On Our Playlist
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,
Orbital Monsters Exist
Six years after Orbital’s last album, Wonky, and four years after they split (like, properly, forever), the Hartnoll brothers are back with this, their up-tempo ninth LP. Orbital have always been politically aware, but here the vibe is fevered, almost grotesque, reflecting the horror of…Read the full review here
Paul Weller True Meanings
To put it simply, True Meanings, the fourteenth Paul Weller solo album, the twenty sixth studio album of his entire career, is a record unlike any he has ever made before. It’s an album characterised by grandiose-yet-delicate, lush orchestration: an aesthetic to which Paul’s better-than-ever voice, singing some of his most nakedly honest words, is perfectly suited. A dreamy, peaceful, pastoral set of songs to get lost in, it is both an album that a lot of his faithful audience have wanted him to make for a long time, and an album that many new people outside of that audience will relate to. Paul Weller turned 60 this year: a milestone that has unquestionably had an impact on the feel of True Meanings which comes across as being the most singer-songwriter-style album he has ever made. However, it is also the most collaborative: with more guests than any record he’s been involved in before.
Aphex Twin Collapse EP
The Collapse EP is a juicy bag of delights. Extending the flamboyant paths that Aphex Twin has consistently managed to forge through his dizzying career. From the utterly exhilarating T69 collapse to the complete and utterly bonkers, instantaneous and life affirming abundance10edit[2 R8’s, FZ20m & a 909] featuring vertigo inducing high hats and sauntering arrangements with some brain scrambling noise thrown in for good measure.
Pale Waves My Mind Makes Noises
Dirty Hit has proved itself to be one of the most successful independent labels of recent years, releasing chart-bothering music from The 1975, Wolf Alice and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Now come Pale Waves, a four-piece from Manchester with the pop smarts of The 1975, the gothy drama of prime Cure and the atmospheric textures of Brian Eno or The Blue Nile – far from being unknowns, they’ve already racked up numerous Hottest Record spots on Radio 1. Their debut album brings moody, synthy AOR with giant ’80s drums on “Eighteen”, INXS-style pop perfection on “Television Romance” and Chvrches-esque electro on “Noises”. There’s a darker side to Pale Waves’ debut, though, with singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie naturally erring towards the gloomier side of life, as on the aptly titled “Black”: “Oh, please don’t look at me like that/I feel like I’m having a heart attack…”
Jungle For Ever
In 2014, Jungle released their self-titled debut album, It was the aspirational sound of young London, a soundtrack of escapism, an unmistakable Jungle sound & a unique, vivid, visual Jungle world. It was dreamed up by Josh “J” Lloyd-Watson & Tom “T” McFarland, a production & multi-instrumentalist duo who never expected to leave their bedroom studios. If Jungle’s first album was their imaginary soundtrack to the places they had never been, For Ever is inspired by real life experiences of the places they’d dreamed of. Swapping Shepherds Bush for the Hollywood Hills, J and T set up camp in LA to write & record the album. Over time however, their romanticization of The Californian Dream clashed with the reality, the feeling of being adrift on the West Coast. Returning home they sought to create a “post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs”. For Ever is deeper & higher, more intimate and more expansive.
Also Out This Week
Asleep At The Wheel New Routes
Chills Snow Bound
Alejandro Escovedo Crossing
Good Charlotte Generation RX
Hawkwind Road To Utopia
Lee Hazlewood Cruisin For Surf Bunnies
Jean-Michel Jarre Planet Jarre
Knife Knights 1 Time Mirage
Low Double Negative
Monster Truck True Rockers
Bob Moses Battle Lines
Willie Nelson My Way
Sleaford Mods Sleaford Mods EP
Richard Thompson 13 Rivers
Throbbing Gristle Heathen Earth
Throbbing Gristle Journey Through A Body
Throbbing Gristle Mission of Dead Souls
Uriah Heep Living The Dream
Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Freedom Sounds: Studio One In The 1960s