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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,
Yo La Tengo There's A Riot Going On
While there’s a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it’s like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and flows and billows.
If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking, ghostly flamingos calling “shoo-bop shoo-bop.”
Even if your mind is not unclouded – shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time – you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries and above the sound. For Yo La Tengo this is a slow-motion action painting and Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no outside engineer (John McEntire later did the mix).
They did not rehearse or jam together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You’d never guess this, since the layers are finessed with such a liquid brush. You’d imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way.
The Decemberists I'll Be Your Girl
The Decemberists explore a new sound with a new producer on their inspired eighth studio album I’ll Be Your Girl, released through Rough Trade Records.
The acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based band worked with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey) and embraced influences such as Roxy Music and New Order to spark a new creative path, as can be heard on the synth-driven lead single Severed. I’ll Be Your Girl is the sound of a veteran band finding new inspiration, a unit unafraid of challenging itself to re-connect with its creativity.
“Making music is an infinite choose-your-own-adventure,” says lead-vocalist Colin Meloy, “and when you go down one path, the other paths get sealed off. So every time we could, we said, ‘If this is what our impulses would tell us to do, let’s try to imagine it in a different way.’”
Sun Ra Of Abstract Dreams
Strut and Art Yard present another exclusive from the vast catalogue of cosmic jazz pioneer Sun Ra: a previously unreleased radio session most likely recorded at the WXPN FM radio studios in Philadelphia, 1974-5.
This newly discovered session features a new version of Ra’s earlier ‘Island In The Sun’, a romping, raucous rendition of ‘Unmask The Batman’ and the first studio recording of ‘I’ll Wait For You’ There is no bass player on the sessions and Ra’s left hand beats out a rhythmic bass pattern on the piano.
All tracks are remastered directly from the original tapes. The album package features a newly commissioned painting by legendary Bristol urban artist Guy Denning and new sleeve notes by Paul Griffiths.
OG Ron C & The Chopstars Thundercat Drank
Brainfeeder presents a special “chopped not slopped” mix of Thundercat’s incredible album Drunk (2017) by DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C of legendary Houston DJ collective The Chopstars.
Slowed down, chopped up and pressed on purple vinyl, the mix has been appropriately re-titled Drank. “If you got ‘Drunk’ it’s only right that you get ‘Drank’. I feel like they go together” declares Thundercat.
The Magic Gang The Magic Gang
“One listen to The Magic Gang’s debut album is enough to make you feel that all is right with the world. Rarely since the age of The Beatles and The Beach Boys have songs been this sunny and harmonious.” – The Times
Also Out This Week
David Bowie Little Box Of Bowie: 3cd
Alexandra Burke Truth Is
Creep Show Mr Dynamite
Earthless Black Heaven
Fatboy Slim You've Come A Long Way Baby
Fickle Friends You Are Someone Else
Fratellis In Your Own Sweet Time
The Herbaliser Bring Out The Sound
Hot Snakes Jericho Sirens
Durand Jones & The Indications Durand Jones & The Indications
Kraftwerk 12345678 3-D
Will Young Long Trax 2
Meshell Ndegeocello Ventriloquism
Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots
Va: Tom Middleton Sleep Better: 2cd
Va: U2 Joshua Tree: New Roots
Kim Wilde Here Come The Aliens