On Our Playlist: New Music

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in ,

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Out this week, all of the records that you need on your shelf this week in one handy place.

Check out the albums that get our fopp stamp of approval below.


The Charlatans – Different Days

The Charlatans’ 13th album, Different Days features contributions “from friends and heroes.” This follow-up to their superb 2015 LP Modern Nature was recorded at the band’s own studio in Crewe, Cheshire, and the core quartet of vocalist Tim Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers invited some of literature and music’s biggest names down for some sessions. Starting with music; drum takes were split between their touring drummer Pete Salisbury, formerly of The Verve, and New Order’s Stephen Morris.

Standout cuts, Not Forgotten and Plastic Machinery feature guitar legends Johnny Marr and Anton Newcombe. New Order fans will be chuffed to see husband and wife Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris play together on the song The Same House, and Paul Weller co-wrote the final song on the album. As for guests outside the music business, Ian Rankin has also been recorded on the album with actress Sharon Horgan singing backing vocals.

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Kraftwerk– 3D The Catalogue

Released to coincide with Kraftwerk’s forthcoming June 2017 tour – their first UK dates since the breathtaking shows witnessed at the Tate Modern in 2013 – Parlophone release the ground-breaking 3-D Kraftwerk Concert brought thrillingly to life, developed using high definition 3-D visuals, with Dolby Atmos surround sound and presented to the technological and audio standards one would associate and indeed come to expect from the pioneering Germans led by founder Ralf Hütter.

For the very first time, every Kraftwerk fan can now experience a “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art” in the comfort of their own home. The collection features new recordings of Kraftwerk’s 8 classic albums performed and filmed at various locations around the world between 2012-2016 and mixed at the band’s own state-of-the-art, Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf.

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Eivør – Slør

Over 2 years in the making – Slør is actually an English-translated re-imagining of her Faroese-sung album release of the same title. To understand Eivør’s motivation to re-write an entirely Faroese body of lyrics, look no further than a distinctly extraordinary childhood. Surrounded by the North Atlantic ocean, Eivør grew up in the tiny community of Syðrugøta (population: 1000) on Eysturoy, one of the most northerly of the Faroe Islands. The album title itself here remains untranslated – resisting a singular English definition (‘Slør’ can be used variously to mean ‘veils’ or ‘blurriness’ in English), it’s a metaphor for the different worlds which Slør taps into.

Slør is – rather incredibly – Eivør’s first commercial release in the UK. She has worked across a disparate clutch of collaborative projects alongside her ten solo album releases to date. Her crystalline voice can currently be heard soundtracking The Last Kingdom, Scorsese’s Silence, alongside trailers for Game Of Thrones and Deep Water Horizon.

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Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street

Kids In The Street is the 7th and latest album from American roots troubadour, Justin Townes Earle. After marrying, moving to various corners of the country and continuous touring with both full band and solo, Earle made time to reflect on the past few years and find new clarity. With Kids In The Street, he made a conscious decision to work with a producer for the first time in his now decade-long career.

Earle made the trip to Omaha,Nebraska to work with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, M.Ward, Connor Oberst) at ARC Studios. Together, they hand picked musicians to create a new sound and environment for the songs that speaks to Justin’s roots, musically and personally. This creative collaboration, paired with Justin’s longtime guitarist Paul Niehaus, has resulted in an album that takes a big step forward.

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The Durutti Column – Domo Arigato

Factory Benelux presents an expanded 4 disc edition of Domo Arigato, the acclaimed live album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column, recorded in Tokyo in April 1985.

Domo Arigato followed on the heels of ambitious ‘modern classical’ album Without Mercy a year earlier, and saw composer/guitarist Vini Reilly and percussionist Bruce Mitchell augmented by John Metcalfe on viola and Tim Kellet on trumpet. Their show-cum-recital at the Kan’i Hoken Hall on 25 April was recorded digitally and filmed on two 35mm cameras. ‘Mixing down was fun,’ recalled Durutti manager/mentor Anthony H. Wilson. ‘We were on a flight out next morning so Nippon Columbia hired a mobile studio recording truck and we mixed from midnight to 6 a.m.’

In fact the group always considered this hurried mix imperfect, and therefore for this greatly expanded 2017 reissue Factory Benelux have returned to the original soundboard tapes and remastered the entire 90 minute performance, in the process restoring the original running order.

Disc 1 of the 4 CD set presents the original digital mix from 1985, while Discs 2 and 3 include the 2017 soundboard remaster plus a previously unreleased gig from Tokyo Loft Club on 29 April 1984. Disc 4 is an NTSC format DVD featuring a pristine transfer of the original Japanese laserdisc edition of Domo Arigato, which is the filmed version of the show with the 1985 digital mix.

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Also Out This Week

Bola – D.E,G.

Ben Ottewell – A Man Apart

Unthanks – Diversions Volume 4: The Songs & Poems Of Polly Drake






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