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Upstairs At Eric's (Awaiting Repress)An 80s Landmark: Ex-Depeche Mode Member Vince Clarke and Vocalist Alison Moyet Create Synthpop Classic
Smoky Blues Purring, Cool Jazz Vibes, Disco-Tinged Beats, and Dancefloor Minimalism Add Up to Electropop Genius
All the Grooves Hit the Low-Frequency Targets: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Includes Hits Don't Go, Situation, and Only You
The 1980s will forever be remembered for electropop sensations, yet few, if any, are quite as sensational as Yazs Upstairs at Erics. A standard-setting mÉlange of smoky blues singing, jazzy arrangements, disco-tinged beats, and dancefloor vibes, the smash debut fits equally as well at a late-night club as it does in a living room, where the records complexity and exoticism takes listeners hostage. No wonder the 1982 landmark remains one of the decades most essential albums.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this numbered limited edition Silver Label LP breathes with a decongested openness, textural richness, and tonal palette never before experienced on previous analog or digital editions. Alison Moyets inimitable vocals, such a huge part of the records appeal, are dramatically enhanced, her sensual timbre, bittersweet crooning, and knockout range now encompassing the full frequency spectrum and projecting outward in a way that traverses the flatness of the original pressings.
Indeed, her bluesy deliveries are at once elegant and exuberant, and give collaborative partner Vince Clarke free range to construct beat architectures that encompass freewheeling disco, house music, uptempo dance, and chilled-out pop. The former Depeche Mode member also layers on elegant keyboard melodies, establishing contagious hooks and electronic-laced landscapes that preceded the techno explosion and do so with a cooler elegance. Tape loops, random field-noise dialogues, and synth-stroked bass notes add to whats nothing less than a perfect collusion of moody paranoia and soulful warmth.
While a cousin to synth-pop LPs by the likes of the Eurythmics, Soft Cell, OMD, and Depeche Mode, Yazs Upstairs at Erics is singular for its chemistry between Moyet and Clarke and an insouciant batch of songs high on emotion, style, and substance.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Don't Go
2. Too Pieces
3. Bad Connection
4. I Before E Except After C
6. In My Room
7. Only You
8. Goodbye Seventies
10. Winter Kills
11. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Alf1st Time Officially Released On LP In North America
Alf is the debut studio album of British singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, originally released in 1984. The album launched Moyet's solo career following the disbanding of synthpop duo Yazoo (also known as Yaz). The album reached No. 1 in the UK and features the singles Love Resurrection, All Cried Out, Invisible and For You Only.1. Love Resurrection
2. Honey For The Bees
3. For You Only
5. Steal Me Blind
6. All Cried Out
7. Money Mile
8. Twisting The Knife
9. Where Hides Sleep$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brooklynite Elizabeth Harper's first musical offerings appeared in the form of personal singer/songwriter fare, her airy vocals paired only with quiet strums of acoustic guitar. But having a long-held desire to make electronic music, Harper recruited producers Mark Richardson and Scott Rosenthal to assist in achieving her desired sound, and electro-pop outfit Class Actress was born. The trio wasted no time in assembling their Journal of Ardency EP, which Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor released on his Terrible Records imprint in early 2010. The five songs circulated widely, garnering acclaim and comparisons to Human League, Depeche Mode, and early Madonna at each music journal stop.
Now settled in with the folks at Carpark, Harper and co. put forth their debut long-player, Rapprocher. The album sees her playing a similar part to Journal's playful lovelorn diva, but it pushes the EP's proto-electro revisionism into new directions. Tracks like Love Me Like You Used To and Hanging On swaddle the record's heavy disco beats in diaphanous sheets of delay, and the bouncing bass of Weekend make it a prime candidate for a feel-good summer hit. Harper remains the force that binds the songs into a cohesive statement, her winking coo darting about in the deep drums and lofty arpeggios, and her passion - backed mostly with electronics - summons thoughts of Yaz's Alison Moyet. In concurrence with the title (rapprocheris French for bring closer), the candid, sincere lyrics meld with the atmosphere, enveloping the listener into Class Actress's world of 21st century romanticism.1. Keep You
2. Love Me Like You Used To
4. Prove Me Wrong
5. Need To Know
7. All The Saints
10. Hangin On
11. Let Me In$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UltraUltra is the ninth studio album by English electronic group Depeche Mode, which was originally released by Mute Records on 14 April 1997
Ultra both reprises an earlier Mode and entices with a taste of Modes to come. The band has wisely left behind the forced arena rock of their last album and evolved towards a more richly nuanced hybrid of conventional and electronic instrumentation. The resulting sound is both engaging in its diversity and surprising in its consistency. The aplomb with which Depeche Mode fuses electronic beats, cascading violins, and guitar hooks into a soulful and coherent whole puts the new techno-geek incarnation of U2 to shame. Where U2's Pop! crashes waves of sound upon the listener, Ultra achieves an equally rich sonic texture through delicacy and understatement.
Lyrically and musically, Ultra depicts the band grappling with its recent scars, particularly Gahan's smack problem. From the self-loathing and acoustic turbulence of Barrel of a Gun, the first sequel, to the mechanical gurgling of the outro, Painkiller, the shadow of a syringe falls over the album. Gahan sings of a vicious appetite and pines for the spirit of love with an earnest intensity that usually overcomes Gore's occasionally banal lyrics. His high register and emotionally laden delivery on songs such as Love Thieves and Sister of Night (Little 15 redux) are reminiscent of the days of See You and Get the Balance Right, before Gahan settled into the deadpan baritone croon that carries most of the Mode's later hits.
Perhaps due to the band's travails, Ultra is the most experimental Mode album since 1983's A Broken Frame, when these same three fellows lost their leading songwriter, Vince Clarke, to Yaz (and subsequently Erasure). As a result, with the exception of It's No Good, a catchy and confident tune that's A-1 formula Mode, there's no hit single potential on Ultra. There are, however, a good number of interesting songs that gradually seep into your system. The Bottom Line finds Gore at his most emotive, once again singing the bittersweet woes of infatuation over an aural fabric that alternates between jazz trio cool, electropop bounce, and country twang. With arpeggiating violins and arena-rock-style guitar bridges, Home is an intriguing Disneyesque ditty. And both Jazz Thieves and Uselink prove that the Mode haven't lost their knack for atmospheric instrumentals.
- Kevin C. Murphy1. Barrel Of A Gun
2. Love Thieves
4. It's No Good
7. Sister Of Night
8. Jazz Thieves
10. Bottom Line
11. Insight$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)The original soundtrack to Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why is set for release via Interscope Records.
13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) includes a mix of classic '80s hits from Joy Division, The Cure, The Alarm and The Call, alongside recent tracks from up and coming artists The Japanese House, Sir Sly and Billie Eilish. Also featured, are four previously unreleased tracks, including Selena Gomez's cover of Only You by Yaz, and acoustic version of her hit, Kill Em With Kindness, Bored by rising star Eilish, and Roman Remains' cover of Echo and the Bunnymen's The Killing Moon.1. Only You - Selena Gomez
2. Kill Em With Kindness (Acoustic) - Selena Gomez
3. Bored - Billie Eilish
4. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
5. Into The Black (Neil Young Cover) - Chromatics
6. The Night We MetLord Huron
7. A 1000 Times - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
8. The Killing Moon (Echo & The Bunnymen cover) - Roman Remains
9. High - Sir Sly
10. Cool Blue - The Japanese House
11. Fascination Street - The Cure
12. The Walls Came Down - The Call
13. The Stand - The Alarm$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Strange DesireBleachers will release debut album 'Strange Desire' on RCA Records. The highly anticipated album was written and produced by Grammy Award winning musician Jack Antonoff with co-producer John Hill (MIA, Jay Z, Empire of the Sun) as well as Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure) and others.
"It's the 2 words that perfectly title what this Bleachers album is as a documentation of my life as I can remember it at this point", wrote Antonoff yesterday afternoon in the Craigslist ad he posted announcing the album title.
Bleachers first single "I Wanna Get Better" has already streamed over 1.5 million times, was deemed "the song of the summer in February" by the Huffington Post and quickly skyrocketed into the top 10 at Alt radio.
Since the Bleachers launch in February critics have been nothing but excited and eager to hear more. Rolling Stone exclaimed "We'll be shocked if it's not all over the radio by spring", TIME raved " it's exciting to imagine what else Antonoff has up his sleeve" and Hilly Dilly proclaimed " this is the kind of music that can't get big enough."
Hailing from New Jersey, 29 year old Jack Antonoff has been in the music scene for over a decade. In 2002, with Jack as the lead singer, the success of New Jersey born indie rock band Steel Train was well underway. Steel Train's cult following lead them to make their national television debut on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and later appeared on Late Show With David Letterman. In 2008, Jack joined Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost to form the Grammy award winning fun.
In addition to being a multi-talented musician, Jack is a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer. His achievements include fun. being honored with the Vanguard Award at the 2014 ASCAP Pop Music Awards and co-writing fun.'s Grammy award winning song "We Are Young" and Grammy nominated album Some Nights. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for his collaboration with Taylor Swift on her song "Sweeter Than Fiction. Jack has also worked with Sara Bareilles, co-writing her Grammy nominated hit "Brave, and Canadian Indie icons Tegan and Sara.1. Wild Heart
4. I Wanna Get Better
5. Wake Me
6. Reckless Love
7. Take Me Away (ft. Grimes)
8. Like A River Runs
9. You're Still A Mystery
10. I'm Ready To Move On/Wild Heart Reprise (ft. Yoko Ono)
11. Who I Want You To Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now