New Release Round-up 25th February 2022
TEARS FOR FEARS are back! 'The Tipping Point' is the first album from Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith in 17 years and works through a traumatic recent few years in Orzabal's life with new twists on the anthemic signature of a band whose foundational work always had explored therapy and catharsis. There's standard and deluxe formats on CD and an indies green vinyl.
Speaking of catharsis, SUPERCHUNK's 2018 album 'What a Time to Be Alive' was a wonderfully animated response to Trump-era America and its follow-up 'Wild Loneliness' tackles ongoing crises with undiminished vim. The remote nature of lockdown recording sessions afforded the Chapel Hill veterans the opportunity to invite some guests along for the ride. Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley lend their honeyed harmonies to environmental anthem 'Endless Summer', Wye Oak's Andy Stack's sax buoys the title track, while Sharon Van Etten appears on album closer 'If You're Not Dark'.
'Black Radio III' is a third instalment in ROBERT GLASPER's award-winning and influential series of collaborations, once again fusing jazz, R&B and hip-hop with the help of guests including returning favourites Common, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild and Lalah Hathaway alongside debutants Gregory Porter, Q-Tip, Jennifer Hudson, Esperanza Spalding and Ty Dolla $ign. We've got some limited edition tote bags to give away with purchases, while stocks last.
London sax/drums duo BINKER & MOSES reconvene after fruitful solo periods with 'Feeding the Machine', which features tasteful electronic experimentation alongside the pair's fiery jazz. Jazz-adjacent supergroup MELT YOURSELF DOWN return with 'Pray for Me I Don't Fit In', JOHNNY MARR compiles four lockdown EPs into the double-LP 'Fever Dreams Pts 1-4', BETH HART covers Led Zeppelin plus there are new albums from BLUE LAB BEATS, GANG OF YOUTHS and ELLES BAILEY.
There are four excellent and diverse Dinked Edition releases to celebrate today. The self-titled debut from pastoral experimental octet CAROLINE sold out way in advance but you can still pick up standard formats, and if you move quickly you can still get your hands on beautiful variants of Liverpool duo KING HANNAH's noirish debut full-length, KEELEY FORSYTH's striking sophomore album and the first salvo from post-Hookworms snyth-disco outfit HOLODRUM.