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    Born In The Echoes

    The Grammy Winning Chemical Brothers return with their first album in 5 years and quickly remind us of their influence and importance. As electronic music further ingrains itself in the fabric of mainstream music, the band delivers a master class in pushing the boundaries of the genre they helped establish. Having recently collaborated with Lorde & Miguel on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack, the new album features guest appearances from Beck, St. Vincent, Q-Tip & more.
    1. Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
    2. Go
    3. Under Neon Lights
    4. EML Ritual
    5. I'll See You There
    6. Just Bang
    7. Reflexion
    8. Taste Of Honey
    9. Born In The Echoes
    10. Radiate
    11. Wide Open
    Chemical Brothers
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    Echoes

    Wally Badarou is a French-born synthesizer specialist, and long-time associate of the British band Level 42, known for its blend of funk, pop, soul and rock. He has co-written and performed on a number of the band's tracks since their recording dÉbut in 1980, later co-producing them. Though not an official member, he has long been considered an informal fifth member.


    Badarou was one of the Compass Point All Stars (with Sly and Robbie, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung and Uziah Sticky Thompson), the in-house recording team of Compass Point Studios responsible for a long series of albums of the 1980s recorded by Grace Jones, Tom Tom Club, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Black Uhuru, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Cliff and Gregory Isaacs. His keyboard playing can also be heard on albums by Robert Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, Herbie Hancock, Talking Heads, Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Manu Dibango and Miriam Makeba.


    Echoes (1983) is his second solo album, which included Chief Inspector, Hi-Life and Mambo, which was sampled for Massive Attack's Daydreaming of the Blue Lines album. You can actually feel Caribbean sunshine with this music. Badarou breathes real life into his synthesizers on this album of happy, upbeat, and danceable instrumentals.

    1. Keys
    2. Hi-life
    3. Mambo
    4. Voices
    5. Canyons
    6. Endless Race
    7. Chief Inspector
    8. Waltz
    9. Jungle
    10. Rain
    Wally Badarou
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    The Golden Echo

    Kimbra is a New Zealand recording artist whose unique musical style draws from many different genres, often blending more modern electropop and R&B with classic jazz and soul musical elements. In 2013, Kimbra won 2 Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her song Somebody That I Used To Know with Gotye.


    The Golden Echo is the second album by Kimbra. The ultimate modern pop record, The Golden Echo is ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, just like its creator. The New Zealand-born singer and songwriter wrote the songs in her bedroom studio on a farm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she was surrounded by sheep and lambs owned by her landlady. The album is produced by Rich Costey and features several special guest artists, including Muse's Matt Bellamy, rapper Flying Lotus and singer John Legend.

    LP 1
    1. Teen Heat
    2. 90s Music
    3. Carolina
    4. Goldmine
    5. Miracle
    6. Rescue Him
    7. Madhouse


    LP 2
    1. Everlovin' Ya (feat. Bilal)
    2. As You Are
    3. Love In High Places
    4. Nobody But You
    5. Waltz Me To The Grave

    Kimbra
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    Born With Stripes

    San Diegos The Donkeys strike a balance of smiling, surfer mysticism and winking, slacker mystique. They reanimate the charming hallmarks of sunshine-rock past without being sepia-toned retro or bubblegum-cloying. There is an innate playfulness and honesty to the music they make. Its a dynamic that has made public champions of keen-eared musicians like John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Craig Finn (The Hold Steady). It was Darnielle who claimed The Donkeys were benevolent keepers of what he called The Antidote to an unnamed sickness plaguing indie rock.


    Born With Stripes is an altogether less twangy affair than the bands 2008 Dead Oceans debut, Living On The Other Side. The nods to Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield are better balanced with echoes of other Cali arists, notably Pavement and Beck. The country-rock flairs are often overtaken by powerpop hooks. What some might call a lazy melody is really just a melody on its own clock. Nice and relaxed.


    Ceiling Tan, feels like a lost weekend in Tijuana with Mutations and Crooked Rain, and may well be the bands mission statement. I Like The Way You Walk also cops a 90s alt-rock lick, but ditches any esoterica for earnest yearnings and sweet nothings.


    What makes the Donkeys so potent is not their ability to rehash the past, its that their records embody a pureness, an authenticity that is unmatched in contemporary music. We were not the only ones to feel this undeniable connection. The Donkeys had a brush with Hollywood when Lost producer Eddy Kitsis heard the band, and cast them as Geronimo Jackson, a band he had written into the Lost story as an obscure San Francisco band from the 70s, who were peers of the Grateful Dead. Kitsis heard the Donkeys and felt they so embodied this fictitious band, that he actually had the band re-record their song Excelsior Lady as Dharma Lady and weaved it into the TV show.


    The album was mixed by Pernice Brothers Thom Monahan, whose involvement not only gives us the crispest, warmest Donkeys recordings to date, it also serves to remind us of the bands loose connections to an array of psych-dappled kindred spirits: Vetiver, Papercuts, BrightblackMorning Light, Devendra Banhart. Monahan was not the only outsider the band collaborated with on Born With Stripes. The playful album artwork was created by California illustrator and cartoonist Tony Millionaire, best known for his comics Maakies and Sock Monkey, and as the creator of the Adult Swim show Drinky Crow.

    1. Don't Know Who We Are

    2. I Like The Way You Walk
    3. Bloodhound
    4. Born With Stripes
    5. Kaleidoscope
    6. West Coast Raga
    7. New Blue Stockings
    8. Ceiling Tan
    9. Oxblood
    10. Bullfrog Blues
    11. Valerie
    12. East Coast Raga

    The Donkeys
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    Good God! Born Again Funk (Awaiting Repress)

    The Numero Groupes 2006 release Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal examined what seemed to be a conundrum: gospel singers performing pious gospel songs, and devoutly, but doing so amid hot, sweaty, earthy sounds drunk on the same moonshine downed by any blues singer thumbing his way up north from the Mississippi delta. If the central premise was to grapple with a ôfunkyö trend in gospel, forgive us for staring perhaps a bit too intently at the collision of sacred and profane we thought we saw on those LPs and 45s. This music was always sacred, and decidedly so.


    Four years later, Numero returns with not quite a New Testament, rather a re-examination of a weighty tome. Born Again Funk lends new ears to a joyful strain of American
    composers and performers unafraid of expressing their devotion with both inspiration and invention. They were faithful to a spirit, not to an ordained sound.


    Featuring: Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Youth For Christ Choir, Ada Richards, Gospel Comforters, Golden Echoes, Lucy ôSister Soulö Rodgers, Gospel Soul Revivals, Brother Samuel Cheatham, Victory Travelers, Jordan Travelers, Inspirational Gospel Singers, Sacred Four, Andrew Wartts & the Gospel Storytellers, Holy Disciples of Chicago, Ill.,Sensational Five Singing Sons, Little Chris & the Righteous Singers , Sensational Five, Chicago Travelers, James Austin & the St. Luke COGIC Youth Choir.

    1. Like A Ship (T.L. Barrett)
    2. I'm Drunk & I'm Real High (Ada Richards)
    3. Yes God Is Real (Gospel Echoes)
    4. Packing A Grip (Golden Echoes)
    5. Pray A Little Longer (Lucy Richards)
    6. If Jesus Came (The Gospel Soul Revivals)
    7. Troubles Of The World (Brother Samuel Cheatam)
    8. I Know I've Been Changed (Victory Travelers)
    9. God Will Answer (Jordan Travelers)
    10. Same Thing It Took (Inspirational Gospel Singers)
    11. Somebody's Watching You (The Sacred Four)
    12. Peter & John (Andrew Watts & The Gospel Sto)
    13. I Know Him (Holy Disciples)
    14. Share You Love With The Master (Sensational Five Singing Sons)
    15. I Thank You Lord (Little Chris & The Righteous 5)
    16. Coming On Strong Staying Along (Sensational Five Singers)
    17. Been Trying (Chicago Travelers)
    18. I'll Take Jesus For Mine (James Austin)
    Various Artists
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    Lady In Gold (Pink Vinyl)

    Limited Edition Of 500 Copies Pressed On Pink Colored Vinyl


    Very few modern bands are lucky enough to have such a unique, individual and inimitable style as well as blessed with such an incredible voice at the forefront, so it's very rare that a group representing traditional blues-rock can come along with all these characteristics and whip up such excitement in 2016.


    BLUES PILLS contain all these elements to create extraordinary music that sounds original and new but respects those long-held rules of blues and rock and roll tradition. Although, it's the individual characteristics of the band that makes this music electrifying; the steady bass of Zack Anderson, thumping rhythm of AndrÉ Kvarnström, technical and yet improvisational guitar of Dorian Sorriaux and the sensational soaring vocals of frontwoman Elin Larsson that set this band apart.


    The psychedelic sounds of the band may hail back to the prosperity of the 1960's and 1970's and it's true their distinctive sound may include a few ingredients of the past; a pinch of late 60's Americana, a sprinkling of blues, a heavy serving of rock 'n' roll, a big squeeze of soul but it's all shaken up into a brand-new cocktail of sound, and served into this heavenly new blend we call BLUES PILLS.


    That's why it seems to be a sign of destiny that the stars aligned for this exceptional group to be born in 2011, only one year later the striking, soulful and organic sound of first single 'Black Smoke' was fascinating countless listeners - followed up by the EP "Bliss". When in 2014 the self-titled album was released, the whole genre was turned upside down and BLUES PILLS were charting across Europe and continually selling out larger venues. Now the fans are calling on BLUES PILLS to present their second album "Lady In Gold".


    "'Lady Gold' is a character symbolizing death", explains singer Elin Larsson of the intriguing album title. "We wanted to get away from the typical stereotype of the Grim Reaper."


    The mystical and dark references of the album title are echoed throughout a lot of the album - there's the ode to the female "Keeper Of The Soul" on spiritual sounding title track 'Lady In Gold' and talks of failed salvation from a deceitful messiah in the soul anthem 'Little Boy Preacher'. There's emotive blues ballads in 'I've Felt A Change' and 'Burned Out' and empowering post-heartbreak tales in 'Won't Go Back' and 'Rejection'.


    Similarly to the self-titled debut "Lady In Gold" was produced in Sweden by producer Don Alsterberg and it captures everything that's made them one of the most talked about rock bands of the past few years.

    1. Lady In Gold

    2. Little Boy Preacher
    3. Burned Out
    4. I Felt A Change
    5. Gone So Long
    6. Bad Talkers
    7. You Gotta Try
    8. Won't Go Back
    9. Rejection
    10. Elements And Things
    Blues Pills
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    Very few modern bands are lucky enough to have such a unique, individual and inimitable style as well as blessed with such an incredible voice at the forefront, so it's very rare that a group representing traditional blues-rock can come along with all these characteristics and whip up such excitement in 2016.


    BLUES PILLS contain all these elements to create extraordinary music that sounds original and new but respects those long-held rules of blues and rock and roll tradition. Although, it's the individual characteristics of the band that makes this music electrifying; the steady bass of Zack Anderson, thumping rhythm of AndrÉ Kvarnström, technical and yet improvisational guitar of Dorian Sorriaux and the sensational soaring vocals of frontwoman Elin Larsson that set this band apart.


    The psychedelic sounds of the band may hail back to the prosperity of the 1960's and 1970's and it's true their distinctive sound may include a few ingredients of the past; a pinch of late 60's Americana, a sprinkling of blues, a heavy serving of rock 'n' roll, a big squeeze of soul but it's all shaken up into a brand-new cocktail of sound, and served into this heavenly new blend we call BLUES PILLS.


    That's why it seems to be a sign of destiny that the stars aligned for this exceptional group to be born in 2011, only one year later the striking, soulful and organic sound of first single 'Black Smoke' was fascinating countless listeners - followed up by the EP "Bliss". When in 2014 the self-titled album was released, the whole genre was turned upside down and BLUES PILLS were charting across Europe and continually selling out larger venues. Now the fans are calling on BLUES PILLS to present their second album "Lady In Gold".


    "'Lady Gold' is a character symbolizing death", explains singer Elin Larsson of the intriguing album title. "We wanted to get away from the typical stereotype of the Grim Reaper."


    The mystical and dark references of the album title are echoed throughout a lot of the album - there's the ode to the female "Keeper Of The Soul" on spiritual sounding title track 'Lady In Gold' and talks of failed salvation from a deceitful messiah in the soul anthem 'Little Boy Preacher'. There's emotive blues ballads in 'I've Felt A Change' and 'Burned Out' and empowering post-heartbreak tales in 'Won't Go Back' and 'Rejection'.


    Similarly to the self-titled debut "Lady In Gold" was produced in Sweden by producer Don Alsterberg and it captures everything that's made them one of the most talked about rock bands of the past few years.

    1. Lady In Gold

    2. Little Boy Preacher
    3. Burned Out
    4. I Felt A Change
    5. Gone So Long
    6. Bad Talkers
    7. You Gotta Try
    8. Won't Go Back
    9. Rejection
    10. Elements And Things
    Blues Pills
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    Searching For Sugar Man

    The story remains one of the music world's most unusual tales of the 1970s: an obscure debut LP by a Detroit singer-songwriter becomes a source of hope and inspiration to the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. Now, the story of Rodriguez and his cult album Cold Fact is the basis for Searching For Sugar Man, a riveting new documentary by filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. Light In The Attic Records in partnership with Sony Legacy are honored to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack, comprising tracks from Cold Fact and its 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality - both reissued in 2008 and 2009 by Light In The Attic. The soundtrack begins with the otherworldly "Sugar Man" and acts as a primer to this long-overlooked musician's fusion of gritty funk, political poetry and blissful psych-folk.


    Searching For Sugar Man, a Red Box Films & Passion Pictures Production in association with Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S., was a big hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival where it won the world documentary audience award and a special jury award, and then went on to screen at SXSW, Tribeca, and the Sheffield Doc Fest. The film opens in New York, Los Angeles, and London (via Studio Canal) on July 27th and will play in other cities throughout the coming months. For a complete release schedule, visit the film's website: www.SearchingForSugarManMovie.com.


    Back in the late '60s, Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by renowned producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore. They recorded a 1970 album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Instead, Cold Fact bombed, and despite the release of a second LP, entitled Coming From Reality and produced by Steve Rowland, Rodriguez drifted into obscurity, even being subject to some fantastic rumors of a dramatic onstage death.


    Cold Fact took on a life of its own when a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid-era South Africa. Banned by the government, the album became a country-wide phenomenon over the next two decades, and the soundtrack to a resistance movement of liberal African youth. Back in Detroit, working in construction and renovation (he also ran for mayor), Rodriguez was totally unaware that he was not just a folk hero but a household name thousands of miles away.


    Decades later, two South African fans, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman and Craig Bartholomew-Strydom set out to find out what really happened to their hero, and their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the many myths they'd heard. Their story forms the basis of Searching For Sugar Man.


    Both sides of the story, Rodriguez's life in Detroit and the subsequent impact of his music in South Africa, proved fascinating to Stockholm-based documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. His short documentary films for Swedish Television's international cultural weekly show Kobra became the basis for such films as Men Who Stare At Goats (George Clooney) and The Terminal (Tom Hanks). The evolution of the financing, production, and filming of Searching For Sugar Man is as fascinating and complex as the life of Rodriguez himself.


    "I describe myself as 'musico-politico'," Rodriguez said recently. "I was born and bred in Detroit, four blocks from the city center. Back then, I was influenced by the urban sounds that were going on around me all the time. Music is art and art is a cultural force. As far as my work from Detroit comparing to the South African Apartheid, the similarities echo. The placards of the 1970s in the United States read things like: We Want Jobs and Stop the War - I was looking at the music from a working class perspective that was relevant, as it turns out, to the kids in South Africa."

    1. Sugar Man
    2. Crucify Your Mind
    3. Cause
    4. I Wonder
    5. Like Janis
    6. This Is Not A Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues
    7. Can't Get Away
    8. I Think of You
    9. Inner City Blues
    10. Lifestyles - Sandrevan Lullaby
    11. Street Boy
    12. A Most Disgusting Song
    13. I'll Slip Away
    14. Jane S. Piddy
    Rodriguez
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    Roadhouse Sun

    With a writing style that echoes the working-man sympathy anthems of Woody Guthrie combined with the folky nature of Bob Dylan and a voice that mirrors Bruce Springsteen's, Ryan Bingham is quickly making a name for himself as one of the up and coming Texas bred songwriters. Born in Hobbs, New Mexico, and raised in rural Texas towns like Spring and Stephenville, Bingham made his living as a bullrider on the Texas rodeo circuit. He entertained his rodeo buddies with songs while selling his self-produced records at small clubs and rodeos along the way. His songwriting and voice soon got him noticed by idol and mentor Joe Ely along with Terry Allen, Guy Clark and other Texas legends. His major label debut, 2007's Mescalito, bears the hardscrabble marking of someone accustomed to the tough life. It veers from campfire balladry to ragged roots rock that bristles with roadhouse energy, wrote No Depression. Bingham's major label follow-up Roadhouse Sun is set for release in May of 2009 from Lost Highway Records.
    1. Day Is Done
    2. Dylan's Hard Rain
    3. Tell My Mother I Miss Her So
    4. Country Roads
    5. Bluebird
    6. Snake Eyes
    7. Endless Ways
    8. Change Is
    9. Rollin' Highway Blues
    10. Hey Hey Hurray
    11. Roadhouse Blues
    12. Wishing Well
    Ryan Bingham And The Dead Horses
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    Stills Lit Through

    Stills Lit Through offers the first comprehensive body of work from
    musician and visual artist Tallesen.


    Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Tallesen - born
    Cayman Johnson - describes Stills as a response to the
    "continuous flexibility of the physical setting by the additive of
    sound." A reference to his joyful erasure of the distinction
    between music and experience.


    The twelve songs of Stills Lit Through conjure an eidolon of
    melodies painted with watercolor brushstrokes both calm
    ("Glenticast") and frenetic ("Emmel"). To our ears, this closely
    characterizes Johnson's work as a visual artist.


    The collection when taken as a whole is wonderfully consistent.
    We hear echoes of Autechre's corporeal maneuvers (bass as lead
    voice, plasticity of foreground vs. background), but, if you dig out
    the provenance of Johnson's nom de plume, you really start to
    understand how the melodic through-lines of the record operate
    on a more illustrative level.


    What appears to you as a macro-level core 'feeling' about the
    record is illusively varied, consisting of insanely lush song nodes
    that subtly and endlessly rotate and shift. It is a music that is both
    ultra beautiful (Strike Silver, Love Green) and invested in a core
    belief dealing with the materiality of musical sound itself
    (Plasticized Fsa). It's not the house in which melodies are stored,
    it's the crypt of inspiration from which melodies emerge.


    Rhythmically, Stills encourages ephemera towards the creation of
    a seductively creaky, silvery universe with an unreliable sense of
    gravity. The result is hallucinatory in that the album
    comprehensively experiences like volumes among volumes of
    things change, but in half-speed. "The music is saturated with
    information for it to remain flexible to its surroundings," describes
    Cayman, an ode to feeling "ambiance with a modern degree of
    attention."


    Thus we enter the world of Stills Lit Through, a comprehensive
    portrait of young Cayman Johnson's enigmatic, sensual world-building music.

    1. Blue Stills
    2. Glenticast
    3. Chime Ever
    4. Motion Past Shine
    5. Take Flash East
    6. Emmel
    7. Set Red, Seize Grey
    8. Strike Silver, Love Green
    9. Plasticized Fsa
    10. Illusion Crossed Phase
    11. Landmark Rituals
    12. Teal Sport Focus
    13. Court Sight (Bonus Track)
    14. Eveibury (Bonus Track)
    15. Line Cross Shore (Bonus Track)
    16. Night Bloom (Bonus Track)
    Tallesen
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    1000 Forms Of Fear

    '1000 Forms of Fear' is the upcoming sixth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter and hitmaker Sia Furler.


    Produced by Greg Kurstin at Echo Studio in Los Angeles, 1000 Forms of Fear follows the notoriously press-shy pop artist's 2010 release We Are Born.

    1. Chandelier
    2. Big Girls Cry
    3. Burn the Pages
    4. Eye of the Needle
    5. Hostage
    6. Straight for the Knife
    7. Fair Game
    8. Elastic Heart (feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)
    9. Free the Animal
    10. Fire Meet Gasoline
    11. Cellophane
    12. Dressed In Black
    Sia
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    29

    On his third release of a most prolific year, Ryan Adams takes a break from his band, the Cardinals, to fashion an introspective song cycle with stripped-down arrangements focused on acoustic guitar or solo piano. After the propulsive, self-mythologizing title track opens the album in brazen fashion, forging an unlikely bond of comparison between John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and the early '70s Grateful Dead, much of the rest of 29 finds Adams at his dreamiest (the reveries of Strawberry Wine and Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play That Part) and most rapturously romantic (the aching falsetto on the lovesick Starlite Diner). He continues to take chances and not all of them pay off, with the underwatery echo of Night Birds and the over-the-top dramatics of The Sadness showing the downside of self-indulgence, though Carolina Rain suggests he can return to the alt-country prime of Whiskeytown whenever the mood strikes. With the intimacy of the closing Voices, Ryan Adams sounds less like he is singing a song than sharing a secret. Refusing to rein himself in or pin himself down, he sings on the title track, You can't hang on to something that won't stop moving.
    1. 29

    2. Strawberry Wine

    3. Nightbirds

    4. Blue Sky Blues

    5. Carolina Rain

    6. Starlite Diner

    7. The Sadness

    8. Elizabeth, You Were Born To Play That Part
    9. Voices
    Ryan Adams
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    Drugs 'N Hymns (On Sale)

    Drugs 'n Hymns is the newest release from LA-based artist Rocco Deluca. The album finds the blues-steeped musician forging a solo path armed with his National guitar, distinctively emotive voice and 10 reflective, vivid song-stories. The hypnotically spare compositions conjure a world of characters seeking a certain solace and salvation while continually mired in the disturbed darkness. The album was anti-produced by Rocco DeLuca and features guests such as the Echo Park Jubilee Tambo Flower Unsung Heroes Choir. Drugs 'N Hymns is a fascinating recording in its quiet intensity, conveying a wide swathe of emotions from quietude mixed with underlying dread to hopeful exhilaration.


    Rocco DeLuca was born in Southern California surrounded by a vibrant arts community that inspired him to follow his muses at an early age. By seven he was learning to play listening to Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and the Delta Blues heroes of the 1920s. He soon crossed paths and performed with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash and June Carter and Daniel Lanois, an amazing musical association key in the evolution of DeLucas unique sound whether fronting a band or playing solo.


    Says Daniel Lanois: I fully believe in DeLuca. I think that hes got the power to be a contemporary troubadour, as I see it, and I hope I can be his friend for a long time, whether I am operating in the same limelight, ahead of him, behind him, in his shadow, whatever it takes, Ill be there. The one thing that I love about Rocco DeLuca is he is driven by his own heart.

    1. Lucky
    2. My My
    3. Sibylle
    4. Amen
    5. Pray On
    6. Windows
    7. They Stride Like Gods
    8. Snake Oil Salesman
    9. Gorky
    10. Drugs n Hymns
    Rocco DeLuca
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    Trying To Live My Life Without You

    Otis Clay is one of the premier deep soul and gospel singers working today. His raw, fiery vocals drive an energetic and danceable blend of soul, r&b and blues in the tradition of such deep soul singers as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.


    A master showman, Otis Clay stays in demand for festival and concert appearances in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Noteworthy recent appearances include headlining The 2006 Japan Blues and Soul Festival Tour, headlining the opening night and being Honorary President of The 2006 Blues Passions Festival in Cognac, France a special guest appearance at The Chicago Emmy Awards in Nov., 2006 and the 2007 Chicago Gospel Music Festival.


    Born in Waxhaw, Mississippi, Clay began his career in gospel singing with groups such as The Pilgrim Harmonizers, The Gospel Songbirds and the legendary Sensational Nightingales. His recording of When The Gates Swing Open was a hit in the mid-80's and is included on The Gospel Truth cd released on Blind Pig Records. Both When The Gates Swing Open and The Gospel Truth remain staples on gospel radio today. As a singer and producer, Otis Clay remains very active in gospel. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, a new cd featuring Otis' version of this classic song has been released on his own Echo Records label.


    Clay launched and established his career as a deep soul singer with his first recordings made in the mid-60s for George Leaner's One-derful label in Chicago. A series of hit singles including Trying To Live My Life Without You produced by Willie Mitchell in Memphis for Hi Records followed in the '70's. Otis has also recorded for the Cotillion, Kayvette, Elka and Rounder labels as well as his own Echo Records. The intensity and passion of his live shows are captured on Soul Man: Live in Japan (Rounder) and Respect Yourself (Blind Pig) recorded live at The Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland.


    A long time resident of Chicago's West Side, Otis Clay is actively involved as a board member of People For New Direction, a community-based non-profit creating economic initiatives to address a number of issues on the West Side. People For New Direction consists of West Side businessmen and women, doctors, ministers and others who believe strongly in giving something back to the community where they live and work.


    As Chairman of The Board of the non-profit Tobacco Road, Inc. (TRI, Inc.), Otis was heavily involved in the extensive planning, fundraising and development of The Harold Washington Cultural Center at 47th and King Drive which has served as the cornerstone for the revitalization and redevelopment of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. The Cultural Center, which includes the state-of-the-art 1,000 seat Com-Ed Performing Arts Theatre, is built on the former site of The Regal Theatre, the legendary venue for national and Chicago-based r&b/soul, blues, jazz and comedy stars.


    Whether bringing audiences around the globe to their feet with his fiery brand of soul and gospel or working tirelessly with community and church leaders to provide better economic and cultural opportunities for West and South Side Chicago residents, Otis Clay has proven himself to be a national treasure.

    1. Trying To Live My Life Without You
    2. I Die A Little Each Day
    3. Holding On To A Dying Love
    4. I Can't Make It Alone
    5. That's How It Is
    6. I Love You I Need You
    7. You Can't Keep Running From My Love
    8. Precious Precious
    9. Home Is Where The Heart Is
    10. Too Many Hands
    Otis Clay
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    Home Again

    Few records make such an instant impression as Home Again, the debut album by Michael Kiwanuka, winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 prize. Immersing the listener in a sound that is both modern and at the same time as familiar as the classics, it manages to strike the balance between being contemporary and somehow utterly timeless. For Kiwanuka, key musical touchstones include Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Shuggie Otis, Roberta Flack's First Take, Bill Withers' Live At Carnegie Hall and D'Angelo's modern soul landmark Voodoo.


    Born in Muswell Hill to Ugandan ÉmigrÉ parents, Kiwanuka was brought up in a home from which music was largely absent, with his first introduction to rock (Nirvana, Radiohead) arriving at the same time as he began to hang with the skater kids in the north London suburb during his early teenage years. Later coming across a soul compilation album given away with a music monthly, he was enthralled by the sound of Otis Redding's studio talkback discussions with his engineer while recording an outtake version of (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay. From this point on, he resolved to make music that sounded raw and authentic.


    Though deeply into soul and jazz, he found real inspiration in the cross-pollination of the two styles with folk in the music of Bill Withers. "Bill Withers was very rootsy and earthy," he points out, "but people branded him as a soul singer. To me, he was a folk artist. So that encouraged me to keep going, 'cause I didn't know where I would fit in as a black guy with an acoustic guitar."


    While performing on the acoustic circuit around London, Kiwanuka quickly attracted interest and made connections, not least with his current manager who in turn garnered the attention of Communion Records, the label that in 2011 released the singer's first two acclaimed EPs, Tell Me A Tale and I'm Getting Ready. Both of these EPs, as with Home Again, were produced by Paul Butler (The Bees) in his vintage equipment-stuffed basement studio at his house in Ventnor on the Isle Of Wight. Together the pair played almost every instrument to be heard on the album, with Butler's remarkably intimate, detailed productions adorned with everything from flute to brass to sitar to aching strings, perfectly matching Kiwanuka's visions for his songs.


    "The way we made the record was very modern," the singer points out. "There was loads of editing. We manipulated it to get exactly what we wanted." From the opening bars of the stirring Tell Me A Tale, it is instantly clear that Home Again is a very special album. While its more upbeat characteristics are embodied in the Prince Buster-like loping of the lovelorn but irresistibly catchy Bones and the rolling soul groove of I'll Get Along, elsewhere it proves itself to be a record of real stripped-down beauty.


    In I Won't Lie, with its gospel-infused echoes of The Staples Singers, Kiwanuka offers something akin to a modern spiritual, while in Rest he turns in a tender love lullaby and in Always Waiting, he blends classical elements with the confessional intimacy of Roberta Flack. It is with the title track of Home Again, however, that Michael Kiwanuka feels the record's sounds and themes are ultimately encapsulated. "That's the song that really for me ties everything together," he says. "It's one of the earliest songs I wrote for the album and even though I progressed and changed stuff in the studio, it was the one I could never throw away. Like a lot of them, it's a hopeful song. I use home as the metaphor for contentment and peace within."


    Other parts of the record, on the other hand, find Kiwanuka struggling for peace of mind and using his songs as a form of self-empowerment, not least in the soulful I'm Getting Ready, the darker, unburdening Any Day Will Do Fine and the self-explanatory Worry Walks Beside Me. "It can really paralyze you, if you worry too much," the singer admits. "I do tend to overthink things. All of these songs are me talking to myself, really. Trying to encourage myself to believe."

    1. Tell Me A Tale
    2. Rest
    3. I'll Get Along
    4. Home Again
    5. I'm Getting Ready
    6. Bones
    7. Always Waiting
    8. I Won't Be Long
    9. Any Day Will Do Fine
    10. Worry Walks Beside Me
    11. Lasan
    Michael Kiwanuka
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    All Amerikkkan Badass

    Actual Cover With Joey Bada$$ Leaning Out Of Car Is Concealed By Special Outer American Flag Sleeve


    Joey Bada$$ has been teasing the title of his sophomore album for a few months now, having previously only given fans an acronym: AABA. The Brooklyn-born rapper took to Twitter to reveal the full title, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$.


    A short, 30-second teaser for the album shows Joey walking through a dusty desert dragging a baseball bat, as images of a burning cross and children playing in a field flash across the screen. As the faint final strands of the Star Spangled Banner echo through the desert, Joey winds up and uses the bat to smash a glass plate painted with the American flag, before the album title and release date are revealed.


    The title recalls both Ice Cube's classic 1990 solo debut AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and the debut mixtape from Joey's friend, close collaborator and Pro Era co-founder Capital Steez, who released the project AmeriKKKan Korruption in 2012 before his untimely death the night before Christmas Eve that year.


    AABA will be Joey's second official album, following the release of his debut LP B4.Da.$$. He's been gearing up for the release of the album with the singles Land of the Free, an excellent politically- and socially-charged track that takes aim at Donald Trump (among others), and the 2016 cut Devastated, which gave Joey his first gold plaque.

    1. Good Morning Amerikkka
    2. For My People
    3. Temptation
    4. Land Of The Free
    5. Devastated
    6. Y U Don't Love Me? (Miss Amerikkka)
    7. Rockabye Baby (feat. Schoolboy Q)
    8. Ring The Alarm (feat. Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight & Meechy Darko Of Flatbush Zombies)
    9. Super Predator (feat. Styles P)
    10. Babylon (feat. Chronixx)
    11. Legendary (feat. J. Cole)
    12. Amerikkkan Idol
    Joey Bada$$
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    Nessun Dorma - The Puccini Album

    After years of singing Giacomo Puccini's heroes on stage to vast critical and audience acclaim, "the world's greatest tenor"(The Daily Telegraph), Jonas Kaufmann, finally records an album entirely devoted to the world's most-loved opera composer. The new album, Nessun dorma is a selection of Puccini's stupendous tenor arias drawn from his greatest opera's including Tosca, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly and La fanciulla del West. Spanning the breadth of Puccini's output from the early operas Le Villi and Edgar, the album culminates in the mighty aria "Nessun dorma" from his final opera Turandot. Jonas Kaufmann is joined on this album by Maestro Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and soprano Kristine Opolais. Nessun Dorma - The Puccini Album is also available on 180-gram vinyl and on CD as a Deluxe Edition with a bonus DVD that includes an EPK plus excerpts from upcoming DVD releases Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West.


    Munich-born singer, Jonas Kaufmann, is without a doubt at the absolute top echelon of the operatic world. He is in extreme demand with the world's most influential conductors, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance wherever he performs. In 2011, he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. He has been awarded "Singer of the Year" by many prestigious journals including ECHO Klassic and Musical America. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. In October of 2011 he performed the first solo recital to be given at the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994

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    1. Manon Lescaut, Atto I: Donna non vidi mai
    2. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: Oh, sarò la più bella!... Tu, tu, amore? Tu?
    3. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: Ah! Manon mi tradisce
    4. Manon Lescaut, Atto III:Presto! In fila!... Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son!
    5. Le Villi, Atto II: Ei giunge!... Torna ai felici dì
    6. Edgar, Atto II: Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo
    7. La Bohème Atto I: O soave fanciulla


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    1. Tosca, Atto I: Recondita armonia
    2. Madama Butterfly, Atto III: Addio, fiorito asil
    3. La Fanciulla del West, Atto II: Una parola sola!... Or son sei mesi
    4. La Fanciulla del West, Atto III: Risparmiate lo scherno... Ch'ella mi creda libero
    5. La Rondine, Atto I: Parigi! È la città dei desideri
    6. Il Tabarro: Hai ben ragione
    7. Gianni Schicchi: Avete torto!... Firenze e come un albero fiorito
    8. Turandot, Atto I: Non piangere, Liù!
    9. Turandot, Atto III: Nessun dorma

    Jonas Kaufmann
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    Salome

    Marriages is a new band comprised of Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals, guitar), Greg Burns (bass, synthesizer) and David Clifford (drums). Their sound is a singularly sensual kind of heavy, dramatic rock, but perhaps the most stark contrast to their other band, Marriages employs vocals in their songs. Their music is also considerably darker and more experimental, drawn from a wide range of styles and ideas. Emma's breathy, understated delivery provides a focal point, the eye of the proverbial storm. A haunting presence, as elusive as it is alluring, her voice is a shore upon which waves of overdriven bass, thunderous drums, and cosmic guitars and synths swell and crash.


    Kitsune is their 6-song debut release, a short introduction of an album whose undeniably epic proportions suggest massive things to come. Recorded with the formidable Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Red Sparowes, Tool) at the controls, Kitsune presents a collection of poignant, emotionally-charged tracks that wriggle free of easy classification. The comparisons are diverse; Cocteau Twins and Zola Jesus would appear to be as influential as Boris and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The songs came together quickly as the band wrote and played their first shows in November of 2011 and wrapped recording in January of 2012.


    Album opener Ride in My Place sets the tone, immediately revealing the undulating, reverb-cloaked darkness at the band's core. Sounding not unlike PJ Harvey fronting an overdriven rendition of Pink Floyd's Echoes, the fittingly-titled song arrives as a fully-formed companion piece for expansive landscapes, perhaps traversing the vastness of the American west. Hardly overstaying its welcome, the track soon gives way to Body of Shade, whose cryptic lyrics suggests a sort of transcendence echoed in the music itself while Clifford's steady backbeat, the tense rhythm and the swirling interplay of synth and cascading guitars recall the finer moments of The Verve's early recordings.


    Opening with a celestial keyboard loop and quickly gaining weight, third track Ten Tiny Fingers builds upon a heavy dirge-like rhythm punctuated by Rundle's vocals, which by now clearly occupy a place among esteemed peers such as Chelsea Wolfe and label mate Lisa Papineau. The song's cryptic, claustrophobic lyrics, contrasted with a loose (but by no means less thunderous) atmosphere and sense of impending collapse bring to mind The Cure, circa Pornography. The next track, Pelt, is born from the decaying remnants of Ten Tiny Fingers. A menacingly hypnotic three-minute meditation on minimalist doom, it serves as the perfect introduction to the distorted, bass-driven hard rock and wailing psychedelia of instrumental track White Shape.


    Seven-minute closer Part the Dark Again is a song whose cinematic scope recalls precisely the kind of grandiosity the Red Sparowes are synonymous with, taken to its logical extreme. The impassioned, struggling-against-the-odds sentiment of the vocals takes things over the top emotionally, culminating in a soaring, melancholic riff that grinds to a halt far earlier than you'd expect. Throughout, Rundle unassumingly steps to the forefront, showcasing her unique talents as a guitarist often overlooked within the Red Sparowes' three guitar onslaught.


    Kitsune is an exciting debut release from a band well aware of their potential, harnessing the skills to fulfill it. Marriages are an expansive, visionary development, a unique combination of elements, a sound signposting the path ahead. Kitsune will be released courtesy of Sargent House.

    1. The Liar
    2. Skin
    3. Santa Sangre
    4. Southern Eye
    5. Binge
    6. Salome
    7. Less Than
    8. Love, Texas
    9. Contender
    Marriages
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    A Thousand Suns (Awaiting Repress)

    For months, we'd been destroying and rebuilding our band. The experiments that resulted filled the studio hard drive with diverse, abstract sounds. Amorphous echoes, cacophonous samples, and handmade staccato merged into wandering, elusive melody. Each track felt like a hallucination.


    We didn't know if any of those unorthodox ideas could be incorporated into a traditional album, but we knew we didn't want our next album to be predictable. Sitting together in the same studio where we made our first album, all six of us voiced a commitment to going out on a limb, to making something truly daring. We asked ourselves: were we all earnestly willing, more than ever before, to abandon the precepts of commercial ambition in pursuit of what we believe to be honest art?


    The inclination to begin writing conventional songs for a conventional album came and went. The temptation to adjust our creative vision to fulfill expectations beyond our studio walls yielded to the audacious ambition of what he hoped to achieve as a band. The two years of making A Thousand Suns marked our exhilarating, surrealistic, and often challenging journey into the creative unknown.


    On the eve of its completion, this body of work, assembled through unconscious inspiration and unmitigated exertion, has revealed to us notions both stirring and surprising. The album's personified imagery is neither dogma nor political premeditation. The emergent themes and metaphors illuminate a uniquely human story.


    A Thousand Suns grapples with the personal cycle of pride, destruction, and regret. In life, like in dreams, this sequence is not always linear. And, sometimes, true remorse penetrates the devastating cycle. The hope, of course, springs from the notion that the possibility of change is born in our most harrowing moments. - Linkin Park

    1. The Requiem
    2. The Radiance
    3. Burning In The Skies
    4. Empty Spaces
    5. When They Come For Me
    6. Wretches And Kings
    7. Wisdom, Justice, And Love
    8. Iridescent
    9. Robot Boy
    10. Jornada Del Muerto
    11. Waiting For The End
    12. Blackout
    13. Fallout
    14. The Catalyst
    15. The Messenger
    Linkin Park
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    Turbines

    Bands as emotive and enduring as Tunng don't come around too often. Across their decade together, the group have honed their pastoral pop to perfection, winning over audiences and critics one rustic twang of guitar, icy electronic echo and sumptuous whisper of vocals at a time to become one of Britain's most championed underground forces - fitting for an act who began literally underground, in the basement of a Soho women's clothing boutique some ten years ago.


    Now their success story is set to continue with the release of fifth studio album Turbines on June 18th on Full Time Hobby in America, their most bewitching and brilliant listen yet. "It's been a twisted adventure to this point, one that has taken us all over the world, an amazing journey," grins instrumentalist and founding member Mike Lindsay. As the band has evolved and grown, so too has its members. "There's a lot happened in this band in the last couple of years" he adds. "Children born, people moving into different places, falling in love, skipping country, broadening horizons maybe this is a coming-of-age record!"


    Recorded mainly in a Dorset studio this is the first Tunng album where all six members were more or less all present at each stage of the recording process. Bar an excursion to album engineer and vintage equipment expert Ben 'Benge' Edwards' "synth museum" to add electronic embellishments. It's an album rich in colour and emotion, from the geyser-like organ eruptions of By This to the trip-hop grooves and thunderous timpani of Trip Trap and Heavy Rock Warning. "I remember thinking that this album would go full circle and match the first record in its experimentalism. But that didn't happen." Instead came Tunng's most direct and affecting effort to date. "It's more concise," says Winter. "It's just the essentials, delivered straight."


    "It's our sci-fi folk rock album," declares Lindsay, who stresses the key to Turbines' enchanting charm is the sense of family among its creators. "We have been through a lot together, seen some amazing places and some pretty bad places too and it's time to see some more!"

    1. Once
    2. Trip Trap
    3. By This
    4. The Village
    5. Bloodlines
    6. Follow Follow
    7. So Far from Here
    8. Embers
    9. Heavy Rock Warning
    Tunng
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    Ape School (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Michael Johnson arrived in Philadelphia a swamp-ape from the Florida panhandle to lead music technology studies at a downtown arts university. Instead, he discovered in its hallowed halls the derelict crown-jewel of archaic analog electronics with which he would forge his image of the Ape School. Armed with the Moog Modular synthesizer he helped revive-- just the fourth born and installed by the hands of Robert Moog 40 years earlier in 1965-- Johnson conjures original songs from beyond his prior tenures in Kurt Heasley's Lilys, and Sub Pop's Holopaw, using the Modular to weave lush motorik dreamsound throughout dynamic instrumentation and his distinct croon.


    This second one-man-does-all album by Johnson--the first to use the animistic moniker-- marries primitive songs with incorporeal sound: glamatic pop explorations, navigated by studio light, coalesced over time, wine, fallouts, and Rundgren-style self-control.


    From the resounding onset of Wail to God, to the song's oscillator outro barely two minutes later, the tonal breadth and sonic fluidity of Ape School is clear. A song like Did What I Did flirts with pop sensibility, but coheres in subtle feedback when repetition would normally devolve it to redundance. Elsewhere, as on My Intention and Deathstomp, Johnson commits to full mechanical shredding and focused romps of analog rock glory awash in system buzz. Other, more spacious moments like That's OK, It's Over, and The Underground reveal the songs' subtle instrumental basis, and bare the accidentally clever, eloquent lyrics of his elastic tenor.


    Mixed in Jamaican Brooklyn with Michael Pecchio in a bath of reverb, delay, tape echo, smoke, mirrors, orange juice, and cayenne pepper, Ape School has finally congealed. Upon graduation from Primate U, this album, initially intended for release by co-conspirator Alfred Daedelus Darlington, finds a home at Ninja Tune's Counter Records.


    With a band of student human musicians rescued from the confines of musical education, Ape School has opened its doors to limited faculty enrollment. Composed of previous cohorts in Lilys, Holopaw, Human Television, and beyond, the live Ape School incarnation takes one monkey's primordial creations on summer vacation to civilization. Evidently basted nightly.

    1. Wail To God
    2. That's OK
    3. Did What I Did
    4. My Intention
    5. Be An Encore
    6. It's Over
    7. Caveman Vs. Canary
    8. The Underground
    9. Deathstomp
    10. Floridian Grime
    11. In Time You Are
    12. Rip Together, Rip Apart
    13. No Shame
    Ape School
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    Axe To Fall

    After nearly 20 years, such a glorious run of releases and a live show that's gone from flailing kids flailing against kids to legendary exorcism for both band and audience - watch the pit during "The Saddest Day" and tell me it's not the closest thing to a near-religious experience atheists will ever have - Converge could be forgiven for releasing an endeavour that was simply good, okay, just maintaining their status quo. After all, it's much easier to win the title than retain it, and even the greats slip from time to time. Axe To Fall (Converge's third release for indie institution Epitaph Records), however, is no such relapse.
    True to themselves and their art, as always, no matter the cost, Axe To Fall continues to push relentlessly forward, much like a shark that needs to always keep swimming to survive. Where No Heroes was a refinement and broadening of hostilities declared on previous assaults such as Jane Doe, Axe To Fall returns to the more AmRep-inspired noisecore abrasions of You Fail Me while also updating and making vital the thrash influences that defined earlier Converge efforts (Caring and Killing, Petitioning the Empty Sky) and retaining the hardcore hostilities and frantic pace so vital to their foundation. Of course, the experimental anguish and pleading for salvation are no mere sharpening of past knives but yet another leap forward in an existence full of them.


    From frenetic, frantic opening track "Dark Horse," which is a downhill avalanche of ferocity culminating in one of the heaviest riffs Converge have ever laid listeners to waste with, to "Worms Will Feed," an ominous exploration that ebbs and flows, building upon crashing then retreating waves of music and lyrical condemnations ("the worms will find a way, the rats will find a way"), to the barely restrained chaos of "Losing Battle" and Axe To Fall's sanguine, beautiful, climatic seven-minute-plus dÉnouement, "Wretched Word," Axe To Fall isn't just another mere "release" or record from spoiled kids discovering metal and crying about how difficult life is in the suburbs. Axe To Fall is a nearly two-decade culmination of hard roads travelled and unwanted, but necessary, lessons learned, of prayers for salvation lost to the wind and too-fleeting nights where everything was still, if only for a moment, consumed by morning's inevitable advance, of crushing defeats and the realization that the war only ends when we do, and it's not one we can win, merely endure. Once again recorded by Converge's resident engineering genius Kurt Ballou, whose God City Recording Studios has become the Mecca for aggressive music's elite to congregate at for assistance realizing their sonic sermons (from Trap Them and Genghis Tron to Torche and Buried Inside), Axe To Fall is as sonically dense a tapestry and punishing a release as Converge have ever conceived, once again perfectly echoing musically Bannon's heart-ripped-out-of-chest-but-still-beating lyrics. It's the summation of experiences learned working on records such as No Heroes and You Fail Me, also recorded by Ballou at God City, and it surpasses them.


    But even while Converge and Axe To Fall stand alone - as Bannon is so fond of saying live: "we're born into this world alone, and we die alone, so make your mark while you're here" - they've never forgotten the core values of the hardcore scene they were raised in, and raised others on: community. Axe To Fall is Converge's most collaborative effort to date, even while paradoxically sounding as focused as ever. Axe To Fall features the likes of John Pettibone (Undertow, Himsa), Ulf Cederlund (Entombed, Disfear), Cave In's Steve Brodsky, Adam McGrath and J.R. Connors, F. Sean Martin (Hatebreed), George Hirsch (Blacklisted) and Genghis Tron's Mookie Singerman, Hamilton Jordan and Michael Sochynsky, amongst others, contributing to its dense sonic soundscapes. Even Steve Von Till (of legendary star destroyers Neurosis) graces the record on "Cruel Bloom," an ignoring of musical confines that sounds akin to something Tom Waits and Mr. Bungle might concoct if trapped in a watering hole on the fringes of Purgatory right before the end-time hit.

    1. Dark Horse
    2. Reap What You Sow
    3. Axe to Fall
    4. Effigy
    5. Worms Will Feed/Rats Will Feast
    6. Wishing Well
    7. Damages
    8. Losing Battle
    9. Dead Beat
    10. Cutter
    11. Slave Driver
    12. Cruel Bloom
    13. Wretched World
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    Melt

    Although now firmly settled in New York City, Young Magics three members came together through equal helpings of openness and fortuity. In 2010, singer and producer Isaac Emmanuel had left his home continent of Australia to travel across Europe, over to New York, and down through Mexico, all the while creating and recording music with whatever instruments he found along the way. While in Mexico, Emmanuel kept a tight correspondence with fellow Australian expat Michael Italia, who for months had been similarly traveling across Europe and South America with portable recording gear in tow.


    They decided to meet up in New York, where their good friend from a few years prior, Indonesian-born vocalist Melati Malay, had been living and making her own recordings. In early 2011, the three friends, who had initially bonded over their broad musical palettes, began recording together and contributing songs to the record, culling influences and finding their own footing among them.


    The immediately fruitful collaboration brought forth singles Sparkly, You With Air and Night In The Ocean, all of which were fitting indicators of the bands chameleonic sound, heavily informed by West African rhythms, Brainfeeder hip-hop, UK bass, and '60s psychedelic soul. Young Magics full-length debut, Melt, comprises both of these tracks, as well as their B-sides, and expands on their varied aesthetic, at once electronically sequenced and completely organic. Containing recordings from 10 different countries, the album flaunts new facets at each turn, letting as on Watch For Our Lights rough samples from distant lands coalesce with drum machines and distorted synths.


    Night In The Ocean and Jam Karet put soaring synth pads around the higher frequencies while deep kicks keep the songs grounded, allowing Isaac and Melatis vocals to float in synchronicity between. And with its shifting rhythm, open structure, and layers of echoed vocals, closer and highlight, Drawing Down The Moon, hints at crystalline take on UK garage: a last dance from a collection of short stories from around the world. With a sonic mÉlange of vibes on a debut that remains cohesive and distinctly their own, it will be exciting to see where the trios tastes will guide them next.

    1. Sparkly
    2. Slip Time
    3. You With Air
    4. Yalam
    5. Jam Karet
    6. Night In The Ocean
    7. Watch For Our Lights
    8. The Dancer
    9. Cavalry
    10. Sanctuary
    11. Drawing Down The Moon
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    Perpetual Surrender

    DIANA are an enigmatic foursome from Toronto, where they must be putting something in the water with the
    number of great bands hailing from there. Consisting of Joseph Shabason, Kieran and singer Carmen Elle, with Paul Mathew recently joining the live line up, Shabason and Adams met while studying jazz at music college where they played extensively together. Having lent their skills (saxophone and drums, respectively) to many bands,including Bonjay, The Hidden Cameras and Shabason's recent contributions to Destroyer's excellent Kaputt, it was a leap of faith to make their own full-length. But the time had come.


    After a songwriting sabbatical in the Canadian countryside, Shabason and Adams went into the studio with engineer and co-producer Roger Leavens. They asked Toronto musician and vocalist Carmen Elle to sing on a track, as both Kieran and Joseph knew her from her work with other bands such as the much feted but short-lived Spiral Beach, all of whose members have since gone on to play in various successful Canadian bands from Austra to Doldrums. The pair thought her voice might add something special, this turned out to be a huge understatement. Even though Shabason and Adams wrote the songs, the lyrics and melodies belonged to Elle the moment they escaped her mouth, each nuance of phrasing and melody deepening the sentiments. With this last dazzling piece of the puzzle in place, DIANA was born.


    Right from the first note we're reeled into DIANA's intimate world, with the dense, ambient swell that begins album opener 'Foreign Installation'. A heady mix of drums, electric guitar and lush production, all sewn together and lifted by Carmen's soothing vocal, their sound is addictive from the off. The pace is picked up with 'That Feeling', the detached refrain We were blind to all the ways we sat and watched it fade away echoing through a mist of synths layered over insistent drums and bass. It is future music with an undeniable pop sensibility,
    though never overwhelming, the glossy yet sparse production always leaving just enough room for the
    imagination.


    Album highlight 'Perpetual Surrender' boasts an impressive travelling bassline, with Carmen's gorgeous vocal repeating "I need saving from myself" over blown beats and perhaps the year's best indie sax solo, all coming together to create well over four minutes of eerie, blissed-out ambience.


    Though there are glances to music past and kinship with music present, there is a progressive and contemporary feel to the record. DIANA comparisons traverse eras and genres; from the soft-focus soft rock and pop of Roxy Music to the dreamy production of jj and Chromatics, topped off with the Balearic disco swirl of Studio. While referencing so many, Carmen's unique vocal brings them their own voice. For DIANA, the point is to push things forward, summed up with the embryonic bliss of instrumental closer 'Curtains', a startling piece of atmospheric
    production that stays with you long after the last sound has echoed into the ether.

    1. Foreign Installation
    2. That Feeling
    3. Perpetual Surrender
    4. Strange Attraction
    5. Anna
    6. Born Again
    7. New House
    8. Curtains
    Diana
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