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January's New Music

Updated: Jan 15

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, we can't wait to bring you some amazing music in 2023.


We have some great new records coming your way this month from the likes of Gaz Coombs, CVC, We Are Scientists, John Cale, Circa Waves and The Reytons as well as classic reissues from Coil, Alabama Shakes and The xx.

 

Coil - Queens of the Circulating Library

Due 13th January 2023

Coil, Queens of the Circulating Library vinyl album cover

Queens Of The Circulating Library stands alongside Time Machines and Nurse With Wound’s Soliloquy For Lilith as a post-industrial pinnacle of sensory-warping long-form drone. Crafted by the distilled duo of Thighpaulsandra and John Balance, the 49-minute piece unfurls in swirling, cyclical waves, tidal as much as textural, channeling the spirit of levitational minimalism pioneered by La Monte Young. Touted as the first part in "a continually mutating series of circulating musickal compositions” upon its initial release in 2000, the album remains a compelling case study in Coil’s exceptional capacity for mutation and extremes.


The theatrical introductory monologue delivered by Thighpaulsandra’s mother – a career opera singer, in her 80’s at the time of recording – sets the stage for a grandiose ascension. Written by Balance, the text is declamatory but dreamlike, refracted through megaphone echo: “Return the book of knowledge / Return the marble index / File under "Paradox" / The forest is a college, each tree a university.” As her voice fades, the lulling synthetic infinity deepens, congealing into transient crests of volume and haze, like slow-motion surf misting in moonlight. Thighpaulsandra describes their aesthetic intention as a “bliss out,” static but shape-shifting, an amniotic drift towards an eternal vanishing point. A supreme sonic embodiment of the slogan on the sleeve of Time Machines, two years prior: "Persistence is all."



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CVC - Get Real

Due 13th January 2023

CVC, Get Real vinyl album cover

CVC (or Church Village Collective in full) hail from this sleepy village 10 miles north of Cardiff, nestling atop a hill in the Welsh valleys. CVC is comprised of singer Francesco Orsi, bassist Ben Thorne, drummer Tom Fry, keyboardist Daniel ‘Nanial’ Jones and singing guitarists David Bassey and Elliott Bradfield. It’s worth noting that the latter two, despite never having met them, are related to Welsh royalty Dame Shirley Bassey and Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield. Maybe owing to genetics, Bassey states “I don't think I’d be able to not do this, I don’t actively choose to, I’m just drawn to it”. Their lush three-part harmonies echo the music they grew up on - contemporary pop’s building blocks: the Beatles, Neil Young and the Beach Boys - rich, melodic and pristine music that’s steeped in rock’s history. Get Real, CVC’s 11-track debut album finally appears and bring with it a touch of Laurel Canyon to the valleys. Made over four sun-baked weeks (once their time was up, Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys) mixed the finished product) they kept it local by recording it in Bradfield’s’ living room!


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The xx - Coexist (10th Anniversary Edition)

Due13th January 2023

The xx Coexist vinyl album cover

Ezra Collective’s new era, a venture in discovered maturity and raised stakes, will be defined by the anticipated second album. Where I’m Meant To Be is a thumping celebration of life, an affirming elevation in the Ezra Collective’s winding hybrid sound and refined collective character. The songs marry cool confidence with bright energy. Full of call-and-response conversations between their ensemble parts, a natural product of years improvising together on-stage, the album - which also features Sampa The Great, Kojey Radical, Emile Sandé, Steve McQueen, and Nao - will light up sweaty dance floors and soundtrack dinner parties in equal measure.


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Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Due 13th January 2023

Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls vinyl album cover

Rough Trade Records will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Alabama Shakes’ internationally acclaimed debut album, Boys & Girls, with a two-disc deluxe edition. Hailed as one of the best albums of 2012 by Rolling Stone and numerous other publications, Boys & Girls entered Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at No. 1. It went on to attain Platinum certification and earn the band multiple GRAMMY nominations. Lead single “Hold On" was voted the #1 Best Song of 2012 by Rolling Stone.. Repackaged in a foil-board gatefold jacket with new, unreleased photos, Boys & Girls 10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition contains the album’s original 11 songs plus an additional 11 tracks from the band’s explosive live performance on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” which aired in the months leading up to the album’s release.


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The Courteeners - St Jude (2022 Repress)

Due 13th January 2023

Vinyl album cover for The Courteeners vinyl album, St Jude

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut album, ‘St Jude’, Courteeners are releasing the 15th Anniversary Edition of the iconic album on numerous physical formats on 13th January 2023. The new edition includes brand new single ‘It’ll Take More Than A Weekend Away To Fix This Mess’, which is set for release on 7th September at 5pm BST. It was written around the time of ‘St. Jude’ sessions and was unearthed and recorded recently in L.A (Lower Ancoats) and produced by Liam Fray and Joe Cross . The band will perform a 45K hometown show at Heaton Park in Manchester on 9th June 2023 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the gig, which will drive pre-orders via pre-order for pre-sale. Courteeners huge single ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ will hit 1 million UK sales in early September and there will be a nice moment around this with a Dolby Atmos release, 4K video and disc presentation. The album originally peaked in the UK album chart at #4 in April 2008, so the aim is to surpass the previous peak position. Format Details

  • 2LP Coloured Vinyl Grey (Indie Exclusive)

St Jude was awarded the Guardian First Album Award upon release in April 2008. The album contains three Top 40 singles, Not Nineteen Forever, What Took You So Long? and No You Didn’t, No You Don’t. It was produced by Stephen Street and has been remastered for its 15th anniversary by John Davis at Metropolis Studios, who also mastered the album back in 2008. This limited edition 2LP set will be pressed on 180g grey vinyl and features the original 12 track album remastered, plus original bonus tracks and additional rare acoustic versions.

  • 1LP Black Vinyl (Wide Retail)

St Jude was awarded the Guardian First Album Award upon release in April 2008. The album contains three Top 40 singles, Not Nineteen Forever, What Took You So Long? and No You Didn’t, No You Don’t. It was produced by Stephen Street and has been remastered for its 15th anniversary by John Davis at Metropolis Studios, who also mastered the album back in 2008. This format is a 1LP 180g black vinyl reissue of the original 12 track album remastered.

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Billy Nomates - Cacti

Due 13th January 2023

Billy Nomates, Cacti vinyl album cover

Billy Nomates, the project of the Bristol-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Tor Maries releases her much anticipated second studio album, Cacti via Invada Records. Recorded at her flat and Invada Studios, Cacti is a huge step up for the artist, who received widespread critical acclaim for her eponymous 2020 debut album, with heavy airplay across BBC Radio 6 Music and support from luminaries such as Iggy Pop, Florence Welsh and Steve Albini. Though every bit as unrepentant as Billy Nomates’ debut, Cacti comes from a much more exposed place and sees Tor further develop her instinctive, inventive songwriting and production. Unafraid to wade into the traumas of the past two years and the eerie sense of apathy that lingers, alongsi