New Release Round-Up 30th July 2021.
Pop phenom Billie Eilish returns with her highly anticipated second full-length 'Happier Than Ever'. Once again, it's a family affair with brother Finneas handling production duties on a textured and stylistically diverse album addressing the pressures of sudden fame. Available on CD, cassette, 100% recycled black vinyl and an indies opaque brown vinyl. We've also got some exclusive promo posters to give away with purchases while stocks last.
'Welcome 2 America' is a previously unissued album from Prince featuring collaborations with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld and several New Power Generation vocalists on a set of socially conscious originals and a piano-led cover of Soul Asylum's 'Stand Up and B Strong'. We've also got some copies of the super deluxe box set, so drop us a message if you're interested in one of those.
Drawing inspiration from the aforementioned Purple One, alongside Brit neo-soulsters like Lewis Taylor and Tom Misch (who picks up a co-production credit here, as does Guy Chambers), comes the excellently titled 'Sgt Culpepper' from London artist Joel Culpepper.
'Private Space', the third record from Indiana soul outfit Durand Jones & The Indications finds them pushing beyond the retro-soul stylings of their earlier work to a sound that takes in cosmic disco, funk and even house influences. Once again vocal duties are split between Jones and the honeyed falsetto of drummer Aaron Frazer.
Sink Ya Teeth's Gemma Cullingford unleashes her debut solo album 'Let Me Speak', drawing influence from Throbbing Gristle, Depeche Mode and the dancier end of the Factory Records stable. Our last Dinked Edition sold as I was typing this but standard formats are still available. You can stream a "visual premiere" of the album over on the Dinked website.
Laura Marling/Mike Lindsay (Tunng) project LUMP return with 'Animal'. Squelchy synths and darkly mysterious melodies abound, while Marling offers a pop vocal delivery that demarcates this collaboration from her day job (and stick around for the trippy closing credits to the album).
British country soul transplant Yola releases her sophomore record 'Stand for Myself', a tribute to black feminine strength, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, plus there are new albums from Torres, Los Lobos and Big Big Train, and coloured vinyl reissues of albums from Surprise Chef and The Cinematic Orchestra.
Just announced is 'How Beautiful Life Can Be', the hotly anticipated debut album from Wigan quartet The Lathums, featuring production from The Coral's James Skelly.
James Blake teased fifth 'Friends That Break Your Heart', with exclusive variant artwork for the CD and vinyl formats.
September sees the release of a first album in four years from Saint Etienne. 'I've Been Trying To Tell You' draws on sounds and samples from 1997-2001 to take a dreamlike look at a contentious period in the collective conscience.
Plus 'Screamadelica' celebrates its 30th anniversary with a picture disc pressing and a 12" box set (contact us directly if you're interested in one of those).