmented by their old Sydney friend Jack Freeman on bass and backing vocals they set about creating their own infectious groove with their increasingly powerful live show.
After almost three years of touring the world (including tours with Foals, The xx, and Tame Impala) the band returned to Australia to write and begin recording at Sonar studios in Sydney. With the basis of the album written, the band headed back to La Briche near Tours in rural France, where they had recorded their debut in a self-built studio on a friend's partly-renovated farm, before returning to London to record drum sessions with Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa and James Ford and finishing mixing with old friend Ewan Pearson in their new shared Tottenham studio The Bunker II.
Jono is a student of the studio in the Jagwar Ma camp, and on Every Now & Then his production hand constructs the richly singular sonic world each track inhabits. The record is littered with surprising selections yet maintains an ebb and flow that echoes that of a day in coastal Australia. 'Repetition invites participation' and the composition of Every Now & Then is a testament to the turn of phrase, subtly seducing with loose-limbed sinewy grooves on loop.
Entrancing incantations on romantic love, truth and courage come courtesy of co-songwriter and lead vocalist Gabriel. Lush melody from left field, grungey phrasing and pagan shapes, Winterfield flows in tandem with each song's unique sea of sound. "Can we be real?"
Classic bass lines, jangly guitar parts and Paul's Boutique-inspired loops bounce off elements of synth-pop and encounter bass heavy experiments redolent of Blanck Mass and other elements of the Norwegian electronic onslaught together with swelling psychedelic choruses, reminiscent of summer-kissed Ocean Rain-period Bunnymen, exploding into melodic, sun-soaked wig-outs.
At heart, a studio album, designed for lone listening on headphones but as a shared experience is where it will really come to life. Their live appearances for Howlin' were electric and key elements of Every Now & Then took on extra shape while touring Europe with fellow compatriots Tame Impala, successfully working out the structure of tracks in front of arena crowds.
Every Now & Then deftly covers a broad expanse of sound and mood. Say What You Feel gradually envelopes with its tireless drive and shapeshifting form to an ecstatic peak before Loose Ends cools down the pace with dubbed, fractured melodies. Give Me A Reason flips from muted funk pop to percolating, percussive house before seamlessly transitioning into a gyrating, teched up club tool. The glorious dynamism continues with Ordinary's quantum leap chorus, while High Rotation possesses a sinister spirit, a chuggy druggy groove and compelling, cultish chanting. Colour Of Paradise closes out the record, a bittersweet beauty of surf melodies and euphoric synths - 'searching through every grain of sand', lifting off and leaving the earthly territory behind completely for a deeper, more celestial, spacey place.
From underwater liquid rhythm through to joyous, floating in the clouds sky highs, Every Now & Then is Jagwar Ma's cathartic new injection we endeavor you to dose up on.1. Falling
2. Say What You Feel
3. Loose Ends
4. Give Me A Reason
6. Batter Up
7. O B 1
9. High Rotations
10. Don't Make It Right
11. Colours Of Paradise$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MelophobiaCage The Elephant's highly anticipated forthcoming third studio album, entitled 'Melophobia', is released via RCA Records. The album was recorded in Nashville, TN and reunites the band with producer Jay Joyce who produced the group's prior two releases.
This album has tested us as individuals and as a collective. We're five people fighting for our own ideologies of good music - we clash stylistically and sometimes even personally, said drummer Jared Champion. The studio is the place where we push all of those individual creative emotions together and smash them to the dispersion point until they explode like a Timebomb. With the explosion arrives something beautiful and in the end, when you listen back and goose bumps prick your skin like the first few drops of a summer rainfall on searing concrete, you know that you and your band of brothers have created something substantial. Conquering our melophobia is what drives us.
The new album is the follow up to 2011's acclaimed sophomore album Thank You Happy Birthday, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and has sold over 250,000 copies to date. Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly praised the release as one of the best rock albums of the year. The album also spawned the hit single Shake Me Down which spent six weeks at #1 at Alternative radio. Their acclaimed self-titled debut album was released in 2009 and has sold over 550,000 copies to date. The album remained on the Billboard 200 Chart for an astounding 73 consecutive weeks and produced three Top 5 singles at Alternative Radio, including the massive hit Ain't No Rest For The Wicked. In additional to numerous Sold Out headline runs, Cage The Elephant has toured with Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Stone Temple Pilots, Foals, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, and many more.
- BWWMusicWorld1. Spiderhead
2. Come A Little Closer
4. It's Just Forever (featuring Alison Mosshart)
5. Take It Or Leave It
7. Black Widow
10. Cigarette Daydreams$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FoodOn the one hand, there is Kelis Rogers, who first came to prominence singing the hook of Ol' Dirty Bastard's 1999 hit 'Got Your Money'. This was the visually and sonically compelling 20 year-old whose debut album 'Kaleidoscope' helped usher in the wave of sharp, thrillingly futuristic R&B that dominated the charts in the early Noughties, as exemplified by her global hit, 'Milkshake'.
On the other there is Dave Sitek, guitarist in acclaimed Brooklyn experimentalists TV On The Radio and producer to a certain kind of smart, indie band (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals and Liars to name a few).
'Food' is a startling combination of Kelis' most frank and vulnerable vocals to date, and Sitek's inimitable sonic imprint. Littered with transcendent, Spector-esque lift, warm bottom ends and vast depth, the music is the perfect backdrop for Kelis' unique voice. The latter has only improved with time and experience, and the album candidly explores pain, happiness and everything in between.
Recorded at Sitek's house in LA (and entirely produced by him), Kelis' new album, 'Food,' mints a sound that's rootsy without ever being self-consciously retro, that pitches live horns and gospel organ against electronics, that for all its classic soul and funk influences, couldn't have been made any time but now.1. Jerk Ribs
3. Forever Be
8. Bless the Telephone
9. Friday Fish Fry
12. Biscuits n' Gravy
13. Dreamer$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Methyl Ethel's new album was co-produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals), in collaboration with the Perth trio's frontman Jake Webb. Written and recorded by Webb, Everything Is Forgotten finds Methyl Ethel refining sounds and rendering them in 3D, thanks in part to London-based James Ford, who has been working with Webb on the follow-up to debut album Oh Inhuman Spectacle. The pair's collaboration across the coming release has infused their shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic flourishes, further evolving Methyl Ethel's sound from initial EPs Guts and Teeth.1. Drink Wine
3. No. 28
4. Femme Maison/One Man House
5. L'Heure des SorciÉres
6. Act of Contrition
8. Hyakki Yako
9. Summer Moon
10. Weeds Through The Rind
11. Shlager$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SpiritSpirit is the new album from Depeche Mode, and the band's 14th studio release. Spirit marks the band's first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys) and is the follow up to the band's blockbuster 2013 studio album Delta Machine which debuted at #1 in 12 countries.
The vinyl version of Spirit will feature 12 tracks on two 180 gram LPs, featuring 3 sides of music and a 4th side with a special SPIRIT etching.1. Going Backwards
2. Where's the Revolution
3. The Worst Crime
5. You Move
6. Cover Me
8. Poison Heart
9. So Much Love
11. No More (This is the Last Time)
Disc 2, SIDE 4:SPIRIT ETCHING$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Be Slowly2013 saw the barely legal four piece distinguish themselves as one of the hardest working bands in the biz, releasing a steady stream of hook-laden, increasingly impressive and artful singles that have been featured in the unlikely cross section from Made In Chelsea to Match Of The Day, touring across the UK several times, and playing country-wide sold out shows to devoted audiences who sing back the lyrics to by now familiar favourites. The closing chapter to the year saw the band enter the studio with producer Dreamtrak [Foals, Swim Deep, Hot Chip] to record their debut album Be Slowly. Lead vocalist, and song writer, Connor Schofield said about the record: It's called Be Slowly because it just has a nice ring to it - even though it makes no grammatical sense what-so-ever. It basically means take a breather, theres no rush. I think a lot of people, especially myself build stuff up and start to panic. Its just a bit of a reminder that there is actually time to take it easy, and to do things step by step.1. Time
6. Be Slowly
7. Think Too Much, Feel Too Little
9. Sunset State
10. Surround You
11. NYE$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Love Is CoolLondon-based four-piece Wolf Alice will release their debut album entitled My Love Is Cool via Dirty Hit / RCA Records. Produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Black Keys), My Love Is Cool is a remarkable leap forward from the band's EP Creature Songs, released last year.
Having already captured critical acclaim on their track and breakout video for "Moaning Lisa Smile" which was previously released in the UK, Wolf Alice is poised for global success.
Following a breakthrough 2014 in the UK, Wolf Alice now have their sights set on the U.S. and are poised for an international takeover. They recently made their sold-out U.S. debuts in LA and NYC, stopped by KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" for their US radio debut and will perform at SXSW this March. Last year in the UK, the group appeared on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 long list, was named as one of iTunes' "Artists For 2014," became the #4 most blogged artist of 2014 on Hype Machine, and won Best Breakthrough Artists at the UK Festival Awards. They were also named one of Billboard Magazine's Artists to Watch in 2015. With the upcoming release of their debut LP, Wolf Alice have another banner year ahead.
Wolf Alice are:
Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis1. Turn To Dust
3. Your Loves Whore
4. You're A Germ
8. Giant Peach
10. Soapy Water
12. The Wonderwhy (Hidden Track)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-REP-5726xThe Naked And Famous
In Rolling WavesBeyond a life hardwired to pop culture via the 24 hour news feed, The Naked and Famous elicit a romantic connection inspired by the golden era of
alternative rock; a shared response to a teenage soundtrack of epic, emotionally charged mid-nineties music.
Released in March 2011, their ambitious debut Passive Me, Aggressive You featured singles Young Blood and Punching In A Dream. Lauded by
NME, it was a 'classic case of lovely and beautiful: TNAF's passive melodicism and aggressive innovation clash in a dazzling blaze of psych/sonic
fireworks and Rolling Stone magazine described Young Blood as one of the year's best singles. Fronted by Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers, The
Naked And Famous lit a fire under an online fan base, with a video subculture built through YouTube and into radio. M83 invited TNAF to remix a single
and a Tiesto remix transformed Young Blood into a club smash. Agencies fell into The Naked and Famous slipstream, and theirs became the go-to
soundtrack for gaming, Hollywood and TV shows mining a zeitgeist of young and interesting.
By June 2012, the New Zealand quintet had played to more than 600,000 people in 24 countries, but the band chose to hit pause and embark on a
second album. The resulting album, In Rolling Waves, delivers darkly nuanced, intricately rocking electro gems once again born in bedroom studio
sessions, then demoed in studios in Wales and Australia ahead of recording at Sunset Sound in Hollywood.
Thom Powers sought out Alan Moulder (NIN, Foals, My Bloody Valentine) to mix this daydreaming dark-wave experiment. In 2013, The Naked And
Famous are matured and determined to deliver new music to their fans as soon as possible.LP 1
1. A Stillness
2. Hearts Like Ours
4. Rolling Waves
5. The Mess
6. Grow Old
1. Golden Girl
2. I Kill Giants
3. What We Want
4. We Are Leaving
5. To Move With Purpose
6. A Small Reunion$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Age of FractureThe long-awaited new album from CYMBALS is named after a book by Princeton academic, Daniel T. Rodgers, which addresses the fragmentation of ideas towards the end of the last century and how collective meanings have become uncertain. Singer and guitarist Jack Cleverly writes: It hit me that I often feel paralysed by the feeling that everything is 'too complicated', and that many people I know feel that paralysis. I realised that this way of thinking can be traced through these songs. Produced by Dreamtrak (Swim Deep, Chad Valley, Hot Chip) in his Hackney studio and written collectively over the last 12-months, the group have taken their time to carefully piece the album together, song-by-song, in sequence. The album was completed following a final mix from Daniel Rejmer (Foals, Everything Everything) and the result is testament to the band s attention to detail: a cleaner, brighter sound than their brattier early recordings, edging towards the European sophistication of the end-of-the-century French house Jack grew up around. Singles 'Like An Animal', 'The End' and 'The Natural World' are characterized by an upbeat disco cool and all push the 7-minute mark, whereas Winter 98 , This City , and Call Me are brooding, stark synth-led numbers reminiscent of early-New Order, with some lyrics sung in Jack s native French. The literary inspiration runs further through the album. The track The 5% , more obviously making reference to the themes of the album's namesake, declares Time can be erased, you re stupid if you try and stay in place, over a pulsing bassline and swirling electronics. Like an Animal is inspired by the intellectual and moral confusion of the main character in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. The album has even garnered literary responses of its own by British poet and novelist Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine. I told Joe about the book and the way the album was kind of a reaction to it, and he threw my rationalisation of it back at me through a short story inspired by the album. says Cleverly. It helped reveal the emotional territory of the songs. He showed me how I had been dividing things up artificially - desires and priorities, getting older and not being able to stop writing music... Through the writing of this album, CYMBALS have inevitably matured. We've never been in it just for a laugh, says Cleverly; but things got confused when we said we wanted to keep it fun we just didn't want to end up bitter, having chased a hollow dream. But this album is less about us; it's more outward looking, more aware of the world at large. Despite the weighty literary influences, the band are keen to separate themselves from the over-earnestness that can sometimes accompany such associations. I hate the whole 'serious earnest-singer-songwriter-thing, says Jack. With this album I really wanted to get away from that and make music that makes people want to dance and feel joy. Neil's kick drum is the most important thing we have to say as a band. Is this all fun? Yes, of course, but at the same time, not just that. Produced by Dreamtrak & mixed by Daniel Rejmer.1. Winter '98
2. The Natural World
3. You Are
4. Empty Space
5. The 5%
6. The Fracture of Age
7. Like An Animal
9. This City
10. The End
11. Call Me$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now