It’s nearly Friday again and that time of the week when we bring you the best of this week’s new releases and reissues.
We start with the new releases…..
Mr Jukes………… God First
Jack Steadman’s (frontman from Bombay Bicycle Club) next move is no mere reinvention: Mr Jukes is a passion-project which feels distinctly back-to-your roots in flavour, allowing Steadman to explore the crate-digging influences of soul, funk, hip-hop and jazz – from Bill Withers to John Coltrane, via Floating Points. God First’ features an eclectic, carefully-curated cast of guests including: BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, Lianne La Havas, Horace Andy, Laleh Hathaway & Elli Ingram. With the first single already being Mistajams ROTW on Radio 1 and NME ROTW it looks like this is going to be heading for a good chart position next week.
We will have both CD and Vinyl formats available.
Mura Masa……….Mura Masa
He is the most exciting British producer in the UK right now and this album comes off the back of huge streaming successes including Firefily, Lovesick and What If I Go which have racked up over 150million spotify streams combined to date. The new single ‘All Around The World’ (ft. Desiigner), which first aired as Radio 1’s Hottest Record in The World and is the next taste of Mura Masa’s much-anticipated, self-titled debut album, which also includes recent singles ‘Firefly’, ‘What If I Go?’, ‘Lovesick’ and ‘1 Night’ (ft. Charli XCX). ‘All Around the World’, is a thrilling highlight on an ever-surprising debut album, recorded alongside an extraordinarily diverse cast-list: ranging from Damon Albarn, Christine & The Queens and Charli XCX to ASAP Rocky, Jamie Lidell, A. K. Paul, and affiliates of Alex’s own Anchor Point family (like Nao, Bonzai and Tom Tripp). In and amongst all that, musically you’re as likely to find Prince-style wired funk sitting next to rap as you are tropical-inflected house and acoustic balladry. It’s singularly Mura Masa’s vision of what pop music (and modern British culture) should look like in 2017. Even the artwork rejects the idea of running to the page, or living in a box. Having been nominated for his first Ivor Novello Award and added to an extensive run of summer festivals, Mura Masa’s autumn headline tour featuring his biggest headline show to date at Brixton Academy.
The album is released as Limited Bespoke CD (WITH GRAPHICS PRINTED DIRECTLY ON THE CASE) , LP – 180g heavyweight single vinyl in a sleeve.
Oh Wonder………… Ultra Life
When we last heard from Londoners Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, they were capping an incredible year with a sold-out show at London’s Roundhouse. In the space of fourteen months, they went from tentatively playing a first live show at London’s ICA to touring the world, playing shows across Latin America, Australia, Russia and Asia, and repeat UK, Europe, US and Canada tours to ever increasing rooms. It culminated in 162 shows in 112 cities, with a mighty 83,000 tickets sold. This is the follow up to their debut album which is now fast approaching half a billion streams.
Released on 1 disc (black) heavy gatefold viny complete with a 12 x 12 Poster with band photo and lyrics insert and a download card and a CD mintpack with a folded down Poster with band photo and lyrics insert.
Kendrick Lamar………….. Damn
Featuring collaborations with Rihanna and U2 plus production credits including long-term collaborators Sounwave and DJ Dahi, as well as cuts with James Blake, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mike WiLL Made-It, Alchemist, Terrace Martin, Cardo and 9th Wonder, DAMN. is shaping up to be an album that will carry on Kendrick’s cultural and musical relevance alongside previous releases, which includes 2015’s #1 album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ and 2012’s ‘Good Kid. m.A.A.d City’. Released on 2LP Gatefold vinyl with 14 tracks.
Jonas Blue……….. Electronic Nature The Mix 2017
Jonas Blue, signed to Virgin EMI, is THE breakthrough artist of 2016. His rework of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ was last year’s summer anthem and new single ‘Mama’ is climbing up the airplay charts and sitting in the top 10 of the OCC chart with no signs of slowing down.
This album has two tracks never before heard from Jonas! 60 tracks on a 3CD digipack. Key Tracks include Jonas Blue, William Singe – Mama , Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee – Despacito – Major Lazer & MOSKA Remix, Jax Jones ft. RAYE – You Don’t Know Me , Martin Jensen – Solo Dance, Zedd, Alessia Cara – Stay – Jonas Blue Remix, DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You.
Baby Driver…….. OST
This is an excellent 29 song soundtrack to the highly anticipated Edgar Wright film, released across cinemas nationwide on 30th June. Film stars Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, Lily James, John Hamm, Jamie Foxx & more… Featured artists include:- Dangermouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi, Beck, T Rex, Blur, The Beach Boys, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Damned, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Queen, The Commodores, Barry White, Simon & Garfunkel, Young MC, Sam & Dave, The Detroit Emeralds & more.
This week also sees releases from The Vamps…… Night and Day on CD and Paul Simon…… The Concert in Hyde Park on CD/DVD combo
This week also sees some great re-issues some of which are limited editions……
The Style Council…………. Introducing The Style and Cafe Blue.
Both of these Style Council classics get re-issues on limited edition heavyweight coloured vinyl. Both albums have been remastered at Abbey Road and come in reproductions of original packaging with download codes. CAFÉ BLEU – The official debut album released in March 1984, reaching number 2 in the UK album chart. Features top-5 hits My Ever Changing Moods and You’re The Best Thing as well as perennial favourite – Headstart For Happiness – arguably three of Weller’s finest pop songs. Also includes 16-page ‘mini-magazine’, reproduced as the original. INTRODUCING: THE STYLE COUNCIL: An extraordinary, eclectic intro to the band – a round-up of the first few British singles and B-sides. Features the Jam-styled Speak Like a Child (UK no. 4 hit), the radical departure of Long Hot Summer (UK no. 3 hit) and the hard-hitting political Brit-funk of Money-Go-Round.
Pressed on magenta coloured heavyweight vinyl with download code.
Paradise Lost…………. One Second ( 20th Anniversary Re-issue)
To celebrate it’s 20th anniversary, Music For Nations reissue Paradise Lost’s seminal album, ‘One Second’. Remastered by collaborator Jaime Gomez.
This 2 LP set is on 180gm black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.
The Commodores………….. The Commodores
The 1977 release, now with long versions on vinyl for the first time, includes such hits as “Brick House” and “Easy,” and has been sampled by many artists
Commodores, the 1977 self-titled fifth studio album by the pop-funk-soul band known as the “Black Beatles,” gets a vinyl LP release. The release was cut from the original, un-faded masters, delivering on vinyl for the first time longer versions of seven of the nine tracks.
Comes complete with autographed poster.
Look out for part 2 of this week’s new releases.